Understanding designing a home

Designing a home usually involves working with an architect or designer to plan a new home, including:

1. Developing a floor plan that shows room locations and layouts

2. Incorporating sustainable design principles (for example, good orientation, design for climate) and features (for example, advanced glazing, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems)

3. Deciding on construction systems, materials and finishes choosing inclusions such as appliances designing landscaping.

Before starting on your design, you should complete your preliminary research and know your budget. You can then follow this step-by-step guide to develop and finalise your design.

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