Planning out the perfect design for your new home is above many things – exciting, but also extremely important!
You’ll be forgiven for not having a clue where to start – so here are some simple, yet crucial design considerations that your future self (and your family) with thank you for.
YOUR MOST USED SPACES AND FLOOR PLAN
A fantastic design starting point is considering the position and functionality of the space/s that you and your family are going to use the most.
For many people this may be your kitchen/dining and living area.
If your kitchen and dining area is going to be your most used space, start with this section of the home design.
Ensure that it is positioned in a nice, well-lit space that will let in light and air flow. You may also want to make sure that it is a nice open planned area that is as generous as possible in size, to allow
for easy entertaining.
From here work to create a functional floor plan for the remaining spaces of the home such as bedrooms and bathrooms, considering orientation to maximise natural light and air flow, as well as ease of access.
Generosity in your most used spaces and a functional floor plan are two design elements you will certainly thank yourself for down the track!
HEATING AND COOLING
It’s easy to get caught up in ticking off all the design boxes, so don’t forget to step back and consider how your design will affect keeping your home cool in Summer, and warm in Winter.
Typically, North facing aspects of your home are going to catch the most sunlight year-round.
This means these parts of your home will require adequate shade solutions such as awnings, shutters, or blinds for the Summertime.
By the same token, if you are looking to maximise warmth in Winter, opt for large window openings on the North side of the home to let in as much natural sunlight as possible.
Another design element that can help with warmth in Winter is the inclusion of an internal fireplace.
If considering a fireplace – make sure that the flu can be run in the position of the home that you have chosen.
Finally, make sure insulation can be inserted into both the wall linings and roof of as much of your house as is possible. This will make a huge difference in temperature control for you and your family all year round.
Here in Australia a big part of our culture is our love of indoor/outdoor living and entertaining, all year round. Therefore, really consider the spaces that flow from your house into outdoor areas.
If you love entertaining, consider a large outdoor alfresco area that boasts a seamless connection from your living/dining area. If you find you are constantly using your laundry, ensure you have this positioned somewhere in the home that you can then design easy, and aesthetically appealing outdoor access to your clothesline from.
If a fire pit or swimming pool are something you wish to include down the track, ensure that your design allows the space for these to be included around the outside of your home.
The design of your new home should be a lot of fun, so as a rule of thumb, don’t overlook the bigger picture elements such as these, and your beautiful new space should come together just perfectly.
Here at Cullen Residential Building, we can recommend several highly skilled and trusted home designers. Call Brady on 0401 341 230 to talk about the planning of your project today.