Selection your Home

The layout of your home is one of the most significant choices you will make regarding your new home. Regardless of whether your building a small unit, urban home or larger country style home, the layout of the rooms and how they flow will largely depend on your lifestyle.  Whether you prefer single story or multiple stories, open plan living or smaller private rooms – choosing a perfect plan can be stressful. Here are some tips to help you decide on a plan right for you and your family:

Some factors you should consider when choosing/designing a house design include; layout of rooms with consideration of family size and ages of children is essential. Most families who have young children like to have the private spaces of the house – bedrooms and bathrooms grouped in one area of the home.  While families with teenagers and young adults prefer to have bedrooms separated from each other.  Think about the possibilities garages, ensuites and rumpus rooms to add to the home.

Maybe try assessing the floor plan of your current house and what the pros and cons are. You may like it, or would prefer to have a completely a different design.

Many home floor plans are centered on entertaining and welcoming guests the minute they step through the front door. if you and your family are more private and don’t like your full home on display every time the front door is opened, you may opt for a formal living room adjacent to the front door. This will allow guests a place to immediately sit and feel comfortable while leaving the rest of your house private. on the contrary, a wide foyer opening into an open floor plan living and dining room and meandering to an outdoor alfresco area would be perfect for guests visiting and entertaining purposes. Many homestead style homes tend to group public rooms in the center, where bedrooms and baths are located on the “wings” of the floor plan.

Many families enjoy single story homes for may reasons; Namely the quietness of no overhead foot traffic and no hassle going up and down stairs (especially if you have small children). Multistory homes give the added benefit of views to the outside instead of looking directly into a neighbor’s window, with the possibility of also giving family members their own space and room to have privacy.

 

Whether you have a live-in family member that needs extra space to maneuver or children who need extra wide hallways to run around, consider this factor when choosing a floor plan. Remember renovating or alterations later on is not always a future option. Consider this if you fall in love with a floor plan but your family needs may change over the years.

 

Your floor plan will most likely include an outdoor leisure area. Whether that is a porch, lanai or alfresco area.  When choosing a floor plan, assess how much your family will use these outdoor leisure amenities. Similar to a large yard, it looks beautiful when you keep up with it, but can look terrible if you don’t.  Ensure you want the added responsibility of keeping up with the outdoor plan AND the indoors at the same time.

 

One big question to ask yourself is will this design suit my block? Firstly and foremost will the house fit on the block, keeping in mind any possible easements or boundary setbacks that may be in place. The orientation of common living and outdoor entertaining areas should also be considered to make best possible use of winter sun and summer shade.

Ensuring you are also aware of the surrounding environment and properties is also a large factor to consider – Will your house overshadow others? Will it stand out? Or does the design suit the theme of others in the area?

One of the larger considerations is whether or not the use of your land is controlled by a building covenant, and if so is your proposed design allowed under the covenant?

 

This will largely depend on whether or not your plan is to sell up anytime soon and move on (keeping in mind it will have to eventually sell to someone one day). the resale market value, but also percepted value of a house is set by some main determining factors:

  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Number of car spaces
  • Useable backyard/recreational areas
  • Style of home