Tips for Choosing the Right Layout for Your New Custom Home

download (91)When designing a custom home for you and your family, there is a huge variety of options to choose from, which can be exciting but also sometimes overwhelming. One of the most important parts of your design is deciding on a floor plan for your property, so here are a few tips on settling on a final design for this.

Of course, it is important to find both a good architect and a good custom home builder, both of which will be able to provide you with advice tailored to your specific needs and tastes. Discovering your own needs and preferences first, however, can help both with the conception of the design and also in the finalization of all the details.

The first thing that you should do is to think about your specific needs when designing the floor plan of the home. This can be a lengthy and difficult process, so the best thing to do is break your brainstorming down into several steps.

You can start by thinking about how many rooms you need, the size of the rooms and

Rebuilt or Renovate? 5 Aspects to Consider

download (90)One of the major obstacles that people face while deciding to change their house is whether to renovate it or rebuilt it from scratch. Well, it’s a tough choice to make, but it all depends on circumstances and convenience of individuals. There are innumerable things to consider while deciding which one to go with.

What do you need?

Ascertain what you don’t like in your existing home and how you would like to change it. Whether its dated interiors or lack of space, you need to get to the reasons why you need a change. Do you want to extend your rooms? Is there enough light and ventilation available? Do you add a floor? These are just a few factors that you need to consider.

Does your house have a solid foundation?

Before starting out any major work for your house, make sure to get in inspected by an engineer. If there are structural issues like faulty plumbing or shoddy electrical wiring created by termite infestation, builders will refrain from tearing the house down. Moreover, if the property is old, major movements can

Guide On How To Choose A House Plan

images (33)The way your house looks is greatly determined by your initial house plan. To choose the right plan you need to consider these factors:

Children

Are there children in your home? When designing the layout of the rooms you should put a lot of emphasis on the size and age of the children. If you have small children and are planning of having more little ones in the future, you should have private spaces. This calls for you to group the bedrooms and bathrooms in one area of the home.

If you have teenagers in the house you should have bedrooms that are separated from each other.

Your lifestyle

Are you a private or entertaining person? If you love having parties in the house you should leave enough space for entertainment purposes. One of the best ways of going about it is having a wide foyer opening into your dining or living room.

If you are a private person you should go for a plan with a small living room. If you don’t like your entire home being on display when you open the front

What You Need To Know About the North Facing House Plan

images (32)A north facing house plan is a plan where the main or entrance door faces the northern side. It’s believed that the north is the location of Kuber, the God of wealth; therefore, when your door faces this direction you attract wealth in your life.

Things to do when designing the plan

When designing a north facing house plan there are a number of things that you need to do. One of the things is to place the main door in 5th pada as this is the direction where you will get a lot of wealth. If the 5th pada is too small you should place the door in the 4th pada.

The kitchen should face SE or NW and the master bedroom should face SW. The guest bedroom should face NW.

Once you have settled in your new home you should plant short trees and shrubs in order to avoid blocking the sun. You can also go for small hedges and deciduous trees. You should note that the sun tends to shine through deciduous trees in the winter; therefore, you should choose

Everything You Need To Know About South Facing House Design

images (31)A south facing house plan is believed to make you feel relaxed and be financially strong. When designing this house you should ensure that the door is situated in the south or at the 4th Pada of the south direction. The reason for this is because there is a strong believe that when the door faces south, it’s a sign of good omen.

You should ensure that the master bedroom and the over-head tank are located on south west corner. When designing the master bedroom you should be cautious that you don’t compromise the space for the front elevation design.

You should leave enough open space in the east and north sides. You should avoid leaving a lot of space in the south as it’s a sign of bad things. You should also avoid constructing a septic tank, water sump, garden or porch in the southwest direction.

Some of the best things to construct in the southwest direction is the office or shop. Locating the two in this direction is a sign that you will prosper and improve your financial situation as

Advantages of Natural Stone Cladding

download (89)Stone cladding is a method of covering the walls using synthetic or natural stone veneers. Everyone wants the latest happening thing, whether it is a smartphone or natural stone veneers! Trends never die as new products are invented pushing older ones to oblivion. People tear down old looks and install hyped products, bringing luxury to their homes forcing others to follow the trend to avoid looking out of touch. For those with budget constraints natural stone cladding is the smart renovation option that saves money and beautifies homes too.

