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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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
We asked the question to nine of our builders from right across the country, and here are their responses!
Aaron Anstis – Ocean Grove, VIC
A must-have feature of a modern home is a well-considered kitchen and pantry. We spend so much time in and around our kitchens and to consider the locations of sinks, dishwashers, ovens, drawers is critically important. A well-considered kitchen means that you will be able to enjoy the space in an efficient manner, while still maintaining its cosmetic appeal.
Adam Sturt – Nowra, NSW
Large windows throughout the home and an open-plan layout – it is all about creating the illusion of more space! All bathrooms should have modern floor-to-ceiling tiles, of course!
Anthony Wolff – Mackay, QLD
A large alfresco area. It offers the perfect place to unwind every evening and it is a great place for entertaining on the weekends!
Lyndsey Clarke – Central Coast, NSW
Hidden storage. It’s simple, but so necessary. Linen closets are great, but an under stairs storage area or an extra storage room, even just extra cabinets in the pantry or laundry is a must-have in the modern home. To have a brand new home is one thing, but a brand new home with no clutter and where every item has a spot to live is perfect!
Caroline Allen – Inverloch, VIC
Living in the south of Victoria – a drying room! They are relatively easy to incorporate into a space either off the laundry or under a stairwell. During the winter months when you have your home heating on, you can utilise this space to dry your clothes as well!
Glenda Heath – Port Lincoln, SA
Separate toilet to the bathroom is something we need to bring back! I would also definitely say an alfresco area or balcony, depending on your views. Indoor/outdoor living is still very much alive!
Russell Pearse – Ararat, VIC
Double glazing to your windows and other energy efficiency measures can save you a tonne in utility bills. While it may cost more upfront, the long-run benefits are by far worth it.
Amira Willingham – Ballarat, VIC
The must-have feature in the modern home is by far a walk-in-pantry. This allows for a vast amount of storage for not just food, but rarely-used appliances that take up precious room in cupboards such as mixers, breadmakers slow cookers etc. It also allows you to hide the mess!
Gillian Coleman – Bathurst/Orange, NSW
Outdoor living is very important, as is plenty of storage like walk-in-pantries, large walk-in-robes and linen cupboards. You can never have too much storage space!
What is your must-have feature? Let us know in the comments!