How to Design a Smarter, More Functional Home

Functionality can be likened to creating a sense of balance and harmony between people and their human built environment. The Chinese call it Feng Shui and we call it smart design. While it can be difficult to visualise a functional home by only looking at the floor plans, there are plenty of design tools available to assist in creating your smart home. Combine these tools with helpful advice from building experts and you’re off to a pretty good start.

Here are our top questions you should ask yourself on the planning stages of  your new home build:

Where to best place your laundry?

Firstly, you should consider your daily actions. Do you spend the majority of your time in the kitchen? According to most designers, the smartest location for your laundry is a separate room just off the kitchen. However, you could feel that your laundry would be best positioned near the main bathroom, with easy access to all of the bedrooms. Fortunately, the iDesign tool allows you to customise multiple floorplan layouts to best suit your requirements.

The Herald

idesign changing the layout of your house

The Herald design displays the iDesign options of kitchen attached to a walk in pantry leading to the laundry.

The Aurora

flexibility of idesign to change between floor layouts and laundry plans

The Aurora display home shows a more central laundry location, amid bedrooms and the main bathroom.



How much storage is enough?

After accumulating a lifetime worth of furniture and sentimental knick-knacks, it is easy to see why storage is fundamental for the functionality of any smart home. Avoid the stresses of clutter, by utilising clever space saving ideas like: multi-purpose furniture with built-in drawers, or installing extra shelving and cupboards.  An even better idea is to capitalise on available smart home designs, like The Colossus from Smart Homes for Living’s So Big Range.

Boasting walk-in robes in every bedroom, TWO walk-in linen closets, a huge his and hers walk in off the master suite and ample storage space in the double garage, The Colossus is every storage lover’s dream home! Check out the customisation options available for the Colossus on iDesign.

   The Colossus – For Colossal storage ideas

the colossus floorplan exhibiting huge areas for storage space

How to get the best indoor/outdoor flow? 

Whether you’re an avid entertainer or simply appreciate more room to dance on your own, combining your living and alfresco areas together in an open plan design is the smartest choice for space maximisation. Connecting the living room with the outdoor entertaining area creates a seamless flow between both spaces, forming a versatile indoor/outdoor location to suit every occasion and season. Not to mention the addition of enhanced natural lighting and increased airflow is scientifically proven to increase your energy and improve your mood.

Indoor/Outdoors areas built for entertaining

indoor/outdoor designs to enhance the functionality of your house

The Delta display home in Baldivis shows off its effortless indoor/outdoor flow.

the fusion display home captures indoor and outdoor living perfectly

The Fusion display home – The perfect entertainer.

To customise your own smarter, more functional home, take advantage of the iDesign tool available online. Now you can be the creator of your own harmonious dream home.

For more ideas on how to customise your floor plans to create a more functional home, have a look at these clever suggestions:

3 Ways to Make Your Home More Connected

3 Layout Ideas for a Functional Kitchen

How Much Storage is Enough?

Author: smithma

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