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Questions for Building a Home

Questions for Building a Home

Designing your home:

Look at home designs and elevations on line to start to determine the type of architectural look and materials that you desire for your home’s exterior:

Once you narrow down at least 3 types of exterior looks, decide what kind of entry you like: circular drive, curved driveway to the garage with large motor court and/or turnaround area extended garage for storage or large truck or boat, number of garages, ie 3 car, 4 car, etc., fenced entry of front areas, gated entry, outdoor landscape lighting

Decide if you like a large front porch entry, a covered entry for guests, a wrap-around porch from front to the side(s) of the home, a porte-cochere (covered arched entry over drive away to entry).

What kind of interior entry do you like:

Two story, 12-14 ft ceiling entry, ceiling details such as a dome, art niches, double door entry, type(s) ofstaircases, lighting for all interior areas, number of fireplaces and materials/size/gas/other

What size main floor do you want? Do you want a study or library? A piano or living room?

A keeping room (smaller room- generally vaulted with a fireplace) offthe main kitchen, a great room vs a formal living room? ½ bath for formal gatherings and a½ bath for family and friends offthe kitchen as well? A formal dining room? How large ofa dining room do you need?

Design your kitchen with what your future needs will be. Favorite types of finishes and lighting needs for work areas. Generally open area with island work station and/or large bar area, large walk in pantry, storage needs, types of cooking you desire, ie electric or gas and how big? Types of ovens, warming drawers, ice maker, wine cooler, coffee station, storage for china and entertainment needs, butler pantry needs and placement

Screen porch, large deck(s)- open or covered and types ofcover, outdoor fireplace area, large main patio areas, gas cooking ability and/or outdoor kitchen, built in seating, water features, lighting on exterior areas, landscaping needs

Entertainment areas (either main floor or terrace level}- large bar area, kitchen, storage, billiards and/or game room areas, home entertainment center-media room, exercise room, wine cellar, wine tasting area, kids play area, full and / or half baths, bedroom(s) and size needs for total storage outside of cabinetry, i.e unfinished or controlled air space for storage, hobby areas

Bedroom configurations and needs: Master on the main and/or upstairs or terrace level for second master suite, sitting area and or hobby area, morning bar area, fireplace(s), bath suite desires, steam shower, over sized shower, heated floors, fireplace in bath, storage, bidet, two water closets- his and hers, spa tub and size, lighting, vanities, types of finishes for baths, size of his and hers closets, (customized) decks or balconies off bedroom(s)

Bedroom configuration for children vs. guest suite needs, au pair suite needs and location, study area for children by room or central media area, baths per bedroom- decide one each and how large, shower and tub separate or together, vanities, storage, closet sizes per bedroom, lighting

Think overall by floor of types of flooring by areas you would like.

Think overall of lighting and placement of home on the property – east or western exposure by where rooms are, etc.

Once property is located, design home around landscaping opportunities and potential views as well as which way the home faces on front elevation, such as east or west

In working with a builder, once you finalize your exterior elevations and your floor plans by floor with interior important elevations, such as the kitchen wall or library with shelving plans, you will then be picking out your total flooring by room and /areas, your lighting by room and /areas, your cabinetry for any room including kitchen(s) and baths, your fixtures such as doors, window casements, interior doors, door knobs, kitchen pulls, bath drawer pulls, types of sinks by area, types of shower doors, types of finishes in baths and kitchen including counters and back splashes, shower and bath fixture types, all appliances, paint colors for all interior and exterior, total exterior materials, roof materials, columns (if needed) and colors (if needed) of any outdoor finishes and railings, exterior lighting choices, fencing and driveway.