Stones are not only beautiful construction materials, but also investments as they enhance the resale value of your home. You may be surprised that even tenants look for homes with modern amenities and trendy designs. However, using natural stone veneers excessively is also not advised as they make your home look crowded. Installing only where they are required is a sensible option which saves time, money, and also makes your home look exquisite.

Stone claddings help you access luxury at lesser cost and keep up with the times. Here are some advantages

Rules And Regulations To Follow When Designing Them

images (30)A west facing house is a house with the main door facing west. Just like when designing any other house, you should follow a set of rules and regulations when designing this house. This is to avoid health, financial and legal matters.

Rule and regulations

Entrance: you should place the entrance in the 3rd, 4th, and 6th padas. If the space is small you should place it in the 1st and 2nd padas. You should never locate the entrance in the 7th, 8th and 9th padas.

Plot: many people buy their plots blindly without caring the directions that they are facing, but this shouldn’t be you. The plot you buy should slope from south to north. A plot sloping in that direction considered more auspicious.

You should never buy a plot with an extension in the south or SW direction. You should also avoid a plot that is higher in North than south.

Kitchen: this is the place where you make your meals and placing it the wrong direction may bring about health problems. You should place the kitchen in the SE or NW

Tips On How To Come Up With Great House Plans

download (88)Are you constructing a house? Here are tips on how to come up with a great house plan:

Get a good architect

The architect will make or break your house plan; therefore, for you to have a great looking house you should work with a certified and experienced professional. The professional will not only design a beautiful house, he/she will also help you in coming up with a design that is affordable.

Entrance

The sun rise direction brings optimistic energy. As you probably know, the sun rises from the east; therefore, this is the best direction to locate the door. Another great direction for the entrance is North East.

You should avoid locating the entrance in the South West direction as the direction is said to bring about negative energies. South is said to cause disagreements and arguments; therefore, you should avoid facing the door this direction.

Master bedroom

This is the place you spend most of your time when you aren’t at work; therefore, it should be located at a good place free of smells and noise. The location of the house depends on the

Role Of Architects With Respect To House Designs

download (87)If this is the first time that you are undertaking a construction project you most likely haven’t come across architects. An architect is a very valuable person in the construction of your house. Some of the roles of the professional include:

Design

This is what architects are known for. They listen to your needs and come up with detailed drawings about your house. To test the feasibility of house design, the professionals use advanced technological tools such as CAD and many others.

When you visit an architect, the professional will listen to your needs and depending on the location of your plot and the local construction codes, he/she will come up with a design of your house.

Research

Before the professional can make a drawing of your house he/she has to do a lot of research. The professional has to research on the rules and regulations of construction in the area that you are planning of constructing your house.

Different areas have different regulations and the professional will research these rules and understand how they impact the design ideas that you have.

The professional will also

5 Eco-Friendly House Design Ideas

download (85)Eco friendly house designs are not only safe to live in, they also save you a lot of money. To help you out here are 5 eco-friendly house design ideas:

Location

The location of your house is of great importance. To keep your house cool, you should avoid constructing a west facing house.

At the same time you should avoid constructing your house in a shady landscape that protects your house from accessing direct sunlight.

Doors and windows

The door provides light and also allows warm air to escape thus leaving your house smelling fresh. You should go for a large front door without windows. As rule of thumb the door should be made from eco-friendly wood or any other material.

When it comes to windows, you should go energy star-rated windows that are ideal for your climate zone. You should install the windows in an angle allowing maximum light to enter the house.

To allow more light you should install glass panels at the base. For the windows to admit breezes they should have glass panels at the base. Breezes bring in cool air thus

6 House Styles To Go For

download (86)Did you know that you have many house style choices than you can imagine? If you are planning of constructing a house here are a few house styles that you can choose from:

Craftsman

This style was popularized by Gustave Stickley, an architect and furniture designer. The style emphasizes on natural materials: brick, stone and wood. Its characterised by low-pitched gable roofs and wide front porches that are supported by large piers and tapered columns.

