5 Tips For Building a New Home in 2021

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The events of the last twelve months have changed our perspectives on many things, including the way we view our homes. It has become clear to all that having a beautiful, comfortable and livable home will enhance our lives in many ways. 

So whether the pandemic has caused you to rethink your current living arrangements, or you already had plans in the pipeline, if you’re considering building your dream home in 2021, where do you start? 

There are lots of decisions to be made, and without a clear vision of what you’re trying to achieve, it can fast become overwhelming. Visiting display homes and checking out recently completed projects online is a great way to source design ideas and find out what’s popular. But it’s not just the aesthetics of the design you need to look out for. The layout, size, location and practical features are all really important too.

So to help you bring together your ideas and get the ball rolling on your new home project, we’ve compiled a handy list of 5 tips for building your dream home in 2021.

Tip 1: Build a home that’s the right size

When considering the right size home, you’re likely thinking in terms of how many bedrooms and bathrooms—but what also matters is the overall size of the design. While in years gone by, building the biggest home you could afford was what most people strived for, recently, the trend towards smaller homes has gained plenty of traction.

The benefits of building small are many. They cost less to build, furnish, run and maintain, which means you can often afford to include quality fittings and furnishings which may not have otherwise fit into your budget. It’s also possible to include everything you need in a small design home, so you don’t need to compromise. With an efficient design, the available space is customised precisely to suit your needs, without any unnecessary excess.

Tip 2: Design for style, comfort and livability

If you’re lucky enough to have a home that is stylish, comfortable and well-suited to your lifestyle, any time spent in lockdown would have been slightly more bearable—but for those who don’t, the extra time at home may well have highlighted any areas that need improving!

One of the best things about building a new home is the ability to handpick the elements that will make it truly special to you. This could be an amazing outdoor space, a functional and beautiful kitchen, a home office, a kid’s playroom, the list goes on. To narrow down what you need in your design, think about what is lacking in your existing home. Would an extra bathroom make the morning rush easier? Or would a decking make your weekends more enjoyable? Make a list, rank your priorities, then discuss with your designer how to make it happen.

Tip 3: Love your location

As Newcastle home builders, a significant change we have noticed over the last year, is the growing movement to shift away from cities towards rural locations. While not so long ago it was mostly retirees opting for a tree or sea change, these days, many families and couples (especially first home buyers) are making the move too.

The reasons often include environment, lifestyle, community and affordability—and there’s no doubt the benefits to your wellbeing and health are many. Some rural and coastal towns are also now within easy reach of major cities via freeways and trains. Add to this the greater flexibility around working from home, and a rural move is now an option that many more who work in the major cities can consider.

Tip 4: Consider your changing needs

The design needs of the average family is always changing, which is why building a home that is adaptable has long been a key aim. However, the area of focus gradually shifts and this coming year is sure to throw up some new trends. Already we have seen more designs featuring dedicated work spaces, whether a study (or extra bedroom) or a nook in the living area that can be used for that purpose.

On top of this, living spaces, both inside and out are sure to be a real focus. Many are looking for a flexible space that allows the family to get together, but also spend time apart when they need some downtime (lockdown and home schooling are both still very fresh in our minds!).

Tip 5: Focus on eco-living is a must

The movement toward reducing your eco footprint continues to grow in momentum, and when you build a new home you have a unique opportunity to set yourself up to reduce your environmental impact significantly. Orientation, size, materials and appliances all contribute to your footprint. Small design homes provide a strong foundation for building an eco-friendly home—in particular, they require less energy to run compared to a larger house, which makes a massive difference over time.

Are you ready to build your dream home in 2021?

After a challenging 2020, building a new home this year is extremely exciting for everyone who has started or is about to embark on this journey. We are super excited about the projects we have underway and in the pipeline—and would love to help you create your new dream home in 2021 too! Get in touch with our team anytime for a confidential discussion, or book in to visit our brand new display home in Newcastle for lots of inspiration and ideas!

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