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Building A Home – Design

Starting my day drinking coffee in my beautiful kitchen. I step back and think about the process that got me here standing in a kitchen that was once a dream sketched on a napkin.  Reflecting back, part of what made the process easy was the help I received from my builder.

In our initial meeting, I remember talking about different features of a home that were most important to me.  My builder asked great questions which made me think about how I envisioned myself living in my future home and this helped paint a picture of what direction we should go with design.  I was told to consider three key point when thinking about design, focusing on my needs, wants, and dreams…

Needs were things like how many bedrooms and bathrooms there were going to be. How many floor levels did I want to have; i.e. single story, two story, and so on. This really came down to how my family was going to “live” in the house.

Wants were the areas that added that extra touch to my home. A walk in closet in my master bedroom or having vaulted ceilings in my open concept living area. Even deciding whether to have granite countertops in my kitchen.

Dreams were the things that we all would love to have in our homes, you know those exciting, new innovative ways of designing homes that we see in magazines.

I happened to like the idea of having a secret room for my children to get away to play on a rainy day. My builder was able to incorporate this into the design and my kids still love going through that secret door to get to their hidden hideaway.

What was most helpful was my builder’s ability to take these ideas, put them to paper and creatively come up with a design that not only met my needs, but was also within my budget. In hindsight, it turns out the most important decision I made was selecting a builder that listened to me, asked all the right questions and made sure we were on the same page from the beginning.  The trust I developed with my builder is ultimately what made my dream come true.