FOUR BEDROOMS THE KEY
STUDY AREA ALSO IN HOT DEMAND TOO
Gone are the days of two-bedroom homes or three-bedrooms plus a study, according to director of Invision Homes, Roger Connell, whose homes feature in Master Builders Queensland’s Yarrabilba display village.
He said four bedrooms had become the new standard and people had moved away from referring to a smaller bedroom as a study and were instead securing four 3.2sq m – or larger-sized bedrooms in addition to a study nook.
“We are seeing people are regularly putting in study nooks rather than wasting a bedroom,” Mr Connell said.
“You’d rather call it a fourth bedroom in terms of future on-sell than call it a study.”
Mr Connell said this was happening across the board, even on small lots.
“Years ago, they’d try and put twobedroom homes on smaller lots, but now they put as much on them as they can; they’ll add a second level just to secure the extra bedrooms,” Mr Connell said.
“We actually go with full mirrored doors in them and a small robe fit-out too.”
Mr Connell believed the change came down to low interest rates and people being able to borrow more for their builds.
“They’re doing the same with the walk-in pantry; they never had those years ago,” he said.
It was a similar story for Master Builders Queensland’s Yarrabilba display village builder, Simonds Homes Queensland general manager, Kaine Finn.
“The majority of our clients are looking for four-bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living areas,” he said.
“Our product at Yarrabilba is a smart design for smaller lot sizes although this still includes the four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living areas as standard.”
Mr Finn said the study nook was definitely in hot demand for contemporary-designed properties.
“People do love a study nook. I think the four bedrooms in addition to the study nook has been a real trend over the last three years,” he said.
“People are looking for that bit more space as they get a bit more tech savvy, everyone has a computer and they want a designated place to use it.
“People move around a lot more for business opportunities and they tend to have people fly in or guests stay over far more regularly.
“No matter what that family looks like, they still need space – it doesn’t have to be a big home, just a smart building design.”