Home Buying Tools

Online Tools to Plan Your New Home

Online Tools to Plan Your New Home

Buying a home means making a lot of decisions -– decisions about floor plans, finishings, style, taste and everything in between. With so many choices available, it can be hard to begin deciding what you want in a new home. 

Luckily, new online tools allow buyers to explore interior design trends and styles, test room sizes, and more all from the comfort of a computer or smart phone. Research into which home design will match your design tastes and styles can help to guide your home search process.

The steps below will help any home buyer to make the most of the many online design tools.

Step 1: Figure Out What You Like

It seems simple, but deciding what you like can be a bit harder than people realize. Buyers often have a visual idea of what they like, but have trouble explaining the idea to homebuilding professionals during the search process.

In order to make sure your interior design vocab is on par, spend some time figuring out what exactly it is that you like design-wise. For exploration of design styles, Facebook is a great tool. Content full of inspirational tips and tricks is readily available from popular designers and brands, allowing you to familiarize yourself with what you like.

Find your ideas, write them down, and bring them to the next step.

Step 2: Piece it Together

With an idea of what overall style and aesthetic you desire, begin to group your ideas together into cohesive rooms and spaces.

For this task, Pinterest is the unparalleled queen of the interior design world. Topics such as home décor, art, and design are some of their most followed topics on the platform, and all the top brands post design ideas for users to browse. Take some time to build up your Pinterest boards so you can begin to cultivate specific aesthetics for select rooms.

Similar to Pinterest, Houzz also allows users to group ideas by room, as well as discover new ideas. A key advantage is that the boards on Houzz are populated mostly by professional designers, so you get a broader mix of ideas in each photo. 

Step 3: Put It In Place

Many buyers may not realize it, but their interior decorating style can have a strong influence on the floor plan and design of their house.

Wilshire Homes allows you to select one of our award-winning floor plans and virtually apply your design choices right from the comfort of your computer. Our tool allows for the virtual placement of furniture, the ability to add options such as a kitchen island or expanded garage, and more. Using the tool will allow you to determine how your personal style “fits” into your selected floor plan, giving you the power to design a home around your needs.

Step 4: Make it Happen with Wilshire Homes

Even with all of the tools available, planning a home can still be an overwhelming experience. Whether you are just getting started or know exactly what you want, the talented team at Wilshire Homes can help to find a new home for sale in the style and location that you desire.

The sales counselors with Wilshire Homes will talk through the style, function and layout requirements of your house in order to select a floor plan that fits your needs. Plus, new homebuyers in the Austin and San Antonio regions have the ability to meet with a consultant in our design center in order to select the perfect finishing touches for their new home.

Contact a sales counselor today to learn more about the floor plans available from Wilshire Homes in great communities in the Austin and San Antonio areas.