A lot of thought goes into planning your new home. Choosing the house plan and fixtures for the interior are major priorities, but there is also the exterior of the home to consider. You don’t want to end up with a home that is stylish and inviting on the inside, but lacks personality and street appeal on the outside.
Ensuring the interior and exterior of your house both make a statement will mean that you will be happy for many years to come in your new home. When designing the exterior of your new home, it is important to consider the items below to make the most of your exterior.
Think about what feature materials you would like, if any, for the front of your home. The goal is to select something that will give the property some street presence and a touch of your own personality, with choices such as wooden slats, feature brick and metals beams, just to name a few. There is sure to be something to suit the style you are going for, so make sure to research what kind of aesthetic you want your new home to convey.
It might seem like a minor detail, but what door or doors you want at the entry to your home is actually quite important to the overall look of the front of the home. Do you want a large feature door, or maybe a grand double door entry? Consider if you want glass panelling, and if you want it to be translucent or transparent. Your front door is one of the first hints to your visitors of what the interior of your home may look like, so you want it to reflect the style of your home perfectly.
When it comes to creating a welcoming entrance to your home, extra paving or stepping stones out the front can be used to create a feature walkway to your front door. Using a modern paving pattern and some well-placed greenery, the path to your door can really add to the curb appeal of the property. You can even use some garden lights to help highlight your path at night, giving your entrance a true Hollywood feel.
Clever use of lighting is one of the best ways to create a welcoming and stylish look for the front of your new home. As well as looking great, making sure that there is ample lighting out the front and back is essential for easy navigation when it is dark, as well as being a good security measure.
When thinking about your alfresco area, consider how large you would like your outdoor entertainment area to be, and what direction the sun sets in and what effect this will have on your outdoor living experience. You will typically want more light on your alfresco in the afternoon when it is likely to be used, so ensuring that your alfresco is positioned to capture the most light in the late hours means your alfresco will be lighter and warmer for longer.
Outdoor entertaining is a way of life in Australia, so a well-designed outdoor area is a must. Do you want enough space for an outside kitchen, or just a big enough area for a BBQ? A bit of planning and consideration upfront will ensure that your vision for your entertaining space will meet your expectations.
As with all new homes, it is important to consider some security measures. Motion sensor-lights for after-hours protection is a great, affordable option for some added security, while you can always consider security cameras too. You can’t put a price on the peace of mind that these extra security measures will give you, making investing in security definitely a worthwhile endeavour.
Creating a home that is as luxurious on the outside as it is on the inside will give your new home an added sense of street presence and sophistication, and will make your home set to impress before even stepping foot inside. Speak to a Content Living Building Consultant to start planning your new luxury home today.