If you’ve chosen to have your new home custom designed, it should be an exciting and rewarding experience. This is your opportunity to create your new home from scratch, with all the beautiful features you want.
It can be a fine balancing act to incorporate your sense of style into your design while meeting your practical, everyday needs, especially when it comes to the internal features of your home.
It’s important to work closely with your custom home designer and builder to make sure you tick as many boxes as you can off your dream home list, while ensuring your home is comfortable and practical.
There may be some flexibility required to achieve the result you desire. It’s better to get it right in the design phase than to have to remodel it after your home is built.
Take a look at just a few of the internal features you should think carefully about when designing your new custom home.
When working with your custom designer or home builder to map out your floor plan, it’s important to adopt a logical approach to your overall design. Consider how your floor plan will flow and how your family will function in each space.
If you’re the kind of family that tends to gather around the kitchen at meal times, an open floor plan with easy flow between the living room, kitchen and dining area will suit you well. This kind of design also allows for excellent flow between rooms.
Here are a few pro tips to consider:
• Make sure all your doorways, hallways and stairways are wide enough to move furniture through.
• Place your air conditioning system as centrally as possible, allowing for better temperature balance throughout your home.
• To increase privacy and reduce noise disturbance, try to position your bedrooms away from living areas and the front door.
• Make sure light switches are placed in accordance to traffic flow and that outlets are conveniently positioned.
• Design all your plumbing in one general area in order to reduce the cost of running pipes over a distance.
• If possible, position your kitchen close to the garage so it’s easier to carry in your groceries.
• If you have children, or grandchildren, be sure to incorporate sightlines to their play areas into your design.
• Check that it will be easy to run speaker cables, computer cables and internet cables throughout your house. You might consider hiding unsightly cables behind your skirting boards.
Flooring is a key design element to any room in your new home, so you'll need to be sure you select the right flooring based on your preferred style, lifestyle and budget.
Each room in your home—from steamy bathrooms to high-traffic family rooms—comes with its own challenges, so a flooring material that’s perfect for one space could be a problem in another.
With so much to think about, where do you begin? The following will help you weigh up your options.
Carpet is a great choice if you want warmth and cosiness in your home. It provides noise reduction, which makes it excellent for upper-level floors, hallways and play areas.
However, carpet does have a shelf life to consider. There will always be visible wear and tear, especially in high traffic areas. If you do opt for carpet, it’s well worth investing in a high-quality with thick underlay to ensure it lasts well and looks great for a long time to come.
Ceramic tile flooring comes in an enormous array of colours and styles which is why it’s a designer’s favourite. Glazed ceramic tile flooring is durable, impervious to moisture and resists stains and scratches.
The hard feel of ceramic tiles underfoot isn’t to everyone’s liking. Grout lines do require constant maintenance; however, this can be avoided by opting for large tile sizes.
Just about everyone loves a gorgeous hardwood floor. It’s warm and looks great in hallways, living areas, even kitchens. Wood is very easy to look after. There’s nowhere for dirt and dust to hide and it’s simple to clean.
Keep in mind that hardwood flooring is susceptible to moisture, so it’s not ideal for bathrooms or laundries. It also requires maintenance to retain its good looks.
Laminate flooring is sturdy and resistant to warping. It’s hard to scuff and scratch, making it ideal for kids’ playrooms, kitchens and living areas. However, many people find its super-hard surface feels artificial.
Linoleum flooring has come a long way since grandma’s day! It’s made with biodegradable materials including cork powder and linseed oil. Linoleum is a tough flooring that resists stains and wear.
Yet it can be dented by high heels and furniture legs and can turn yellowish if repeatedly exposed to sunlight. Linoleum is susceptible to excessive moisture, so it’s not recommended for the laundry or bathrooms.
Vinyl plank flooring mimics the look of real wood and tile flooring. It’s 100% water resistant, so it won’t be affected by spills. This makes it the ideal flooring solution for use throughout your whole house. It’s a great option if you have pets.
While durable, it’s of a softer material than wood and tiles. Vinyl flooring can be punctured easily with very sharp objects, such as dropping a kitchen knife or sliding a metal leg chair across it.
Choosing the right lighting for your home can provide ambiance, improve overall aesthetics and allow you to see better and perform tasks.
Lighting is one of those things you don’t always notice when it’s done well. However, if the lighting is the wrong choice for the area or poorly positioned, you will notice it immediately. Sometimes a light can look good in the showroom, but when it’s installed just doesn’t create the atmosphere or serve the purpose you want.
It’s wise to seek professional advice from your building designer on the best type of lighting to install in each area of your home. It can really make a big difference to the ambiance of a space such as the simple addition of dimming switches in the living room to create the perfect atmosphere for watching movies.
Here's some handy lighting tips to keep in mind:
• In bathrooms, try sconces on either side of the mirror, instead of a single light above. Overhead lighting can cast shadows on your face.
• Although LED lights are more expensive to purchase upfront, they can last for up to 25 times longer than halogen bulbs. They also use about 80% less energy compared to traditional bulbs, resulting in lower energy costs.
• Take your wall colours into consideration when choosing your lighting. If your walls are very dark, it won’t matter how many lights you have in a room, you won’t achieve that bright and airy feeling.
• Don’t rely on overhead lighting alone. Floor lamps and table lamps are important in living and study areas to prevent eye strain when reading or writing. They also add a cosy quality to any room.
• Warm lighting should be used in spaces where you plan to relax, such as the bedroom, living room or dining room, while cool lighting should be used in spaces you plan to work in, such as the kitchen, study or laundry.
• Ensure you have enough light fixtures around the exterior of your house and consider a sensor light for ease and safety. Warm exterior and garden lighting also make your house look inviting and increase its street appeal.
It can be extremely frustrating and time-consuming running all over town to tile shops, paint shops, bathroom shops and appliance stores deciding on every tiny detail of your custom designed home. You’ll have to rely on swatches, samples and photos on your phone to see how every little piece will fit. Chances are you won’t find what you’re looking for or you’ll end up more confused than when you started.
At Design 360’s amazing showroom, we’ve made the experience of designing your custom home so much easier and enjoyable by gathering all the best design solutions under the one giant roof at our Colour and Design Studio in North Lakes.
One you set an appointment, one of our professional interior designers will spend the time to chat about what you imagine for your dream home and help you narrow down your choices. If you already have a builder, they’re welcome to join you and be part of the process.
You can take your time to browse through our impressive range of samples, touch them, mix and match them and see how different combinations will work together in your new home. If you need a little guidance, our interior designer is with you to show you how to make your rooms work beautifully together
It’s the most relaxing, stress-free and convenient way to create your dream home from scratch.
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