If you hire a good designer, you can save thousands of dollars. Unlike an architect with years of schooling, anyone can become a designer. It is therefore essential to be sure to check the experience and reputation of the designer and review his samples.
Survey. If you have filed a lot, you will need a topographic survey before meeting your designer who will use it as a guide for the house to fit into the property. The topographic survey is a survey that measures the elevation of various points on a terrain and shows these points as contour lines. These contours show you where and in what slope.
Cost. Before meeting your designer, get an idea of the average cost of a house by asking some builders. To do this, you need to get three average costs per square foot from three different builders, adding them together, then divide by three to get your average cost. From this information, you can determine the size and location of your home for your budget.
Department of Building . Check with your building department for zoning declines for your property. Your designer will need this information to determine the maximum size and position of your home. You should also know this so that you can optimize your lot and your home.
Design books. Browse design books to get ideas of what you want. Make your own sketch to save time for the designer. There are many sources to find a design that you love: libraries, web search, home design magazines, neighbors who built their homes, and so on.
Plans. Through ezines or books, there are thousands of plans to revise. The problem is that it is difficult to find exactly what you are looking for. One way to work around the problem is to choose the one you like, modify it, and then present it to your designer to create your own plan.
Layout. Carefully check the layout for ease of movement, especially in your kitchen, hallway and living room. You might consider having a small kitchen and adding a pantry. If there is room, an island is always a great addition to any kitchen. Maybe you can visit some model homes to have the "feel".
You might want to consider buying a software and getting started in designing your own home on a computer, and then have a structural engineer look into it. An engineer will be needed anyway to get approval from the building department.
Size of the house. Do not design your house significantly larger or smaller than other houses in the neighborhood. This would make your home more difficult to sell in the future. Not only that, your neighbors would not appreciate seeing a bigger or smaller house.
It's important to know what you want and make it easy for your designer to develop a good design for your new home.