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Making Every Square Meter Count: Maximising Space on Your Property

When it comes to designing and building your dream home, maximising every square metre of space is crucial. Whether you have a small urban lot, or a larger property, smart planning and thoughtful design can help you create a spacious and functional living environment. In this instalment of our "Building Masterclass" series, we will explore effective strategies and features that will allow you to make the most out of your available space.

Determine Your Usable Space and Emphasise It:
In today's new developments, side yards are often limited, making it essential to optimise the space you have. Consider positioning your home closer to one boundary and the front, allowing you to maximise your backyard and side yard for various purposes. By doing so, you can create room for amenities like a clothesline, storage sheds, or beautiful landscaping. Additionally, placing your home further forward can reduce the cost of the driveway, saving you money while maximising your usable backyard space.

Placement of Rooms, Windows, and External Access Points:
When designing on smaller sites, it becomes crucial to carefully plan the placement of rooms, windows, and external access points. It is important to plan what the windows will be looking out onto – whether it be a nice view, the backyard, front yard or a plain old fence. By reserving less important rooms such as storage, laundry, and hallways for less desirable locations within the home, you can prioritise the views and natural light in the primary living spaces. For example, positioning the laundry behind the garage, typically located on the shorter side of the boundary, can free up valuable space within the main areas of your home.


House Features to Maximise Space:
Incorporating the right features into your home design can make a significant difference in maximising space. Here are a few ideas to consider:
  • Raised Ceiling Heights or Raked Ceiling Options: When limited by length and width, increasing the ceiling height creates a sense of vertical space, making rooms feel larger and more open. This design choice adds an element of grandeur to your home while maximising the available area.
  • Corner Sliding Alfresco Doors: One clever way to open up your living space is by installing corner sliding alfresco doors. These doors seamlessly connect your indoor and outdoor areas, creating a sense of continuity and expanding your living space when needed. They allow natural light to flood into your home while providing easy access to your outdoor entertainment areas.
  • Storage Solutions: Adequate storage is crucial for maximising space and maintaining a clutter-free environment. Carefully plan out the storage needs of your future home, considering items such as clothing, kitchenware and household essentials. Utilise built-in wardrobes, cabinetry, and creative storage solutions to ensure every nook and cranny is used efficiently.
  • The Power of Paint: Don't underestimate the impact of paint on the perception of space. By employing optical illusions, you can create the illusion of a larger room. For instance, painting the ceiling and cornice a lighter colour than the walls can make the room appear more spacious and open.

Maximising space on your property is essential for creating a comfortable and functional living environment. By carefully considering the layout, design, and features of your home, you can make every square metre count. Determine your usable space, prioritise rooms with appealing views, and incorporate space-enhancing features like raised ceilings and sliding doors. Don't forget the power of clever storage solutions and strategic paint choices to create an illusion of spaciousness. With these strategies in mind, you'll be well on your way to building a home that optimises every inch of available space and provides a delightful living experience for you and your family.



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