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Top Tips for designing your custom home in Mornington

Want to design your forever home with a custom home builder Mornington but you’re overwhelmed thinking about storage space, lighting, landscaping and maintenance. We have 10 top tips to remember at the design stage, so you have no regrets with your luxury home builders Mornington Peninsula.

1. Budget for after construction

We all consider the cost of building our homes in our budget but it’s easy to forget about the finishing touches after the construction. Thousands of dollars can be spent on things that seem minor individually. Remember to budget for landscaping, insurance costs, local council fees, site surveys and utility connections.

2. Storage solutions

Home builders often forget to consider storage and end up frustrated with their lack of storage space. It’s easy to underestimate how many possessions you own or are going to acquire in the future. This often leaves garages full of bikes, gym equipment or Christmas trees and not cars. Storage space can be incorporated without losing floor space, you just need to plan for it. 

3. Home maintenance

Sooner or later all elements of your house will need maintenance. Choose materials and fittings that are easily integrated into the design to allow for ease of maintenance. A chandelier, for example, makes a statement; however, a challenge to change light bulbs or clean.

4. Noise reduction

Unwanted noise is not often considered but is often a problem. It’s important for the materials used to build your home are well-sealed and as solid as possible. Look at your layout to reduce disturbance. Try, for example, placing bathrooms or built-in wardrobes in-between rooms. Sound travels more easily to rooms below, which means a second floor is not always a good place for the loudest family members.

Open-plan living is stunning, however, factor in an isolated living room. This will provide a quieter space for activities such as reading or homework.

5. Future proofing your home

Build a home to live in that can evolve with you. Plan for increases in the size of your family, whether it’s more children, young adults back home after Uni or older relatives moving in. Maybe consider getting planning approval for an extension to be constructed at a later date.

Discrete features to accommodate for disabilities can be a life saver, you can do this by choosing wider doors to allow for wheelchair access or even allow for a lift to be added down the track.

6. Perfection perception

When building your home, we all aim for a perfect finish. However, we all have different interpretations of what a high-quality finish means. Architect sketches and illustrations may not communicate the final effect or build.

Using natural materials can add interesting features to your home. However, two pieces of wood from the same batch won’t look identical and nature is inherently irregular.

7. Windows and thermal comfort

Having plenty of natural light pour through large windows such as bi-folds and sliding doors, creates a modern aesthetic. But, if these are badly positioned, then a room can become too uncomfortable during weather extremes. The easiest way to plan your window placement is to work out how the sun passes over the block and arrange windows in a way that helps reduce sun exposure when it’s not wanted.

A good tip is to incorporate large overhangs to create screens or angled slats to let some light through as well as providing shade for large south facing windows and of course, double or triple glazing problematic windows. 

8. Well-placed lighting

Once the sun goes down, there are many possibilities to add character to your home with well-placed lighting. There should be different ways of lighting the space to suit the activity of the room. The advantage of building is it’s easy to hide cables in the walls and fit lighting controls if planned in advance.

9. Furniture placement

House contents are often only considered once the property is actually built. So, it’s best to consider your furniture in the planning stage. Not all furniture is designed to be disassembled or can easily fit through a standard door or up a staircase. Some home builders have large family heirlooms which must be considered. If furniture is an unusual shape or size it can have a major effect on the arrangement of other items and the size of the room.

10. Plan for mess

It’s important to remember that living involves mess and clutter, even for the most organised of personalities. We need to acknowledge that unnaturally tidy homes on display and in magazines are misleading and unrealistic. A well-designed home should complement the strains and stresses of all the exciting memories enjoyed in the home.

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