Self-build projects are becoming increasingly common thanks to programmes like Grand Designs. As a result, we are seeing a rise in the number of clients looking to design a bespoke home that matches their exact specifications. If you are ready to design your own home, we can help. Here is a quick guide to designing a dream home – the right way!
Creating a Project Brief
A project brief is an essential part of the design process. This document sets out in black and white exactly what you want from your home design. It covers everything from aesthetics to the nitty-gritty of plumbing and electrics. If you want to design an eco-home, now is the time to think about how that will work.
As architects, our job is to help translate your ideas and turn them into a realistic design. We might not always see eye to eye, but we will do our best to help you realise your dream home.
The project brief is where it all begins. Any client who wants to design their own home must sit down and create a comprehensive project brief. Use this as an opportunity to flesh out your ideas. Do you envision a modern aesthetic or a more traditional architectural style?
Remember that a property must be in keeping with the area, so a modern glass and steel eco-home might not be a good fit in a village populated with thatched roof cottages!
Rocky Roads Ahead when you Design your Own Home!
In an ideal world, plans would be drawn up, planning permission granted, and the project completed on time and within budget. Unfortunately, things rarely happen that way. It is always sensible to be prepared to encounter a few roadblocks along the way. You and the planning officer may not see eye-to-eye or we might need to change some aspects of your plans. If you are willing to be flexible, it will all come right in the end.
Collect Ideas to Fuel the Design Process
You don’t need to be a creative genius to design your own home. That’s our job. What you do need, however, is a clear vision of what you are hoping to achieve. Create a scrapbook of ideas. Print out photos of homes you like and features you would love in your dream home. This helps make an idea real. Here at Vida Architects, we are an award winning architecture and integrated planning and design practice based in Leeds that can help turn your dream home into a reality.
We hope this post has helped crystalise the process of designing a home, but if you need more advice, contact us today.