Designing a Home

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There’s a lot to designing a new home. Same is true for a remodeling project. There are the inevitable questions of “where do I begin? Can I do it myself? Who should I hire?” Just to name a few.

 First of all, get inspired! Planning your new home is the most critical moment of the process, and the most fun. Capitalize on the magical inspiration every project needs to make a house, a home – yours! Capture the lightning-in-a-bottle that motivates you in the first place to design your own home. Write it all down, keep a scrap book, bookmark pictures in books, take pictures, whatever your preferred method.

Second, get organized. You need documents that contain information you’ve gathered which serves to direct your planning efforts. Accurate documents focus attention on facts. Basic information eliminates “Pie-in-the-Sky” dream scenarios which waste time, effort and people’s patience. Start with a Requirements List. Make a Wish List separately so that you can add it to your design later, as you find you can afford. Spend approximately 30 days to 6 months on this part.

Third, develop the ideas & design. This is the phase of the process where dimensions are added to the drawings. Everything must be made to fit at this phase. You will develop your scheme into a completely dimensioned drawing. With a conceptual design roughed out, scheme chosen, a theme decided upon and problems on the site ironed out, you are fitting all the pieces of the puzzle together in this step. You know you are done here when you have located on paper the location of every door and window in the house. This should take you approximately 2 months.

Finally Let the steady hand of an experienced designer, like myself here at Midcoast Home Designs take over the process of shaping up the prints. If you’ve gotten this far on your own drawing skills, you need to delegate now. You have more important duties involved in managing your dream home.

  • When you’re starting out, put all your materials in folders and keep them in one cardboard box. When you find something, the cardboard box will be the place to put it and find it later on when you need it. Better yet- use Pinterest! The BEST way to share photo’s!
  • Take your time. Think about how you will use each space, the furnishings in the space, the circulation through and around the spaces, and what is most important about each space. Cut out measured paper shapes for furniture and cabinets and try them out to see how they will work with windows, doors and circulation paths through the space.
  • Another idea is to pace out and chalk the rough dimensions of your house, including all rooms, doors and hallways.  Use cardboard as “Paper Dolls” for furniture size. This gives you the opportunity to walk through your prospective home and really feel how the spaces relate to one another.
  • If you are having a difficult time in visualizing a design, not to worry. Here at Midcoast Home Designs we use  a 3D visualization process to show you what your new home or project will look like-realistically with even photo’s of yourself, before construction even begins!

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