Building a Home – Design
Starting my day drinking coffee in my beautiful kitchen. I step back and think about the process that got me here standing in a kitchen that was once a dream sketched on a napkin. Reflecting back, part of what made the process easy was the help I received from my builder.
In our initial meeting, I remember talking about different features of a home that were most important to me. My builder asked great questions which made me think about how I envisioned myself living in my future home and this helped paint a picture of what direction we should go with design. I was told to consider three key point when thinking about design, focusing on my needs, wants, and dreams…
- Needs were things like how many bedrooms and bathrooms there were going to be. How many floor levels did I want to have; i.e. single story, two story, and so on. This really came down to how my family was going to “live” in the house.
- Wants were the areas that added that extra touch to my home. A walk in closet in my master bedroom or having vaulted ceilings in my open concept living area. Even deciding whether to have granite countertops in my kitchen.
- Dreams were the things that we all would love to have in our homes, you know those exciting, new innovative ways of designing homes that we see in magazines. I happened to like the idea of having a secret room for my children to get away to play on a rainy day. My builder was able to incorporate this into the design and my kids still love going through that secret door to get to their hidden hideaway.