Last year we spoke about designing a home from scratch, and what things you can do to design a smart and functional home. Basically, the main criteria we looked at were:
– Not doing anything “weird”
– Make it functional
– Lots of storage
– Think about the orientation

Aside from that, there are a lot of different options you can employ to design a smart home. – but more than that you can make your home great.

Great doesn’t mean huge or expensive either – some of the best designs I have seen are well under 200m2. Here is a design below to illustrate my point:

This design – The Maranoa 162 – is a great example of a good design you can do with not a lot of square metreage. It checks all the boxes for both functionality and quality of the design.
– Minimal hallways (hallways = wasted space)
– Bedrooms not too small
– Open plan living space
– Big linen cupboard (lots of storage)
– Good interaction with internal and external living areas
– Strong street appeal with entry portico and double hung windows
– Space saving laundry and bathroom with shower over bathtub

Here is an example of another design called the Daintree 201 – which is a larger 4 bedroom plan that suits the same size block as the previous design.

Take note of the fact that you are seeing a lot of similar features between the two – lots of straight lines of walls (which means less lineal metres of eternal wall, which means a cheaper overall design), good flow between the living areas and bedrooms and a minimal amount of hallways where possible. This design incorporates a media room and separate laundry (as you would expect in a larger home) while keeping the home more efficient (and ultimately cheaper for the client).

This style is particularly good for investment properties, as the low cost and efficient design means not only are the rental returns better compared to the price, but also due to their blend of quality and neutrality they tend to appeal to a wider range of tenants.