Your home is by far the most important space you’ll ever interact with, so it’s essential to make sure it can facilitate every part of your lifestyle. After all, there’s no point creating a beautiful home that isn’t also a pleasure to live in!
When considering the design of your new home, it’s incredibly important to think about all the features that could make your everyday experience easier while keeping one eye on your future. Whether you’re a keen cook and want a large butler’s pantry, need to accommodate multiple generations, or will be working from home more often, taking your needs into consideration will ensure a comfortable ‘forever’ home.
The Australian lifestyle is inherently linked to the great outdoors, so it’s likely that enjoying your outdoor spaces will be a key part of your lifestyle. Make it easy to do so by incorporating a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor living areas with ample entertaining space. An open kitchen makes hosting a breeze, while a covered alfresco dining area means you can welcome guests all year round.
Are you planning on expanding your family? Maybe you have teenagers who need their own space, or would like the flexibility to have elderly family members visit every once in a while? From including extra bathrooms for older kids, to creating a separate space for a home office, your home design should reflect both your current and future living arrangements. If you’re building your dream home to retire in, it may even be worth considering accessibility requirements and custom fixtures and fittings that can be adjusted for additional convenience.
How you interact with your home changes on a daily basis, so it should be flexible enough to adjust based on your needs. This might mean installing large doors between a living and dining area so that you can cosy up on the couch on a night in, or open up the space when entertaining. Multi-functionality can also mean finding multiple uses for the same space – can a laundry also double up as mudroom? Perhaps a garage could include a loft space or home office? With a carefully considered design, the possibilities are endless.
Installing sustainable materials will not only reduce your carbon footprint – it will also save you money and keep your home comfortable all year long. If possible, choose environmentally friendly materials for your frame (such as certified sustainable forest timber) and install energy-efficient windows – this will help retain warmth in the winter and keep rooms cool in the summer. Sustainability should be a key consideration in everyone’s present and future lifestyles.
Eliminating pain points
What frustrates you about your current home? Are you running out of space, or struggling to relax? When designing your new home, make a list of all these pain points so you can introduce elements that prevent them. This could mean including a butler’s pantry for extra storage, or creating a master retreat with an ensuite for a serene place to end each day. Addressing these will improve the liveability of your home and enhance your lifestyle, helping to take the stress out of every day.
Thinking about building a new home that suits your lifestyle? Get in touch with the SX Constructions team – we’d be happy to help.