Whether you’re working towards taking your first steps into the real estate market or you’re a veteran investor, you may have realised that the face of Sydney is changing at a rapid rate. The emergence of ‘cookie-cutter homes’ created by mass developments, places the idea of the quintessential family home experience at risk. If you’d much rather your future home’s design to work for you rather than you having to make do with a pre-planned layout, this is the read for you! Here are some things you’ll need to consider when building your dream home.
Home designs in Sydney vary greatly depending on the size of the plot of land, as well as the plot’s location. Even orientation is a factor that needs to be greatly considered when it comes to future-proofing a property (i.e. installing solar panels). The best way to ensure you’ve thought everything through to the utmost is simply to call in the help of a quality building agency. Not only will agencies have a myriad of tried and tested options for you regarding practical layouts in a number of different sizes, they’ll also have access to quality building materials sourced at lower prices than independent builders, meaning that your home will be built at a potentially-lower cost and will also be more likely to house premium features that won’t grow quickly outdated.
Future-proofing your property also entails making sure that the building blocks of your home are as strong as they can be, and ideally with a minimal environmental impact. Not only does using strong, sustainably-sourced materials minimise the need for any repairs in the future, but the upfront costs of building your home will be even smaller than you’d expect.
Because there’s less of a cost involved in the production of construction aggregate and clay bricks, these bricks will be more readily available. Alongside that, a lot of building agencies will also be able to provide you with a number of options when it comes to natural thermal insulation, meaning you could potentially save yourself from inadvertently living in an icebox in the winter months (as well as the yearly fortune you’d be paying on your gas bills!).
Naturally, this ties into ‘Future-Proofing’ a little bit but it still goes without saying that if you’re hoping to build your forever home, it’s best to avoid the gross inconvenience of having to tear it apart in a few years time (as well as bear the egregious costs of renovating) simply because the possibility of an expanding family wasn’t considered at the time of the build.
It’s always recommended that you build for the future rather than rely on renovating. Alongside this, if you’ve purchased a pre-existing property, it’s not guaranteed that your plans to renovate are even possible. Obstacles like supporting beams or hidden piping can throw a spanner in the works in next to no time, leaving some Sydney residents with no other option but to relocate entirely in the event that their family inevitably outgrows their family home.
Building for the future will allow you to grow into your home, or – if you’d prefer – at least guarantee that renovating is an option. That being said, when you build with an agency, you’ll most likely also be able to build a larger house at a lower cost than building a smaller house with the intent of renovating in the future.
Find your FengShui
Finally, all good homes should be conducive to a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere to those who must return to it at the end of every day. You want to feel at home in your own home. Being able to have full control over its layout; means that your individual style will be able to shine through into your home without as much compromise or hassle than you’d need to tackle in a pre-planned layout. For instance, if you’ve ever wanted a quiet study far away from the living room with indirect sunlight at all hours of the day to maximise potential work hours, you could actually build that yourself!
How about an attic space with a gorgeous, sloped roof that you’ll convert into a cosy little reading nook? Remember when these spaces used to be pipedreams? You’ll find that even interior design styling will become a whole lot easier when your home’s layout has been designed entirely for you.
The reality is that a house is only a home when it’s as unique as the people who occupy it. Make your home your own and don’t settle for anything less than perfect for you and your family.
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