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Home design comes in many forms and stages. One such stage is from the ground up. In many ways at this stage, you are in the unique position to establish your personality, your needs, your design imprint on a property at the moment of conception!

But, even if you are in this position, there are pitfalls to get around, and sins to avoid comitting, particularly since the ones you make during a project of this scale tend to be the kinds that are hardest to correct (or be forced to ignore!) later on.

To speak in greater detail on this, guest writer Christine Cooney is here with a list 7 transgressions to lead yourself away from when it comes to a home design you can be happy with for the long term.

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Even though we’re on the apparent tail-end of a particularly painful recession, many of us have managed to survive with our homes intact. Some of us are even blessed enough to be in a position to buy a new home or build our own homes. This is an exciting time for real estate. With the unfortunate ushering in of the micro-age of foreclosure, many people are positively positioned to get a home when they may not have been able to before.

With this new form of empowerment however, comes great responsibility. There should be great care taken when designing your home and allocating floor and room space. House plans and floor plans are at the very center of what will make your home functional, stylish and comfortable. Here are Seven Style Sins that are often committed that suck the space, joy and role of your home. We hope they’ll help you create a space that’s both livable and practical to your needs!

1. Insufficient Research before breaking ground

One of the most common and equally, the most unfortunate sins of home design is not doing enough research. This research is not limited just to the design per se, but to everything the home will encompass. People often get very excited and fuel their design based on a hodge podge of fantasies that may not meld. Also, insufficient research on your contractors and building material can leave you very disappointed and can cost you more.

2. Not designing your home with your family in mind

This sin may seem like a no-brainer but it happens so frequently that it bears being mentioned. While we may want something extremely modern or conversely, something more quaint and antique, we have to consider the occupants. If your home is just going to be a showroom, then by all means, design as such, but once your family is going to grow within its walls, you have to make style and space considerations with them in mind.

3. Choosing poor external finishes

Chances are the external finish of your house is not something you will want to tend to ever again after it is decided upon. Some people go with just flat non-textured concrete that will have to be treated and painted sometimes as often as annually. Other people enjoy textured finishes that include stone facades which basically will just require a power washing should it go mossy.

4.  Not giving your kitchen sufficient thought

Whether or not you personally cook often, the kitchen is so important to the home and it needs to be sufficiently accommodated. You don’t have to space it like a commercial kitchen, but there must be enough space for your appliances as well as sufficient ventilation for what is traditionally a very hot, very aromatic room in the house.

5. Cutting back on material costs

Designing your home is the first step which is followed by the actual building. Understand that this is an expensive undertaking that you can find great deals on and savings. However, there are certain things that you really should not skimp on when it comes to cost as it directly affects quality. Woodwork, insulation and plumbing are just examples of things that you should not try to go bargain hunting on.

6. Wasting spaces

When designing your home and designating floor plans, it is easy to let your mind get lost in the space at a blueprint level. This is when you need to be your most practical. Cater for the rooms you need and make sure they are comfortably and spaciously appointed. Choose lines of symmetry that make the most of your space and don’t leave you with unusable nooks and wasted blank crevices.

7. Designing a home for the furniture you have in mind

Unfortunately this is a sentiment that has to be highlighted. We go into home furnishing stores in the formative stages of home design and see things we really like and really connect with. Then we try to design our homes around the furniture we see and like. This is very unpractical. Times change, things get damaged and you have to make allowances for this. Design your home with a solid concept of the pieces you’d like to place it in but be realistic to the fact that in a couple years, you might want to change them and will need the space and core style to do so.

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Thanks, Christine!

Christine Cooney loves learning about architecture, gardening, and small house plans. Her goal is to devise country home plans for her own dream house.

Cheers,

Rob.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.