13 Nov Choose a Home that Grows with You
A well designed home is one that ages well over the years.
When choosing a home, the questions are always the same. Am I moving into a good neighborhood? Is there a school nearby? Will it be easy to get to the office? Do I like the way it looks? These are all valid questions, but another thing you should really ask is: How well will my new home age?
In the rush to find a suitable place to live in, this isn’t usually something you think about, but it’s worth remembering that you’ll be living here for years, possibly even decades. And so, your new home has to have a design that will last, both in terms of structure and in the way it looks.
If you’re looking for somewhere to settle in or want a property that will keep its value, purchasing a home designed for the long term is never a bad idea. What you want is a home that grows with you and here we have a few things to keep in mind when you start looking.
Modern styles hardly ever get old. Of course, they do age in the physical sense, but with a bit of maintenance and a few personal touches, homes made in this style will age well over the years.
Clean lines, a minimalist aesthetic, and a touch of personality here and there are hallmarks of modern architecture. While having striking, conspicuous details may seem appealing at first, they tend to grow old in the long run, making the building seem out of place as the community changes around you.
Find out as much as you can about the home’s design. Details such as room sizes, garage layouts, and floor plans can tell you how long the home will remain useful to you.
Before you even consider purchasing it, think about what your goals are. Will you want to adapt the kitchen for baking? Can the rooms accommodate more storage? What do you do with the layout of the living room? A little foresight goes a long a way.
You want to make sure that the place is structurally sound. Between storms, earthquakes, or even just the rigors of the everyday, your new home should be able to keep you and your family safe.
Don’t be afraid to ask the developer about how the home is made. How they answer will tell you how much faith they have in their own product. History, experience, technical knowledge, and standardized testing are all hallmarks of a reliable developer, and you should keep this in mind before committing to the purchase.
A good design will give you a solid home, a great design will give you a home you want to live in.
It isn’t just about having a roof over your head, it’s about having a place you want to see at the end of the day. But, more than anything, it’s about having a place where you can see yourself taking root—a home that grows with you.