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What's hot in house design 2015 from G.J. Gardener

For those considering building a new home, there are a number of design trends that are predicted to be popular in 2015. G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Coast franchisee Rick Fischer reveals the hottest features of 2015, which he predicts will be those that contribute to quality of life, cater to the ever-growing reliance on technology and ‘green’ or environmentally friendly options.

The top trends to dominate the market include:

1) Large, open planned social areas

Recent research by G.J. Gardner Homes that found that the kitchen is regarded as the most important room in the house by 57 per cent of home owners, followed by the lounge and living areas. The same study also indicated that 52 per cent of home owners would include a bigger kitchen or living area if they were to build the house again.

2) The use of natural materials

There is a huge focus on being environmentally friendly.

Many of our tradies and customers are passionate about working with sustainable products, which is one of the reasons we are seeing such an increase in the use of raw materials like untreated or recycled timber, and the inclusion of indoor and vertical gardens in homes.

The other reason is that it looks great, and can suit a multitude of looks, whether a rustic, traditional look or a sleek, minimalist, Scandinavian design.

3) Versatility and space efficiency

As the population grows, the average suburban block size shrinks. Whereas the standard block size was once about 800m2, we’re now seeing blocks half and even a quarter the size of that, which means houses have become all about versatility and efficiency.

Our survey revealed that the number one thing that people who have built houses in the past regret is not including enough storage space, so smart storage solutions have become a must-have for new home builders.

Future Proofing

Technology is now such a major part of our customer’s lives that, builders and architects now incorporate it into their plans. Decisions in the designing phase can take the house into the future, and will cater to future technologies. Those building a new home should consider their technological needs.

People looking at building need to think about how they will use technology in their houses: Do they work from home? Will their kids need it for school? Think it through, and plan accordingly.

Ultimately, your house should reflect your particular lifestyle and priorities.

The most important thing to do when building a new home is research. Go and look at display homes, visit other people’s houses, talk to friends about what works for them. Pick out exactly what features you like and what you don’t like. Take into account what you and your family will need, and cater to it. Don’t be afraid to request changes to existing designs or plans.

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