How do you effectively communicate with designers when building a custom home? There are a number of different strategies that can help you do just that! While in this stage of the process, it is important to remember that designing a house is a big deal, and it’s often a good idea to approach the experience with a lot of patience!
Let’s take a look at some ways to approach your home design to ensure that you are able to see your dream home turn into reality!
How do you tell your architect what you want?
Designing a new home from the bottom up is an intense process. There are many factors to consider, from choosing the lot to selecting the exact siting of the house, and that’s before you even begin to consider the exterior and interior of the home. From the beginning, it is important to understand just how vital good communication is with your design team.
Like many other large projects, it can often be difficult to include every single thing that you want in your home’s design. One of the first things to do is create a list of “must-haves” or non-negotiable items. Similarly, you’ll want to identify the design elements that matter less to you. This will make it easier to make difficult decisions down the line as you progress through the design process.
If there will be restrictions enforced by budgetary considerations, be sure to keep them in mind when you create your list of non-negotiable items. Taking this step can help you to avoid future disappointment and confusion as you go through the design process. When there aren’t any budgetary constraints, other forces like availability and timing may cause you to have to make concessions.
Making the vision work
Create an idea book with the styles that you like and want your architect and designer and builder to incorporate into the design of your home. Some people have stronger aesthetic desires than others; figure out where you are on that spectrum. If certain areas aren’t as important to you, be sure to communicate this to your team and let them take the lead in those areas. If you are designing a family home, be sure to allow other family members to voice their desires as well.
When it’s time to put everything together, it will take some time to digest the design scheme before deciding on any changes. A few days can make a difference to your outlook. Making sure that your chosen color palette works well with your selected finishes is an important part of this process. Don’t be afraid to ask for input from your team, but remember that the final decision is yours to make.
Building a custom home may be a complex process, but it is well worth the time and effort for most people!