So how do you create the best home in the world? Or should that be rephrased to how do you create the best home in the world for you? As individuals, we all have our likes and dislikes and wants and needs, and for this reason, everyone’s home is different. Budgets notwithstanding, there will be some tradeoffs and comprises which need to be made, so prioritise your desires so you are satisfied with what you have, and less concerned about keeping up with those so-called Joneses, whoever they may be!
Remember that the size and location of the land you buy will have a lot to say about the kind of home you can build. In most cases, you will have a strict budget to work with which will pretty much dictate the size of the finished home and the materials that you use. And unless you are living alone, the other inhabitants of the house might have something to add as to what kind of home they would like to live in too.
The design process for building a house can be a lot of fun if you are willing to go in with your eyes wide open. It is undoubtedly a multi-layered approached as you go into the exercise with your wishlist in hand and watch as you mould the home to fit all those requirements. Your priorities will start to take shape once you understand what will work and what won’t, and at the end of the process, you will have a design that you feel comfortable in moving forward with. By working together with your design partner and presenting your thoughts and ideas, you will be fully part of the process to design the best house for you.
The most interesting thing about designing a house in Australia, or anywhere for that matter, is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach despite what you may have been led to believe by builders promoting their limited ready-to-go designs. You only need to speak to two or three designers about your design idea, and you can bet your bottom dollar that you will end up with more than one particular design solution to suit your requirements. Whether your priorities lie in a home office, entertainment area, home gym, a professional-grade kitchen or all of the above, it can all be done by keeping your lifestyle in mind.
And don’t forget, it’s not so much as what may work today unless you are thinking particularly short-term and wish to flip or rent, but what will work today and also lend itself to progression or change, five or even ten years down the line. We all change and develop and grow and our homes need to be able to come along for the ride. You need a home that can withstand all the needs and personalities of all who inhabit it by coming up with a cohesive and flexible design that takes all this into account.
So let’s get back to the word, best. What does it mean for you? What would your best home encompass? It is more than just a nice couch or an airy sunroom. It is a feeling or a sense, something intangible yet very very real. Perhaps you may not even realise you have achieved it until you sit down in your finished home and give yourself permission to relax and enjoy the space you have built for you. Up until then, don’t stop trying to discover what your particular best will entail and reach for it as much as possible.