The planning of a new custom home or remodel of your existing home requires careful thinking and exploration regarding your lifestyle needs and requirements. It is important to obtain the services of a competent design professional to prepare the building plans and possible design overlays to fit within the building footprint. Many times it is advantageous to have a team of professionals assist the homeowner with the building processes, plan review, and construction cost analysis. Most homeowners are not prepared in many aspects to overcome the multitude of obstacles of construction and remodeling. The experience of all the factors involved during the various processes can be emotionally, financially, and mentally draining. Acquiring the services of a renovation or remodeling coach can ease the “pain and drain”, and will provide added value to the project that will translate into cost and time savings.
The following are important factors that should be incorporated into design and construction:
o Climatic and environmental conditions should be considered the most elementary aspects of home design, but is often overlooked. It is important during the site planning phase to correctly position the home or addition on the lot to fully capture the best view, the sun's angles, and anticipating wind directions. These factors will greatly influence where the outdoor spaces are located and where windows and walls will need to be shaded or capture cross breezes. It is important to consider factors outside of the lot lines – externalises and privacy factors that may affect the room layout.
o Accessibility is especially important when adapting your home for aging conveniences and should be a high priority design. Hallways and doorways that are wide and transitions between floor levels are important considerations. Bathrooms will require more maneuvering space, grab bars, and other special design considerations. Universal design standards are an important for the aging or handicapped.
o Storage requirements should have considered a room by room basis. Efficient kitchen layout that will accommodated your cookware and appliances. Closet criteria should include how much length of hanging wardrobe space. Garages need extra space for lawn equipment, bicycles, recycle bins, workspaces, brooms, cleaning supplies, and etc.
o Acoustics is important in determining how much noise travels through the walls, windows, or from one room to the next. Sound mitigation techniques can be obtained by detailing sound transmission class rated walls, floor or ceiling assemblies and doors that can provide sound isolation.
o Lighting techniques and placement of the right fixtures or windows to obtain the appropriate lighting levels for each rooms specific needs.
Consider what else is vitally important to you and your family for your living needs and wants. Draft a list for each living area, tear out pictures from books and magazines, surf the internet for ideas. It is important to plan your vision and lifestyle needs and desires that will be translated into years of enjoyment.