Kit Home Designs — 10 Tips To Getting It Right

By: Bill Kerr

Many design features need to be taken into consideration when looking at home design. Kit homes make the process easier with layouts you can customise and advice to help you make informed decisions.

Here are ten design tips that you can get started on when looking making decisions:

1.    Good Preparation Is The Key To Being Satisfied

This is possibly the most important factor in any build. Doing your homework and really exploring all options is a key factor in a more relaxed and productive home build. Kit houses have a variety of options at your fingertips but you also have the opportunity to change the layout to suit the way your family functions.

2.    Think Ahead For Future Needs

Try to think ahead to how your needs might change in the future. Perhaps you could consider a two bedroom home that can be added to as the family grows. You might want o add on a decking area later for outdoor living, perhaps the kids will leave home and give you options with empty bedrooms. You may even have an elderly relative move in with you and need a granny flat space, or teenagers retreat.

Whatever your needs, you can design things for the future and kit homes make that very easy to do.

3.    Which Rooms In Your Home Are Key Areas For Your Family

The way we use our indoor and outdoor space has changed a great deal as core family values change. Think about where you will spend the most time, where you’d like your relaxation place to be where the majority of entertaining will be done.

4.    List The ‘Deal Breakers’ You Can’t Live Without And Those You Just Won’t Have

Every person has a list of things built over years of living in various homes that they can’t live without, and those they can’t live with. Work out your deal breakers and those of the other family members and see if you can get everyone happy on at least one area.

5.    Plan Outdoor Areas For Maximum Advantage

Outdoor entertaining is a major factor for most homes today. Outdoor areas can be an extension of indoor living and is often included in initial design. A nice outdoor area can be excellent for relaxation and just fun family BBQ dinners. If you can’t afford to add it right ways discuss provisions for adding it later when the budget allows.

6.    Consider Work Areas And Lighting

This is not only practical but can save you energy. By using lighting to maximize work areas, places to read or do craft, computer activities and even highlight artwork you can really add a lot of character and user-friendly aspects to your home.

7.    How Can You Be More Energy Efficient And Go Greener

Look at ways that energy efficiency is worked into kit home designs and see where you can take that a step further. This not only helps to lower your carbon footprint but it will save you money on energy usage costs. Water saving is another area you can add in at design stage.

8.    Look For Clever Ways To Get More Storage Areas

Make the most of clever storage places that can be worked into good design. There is no need to have wasted space in modern design. Kitchens can make use of hard to reach corners and high overhead cupboard space. Discuss these new design factors with your kit home company.

9.    The Changing Role Of Kitchens In The Family Home

Kitchens are no longer a hidden room where Mum disappears for a few hours and then comes out offering edible delights for meals. Modern families spend a lot of time in the kitchen and it is the hub of the home in many cases thanks to open plan living. Think about how you use your kitchen space.

10.    Bathrooms That Just Work

This could be the next important room of the house. As with kitchens think about how you use this room and design accordingly. Private bathrooms now give you the luxury of having your very own just the way you want it.

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Oz Kit Homes are Australia ‘s premier kit home supplier. Oz Kit Homes have been providing quality kit homes for the owner-builder for over 10 years. For a free quote, visit Steel Kit Homes.

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Architect Francis Gichuhi . B.Arch. University of Nairobi. Registered Architect, Kenya. Member, Architectural Association of Kenya. Contacts. email info@a4architect.com. Telephone +254721410684


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