If you are fortunate to be in the position to design your dream house, you are indeed in the minority, and this is an exciting opportunity to design your own living space, specifically for you and your family. For most people, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as they plan to live out the rest of their days in their dream abode, and rather than setting the ball in motion, there are a few aspects to consider prior to doing anything.
- Smart Homes – In this technological age, it would be a mistake not to incorporate new technology into the build, and there’s so much, with solar panels, keyless access control systems, and even a smart home app you can download that lets you control climate and turn lights on and off. Talk to one of the custom home builders in Brisbane and they can show you how technology can be put to good use in the design of your new home.
- Think of the Future – This is always a good idea when planning a new build, and if you feel you might want to extend in a few years, you can make provisions for that. If it is to be your retirement home, then it is more a question of making a few small improvements over the next few years, and maintaining the property.
- Composite Materials – Check out the very latest composite building materials, which are very string, durable and does not require maintenance. If home maintenance isn’t your thing, then focus on composites wherever possible. Luxury vinyl is perfect for flooring, and there are exterior products made of UPVC or aluminium with a faux timber finish, and if you do think ‘composite’, there won’t be a lot of building maintenance.
- Solar Power – The ideal time to install a state of the art solar energy system is with a new build, and with the right design, you can achieve energy independence that sets you apart from others. Fossil fuel burning power stations are a serious problem, and by opting to use clean and renewable energy, you are reducing your carbon footprint, and let’s not forget the huge savings.
- Location – The actual location of your home will have an effect on the value of the property, and if you are looking to boost your equity, look for a growing suburb that has all the amenities, which is still reasonably priced, and after 5 years, you should see a sizeable increase in value. If you are planning to retire in your dream home, then location should be based more on the local facilities that the land value, and, of course, it should be convenient for visiting family.
Of course, finding the right builder is half the battle, and a contractor that specialises in custom builds would be more than qualified, and with a Google search, you can view the websites of such builders in the area. Spend time at the design stage and make the builder aware that you want to explore all options, and with their guidance, the perfect design awaits!