Work inside the box
Clever solutions for modern housing dilemmas
No matter which way you look at it, the Sydney housing market these days is tough. With median house prices sitting at $1.048 million according to figures released by financial services company CoreLogic last week, many of us are looking at different ways of living to keep costs down, without compromising on what matters most to us and those we care about.
For many, family comes first but factors such as being well connected to services, minimising the impact on the environment and maintaining a manageable mortgage also play a role.
So rather than sticking to traditional housing styles, more people are thinking outside the box to create their ideal home.
Small is good
For some, they would rather choose a home that is quite small so that they can live closer into the city and enjoy everything it has to offer. But living in a tiny apartment can be a frustrating exercise if it’s not well planned.
Increasingly, architects and designers are challenging themselves to come up with liveable solutions and create spaces that feel far larger than their footprint would suggest.
Others just need something affordable but liveable to place on their block of land. They are exploring the possibilities of shipping container housing and other prefabricated housing options that can be factory made and delivered to the site, reducing time and waste.
Bigger is better
For larger families, it may be worth looking at pooling resources while still keeping everyone close by.
With children staying at home longer while they study or save and more couples taking responsibility for the care of ageing parents, homes big enough to accommodate the whole family are gaining traction.
New-look granny flats and spacious two-storey homes with secondary ground floor master bedroom suites are meeting demand.
Whether you’re struggling with what your upfront building budget can buy, or what your home may cost you down the track, it’s time we reconsidered the standard housing styles on offer.