For most people, the largest financial investment ever made is the purchase of their home. Usually, the things you need today in your home will change through the coming years.
Thinking through what you need if you arebuilding a home today that you plan to stay in through the coming years is a challenge. There will be changes in family size or needs that you must consider. Let's look at this project from every angle (East & West). There are architects, engineers. builders and other professionals to help you and make the right and effective decisions.
Be sure to consult with a professional that understands the requirements of heating and cooling systems. Planning for space that can range from storage and closets to placement of rooms such as a laundry room. You should also consider how long you plan to stay in this home and if you should you design a larger space. Architects will add helpful information to assist in this decision.
Choosing the right lighting is very important in every home. You might like low light and not want ceiling light fixtures but for re-sale, that could discourage any potential buyers of your home. While that might be a long time from building to selling, it is much easier to allow for lighting in the building stage than at selling time.
Plan for rooms that can be combined and have multiple uses. Such as, a home office that is used only one day a week or seasonal room like a Craft/Hobby room. A multipurpose room would work well if designed to accommodate all of these uses. One can NEVER have enough storage.
The proper placement of certain rooms like the laundry room or the master bedroom is important. It is important because of convenience. In the past designers decided that an upstairs laundry room was a great idea since it was near bedrooms, but many people do not like that concept. Bedrooms should be placed away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home. Quiet is a must when picking a design. For instance, if you design a one level home, the master should be at the far end of the home.
Any Mom will tell you that the kitchen should be near the garage and/or point of entry into the home. To have the convenience for carrying in groceries is a huge factor in design. Consider that a mud room should be near to kitchen and the garage so everyone can enter and have the chaos limited to one area.
You know best what your needs and concerns are in building your home but professionals can direct you and suggest ideas you may not have thought of. Ultimately no one knows your family and lifestyle like you do.