1. CHOOSE THE SITE WISELY
Select your ideal location for any of your favorite stores, beaches, schools, families, or relatives. There’s no point in buying land and building a house if it’s going to be so far away for you to keep living your life comfortably and conveniently as you wish.
Selecting a suitable location for a new home, or selecting an existing home and improving it to make the most of its natural qualities, would produce major economic, lifestyle and environmental benefits. The usual stages of site selection are:
• Selecting a locality and housing type
• Selecting a site that matches your demands
• Selecting, designing or altering a plan to fit your block
When you begin to concentrate on a new neighborhood or community, visit the local council and examine the site’s development rules (e.g., zoning, landscape protection, and limitations on construction such as setbacks and height limits).
The terrain you’re choosing matters a lot, make sure:
• The terrain isn’t too rocky as more digging is needed and so more labor and expenditure
• The land isn’t sandy where you have to worry about sinking
• There a proper drainage in order to avoid water-trapped areas that can lead to mold and mosquitoes
The orientation of your dream home is also worth thinking, particularly if there are minimal or no windows facing north or wide glazing areas facing east, west or south. There may be easy ways to make use of the orientation–for example, doubling the size of north-facing windows, or switching different rooms to render the sunniest areas your living spaces.
To obtain the optimal orientation is to find a balance between the influences of light, wind as well as other factors. If you settle for orientation to take full advantage of the views, by using facilities such as good insulation and very well-placed, well-sized windows, you might still be able to make your home power-efficient.
3. BUILT-IN STORAGE SPACES- KEEP THE MESS AWAY
Throughout modern times, the influx of products changing life styles, the house requires a huge storage capacity. If you have a growing family, you should expect much more “things” is about to occupy the home. Think of all the extra stuff you’ll have around you once you’ve got kids, or more than you’ve got at the moment (strollers, cars, sports, toys, books). The list is long. When you are efficient enough to have planned things before-hand there’s no cluttered mess going to end up in your house. Built-in storage for books, cards, toys, or other random things is a useful way to provide organized space.
This is what sticks out at the front of the building. It is the factor that makes the very first impact so it is incredibly important to choose the correct elevation for your new home. Selecting the right appearance can have huge advantages such as adding value to the curb appeal to improve the value of the property. Most prospective home buyers want a home that is strikingly pleasing to the eye, and complimentary to the community surrounding them. For the architect, designing the front facade can be a complex process, as they have to make multiple choices about the elements, textures, historical architectural styles and ages, and colors that complement the overall shape of the building.
5. KEEP YOUR EXPENSES INTACT
It doesn’t matter how much you think you love the house you’re designing, it’s impossible it to be the last house that you’ll ever buy. Knowing this, you must be conscious of its potential value for reselling. You shouldn’t add so many enhancements so you’re overpricing your house for the neighborhood. So choose nothing out of the usual too. Ask yourself whether the features you are considering adding would definitely cater to others.
6. Go green and be nature friendly
Make sure you’re doing your research in planning your new home to improve energy-efficiency. Your architect and designer will help make sure your windows are facing the South so you get as much sunlight as possible to heat your home. You’ll want to make absolutely sure that the toilets, laundries, and garages are on your home’s south side and have small windows to prevent heat loss. Spend time selecting the insulation and HVAC systems, as well as energy-efficient fixtures and toilet and Water Sense faucets.