By Rob Clutter

I have worked with many people over the years to help them create and build the home of their dreams. Not that the word “Dream” has been overused but it literally is a dream, and here’s why.

In your mind you have already “seen” your new home. You have already sat on the porch, cooked in the kitchen and relaxed by the fireplace. All in your head!

The challenge for the designer and builder is to get that picture OUT of your head and down onto paper so that everyone involved with your home project also sees your vision.

So, how do we do that? By asking a LOT of questions!

Here are a few things to think about that will really help us to design your new home

  1. Pictures! – Do you enjoy looking at house pictures on Pinterest, Houzz, magazines or other places? We do too! Start saving pictures of baths, kitchens or even closets you like. A picture really does say a thousand words and will really help us see what you see.
  2. Make a list. Not good at drawing? That’s OK; I can’t even draw stick people! Just make a “wish list” of the things you would like to have in your new home as this can help a lot. If possible prioritize the list and rank the things that are the most important to you so we know what to focus on the most!
  3. Tell us how you will USE your home. Do you like to entertain? Do you like to cook? Do you have a fantastic view that we want to LET INSIDE? Tell us all about it!
  4. Don’t forget the special places. One of the coolest things about designing your own home is you can make it your own. There is no other home like it in the whole world! Include the things that will make it special for you. You are not tied down by the constraints of the 3BR/2BATH subdivision house. I once designed and built a home with a Monkey Room! I also helped clients have homes with art studios, indoor gun ranges and wine cellars. This is your chance to let your home reflect you!
  5. Define space. So many times people tell me, “We want about (blank) square feet.” Well, that’s OK, but how do you want it arranged? Here’s a tip: measure the rooms in the house you have now and bring that with you. If you KNOW the size of your current master bedroom and always wished it was a bit larger, and we know what it is NOW, we can make sure the new one will be just right!

I really enjoy the design phase of each project. It’s my opportunity to “get inside your head” and really see what your vision for your new home is. Each house is unique because each of us are different.

Contact me anytime and tell me all about what your new home will look like. I look forward to it!