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When it comes to building family-friendly homes, there are a few key elements to consider.

Family-friendly homes generally have a number of separate living areas to cater for both parents and children. Children’s bedrooms are often set in their own wing, and versatile spaces are available as they become older and family dynamics change.

Most importantly, a good home design will suit your family’s needs. What is perfect for one family may not be right for another, so it is vital to determine what the most important elements are to you.

Hotondo Homes Home Navigator tool can help you find up to nine designs suitable for you based on a short, two-minute questionnaire designed to determine what you need in a home. Below we have listed our own personal top nine family-friendly home designs for you to consider when building your dream home.

 

DOUBLE STOREY HOMES

The Amora 384

The Amora features three separate living areas – one upstairs and two downstairs – to offer plenty of space for a larger family to relax or entertain simultaneously.

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The Hotham 247

The Hotham contains a leisure space upstairs along with a study nook tucked away in the corner, making it an ideal space for children to occupy while parents enjoy the open-plan living downstairs.

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The Lorne 302

If you have younger children you need to keep an eye on, the Lorne may be the one for you. The downstairs semi-private living space is secluded enough from the rest of the home to provide some privacy, but parents can keep an eye on children from the kitchen.

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The Tarwin 297

Maintain your privacy with the Tarwin. Perfect for slightly older families, the Tarwin keeps the children and parent bedrooms separated, upstairs and downstairs.

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SINGLE STOREY HOMES

The Birchgrove 222

Single storey homes that feature a kid’s zone or rumpus around the children’s bedrooms are great family-friendly homes, just like the Birchgrove.

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The Erskine 290

The Erskine features all three children’s bedrooms in a separate wing to the rest of the home. The semi-private lounge space could also be closed off to provide another space for a family to enjoy.

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The Jamieson 222

Just like the Erskine, the Jamieson has all the children’s bedrooms in a separate wing, which also includes a kid’s zone. This versatile space can turn into a bedroom if required.

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The Marcoola 209

The Marcoola offers three distinct zones, the master bedroom area, the living area and the secondary bedroom wing, making it one of our particularly popular family-friendly homes.

 

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The McRae 250

The McRae is a versatile home where the lounge and kid’s zone can be converted into other rooms like an extra bedroom, home theatre or study, depending on your family’s requirements.

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Visit hotondo.com.au to view more designs.


There are plenty of reasons to upsize or downsize your home. As you move through life you will find your requirements in a home will greatly change depending on your family, financial situation and your own personal preferences.
Changing homes, locations and getting a new mortgage is a big decision that should be carefully thought out.

REASONS TO DOWNSIZE

Empty Nest: Your children have all moved out, and the once noisy halls of your home are suddenly silent. With so many rooms now empty, it may be time to capitalise on your home and downsize to a smaller model.

Money: Finances may be tight and a smaller home will generally equal a smaller mortgage.  This is also true of the suburb or part of town you choose to live in. Energy bills will also become cheaper in a house that is smaller.

Travel: If you travel a lot, especially for work, you may find maintaining a larger home you are never around to enjoy pointless. Downsize your home now, save on your mortgage, and then when the time comes to settle down you can look for a larger home once more.

Maintenance: Sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and dusting a large home can be a tedious chore that many people dislike. If you don’t need the space and hate cleaning, why not downsize to a more suitable home? On top of this you have actual maintenance costs such as the yard or mechanical aspects like heating or cooling which will be significantly more in a larger home.

Reasons to upsize or downsize your home


REASONS TO UPSIZE

Family: A growing family will need more living space as children get older, which offers the perfect opportunity to upsize your home. The same goes for any grandparents who may be moving back into the family home.

The ‘Dream Home’: Your dream home will probably have some luxurious features that are often found in larger designs. If you come into some money or finally receive that job promotion, having a beautiful home may rate very highly on your list!

Investment: Purchasing a larger home could bring you a greater return for your money.

Reasons to upsize or downsize your home

For more information on whether to upsize or downsize your home, contact Hotondo Homes here.

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