If you are ready to build your dream custom home, or you have one of our plans in mind, Ballarat builder D.R. Gordon Building has some great ideas to ensure that you get the best from your new quality built home. You may have a list of which rooms you require in a home, or a colour scheme you love, but often some simple ideas integrated in the early planning stages can produce a home that not only performs better and ages well, it can save you money in the long run.
• Maximise Natural Light
Natural light is one of the best decorative elements for any home. It gives warmth and depth, it changes throughout the day and throughout the year, creating different atmospheres, and it makes the space look cleaner, airier and healthier. Designing a home to maximise North facing light in living areas creates not only light but warmth in the home during winter, improving the energy efficiency of your home and saving you money on running costs of artificial lighting and heating systems.
• Storage, storage, storage!
Storage is one element we can never have enough of! It can help to keep a house looking bright, clean and un-cluttered! When building, think about adding storage to every room; think about what you plan to put in each room and where you plan to put it. A quick online search can give you a multitude of clever ideas to utilise the space in your home.
• Increase Ceiling Heights
How do you make a room look more spacious than it is without changing its actual floor size? By going up! High ceilings open up a room, bringing neutral, empty space that automatically tricks the eye into seeing a larger room.
• Have less rooms but larger ones
With current lot sizes becoming increasingly smaller, often fitting all your desired room requirements into a plan that fits on a small allotment can come at a cost to your room sizes. Contemporary living is all about open plan, where kitchen, dining and living happily coexist in the same space. This is often the centre of the home where the whole family gathers, entertains, watches television, and so on. As such, it fulfils many functions, so it may mean for you that other living areas are not really needed.
• Pump up insulation
Good insulation could drastically reduce the need for heating and cooling, increase comfort in the home and reduce your electricity bills. While this investment may not be one you can visually enjoy, such as expensive cabinetry or the latest and greatest appliance, it will be one that will pay off in the long run.
• Opt for a white kitchen
If you plan to live in your home for a long time, installing a white kitchen could be a great option. White it may not seem very original at first, it’s one colour that defies trends, ages well, looks clean and is easy to accessorise.