Building a home is not a decision one makes lightly. Regardless of whether it’s your first home or your third, it will likely be one of the largest investments you ever make. To help you with this decision, here are some things to consider before building your home:
When building a home, not only will you enjoy all that the home has to offer – but you will also be joining a community. The neighbourhood you choose needs to not only fulfill your needs now, but suit your desires in the future. Pay close attention to the proximity of amenities that suit the needs of your family to get a feel of whether the suburb is the right fit for you. To better assist your decision making, refer to our ‘Development Profiles’ blog post to get a quick snapshot of what each estate in Darwin has to offer.
2. Street Appeal
The facade of a home is one of the first things that you notice about a property, so finding a style of home that reflects your personality and style is really important - Bendella Group has many facades to choose from or we can modify an existing façade to your liking. While creating a look to suit your personal style is a key factor, it is also important to check what the façade adheres to the developer’s design guidelines.
3. Functional Floor plan
This is probably the most crucial element of the entire decision making process. While you can easily redecorate to suit your tastes, the layout is something that will be more difficult to change, so you need it to be right first time. Think about how you will live in the space and your lifestyle; those who entertain a lot may opt for more open plan living, while families with young kids might want more closed off areas. Whichever you choose, there are lots of different styles available at Bendella Group to suit all tastes.
4. Large Bedrooms
Your home should ideally have large bedrooms, sizeable enough to accommodate double or queen sized beds in each, plus additional bedroom furniture such as a tallboy, chair and bookshelves. You’ll be surprised at how many builder’s skimp on the size of bedrooms so make sure you double check the size!
5. Luxury Inclusions
Maybe you’ve always wanted a butler’s pantry, or perhaps you just can't do without super stylish commercial quality cooking appliances in your life. It may be loads of extra storage, designer tapware or polished concrete flooring you desire. Whilst it may not be possible to get everything at once, we can advise you on what is best to include now and what you can add later.
6. Outside Areas
Your outside areas need to reflect your lifestyle, in the same way the interior does. Do you love to cook and entertain outside? Perhaps an outdoor kitchen is necessary. Ensure you accommodate and allow plenty of space for pets too.
7. Placement of Bathrooms and Toilets
There are some things that can really detract from the effectiveness of your design and one of those is the placement of bathrooms and toilets! Having a powder room near your living areas, in addition to full bathrooms, is one of the best design decisions you can make. Want to embarrass your guests when you’re entertaining? Position the toilet window right off your alfresco so it’s quite obvious when anyone is using the facilities… yes, this is commonplace in many homes!
8. Interior Home Styling
The interior styling should be reflective of your family’s lifestyle and personalities. Is it cutting edge modern with bold splashes of colour and stainless steel, or is it refined and organic with raw timbers and plenty of white? Our display homes are a great source of interior home styling inspiration and we have a dedicated Selections Consultant who can help you achieve the exact look you're after.
9. Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
With increasing energy costs, and environmental concerns on the rise, this is one area you might want to consider very carefully. Firstly, is the home oriented correctly to make best use of natural light? Is there adequate airflow and cross breezes? What kind of hot water system is in the home? Are the windows large enough to let in sufficient natural light? Homes that leave a lighter ecological footprint are not just cost effective, but also more comfortable to live in.
Use this list of considerations as a starting point to build your ultimate home on budget. It will help you focus on the most important qualities of your home in order for it to be the perfect fit.
Now that you've considered these tips, keep your builder honest by asking these hard hitting questions!