As homes are becoming more modern and flexible in design, so are the range of ideas and design tinkering from buyers.
Now, larger homes and extra rooms are being considered by first homebuyers who are looking to future-proof their home through design.
Celebration Homes Sales Manager Alistair Harris said buyers were considering even more elements to their home, which might have been overlooked pre-COVID-19.
“In the past year, we’ve seen our clients rethink their way of living at home,” he said.
“During the pandemic, they spent a lot of time in their homes and reconsidered what spaces they used most. This includes a home office or maybe even a home gym.”
Mr Harris said he had seen clients seek bigger homes even if it meant building in the outer suburbs.
“Now more than ever, our clients are seeking big homes which offer a lot of value,” he said. “They’re looking in outer suburbs to source cheaper, larger blocks to free up budget to build a bigger home.”
An emphasis on building for the future appears to be apparent, with games rooms and home cinemas becoming ever-popular.
“Our clients are looking for extra spaces, which allow their families different living zones. Parents with kids or teenagers are looking for extra living spaces and activity/games rooms,” Mr Harris said.
“Elsewhere in the home, cinema rooms are becoming a must-have to bring the modern family together.
“Even first homebuyers are looking to build a home they can grow into, often choosing a large home beyond what they need now with space for children in the future.”
Mr Harris said the location of master bedrooms were also being carefully considered by buyers.
“We offer a range of home designs with front and rear master options to suit our clients. The flexibility to offer more home designs with this choice is driven by our clients. They might have a block shape that would suit a rear master, or solar orientation might also be a consideration,” he said.
“We’re seeing a growing number of people put a rear master on their wish list, as our home design trends change over time.”
Mr Harris said long-term investment and being able to live in the home well into the future, accommodating lifestyle change, was important to buyers.
“It’s not just the interior choices we’ve seen change over the years. Our clients are considering the spaces in their home for their changing lifestyles,” he said.
“They’re looking to future-proof their home and set it up as one that can grow with them over the years. Whether that be a nursery or activity area for small children, a theatre room for teens, or a home office to close the door on after a long day.”
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