If you are planning to design your own house, here are some tips (in no particular order) that might help you get the job done right:

1) Use vanities that are high so that you don't have to bend over every time you want to wash your hands or brush your teeth.

2) Put two sinks in the kitchen instead of one. This is one of the advantages of doing your own house design - you can add a sink like this that would never come in a regular home built by a company builder.

3) To make your shower stand out you may want to install a seat in the shower. Of course you would have to build a shower that is big enough to accommodate this.

4) Raise the ceilings in the garage to provide extra storage space. You might also make sure electrical outlets are installed in your garage in the places you will need them.

5) Use indirect lighting to create a better living room ambiance.

6) If you plan in advance where you will want all your furniture and electrical gadgets to go, you will then be able to insure the right quantity and placement of all electrical outlets. Many times when you move into a new house, you will find the light switches and outlets are not in the places you would like them.

7) Many new homes now have garages that are not wide enough for SUV's. By designing your own house, you can make sure this does not happen.

8) Make sure you install new CAT5 wiring throughout your house for your computers. All new homes should come with the latest technology or you may have to lower your price when you go to sell the house.

9) A central vacuum system is something you might consider. More and more new houses are being built with them.

10) If you design your own house, you can have a fireproof safe installed and hidden where you choose. This is something you will never get with a pre build home.