Building your Dream Home: Defining the vision
Building your dream home doesn’t happen overnight—and it shouldn’t. It’s worth the time and investment it takes to live in a home that’s perfect for you. Like any great endeavour, the journey to the home you’ve always dreamed of starts with a single step. That step, is defining your goals.
It’s the first, and one of the most critical steps. You need to establish the purpose and intention of the dream home you’re building. Whether it’s a place for you to retire, a family home, a vacation destination, or otherwise, will all play into the design and build of the space. For example, a young family home is often designed to be open concept with communal space for play and rest, a large kitchen for family gatherings, and many bedrooms to accommodate guests and a number of children. However, if the home’s purpose is to be a retirement destination, a large amount of space or bedrooms are not often required or preferred.
The home design and build process has emotional bearing for all parties involved. That’s why, we suggest that spouses, relatives, or those who will be participating (whether financially, or subjectively) in the design-build of a dream home, be on the same page from the very start. It’s important to spend time together discussing what it is you truly want to accomplish. Be honest and completely open about your vision. What are your must haves? What are the dream elements? What are the key things you both know you want out of this project in the end? There may be some give-and take, but at least there won’t be as many surprises (or potential for conflict) partway through the project.
Now you need to find a partner—professionals who share your vision and will turn it into a reality from the ground up. Traditionally, construction projects follow a method where the client appoints a builder on one side and designer on the other. A design-builder is a single entity that takes care of the entire project from concepts and blueprints to construction down to the final paint touch-ups. This approach is becoming more and more common worldwide because it changes the traditional sequence of work, which in turn, provides many benefits to you, the client. The project success is anchored by one goal, one accountability, one delivery.