The interior of the house has exposed beams, large fireplaces and build-in furniture.

Contemporary

They were popular between 1950 and 1970 and they feature tall windows that allow plenty of light in. This aids in saving you energy bills as you don’t have to warm the house or light the bulbs.

There are some architects that design contemporary houses made from recycled non-toxic materials. There are others that are a mix of different materials such as stone, brick and wood.

Colonial home

It originated in the 1600s and is characterised by evenly shuttered windows, chimneys, dormers, and columns. The windows are usually double-hung and have small, equally sized square panes.

While the style

4 House Design Mistakes You Should Never Make

images (29)Constructing a house is expensive thus you should be cautious and ensure that everything is perfect. To be safe here are house design mistakes you should never make:

Too many rooms

It’s good to have a room for every member of the house. It’s also good to have specific rooms for specific functions such as laundry, but you shouldn’t go overboard and construct too many rooms thus giving your house an ugly look.

Instead of constructing many small rooms you should construct few larger rooms. In addition to a big room making you look organised it also gives you room to multipurpose. For example, you can use your bedroom as a home office.

A house with larger rooms has been found to have a higher resale value and attracts a larger pool of prospective buyers compared to a house with many small rooms.

Poorly located master bedroom

The master bedroom is your sanctuary and it should have a degree of privacy. You should ensure that it isn’t located close to the family or breakfast room. These rooms attract many people and overtime your bedroom will

Seven Things To Remember When You Are Designing The Interiors

download (83)A lot of people think that the most difficult task is to design the exteriors of a house; the truth is something else. To be honest, interiors are the most difficult part in constructing and getting your home ready for you to stay in it. Since most of the people visit your house and check every single thing, you need to be sure about all the things that you use for the interiors.

If you are designing the interiors of your house and want them to be good enough for others to see, here are the top seven things for you to remember:

1) It is always good to have a single shade on all the walls of a particular room. You may have different colors for different rooms, but a single shade always looks best for each room, unless you want a special wall to display an expensive showpiece, an antique item or your hobby.

2) If you have instruments, they can be excellent decorative items for the interiors of your house. There are so many ways in which you can

How To Design Your Own House!

download (84)Only a handful of people have the guts to design their own house; most of the times, people end up hiring expensive professionals for architectural purposes. And why not? You don’t design and construct a home often, no matter how rich or famous you are. Building a house is like building a dream you’ve cherished from a long period of time.

If you have recently purchased a plot and want to transform the piece of land into your dream house, it is time for you to know a few things. Read below to know about them:

1) The first thing that you need to remember, while designing your house, is to be practical. You can’t build a castle with the little money you have (even though you can try your best to transform your little house into your castle)!

2) Concentrate on both, exteriors as well as interiors, of your house, rather than focusing only on one thing. Just like a lot of people look at the exteriors of your home, a lot of people visit you to witness the beauty of

Design Trends: From Open-Plan to “Broken Plan”

download (82)One of the key defining features of many new homes and renovations from the past decade or so would have to be that of the Open-Plan Design. Eliminating walls between kitchen, dining and living areas to create the illusion of more space has been the trend for several years now. Entertaining and living in such an open way has never felt so integrated and seamless.

However, there are some subtle signs that the Open Plan may not be the ideal for much longer. There are a few flaws in its design, after all. For instance, trying to cool or heat a vast living area with air conditioning can be a costly and time-consuming exercise. Watching the sport on television, with appliances like the dishwasher whirring in the background, can be tedious. And, people with children will relate: there is no room to escape the noise, mess and toys!

We are gradually moving away from closed up rooms, with many older-style houses consisting of lots of smaller rooms which can be sealed with internal doors. With heating and cooling options less accessible

How To Choose The Perfect Balcony Design

download (81)When building a balcony or terrace, there are a number of structural concerns that must be addressed. This is especially true if you intend to use this space regularly and for entertaining. This is a home improvement that can increase property values by quite a bit. Before getting started, make sure that you have made all of the most important considerations.

