Before you buy: Considerations before choosing a home plan and design

Buying a house means a lifetime of happy home-living or living through a bad decision. There is a vast selection of homes available in the market, so choosing …

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Buying a house means a lifetime of happy home-living or living through a bad decision. There is a vast selection of homes available in the market, so choosing a good home design can be time-consuming and overwhelming, but understanding what you’re looking for can help you succeed when selecting a home design that you want for your home.

When choosing a home and its design, it’s vital to pick one that not only meets your or your family’s specific needs, but also consider its neighbourhood, the natural landscape, as well as its potential marketability to future buyers if ever you choose to sell it at some point in the future.
 
Take note that the total square foot of the new home refers to the finished part of the house plan. Finished living areas are typically described as covered with wallpaper, paint or sheetrock. A house with a heated area is also an indicator of finished space. Places like porches, attics and garages are considered as unfinished and aren’t calculated as part of the total footage area of the home plan.
 
Home plan and design considerations
 
Lifestyle and living necessities. Your lifestyle and living needs play the key role in choosing a home plan and design. It can depend on your family’s stages, cycles, and future plans as well. A new couple’s preference in a home will vastly differ from the preference of a retired couple, or a single homeowner, for that matter.


Ask yourself these questions:
 
Are you newly married? If so, are you planning to start a family? How many children do you plan to have? Will there be enough room in the home for expansion as your family grows?
Will you need guest rooms for your overnight guests?
Will there be older people living with you?
 
Study the home plan and style and see if the space can be altered to suit your needs.
 
Privacy. Most new homeowners prefer homes with good privacy, especially in the master bedroom and personal living areas, others may need privacy in a home office space. Another good consideration is how much privacy you’ll require from other neighbours and occupants. For this, consider a home design with a U or L shape plan.


Aesthetics and furnishings. If you’re moving from a home, consider if the new home plan can accommodate your new or existing furniture styles and arrangements. You can measure your current furniture to know if there will be enough walking space of around 36 inches around it and clearance for doors to swing. Review the natural traffic flow of the home design, the interior views of each room as well as how the natural lighting can be utilized or shared within the home.
 
Outdoor living. The natural landscaping features of the home’s lot will have a big impact on the style of home plan and design that you’ll choose. Therefore, when choosing a home, consider whether you need a lot space to do activities like sports, camping, provision for a pool, pond, etc.


Finding the right home. Once you know your home plan and design preference, you’ll find it easier to choose the right home. However, remember that no home is “perfect” and as such, you may need to customize yours later on. Just remember to pick one that closely resembles your needs. Check out the houses for sale in Sydney to see plans and styles with a great neighbourhood and facilities to spare.
 
Time to home-hunt. Best of luck!

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