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This is our comprehensive guide on home design, from kitchen appliances to architectural design. Of course we offer advice, inspiration and experts to help you!
This is our comprehensive guide on home design, from kitchen appliances to architectural design. Of course we offer advice, inspiration and experts to help you!

Design of your home

You probably have the design of your dream house ready in your mind with each of the corners furnished to perfection. But when it comes to expressing your ideas on paper, you feel completely lost. Is that the concern you are having? Or, are you seeking for more inspirations before designing yours. Whatever your requirements are, we are here to help you every step of the way.

How to plan a house design?

Let’s begin with the house design, the basic planning and how it should look from the outside. Focus on these questions and prepare your answers. They will come in handy in the later stages. Think how big a house you need for yourself, or if you have already bought a plot, how large can you afford it to be. Think of the style of your house. Do you want a classically designed structure or a contemporary one? The choices are almost boundless, but there is no need to be overawed by it.

In the turn of last century designers like Ludwig Mies van der, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and others have changed the conception of how a façade should ideally look like and forever altered our tastes.

Modern houses tend to be minimal with a general appreciation for geometric forms. You can opt for such a style of your residence or choose to go back further and select a classier effect. You will have to decide on the number of storeys you need to have for your residence. Multi-generational houses or those built on extremely small plots may need to be higher than three storeys. Before deciding on any style, you must also take into the account the surroundings.

Steps to follow for a home design

Once you decide on the above aspects, make a rough sketch of how you want your home design to be. Use coloured pencils and crayons to spice up the exterior. It will encourage you to think more and come up with even more ideas. Besides, your architect will be in a better position to understand your tastes and requirements.

Now move on to the interior of your house and plan well for each of your rooms. Here you would need to have a rough idea of which room should be at which position. You can fill in the details of the rooms without any additional headache.

Seek the opinions of your family members and, if possible, check the merits and demerits of your plan with someone experienced. He or she will be able to point out the flaws and suggest you the necessary changes. Of course, after this informal session you will need to go back to the drawing board once again.

How to plan a house layout?

If you want to build a feng shui or vastu compliant home, you will have to take special care to correctly position your rooms. Otherwise, you may roughly depend on certain generic rules, your own intuition and the guiding power of your friends if you have sought anyone’s help in the matter. Once you approach the architect or interior planner of your home, he or she will resolve many of your quandaries.

While making a floor plan, remember not to follow any of these common mistakes. Have only those options that that look classy, are durable and easy to maintain. You would not like special architectural features to be responsible for draining your hard earned money later.

While checking a model home always think carefully about the improvements you need to make. Those model residences or apartments that would cost you a large sum for improvements and reorientation are best avoided.

Don’t think you can make a complete change to your lifestyle to suit the interior of any home. If so far you are not used to open floor plan or is apprehensive about it, don’t try to fit it into your lifestyle. These so called minor adjustments can be a significant source of displeasure later on.

Imagine how your home would appear to be when fully occupied. Would you still have sufficient elbow room available for everyone including your guests? Consider the extras like garage space, utility room etc and the dimension of every additional item on your list. You need to plan the flooring, wall colours and décor of these parts of your house as well.

Industrial design

An offshoot of the modern design movement of early 20th century, industrial design is gaining in popularity by the day. Worldwide there is a new trend of remodelling abandoned factory sheds and warehouses as residential premises. This, along with its edgy nature fuelled the passion about this design ethos.

An industrially designed apartment hides none of its quirky architectural features. These houses often boast of high ceilings and large windows which are very useful for volumetrically segregating the space. Bare concrete or brick walls, metallic ducts and exposed beams are the prime adornments of these types of interiors. They are often skilfully decorated in such style that gives a chic appearance to your home.

Industrially designed homes also thrive in contrasts. So you will see heavy but smooth iron works with rugged walls and a combination of white and very dark to pitch black tones. You will need to complement these aspects of your industrially styled home with suitable furniture and decorative elements.

Furniture design

Speaking of furniture design, its development from the earliest time has been as wonderful as you can imagine it to be. So much so, that many of the earliest pieces of furniture like ebonised couches, lacquered yoke back chairs, huanghuali table etc still grace the interiors of many homes in Asia and beyond. They were handcrafted by skilled artisans, a tradition still alive in many parts of the world.

Furniture crafted this way can be customised according to your requirements. They often boast of a singular style and consequently, are a prime requirement of any gracefully decorated home.

In a more recent time, mid-century modern furniture transformed the interior of our modern homes. These one of a kind designer furniture is a proud possession of many a contemporary homeowner around the world. A whole new range of lightweight pieces, sometimes made of synthetic materials and suitable for small spaces were born as a result of 1950’s design revolution.

Thanks largely to some of their iconic pieces, architects and designers like Arne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Verner Panton, Alvar Aalto among others were the prime instigator of this change. Modern house owners still seem to be completely enamoured by their most notable creations like Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair, Das Ei Paimio Sessel, Heart Cone and so on.

Lighting fixtures

An elegantly decorated home also requires suitable lighting fixtures to brighten up the interiors in style. Here too you are literally flooded with choices. From intricately designed Moroccan lamps to finely crafted contemporary designer pieces, you have no shortage of chic fixtures to induce a dreamy mood in the interior atmosphere.

Garden design

Finally, don’t forget to plan carefully about your garden design. Even a tiny front yard can turn out to be the sanctuary of peace for your urban abode. Disregarding its beauty will neither enhance the charm of the exterior of your house nor will speak highly of your tastes.

 Prefabricated Home by FingerHaus GmbH - Bauunternehmen in Frankenberg (Eder)

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