How to Decide on a Home Design?

Stylish living room interior of modern apartment

When it comes to home designs, there’s as many variations as there are colour palettes for a feature wall. If that’s giving you a case of analysis paralysis rather than relief, don’t fret: we know that deciding on a home design is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when it comes to your property. That’s why we don’t take it lightly, either. For almost three decades, our professional designers have been helping North Shore locals design their dream homes – inside and out.

Some homeowners know exactly what they want when it comes to a home design. Others need a bit of prompting. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with both types of people, lending our professional advice and experience to helping homeowners get the most out of their property. With endless possibilities for home designs at your fingertips, there’s no shortage in choice – the only limit is one’s imagination.

For those who are in the process of choosing the right design for your home, there’s a number of factors to consider. Some are listed below.

Layout Factors

Will this be your “forever home?” Then you may need to consider the floor plan and versatility of the rooms. For example, can that study room become a safe playground for the toddlers, a retreat for your teenager or a theatre room when you’re much older?

You’ll also need to think about overnight guests. If this will be frequent, an extra bathroom and living space may provide your visitors some time to themselves.

A floor plan that provides plenty of storage space is always beneficial. Cupboards, walk-in robes and closets where you can store linen make it easier to organise your belongings and keep a home tidy.

Planning on entertaining outdoors? Having a BBQ with friends is the quintessential Australian lifestyle. A floor plan that connects the home’s kitchen and living area to the outdoors will open up the space for entertaining guests easily.

The block of land you plan to build on will also be important. If it’s an odd shape, or a sloping block, you may have to choose a home design that suits. Your land’s streetscape should also be considered as you want your façade to complement the local area.

The orientation of your home also plays a part. A home that faces the direction of the northerly sunlight will harness that solar energy much better, keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer. This can potentially reduce your future energy bills.

The Bottom Line

Furnishings and finishings come second to the structure of your home, and should be discussed after the layout has been designed. Our designers can work with you to create a space that suits contemporary and modern living.

The biggest factor in determining a home design is to look at several different designs to see if you can visualise living there with your family. If it feels like home, it probably is.

Creating homes you’ll love to live in

We know designing a home can be complex – but we make the process simple. At Family Home Designers & Builders, our expert home designers and builders make complicated decisions easy to understand. With almost three decades in designing homes for North Shore locals, we have the skills and experience to help you achieve your dream home.

Whether you need interior renovations or major extensions, get in touch with our friendly team today. Contact us for personalised advice on your home design builds.