7 Features to Consider when Building a New House

7 Features to Consider when Building a New House

1. Designing your floor plan

There are many things to consider when designing the floor plan of your new home. Just some of the things to think about include:

  • Which way your house is facing in comparison to where the sun rises and sets.
  • Do you want an open floor plan or individual spaces?
  • The functionality of your rooms. Do you want bedrooms with built-in-wardrobes?
  • Maybe a movie/games room is on your list?
  • Where will you need extra windows or skylights?
  • Do you need accessible areas? Such as ramps instead of stairs, or wider door frames.
  • Do you want standard or higher ceilings? Higher ceilings can make a smaller room feel larger. They're also useful if you're very tall!

2. Designing a home to suit your lifestyle

The benefit of designing and building a new home over purchasing an already established home, is that you have complete freedom (within your budget) to design it around your lifestyle and what matters most to you.

If you have a large family or entertaining is important to you, having a large kitchen with a dishwasher, plenty of bench space, a double fridge and a walk-in pantry might be something for you to consider.

The laundry is also another important aspect of your home to plan out ahead of time, particularly if you're planning on having a larger family as you will definitely need the extra storage space! If you're not sure how to design your dream laundry, you can find a few of our tips and tricks on our website.

3. Building an energy efficient home

With there being more of an emphasis on building energy efficient homes, why not start thinking about ways you can be more environmentally conscious while planning your new home?

There are many ways you can be energy efficient in your new home; some ways are best to implement while you're building, and others can be added later.

When you’re planning your new home, some ways to incorporate energy efficient options is through additions such as a rainwater tank or skylights, which can help cut down on water and electricity usage.

Here are a few ways you can choose energy efficient options for your home through your design choices.

Eco-friendly materials

There’s no denying that building a new house requires many materials which can have effects on the environment from the sourcing of those products, as well as the sourcing of products used in the interior design of your home.

If the environmental effect of your home is something important to you, there are plenty of ways you can reduce your environmental footprint, such as:

  • Using recycled bricks
  • Upcycling furniture
  • Sourcing local materials
  • Making space for a good size garden

Insulating blinds

There are many types of blinds that are great for keeping the heat inside in winter and keeping you cool in summer, without having to rely on heating and cooling units.

Blockout blinds and curtains are great options as they not only keep out light, but they also work well as an insulating blind. Blinds such as Roller blinds, Roman blinds and Panel Glide blinds all have blockout fabric options so you don’t have to compromise on style for improved functionality and insulation. To learn more about energy efficient blinds, check out our blog.

Insulating your home

Insulating your home is a great way to keep your house temperature controlled.

Nowadays, it’s standard for insulation to be installed throughout the building process, but it’s important to ask whether this is included in your building package, or whether it is an additional expense. Installing insulation while your home is being built will save you a lot of money long-term as installing it after construction is complete is difficult, expensive and won’t be as effective.

Solar panels

Solar panels are a great way to power your home and save you on electricity costs. Other benefits of solar panels include:

  • Reducing your carbon footprint
  • Adding value to your home if you ever want to sell
  • Requiring little maintenance once they’re installed

4. Building a smart home

In times where convenience and connectivity are an increasing part of our lives, when you’re building your new home, these are some things to think about. Smart homes are becoming more and more popular and there are many ways you can introduce smart elements into your home. Some ways include:

Motorised Blinds

Don’t fancy getting out of bed on a cold wintery Sunday morning to open the blinds? Not a problem with Motorised Blinds! Motorised blinds (sometimes referred to as electric or automatic blinds) connect to a Smart Hub device and can power up to 20 sets of blinds around your home, all from the comfort of your bed, or even while you’re out. Smart Hub device can connect to your smart phone via an app and Wi-Fi, making opening and closing blinds with loose cords a thing of the past.

Motorised Blinds are also a great way to make your home safer for kids or pets as there are no loose cords to play with.

Keyless Front Doors

Gone are the days of having a noisy and heavy keyring with numerous keys that you have no idea what they open! Keyless front doors are becoming more popular, as they eliminate forgetting your keys, trying to open the door with hands full of groceries, and not to mention the additional safety benefits. With these types of technology, you can choose to have a biometric lock (using a fingerprint or eye scan) to open your door, or even an access code.

5. Thinking about the exterior of your house

Your exterior design sets the tone of your house, so it’s important to give some though to how the front yard of your home will be designed, your garage, and your backyard.

