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Your Dream Home: Wants and Needs


Outdoor living room with kitchen and fireplace

Building your dream home is an exciting process, but it can also be overwhelming. One of the best ways to navigate this process is by understanding the difference between your wants and needs. Osmosis architecture often works closely with builders from early in the design process to keep informed about the balance of construction costs with design desires.


When it comes to building your dream home, it's easy to get caught up in all the possibilities and options. You may be tempted to add every feature and detail that you've ever dreamed of having in your home. However, it's important to remember that not all of these things are essential for a functional and comfortable living space.



primary bathroom with freestanding tub, floating vanity and steam shower.
Primary Bathroom, inspired by luxury hotel bathrooms.

Your needs are the things that are essential for a functional and livable home. These can include things like enough bedrooms and bathrooms for your family, a functional kitchen and laundry area, and adequate storage space. Additionally, your needs may include accessibility features, such as wider doorways and halls, and energy-efficient features.


Your wants are the things that are nice to have but are not essential. These can include things like a home theater, a swimming pool, or a spa. While these features can certainly add to the enjoyment of your home, they are not critical to the functionality and livability of the space.



Create a list of what would be included in your dream home. It may be simply a written list or a set of images (Houzz ideabooks are great). Consider your lifestyle currently and in the future to help you prioritize your list into needs and wants. Work with your architect or builder to develop a detailed budget and make sure you understand the costs and size requirements associated with different design elements and materials.


Thank you for reading! To learn more about our services or to start your project, visit our "Start Your Project" page for a list of all our resource blogs and to tell us about your project. We look forward to working with you!



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