Top Design Tips to Build a Good House
What factors should you consider that will make a house more than just a collection of different components?
A house build begins with the big picture and then moves down to granular details. It’s critical that you start from the right place – a good house design is essential. However, what goes into making a design “good”? What should you consider that will make a house more than just a collection of different components? It begins with house floor plans, which you can find at Truoba House Plans, but it goes much deeper. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most important tips to ensure that you’re able to design a good house.
The single most critical factor in designing a good house has nothing to do with the house itself. Rather, it’s the home’s location. The build site will dictate a great deal about the home, and the surrounding environment will impact it, as well. Every build site is unique and will require that you take specific steps in order to build effectively on it while minimizing your impact on the local environment. From maximizing views and privacy to creating the feel that you want, the location plays a critical role.
Setting can also be called environment or context. Here, it refers to what’s around your build site. Are you located in a subdivision? In an urban area? What human structures are around and how will they affect your build? Do you want a home that is visually similar to your neighbors’ homes? Do you have to comply with zoning laws? Each of these will impact your ultimate design in some way.
Layout and Design
Form and function are often thought of as separate things, but they’re really two sides of the same coin. You need a home that functions in a way that supports your lifestyle and that of your family, but that also offers an aesthetically pleasing form. If one is sacrificed for the other, the home design will ultimately fall flat. Think about your home in terms of function – what do you want to do in each room? How do those rooms tie together? How do they tie into the outdoor areas around the home? Now, think about form for each of those areas. How does the form you want support the function, or how does function affect form in each area?
The Overall Structure
In order to be a good home, yours will need to provide shelter from the sun and elements. It will need to be cool in the summer months and warm in the winter. It will need to provide sleeping quarters, dining space, and entertainment areas. All of these considerations go into making up the overall structure of the home. Think of this as building a framework on which you will hang your aesthetic considerations.
Also called organization, flow speaks to how each room leads to another. How does the home flow? When you enter through the front door, are you immediately in a room? A hall? A formal foyer? Will you primarily enter through the kitchen door or a garage door? If so, what flow will support your lifestyle and family needs best?
Style and Materials
Finally, we come to style and materials, which are intertwined. Style is the overall aesthetic of the house – a Tudor design, or a Craftsman-style home, for instance. Materials are elements that help your style stand out – slate or terra cotta roof tiles for instance, or cedar shakes instead of siding. What style do you want and what materials can make your style stand out?
In the End
These design tips will help you create a good home that is at once comfortable and perfectly suited to your wants and needs in a way that a preexisting home will never be.