With the rising cost of property across the country many people are choosing instead to stay put and renovate the home they already have.
Renovating or rebuilding can be just as costly of an endeavour though, and it’s important that any work that gets done will last for many years – after all homeowners don’t want to have to turn around go through the renovation process all over again.
While nobody has a crystal ball that can tell us exactly what the future will bring, there are ways to design and build a home that can ensure it remains suitable long into the future.
- Account for changing needs
There’s no denying that your needs are going to change over time, whether you live alone or have a growing family to consider.
Some things worth thinking about are whether a family member might move in, young kids will need extra space as they grow, or you’ll need space for a new home business or hobby.
To make a home that’s easy to adapt to changing demands it’s worth designing rooms that can serve multiple functions. A second living area is generally a useful space as it can be used as a playroom, teenager’s retreat, gym or provide for a home office setup if needed.
- Include lots of storage
You may not think you need it now, but you won’t regret including a decent amount of storage in your home.
Built-in cabinets, wardrobes and shelves can be expensive but they are best considered from the outset of a renovation or new build so you don’t have to retrofit them in later, which may not provide a streamlined or uniform look across the home.
- Make room for technology
Technology is changing at a rapid pace, with many homes now including smart features that can control things such as lighting, window treatments, locks and more.
While it may be hard to imagine what technology may bring us in the future, it is worth at least creating a home that can be easily retrofitted. To do this you should leave adequate cavity space in walls so changes can be made to cabling or device storage that will make upgrading easy.
- Keep accessibility in mind
Whether you will have toddlers at your home, or somebody with mobility impairment, it’s worth considering how people will enter the property safely and move within it.
An accessible entry point to the property is a good idea, and you may also want to consider mobility within the property itself by keeping steps and other potential trip hazards to a minimum.
- Choose materials that will last
You might have to pay more for materials that are higher quality but they will be well worth the investment in the long run.
Aim to choose materials that will stand the test of time both for their endurance and for their classic appeal. Materials that are too “trendy” likely won’t stay that way for long.