If you’re planning (or dreaming) of building a new modular home this year, pulling all your design ideas together to create a home that ticks all your boxes and is stylish to boot, can seem impossible.
But thankfully, when you approach it step-by-step, and work with an experienced team, you can achieve your new home design goals with minimal stress.
Whatever your tastes and preferences, getting the balance right in the key areas of your home is essential to building a home that’s the envy of the neighbourhood. So to help you understand the process and finetune your design, in this article we share 5 tips to creating a new home that has serious style.
1. Find your Inspiration
During the planning stages of your build, be sure to spend some time gathering ideas and inspiration to help guide your design. Whether you scour magazines, watch reality shows, visit display homes, or all of the above, keep a record of the things you love in a notebook or folder that you can take along with you to your builder.
While it may not be possible or practical to replicate all the features on your wish list, your collection can be used to guide your project team about your taste so they can suggest the designs that best suit your style.
2. Take Care with Colours
Your choice of colours really sets the tone and feel of your house, so this is one area that you need to get right. If you have an eye for design you may well be all over this, but if not, you can work closely with the colour consultant to achieve a result that is on the money.
When it comes to colours, getting the balance right is key on both the inside and out. Your colour consultant can guide you about the tones that work well together and the type of mood they create. They can also suggest how to add interest and contrast effectively through fittings and features like cabinetry, flooring and furnishings.
3. Materials Matter
Another way you can create a unique and striking look to your home is through your choice of materials. From your cladding to your benchtops, there are lots of options that bring their own sense of style and character.
For example, it can make a huge difference to your street appeal when you include a feature wall of spotted gum timber cladding in combination with the attractive and hard-wearing Weathertex from the standard range. Inside, the addition of a Caesarstone island bench and tiled splashback can transform your kitchen from everyday to show-stopping, as seen in our four-bedroom Rye project.
4. Smart Upgrades
If your budget allows, including some carefully selected upgrades can really give your home a sense of style that stands out from the ordinary. Choosing areas that have the greatest impact on the overall look, or on your enjoyment of the home, is the smart way to be sure you get value.
Including feature lighting in the bedrooms, kitchen and living zone, is a relatively inexpensive way to add style and sophistication to your space. Another popular upgrade is to add a decking with bi-fold doors opening out, as seen in our Buxton project – a sure-fire way to give your outdoor space instant wow factor. Other ideas include tapware for a touch of luxury or windows to maximise your view.
5. Think Long Term
When it comes to style, we all have our unique tastes – and while you want your new home to reflect this, it’s also important to think long term. Certain elements can be easily updated, while others are difficult or expensive to change, so be mindful of this when making your choices.
Whether you’re planning on staying in your home for 20 years or five, it’s important to imagine your home from the perspective of a potential buyer if there’s a chance you may need to sell down the track.
Find Your Style and Love Your New Home
When you incorporate your own style into your new home design, the results can be show-stopping. So find your inspiration, your preferred colours and materials and work with the design team to bring them to life – and the result will be a stylish home that you love because it’ uniquely yours.
Over to You
Do you have a question about your style choices, the design stage or the colour consultation? We’d love to help! Simply get in touch with our team on 03 5145 7110 or post a comment below.