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If you are planning on constructing a castle for you and your family in the near future, and want to design it to match your family’s specific requirements and preferences, why not do it yourself? Self-designed homes are an actual thing today and lots of people with the desire and willingness have successfully planned out all the details about their dream dwelling before making it a reality. Discussed in this article are a few things that you should consider, if you decide to make things interesting and design your future home.

Inspect the Site

This should be the very first step of your designing process because a plan that does not correspond to the nature of the land over which it will be constructed will inevitably prove to be a huge blunder. Therefore, your plans must be influenced by the site in terms of structure and the ultimate cost. It is no brainer that flatter lands tend to be easier to build on will cost less. Conversely, an uneven terrain will need a lot of work before any construction can be done and will therefore, cost a lot more. Don’t just think about the house alone, but also about the garden space, the driveway and the sewage system. For instance, you may have to invest in a sewage pumping station if there is no downward slope to let the sewage flow to the tank because of gravity alone.

An Open Floor Plan

For those of you with space and money limitations to build a “big house”, an open floor plan is the perfect solution. Such a design will basically get rid of walls as much as possible to combine many living spaces into one, to create the illusion of a much larger space than it actually is. You may choose to combine the living room with the veranda or with the dining room or the kitchen to make the house a lot more spacious. However, open floor designing comes with a few limitations of its own such as the lack of privacy. If you combine certain areas that should ideally be given a certain level of intimacy to the main living room, you will be left with little space for privacy.

Think About Your Family

The house you design for your family must be perfect for their requirements in every way, and while aesthetic beauty is important, that alone will not suffice. For this, you must always make the plans with the needs of all the members on your mind. This will become particularly difficult if you have little kids who require play areas and equipment. The playground area must have quick and easy access to the house and the parents must be able to keep an eye on the kids wherever they are. Figure out how you want the rooms to be connected to each other and the communal areas such as the kitchen, living room and the bathrooms must be linked in an efficient manner. Determining the space that must be allocated for the furniture and possible future modifications is also important.

 
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