Features to consider when building a new home

Creating your dream home means choices, options, and sometimes a little bit of confusion! This handy guide gets you started on what features to consider when building a new home.

So, what are the top design features and options you should be thinking about for your build? Let’s start with the big picture.

Design theme, inside and out

Building a new home is the perfect opportunity to achieve a seamless design theme with both the interior design, house layout, exterior treatments, building materials, and alfresco areas. Popular choices are Balinese-inspired homes, Hamptons designs, and Scandinavian style. Decide this at the outset and your design will fall into place with very little effort.

Fabulous facades

G.J. Gardner Homes makes it easy, with a number of facade options that set the scene for your new home. Choose from options such as beach, urban, resort, Hamptons, executive, traditional, homestead, manor and classic.

The kitchen is key

The kitchen is the heart of your home and a good design adds long-term value. For example, a realestate.com.au survey found that 26% of Australians would prioritise a kitchen renovation over any other type. The key here is to make sure it’s
functional, looks great and has long-lasting appeal. Choosing durable materials like reconstituted stone benchtops will stand you in good stead, as will soft-closing drawers. Butler’s pantries are in high demand because they add space, privacy and value. For extra design flair, think about creative splashbacks, display shelves and drop lighting. Smart storage is another consideration, including swing out storage and corner cupboards.

Explore your flow

The flow, layout and amenity of your home is also key to consider when planning your home. Let’s explore these things in detail…

he days of the family fighting over a single bathroom are well and truly over. These days, the master suite generally contains a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and sleeping chamber. It’s common to set the master suite apart from children’s rooms (or even on another level for older families) – with the intention of making it a true retreat. Creating the walk-in wardrobe of your dreams is all about assessing your storage requirements and building something that suits you perfectly.

Beautiful Bathrooms

It’s so easy to create beautiful bathrooms with a luxury or resort-style feel. Look for unique features such as a dual-system shower rail to suit different tastes, mirrored toilet doors for privacy, using consistent accessories, and in-wall toilets for extra space and easy cleaning.

Smart Storage

From pantries to mudrooms, we all love smart storage solutions. They not only look good, but they keep your home uncluttered and relaxing in the long term.

Today’s tech

Today’s intelligent technology can make your home extra comfortable and efficient, with the ability to finely tune lighting, heating/cooling, audio visual equipment and home security – often via an app on your smartphone.

Feature walls & ceilings

For stand-out impact, you can’t go past a feature wall or ceiling. Timber is a timeless choice, but you can always get creative: with amazing rock feature walls, tiles, wallpaper or even chalk!

Green & lean

An energy-efficient house not only saves the environment, but it can have a big impact on your running costs, one estimate is that an 8-star energy efficient house can potentially save 40% on heating and cooling costs.

Feeling inspired?

If you want to talk through creative or classic design features, contact your local G.J. Gardner Homes office. They’ll get you started on your design journey and make it easy to narrow down your ideas. 

Contact G.J. Gardner Homes Brisbane North & Bayside on 07 3881 0311 or visit gjgardner.com.au