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Storage Space Can Make Or Break a New Home Design Or Home Addition

Where are we going to put everything? That’s a common question when looking at buying a new home that doesn’t have adequate storage or space. People love their stuff but hate clutter. It’s a problem that is best solved at the design stage.

As the population ages and home sizes trend smaller, storage space becomes infinitely more important when designing a new home or home addition. Even if you don’t see the need personally, it’s best to keep your home’s resale value in mind.

People love to save! And over time, people’s stuff accumulates and they grow more attached. They won’t buy a home without the storage space they need.

Give a Clear Message to Your Designer or Architect

Over the years of working with people as they get their new home or home addition concept out of their minds and onto paper, I’ve learned that it’s often difficult to convey their real needs to an architect. Their desire for space and tidiness gets trumped by the “glitter” of more visible and tangible aspects of a home’s design.

You must get specific about what you want. Don’t leave storage space up to the designer without making it very clear what you want and why. Then let your designer use her creativity to bring it about.

Specific Storage Considerations

I hope you’re convinced about the value of creating ample storage! Here are several ways to solve storage problems in your home’s design.

CLOSETS:

Both the size and number of closets are critical. Walk in closets where possible are best. Hallway closets are always desirable. Consider interior closet designs as well that really maximize the storage and use capabilities of the closets.

KITCHEN PANTRY:

The size isn’t as important as the value of having one. But the smaller the pantry, the greater the need for excellent design of the space. Separate rooms are desirable but cabinet pantries can also work.

LAUNDRY ROOM:

The laundry is not often considered as storage space but usually ends up as a storage room! For this reason, designing the laundry with storage in mind is wise.

GARAGE:

Cars, boats, RVs, and other recreational vehicles can really clutter up your property without providing for their storage. Great design can make these “toys” almost disappear. Also, with forethought, you can design in extra storage for other items at the same time.

ATTIC & BASEMENT:

Many newer homes and certain markets do not have basements and attics. If you’re designing a new home or addition, look for ways to utilize these as they can be very valuable for storage. And be sure to design in easy access to them.

Convenience and Resale Value

Keeping storage space high on your priority list will keep a great home design from going sour on you. If left to an afterthought, it’ll become all you think about later on. Don’t let that happen to you!

Great Value Begins With a Great Home Design

A good architect or residential designer can make your new or existing home unique. If you’re looking for a truly custom home for a new building project, a home designer has the experience and tools you need.

It’s an investment in quality and comfort.

Question: When should we hire an architect … and why?

Answer:

The quick and easy answer to this question is; every time you build a new home or plan a home addition. Architects are creators, designers, and structural professionals. Many will also work with structural engineers and even interior designers.

Custom home building demands custom design. And, with a major remodel where additions are planned, you will most certainly require some form of home design professional. You cannot expect to get what you want or match the look and functionality of your home without a home designer.

Home Designing Exceptions That Work

Rarely are home building answers black and white and as simple as saying “do this … don’t do that.” And, when it comes to home plans, you definitely have other options besides hiring an architect.

Online and off, there are pre-drawn house plans for homes in nearly every size, style, and quality you can imagine. Some of them are quite good. You can find quality construction, good design, and very competitive pricing. But, the one thing you give up the most is having a true custom home. That’s something to consider before you purchase.

Why an Architect Could be Your Best Bet

Here are some popular reasons to hire an architect to design your home:

  • Local codes & restrictions  may require a local & licensed architect
  • You want a truly custom home designed to your specifications
  • You want a skilled designer to wow you!
  • You want ongoing design support during your construction

Online Home Design in a Flash

With the right program, even the complete layman can make great home design schematics. Until now, designing a home was considered too difficult for anyone but a skilled architect to do. With today’s technology, software exists that will let you craft your home and render it into a 3D image to see how it turns out.

There’s a small learning curve to these applications, and they can even be a blast to use once you learn the basics. These software programs are the best bet for that amateur home designer that wants to build a custom home for their family. You’ll have the freedom to play around until you have an aesthetically pleasing and sound design for your house. You are limited only to your imagination, as these applications allow you to play around and find which of your ideas work with the 3D rendering.

If you’d like to do this but don’t know where to start, take a day off and browse around at the designs of homes comparable to your price range and taste. You’ll have a better notion of your likes and dislikes by checking out these homes that are up for sale near you. Make sure you can look at a variety of home styles, so you can have the largest frame of reference in which to base your designs.

Home design magazines are also a great source of inspiration for budding homebuilders. Bookstores and libraries have plenty of these magazines, where you can even look at interior designing and actual floor plans for real homes, to have the best idea of what you’re looking for. With this and your visual browsing of the open houses, you’ll have enough inspiration to get started on your dream house in the 3D home design programs.

There are a number of things out there for the amateur renovator who wants to add on to their home, or even the budding architect who wants to build his own house. With some basic computer skills and the right attitude, you’ll have a blast learning how to use these programs, which won’t take long, as you’ll find the intuitive nature of these programs to be quite surprising. It won’t cost you much, but the rewards in creating your own home design that’s perfect for you are priceless.

Home Design Software Tips

The benefits of using home design software can be unbelievable. Whether you have experience with home-building design or not, home design software can give you a pretty clear picture of what the new house is actually going to look like and this is wonderful.

1. Make sure that you understand how the software works. Take some time to read the instructions and practice using the software until you become comfortable with all of the tools and other options that are available in the program.

2. Get a couple of books on house design, to make sure that you are designing everything so that it will function and flow properly in the new house. In other words, don’t make your hallways to big and your bedrooms too small.

3. Don’t design a house with engineering problems. Your home could look marvelous on your computer, but have engineering problems. Don’t get too excited, before you actually try to figure out if the home can be built.

4. Once you have a pretty good design, you’re going to need to make sure that all of the electrical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning systems will actually work and function well with the home design.

5. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to understand how homes are actually constructed, before you design one. I can’t tell you how many architects I have worked with, who don’t understand how homes are actually built.

If you have the house design software, design a couple of different buildings, before approaching an architect or engineer. A good engineer or architect and even a good general contractor can look at a home design and point out potential problems with it. Have fun with your home design software.