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Factors to consider when designing a new home

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Are you planning on designing and building your own home? The house design you choose should be a perfect match for you and your family, so it can often be quite difficult to come up with the right design.

Designing your own home is a time-consuming and extensive process. Therefore, it is imperative that you take your time. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the factors you need to consider when designing a new home. 

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1. Understand your own unique needs

Every family is different, and therefore every home needs to be uniquely created. When designing a home, you need to make a checklist of must-have features and any special requirements you and your family may require.

Here are some factors to consider: 

  • How many bathrooms do you need?
  • How many bedrooms do you need?
  • How big do your kitchen and living quarters need to be?
  • Do you have large vehicles that will require extra driveway space?
If you have picked a house design from a specialist new home builder, make sure you make them aware of any alterations that you may need to ensure your dream home is created. For example, if anyone in your family has mobility issues, alterations can be made to the design. 

2. Plan the space

When planning where exactly your home should be placed on any land you have, there are some basic principles that you need to consider:

Living rooms and dining rooms should be placed on the south or southwest side of the house because that is where the light will shine through most.

If you want a more open-plan space, make sure you design spaces that connect together rather than having rooms split up with walls. Not only will open-plan space make your home look bigger, but it will also make it easier for you and your family to communicate between spaces.

Split your house into zones: a day zone (kitchen, living room, guest bathrooms) and a night zone (bedrooms, personal bathrooms, closets and children’s bedrooms) to add convenience to your design. 

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3. Think about the lighting

If you want to add a special warmth and uniqueness to your home design, correct lighting installations are essential, but it is a feature many people look over. Lighting can bring out the beauty and architecture of your home, as well as make spaces appear bigger.

If you want to create a more modern house, consider adding smart lighting and features to the house. Modern lighting and building management systems can control and optimise energy. Not only will this help you save money in the long run (as you will be able to control your heating and lighting remotely), but will also make your home feel, modern, innovative and inviting. 

Need help with your design?

Because there are so many factors to consider when designing your own home, it can be stressful. If you are struggling to design the perfect home, contact Michael Hoare Builders Cairns.


We have a vast array of housing packages and will help you throughout the entire process till you have your perfect home built.


Talk to our expert team today on 0409 563 123 or contact us online today to get your dream home started!