The beauty of building your own home has always been the ability to design it any way you want. Whether you’re building for just yourself or for the whole family, the list of possibilities are endless!
Thanks to the building boom we are experiencing, we have seen some pretty cool upgrades our clients are chosen. So to give you some home inspo, Move Homes has put together a list of the Most Popular Home Upgrades of 2020! There are plenty more out-of-the-box requests not listed below, so make sure you’re following our Instagram page for more on-site pics.
The Resort Style Ensuite
Why go on holiday when you can experience 5 star luxury in your own bathroom! One of the most popular upgrades we saw in 2020 was definitely the Master Ensuite. And why not? Is there anything better than coming home from a long day at work to a relaxing spa treatment in your very own free-standing bath?!
Popular ensuite upgrades:
- Double length hobless shower
- Double vanity with double basins
- Free-standing bath
- Recessed tiled shelves in the shower
The Spacious Kitchen
Is there such a thing as too much space? Of course not, because you can never have too much space in the kitchen!
But seriously, the kitchen is an important place in the home and it’s where a lot of time is spent, so it’s no surprise clients wanted bigger and more spacious kitchens!
Popular kitchen upgrades:
- Pot draw under the oven – one of those handy storage spaces you didn’t know you needed, until you got one
- Overhead cupboards – the perfect (and stylish) place for storage
- Scullery – the perfect place to hide away all your appliances and clear off the kitchen benchtop
The Man Cave
Our Workshop design has been one of our most popular home designs to date, with so many clients wanting that extra space in the garage. But even when clients opt for a different design, including a workshop, storeroom, or even adding an extra metre has been popular.
Popular garage upgrades:
- Workshop/Storeroom – it’s like the walk-in-robe for that extra space for your big toys and cars
- Manual Roller Door (to the rear of the garage) – perfect if you have a boat, motorbikes or any other big toys that need access to the backyard
- 31c to 34c to Garage – this is a must if you have a larger than usual car or work ute because there is no point having a garage if you can’t fit your car in it!
And the “just because”
Now of course there are some upgrades that are purely for the novelty of having them or because they look nice – and there’s nothing wrong with that!
Popular “just coz” upgrades:
- Servery Benchtops – this is usually placed between the window in the kitchen and the alfresco, creating a “bar” like look whilst also combining the two spaces together
- Larger sliding doors – this is perfect for those who love to entertain as it opens up the dining and alfresco, creating a larger open space
- 31c or recessed ceilings – higher ceilings give off the illusion of a larger home, while recessed ceilings are popular if your budget doesn’t allow for high ceilings throughout
- Raked ceilings
- Waterfall edges to island benches
Things to consider…
Ask yourself “is this my first home or my forever home?”
If you’re planning on building a bigger home in the future when your kids are older or your lifestyle has changed, your first home doesn’t need to have every item on your dream list. That free-standing bath in the ensuite can come later in life, along with the state-of-the-art shower.
Prioritise the harder stuff first
If you have a budget you’re sticking to, you might find yourself having to choose between items to include now and items to include later. Our advice is to include the items that are harder for you to install after you’ve moved in. For example, it’s much easier (and cheaper) to incorporate a recessed ceiling when your home is being built. In comparison, installing overhead cupboards in your kitchen can be easily done one you’ve moved in.