Future-Proofing – Illawarra Home Design Trends

Clever ideas for now and the future

Homeowners are smarter than ever, with many opting to future-proof their houses with the view to create a truly ‘forever home’. In-home lifts are increasingly popular – you don’t even need to install the lift right now, instead you can opt to build the provision for it to be added later when needed. A recently built home included all the space needed for the future lift, with the lower floor space çonverted’ to a pantry and the upper floor space used for storage.

There are other parts of the home that can, with a little thought, be future-proofed. A roomy bathroom layout that can accommodate a walking frame or wheelchair is not difficult to design, and configuring a layout including a bedroom and ensuite on ground level creates a flexible space for guests or permanent living if needed in the future.

We’re also seeing more homes designed to house a parent or grandparent, either in a detached granny flat or in a space incorporated into the main home itself. Expect to see more and more of these dual-living homes pop up.
A focus on the details

If there’s anything we love, it’s attention to detail and the trend toward refining the details of homes. You know that annoying little step from the hallway or living area floors to the bathroom areas? Gone! Floors are seamless and flush. No more squeezing in and out of the car in the garage – and forget about hustling the kid and all their paraphernalia in – garages are now bigger and better! 6 x 6m is an absolute minimum in any house these days, and most garages are extended (sometimes extensively) for extra space plus storage.

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Don’t forget the feature front door, houses are being designed frequently with a minimum 1.2m wide front door. Study nooks are still being incorporated into designs but not just in any random corner that needs to be used. Study nooks need to be highly practical and flexible spaces, not just an afterthought of pulling a stool up to what is essentially a bookcase.

Below is a property on Parrish Ave in Mount Pleasant that molenaar and mcneice sold back in 2019. A contemporary executive style home providing future-proofing for the owners. Space for walking frames, ground-level living options, and space for family to live in for support and care when the time comes, all set in the stunning grounds that provide a beautiful setting to just take in the beauty of life.

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