The Consumer guide to designing your own house.
Before you choose someone to design the house, you need to gather ideas of what you want.
Start collecting together ideas in a scrapbook or shoe-box. Every time you see something you like in a magazine or book, cut it out or photocopy it and add it to the collection. Visit shops and websites and get brochures and information sheets on products. Start a dossier of roofing materials, types of exterior claddings and interior linings, joinery, paint, wallpaper, ceilings, appliances, carpets, taps, etc.
Keep a note of prices as you go – this will help with budgeting later on.
To help with house design ideas:
A skilful designer will be able to work out from talking to you and discussing your ideas what you really like, turning your collage of ideas into a design.