There’s nothing quite like the quality and enjoyment of everyday life in your own custom home. With the end in mind, as you design your home, consider your specific personal desires. What features will cause your life to be enriched and your gatherings unforgettable? What type of congregating space is important to your family? Does a spa-like master bath sound good to you? Would you enjoy a theatre room or workout space?
The beauty in custom home design is that you get to design your dream home and then enjoy it. Once you begin the process, in a short period of time, your new home design will be completed, and the building process initiated. Here are some things to consider when you’re designing your custom home:
1. Begin with your overall style. Decide on your preferred style or borrow from more than one type.
Typically geometric, boxy, with dramatic curb appeal
Made of primarily glass, steel, and concrete with simple lines and open spaces
Elaborate with intricate details, usually two stories high, and an often with an ornate porch
Simple symmetric design, generally 1.5 stories high, originally designed for the cold New England winters
Often built with natural, local materials, it has a large chimney near the center of the home
An international style with prominent exterior features like white columns and a porch that runs the width of the home
Some also have second floor porches
A single story home popularized in the 1950’s
This no-frills, basic home is perfect for a casual lifestyle
Ranch homes have a free-flowing floor plan homeowners love
A bungalow with a symmetrical, low-pitched roof, and a wide front porch with tapered columns
Many homeowners enjoy distinct exterior color combinations on these homes
A modest, cozy, charming home that is great for smaller families or even vacation homes
A home with a flat roof and perfect for hot, dry climates
An eco-friendly home made of concrete or stucco
A blend of mission revival and Spanish colonial revival features
A home with beautiful arched porches and a common exterior feature including a large, sheltered interior courtyard with water features
A home with a steeply, pitched, multi-gabled roof, and decorative half-timber framing
It’s made of brick, stone, stucco, and wood
2. Decide on the basics for your custom home.
- Number of bedrooms
- Number of bathrooms
- Number of family areas
- Preferences on either an open community eating area and/or a formal dining room
- Porch and home entrance
- Size of garage
3. Prioritize your preferred features within each room.
- Master bedroom
- Master bathroom features
- Additional bedroom or office features
- Kitchen must-haves
- Internet needs
- Phone connection locations
- Wiring for home audio
- Location of fire places
4. Consider unique designs for unique lot features.
- Design your custom home to fit your lot
- Work with the land to preserve the lot’s natural character
- Situate bedrooms and bathrooms away from the front of the house for privacy
- Position windows to enjoy outdoor beauty from the inside
- Avoid zoning surprises
- Check zoning laws first to learn what the law permits on your new lot
5. Verify your needs fit within your budget.
- Invest in home design software to try before you buy
- Keep a running total to help you stay within budget as you plan and design your dream home
6. Create a floor plan that works with your lifestyle.
- Think of not only your current needs, but also your future needs
- Consider the convenience of a door from the garage into the kitchen
- Washer and dryer are often most convenient on the same floor as the bedrooms
- Increase bedroom quietness and privacy by separating them from each other as well as from common areas
- Heating and air work best when located as centrally as possible within the home
- Think about where you will need outlets within the home
7. Measure for furniture needs and plan each room’s details before solidifying the overall plan.
- Home design software or simply graph paper can help you picture your furniture within each room’s new space
- Include lighting choices
- Decide on flooring preferences
- Choose paint colors
- Think about functionality for entertaining
- Consider your needs for daily life
- Verify there is enough seating in each room
Are you looking or a custom home builder in Tulsa, Northeastern Oklahoma, or Northwest Arkansas? Call (918) 992-4788 today to schedule a consultation with Parker Built Homes.