When planning for a new home, you will find that there are many things you will need to take into consideration in the design process.

Begin by choosing a floor plan. The floor plan design should provide for an adequate number of bathrooms and bedrooms. In addition, you will need to be sure that there is plenty of public areas such as a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room.

Your home design should also make mechanical sense. Whenever possible keep plumbing close together in order to keep costs down. You should choose a central location for the furnace and the water heater should be near bathrooms, kitchen and laundry if possible. This allows for hot water to be in these facilities as quickly as possible and a more even distribution of heating and cooling.

Another critical element of home design is the decision of the number of stories that will be included in your home. A second story adds the potential for two times the square footage of a home with the lowest possible cost per square foot. Foundation and roofing cost do not increase with the addition of a second story. Although not free housing, the cost is much less than adding the same space on the ground floor.

If there are special needs in your family, you will want to consider these as you make plans for your home. For example, if someone has difficulty walking up stairs, you will need a bedroom for that person on the ground floor. This often means that you need to plan for a ground floor master suite. Additionally, a ground floor kitchen makes for greater ease when bringing in groceries.

If you build a basement under your new home, you will need to decide if is is going to be n unfinished or finished basement. While finished basements offer more living space, an unfinished basement offers great storage and mechanical space. If you have the laundry room in the basement, consider adding a laundry chute.

Once you have finalized the floor plan of the home, you should try to look at the exterior design of the home. While homes may have a similar interior floor plan, choosing different elements can cause a home to be a Tudor, colonial or Mediterranean style home.

Throughout the building of the home there will be many other decisions to make, such as the finish of the walls, floors or ceilings.

After finishing the home, you will want to think about landscaping. Choose the shrubs and trees to enhance the design of your home. You should also consider plantings that are suited to your climate. Choosing the correct plant will ensure that you have a great looking garden.

If you need help, you should not hesitate to call design professionals. If you are doing the design yourself, you will want to consult magazines and books from the home improvement stores. There is also quite a bit of help available online to keep you on the right track. In addition to books and magazines take drives through established neighborhoods to see if there are elements of design that would fit into your new home.

Author's Bio: 

Annie is an expert furniture and interior design writer. Her current area of specialism is loft bed, retro furniture and christmas gifts