Home buyers will pay a building designer good money to help turn your dream home into reality. Make the most out of every cent with these simple home design tips.
Once you have an idea about building a new home or knock-down rebuild home, your renovation or your home extension to look like, it’s time to find a building designer who can put your ideas on paper.
If you want to maximise the money you invest in professional help, you’ll need to strike the perfect balance between being a client who knows what they want and one who understands when to let the experts do their thing.
To make the most out of the building designer you hire, here are a couple of tips to help your project stay on track:
Designate a decision-maker
Nothing slows a project down like having too many people making (and often contradicting) decisions. This is especially true when the client is a family or any other group of individuals.
The solution? Pick someone to make all important decisions or come up with a way to resolve stalemates upfront. This will minimise the risk of miscommunication, mixed messages and costly delays along the way.
Decide on a budget
Knowing how much you’re willing (and able) to spend on the project will help your building designer come up with realistic ideas for your home from the get-go. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a design, only to find out that bringing it to life will go way over your budget.
Remember to keep some money as a buffer when you have your budget in mind. There are bound to be unexpected expenses and having a little extra aside will reduce the stress of the experience.
Gather your ideas
A look-book or online folder full of house design ideas is really helpful as a starting point.
It can help to have a ‘theme’ in mind, e.g. contemporary, cosy, retro or classic based on the house land available. Think about the colours, materials and features you want your property to have a do a little up-front research about prices between display homes vs. custom designed homes so you know what’s within your budget.
Ask a lot of questions
The time to clear things up and address your concerns such as building and planning regulations—is before you sign off on your designs. Keep in mind that when it comes to designing a home, it’s way easier and less costly to keep problems at bay than to deal with them as they come.
Ask whichever question comes to mind during the design process, such as how to make your home energy efficient — or even if it feels like something minor.
Don’t change your mind too late in the project
Scrapping the design work you approved after it is finished and asking for a new one is not only
expensive, but also extremely time-consuming. And even if you have time and money to spare, it’s still something you’re better off avoiding altogether.
Ask those questions, review your designs and speak with your partner so you feel completely confident about your design (house plans, floor plans etc) to sign-off and begin the building process.
Make every cent you spend count
Always keep in mind that you’re hiring a building designer to not only make the whole process of building your new home easier, but also minimise your risk of making costly mistakes along the way.
While it’s helpful (and generally encouraged) to already have an idea of what you want up front, you do need to heed the advice of your professional building designer. Leverage their local building expertise and listen to their ideas. They may come up with amazing concepts which hadn’t occurred to you.
At the end of the day, the goal of working with a building designer should be to come in with a collaborative mindset. Doing so will not only naturally allow the best ideas to come out, but also speed the whole process up, allowing you to get your dream home sooner.
Full of ideas and ready to bring them together? It all starts with a conversation. Reach out to Distinct Building Design to find out about designing a brand new home in Port Stephens and surrounding areas today.