Design a House, Prepare for the Future

The home you're building right now won't be the same home in 10 to 20 years. Over that span of time, it may be subjected to a few modifications to suit your changing needs and the environment. You may not need a skylight right now, but an impending rise in energy prices in Perth by 2016 (according to reports) might make you opt to install one.

That's basically what the federal government wants with emerging homes today. In particular, homes must be able to adapt to virtually any situation, whether natural or manmade. First home buyers must consider their future needs when picking house designs by asking a series of questions such as: Will you have a family soon? Will your parents move in once they reach 65?

On top of that, a home’s adaptability must come at little to no cost. Instead of dividing the space into the living room, dining area, and kitchen, why not put them all together? You’ll not save space this way but also be able to reorient interior spaces to suit multiple functions. If you need an open area to host a big party, for instance, you can simply set furniture aside.

Keep in mind that big cities like Perth are already low on space. For this reason, it's important to make every square inch of prime real estate count.

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