Actually, the planning stage for designing a custom luxury home is perhaps the most crucial in the field of home design.
In this phase, your dreams for your particular life and even future begin to materialize. As the late great 19th century author Victor Hugo once wrote, “where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.”
In our article below, are several steps toward planning the perfect home for yourself and/or your family.
1) Start simply and slowly as you don’t just want to throw together your plan. With a pencil and sheet of paper, no special design software is necessary. Even a simple sketch gives an architect an adequate idea of what you are looking for in your custom home.
2) Determining your purpose in designing this home is vitally important. Is it for a quick turnover in the short-term future? Will it be a permanent residence or a seasonal vacation home? A future use for live-in aging parents or an extended family is also appealing for many people.
For those planning to work in home-based business or job, this is another consideration to take in when designing a custom luxury home. A silent work area free from distractions then becomes a must item.
3) Where will the home be situated? Do you presently own the land? Considering the actual lot, topography, size and any encumbering features of the property goes a long way in designing a perfect home.
Especially with environmental issues cropping up from time to time, you will want to know how well does the home fit such an environment. Do any railroad tracks, wooded areas, neighboring fences, streams/brooks areas face or border the property? Is there a particularly appealing part of the surroundings that would enhance the house? An office window or master bedroom facing a serene lake scene would appeal even more to your sense of beauty and peace.
4) Prioritize your features and set them in order. What is more important to you, a kitchen area or recreation room? For instance, a box window in the kitchen to keep all of your culinary herbs needs to go in before a gas stove. Likewise, a kitchen island counter needs special pre-planning as well.
5) Flow, energy and peaceful factors are issues addressed very well in the design form of Feng-Shui, the philosophical and ideological concepts of ancient China.
Being organized and uncluttered come to the forefront in this concept of interior design for a custom home. How obstructed is the entrance or foyer of the home or where will bedrooms be placed are commonly asked questions in Feng-Shui that stresses continuity and free flow of the spirit.
6) Right light exposure can have a very telling effect on the human psyche and emotions. A wrong placement of light in a home can even bring on disorders such as depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD.) If coupled with geographical influences such as found in the cloudy winter northwest regions of our nation, feelings of depression, weight gain, daytime lethargy and social withdrawal many times result. With a breakfast nook facing the east, the first rays of the morning sun will add cheer to a possibly uneventful day.
By implementing the above mentioned well-planned factors when designing a custom home, the pleasurable enjoyment obtained may translate into later happier years of quality living.