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Deciding on your house design

Homes embody much more than just four walls, a roof and a few bedrooms. They provide us with a place to relax after a hard day, and they allow us to socialise with family and friends in our own space. A very popular feature incorporated in many current designs for homes in an alfresco living area that opens directly from family rooms, bringing the outdoors in and giving us lifestyle choices.

Building a home is one of the biggest financial decisions the average Australian will ever make. You will no doubt want to create your home with everything you need. This can be an overwhelming task. The choices are enormous so the best way to figure it out is a wish list. Keep in mind you will want to stay within the budget that you can afford. Start by writing out a list of must haves, maybes, and your wish list, in three columns.

We all want a lovely big house with big spacious rooms, but do we really need it? How much time do we spend in a bedroom, for instance? Instead of spending money on a bigger bedroom, wouldn’t it be better to spend it on making a family room for everyone to use? However, this may be something you have always dreamed of, so if this is a priority try to use good design and use of space to include everything you absolutely need. There isn’t any point in designing a big home if you won’t use it, and bigger isn’t necessarily better.

These days the formal living and dining are not so popular because people realise that they did not use them. They were just two more rooms to furnish, clean, heat and cool. You may find you will gain much more spending that money on an alfresco for outdoor entertainment and/or a fantastic garden or swimming pool.

When you have a list, go over it until you have refined it to what you really need and what you can afford. Also bear in mind that trends change and what is in fashion now could be superseded in a few years, so stick with safe and affordable choices. Some of our clients would ask for a price in a tender for everything they want or need so they have an indicative cost, and then take out what they can’t easily afford.

It’s a good idea to visit for new display villages to see the latest trends in industry. Pick up the builders’ brochures. They will tell you how many square metres the house is, and most have the dimensions of the rooms written on them. This will give you a good feel for room sizes and the way furniture can be used. Put this all together and you can judge for yourself if it is the right size for you. This will give you a good perspective on the base price too.

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