What are the Characteristics of a Perfect House Design?
Choosing your house design is one of the most exciting phases of building a new home. Essentially the key attributes of a great home include liveability, functionality, convenience, comfort and style.
The layout and the way the space functions are key to a comfortable home. For inspiration and ideas browse Headstart Homes’ range of plans, including our house and land packages. We have a great selection of new home designs and inclusions to suit your family’s needs and your investment point too.
If you have young children or are planning on starting a family in the future, it’s important your home grows with you and retains its functionality and comfort for the time frame you intend to stay in it for. Here are some helpful points to consider when choosing the perfect house design for you.
Future proofing – Flexible Spaces
Make sure the design you choose addresses more than just your immediate needs as these will change over time. One of the most important design features for a growing family is multifunctional living areas. Spaces that can convert into an additional bedroom, activity area or home office. This flexibility allows both homeowners and future buyers to use the
space as and when family needs change.
Kitchen/Open Plan Living
The kitchen is often referred to as the ‘heart of the home’ encompassing dining and open plan living areas which extend outdoors.
Design elements for a functional kitchen include:
- Multi-purpose island bench
- Plenty of cupboards and drawers
- Unencumbered bench spaces
- Pantry featuring extra storage
Kiwis love the outdoors and entertaining, therefore creating the perfect indoor/outdoor entertainment area is high on the agenda, including an area in the backyard where the kids can have a game of footy or chill with friends. But mum and dad also need to be able to entertain and enjoy as well, so think of potentially zoning the garden to give you options on
use for all the family. Good garden design really will bring you outside.
As your family grows and your interests broaden, you will most certainly accumulate a lot of stuff! Efficient storage is a critical element of a functional home. Consider additional built-in storage including wardrobes, integrated cabinetry in the garage and laundry area, and don’t forget you have a roof space that can store a lot of gear too! With a loft ladder and attic trusses, it can make a huge difference – the Christmas tree needs to be stored somewhere!
Your home’s orientation (position) on your section will influence which rooms receive direct sunlight at different times of the day, therefore this will affect the temperature of each room, which will influence heating and cooling costs.
In addition to the above you’ll also need to choose the likes of how many bedrooms you require, size of garage, interior/exterior inclusions and finishes. Our friendly team at Headstart Homes, Master Builders Christchurch are here to help guide you through every aspect of the build process and achieve your dream of owning a functional, stylish home, perfect for your family now and for years to come.