Planning for the future is smart thinking
When planning the layout and size of your new home, factoring in space for your future family is a wise move that could save you time and money.
But future-proofing your new build is easier said than done – how do you decide on smart design choices, or know what you are going to need in five years?
Homebuyers Centre Display and New Product Manager John Care has some sage advice on how growing families can get the most out of their living spaces well into the future.
“Understand where you are now and what you need right now, but also think about the plan going forward,” he said.
“Have an idea of how long you plan on being in your new home and, if it’s a mid to long-term plan, think about how your family may change.
“Whether it’s changing a games room into an activity room, or converting an extra bedroom into a study space, having a home that is flexible and easily adaptable in its design is important to a growing family, as flexibility allows the home to change as a family’s life cycle and circumstances change.”
Mr Care said it was a mistake to focus too much on the present and what you wanted in your home right now.
“Customers are building their home at a certain time in their life and are looking at what they need now, not necessarily in the future,” he said.
“Depending on how long they expect to be staying in their home, customers may notice certain design features when choosing their home design that they want or need in five to 10 years’ time.”
If you are looking for some inspiration, Mr Care said Homebuyer Centre’s Capri display in Baldivis was a great example of a home that was perfectly adaptable to a growing family.
“The four-bed, two-bath design features a study and a theatre, and there is plenty of space for everyone,” he said. “The home is well zoned to enable parents to be at the front, with children in their own space at the rear of the home.
“The study is also situated away from the bedrooms, so for families who may be working or studying from home, you have your own dedicated workspace.
“It’s multi-functional, with ample space for a growing family, which is appealing.”
Mr Care reiterated choosing a flexible design, which was the key to being able to grow into a home, and to focus on how you spend your time at home.
“Choosing an easily adaptable and flexible design is important,” he said. “We’ve learnt a lot in the last 18 months about our homes and how we like to use our space – looking back on that experience is helpful in choosing a design.”
CONTACT Homebuyers Centre, 131 751, wa.homebuyers.com.au
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