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New Home Designs Australia: How to Create your Dream ‘Must-Haves’ List

As you consider all the possibilities for new home designs, you’ll no doubt come across countless lists of ‘expert opinions’, ‘top house essentials’, or ‘on-trend new home plans’. It can be overwhelming, and mostly, it will be beside the point – because when it comes to planning the opinion that matters the most is your own. But in the midst of all the noise, it can be difficult to establish exactly what your ‘must-haves’ are.

Find the Perfect New Home Designs Australia- Create Your ‘Must-Haves’ List

Step 1: Brainstorm your New Home Designs

Start by asking yourself, “what do I like?” For example, when you flip through inspiring home designs on Instagram, which are the features that jump out to you? Or when you visit your friends’ homes, what elements make you think, ‘I want that!’? Perhaps it’s a beautiful home office or a stunning walk-in robe, or it may be as simple as the right kitchen island bench.

Then, turn your thinking to your current lifestyle. Sure, a minimalist design scheme may be very on-trend, but if getting rid of your collection of cat figurines is a deal breaker, then it may not be for you. Consider: do you have or want to have pets? Then a well-designed garden may be essential. Or maybe you’re a fan of firing up the grill each weekend and simply can’t live without a great alfresco?

Also think about your frustrations with where you live now. Is there never enough room in the pantry or do you simply not have enough space for a bit of fun? This is your chance to make a real change in your life for the better!

Then, think long term. For many of us, a home is a long-term investment and you’ll want to live there for years to come. As hard as it can be, try to anticipate what your future needs may be so that you can be proactive about planning your new home designs accordingly.

Step 2: Budget your New Home Designs

This is the step in which you have to apply a filter of reality to your dream ‘must-have’ list. Where you went big in your brainstorm, you must now narrow down your list to an achievable list of house essentials. If you’re doing this exercise with a partner, or other members of your family, this is also the time to compromise. However, when you are choosing your priority inclusions, remember to not only focus on the fancy upgrades and also include key features that will genuinely improve your enjoyment of your home. If you need help trying to figure out your new home budget you can use this handy calculator.

Step 3: Brief your New Home Designs

Once you’ve got your house essentials narrowed down, your next step is to communicate that to your builder. Creating a physical list is a great idea, but if you don’t know what builders and developers can actually meet these requirements,  have a chat to one of the expert consultants at iBuildNew. Our consultants have years of experience in the building industry and are well informed about what is happening in the industry.

What now?

Planning your new home is such an important decision, you don’t want to go through the process in isolation. Start searching and comparing home designs today and if you have any questions related to the home design process, including finding the correct house plan, builder or developer, then don’t hesitate to call us on 1800 184 284 or book a call  online at a time that suits you.

Zoe Langenberg

Zoe is passionate about coffee and interior design. You can find her most weekends exploring an art gallery or devouring a good book.


iBuildNew is the market leading aggregator dedicated to residential home construction and land development. As an independent platform, iBuildNew helps Australians identify and compare new home designs, house and land packages and land estates. It’s the smart way home buyers, who are considering a new build, can find the ideal options to match their individual needs. Home building is a big decision, we make sure you get it right.

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