The most important feature in formulating your ideas for your new individual home is the function of the home, how you want it to blend with your lifestyle, complement your family’s requirements and create a stimulating environment to live in.

Here are the key elements to consider when building your home:

ACCOMMODATION

Obviously the size of the family is going to dictate the number of bedrooms required whether ensuites are provided to each of the bedrooms or just the master bedroom, whether walk-in robes or robes would be more appropriate. Fewer bedrooms, but all double bedrooms are being considered with smaller families these days.

LIFESTYLE

Whether it is a younger family or older couple with grandchildren a seamless interaction between living/kitchen areas and outside alfresco pool facilities really complement our casual Perth lifestyle. Considerations should be given also to any anticipated formal dining requirements.

AUXILLARY ROOMS

With our increasing awareness of a healthy lifestyle, a small gymnasium or hobby room can be incorporated in the design. A dedicated scullery or separate food preparation area is an option as well, leaving the main kitchen area clear for where guests and friends tend to cluster.

FUTURE PROOFING

Consideration should be given to the suitability of the home 10 years from now.

Dual master bedrooms are popular – one upstairs and one downstairs which can also be used as an optional guest’s bedroom. Lifts are becoming increasingly popular as they give full access and longer use of the home no matter what ailment may away relatives or self. If retirement is on the horizon, a workshop can be incorporated into the garage to provide an alternate way to put spare time to good use.

UTILISATION OF THE BLOCK

Clever design is the basis for a well-functioning home. Capturing views, maximising solar aspect, breeze paths, creating internal zoning and privacy from neighbours all contribute to an enjoyable harmonious environment.

BUDGET

A realistic budget must be set. You don’t want to over-capitalise and you certainly don’t want to under-capitalise for the area.

An efficient design without wasted or unused areas will maximise your investment in your new home.

A classic and timeless look with universal appeal will ensure the home does not become dated in years to come.

CASE STUDY – CITY BEACH

A relaxed lifestyle was paramount to our client’s brief. With both parents being professionals and a young family it was critical to capitalise not only on the view to Rottnest with this oceanfront block, but to incorporate spacious casual areas with wide balconies and alfresco flowing onto a front facing pool to ensure maximum enjoyment.

An external staircase ensure access from kitchen to pool without traffic going through the home particularly handy during the summer months with young children.

An internal glass lift guarantees the home would be fully utilised in later years and also very handing having an upstairs kitchen.