When designing and building your brand new home, it is important to think about more than just what you want. The reality of the situation is that most people who build a home only live in it for an average of 5-7 years and then either rent it out or sell it.

As such, it is important when designing your home to ALSO think about what your potential future tenants or the next owners might want. Of course its important to add your own individual flair to the process, but do it in a way that it enhances, rather than detracts from, the value of your future home.

Most homes are sold in the kitchen and bathrooms, and as such these areas are critical for striking the right balance of individualism and value creation. For example, in the house I am currently building we have added a double shower and tiles to the ceiling in the ensuite shower, along with a nice feature tile in the niche and on one of the small walls. We have a theme of a feature colour through parts of our cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom – and while it is very “us” it wouldn’t dissuade someone else from wanting to own the property.

Conversely, I was just looking online the other day at this beautiful property for sale, when I came across a bright orange kitchen splashback panel which immediately made me disinterested in the property. Now you might be reading this thinking “I wouldn’t mind a bright orange kitchen splashback”, but you are probably not agreeing with the majority of people.

The point of all of this is to cater to the vast majority of people, while also adding your own creative touch to the project. You will never make everyone happy so don’t even try, but make sure you think to the future when making your design selections.