House Interior design ideas, inspiration & pictures

A house, or what we call rumah, is so much more than just a roof above our heads; it is a place to create a home, to raise a family, and is a space that should reflect our individual tastes, character, and personality. On top of this, it should be the place in which we enjoy creating memories, relaxing, and retreating from the world around us. First impressions count, so if you are aiming to make an impact, be sure to consider the look and feel of your home exterior and garden as much as the interior. When people outside your immediate family visit your home, they should automatically feel a sense of a homeliness and personality that reflects the character of the occupants. Whilst the home should be reflective of our tastes, it also needs to be equally as functional and practical. As Walter Gropius from the famed German design school Bauhaus famously quoted, “form ever follows function”, a functional room or piece of furniture can still be aesthetically pleasing whilst serving a totally practical purpose.

Which house is right for me?

Generally, people have an idea of what they want. There is an almost endless amount of styles, shapes and sizes when it comes to finding the place that is right for you. Do you want to live in the country or the city? Do you want a large and spacious abode, or do you want something smaller that requires less maintenance? Will you be in your place short-term, or are you there for the long haul? Do you want something affordable, or is money not much of an issue? Is resale value a big consideration, or do you want something completely personalised? Be it over-the-top designs, or a more considerate, eco-friendly approach, homify has all bases covered.

How do I design my dream home?

The best way to kick start the creation of the nest of your dreams is to make lists and budgets. A dream home is no good if it is going to cost you the earth. Whilst a dream home should always look beautiful, be sure to include smart storage and other essential elements that may not look “dreamy”, but are vital to a functional household.

What should I consider when planning my house?

There really is a lot to consider and each individual's situation will be different. Gaining planning permits from local authorities can become a tedious task, so be prepared to compensate, and to be patient. The location of your home is an obvious consideration, as is your price range. Be sure to set a budget and stick to it. When planning how your space will function, consider if you are willing to spend more in the beginning to create an eco-friendly house that will save you money in the long run while benefiting the environment. The design and layout is crucial, so as to serve your family well.

How do I find the right house?

There are many places to find inspiration and to help you find the right house for you and your family, and homify is certainly one of them. By browsing the thousands of categorised images from professionals around the world, you are able to gain insight into the homes of others to help you decide what is right for you. Locally, it is always a great idea to go to as many open house inspections as possible to gain an insight into the local market. Attending auctions, and regularly checking listings from real estate agents will also help you see what is currently available, and how much they cost. Knowledge is power, so always be on the lookout for information to help you find a suitable place at an affordable price.

How do I go about building a house?

There are numerous ways to go about building a house, with a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets. The first time you turn the key in the front door of your brand new home is a special moment, so be sure you are doing so, knowing that you have built a home that is suitable, lovable and hasn't broken the bank. By enlisting trusted builders and architects, you know you are going to create a place that is unique and special, but this isn't the most cost-effective route. If you are on a tight budget, prefabricated houses are no longer the tired and boring structures they once were, so this could potentially be an option for those looking for a smaller home that is affordable, without sacrificing style. Shipping-container housing is another trend that has taken off in a big way, and with good reason. Shipping containers are cheap, easy to obtain, and can be arranged in an endless array of configurations.

How do I find the right architect to build my project?

The architect-client relationship is crucial in the creation of the house of your dreams, so it is imperative to get this step right. By finding an architect you can trust, you are well on the way to creating a home that is perfectly suited to you. There are many ways to go about finding an architect to help design, plan and build your house, and homify is one of them. With a directory of thousands of architects, you are sure to find one close to you and that is suited to your needs. As with any service, word of mouth is an ideal way for an architect to be found. By asking friends or family for recommendations, the air of uncertainty is taken out of the equation. Experts in related fields such as building, interior design or interior architecture will also be a good starting point. Always check an architect's credentials, and be sure to view their portfolio to gain an insight into their previous works and projects.

How do I decide if I should renovate my house, or build a new one?

This question is part of the dilemma many families face: “Do we renovate, or relocate?” If relocating means building a new house, there are a few points to consider. Is a renovation that suits your needs possible in your current place? Renovating means staying put, and staying in the neighbourhood you know. Children might need to change schools or commute times could be elongated if you decide to move. Moving is no easy task, let alone building and moving at the same time. Building a new house is obviously the more expensive choice, but could see a solid return on your investment in the future.