By Alicia Kerr on August 12 2018 09:17:03
Building a new home or renovating your current one is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. With so much money on the line, you should take the necessary steps to come up with the perfect house plans. Indeed, it should fit into your current lifestyle, but don’t forget about the future. Designing for your future needs does require a little more effort, but with some forethought, you can ensure that the design not only reflect your existing requirements but also accommodate potential future changes, such as starting a family in a few years’ time.
Lifestyles and family needs differ from individuals and families depending on their cycles, stages and future plans for the home they want to design. Features that newly wed couples look for in a house plan are vastly different from the characteristics that a retired couple might find important.
If you are not firm in your initial decisions, you may find yourself swayed by every new house design you see. In other words, you should be clear on the type of house you want, where you want to build it, and aware of any building restrictions in the area; otherwise, you might bounce from one idea to the next, lose any sense of forward momentum, become stressed, and ultimately be disappointed in the whole process.
Recognising your reasons for moving forward with a new build and identifying your future plans helps you develop a design brief that your designer, architect or builder can turn into viable house plans. If you are unclear of your requirements or you try to accommodate conflicting needs, then you may be disappointed with the outcome.