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Planning for the future: How to build a home that’s perfect now and for years to come

If you’re considering building a bigger home, it pays to think about what you need now, along with what you’ll require in the future. This includes building a home with broad appeal, to ensure it becomes a great investment if you ever decide to sell or lease. Here are some guidelines to get you started.

  1. Prioritise space and versatility

How much space you require now, versus what you may need in the future can be very different. From the arrival of children, to elderly parents moving in or temporary guests visiting from abroad – including that extra bedroom may be the best thing you ever do. When planning your new home, consider adding additional and flexible living spaces. One home-owner’s study may be another’s theatre room or office – the important thing is that you’ve got the space to work with.

  1. Aspect matters

Aspect is an important factor to consider when building as it can enhance your enjoyment of the home and boost its future value. No matter where you’re building in Australia, north or north-east facing properties are generally considered most desirable, because they’ve got the best chance of letting in sunlight.

Try and face your main living spaces, such as the lounge, dining room, kitchen and backyard towards the north. You may also consider adding more windows or extending existing ones on the north side to make the most of available light. If you can’t avoid facing south, choosing a light-coloured wall paint and lighter floor coverings will help brighten your space.

  1. Choose timeless design

Trends are always changing, so stick to design principles that are forever fashionable. These include high-ceilings, neutral wall colours, abundant natural light and balanced proportions. When upsizing or upgrading your home, these cornerstones of good design should be front of mind.

That’s not to say your home can’t reflect your natural personality and uniqueness – just channel this into your styling, including furniture and accessories, which can more easily be updated as trends and taste change.

  1. Invest in quality

Choosing high-quality finishes and appliances can make your life easier in the long run, since more durable products will last the test of time. If you need to prioritise where to invest, think about heavy-use areas such as in your kitchen and bathroom. These spaces are a good place to start when installing resilient, low-maintenance fittings and finishes.

  1. The little things matter

When it comes to great homes, it’s often the little things that add up to make it a truly desirable place to live. We’re talking about things like garage access from inside your home, a walk-in pantry, a larger sliding door into the backyard, a security system for peace of mind – they might not seem important now, but you’ll be thankful for them every day.

  1. Don’t forget your outdoor space

A thoughtfully designed outdoor space provides endless opportunities for entertaining as well as peaceful moments in nature. Think about your garden as an extension of your living space and opt for covered areas so that you can enjoy being outdoors all year round.


The information contained in this article is intended to be of a general nature only. It has been prepared without taking into account any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, Fairhaven Homes recommends that you consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances and that you seek independent legal, financial, and taxation advice before acting on any information in this article.