There are a lot of things to consider when you’re building your dream home. What kind of materials do you want to use? Are you planning a big, modern kitchen with lots of counter space? What color scheme do you want to go for? What kind of furniture do you want to buy? What sort of flooring do you want? The list go on and on…
Do you want to revamp your house into a home that you can be proud of? If you do, this is the step-by-step process you can follow which I used to build my home from scratch.
Visualize the Dream House
The very first thing I did was make a space in my head – it was inspired by a place I would always think about when planning my home. In the center of the space, it was a dreamy, uncluttered and well-lit lounge that would comfortably sleep us all, with a big double bed in the middle.
In addition, I thought that I’d have two separate bedrooms – one for the husband, one for the baby – and I planned the bedroom for them to be adjacent to each other.
One side would be wallpapered in a wallpaper that would echo the color of the curtains that would hang from the two windows. The other side would be the same as the original ‘living room’, just with a different wallpaper design. This way, it would give my husband and I an extremely peaceful sleep on our very own double bed. And it would be completely private from the children and their toys.
Sketch The House Plan
As you can imagine, this took quite some time and was also the most challenging step. In the end, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted, but I wanted to make sure that it would work with the interior color scheme. I wanted the living room to be brown, white and green, and the bedrooms to be in a warm, brown/black combination.
The first thing I did was sketch up the house plan and design, which gave me an idea of how the rooms would look like on the inside. I then made a rough sketch of the flooring. I decided to go for soft wood flooring, which I got at a local DIY shop.
In the bedroom, I decided to make sure it would look like I would love to have a chunky, fluffy carpet. A classic design that would be easy to keep clean and durable.
Take All Measurement
Next, I measured the distances between all the objects in the house, like cabinets, stairs and walls, drawers, furniture, windows, etc. Once I had all the measurements, I made several plans in order to try out different layouts, designs, and textures of my living room.
As soon as I had it all together, I did it all over again. This process was vital in making sure that I understood exactly how everything would work and fit together.
Do It Phases by Phases
I did as many phases as I could, before I knew exactly what would work. I did all the electrical, plumbing and tiling work. I made all the wood floors. I started the plastering. I worked on the interior decorations. I painted. I laid the concrete floors.
I moved in gradually. And this was the only way that I was able to see the house move from being my little drawing to a real house that I could enjoy!