Designing a Home: Everything You Need to Know

Designing a Home Everything You Need to Know

Designing your own home means you can have it exactly as you want it. You can create a home that is not only unique and energy efficient but environmentally friendly too. 

Pulling a home together and transforming it into something stylish and homely can be difficult. If you’re a first-time builder it’s hard to know how to start planning your design. The process of designing a home can be very challenging and overwhelming, so it’s important to know what you’re doing before you begin. 

The Brief

First you’ll need a brief. At this point, think without limitations. This document isn’t static – it’s something that evolves as the design develops and will be adjusted according to planning permission and budget. 

A brief sets out exactly what you want in your home e.g. the number of rooms and the sizes of those rooms. The brief contains everything that needs to be considered when creating the design. You’ll need a design team to help you with this, but the brief should be created before you contact them. 

It’s important you choose a designer that is qualified and experienced so you can depend on them to help you achieve exactly what you’d like. Townscape Architects are a RIBA chartered practice, designing spectacular residential properties, bespoke new homes, property transformations and commercial architectural developments throughout Yorkshire and across England.

The Design

With help from your designer, you’ll have a plan of what your home will potentially look like. This may start off as a bubble sketch and finish off as a computer-based design. 

The Plot

Analyze the plot. How will your home be oriented? Are there busy roads you’d like to face away from? Are you considering solar panels? If you have neighbors, make sure your property won’t be overlooking them. 

How many parking spaces do you need? A typical three bedroom home needs two parking spaces. 

Are there trees to work around or would you like them to be removed? Trees can be advantageous as they not only contribute to the local ecosystem, they create privacy and shade in your garden too. 

There are many things to consider when analyzing a plot, a design team can help you with this. 

Planning Restrictions and Budget

After everything has come together and you have your design, considering your budget and planning permission is the next step. 

Your design team should help you with anything you don’t understand such as planning permission, building regulations or health and safety. You should consider whether there are local planning requirements and whether your plot is within an area of greenbelt. 

Work out your budget. This should be done before you submit the planning application, you don’t want to apply for something you can’t afford. 

The design team will provide you with the estimated cost of your home. You should confirm whether this works with your budget or whether you need to make adjustments before submitting the planning application. 

Take Your Time

Big things don’t happen overnight, it takes time and it’s worth the wait. Don’t rush anything, carefully consider what is crucial for your home and what you’d like as an extra if you have the room. A designer will help you utilize the space. 

You have no limits, so make it your own. You are in control. Have a look at what other people have done previously and combine this with your own ideas to create something stylish and bespoke.