We’ve shared some of my own top pieces of advice for your home build or reno, but there is SO much more we can all learn from others!
Here is the process we walked through to build our home.
Everyone has a dream home. It could feature a farmhouse style kitchen with modern appliances, or a lounge with the latest television and beautiful hardwood floors. While everyone may have an idea in their head of how it should look and feel, how do you make your dream a reality?
Know What You Want… And What You Don’t Want
The first step in making your dream home a reality is figuring out exactly what it is that you want. To start, answer the following questions…
- What do you value in a home?
- What new features do you want in your home?
- What do you currently dislike in your home?
- What needs are not being met by your current home?
- What future needs can you foresee?
- What are you willing to compromise on?
- What are your “must-haves”?
Remember, just because it is your dream house doesn’t mean that it has to be extravagant. Everyone’s dream home is going to be different, so be true to your family’s needs when considering these questions.
Decide On A Budget That Will Lead to Good Work
Nobody’s dream home is one that’s poorly built.
It’s better to slowly remodel your home into a dream house with high-quality design and workmanship over cutting corners and compromising on a big project. Anything else will just leave you wanting more in a couple years and unsatisfied with your home (and not feeling like you are living in your dream home!).
Consider Your Lifestyle (Now and In 10 Years)
Your perfect home is one that allows you to live your best life. Form follows function and good design should reflect the realities of your life.
In addition to designing your home with your current lifestyle in mind, make sure it will work with your future lifestyle as well. For those with the intention of growing old in their dream homes, aging in place remodeling may make sense.
Aging in place design and remodeling refers to designing your home with an eye towards living in home as you age. Designing your home in this way will allow you to remain in your home longer (and stay safe while doing it).