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Designs of tomorrow | The West Australian

Certain features trend in sumptuous properties, however, with homeowners changing their priorities over the last two years, home designs have evolved to reflect it.

Riverstone Custom Homes Building and Design Consultant Anna Pearce said some must-haves for homes included a custom-designed floor plan to suit each client’s needs and wants.

“Future-proofing is important to our clients,” she said.

“We have incorporated three or four-car garages, or more, for when the kids grow up and have their own cars, as well as electric car charging provisions for future electric vehicles, and wider doorframes and lifts or lift provision for future accessibility.

“Popular inclusions are guest suites with a kitchenette facility and large walk-in robes in case relatives come to visit or for multi-generational living.

“Effective storage is always a must – this can include large storerooms in the garage for bikes, camping equipment and gardening tools.

“A mudroom or drop zone is often included in the design, and built-in cabinetry is custom designed and made as part of our interior design process.”

Ms Pearce said finishes such as high ceilings, overheight doorframes, cavity sliders and pivot doors, full-height tiling and commercial windows and glazing were also luxury home must-haves.

Impacting popular homebuilding trends, COVID-19 has changed the way we live within the home, with many people working remotely in need of a home setup that functions efficiently.

“We are seeing a need for better work-from-home spaces – clients are wanting the study to be spacious, sometimes large enough for two people to work from home,” Ms Pearce said. “Clients are seeking quiet, comfortable study rooms positioned with a view to make it an attractive space to work from.

“Built-in cabinetry, windows and furniture are considered to make sure the space is comfortable.

“E-nooks or information technology stations can also be incorporated in the kitchen or living areas to serve as a kids’ study station and a place to store devices.

“People are seeking well-designed, well-zoned, comfortable family homes they can escape to and enjoy for many years to come.”

CONTACT Riverstone Custom Homes, 9436 9696, www.riverstone.com.au

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