When you start designing your own home, you know the possibilities are endless.
From a great space for relaxation to a great home for business, a home can be the perfect place for the person you want to be.
Here are six ways to save money on your home design.
Choose the right size and shape for your home The bigger your home, the more space you’ll need.
“You can always increase the width of your living room, but the more the home is built, the smaller the living room needs to be,” says Dan McNeil, a commercial real estate broker and owner of McNeil Property Management.
“So, if you’re going to build a home, go for a small house or something with an even smaller footprint.”
For example, a two-bedroom house might need a three-story entrance, while a three or four-bedroom home might need one or two stories.
Get your designs right The next step is to get your designs done right.
“Once you’ve got the layout down, it’s just about designing the home,” says McNeil.
“There’s no right or wrong way to do it, so you’ve just got to be mindful of what’s right for you and what’s not right for your family.”
To help make your home more accessible, McNeil suggests starting with your first design.
“Get your first sketch and make a few tweaks before you start building,” he says.
“Then once you get a feel for the space, start making your layout.”
Make the right connections for your living area and amenities.
McNeil says a simple connection can make a big difference.
“A couple of the best things to do when it comes to connecting the living area to the kitchen is to have two bedrooms that can be separated by a large open door.
You can put the dining room in the kitchen, and the living rooms in the dining and living rooms can be in different locations.”
Use flexible flooring to create a more inviting living space.
“For a large house, I think you need some sort of living room that’s not too narrow,” McNeil advises.
“If you have two-story windows, you’re really limiting your living space, and that could make it a more difficult place to get in and out of.”
A narrow living room could be more appealing if you have your living spaces in different areas of the house, but McNeil recommends making the most of the available space.
If you’re designing for a smaller house, you might want to go with a walled or open plan design.
Build a flooring system that includes extra support for the living space While you might not want to get into the idea of having a roof built into your home’s foundation, you should still consider a roof for a floor.
McNeill suggests using “pitch-framed,” or high-strength concrete, instead of standard brick or brick-reinforced concrete.
“In addition to providing some extra strength, you also need a lot of support,” he explains.
“When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter what kind of roof you use.
It really doesn’t make a difference in terms of what you end up with, but it does make a lot more of a difference if you can use a different type of roof.”
Take a break and take advantage of the free time in your free time.
A big part of home design is planning a fun and relaxing time for your guests, so the first step is getting your designs in order.
“To really get in touch with your guests and really create that happy place in their home, I suggest building a play area for your children,” McNeill says.