Flexible spaces for living – homes that suit the way we live today

The way we live today is very much built on large open spaces, with the kitchen being the hub of the home. People also want to have a choice of living room options for different activities. A lot of new home designs now incorporate a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area which backs onto a large alfresco dining area outside. For the living areas, most designs allow you to include a media room or children’s activity living area.

When viewing display homes for inspiration, you really have to picture yourself living in it. Spend some time in each home to get a feel for all the spaces. Consider the furniture that you already have or the particular style you had in mind. Ask yourself, will this home deliver on all my needs?

Here’s some tips for choosing the perfect design.

  • Consider your lifestyle needs. Do you like to entertain? Then you might like to consider an open plan living and dining area, or perhaps an alfresco dining area out the back. Do you like to cook? Then the layout of your kitchen will be really important to you. Or maybe you have a lot of tools etc. that you need storage for? Then you
  • Make sure you have a mix of open and private spaces. Establish the amount of privacy you would like in your home. Most new home owners prefer home plans with more privacy in the master bedroom and with large open plan living spaces, others might need privacy in a home office space or a kid’s activity room away from the main sections of the house. Also consider the placement of windows and if you have enough privacy from your neighbours.
  • Ensure you’ll have room to grow. Your first consideration when you are selecting a house plan should be size. You don’t want to run the risk of over or underbuilding your home. If you’re a growing family you’ll need to make sure there will be enough space. Think about how many bedrooms and living areas you’ll need. You might want to also think about a large dining area.
  • Does your design have enough storage space? New home designs usually incorporate large storage solutions to keep your house in order. These solutions range from a walk-in pantry, large walk-in storage cupboards, linen cupboards and laundry storage. If you are building new, I would suggest to add as much storage space as you can. Even if its stretches the budget a bit, it’ll be worth it in the long run.

The layout of your house is one of the most critical choices that you will make. If you don’t consider all the important elements of choosing the right living design, you could be at risk of unpractical and/or unhappy living.