STEP 1: BUDGET

The first step in every design must be to establish a budget.
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Importance of establishing a budget

Having an idea of the amount of money you can spend on your house will save a lot of time, effort and work. You don’t want to design a $500,000 house when you can only afford $200,000.
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Construction costs

Construction prices may vary depending on the total area of the house, materials, location, etc. One of the most important factors is the size of the house total area. Depending on your budget you can decide the scale of the design you are about to start. In some places, the contractors can estimate the price to build a house using the following simple calculation: (Total Area in square feet) x (Cost per square feet). 

Example: 

Area: 2,500 sf

Cost per square feet: $100 per sf

Approximate Construction Cost: $250,000

STEP 2: FAMILY NEEDS

You want to cover all your family needs in one single house concept design.
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Covering family needs

You want to be sure to design a house that covers all your family needs. Depending on the number of family members that will be living in your home you can decide how many spaces you need, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, garages, and others. 
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Family particular style

Every family has different needs and style. Let’s say your family likes to play board games, video games, pool, hockey or enjoy entertaining. In this case, you may consider adding a game room to your house. If you have 3 cars maybe you would want a 3 cars garage. Some people work from home and there is a need for an office and maybe a half bathroom for visitors. 

Some of the common spaces for a house are:

Kitchen 

Dining room

Living room 

Family room 

Game room

Bathrooms

Bedrooms

Office

Etc.

STEP 3: DIAGRAMS

Every good concept must include a diagram that explains the final design.
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Land shape

If you know the layout of the land where you want to build your house, then you will be able to decide the shape of your interior house concept will have. In addition, if you know the dimensions of the land you may also decide if you need a one or two level house. 

When you are doing the floor plan diagram it’s a good practice to have the exterior facade in mind and evaluate how the exterior will be affected by the interior spaces.

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Public and private spaces

Public and Private Spaces: One of the most important topics related to house concept diagrams is the separation of the public and private spaces. The public spaces are the areas where every person that enters your home will see and have easy access. On the other hand, the private spaces will be the areas where only your family will have access. Your visitors and guests will only have easy access to the public areas.

Examples of public areas:

Half bathroom

Kitchen

Living room

Dining room

Gaming room

 

Examples of private areas:

Bathrooms

Bedrooms

Family room

STEP 4: DIVIDING INTERIOR SPACES

Once the public and private areas have been separated through a diagram then you are ready to start dividing the interior spaces.
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space transitions

A transition between the public and private areas needs to be done to create a connection. There must be a point where you can segregate the access to the private area using a hallway, wall, stairs, etc.
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space configurations

Some people like to enter the house through the kitchen area, others through the living area, etc. The space configurations depend on the family style most of the time. Entering the house through a public space is the one thing that should always be the same on every design. 

Open areas are a very common configuration in some places. On the other hand, you could divide every space if you like. Imagine yourself living in a house every day and think of how you would like the experience to be. If you need ideas on how to create space configurations you can take a look at this link: www.houseconceptstore.com/shopping.

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CONFIGURATION #1

OPEN AREA: Kitchen, living room and dining room are on a single open area.
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CONFIGURATION #2

Enters through the kitchen, then the dining room and ends with the living room.
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CONFIGURATION #3

Enters through the living room, then the kitchen and ends with the dining room.
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CONFIGURATION #4

Enters through the dining room, then the kitchen and ends with the living room.

STEP 5: ASSIGNING DIMENSIONS AND FINAL DETAILS

The final step is to assign dimensions to the interior space distribution you have already created. 
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dimensions

You want to assign dimensions to your space that provides comfort to you and your family. At the same time, you want to remember the first step; budget. The sum of all the spaces area together must match the total area you decided on your initial budget. 

Once you achieve the goal of comfort inside your budget then you have a good design for your interior house concept.

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Final details

Once you have all your spaces dimensioned, you can start placing windows and final touches to all the different spaces. Window locations are very important for interior illumination, ventilation, and exterior facades. Always have in mind that these elements will directly affect your exterior design.
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Conclusion

In order to design a stunning interior house distribution, first, you will need to establish a budget and find your family needs. Once these items are on the table you can start sketching diagrams and dividing the spaces. In the end, you can assign dimensions and the final details such as window and door locations.

Designing the interior of a house can be time-consuming but these steps will help you create a wonderful product from start to finish.

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