Design your home with space in mind

4th July 2019

There are a lot of factors to consider when building your new home, especially when it comes to how much space you and your family will need to feel comfortable. Don’t worry, you won’t need a huge block or a mansion to take advantage of utilizing extra space around your home - below we have shared some tips on how you can design your home with space in mind.

Design additional storage
In larger homes, there tends to be a lot of unused space that goes to waste. Becoming clever about how you use your ‘dead space’ will certainly help when it comes to storing your items and keeping your home minimalistic and spacious. Adding shelving to areas that aren’t being used, like above your washing machine in your laundry or in your shed where you don’t normally venture, can keep your more non-aesthetic items hidden. Having furniture with built-in storage can also help keep your things tidy and be within easy reach rather than being packed away in a storage box in the back of your garage which is impossible to get to. Innovative products like under-bed shelving, floating shelves and storage ottomans are super useful for storing those everyday items such as linen, your favourite books, or even the kids’ toys.

Open plan living
When it comes to building your home, you can design your layout with an open plan living area to maximise light and create a feeling of spaciousness and warmth. Areas that normally wouldn’t get as much light can indulge in the afternoon sun and will make your multi-use room seem substantially larger, becoming a bright and open living space.

Having open plan living also allows you to have the opportunity to entertain and enjoy having guests over without feeling cramped. Multiple zones within your open plan living area will also allow each member of the family to spread out so you won’t feel like you’re living on top of one another. You will be able to prepare dinner in the kitchen while the kids are doing their homework at the dining table and your partner is watching their favourite movie on the couch… you’ll certainly never feel lonely in an open plan living space.

Another way to make your open-plan living/dining/kitchen area feel large is to have a raked or pitched ceiling. This allows for additional windows above the original ceiling height. This is especially effective if your open plan area faces north – your home will stay much warmer in winter.

Include an outdoor area
If you enjoy entertaining or are planning to start a family, including an outdoor area as part of your new home build is super important and will save time and money in the long run, even if you don’t necessarily need this space now. By adding an alfresco, you will able to utilize an additional living area and entertain in the warmer months or use as another chill-out zone which will be perfect for sitting with a book or a glass of wine.

Include a multipurpose room
Having additional rooms or spaces that can be used for more than one purpose can be beneficial through the years when your needs and priorities change. Having a little nook to keep a desk and office chair is always useful, and down the track when you need extra storage you can swap the office vibe for a bookcase or shelving unit. If you’re planning to start a family, it is also better to invest in a home that will have an extra bedroom or two, so when it comes to that time you won’t need to rethink your living space.

You don’t have to be sacrificing space when you build a new home, and with Onkaparinga Views, our mission is to make it an easy process for you to get into your dream home as soon as possible. As each block is benched and retained, Onkaparinga Views has been designed to suit any builder’s home design range making it easy for you to choose your new address.

There are a variety of allotments available in our Noble, Kings and Hepenstal releases. Why not enquire with Onkaparinga Views, where you can start your new downsized beginning!

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Onkaparinga Views is located on Hepenstal Road at Hackham.
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