Reverse living is a way of designing a home with the kitchen, living, and dining areas upstairs, and the bedrooms downstairs. Essentially, the ground floor of a traditional home design is swapped with the upstairs so the layout is reversed. This trend originated in Scandinavia, but more Australians are embracing the trend as it’s perfectly suited to many aspects of Aussie family lifestyles and environments.

Environment and Surrounds

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The biggest benefit of reverse living is having a home that takes full advantage of the surrounding views and environment. Suited to many different locations, such as coastal living, open country spaces, and even bushland, having your main living space upstairs means your family gets beautiful views throughout the day, seeing the landscape from the best possible vantage point.

Natural Light and Sustainability

Reverse Living
Reverse living allows for your kitchen, living, and dining spaces to be bathed in as much natural light as possible. With unobstructed first floor windows, your home will be filled with natural light during the daytime when your family is most likely to be in these spaces for longer amounts of time, reducing the need for lights and reducing electricity consumption. You can also incorporate floor to ceiling slider doors and larger windows that let the breeze in when they’re open. This will provide welcome respite in the warmer months, and reduce the need for air conditioners to be used all day long.

Kids’ Retreat

Reverse Living
Many reverse living designs position children’s bedrooms downstairs with a main bathroom, while the master suite is upstairs off the living area. For families with older children this will provide a bit of a buffer between noisy teens and their parents, giving each person a little more space to relax in! Locating the bedrooms downstairs will also keep them shaded and cooler in the Summer months, again reducing the need to air condition each space all day long. Many people also opt to include an additional rumpus room or media room downstairs so the kids have another area to chill out in, particularly as they get older.

Holiday Home Solution

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Reverse living is a great solution for families wanting to build their own holiday home. Coastal or county getaways are perfect for a reverse living home as they maximise the panoramic views and serenity of quieter locations, creating the perfect escape. You may also want to include a small kitchenette downstairs near the bedrooms to make your guests feel right at home and create an additional level of privacy by giving them their own space to retreat to.

If you’re looking for a home design solution that helps you take advantage of a beautiful location, incorporates sustainability into its design, and provides a family home to suit a range of lifestyles, reverse living is well worth considering. Head over to the Hotondo Homes website to see a range of design options, like our stunning Catalina 282 which is perfect reverse living inspiration!

Invite the surf, summer and sunshine into your home with interior inspiration from the coast.  Utilising a mixture of light and bright fixtures, paint and furniture reminiscent of the beach you can bring a sense of warmth, light and relaxation to your home.
Coastal inspired homes_Erskine

The harmonious combination of light blue, beechwood and white create the perfect beach-inspired kitchen.  Display home featured: The Erskine 290, Berwick Waters Estate, VIC.

Take advantage of balmy night – create alfresco charm

The outside entertaining area of the family home should also be decorated with a relaxed style.  If you are located near the beach, or simply want to create that coastal feel, you can achieve the best of both worlds.  Mix function, comfort and an element of chic with an undercover space for all weather conditions, or add a pizza oven for fun summer nights with friends and family.


Carrying on the light, breezy feel through to the alfresco area ties in the coastal theme.

Coastal inspired homes

Let there be light!  Invest in windows!

Large windows are a necessary addition to any beach-style home.  Large windows allow for sunlight to flood the home.  This is not only good to enhance its overall comfort and energy efficiency, but to ensure you can bring the outside in.  Read: What is a smart home.

Coastal inspired homes_Ravenswood detailBe a trendsetter – style with confidence

In order to create a breezy coastal feel, adding colour, unique decorations and matching furnishings works well in an open plan, beach-style home.

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Coastal inspired homes_Dakota_interiorExplore some of Hotondo Homes beach-inspired designs:

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