Designing your home:

Look at home designs and elevations on line to start to determine the type of architectural look and materials that you desire for your home’s exterior:

Once you narrow down at least 3 types of exterior looks, decide what kind of entry you like: circular drive, curved driveway to the garage with large motor court and/or turnaround area extended garage for storage or large truck or boat,# ofgarages, ie 3 car, 4 car, etc., fenced entry of front areas, gated entry, outdoor landscape lighting

Decide if you like a large front porch entry, a covered entry for guests, a wrap-around porch from front to the side(s) of the home, a porte-cochere (covered arched entry over drive away to entry)

What kind of interior entry do you like:

Two story, 12-14 ft ceiling entry, ceiling details such as a dome, art niches, double door entry, type(s) ofstaircases, lighting for all interior areas,# of fireplaces and materials/size/gas/other

What size main floor do you want? Do you want a study or library? A piano or living room?

A keeping room (smaller room- generally vaulted with a fireplace) offthe main kitchen, a great room vs a formal living room? ½ bath for formal gatherings and a½ bath for family and friends offthe kitchen as well? A formal dining room? How large ofa dining room do you need?

Design your kitchen with what your future needs will be. Favorite types of finishes and lighting needs for work areas. Generally open area with island work station and/or large bar area, large walk in pantry, storage needs, types of cooking you desire, ie electric or gas and how big? Types of ovens, warming drawers, ice maker, wine cooler, coffee station, storage for china and entertainment needs, butler pantry needs and placement

Screen porch, large deck(s)- open or covered and types of cover, outdoor fireplace area, large main patio areas, gas cooking ability and/or outdoor kitchen, built in seating, water features, lighting on exterior areas, landscaping needs

Entertainment areas (either main floor or terrace level}- large bar area, kitchen, storage, billiards and/or game room areas, home entertainment center-media room, exercise room, wine cellar, wine tasting area, kids play area, full and / or half baths, bedroom(s) and size needs for total storage outside of cabinetry, i.e unfinished or controlled air space for storage, hobby areas

Bedroom configurations and needs: Master on the main and/or upstairs or terrace level for second master suite, sitting area and or hobby area, morning bar area, fireplace(s), bath suite desires, steam shower, over sized shower, heated floors, fireplace in bath, storage, bidet, two water closets- his and hers, spa tub and size, lighting, vanities, types of finishes for baths, size of his and hers closets, (customized) decks or balconies off of bedroom(s)

Bedroom configuration for children vs. guest suite needs, au pair suite needs and location, study area for children by room or central media area, baths per bedroom- decide one each and how large, shower and tub separate or together, vanities, storage, closet sizes per bedroom, lighting

Think overall by floor of types of flooring by areas you would like.

Think overall of lighting and placement of home on the property – east or western exposure by where rooms are, etc.

Once property is located, design home around landscaping opportunities and potential views as well as which way the home faces on front elevation, such as east or west.

In working with a builder, once you finalize your exterior elevations and your floor plans by floor with interior important elevations, such as the kitchen wall or library with shelving plans, you will then be picking out your total flooring by room and /areas, your lighting by room and /areas, your cabinetry for any room including kitchen(s) and baths, your fixtures such as doors, window casements, interior doors, door knobs, kitchen pulls, bath drawer pulls, types of sinks by area, types of shower doors, types of finishes in baths and kitchen including counters and back splashes, shower and bath fixture types, all appliances, paint colors for all interior and exterior, total exterior materials, roof materials, columns (if needed) and colors (if needed) of any outdoor finishes and railings, exterior lighting choices, fencing and driveway design, such as brick pavers or stone aprons (striped within the driveway) and any other interior needs such as a wall mirror for exercise room (specialized needs) like handicap, or in law suites adjacent to the home.

You will need to establish a budget on the total project and add a ten percent cushion for changes or price increases not anticipated. Review the price of the land vs. the size and $ per foot to build the home to ensure you are within your final budget numberay design, such as brick pavers or stone aprons (striped within the driveway) and any other interior needs such as a wall mirror for exercise room (specialized needs) like handicap, or in law suites adjacent to the home.

You will need to establish a budget on the total project and add a ten percent cushion for changes or price increases not anticipated. Review the price of the land vs. the size and $ per foot to build the home to ensure you are within your final budget number.

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