Our best advice is to plan, plan, plan!
Don’t Just Recreate Your Old Home
Really LOOK at the space you have, and consider what works now, but also what will work later on. Its important to plan for the future. Planning is the most critical and important part of the design process and everything else kind of follows from that based on aesthetics and cost.
Consider Open Space
Open-plan living is the way to go these days. It’s important not just to do what you think you should do, but work out how you really live as a family and how you want to use the space.
Plan Your Traffic Flow
Consider how people move through your home, and each individual room in it. This will play a big part in determining where you place your furniture. It’s also important when planning practical spaces like kitchens and laundries – work out what you do in those spaces most commonly, and group things together accordingly. For example, having a sink placed next to a dishwasher just makes sense.
Bring The Outside In
Try to create a seamless transition between outdoor and indoor spaces. With Wagga’s climate its not always possible to enjoy an outdoor entertaining space. Come summer however, Australian’s practically live outside. Having the living space enclosed, but still open to the outdoors, means you get the best of both worlds. It also effectively doubles usable living areas!
Let The Light In
Plan your floor plan to maximise natural light in your home – because, let’s face it, bright, light homes are happy ones. If you’re struggling with the orientation of windows, consider investing in skylights – they are a great way to bring natural light into dimly lit rooms and hallways.
Storage, Storage, Storage
Yep, we can’t say it enough – make sure you include plenty of storage in your floor plans. There are lots of great ways to hide storage in your home – built in banquettes in kitchens, floor-to-ceiling cupboards in halls – get creative! Maximizing every inch of your home with storage can potentially add big dollars to your re-sale value.
Every Centimeter Counts
A few centimeters wasted in one area can make a significant difference elsewhere. If a wide hallway impacts a bedroom area, consider using the space more wisely. In any small-to-medium-sized layout you want to reduce your transitional spaces to a minimum, using that square meterage for amenity instead.
At Hurst Homes we completely customize a house plan to suit you. You are never alone, our friendly team members are here to guide you every step of the way. We recommend creating a list of whats important to you in a home, and what you MUST have included. From there we get our architect to design a home specifically for you and your lifestyle! If you’re ready to get started building your dream home then contact us today on 6921 9988 or simply fill out an enquiry form on our website.
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