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Choosing the right home design for you

Living in a home that fits your lifestyle is essential to the workings of everyday life.

You may be wowed by various display homes that offer a minimalist, contemporary style but are incompatible with the practical needs of your family.

Your home should be your Sanctuary.  It should reflect your personality, fit in with your lifestyle and be a place to make happy memories for many years to come.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right home design for you:

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Living in a home that has the flexibility to be used for different purposes and grow as your family grows is ideal.  Your dream home needs to be versatile if it’s going to be your “forever home.” Some floor plans, for example, have a versatile room that can be used as a study, rumpus room for the kids, teenagers retreat or media room depending on your stage of life.  You have to ask yourself whether open-plan or conventional sectioned-off areas for extra privacy, or homes that offer the perfect blend of the two, are the ideal living arrangement for your family. 

Extra room for overnight guests

Do you often entertain overnight guests?  If your house is frequently used like a hotel by family and friends, you might want to think about an extra bathroom and extra living space so visitors can enjoy a bit of time to themselves.

Home office

If you work from home or your kids are off to university and they need to a place to study you might want to consider a floor plan with a study/computer nook.  Computer nooks are a great way of having a designated place for work without removing yourself from the communal area of the home.  If you run a business or are frequently meeting with clients, you might need a separate study to ensure the privacy of the rest of the house.


Choosing a floor plan that offers plenty of storage such as cupboards, walk-in robes and linen closets will not only make it easy for you to organise your things, but also save space around your home.

Outdoor Entertainment

Whether it’s a warm and balmy night, you’re having a BBQ with friends or hosting a birthday party for the kids; outdoor living is quintessential to the great Australian lifestyle.  If you love the climate that our wonderful climate allows, you should consider choosing a floor plan that connects the home’s main living area to the outdoor alfresco.  Connecting doors from the living room to the area will open up the home for entertaining and make it easier to accommodate guests.


Determine how much you can afford to spend on your dream home.  Ultimately this will determine what type of land you can build on, where you can build as well as decide the size of the home and the number of upgrades you can afford.

Land conformation and location

Consider what type of block you will be building on.  If it is a challenging, oddly shaped or sloping block, you may have to consider a different home design to suit.  The good news is that a good builder can work with the land’s gradient to accommodate allotments of all shapes and sizes.  Where your home is being built and whether it fits in with the streetscape is also important when choosing a home design and complementary façade to suit your local area.

Energy efficiency

When building a home you should consider building one that takes advantage of the local climate, that is positioned in the direction of the northerly sunlight and that harnesses solar energy through clever building techniques.  This will not only help you reduce your carbon footprint but could help you save hundreds on your future energy bills.

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