Trends in housing designs and decorating come and go. With space at an all-time premium, building designers look for innovative ways to work current trends into new homes. Home builders such as Coral Homes design homes to cater for different climates and state building regulations, and they have display homes in each state for prospective buyers to peruse. To see what ideas are popular for Australian homes right now, read on.
Outdoor Living Areas
An outdoor living area is where friends and family gather to eat, talk and relax. Australia has the perfect climate to spend plenty of time outdoors and homes are designed and built with this in mind. What was once a separate entertaining area, pergola or patio has been replaced by this modern addition to the family home. An outdoor living area often features sliding glass doors which open out into the living space, convenient for ducking in to the fridge or to keep an eye on the kids watching TV indoors.
An outdoor living area is generally home to an outdoor setting (lounges or a table and chairs), as well as the barbecue. Many families are looking to maximise their space by including an outdoor sink and fridge as well. One thing to remember though is that these areas do take maintaining as they are often exposed to the elements, here are a few things you can do to maintain you outdoor area.
Children’s or Adult’s Retreat
How you use a retreat may depend on the size of your family or the age of your children. Teenagers welcome any space that is their own, so a retreat is popular in many homes with older children. A retreat doesn’t have to be a separate living room. It can also be a gaming area with a TV setup for consoles, or a quiet room in which to read or work. A retreat offers space to chill out away from the noise of the rest of the house and is fast becoming a must-have addition to a family home.
Open Plan Kitchens
An open plan kitchen, such as modern kitchen design, connects to the living room without a dividing wall in between. Floor to ceiling cabinets offer plenty of space and an island adds bench space without blocking the kitchen off. A kitchen island also doubles as a breakfast bar and gives room to family members who want to talk without being in the way of the cook. Open plan kitchens have been popular for a few years and continue to be a prominent feature in modern designs. Feature splashbacks or benchtops add colour and the open design allows for natural light to filter in from other areas of the home.
Space is usually at a premium in the home, particularly if you have a large family. Maximising space with hidden storage devices is common in many building designs. Some clever ways to add storage include shallow drawers below base cabinets, pull-out shelves under the kitchen or laundry sink and shallow built-ins for the hallway. Touch-latch release cupboards mean no chunky handles sticking out and also allow you to bump them open with an elbow when your hands are full.