One of the most exciting stages of building a new home is the planning stage, where you get to put your ideas to paper. A professional engineer or architect is well aware of the issues that can come up during the planning process. But there are certain things about your new home that are entirely up to you and depend on your input. Before you start having a professional put your ideas on paper, there are a few things you need to think about if you want your dream home to live up to your own expectations.

Become Very Familiar With Floor Space

A 12’x12′ bedroom sounds like it would be big enough for a child, doesn’t it? The reality is that seeing the measurements on paper is very different than actually standing in the room when it is done. Instead of guessing when it comes to the floor space you want in each room, you should know exactly how much space you are dealing with and give the designer the proper measurements.

A great way to test out room measurements is to find an open space and start measuring off room sizes. You can put a chair in each corner of your space and run a rope from chair to chair to represent walls. This little exercise will give you all of the feel you need to determine which room sizes will really work in your dream home.

Always Plan Ahead

Young couples planning their first house often do a fairly terrible job at planning ahead. If they plan on having kids, then they may be sure to include an extra bedroom for the child that will start off as a nursery, but then evolve into a teenager’s bedroom. That is good planning, but it does not take into account the need for more storage space, more family living space, and even the two-car garage that will be needed when Junior starts driving.

When you plan your new home, always do your best to plan as far ahead as possible. By planning ahead now, you can avoid costly and unnecessary remodeling projects in the future. Talk to your designer about your future plans and make sure your new house is scalable for your life.

Be Aware Of The Placement Of Essential Rooms

It may sound convenient to put the laundry room in the basement, but it may turn out to be a bad idea when there are kids running around the house. As you get older, your ability to lug a laundry basket up and down the stairs starts to deteriorate and that will cause problems. It is important that you plan out the placement of the essential rooms in your home (bedrooms, laundry room, family room, extra bathrooms) so that they are always convenient for everyone.

It is exciting to sit down with a home designer and start to see your ideas for your dream home get put into real plans. The months you and your spouse spent drawing up your own ideas are finally starting to take form and the excitement is building. As you go through the planning stage of your new home, you need to think about the future and the needs of your family. The more attentive you are during the design phase of building your new home, the happier you will be with the home when it is done.