Design a house tailored to your needs
If you plan to build the house, remember that it is an opportunity to create space ideally suited to your needs. COSTERION offers designs of unusual buildings.
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If you are planning to build a house, make it your home and take advantage of the opportunity to create a space that is ideally suited to your needs. After all, your NEW HOME is the place to bond with those you love and entertain new friends. The house you build should be a perfect match to the land you decide to live on. Additionally, your home needs to be environmentally friendly so that it meets the latest standards, and you will save on maintenance fees down the road.
Ready Made or Original Design
When you commit to building a home, you have lots of choices, and one important selection will be a ready-made home or something special with an original design. Be sure to check out designs, photos of the construction and the appearance of how the finished home will look. Get some expert opinions of people who have purchased a new home, both from original designs and prebuilt homes. Check discussion boards and forums for advice, tips, and information that can help you decide on the type of home to buy. Some advantages of a predesigned home is shorter investment time, and a home with tested and optimally constructed solutions for lower costs. Take advantage of the project consultancy service to determine which solutions are optimal for you.
Looking for a custom design, we can help! We can research and gather the specific requirements in terms of space, planning, and the appearance of the house tailored to your specifications. Your original design may require a plot of land with an unusual shape or size and we are happy to accommodate you in this venture. You will need an architect who understands your needs and listens to every creative detail in order to develop your dream house. While an original design can cost more than a prebuilt design, your house will be original and a space you can really relax and entertain in, and best of all – call home.
Another intermediate solution to your new home is the adapted project. “When there are many possibilities like partitioning walls, doors, and window locations along with smaller elements, customers have the option of deciding to introduce these small changes” – says Marcin Kostka, owner of the Costerion company. When selecting a premade project, always ask questions as to what extent the project can be modified. A great architect will have the answers.
Understanding Your Own Unique Needs
Create a checklist of ideas and decide on important must-haves for any new project from a premade design to a custom home. If you are working with an architect, communicate your ideas and get feedback. The size of the home will be important as you will want to take into account the number of people who will be living there. Everyone wants and needs their own space so get ideas from the expert in order to avoid costly mistakes like having an excess of rooms that makes the house more expensive to maintain. If you work from home, add that executive study to cut business expenses while create a quiet space that will inspire you to new ideas and strategies to build your career. Plan on having friends and family over for long luxurious weekends?
Consider adding guest rooms to accommodate them comfortably. Utility rooms like the laundry, pantry, and basements or sunrooms for extra entertaining space are also necessities to consider. Remember to add a recreation room to explore your creative pursuits. You ultimately want and need an original design that will allow for unlimited possibilities. Need a little more simplicity in design, a premade ready project just might be the answer for you.
Planning Your Space
When planning your space, there are some basic principles to consider.
A living room and dining room should be located on the south or southwest side of your house as you want the sunlight to shine into these areas. Add the largest windows to these areas of your home to make use of solar power which will head the interior and make way for the garden. Think about this, depending on where you build your home in the world, you can potentially save up to 20% with the use of solar energy.
Other factors to consider would be to divide your house into zones. The day zone, or rooms you generally use during daytime hours, can consist of a living room, dining room, kitchen, office, guest rooms, bathrooms. Design your home so that these rooms are separate from the night zone, master bedrooms, adjoining baths, and walk-in closets. Kids rooms, family baths and play areas for the kids can also be considered part of the night zone in the home. A home gym and recreation areas are also modern conveniences in the design. Finally, there should be easy communication zones between the rooms so that members of the household can still feel connected while enjoying the space.
Getting the Right Materials
One of the most crucial aspects of building a home is to use the right materials. You want a house to last for decades, to be sturdy and of well-built construction. Think about the various possibilities available when choosing construction technology. You have choices where you can opt for ceramics, concrete, wood (including wooden beams to accentuate the home), or the most expensive materials, or use a majority of prefabricated elements which can save you money and time.
The right building materials are also key to achieving optimal energy efficiency. An environmentally efficient home will save you money time and again over selecting a home made with sub-par materials. A well built, enviromentally friendly home requires less energy to heat and cool resulting in affordable energy bills and fewer headaches. Insulation materials can range from mineral wool, foamed polystyrene, or polyurethane foam. The amount of material used and the selection of the most effective in a given category is important.
You might not think of the next important consideration, but materials you use to build your home will affect the acoustics of the building. Living in a noisy environment can affect your health, so you will want to take special care and insulate your home for sound. You don’t want to be disturbed by the echos in your new home.
Your quality of life in important. Well insulated rooms will create a sense of privacy and everyone in your home will appreciate the peace and quiet.
Lighting and Automation
Lighting adds a special touch and a sense of warmth to any home. Effectively illuminated elements of the house bring out the beauty and charm of the architecture creating an atmosphere to be desired. Lighting adds a special ambiance in a garden, allowing you to admire and enjoy the landscaping in the evening. It also has a special significance in keeping your home safe with lighted driveways and garages.
When designed a modern house, there are options to add smart home elements (IBMS or IIBMS). Modern building management systems can help to optimize energy consumption in the home by controlling the central heating system, air conditioning, heating elements in the floors, sprinklers, blinds, and even lighting and alarm systems. These amazing technological wonders can allow you to manage your home remotely to give a sense of added security and a feeling that you are home – even when you’re away.
Energy efficiency and a degree of independence from the power grid using photovoltaics can help to save the environment and lower or eliminate your electric bills. Although this technology requires an initial investment, it will definitely pay off.
Take advantage of the project consultancy service to determine which solutions are optimal for you. Since a tailor-made home is a big investment, you will need a substantial reserve of money to pay upfront and avoid enormous debt. You can start by tracking your monthly expenses and cutting corners where and when you can.