About to embark on the exciting journey of building your dream home? Congratulations! For many this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so it pays to do your research and create a home that ticks all your boxes. Today we’re covering off 8 must-have inclusions to consider for your new home.
1. Smart home technology
Home tech is continually advancing — and becoming more affordable! That means, the convenience of smart home technology is more accessible than ever. Imagine coming home to a house that’s perfectly temperature controlled or illuminated to your preferences? All this is possible and more.
Home Group, new home builders Melbourne, offer state-of-the-art home automation solutions that allow you to control lighting, security, temperature, and entertainment systems from your fingertips. These modern-day luxuries can enhance your lifestyle while adding value to your home.
2. Energy-efficient design
There’s no point building a home that looks incredible but is uncomfortable to live in. Creating an energy efficient home won’t just save you on ongoing heating and cooling bills, it will create a more comfortable home for you to enjoy year-round.
Look for ways you can prioritise sustainable design and energy efficient features, such as using insulation with a higher rating, double or triple glazed windows, passive design and energy efficient lights. This way you can minimise your home’s environmental impact while maximising comfort and cost savings.
3. Stylish kitchen upgrades
The kitchen is the heart of any home, and you’ll thank yourself every day for investing in a stunning kitchen design with higher quality finishes. For example, your benchtop is the workhorse of your kitchen so in our book a stone benchtop is a must.
There’s also no such thing as too much storage. Ever! So be sure to allow ample storage to create a culinary haven that meets your lifestyle needs. Interior Designer Darren Palmer covers off some of the best kitchen storage inclusions in this article. And we’ve got advice on how to design a perfect walk-in pantry here. In fact, why not do a deep dive on all our best kitchen advice here because a little extra research in the planning stage can help you create a kitchen that you’ll appreciate every day.
4. Luxury bathroom features
Bathrooms are no longer just a room just for bathing — they can be a retreat in your own home. Indulge in a spa-like experience in your new home with a few luxury bathroom features, like a rain showerhead, or better yet, a double shower! If space allows, a bath is a worthy investment that can also increase the resale price of your home.
Additionally, inclusions like heated towel rails and under-floor heating aren’t as expensive as you may think and can make your bathroom cosier and more inviting in the winter months.
Although it’s tempting to think more is more, in a bathroom the ultimate luxury is space and breathing room. So, while it can be easy to get carried away trying to fit everything in, our tip is to show some restraint. Allow free space around your bath and vanity so the space doesn’t feel cramped.
5. Outdoor living spaces
In Australia we’re lucky enough to enjoy outdoor living year-round so of course another must-have inclusion for your new home build is an outdoor living space. Whether it’s a spacious alfresco, perhaps with an outdoor kitchen, or a cosy courtyard, be sure to create the perfect outdoor haven.
Extra inclusions, like an outdoor fan, heater, and zip screens, help you to enjoy the space regardless of the season or weather conditions.
If space allows, consider creating a few outdoor zones. For example, outdoor fire pits are gaining popularity, pools are always a winning idea and outdoor saunas are another luxe inclusion.
6. Quality flooring
Without a doubt, the materials we suggest splurging on in a new build are those that get the most wear and tear and need to perform. We already mentioned stone benchtops in the kitchen and another worthy investment is your flooring. Don’t skimp on poor quality flooring that will scratch easily or show every little speck of dirt… the last thing you want is to have to clean your floors every day just to stay sane!
Premium flooring, such as natural timber or luxury tiles and plush carpets won’t just perform better, they will instantly elevate your interiors. Bring your design style to life and add a touch of luxury to your interiors with quality flooring.
7. Dedicated home office space
Home office spaces have always been a luxe home inclusion but since COVID they’ve become a practical one too. Perhaps you still work some days from home? Or maybe you’re working on your own side hustle and need a dedicated workspace at home?
Whatever the reason, a functional and stylish home office that promotes productivity while seamlessly blending into your home’s overall aesthetic is another inclusion we say is worth the investment!
8. Superior security features
Finally, once you finish building your dream home, you’ll no doubt appreciate the peace of mind of security systems like smart locks, alarm systems and secure entry points. Safeguard your loved ones, possessions, and new home with top-notch security features.
This is another area where tech has come a long way. Many in-built home security systems are accessible via mobile device and offer a range of programming options.
Have you picked up some ideas of features you’d like to include in your new home? Or perhaps you have more inclusions to add to the list? Post a comment below to share your thoughts with us! For more new home build inspo and advice, check out the Home Group website.