What are you looking for in a home? Perhaps you’re a family looking for room to grow or a first time home builder looking for a complete, turnkey solution? Perhaps you love entertaining family and friends or are always busy working from home?
No matter what you’re after, decisions don’t come much bigger than choosing a design for a new home. And when choosing this design, your life stage and lifestyle will influence the kind of home you want and need. For some guidance, read on to find out our top Total Homes single storey design picks best suited to you.
But first, the home builder checklist
Knowing what features you want in your new home is crucial and this will make it easier when selecting the perfect home design. According to Residential Building WA’s Design Department Manager, Brad McDonald, listing out what specific design features are important to you is an easy first step when it comes to narrowing down the design options.
He recommends starting the process by considering your must-haves and writing out two lists; the first for what you need (both now and in the future) and the second for what you want. By planning for the long-term in this way, selecting the best suited floor plan based on your requirements will be that much easier.
Once you’ve made a shortlist of all the features you’re looking for in a design, you’ll be one step closer to your dream home. And remember, must-have features differ from buyer to buyer. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to your future home, so try not to be swayed by fads and trends.
Our top Total Homes design picks
1. The Up and Comer
For first time builders looking for a complete, turnkey solution, you’ll be wanting a design that crosses the t’s and dots the i’s. A house that’s the complete package, you should look for a design that has a bit of everything.
At Total Homes, we keep up-to-date with the top building trends. We know what the people of WA want in a home and deliver on this. Some of the factors that may prompt people to choose one design over the other that we’ve considered in every single one of our home designs are:
- The Australian obsession with plan living, kitchen and dining areas
- The relationship between the indoor and the outdoor
- The need for additional storage and space
- The desire for a unique design
A more traditional single storey design, The Wade is perfect for first time builders. With a verandah welcoming visitors to the front of the home and an entryway leading on to a well thought out design, The Wade marries open plan living and a separation of zones beautifully.
With the four bedrooms, two bathrooms, activity room and theatre located on one side of the house and the open plan living area, laundry and garage located on the other, the single storey design follows a seamless transition from room to room. There’s also a spacious scullery to appeal to the budding home cooks and a large alfresco area that invites plenty of entertainment.
2. The Family Man
If you’ve got a growing family, having enough space will be your number one priority. You’ll need a home design with separate living spaces, bedrooms large enough for everyone and driveways and garages to hold extra cars and provide additional storage space.
The Big One
With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, The Big One has enough room for everyone to enjoy. A clever design that maximises on living space, there are plenty of fantastic features perfect for large families. With a spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen area that leads out onto a generous alfresco, you can look forward to family togetherness.
Then, retreat to your own rooms with the master suite with walk-in robe, ensuite and office located at the front and the minor bedrooms, bathroom and activity room located at the rear. There’s also a theatre room big enough to relax and unwind and a garage and driveway that provides plenty of storage and space for those P plater cars you know will arriving soon!
3. The Hostess with the Mostest
If you’re an entertainer at heart, one of your main requirements should be a free-flowing home design that makes entertaining a breeze. That means you should be looking at single storey designs with open plan layouts that connect the inside and outside seamlessly and make entertaining easy.
Open plan layouts are becoming more and more popular in modern homes. By joining rooms together rather than separating them, it creates a feeling of spaciousness in which your guests can feel comfortable, stretch out and relax in. It also makes it easier for you as the host because it allows you to still be able to get jobs done and interact with your guests at the same time.
The Lyons is a four bedroom, two bathroom entertainer’s delight. The home is cleverly zoned to maximise the entertainment space while also allowing for a quick retreat when quiet time is needed. It also includes a scullery adding to the kitchen space and ensuring all home chef’s have the area they need to practice their culinary skills on the friends and family.
With its open plan living area you won’t miss a beat while cooking up a storm or prepping drinks because you can still see and socialise with your guests. The design also allows interaction between people, no matter what room you’re in – something that wouldn’t be possible with a traditional house a layout.
4. The Busy Bee
For people who work from home and need a space to buckle down, the location of your home office is extremely important. You’ll likely spend many hours in here, so you need to make sure you’re situated in the hottest piece of real estate within the house. That means you’ll need a quiet, tucked away space that’s still comfortable enough for you to work in.
At Total Homes, we believe that you can get more done in your day with the right design. That’s why we’ve done all the hard work for you by taking the layout of every home design into consideration when choosing where to place the home office.
All our home offices are built into our designs to optimise the space and maximise your productivity with The Watson a prime example. The Watson’s clever design allows space to be maximised. A separate theatre just across from the family area and a kitchen that includes a scullery acting as a barrier between the garage and open plan living area are just some of the great features you’ll get with this design.
But what makes it stand out is its side entry which splits the office into its own space of the home. Located away from the communal areas like the family room and theatre and the noisy spots like the laundry and kitchen, you can get away from distractions and get some serious work done.
Find the perfect home design for you and your family. With designs starting from $185,992, we’re sure to find something that suits your life stage and lifestyle. Have a chat to the Total Homes team today.