Saving money on your house design: Building your new home is exciting! Having the chance to get creative and design a home that is perfect for you and your family is half the fun. But it can be easy to get carried away and before you know it you have designed a floor plan that is way over your budget. With a few simple tricks and a bit of know how, you can design a floor plan that not only is your dream home, it is in your dream budget!
Hallways are dead space. They are merely a traffic lane to get from one room to another. Having too many hallways, or hallways that are too long or wide is wasting money that could be better spent else where. Think about how you want to live in your home and try to design that without alot of hallways.
On the other hand, adding in hallways and walls can add benefits when it comes to furniture placement and hanging art.
ORIENTATION OF THE HOUSE ON THE BLOCK
The western afternoon sun in Australia is hot! It can be the worst part of the day in the middle of summer. The best way to avoid the heat is position your home so that all your living spaces are not facing west. It isn’t always possible but something to be mindful of when designing your home.
SHAPE OF YOUR HOME – STRAIGHT WALLS ARE BEST
When thinking of the overall shape of you home, straight external walls will decrease cost. More corners and walls that go in and out to form retreats, will increase the changes in the roofline – and increase your cost!
MODIFY AN EXISTING FLOOR PLAN
While it won’t be the plan you designed, you can always modify an exisitng plan to suit your needs with out adding too much cost.
LEAVE OUT EXTRA FEATURES
Raked, higher ceilings, multi pitched roof lines can give your home the wow factor, but will add more to the bottom line.
If you remember these 5 tips you will be well on your way to saving money on your house design.