Consider the load bearing capacity of this structure in relation to how you want to use it. If you intend to host a large number of guests on this surface, you will obviously need a much greater load bearing capacity than if only using the area for decorative purposes. Consult with a local, structural engineer to determine the feasibility of our design.

Before investing any money into the implementation of your design ideas, make sure that these are in conjunction with local building codes. Local regulations could significantly limit the addition of special features in this area in an effort to promote safety. Consult with the planning department to find out which concessions must be made before construction is started.

Various Designs Of a Residential Cabin

download (79)The log home is a rustic pillar of Scandinavian history and can be found in almost any climate. With many designs to choose from, residential cabins are perfect for the choosy homebuyer.

Seasonal Homes

A winter wooden home will have better insulation and thicker, or double-glazed, windows. These houses tend to have large fireplaces or heating systems. These fireplaces will be made out of stone and can be quite attractive to look at. Pairing good insulation with a classic rustic design is essential for creating the perfect winter cabin. Warm colours, such as deep reds and maroons make the resident feel cosy even when there is thick snow right outside. These designs can be found anywhere where it snows regularly in the winter, such as Scandinavia.

Summer house styled wooden houses have large windows that let you take in the beautiful surroundings. These residential cabins are built for short stays and might not have the full utilities of a home – but what they lack in utility, they make up for in closeness to nature. Studies have shown that homes with larger

Six Perks of Vinyl Siding

download (80)Most home and business owners are attracted to wood, metal, brick, or vinyl exterior finishes for their beauty. However, some may not realize all of the additional perks associated with vinyl siding. This construction material offers added style and durability, making it a more versatile option.

Attractive Finishes

Siding comes in a huge selection of colors and textures, and there is a design suitable for almost any architectural style. Color combinations can be chosen to frame doors, windows, and entryways, creating a more finished look. A builder can even mimic the look of stone, brick, or wood at a lower price. Better siding products have a broader color palate and stiffer profiles.

Durability

Siding is one of the most durable finishes available. It will withstand rotting, and it also deters pests such as termites. It never needs to be painted, and it can withstand high temperatures. This finish can also be used in a wide range of climates because it has a remarkable ability to handle strong winds and rain, in addition to extreme weather changes. The panels fit together tightly and interlock,

What to Consider While Choosing House Floor Plans

images (28)The task of selecting the best house floor plan from so many available options may be an overwhelming task for you. Keeping in mind certain essential features will help you choose the right house floor plan. Here we shall discuss about some of the aspects you need to keep in mind when it comes to making the right selection:

• Begin by researching the present building cost in the market: For this, you can get in touch with the realtor in your locality or the home builder and discuss about the average cost per square foot. This will help you get an average estimate of the expenses you will incur.

• When you are discussing with your home builder, make sure to enquire about the cost difference of a single level home compared to a multi-level home. This valuable information will help you take the plan forward. Multi level house floor plans are definitely costlier than the single level homes and thus you need to be prepared accordingly.

• Let’s assume that you have already decided on the financial part and now

Turn the Insides Out With Small House Plans

download (78)If you think you are sacrificing your lifestyle by living in a small home, you are making a mistake. Small house plans support eco-friendly living and consequently cuts down your overall expenditures.

Small home designs when well planned preserves the interest of the inhabitants. Whether you are living in a big or a small house, if not well designed, your living will not be comfortable and becomes restrictive. You can explore your creativity when it comes to selecting a suitable design in small home plans.

Here are offered some vital tips that can work wonders for you:

Adding a sunroom or a porch is a less expensive way to make your home look bigger and also improve your lifestyle. It is certainly one of the best ways to bring your outdoors inside your home. The “inside out” experience enhances comfort, style and brings in the openness and practically makes you forget that you are living in a small house.

To make the most of the liberating experience and attain best results, keeping in mind the aspects mentioned below will be helpful:

• The exterior