Selecting a design
Finding a floorplan that won’t date over time is not so straightforward, writes Catherine Nikas-Boulos
add-ons such as a butler’s pantry, outdoor entertainment area or home theatre room.
“By forward planning the design features you both want and need, it will make selecting the best suited floorplan much easier,” he says. “Knowing what features you want in your new home is crucial, and will help make it easy to select the perfect home design.”
Make a shortlist
Making a list of what you do and don’t like in individual display homes will help whittle down your options.
“Think about what sort of home is going to suit your needs best,” Luke says.
“Do you want one or two storeys? How many bedrooms will you need? If you already have a block of land in mind, then what size and width is it? Knowing your budget can also help in narrowing the selection.”
To make the best use of your time, it’s also smart to research home designs online to help you to make a list of pertinent questions to ask sales staff at the display sites.
“There are a range of factors that you should consider when looking at a display home design,” Luke says. “Start at does the layout suits your family’s daily lifestyle? How does the home look from the street? Is the facade of the home impressive? Do you feel a ‘wow’ factor when you enter the home? What sort of garden and entertainment area will suit your family’s lifestyle? Is the flow of the floorplan good?”
Luke adds that when you’re viewing a home, look for quality. He suggests keeping an eye out for products that you know and trust, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.
“Also, is the home built using quality materials? The display home’s construction is a good indicator of the quality you can expect for your home so make sure it passes your inspection,” he says
How to compare houses
When it comes to comparing homes, it’s important to consider how much your lifestyle and your needs will change over time, and to choose a home design that caters for your future lifestyle and offers room to grow.
To help make the decision easier, it’s important to keep all information and paper work organised. Luke says that once you have made a shortlist, the final decision is close.
“The final decision on what home to build should all come down to your stage of life,” Luke says. “Is this your first home? Are you downsizing, or is this your forever home? Think about what your lifestyle needs are both now and in the future.”
He says it’s likely that you will be living in your new home for at least 10 years, so imagine what your needs will be over that time frame.
“If you have young kids now, consider that they’ll soon be teenagers, so your home will have to cater for that,” Luke says.
Likewise, if your kids are all grown up and are ready to leave the nest, consider how this will change your lifestyle and what you need from your home. These are all crucial aspects to keep in mind when making decisions regarding your new home.
Ultimately, Luke says building a house is an expensive, emotional and time-consuming process, so it’s not a decision that should be rushed into or taken lightly.
“It’s easy to be won over by a beautiful designer kitchen, but don’t forget to consider smaller day-to-day features that you may require over the years, such as internal garage access or extra storage cupboards, which can make a big difference in your lifestyle,” he says. “Making a list of all these features that you need, as well as the ones you love, this will help give a strong indication of which home is the perfect fit for your family’s needs.”
This open-plan design by Metricon is a popular choice with buyers.