Choosing a custom home builder is just the first of many options you’ll need to consider when you set out to create your dream home.
Sometimes it can be overwhelming when you're faced with a list of features you might include in your new home, but it's vital that you make a list of all the things you'd like to have before you speak to your builder.
So, to help you out here's our handy guide to the basic design features you might want to add to your custom build:
- Location, location! The location for your new custom built home should be the most obvious thing to be thinking about, and likely you already have. Try not to get too caught up in fancy light switches or how many stories you will have before scouting the location. Is it close to amenities that you will need like public transport, schools, restaurants or shopping centers? And which of these will you actually need to in 5, 10, 20 years? Do council regulations allow you to have that pool or second story that you really wanted?
- What kind of façades do you like? Often a custom builder will have a range of façades to choose from, but you’ll need to consider your overall design theme. Your façade should work seamlessly with your interior design and layout, choice of building materials and outdoor entertainment areas. Do you like Asian-inspired homes or a fresh, modern Hampton look? Are you a fan of Scandi style? How about a beach or tropical theme for a laid back, resort-style lifestyle? Start with your theme and everything else will fall into place.
- Decide how the heart of your home will look. Everything revolves around the kitchen and dining space – it’s where your family will congregate on a regular basis. A well-designed kitchen will add value to your dream home and make your day-to-day life more comfortable, so it pays to take some time to work out what you want really. Go for durable, easy wear benchtops, soft closing doors and plenty of storage space. Think about whether you want a butler's pantry – they're seriously on trend right now and will help add privacy, extra space and resale appeal. Swing-out storage that makes the most use of space is always a bonus – and you'll want to make sure everything is in easy reach, so mealtimes are a breeze to navigate.
- Start and end your day right. The time has past where the family has to queue up to use the one bathroom. These days, it’s easier than ever to create a luxury or resort-style feel in your bathrooms with reconstituted stone and seamless designs. Most dream homes will include a master suite with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe plus at least one over the main bathroom for the kids and guests. Think about dual-system shower rails to customise the experience for each individual, in-wall toilets that make cleaning easier and add more space or mirrored doors for privacy. If you have young children, you'll also want to plan an accessible tub for no-fuss bathtimes.
- Integrated technology. The homes of the future will be wired inside and out with smart technologies that make life more efficient and comfortable. Consider adding app-controlled lighting, security, temperature control and multimedia, like theatre rooms, smart speakers and more – it’s easier than trying to retrofit it after the fact. You’ll also want to think about energy efficient technologies to save the earth and your hip pocket – like solar power and water heating, and energy control centres that help you keep on top of your usage.
Want some help on your design journey? Our expert custom home builders can run you through all your options for creating a home you'll love to live in every day.