Many new homes being built now are cleverly designed to include either a study nook or a separate study, which is a helpful addition to any home. Having a separate area to manage household bills and administration, or an area where the kids can complete their homework is an invaluable use of space. If your job allows for working from home, it also means you have a dedicated space away from the main living zones to focus on work as well as keeping all your paperwork and tech equipment out of sight. We’ve rounded up a few tip and tricks to help you design the perfect study space in your new home!


Having a study space that is functional first and foremost is key. Designing a space that will allow you to keep everything organised will enable you to keep the room tidy and in turn, escape distractions and focus on the work that needs to be done. The first thing to focus on is the furniture required, which will depend on the type of work you do. Generally most people will need a desk, shelving, and a bookcase, but you may also like to consider whether you should include pieces such as under desk filing cabinets, larger flat work surfaces, or desks that can comfortably house multiple computer screens, printers, or scanners. Once you’ve determined which essential items you’ll need, choose furniture that’s sleek, understated and calming. Study furniture should adhere to the idea of functionality first, style second to keep your attention focused on the tasks at hand while you’re in there.

While a study nook has a limited amount of space to work with, you can still create a space that’s organised and free from distraction for your family to use. Including a built-in desk running the span of the wall will create more space, allowing multiple family members to work there simultaneously, and installing overhead, floating cabinetry adds another functional storage space without taking up valuable floorspace.


Having functional furniture doesn’t mean the room has to be bland and uninviting! You can still create a space that reflects your personality and complements the overall style of your home. If you have a study nook, keeping the paint colour of the wall the same as the space it sits in, or a complementary colour will help it blend seamlessly in with the rest of the area. Including furniture in the study nook that leans toward a neutral colour palette such as white, grey, or beige will add to the subtle feel of the space, and a few perfectly placed accessories and artwork can personalise the space so that it doesn’t feel too office-like, particularly if kids will be using the area.

A separate office allows for much more of a style statement. If you want to create a bright, happy space that will suit the whole family, have your builder include large windows to let in a lot of natural light. Include white furniture with touches of colourful artwork and desk accessories, and choose a brightly coloured floor rug to create a vibrant atmosphere. If your work involves clients visiting your home office, you may choose to style it in a more chic, timeless way. Keep the walls neutral and choose furniture that’s classic. Lots of dark wood and cabinetry, accent lamps, and bookshelves with carefully selected pieces will set a more formal tone, perfect for welcoming visitors. If your space allows for larger pieces of furniture, you may like to incorporate a leather couch or armchairs so there’s an informal area to hold meetings.

Studies and study nooks are an invaluable space in new homes, providing a space for work, household administration, allowing you to keep your work space and your everyday living spaces separate. Designing a study that’s functional with touches of personal style create a space that you relish working in, while still keeping your attention focused. For more home ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Trends come and go in the housing industry, but there are always a few unnecessary design features that like to hang around.

We have listed the top 8 features you may want to reconsider for your home. While these items are great for those with a little extra cash, those working towards a budget (especially first home buyers) can consider excluding these design features to help save on space, money and perhaps even avoid buyer’s remorse!

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A full study

Unless you require a work office, dedicating an entire room to a study often becomes wasted space. With the clever introduction of a study nook, you can still have a dedicated area for your desktop computer or laptop without sacrificing an entire room. If your floor plan already features a full study, you will also have the added bonus of being able to turn it into another bedroom or living space instead!

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Although considered a bit of a luxury, you may find your expansive walk-in-robe is not as expansive as you think! Often walk-in-robes require more floor space in your bedroom without actually offering any more storage. Potentially, a full wall of storage units may be a better option that will serve the same purpose, and you will have more space to utilise elsewhere in your home -you may have to sacrifice your inner-Carrie Bradshaw though!


An island bench (with sink)

Island benches in your kitchen look great and remain a popular design feature for the modern home, but can also become another of our unnecessary design features. Not only is there the potential to increase the amount of bench space you have by making it an ‘L’ or ‘U’ shape as opposed to an island, but the sink in the middle can further restrict the amount of cooking and dining space available! Consider the size of your kitchen before committing to an island.

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Wall niches

If you are going to include a niche in your home, it needs to serve a functional purpose. Cutting into your walls to accommodate a piece of art can be restrictive when you want to change it in the future, and filling the niche perfectly will be difficult. Niches in your shower for shampoo and conditioner and other such practical applications are the exception!


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The double vanity

This is a contentious one, but installing a double vanity can be one of the big unnecessary design features. While they look fantastic, do you and your partner get ready at the exact same time every day? Is it an absolute MUST that you have separate sinks and mirrors? Consider your answer carefully before investing!


A grand staircase

Grand staircases are a showstopper, but the amount of wasted space is substantial. You may also miss out on the added benefit of the storage room you normally get underneath.


A lack of backyard

With lot sizes becoming smaller and smaller, sometimes there is no choice but to give up precious backyard space to accommodate your home. This can be sad as having a decent backyard is something we are seeing less and less of. If possible, try and choose a home design that is going to maximise the amount of space you have in your yard. Ensuring the alfresco is at the back of the home can help give the illusion of more space, or eliminating it completely leaves you with more room and thus more options to create something spectacular!

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Too many living spaces

A home with three living spaces sounds luxurious – but is it practical? If you don’t need that third TV room, consider utilising that space for another means or restructuring the home to reallocate the extra space elsewhere!

Do you think these are all unnecessary design features? Let us know in the comments!