Do you need help to select new home designs?
Getting your dream home designs and building can be overwhelming. There is so much that needs to be planned and taken into consideration. And with so many cool home design ideas on the market, it can be difficult to make a final selection. Fortunately, that’s why we’ve put this guide together to facilitate choosing the right home design and plan to suit your lifestyle.
1. Consider your lifestyle
Choosing a house design based on exterior aesthetics alone isn’t wise. You are going to be living inside the house, therefore, one of the first things you need to do is to consider your lifestyle and your family’s current/future needs.
How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? Is there enough room for a growing family? What about entertainment space when guests visit? Do you plan to take care of your parents in their old age?
All these are questions that will determine if the house design you want is ideal for the lot of lands you’ve got.
2. Consider your budget
With the cost of buying a house sky-high, many Australians – 32% to be exact are renters. 30% of the population own their house outright without a mortgage and 37% have some equity in the house.
The dream for most, however, is to build their own home from the ground up. And this has resulted in Australians taking out massive home building loans. The average loan taken out for home construction is $450,000.
Can you afford to take out such a loan? How long will it take you to repay the debt and interests? Is there a way you can get your dream home financed in a more affordable manner? What are your financing options?
Your budget is the most crucial point in determining what design you can have for your new home. Referencing a friend or family member’s home they built for an “x” amount a few years back, as your budget, could be detrimental when you are surprised with how inflated house prices can become in a matter of a few years.
3. Browse stock plans
When you have an idea of what it is that you want, then you can move to the next stage which is plans. Purchase a couple of building plan catalogs or download several samples online and spend time going through the possibilities.
Visualizing what your home will look like both inside and out will help you when discussing the plan with your architect and builder. If you need more concrete plans, you’ll find plenty of options online. Whether it be searching on Pinterest or browsing HOUZZ APP which is a resource-rich home building app that features anything home-related.
4. What are the current trends?
Trends come and go. We’ve seen home design trends of all types over the years – some trends more popular than others. What can be said however, about trends is that when it comes to getting your home built, it’s always a good idea to know what’s happening on the ground in the industry?
An excellent place to the source is online. It might sound like an obvious solution, but the fact is, the internet is the source of all you could want with regards to designs. You could purchase home magazines or visit display homes for ideas. But they all entail you spending a lot more time and money to get the same result as you would in the comfort of your own home.
With amazing apps like HOUZZ, Instagram and Facebook, you could see current and future design trend not only in Australia but also internationally as well. This way, you might even implement some design aspect used internationally in your Australian home and jump ahead of the market.
5. Clear design trends
With house prices set to increase again in the next few years due to the Australian government’s vigorous infrastructure spending and the construction of a second airport for Sydney. One thing in home designs that is becoming evident is that homes are getting smaller. With both partners in most families working to make ends meet, people can no longer afford a large family home. Or simply, don’t have the time for maintenance of backyards, landscaping and cleaning.
Homes are getting smaller and the average new home being built is between 150-220m2. Sub-division lots are also becoming smaller and smaller with some sub-divisions in south-western Sydney even selling lots that are a mere 250m2. Families that still want to live in large family homes have found themselves forced to move away from Sydney in order to build their dream home affordably.
Xclusiv Built Projects here for you
Armed with these tips it’ll be easier to ask your builder can you design my home in such and such a manner, because you’ll have an idea of what it is exactly what you’re after.
Also, XB Projects are known as one of the most professional and reliable Interior Designers in Sydney, contact us to get a complete solution for your Interior Design projects needs. Get in touch with our team today! Do you need more help with choosing a home design? Contact us today.