You have decided to build a new home.
So you start looking around, noticing everyone else's home. Firstly the outside, the finishes, the colours, the textures... you start to form an opinion on what you think looks good and what doesn't. The funny thing is, before you started thinking about building, you really had no idea, and really didn't notice too much about homes.
Have you ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon? It is a frequency bias. You notice something new, at least it's new to you. Suddenly, you're aware of that thing all over the place!
In reality, there's no increase in occurrence, it's just that you have started to notice it.
That is often what happens to new home buyers.
So how can you be sure of what you actually want? House and Land Packages
can be a good idea, because you get what you get... it's already all priced and inclusive of everything within that package. This can make the decision making super easy. You get to check it all out, and sign the building contract, quickly and simply. But you can't always find House and Land packages in the area you would like to live. In this situation it is best to find the block of land and then find a builder who can build you the right home on that site.
So what are the desirable features of a new home? Many people are thinking about how to increase the energy efficiency of their new home without the huge overhead costs associated with passive solar. If you want a home that is energy efficient, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this into the building process. For example, one simple way to increase your energy efficiency and make your home more liveable is to use the Sun's orientation to its maximum advantage. Placing your home on the block of land in a way that the North sun can penetrate into the home at particular times of the day, and not at other times is a clever way to build.
Quality of construction is usually high on the list of wants for new home owners. We want to know that the home has been built well, and will be a great place to live with our family's for a short time or perhaps, a lifetime! M Sky Homes totally gets this. We have an extremely high standard of quality expected and carried out on all our homes under construction
Other parts of the home that are a big part of family life and so very important are the kitchen /living areas. You're going to be spending a lot of time in the space, so this is understandable.
So if you have the option to design this area, there are a few things that we would recommend if your budget allows
1. Choose an L Shaped kitchen layout that has the sink on the window, and the appliances on the other wall, and leave your island bench free of any sinks or whitegoods/appliances. This creates a great space for gathering the family or for entertaining.
2. If you have the finances, a butlers pantry, small or large, is always a brilliant area for food prep, or groceries, and keeps the mess out of the main kitchen.
Putting in a stone benchtop can be an item that happens later if budget is an issue. As long as you have the "bones" of the kitchen in place, upgrades such as a new benchtop or new door fronts can easily be done at a later date.
3. Ensure that you have plenty of natural light into this space, as you will be spending a lot of time here. This goes back to the earlier comment on home orientation and placement on your site.
The best way to discover how you would like your home and what things are important to you is to check out display homes, or if you don't have time or access to these, look at different homes on our website, we have a gallery of designs with floor plans and facades that will start you on the right path.
Our designs have been built many times and we have a great track record for extremely well designed homes.
And of course, we build many Custom Designed homes for clients. See our previous projects here
The most important thing to remember when you are starting your home design and build, is that you relax and enjoy the process. Don't let it stress you out. Your chosen builder will work with you to create the home you want, sometimes you just need to be patient with the process and let the builder lead and guide you through your decision making and most importantly, during construction.
We guarantee that if you build with M Sky Homes, the end result will be amazing. You will get the home you want.