Your friends have just finished building a new home and are proudly taking you on a guided tour to show off their prized asset. You’re immediately struck by what appears to be a glaring design error. Do you say anything?
It’s probably wise to keep quiet, be diplomatic and compliment them on a job well done, but if you’re planning on building a new custom built home, you certainly won’t want any design errors or regrets.
Of course, you’ll want your new home to have your unique touch with features that suit your lifestyle, but designing a new custom built home from a blank canvas is a mammoth task and without the benefit of experience (or the wisdom of hindsight), it’s not easy to get absolutely everything right.
You may have a vision of an open plan contemporary masterpiece, but have you thought about the acoustics or heating and cooling those vast open areas? Some people want to include unusual and eye-catching features in their new home to make it really stand out, but remember, these quirky elements may actually be a deal-breaker at sale time.
Of course, it’s absolutely fine to have some unusual design elements included in your new home, but unless they can be changed, removed or updated quickly and cost-effectively, you should think twice about them.
Whether it’s the size of your spaces or the height of the windows, the orientation of the building or the direction of the door openings, the placement of your furniture or the positioning of the TV, you need to think about hundreds of different things when you’re designing a new home.
Timeless designs will always be in fashion and if you’re building a new home, your choices of colours, features and furnishings are important – particularly if you plan to sell your home in the not-too-distant future. A neutral palette will always have universal appeal and simple, clean lines never go out of fashion.
That’s why it is so important to partner with an experienced home builder on your new home journey. We understand good design and we know the pitfalls. The devil is in the detail and even if you have a clear vision of how you want your new home to look and function, it takes a skilled and knowledgeable eye to translate that vision into the perfect outcome with no design flaws!
Here’s a question. Where’s the best place for a kitchen waste bin? Well, you definitely don’t want to have it in the cupboard below your kitchen sink because you’ll have to step away with dripping hands every single time anyone needs to throw something away. It may seem obvious, but you’d be amazed at how often people make this simple design error – and many others like it – and whilst they don’t seem significant on paper, they can be really annoying and impractical in real life.
Small design errors can cause everyday frustration, but big ones have a much more significant impact.
A home that has an unusual layout, a quirky design feature (like domed mosaic ceilings or an indoor swimming pool) or a specific detail to suit a specific lifestyle or hobbies (like a multiple-car garage for the motoring enthusiast or a rooftop glass dome for the passionate star-gazer) may seem like a good idea at the time of building but can actually make a home very difficult to sell.
That’s where we at Coast Homes can help. We’ve worked together as a team for years and years building new homes in Perth and we know how crucial good design is. Of course, we also know that you want a stunning one-of-a-kind home which reflects your unique style and which is admired and envied by all – and so if you build with us, you have all of our collective experience at your disposal to ensure you realise your dreams with no design nightmares.
We embrace individuality and we love bringing a fresh creativity to the neighbourhood – so please come and talk to us about your new home design ideas. With the same friendly team on your side from concept to completion, we can’t wait to work together to bring your vision to life with no design regrets!