You have weighed up the pros and cons, your mind is set and now you need to talk to someone about designing your new home.
For many of us as we walk into a meeting to discuss our new home plans we find ourselves unsure of what the process might be. The builder, designer or architect will all have a different approach but the end result is the same, this house is about you.
Below are a few points that are worth considering before the first meeting.
- Remember this is all about you, your family and what is important to you as a whole and individual members.
- You have decided to build your own home, Why?
- What will make this home more special than an established one?
- If you already have land, Why did you choose this spot?
- For what purpose is this home intended?
- Do you have a clear budget in mind?
Thinking about your home from all angles will give you the confidence to know what is negotiable in your home and what is not. You can have what ever you want, for a price. It is good to have a clear picture of the bare minimum you require in your home such as the number of toilets, bedrooms, garage space and storage.
Another consideration is how do you want your house to perform?
- Are you interested in a low or zero power bill?
- Do you want an insulated slab?
- Is low maintenance a benefit to you?
- Do you want this house to last for future generations?
- Are living areas needing to be multi-functional?
Your homes performance can be measured on energy efficiency, durability, sustainability and seismic strength. It can also perform as a home that can grow with your needs.
The look of your house is a key part to reflecting yourself in the design, although your designer will come up with the concept, an idea of what you like and images to support will help in creating the presence of the home. Just like with other features of your home you will need to be clear with what is a must such as a parapet roof line and what is a maybe if budget allows such as a full glass entry.
Don’t be afraid to put it all out there at the first meeting, be bold with what you are wanting and see how it goes. This is the time to throw it all in the mix and give your designer a chance to bounce ideas back. Some of the best meetings we have had has been when a scrapbook has come out.
One last word of advise, the only silly question is the one not asked, this is your house, own it.