Most Common Mistakes People Make When Designing A New Infill Home

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Building a home is a huge milestone and an incredible opportunity. Starting from scratch gives you the chance to imagine, design, and construct the house of your dreams with no limitations.

As exciting as this can be, it is vital that you move forward carefully and deliberately. You are building what is both the place you and your family are going to live, as well as the largest financial investment most people will ever make. Any mistakes are going to be a part of your life for a long, long time.

The options are endless, even overwhelming. With so many decisions and so much on the line, an experienced designer can be the best friend you've ever had.

A designer will work with you to make sure your ideas will actually come to life. They can help explore your goals for your home, asses the available space, and start sketching the possibilities so you can literally see what you're getting into.

Even if you are working on a budget a good designer can turn what seem like limitations into opportunities.

Interior designers are crafty individuals who can make small rooms spacious, simple rooms beautiful, and infuse your house with your personality, deploying design techniques that you never knew existed.

They stand beside you every step of the way to make sure your project stays on budget, on schedule, and on target.

To help you avoid basic errors, Herr Design has compiled a list of the most common mistakes people make when designing a new infill home.

1. Picking the hot neighborhood as the right neighborhood for you.

Just because a neighborhood is desirable, that doesn’t mean it’s right for you and your family. Look into the community in details and watch for factors that will effect your life every day: do you like the schools there, are there stores nearby, what are the traffic patterns like?

Get to know the neighborhood first, see if it works for you. If you love walking trails, find a location with trails nearby. If you prefer cafes and brunch spots, go for a drive and see if you can find any great ones. Look out for lots and developments too in that area so you know not just what the neighbourhood is, but what i is becoming.

Infill homes give you the opportunity to pick a neighborhood that suits your lifestyle so take the time to do your research.

2. Building and designing a house to sell in the future.

Investing in a house is good, but you know what’s better? Making the place yours! We’re not saying go wild and fill every room with fuchsia walls and emerald carpets. (Although, in the right house and era, that could be fabulous!) However, don’t make every decision to impress the imaginary person you think might want to buy this place in five, ten, or twenty years from now. This your house! You have to live in it!

Impress yourself.

3. Designing your home by yourself.

It’s so much fun to design a house, but it’s also so much stress. Of course YOU can design YOUR dream home, but you don't have to do it alone.

A professional interior stylist can work with you to take some of the stress (and the risk) away. They could do anything from helping throughout the entire building process, to working with you on the concept design, to just drawing up a simple space plan.

Whatever your needs, always request an interior designer's input. Too often we see new houses where money is thrown at ludicrous, unnecessary luxuries while necessities are ignored, or where valuable space is wasted, or where budgets collapse and entire projects fall apart.

This is your house, and it is important to work with people who aren't going to try to bully you into doing whatever works best for them. An interior designer not only helps you get the decor and design in place, but can also advocate for you with the builder, help you spend money appropriately, and ensure you get a home that you’ll be happy to live in.

4. Expediting the construction of your home.

For many, the waiting is the hardest part. After spending a lifetime dreaming of it, once you decide to start to build it's tempting to hurry things along.

While it's natural to be anxious to make your new house your home, take the time to get it right.

Customize the things your family needs customized. Make a floor plan so you're sure the furniture you want will fit in the rooms you're imagining. Don’t be afraid to move walls, add storage, or make the ensuite larger.

It’s your home! Take complete control.

5. Building for now not for the future.

Infill houses come with the unique opportunity to plan. You can plan for storage, plan for an income suite, plan for an office, for an apartment above your garage... Look five years into the future, will the designs still work for you, or would you use the space differently? Not to repeat ourselves, but a design professional and a skilled builder can help you think in a manner that’s best for your future. We've been through this so many times we can help you see what's coming and make sure you're prepared for it.

Prevent these and other mistakes by reaching out to the experts at Herr Design. Our goal is to work together with you and find a way to bring your ideal home to life. With years of experience in handling varied residential and commercial projects, we have developed cutting-edge design practices that ensure excellence.

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