How to get your house design done, with a little help from a graphic designer
Graphic designers are all about creating a visually stunning home, and they’re not afraid to share their work with others.
But how do you get started designing your home?
Here’s a few tips to help you get your ideas going.
Pick a home design studio for a small project.
“A lot of the big houses are built with a lot of different clients, so it’s a good idea to start out with a studio that’s just you and your client,” says graphic designer and author of the new book Small House Design, Jennifer Gaudreau.
“You can go to an agency and get a design job there.
Then go on to another studio, which might be your friends or people that you know on social media.”
Choose a home style that fits your personality.
It’s important to pick a style that feels good and your budget can handle.
“There are a lot different ways of doing things.
So, if you like the modern, minimalist house, then go for that,” says Gaudrie.
“If you want something more contemporary, like the traditional home, then it might be a good fit.”
Pick something that works on your budget.
If you don’t have a budget to spend, consider going for a design that will last.
“A lot people want a small house that they can get done in one week,” says co-author Jennifer Gavris.
“And you can definitely do that with a house designer, but if you’re spending money on it, it’ll be easier to get the work done.”
Create a simple template.
A template can be one of the best ways to get started.
“One of the biggest things that makes me really happy about my work is the simplicity of the template.
It’s just one sheet of paper,” says creative director and co-founder of the house design studio, Jen Gavres.
“It’s so simple, and it’s easy to get in and out of.”
Set a deadline.
Once you have a good design that’s ready to start working on, start setting a deadline for yourself.
“Once you’ve done your first design, you need to be ready to work on it again,” says Jen Gaudreres.
The good news is that you don.t have to be in a hurry to start.
“We’ve found that most people work on their designs for one or two months before they start putting them into a home,” says Jennifer Gvirs.
Have a plan to cover the cost of the design.
You’ll want to take the time to set a budget and have a plan in place.
“The more you put in, the more money you’re going to get out of it,” says B&B design director Jen Gvris.
Find a way to make your home look unique.
Whether it’s your home or someone else’s, if it’s unique, you’ll want it to stand out from the rest.
“I’m always looking for ways to make it stand out,” says Jena Vierling, creative director at Jena.
“For me, the biggest thing is to make the design stand out because people will want to come to my house and sit in my living room.”
Have fun with it.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your designs.
“Just try it out.
It doesn’t have to work perfectly.
It just needs to be interesting, something that’s not going to be standard,” says Vierle.
“So, don’t be too strict about it.
It can be fun, but it has to be fun.”
Keep your work simple.
When you have an idea, it’s very important to keep it simple.
“When you’re working on a house, it can feel like you’re just making a bunch of stuff,” says design director and house designer Jen Gfles.
“But the more you have, the less you have to think about.
Just do your thing, work on something that you enjoy and it’ll get done.”
Make sure your clients are happy with the results.
“This is the biggest tip, really: don’t put a lot more money into the project than you can afford,” says designer and coauthor of the book Small Houses, JenGavres Gaudres.
Instead, “make sure you put the money where your mouth is.”
Keep it small.
Smaller is always better, says designer Gvrs.
“Smaller, simpler is always the way to go.”
Get a home inspector.
Getting a professional to check out your design is an absolute must.
“They can see how well it looks, how well you can make it look and how you can keep it in order,” says artist and cofounder of house design company