Dream home. The name implies perfection. Of course, rule number one about building your dream home is realizing that there is no such thing as a perfect home. Recognizing that on the front end will save you a lot of heartache and frustration. Now, that’s not to say that you can’t get very close, or that you can’t enjoy the building process—you can, on both counts. The key is remaining open-minded and flexible. That applies whether you’re building a new home, or buying a home and renovating it to your specifications. Either way, your “ideal home” plans will likely require unexpected changes and alterations.
Here are a few things to consider as you begin the process of making your dream home a reality:
Up until the last few years, homeowners were obsessed with square footage. “We need a bigger house,” was the motto of many. In the minds of young married couples in particular, bigger was better. The rationale being as our family grows, so does our need for additional square footage and extra rooms. And while some still subscribe to that notion, many young families are getting creative to show that it’s not so much the square footage that’s important—it’s what you do with it.
When people are building or buying a house, they tend to focus on the location, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and size of the yard. These are all important, of course, but there are other features that homeowners should be looking at closely: amenities. Far too often we come across families or individuals who tell us, “I wish we had asked for specific amenities and upgrades that were important to us.” With that thought in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the trending, must-have amenities that buyers are looking for in 2015.
Home gardens are continuing to be a popular trend in 2015. Over the past few years, homeowners have begun placing more emphasis on the outdoor living experience, utilizing decks, porches, patios, mini courtyards, terraces, verandas, and more. As part of this mass pilgrimage to the back yard, gardens have begun receiving extra attention from families, couples, and individuals of every age. “The garden has become a place for people to reconnect with nature,” says Chuck Tripp, of Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. “They serve as a retreat from the stress and frenzy of everyday life.”