Design Decisions You Should Be Researching When Building A Home

Design Decisions You Should Be Researching When Building A Home

If you’re looking to build a home of your own, then the flexibility to design it however you want has to be one of the key benefits over buying one that’s already built. However, with that freedom, comes a lot of choices, and if you don’t take your time to do your research, those choices can be so numerous and varied that they end up paralyzing you. Here, we’re going to look at some of the choices you need to make, so you can start researching them ahead of time.

The facade

The materials that the home is built out of are more a practical decision than stylistic, and your builders should be able to help you pick the best solutions for your climate. However, from a visual point of view, choosing the right exterior facade is going to be one of the key defining elements of your home’s look.

Windows and doors

Of course, while the facade may very well be the face of the home, the windows and doors are the eyes of the home. The eye is drawn naturally to them. The aesthetic of your doors and windows shouldn’t be the only thing that you keep in mind, either. You should think about how effective your choices are at helping you manage the climate and how they can save you energy over the years to come.

The roof

Similarly, the roof you add on top of the home is both an aesthetic and a practical choice. Different materials, such as slate, metal, and others can help you better manage things like energy efficiency and heating effectiveness, but you should look at different roof styles, as well. Some may be more practical and natural looking for homes of different shapes and sizes, so be sure to do your research.

Interior materials

The interior materials are, for the most part, a lot easier to replace. If you start off with a carpeted floor, it’s not too difficult to switch to vinyl or wood later, if you have the budget. However, things like the countertops in the kitchen, as well as the materials the interior walls are made out of can take a lot more work to replace, so take your time to look at your options, choosing those that both fit your taste and your needs.

The garden

It may not be a part of the house itself and, indeed, you might want to wait until the house is built before you work on the garden, but it’s a good idea to start thinking about what you want now. Do you want plenty of gardening space and are you prepared for the work that has to go into it? Do you want a patio or decking? Or do you want to avoid the hassle of taking care of a lawn?

Appliances and technology

While it’s true that the interior materials can be changed more easily than other aspects of the home, appliances and technology can be more difficult to upgrade. Choosing energy-efficient appliances from the beginning can save you a lot of money in the long run. Additionally, think about what kind of technology you want to incorporate into your home, such as a smart thermostat or a home security system.

Layout and functionality

The layout of your home is another important consideration. Think about how you want the rooms to flow and what kind of functionality you want in each space. Do you want an open-plan living area or separate rooms? Do you want a dedicated office space or a multi-purpose room? Consider your current needs as well as how your needs may change in the future.


Storage is often an afterthought for many homeowners, but it’s an important aspect to consider. You’ll want to ensure you have enough storage space for your belongings, including closet space, cabinets, and shelving. Think about the types of storage you’ll need in each room, such as a linen closet in the bathroom or a pantry in the kitchen.


Lighting can make a big difference in the look and feel of your home. Consider the amount of natural light your home will receive and how you can maximize it. Additionally, think about the types of artificial lighting you want to incorporate, such as pendant lights or recessed lighting.

Building a home is a big undertaking, and it can be overwhelming to make all of the necessary decisions. However, taking the time to research and consider each aspect of your home can ensure that you end up with a space that is both functional and beautiful.

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Design Decisions You Should Be Researching When Building A Home
Josie Smith
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  1. Shirley O
    April 14, 2023 / 12:05 pm

    All very important things to consider when building a home. The layout is paramount for me.