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Designing a kit home is undoubtedly a large project. Everything from floor plans and landscaping to orientation and the fixtures used needs to be discussed, evaluated and decided upon.

While designing and building a new house is an exciting time, the burden of constant decision making can start to feel overwhelming for some. But there are ways you can make sure you keep the good times going.

To enjoy the magic of being a homebuilder, break down the design process. By approaching each phase and component of the build in sections, tasks become more manageable. It also gives you the necessary time to make the right choices for your brand new home.

Giving yourself the time and space to make these crucial decisions is key. This way, each wall that is built, window that’s installed, and storage space that is created all work together to form your dream kit home.

What to consider before you begin the design phase of your kit home

By laying the groundwork for your home dream to be built on, you are building a strong foundation to ensure you are happy with your home for many years to come. While this phase of designing a home might seem time intensive, it’s a vital step.

Here’s what you need to consider before you begin the design phase:

Location

Location will play a large role in the end design of your home. This is because location can impact everything from the style of home you build to the materials you use.

For example, the location may be in a fire or flood prone area. As such, the home would need to allow for certain fire-resistant or even termite resistant materials to be used in the construction process.

There are also certain local government stipulations attached to pieces of land. For instance, you may have purchased a block of land which has zoning restrictions that outline whether a one or two storey home can be built.

When it comes to choosing a block of land, you also need to conduct a site survey and soil test. The site survey will help you determine if the block is sloping – a characteristic that will limit the style of home you build. Soil testing may also impact things like the types of fittings used.

Life stage

As building a home is such a large undertaking, it’s important to build something that will last. This step involves looking at your current life stage while also considering future needs and wants.

This will, of course, differ for everyone. For example, a single income household with no kids will want to build a small, low maintenance kit home. Young families will want to build a kit home with a lot of space and additional bedrooms that can be later transformed into a study, home office, guest room or even a craft room , while those who are downsizing will be looking for somewhere they can live comfortably and securely during their retirement years.

Budget

Finally, when choosing and designing your kit home, the budget is key. The budget will not only determine the size of your home, but also the finishes and fixtures used, as well as your ability to hire builders and contractors or the need to do most of the work yourself.

When calculating the cost of a home, those in the industry refer to this equation as cost per square metre. It is worth noting that in Australia, the average price difference between a low square metre build and a high square metre build is considerable.

Conduct preliminary research

Once you have made decisions in terms of type of home, location and budget, the next step towards designing and building your kit home is to conduct preliminary research. This way, you are armed with all the information necessary to start the building process.

Attend display homes and open houses

When designing a home it is important to figure out likes and dislikes. One way to do this is by attending open houses. This way, you can see firsthand design elements that work in a home and elements that simply don’t work.

Creating mood boards

Creating a mood board or notebook full of pictures and magazine clippings is a great way to get inspired. By having all the necessary information in one place, you can better organise and visualise what elements work in a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom.

Visualise the bigger picture

Another essential element of design is painting the bigger picture. This simply means working out how you will use the different spaces/areas in your home and designing the floor plan and individual spaces in an optimised way to match what use you envisage for them.

Choosing your home designer

The next component of designing a home is choosing the designer to partner with. As a designer will be integral to turning the vision of your home into a reality, it’s important to go with the person you can trust to have open conversations with.

Kitome’s design team have over 25 years of experience with designing homes in Australia, meaning they have seen and done it all. This wealth of knowledge can really help you when having to make the hard choices during the design process, particularly when it comes to making informed decisions.

Working with your designer

The best and most logical first step for choosing a designer is to engage professionals who specialise in kit home builds and can demonstrate references. Then, trust your intuition. If the designer listens to, and gels with you, they will be able to help you create a dream home.

Designing the perfect home for your style

A perfect home is achieved when the home suits your style. This is why you need to have open and honest conversations with designers about more than just what wall colour or floor type you like – it’s also about how you live, and what you like to do with your time. This means they can create a house concept that is easy to navigate, and has space for all of the activities you plan on doing.

Customisation for your needs

When it comes to building homes, there is no one size fits all. With this in mind, the designer you choose should be able to understand all of your needs – both present and future – and create a customised design to fit those needs.

Start designing with Kitome

Designing a kit home is a big life step. It’s also a step that you want to absolutely get right. Because when you take the time to design and build your dream home, you want it to last forever.

To ensure that you’re equipped for the journey, take the time to thoroughly prepare. By investigating the process of building a home and all of the associated choices, you can be sure that you’re making the right decision.

From there, building the perfect kit home is within reach. Kitome will work closely with you every step of the way to ensure that your dream home can become a reality. Contact us today to begin the very rewarding journey of designing and building your own kit home.

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