It's The Details of the Design That Count
So, you’re going to build a new home. You’ve been speaking to different builders and getting heaps of information about designs and inclusions. But have you been thinking about actually living in these homes? Will the design and placement of everything from the kitchen sink to the garden tap work for you? If you answered no then now is the time to start thinking.
Step 1: Know You
To know if a design is right for you you must first figure out what you do and don’t like. You may own your home or you might be renting – take a look at where you live now. Think about the little things – not just the sizes and locations of the different rooms.
- Where are all the best power outlets and do you have enough in each room?
- What do you use your garden tap for most and is it in a good spot?
- Are there any light switches located in places that don’t make sense?
These things make a difference to the functionality of you home even though the have nothing to do with the floor-plan.
Step 2: Imagine Living In the New Home
Once you have got to know yourself, it’s time to start imagining yourself living in the new design. Think about what you do and don’t like in your current home and apply that to the new design.
- Note down where you would need/use power outlets in the bedrooms. Will there be computers or TV’s in the bedrooms?
- Look at the toilets and taps – are they accessible and in suitable places.
- Is the layout of the kitchen useful? What appliances will you use all the time? How many power outlets will you need and in what places to make sure that your kitchen runs smoothly.
- What connections do you require outside the home? Where would be the most suitable place for the garden tap/s?
Step 3: Talk to Your Builder about the Design
Now that you have figure out what matters, it’s time to get the builder involved. Find out what is included and what you would need to pay extra for. It is often a detailed process best done in person but it will help you determine what extra costs you might face.