Essential Tips for Beginning Your Home Design Journey

Confused about where to start when it comes to beginning your home design journey?  Don’t worry! At DW Homes, not only do we know everything there is about how to build a house in NZ, we are thoroughly involved in the design process too. Follow the essential tips we outline below, and discover that beginning your home design journey is easier than you might think. 

1. Define your style 

The first step to design for a new build or home renovation is defining your style. This will shape your design decisions in the future, so it’s important to pin down first! Do you prefer a modern, traditional, transitional, minimalist or eclectic aesthetic? Are you a proud maximalist who loves a quirky Art Deco interior? There are so many stylistic choices when it comes to imagining your home as your perfect space. 

2. Set a budget 

Your home design journey is strongly influenced by your budget. The higher your budget, the more design choices you can make and the more you’ll be able to do. But, more money isn’t always a necessity! There is much you can do with a tight budget, as long as you’re careful with the materials, labour and furnishings you choose. Always leave room in your budget for unexpected expenses, and try not to overspend. 

3. Think about the floor plan 

The home design you devise should be as functional as it is beautiful. This is why it’s important to remain focused on your floor plan, and whether this floor plan needs to be changed to accommodate your design choices. How will you use each room in your new home or renovation? Make sure there will be good traffic flow and satisfactory storage in every design choice you make. Sometimes, this requires knocking through a wall or consulting with your builder to make sure any traffic will flow as smoothly as it should. 

4. Start small 

Beginning your home design journey doesn’t have to be this intimidating and overwhelming thing! In New Zealand, some of the greatest home designs have started with the smallest choices. We recommend working on one room or area of your home at a time. The more decisions you make, the more you can expand – until, eventually, you’ve designed your entire property! 

Don’t be afraid to perfect one space before moving onto another. Rest assured, your future self will thank you for the time and consideration imbued into every step of the home design process.

To design and construct your perfect home from scratch, it’s always best to consult with professionals. At DW Homes, we can help you in this process with our extensive design and build process. Our home consultants will be with you every step of the way to choose one of our existing home design plans, or to truly customise your own. Contact us for more information, today.

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