Upsizing? Here’s how to build a home that’s perfect for now and for years to come
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When you think of your current home, have you ever dreamed of more? More space, more modern finishes, a more stylish look, a more inviting entertaining area, and a more functional and liveable home that will have greater resale value down the track?
If you’ve ever considered replacing your existing home with a larger and more modern one, here are three reasons why now is the perfect time:
- Take advantage of the significant federal government HomeBuilder grant, with $25k available to eligible new building projects
- First home buyers can access the $10k First Home Buyer Grant ($20k is available if you’re building in a regional area)
- Enjoy even further discounts with our Hi-Lo sale
Before you begin, it pays to think about what you want now and what you’ll need in the future. This includes building a home with broad appeal to ensure it becomes a great investment if you ever decide to sell or lease.
Here are some guidelines to get you started:
Prioritise space and versatility
How much space you require now, versus what you may need in the future can be very different. From the arrival of children, to elderly parents moving in or temporary guests visiting from abroad – including that extra bedroom may be the best thing you ever do. Whilst you’re at it, consider adding additional and flexible living spaces. One home-owner’s study may be another’s theatre room or office – the important thing is that you’ve got the space to work with.
Aspect is an important factor to consider when building as it can enhance your enjoyment of the home and boost its future value. No matter where you’re building in Australia, north or north-east facing properties are generally considered most desirable, because they’ve got the best chance of letting in sunlight.
Try and face your main living spaces, such as the lounge, dining room, kitchen and backyard towards the north. You may also consider adding more windows or extending existing ones on the north side to make the most of available light. If you can’t avoid facing south, think about installing north-oriented skylights and choosing light-coloured wall paint and light-enhancing carpet to keep things bright.
Choose timeless design
Trends are always changing, so stick to design principles that are forever fashionable. These include high-ceilings, neutral wall colours, abundant natural light and balanced proportions. When upsizing or upgrading your home, these cornerstones of good design should be front of mind.
That’s not to say your home can’t reflect your natural personality and uniqueness – just channel this into your styling, including furniture and accessories, which can more easily be updated as trends and taste change.
Invest in quality
Choosing high-quality finishes and appliances can make your life easier in the long run, since more durable products will likely last longer. If you need to prioritise where to invest, think about heavy-use areas such as in your kitchen and bathroom. These spaces are a good place to start when installing durable, low-maintenance products and finishes.
When future-proofing your new home, you should give special consideration to the harsh Australian climate. Many Aussie homes are under-insulated, leading to freezing mornings, sleepless summer nights, and out-of-control energy bills. Having the right insulation will help to reduce heat transfer, which in turn reduces your heating and cooling bills.
We proudly use and recommend quality Aussie-made CSR Bradford products to insulate your home’s roofs, ceilings, walls and floors, so you can rest easy (and comfortably).
The little things matter
When it comes to great homes, it’s often the little things that add up to make it a truly awesome place to live. So, when building yours, think about the comfort and convenience you can include in the design that will help make life’s daily grind all the easier. We’re talking about things like garage access from inside your home, a walk-in pantry, extra-large sliding doors into the backyard, automation technology to turn on your lights – they might not seem important now, but you’ll be thankful for them, every day.
Don’t forget your outdoor space
A thoughtfully designed outdoor space provides endless opportunities for entertaining as well as peaceful moments in nature. Think about your garden as an extension of your living space and opt for decked and covered areas so that you can enjoy being outdoors all year round.
FOOTER: IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The information contained in this article is intended to be of a general nature only. It has been prepared without taking into account any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, Fairhaven Homes recommends that you consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances and that you seek independent legal, financial, and taxation advice before acting on any information in this article.