Get The Perfect Energy Efficient Design For Your New Home
Choosing A Design For Your Home Is A Big Decision
Whether you go with us or someone else, you want to think it through clearly. Getting the design right can set you on the path to having a home you love for many years to come. But choosing the wrong design for your needs, lifestyle and your block can make the entire experience an expensive, frustrating nightmare you regret for the entire time you own your home.
Here are some tips to help you avoid the most common mistakes in creating your perfect design.
Consider Your Needs First
If you’re looking to build a home from scratch you probably want something which matches your lifestyle better than your current home. So when thinking about design, a great place to begin is to consider what you like and don’t like about where you are living now.
For example, do you want your new home to have abundant natural light, be oriented more towards the sun, have great views, take advantage of natural breezes, or have more outdoor spaces? Which rooms do you use more than others? Do you prefer more open-plan living spaces (e.g. kitchen-living room) or does each room need to serve a specific function? Would you like your new home to be more energy efficient – saving you heating and cooling costs all year round.
Thinking about these sorts of things can help you form a baseline picture of what you want from your dream home, and what you want to avoid.
Decide On Your “Must Have” Features
Getting a baseline idea of what you want in your dream home is a crucial first step. But the process really gets exciting when you start working with a designer to add in your ‘must have’ features.
Imagine it: You can finally build the home theatre you’ve always wanted. And the luxury ensuite bathroom you’ve been talking about for years. And even the swimming pool you’ve never had enough space for in your current back yard.
Once you and your designer have a more concrete idea of what your dream home looks like, you can get to work turning your dream into reality.
Do A Site Analysis Of Your Block
When it comes to matching your dream design with the reality of your building site, a great designer is worth their weight in gold. Your design specialist should be able to give you an accurate assessment of your block’s limitations, advantages and opportunities, and modify the designs to match the specific features of your site.
An experienced designer can also save you a lot of money by helping you work ‘with’ your block rather than making expensive adjustments with earthworks, retaining walls and in-fill. You and your designer should consider elements like:
- The slope of your block
- Orientation of your site
- Exposure to breezes
- Sun paths
- Bushfire risks
Doing a proper site analysis will help you see what is possible and practical on your block and will help your designer create accurate concept designs to match your vision.
Check Your Materials, Budget & Requirement
A good designer will help you choose the right materials for your block, climate and orientation, and can even help you incorporate sustainable, energy efficient features to reduce your bills from the day you move in.
Your designer will also help you with budget considerations so you can plan which features to add at each stage of the building process, and which areas of your home you want to spruce up with extra touches of luxury.
Finally, your design specialist will help you check your designs against council and regional requirements for construction approval.
Compare Multiple Designs
Once you have a better idea of your site’s advantages and limitations you should get at least two different design options. Perhaps it makes more sense to build a double-story home on your block to take advantage of great views. Or maybe the smaller footprint would leave more outdoor space for a larger back yard. Maybe an open plan home would make the best of natural light and air flows. Or a stylish split-level design could take maximum advantage of the natural slope of your block.
The point here is to consider all your options. You might even come across features you’ve never thought about to make your dream home the absolute perfect match for your needs, lifestyle and your block.
Need More Specialised Design Help?
The award winning designers at Edward Brewer Custom Homes have been turning our clients’ dreams into reality for over 10 years. So, if the idea of designing your home from scratch seems overwhelming, or you simply don’t know where to begin, our Design Specialists can guide you through every step of the process.
We’ll help you design the home of your dreams, expertly matched to your needs, lifestyle and your block. And because Edward Brewer Custom Homes is a custom design home builder, there’s almost nothing we can’t do.
Your Design Session Is 100% Without Obligation
The quickest and easiest way to learn more is to request a 40-minute face-to-face Design Session & Quote with one of our experienced Design Specialists that includes...
- You’ll get a crystal-clear picture of the best type of design for your block (and what designs you should avoid)
- You’ll gain greater clarity over the space and features you really want (we have a proven diagnostic to identify these things and give you the information you may not even know to think about)
- You’ll discover the most common and expensive mistakes people make when designing a home (things you’ll regret for years if you get wrong)
- You’ll develop a ‘dream list’ of features and inclusions and our Design Specialist will show you ways to get these things without paying custom prices
- And you’ll discover how you really can get the house of your dreams, custom designed to match your block, and delivered on time and on budget guaranteed.