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Choosing your home design

by Sekisui House on 04 09 2017 in Tips & Advice

When selecting your new home design, there are a few things you need to consider. Keep reading for some helpful advice.

What matters to you?
Start out by making a list of ‘needs’ and ‘wants’, so you can ensure your home is right for you.

A few things to consider:
  • Number of storeys
Single storey homes are great for larger blocks and are ideal for young families or less mobile residents. Opting for a double storey home will allow you to fit a larger home on a smaller block and maximise backyard space. If you have a larger family, a double storey home can also give you more segmented living space. 
  • Number of bedrooms
As well as catering for family members, consider how often you have guests to stay and if you need extra space for hobbies - i.e. a music room, library or home theatre. A home with bedrooms close to the principal suite is great for when you have small children. However if you have teenagers, you may want a little extra distance between living quarters. Bedrooms that surround the main bathroom with a separate toilet can be handy for busy families or when hosting guests.
  • Your living space
 If you have young children, several different living zones can be ideal. It's important to have somewhere close to the kitchen and main living area where children can play within sight. With teenagers, a private retreat for study or relaxation may be preferred. If you're an avid cook or entertainer, you’ll need a generous kitchen area. An open plan layout can help integrate the kitchen with the rest of the living area and create the ultimate entertaining space.
  • Level of privacy
 Consider how the home, rooms and outdoors are screened from neighbours, driveways and the street.
  • Layout of your home
 Visualise how you’d like to live your life and the type of environment you’d like to create. You may prefer a more formal layout with an impressive entry, a hallway and separate rooms, each with a specific purpose. Or, you may decide to choose a bright, airy, open plan layout. Take note of how a particular design could be adapted as your family grows or your needs change.
  • Sustainability
 Sustainable homes provide greater comfort all year round, significant cost savings, and are better for our environment. Talk to your New Home Consultant to understand what features are already included in your home, and additional ways you can make your home even more environmentally friendly.
  • Outdoors
 Consider whether you want a spacious and landscaped backyard for pets to run around in, with plenty of space to install a pool, or a smaller space that can be paved and which requires minimal maintenance. Adding an outdoor deck or alfresco area can create an indoor-outdoor living environment that's great for entertaining or supervising children playing outside.
  • Inclusions
 The base price of your home covers a range of stylish, contemporary inclusions. However, should you choose to upgrade to a higher level of inclusions, you’ll need to consider how much you’d like to spend. Ask your New Home Consultant for a complete list of what is included in each range.
  • Your needs
 Think about what you'll miss in your current home, and what you're looking forward to in your new home. Sometimes it's small things like power points being near appliances, and sometimes it's big things like having more room for your favourite hobby.
  • Curb appeal
 How your home looks from the street creates a first impression. Choose a façade that suits your budget and personal style. Be aware that some façade treatments may be subject to council or development requirements. Speak with your New Home Consultant regarding your options.

Need help choosing a home design?

Call 13 74 22 to speak with one of our experienced consultants. We’re here to help.

 For more tips and advice on selecting the perfect home design, download our Better Living Checklist.