Function First, Then Style: New Construction House and Home Tips

When designing a home, new homeowners tend to focus on the overall look and appearance of the home and ignore how the space will actually be used.

One of the things to know about home design is that you can always create a house that fits any particular architectural style, however, designing the layout and features around the way in which you actually live should come first. The style of the house can take shape once its actual use is define.

Here are some simple tips for getting the functional design right:

  • Make a list of your hobbies. Do you like crafting? If you are dedicated to it, perhaps a studio large enough to hold a folding table and some supply shelves is what you need. Perhaps you are an aspiring woodworker in need of a workshop (with lots of power outlets) or a movie geek in need of a home theater – and the necessary electrical and audio-visual wiring that goes with it.
  • How do you spend your weekends? If you’re an at-home type, you might want a recreation room, a media room, a workshop and a large kitchen.
  • Like to watch the wold go by? Consider a large wrap-around porch or deck where you can sit on your porch rocker and just take it all in.
  • Enjoy cozy evenings? Consider installing a fireplace or stove fueled by wood, pellets or propane.

There are many ways to design a beautiful home. In order to ensure years of happiness, start with taking an account of the things you enjoy most and building them into your design. Unlike buying an existing house, your custom home should be built to suit the way you live without requiring you to adjust your lifestyle to the building.