Home Design

Designing your own home means you can customize the layout of your home, choose what type of amenities you want, and otherwise ensure that you and your family are happy and comfortable for years.

However, before you finalize any plans you should consider a few practical elements that will help you stay on budget and also build the luxury home of your dreams. These facets of residential design will allow you to create a home that is comfortable, affordable, and luxurious.

Family Size Now and in the Future

The size of your family may not be static, particularly if you are a newlywed or you have yet to add children to your family. While you may not need a lot of space or amenities today, that need could change rapidly once you begin expanding your family.

Before you begin to design your home, you should consider how large you believe your family could be in the future. For example, if you plan to live in the house for years, you may want to think about the number of children and grandchildren you could have in the next 10 or 20 years. It may be easier to design a spacious house now than add on space to your existing structure later.

Resale Value

Along with planning for the size of your family, you also would do well to consider your home's potential resale value. Even if you plan on staying in your home for the rest of your life and never putting it up on the market, you should still design your home with its resale value in mind.

Any number of circumstances could arise that would compel you to sell your house. A well-designed house will not only serve as a comfortable home for you and your family; it could also fetch a higher resale price if you ever have to list it for sale. With that, as you design your home you should think about what your family wants and also what other home buyers look for in a house that is up for sale. You may never actually list your house on the market; however, it is better to design it with a resale price in mind than to lose money if or when you do put it up for sale.

Contractor and Do-It-Yourself Projects

Planning your home's design also requires you to think about the actual work that will go into its remodeling or construction. You may be able to handle some of the work. However, you also may have to rely on professional contractors to carry out more complex projects.

When you finalize designs, you should consider plans that you can afford to pay for it you have to hire contractors like electricians, roofers, or drywall hangers. You also may choose plans that you perhaps could undertake, such as laying sod, painting the inside walls, or varnishing your front porch. By choosing designs that fit within your own capabilities and your budget, you ensure that the work will get done in a timely manner without the fear of you running out of money or being physically incapable of working on your home.


Many people choose to design their own homes so that they can choose what amenities they want for themselves and their families. As you consider your designs, you should have an idea, if not finalized plans, for what amenities you want or need in your house.

Some of the more popular amenities that people today like to include in their home designs include:

Wireless or remote thermostats
Thermo-warmed floors
Media or game room

Technology has made today's home amenities luxurious, innovative, and designed with your family's everyday comfort in mind. You can create the home of your dreams by researching the amenities available to you today and including them in your home's designs.

If you want a house that you and your family can live in for years, you may be well served by designing your own home instead of buying an existing structure. Before you finalize your home design plans, you would do well to think about these aspects that can make your designs more practical and luxurious.