When it comes to designing a new home, the possibilities are endless. Each part of your house can be customised to suit your specific needs or the style you are looking for. But with all these options, you might feel overwhelmed. So to help you with your decisions, Move Homes has created a series of Home Design Checklists so you can focus on what’s important.
Phase 1: Layout
Before you start thinking about the colours of your taps, it’s important to focus on the structure of your home. It’s tempting to go for the biggest home, but a bigger home needs a bigger block of land (and a bigger budget!). So ask yourself if you need certain rooms or do you want them. A Home Theatre might be on your wish list, but would you prefer larger bedrooms for when your children become teenagers?
The placement of the home is also important. Do you want your Master Suite at the rear of the home or at the front? Do you want a backyard or a courtyard? Some of these features may not be important to you, but it’s best to consider them now instead of after you’ve moved in.
Phase 2: Inclusions
It’s important to think of what items you want included for two main reasons.
Firstly, some items are harder to install after you’ve moved in, so it’s much easier (and cost effective) to implement from the start. You don’t want to be changing your benchtops later in the process to allow for a wider fridge recess.
Secondly, certain inclusions will affect the layout of your home. For example, having a double vanity or freestanding bath in your Ensuite will require more space than a standard Ensuite.
Phase 3: Style
This is the icing on the cake! The most talked about part is choosing the colours and materials to reflect your style. But it also includes a range of items that can make your home more functional.
Most of these items can be added during your pre-start because they don’t change the layout of your home. However, it’s best to start thinking of these things now so you don’t forget!