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Upsizing? Here’s how to build a home that’s perfect for now and for years to come

When you think of your current home, have you ever dreamed of more? More space, more modern finishes, a more stylish look, a more inviting entertaining area, and a more functional and liveable home that will have greater resale value down the track?

If you’ve ever considered replacing your existing home with a larger and more modern one, here are three reasons why now is the perfect time:

  1. Take advantage of the significant federal government HomeBuilder grant, with $25k available to eligible new building projects
  2. First home buyers can access the $10k First Home Buyer Grant ($20k is available if you’re building in a regional area)
  3. Enjoy even further discounts with our Hi-Lo sale

Before you begin, it pays to think about what you want now and what you’ll need 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:

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.

Invest in quality

Choosing high-quality finishes and appliances can make your life easier in the long run, since more durable products will likely last longer. 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 durable, low-maintenance products and finishes.


When future-proofing your new home, you should give special consideration to the harsh Australian climate. Many Aussie homes are under-insulated, leading to freezing mornings, sleepless summer nights, and out-of-control energy bills. Having the right insulation will help to reduce heat transfer, which in turn reduces your heating and cooling bills. 

We proudly use and recommend quality Aussie-made CSR Bradford products to insulate your home’s roofs, ceilings, walls and floors, so you can rest easy (and comfortably).

The little things matter 

When it comes to great homes, it’s often the little things that add up to make it a truly awesome place to live. So, when building yours, think about the comfort and convenience you can include in the design that will help make life’s daily grind all the easier. We’re talking about things like garage access from inside your home, a walk-in pantry, extra-large sliding doors into the backyard, automation technology to turn on your lights – they might not seem important now, but you’ll be thankful for them, every day. 

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 decked and 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.