Home design secrets for more usable space

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When it comes to liveable space in your home, it’s not just about building the largest house possible, but about using the space to its full potential. Creating functional, practical rooms that provoke inspiration, comfort and pride, rather than simply bigger rooms at the expense of the aesthetics and feel.

Baileys Living Design Director Joe Chindarsi said homes are arguably where we spend most of our time living (especially the last few years), so the quality and design of the spaces have a huge impact on health and well-being;

“It’s about consideration of the space over just having space itself.” Mr Chindarsi said.

“Homes need to be both functional and beautiful, and these elements are – to a certain degree – independent of a home’s footprint.

“A smaller home that is well designed can have a greater amenity in relation to air and light, and an enhanced sense of space compared to a larger home that is dark and poorly designed.”

Benefits of a thought-out home

Your home should be a joy to live in, and uplift and enhance your quality of life.

“Well-designed spaces allow us to put less effort into dealing with the things that we don’t necessarily want to do, and end up giving us more time to spend on the things that matter,” Mr Chindarsi said.

“You can’t underestimate the psychological benefits of living in a well-functioning, comfortable home, allowing us to be more relaxed and able to focus our energy on building and strengthening our relationships with friends and family.”

People are also considering the impact they have on the environment.

“The design of smaller practical homes which use less materials are an important element in considering how we build into the future.

And if you think about it, it’s more financially sustainable, too.

Here are nine expert tips to building a well-designed home:

1. High ceilings where possible

Ceiling heights are very important to the overall feel of the room and how you perceive the space. Always try and design in high ceilings, particularly in the larger open plan spaces where the proportion of the rooms can really handle the extra height.

2. Use natural light and views to your advantage

Take advantage of and maximize the space through natural light and views, or create views where none are present.

3. Let it flow

Always think about smooth circulation flow through the home that anticipates furniture and art placement.

4. Allow for easy transition from indoor to outdoor

Creating a larger combined space really helps to maximize the sense of space potentially to the extremities of the block. You can bring the outdoors in using courtyards, expanding the sense of space within the home.

5.Simple storage solutions

Creating and distributing storage throughout the home is important and can be both stylish and practical!

6. Think about the kitchen

It’s important to get the size/distance between benchtops in the kitchen just right. Too large a distance can mean inefficiency in preparing meals as you need to move a lot more between the triangles of the zones within the kitchen, from storage, to prep, to cooking.

7.Cross ventilation

Well considered placement of openings will allow for comfort, fresh air into the house will provide for a healthier living environment and reduce your energy use.

8.Material selection

Selecting materials that require less ongoing maintenance means more time for other things.

9. Identity

Creating a sense of identity to the home is also important, ask yourself what speaks to you? It is art, furniture pieces, or a window with a view into the garden. This will be welcoming for guests and make your home unique to you!

Baileys Living delivers homes with character, giving you a sense of pride and individuality. And they understand the value and impact good design can have on the well-being of their clients. Visit the website for more information.

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