If you like to entertain guests, or just spending time outside, why not incorporate an outdoor living area into your new home? Knowing how much space you’ll need in your backyard before you start the building process is so important because once the foundation goes down, there’s no turning back! Complete your space by adding some outdoor blinds, outdoor furniture or even a fire pit to help keep warm on cooler nights.

If you’re looking for outdoor blinds, you can find our guide to the best outdoor blinds for entertaining on our website.

6. Your Window Treatments

While you won’t be able to install curtains and blinds until the house is complete, knowing what styles are around, their price and what benefit they have is important when planning your home décor for each room. You can also use sites like Pinterest to put together mood boards of inspiration you like.

Here’s the run-down on some of the most common types of indoor blinds and curtains, and what rooms they’re useful for!

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a very versatile and affordable blind! Available in a wide range of colours, you’ll find a colour option that works for you. Verticals are also available in many fabric types, ranging from translucent (perfect for letting in more natural light), all the way to blockout fabric options.

Verticals are so versatile that they can work in any room in your house (including wet areas). Just remember to keep your wet areas well ventilated so grime doesn’t build up on your blind slats.

Roller Blinds & Double Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are one of the most popular blinds on the market simply for their affordability, ease of use and because they can work well in any space throughout your home. Roller blinds are available in sunscreen, blockout and translucent fabric types, as well as a range of colour choices.

If you’re after a bit more blockout, try Double Roller blinds. These blinds have an additional fabric layer on the same roller and can give your space added darkness – perfect for your kids’ bedrooms or if you work at night and need to sleep during the day.

Roman Blinds

Roman Blinds are a simple and sophisticated blind option for your home. These blinds are available in a wide variety of colour options and are perfect for providing your space with blockout when they’re fully drawn.

Sheer Curtains

Sheer curtains are a translucent curtain and a stylish addition to any space. Their light filtering properties make your space feel light and bright, as well as still providing privacy. Sheers are commonly paired with blinds to give the space the ability to completely blockout incoming light and provide additional insulation and privacy. You can learn more about styling Sheer curtains in our blog!

Vertisheer Blinds

Is it a blind? Is it a curtain? Well, it’s both! Vertisheer blinds give your space the appearance of a chic curtain and the functionality of a blind all in one. They are increasing in popularity as they give your space an elegant touch without a high price point.

Vertisheers are perfect for your living room or master bedroom due to their style and function.

Blinds suitable for the wet areas in your home

Not all blinds are waterproof, which is why it’s so important to consider which types of blinds and materials are suitable for areas like your kitchen, laundry, or bathrooms.

Depending on the style you’re looking for, and what budget you have, there are a few types of blinds that are best suited to these wet areas. These are:

To learn more about these styles of blinds, head to our blog outlining the best blinds for wet areas.

To save some money, why not try installing your curtains or blinds yourself? You don’t have to be handy to be successful. In fact, we’ve put together guides on how you can install different types of blinds yourself! To learn more about installing blinds yourself, head to our blog post.

7. Your Home Décor & Styling

Are you wondering how to decorate your new home? Deciding on your new home décor is a big part of building a new house and is one of the hardest aspects. You have an entire blank canvas to work with; the opportunities are endless!

The best way to start is to look for design inspiration of looks you like, and then choose your colour palettes.

From there, you can then decide on your furniture, wall hangings, storage and more!

A part of your home décor styling should also include the type of flooring you choose. Waterproof flooring such as tiles, slate or lino are always a good option in the kitchen, laundry, or bathrooms. Having flooring that’s waterproof throughout the entire house is also a good idea if you have kids or animals, as they love to play and can get dirt, paint and messy paw prints throughout your new home, and with carpet it’s a lot harder to keep it clean!

Master bedroom ideas

The master bedroom is your sanctuary, away from the kids and any pets. It’s where you can hopefully relax at night and get a good night’s sleep. Some ways to keep your space neat, organised, and functional is by installing wall-to-ceiling storage or walk in wardrobes. This keeps everything neat and out of sight. You could also use clear stacking containers with labels to store odd items, seasonal clothes, or occasional shoes.

It’s also nice to treat yourself and celebrate building your new house with brand-new high-quality bedding, after all, building a home is a long and stressful process, you’re going to need some quality sleep afterwards!

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