House Plan Ideas: Upside Down Living – Should You Consider It?

Here is a story all about how my house got flipped, turned upside down! Upside-down living or reverse living is the process of changing a traditional house plan to maximise views of your property. Instead of having living areas on the lower floor of a two-storey house, having them on the second storey will give you a pivotal way to enjoy your surroundings. Here are a few reasons why you should consider an upside-down house plan next time you build…

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Sweeping Views
As mentioned above, an attractive factor of an upside-down floor plan is the luxury to bask in the panoramic views your property has on offer whether they be coastal or a sweeping city skyline. You are guaranteed unobstructed views by gardens, trees and neighbours by having your main living and master bedroom located on the upper level of your home.

Airflow and Natural Light
Reverse living also maximises the flow of natural light throughout the house. Configuration allows more natural light as the living space is higher up and with sunny summer weather. This is also quite an energy efficient decision that will also make your pocket happy. Having your main living areas elevated will mean they will be exposed to natural breezes allowing for great ventilation and natural cooling.

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A big advantage for any new homeowner is the prospect of entertaining friends and families by throwing decadent dinner parties and summer barbecues. Through this trend, open plan living and large kitchens have become increasingly popular and take on a whole new charm when you have sweeping views to work with. Unlike the traditional kitchen that is often confined on lower floors, changing your house plan to situate entertainment areas upstairs will offer a sense of grandeur and openness that form the backdrop to any occasion.

Zoned Areas
For families with young children or teenagers, changing the house plan to include reverse style living will mean that whilst everyone is living together under the same roof, the spaces in your home will function depending on your families needs. With bedrooms and a rumpus/ cinema room located downstairs, you will be left in peace from the noise of your children entertaining their friends whilst you can relax upstairs in the main living room.

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Higher Ceilings
Upside down living will allow your house plan to include raised/raked ceilings for your communal living spaces which would not be feasible if you remained on the ground floor. This gives designers and architects a good playing area when planning the features of your home and can produce some stunning results that will be a timeless classic when it comes time to resell.

If you’re left still wanting tips and tricks to assist in your new home design, be sure to speak with one of our home experts on 1800 184 284. They are independent and highly motivated to see you achieve your dream home goals and can offer you so much more! You can also book a call online.



Breanna Taylor

Breanna Taylor is a third-year journalism and PR student studying at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. She has a strong passion for interior design and a growing interest in property development and renovation.


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