When you think of building a home, the first thing that probably comes to mind are probably those construction-based images of workers hoisting makeshift ladders and bucket trucks. You know, the generic images of sweat, danger, and hard work. But what if you could look at the process from an outside perspective? What if you could see it from the home owner’s perspective as well? In other words, what if you could see your current home from the outside in like a architect would see it from an interior designer’s point of view? For example, how would they make sure that the design was working from both a structural and a visual standpoint? In this article we talk about how an architect might view homes to help create a fresh new perspective on how to build a home that looks great and stays clean.
Think about how your current home works before you build a new one.
Home design is all about working with existing space and materials to create a new space that is uniquely your own. As a homeowner, if you think about how your current home works, you can almost guarantee that you will be able to capture ideas and features that will work in your new home as well. For example, imagine you have a large family that all sits down at the same table. Your current home may have two identical dining room tables, but your new home will have one large island dining table that is perfect for your large family.
Look at existing homes and think about how they’ve been designed.
A good place to start when looking at existing homes is to take a look at websites like interiors-exterior.com to get an idea of what type of décor style is popular in your area. There are many examples of homes that have been proudly built in different styles on interiors-exterior.com, like this Pinterest board with hundreds of examples. If you take a look at these examples, you will notice that there is a common thread that runs through each and every one of them. This thread is the use of natural materials in the design of the house.
Try to capture key ideas in photographs.
When you are designing a home, you want to capture all of the important ideas that you can. For example, imagine that you are designing a home with a pool. To help you capture the important ideas that you would want in your pool, take some photographs of the pool deck, lights, the steps going into the pool, the stairs, and the like. These can all help you craft your pool design based on those key ideas.
Create a virtual tour of the home so you can see it from all angles.
When you are planning a home, it is very important to plan out all of the rooms within the home and then some. This planning can be as simple as drawing a diagram on paper of the rooms in the house and writing down what sizes and styles of items should be in each room. For example, if you have a two-bedroom house, you would plan the rooms such that one bedroom would be used as a library and the other bedroom would be used as a bedroom. This planning will help you to create a clean and organized home.
Don’t just take photos of the actual place, but also take photos of everything that you can think of that could be important to design: doors, windows, trim, cabinets, countertops and more.
You can take any photos that you like, but here we recommend taking photos of the doors and windows because they are the most important items to the design of a home. These are the main points of entry and exit into the home and they need to be as clean and clear as possible. Take photos of the actual doors and windows, but also take photos of everything that you can think of that could be important to design: doors, windows, trim, cabinets, countertops, and more.
Use your virtual tour as a blueprint for building the home.
When you take a look at homes that have been designed according to ideas about how people actually use homes, you will notice that the homes tend to be much cleaner and less messy than those that don’t follow these rules. For example, imagine that you are designing a home with a pool. The pool deck should be as clean as the inside of the home because people will probably swim in the pool and the deck needs to be as clean as the outside of the house so people can easily get in and out of the pool without a lot of dirt getting in their eyes. By following these 5 tips, you can create a new home that looks great and stays clean.