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Room to move: when size matters

Planning the type of home that you want to build or purchase can be a balancing act. Finding the funds to allow you to purchase enough living space can be tricky whether you have a growing family, run a business from home or simply want more space to yourself. Read below for some of the features that you should look out for when house buying whether it’s an established home or one that you are designing yourself.

Laundries

Even in tighter living environments, such as apartments, you’ll typically need your own washing machine, rather than the communal set ups common across America. The European laundry which is really a cupboard, is commonly provided. If this is the case, try to select a configuration that also provides a laundry sink. This can be used for soaking, disposal of water unsuitable for the kitchen sink, and can even provide storage when not in use. Some places pop the washing machine in the kitchen, which is commonplace in the UK. If you have a dedicated laundry room, consider adding in additional storage and a small bench along with the usual sinks, washers and dryers. This will convert the space into a mudroom where heavier coats and jackets can reside as well as shoes, especially the muddy ones! Racks and rails for cleaning product storage can free up space on shelves which can be used for linen, sports equipment or quick hideaway spot for miscellaneous items when guests come to visit.

Open plan living

Although the shift away from the kitchen as a smaller separate room is common across most newer builds, the open plan model is also being tweaked now to maximise liveability. Issues such as noise bleed and a high traffic demand in a concentrated area can make a wonderfully larger space a little less suitable for a contemporary lifestyle. Therefore, we are seeing a design shift towards the creation of zones or ‘quiet’ spaces that provide partial or full privacy such as a studies, small lounges or recreational rooms for children just off the main living area.

Bedrooms

A smaller block or square meterage will often result in a reduction of bedroom size to shrink a floor plan. Provided there is ample storage within them and throughout the rest of the residence, this isn’t as much of a problem as many people think. Having natural light, and a location that experiences the least amount of outdoor noise will make for a more comfortable space overall. Furthermore, if the home provides break out areas for studying or even a larger retreat at the top of a stairwell, items such as desks and related furniture and books may not need to be housed in a more petite bedroom.

So whether you’re looking at a house and land package in Geelong, a penthouse in Sydney or a freestanding house in Queensland, take some time to review some floorplans before you visit a residence in person so you can get a feel for room dimensions.