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6 Steps to Future Proofing your New Home

6 Steps to Future Proofing your New Home

May 2, 2019

Building your new home is an exciting time for you and your family, and the perfect opportunity to find a design that ticks all your boxes. But have you thought about future proofing your new home for years to come?

Taking a little time in the planning stages of your build to consider how your new home will work for you into the future will not only ensure you get the best return on investment should you decide sell it down the track, but also ensure that your home can grow and adapt to your changing needs.

Choose durable materials

It’s worth thinking about the kind of materials you’ll use to ensure your home withstands the test of time. While they might cost a little extra in the short-term, consider using stone benchtops in the kitchen and hard flooring surfaces like tiles throughout the house. Aside from being stylish additions to your design, they’re also more likely to withstand the heavy wear and tear of kids, pets and everyday life, saving you money in the long run.  

Design for what you’re not yet building

Planning on building a pool a little further down the track? Or maybe you’ve been dreaming of a double car garage? While you might not be able to incorporate these elements into your build right now, take the time to talk to your builder about how your home design can plan for these future developments. Whether it’s positioning your living areas at the rear of your home to take advantage of a pool-side view or ensuring your laundry and any other utility spaces connect with a future garage, you’ll be thanking yourself for the added step in the future.

Go above and beyond the BASIX

Builders are required to build your new home with the highest energy efficiency in accordance to BASIX requirements, but why not ask your builder about how you can go above and beyond? As electricity costs continue to rise, it’s important to do everything you can to make sure your home uses less energy. Energy efficient appliances, solar panels and double glazing are just a few things you can do to compliment the BASIX necessities to keep your electricity costs low.

Make room in your new home

Looking at your life, consider what changes you might need to account for a few years into the future. Will your parents be moving in as they age? Could your children be living at home for a little longer than expected? In both cases you may find yourself needing some additional (and private) space in your home. Maybe a design that includes a granny flat or a second master bedroom is worth considering.

Hedge your bets with a spare bedroom

Adding a spare bedroom or room to your new home can be a great addition to your build, as it allows you to get creative over the years and account for the ever-evolving and sometimes unanticipated needs of the family. Whether you end up needing that extra bedroom for another child or visiting relative, a playroom, or find yourself in need of a study/home office, you’ll have plenty of flexibility.

Add the latest tech

When building your new home, one of the best investments you can make is to install the latest technology. While it might be tempting to go for the slightly older (and therefore cheaper) option, the pace at which technology is evolving means you could, quite quickly, find yourself living with outdated technology. The benefits of a technology stop don’t there. Having a smart home is also energy efficient, giving you the ability to manage your energy consumption at the touch of a finger, providing a worthwhile return on investment.

HomeWorld now has more display homes and design options for you to consider than ever before, with 50 leading builders on site to help you find the right design for your living needs today and in the future.

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