The population of Australia continues to rise at a steady pace. In the year ended December 2017, the population increased by 1.6 percent (or by over 300,000 people). Urban areas of the country are bearing the load of population growth, with close to 50 percent of Australia's population living in the cities of Sydney and Melbourne alone. Therefore, if you live in such areas, you may find yourself with limited space to build a home that you've been dreaming about.
All is not gloomy though. You can still make your dream home come true, even on a smaller piece of land. The secret lies in using creative design tips that can make your home look and feel bigger, both from the inside and out. Here are some useful tips to consider.
1. Use open floor plans
When designing the interior of your home, consider an open floor plan. Open floor plans emphasise more open spaces, less clutter and minimal cuts/corners. This design feature makes the interior of your property appear larger than it actually is.
For instance, your living room can be designed such that it continuously leads to the dining room and kitchen. Rather than having an actual wall separating the kitchen and living room space, simply plan for a low countertop to act as the dividing piece. Installing a higher roof may also add to the open plan feel.
2. Consider a townhouse design
If you need more rooms on a limited piece of land, a townhouse design comes in handy. You can dedicate one floor for the bedrooms and another floor for the living room, kitchen and other areas. Also, consider adding a balcony on the upper floor of your home (in order to enjoy a larger outdoor space).
3. Install a garage parallel to the home
If you wish to build a garage on your property, consider designing it parallel to the home (as opposed to perpendicular). A perpendicular (or L-shaped) garage takes up more space and may be limiting on your property.
Have the length of the garage run parallel to the rest of your home so as to save space. This also gives you more room to design a larger and more useful garage for your needs.
5. Creative storage spaces
If you have lots of personal items that may consume your open floor plan, consider using savvy storage options. For example, you can design your kitchen to have retractable cooking areas or to hang pots and pans off the ceiling/walls. In the living room, purchase multifunctional furniture so your items consume less space in the home.