Before you start to design your own house, you must take into account your budget. This seems like it is obvious but it is very easy to get carried away. It is fun to put designs down on paper, but if you keep adding and adding to your design plan you will end up with something that is not realistic.
Asking all members of the family what they would like is always a good idea. It will, after all, be everyone’s house and everyone is going to have to live in it. The more input you get, the more likely everyone will be happy with the end design. Try to narrow down the design ideas to ones that are the most practical and affordable.
A great place to start is with a design book you can get in most any bookstore. This will give you some ideas to work with. Once you have an idea of what you might want, you can use one of the many convenient online tools that are available. Most of them can be used for free or for very reasonable rates. You will be able to design your house in 3D and play around with all sorts of options.
Once you have a plan down on paper (or on your computer), you can take your design to a professional who will be able to make the final changes. He will be able to make suggestions and to modify your house so that it will be structurally sound.
Moving houses, building houses, and designing houses can all be some of the most stressful things you will ever do in life. It is important to go slow and try to not make rushed decisions. Designing your own house is something that you will most likely have to live with for the rest of your life so it is crucial you think it through carefully. Involve everyone and go slowly for a happy home in the future.