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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.”

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