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What to Consider When Building Your “Forever Home”

While visualising your forever home is all too easy, when it comes to actually building that home it can begin to feel a little overwhelming. With so many different options to choose from and essentials to organise, it’s important not to lose sight of the key considerations that make a house a home! Whether you’re seeking a contemporary urban loft or a sprawling rustic farmhouse, there’s a number of factors which can help you on your journey to building the timeless, stylish masterpiece of your dreams…

1. Neighbourhood
Building a home begins for many with the right neighbourhood. Consider the suburb’s proximity to your workplace, family and friends and also the nearby amenities on offer. Weigh up which factors are most important to you and research the area thoroughly – from spending time getting to know the community and it’s values, to visiting local cafes and shopping strips. Remember, your dream home doesn’t exist in a bubble, but is part of a larger community that you’ll be a member of.

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2. Block Size And Location
It’s often one of the less exciting aspects of building a home for buyers, but the block of land is the one thing that cannot be altered. Keep in mind those features most important to you, whether it be a spacious backyard or an amazing view you can admire for years to come! It pays to be picky when this is your forever home! Don’t settle now for a block you may regret in the future.

3. Room To Grow
If you’re planning on starting a family, then building a home that has plenty of potential for expansion should be high on your list of priorities. Whether your expansions are outwards or upwards, don’t forget to consider how easy or hard it would be to reconfigure the home to accommodate extra occupants.

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4. Smart Zoning
The number of people living in your home is likely to increase and decrease throughout the years. From newborns to elderly parents to adult children leaving the nest, a forever home may need to accommodate two or three of these stages at the same time! By integrating a clever zoning strategy your home can readily expand or contract to cater for smaller or larger numbers, as necessary. Keep children’s bedrooms and guest bedrooms in one area of the house and ensure everyone has a private space of their own. As the years pass and the rooms empty, these areas can readily be converted into gyms, studies or retreats!

5. Adaptable Living Spaces
Your living room is one of the focal points of your home and the way you make use of it inevitably changes over the years. The ability to restyle your interior is hugely important as trends fade and family photos become priceless displays of fond memories. Opting for an open floor plan is one great way to ensure easy access to communal areas and allows you to readily ‘change it up’ as inspiration strikes.

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6. Natural Light
When building a home, don’t forget to factor in house orientation! Not only does natural light create the illusion of space, but it also saves you dollars in the long-term by improving your abode’s energy efficiency! Ensure that those areas where you’ll be spending the most time are those receiving the greatest amount of sunlight.

Ready to start building your forever home? Make sure you speak to one of our expert building consultants who are here 7 days a week. You can call us on 1800 184 284 or book a call online.

Kaylah Chesson

Kaylah is completing her final year of a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws degree at Deakin University. Her particular areas of interest include property and land law, home design and the creative arts.


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