Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in a home that does exactly what you want it to do? A place where the walls and ceilings don’t just provide shelter, but also give you comfort and warmth.

Where your kitchen is so well-equipped that cooking becomes an enjoyable experience rather than a chore. Where every time you walk through the front door, all of your worries melt away.  These homes exist! They’re called “dream houses” – and if this sounds like something you’ve been wanting for yourself or someone else, then this article is for you! We’ll explore how to find the right land to build on, as well as design tips from architects who have built dream houses themselves! So let’s get started with the basics:

Are You Building from Scratch, or Renovating?

If you’re planning to construct your dream house from the ground up, then you’ll need to find a plot of land that is large enough to accommodate all the necessary structures. Making this step easier for yourself is simple: make a list of features you want your home to have and decide how much space each will require. Something that can make this step go really quickly is kit houses that are premade elsewhere. An architect can help determine these figures – they should be able to tell you exactly how big the lot has to be in order for everything on your wish list (such as certain rooms and outdoor amenities) to fit comfortably.

Many people opt to renovate existing homes as opposed to building from scratch because it’s less disruptive, and expenses are typically lower. While some dream houses were once lived in, others have been turned into spectacular homes from the ground up, and a few were built from scratch on a foundation of an old house. This last option is often beneficial because the structure may already meet modern building standards for safety and insulation.

Now that the important stuff has been squared away, it’s time to start building! Here are some simple tips from architects who have jumped through the very same hoop before…

Tip 1 – Begin by working on one room at a time

Focus on what needs attention first, then fill out other spaces as budget allows or after you’ve created a cohesive look throughout the home. Look for inspiration from other homes that have been featured in design magazines or online – even if you’re not directly influenced by the look, it can help give you ideas for colors, materials, or finishes to incorporate into your design.

Tip 2 – Create mood boards with inspiration photos to bring together a cohesive look

Combine textures, patterns, and colors to develop your ideal color palette. Whether you’re the type of person who likes a neutral palette with pops of orange or purple is entirely up to you! Make mood boards for specific areas of your house, rather than one for just your house to help you keep track of things easier all areas – it will help bring everything together.

Tip 3 – Incorporate other elements into your design

Whether it’s outdoor space, a specific view, or other unique characteristics of the area where your project will be located, incorporate these ideas into the design process (or onto additional mood boards). The more detail and thought you put into the process, the better your final result will be.

Tip 4 – Start early and make sure to allow extra time for unforeseen problems

It might take longer than expected to find tiles you like or even simple things like hardware. Set an estimated budget and include these costs in your project before you start so that you don’t spend more than you originally planned for.

Tip 5 – Keep track of where you are in the process

If you’re working with an architect, they should provide a timeline and a detailed list of what you can expect and when. It’s also helpful to keep track of how much money has been spent to date.

Creating a dream house is no easy feat, but with the right planning and tools, it’s not impossible. Working closely with an architect can help you stay on track during your project by providing detailed timelines for each stage of construction as well as insight into how to best use space in order to meet all your needs. It may take some time before everything comes together – so start early! 

There are many details that need to be addressed before building starts – from finding land large enough for the structures listed above, to determining what features will ultimately make up your home once built. Use our tips and tricks to jump start the process of designing a new place perfect for living out those dreams!


Published by HOLR Magazine