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5 Secrets To Designing Your Perfect Forever Home
When it comes to building a home there are lots of different options. Some people want a starter home to help get them onto the property ladder, some people want an investment property to rent out and others are looking for a forever home – the kind of home that they can spend the rest of their lives in.
Whether this means raising a family, looking after grandchildren or just having a place to grow old in comfort and style, there are some important design elements to take into account if you’re going to design the perfect forever home for you. If you’re thinking of building a new home that you’re planning on living in for the rest of your life, make sure you check out this list of our top 5 forever home design tips to make sure that you’re making the right choices.
Account For Your Current & Future Needs
If you’re planning to spend the rest of your life in the one property then it needs to be able to cater to the ways in which your lifestyle will change over that time. That’s why it’s vitally important to ask yourself certain questions.
How much space do you need now? Are you planning on having a family? Can the bedrooms be converted into guestrooms or a home office when the kids leave home? What design elements will make your life easier? For example, wide doors and hallways are easier to navigate when pushing a pram or shepherding kids around the house and they’re also easier to manage when you get older.
Choose Easy-To-Use Fixtures and Fittings
Choosing the right fixtures and fittings at the start will save you having to spend more replacing them later on. For example, lever-type door handles are much easier for children to use, when you’re handling heavy grocery bags and also when you’re older and your strength isn’t quite what it use to be. Similarly, paddle-style taps are much more practical than round twist styles. Little touches like this will have a big impact upon the livability of your house over the course of your lifetime
Single Story Is Best
Nobody likes to think about getting older, injury or death, but the fact of the matter is that navigating stairs is one of the most difficult and risky tasks for older people. They can also make life more difficult and hazardous when raising children, so keeping things on a single storey and avoiding stairs altogether is probably your best bet.
Budget & Plan Properly
If you’re going to be living in your home for 30 or 40 years then it makes sense to spend a bit more time and money planning things out and getting exactly what you want. Alternatively, if you know that you’ll need to make changes or upgrades in the future then make sure you plan and budget for them so it doesn’t put you under unnecessary and financial strain.
Opt For Timeless Designs
Styling and design that’s “on trend” might look great now, but as fashions change you can end up with something that looks hopelessly outdated. Choosing a timelessly classic look and feel will ensure that your home always looks great and will save you the cost of having to remodel or redecorate in the future.
If you’re looking to build your forever home then we have a range of stunning home designs that will ensure that you’re always able to live the lifestyle you want to lead. We can also work with you to ensure that you’re able to include the design elements you need to remain safe and comfortable no matter what stage of life you and your family are at. Call us today to find out more.
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