After deciding to build a new home instead of purchasing a pre-existing one, you need to decide on a plan. It may sound simple but in reality it is a complex process that requires a great deal of careful thought and foresight. Fortunately, your builder can help you along the way, and by following a process it will be much easier to get from blank page to drafted plan. Aside from being a home that will fit your family, meet your needs, and suit your style, the most important thing to consider is what a dream home is to you. From there, you continue down the path to a finished home design that fits your budget and is all you’ve been dreaming about.
The Dream Stage
The first stage in designing your own home is the dream stage. In it, you simply dream about what you’d like. Take a moment to think about all the things you would like in a home. Don’t worry about things like square footage or floor plans, but think about what it is you really want your home to be. Define what your desires are and rank them from most important to least. Also, spend some time driving or walking through neighborhoods you enjoy. Most of us can think of a street of homes that all seem to attract our attention. They may be out of your budget but that’s ok. This is the dream stage and it’s meant to help you iron out the style and attributes you’d really like in a new home. You should also visit some open houses, check out model homes, and even pay attention in the homes of your friends. What things do you like? What don’t you like? This is another very helpful way to get started in the right direction.
Planning and Organization
Once you have a pretty good feel for exactly what you want, what you need, and what your priorities are, you move into the planning and organization stage. It’s helpful to keep a notebook or album that is dedicated to your home plan adventure. Whenever you have thoughts, ideas, sketches, or any other related information, put it all in your notebook so you have it all in one easy place. Then, plan by asking yourself questions about what you want. Do I want a large spacious dining area or a small breakfast nook? Would it be better to have a two-story home or a rambler? Do I prefer a modern look or a more classic style? Am I concerned about energy efficiency and sustainable energy enhancements or standard construction technique? These and many more are the foundation of your plan’s plan.
Design Your Dream
The final stage is when you take your dreams and plans and use them to create a plan. With the actual design of the home, it’s helpful to work with your builder to make sure your plan works and there are no surprises that you may have missed. Start by sketching out a rough floor plan, or use an existing plan and make changes in writing. Start by working out the main areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, etc. Also, jot down your plan for the entry, hallways, stairways, and other key home features. Then, when your interior plan is sketched out, add outer walls, windows, and doors. Think about the style and add brick, shutters, or any other outer aesthetic features. Then comes the moment you’ve been working so hard to achieve. The builder will have their draftsman design your home and prepare the plan the builders will use to
create it. Planning your home can be challenging, but by following the steps you’ll see the reward is well worth your investment in doing it right.
Progressive Builders Is Here For You!
Progressive Builders is dedicated to partnering with you every step of the home building process to ensure that your home plan will accommodate your lifestyle and will meet the needs of your family. We also can assist you in finding the right floor plan and constructing your home with a focus on quality, all at an outstanding value. With over 20 years of experience we’ve built a reputation across the Twin Cities metro area and beyond and are committed to continuing that level of excellence for your new home construction project. We have a number of customizable home plans to suit your needs and several lots available in neighborhoods across the Metro. We invite you to contact us today for more information.