11 golden house design rules according to the experts

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Our golden house design rules are designed to help you begin shaping your plans for your new home. Designing a house is hugely exciting, but it can also feel daunting with many people finding it near impossible to know where to start when it comes to formulating a design that will result in the home of their dreams. 

Everyone has something different in mind when it comes to building a house that ticks every box on their wish list and while the needs of householders will very much depend on their stage of life, budget and individual needs, there are certain design rules that can be applied to all homes. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.