So you have decided it's time build your dream home. This can be quite a daunting task. Just where exactly do you start. Hopefully I can help with some very basic tips to get you going in the right direction.
First establish your construction budget. This number will allow your designer to estimate how large a home you can afford.
Next create what I call a wish list. This is a list of every room in the house. For each room you should identify the approximate dimensions (10'x12'), important features and if a Kitchen/Bathroom what fixtures or appliances should be included.
Next decide on an Architectural Style. Victorian, Craftsman, Mediterranean, and so on. Your wish list and style will impact the floor layout so they must be compatible.
With this information in hand you can begin to turn your dream into reality.