So what do you want and need from your new home? Knowing is key! Read on for some tips to consider.
5 factors to consider when designing your dream home
#1 Assess your lifestyle
- A multigenerational family? A multilevel floorplan might suit your situation best.
- A couple of retired empty-nesters? The easy-to-navigate ranch design may work well for you.
- A bustling family of movers and shakers? Two words for you: spacious mudroom.
- A family of one with multiple four-legged “children”? A low-maintenance townhome may fit the bill.
#2 Balance the budget
Before you begin searching for your dream home, evaluate your finances. What can you afford? What items are on your must-have and would-love-to-have lists?
Keeping your answers in mind as you search for a new home will help you stay within your budget.
#3 Consider the homesite
- Village: Which village matches your style? (Providence, Ascent or Prospect are available now at Sterling Ranch.)
- Location: Front or back of the neighborhood? Near the Primrose School (coming soon!)? Close to the Sterling Center or Overlook Clubhouse, or tucked away from the bustle?
- Orientation: South-facing driveway for quick snow melt? West-facing windows for Rocky Mountain views? East-facing windows, optimal for indoor plants?
- Surroundings: Back to open space? Corner lot? Within sight of the nearest pocket park?
#4 Personalize the layout
- Two (or three!) stories or a ranch design?
- An open concept layout or a walled design for privacy?
- A vaulted ceiling or loft space?
- A finished or unfinished basement?
- A spare bedroom or a home office (or home gym or library)?
#5 Have fun with finishes
The bones of the house are where your needs come more into play; the finishes, on the other hand, are where you get to flex your style. What’s your vibe? Do you like the chic simplicity of the farmhouse look? The ruggedness of modern industrial touches? The homeyness of a quintessential cottage or craftsman-style home?
Whatever you desire, the interior designers at your builder’s design center will help you select the finishes to tie it all together.