Purchasing a ‘dream home’ tops nearly every Australian’s bucket list.  Regardless of whether it’s a contemporary city townhouse or a sprawling picket-fenced home in the suburbs that tickles your fancy, most of us wish to find some real estate that feels like it was made specifically for our family members.  Given it will likely be one of the largest investments you make, you want to ensure you’ve thoroughly thought through the decision before building or buying property.

Forget about home loans, interest rates and purchase prices for a moment - let's talk about what makes a new home perfect for your family.

We've put together a list of the top 10 considerations for home buyers before purchasing the ultimate family home:

1. The location


When building or buying property, not only will you enjoy all that the home has to offer – but you will also be joining a community. The neighbourhood you choose needs to not only fulfil your needs now but suit your desires in the future. Are you within close proximity to amenities that suit the needs of your family? Is it close to good schools and restaurants? Or is it peaceful and secluded? If you have a young family, you'll need to consider the future too - will it still be in a good spot in five years?

2. Street appeal


The facade of a home is one of the first things that you notice about a property, so finding a style of home that reflects your personality and style is really important -  take inspiration from one of Metricon’s many home designs. While creating a look to suit your personal style is a key factor, it is also important to check in with a Metricon home specialist to cross-reference your choices, as there may also be specific design, colour or council requirements that need to be adhered to. 

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3. Flexible floorplan


Ensure the floorplan includes not only enough space for now, but also for the future if you are looking to expand your family. If this truly is your ultimate family home, it will have to comfortably accommodate you as your young family grows and family members age.  Are stairs going to be a problem for an elderly parent who might come to stay? Is there flexibility in the floorplan to turn a playroom into a parent retreat or an alcove into a study? Make sure the home design includes all the features you want in an ideal family home. Consider the type of home too - single storey vs. double storey.

4. Open plan living floorplans

Open plan living tends to suit the modern Australian lifestyle.  Big airy spaces that flow freely take advantage of our wonderful light, offer easy entertaining options and offer a sense of space for even the largest families.  Consider how the inside living spaces integrate with the outside areas – is there a seamless transition?

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5. Large bedrooms with ensuites

Your ultimate family home should ideally have large bedrooms, sizeable enough to accommodate double or queen sized beds in each, plus additional bedroom furniture such as a tallboy, chair and bookshelves. It’s an added bonus if all bedrooms have inclusive ensuites – saving bathroom congestion in the mornings!

6. Luxury inclusions

Maybe you’ve always coveted a butler’s pantry, or perhaps it’s super stylish commercial quality cooking appliances that excites you.  It may be loads of extra storage, designer tapware or deep plush carpets that you desire.  Don’t skimp on luxury inclusions when building or buying property. You are creating your dream home and will be living with them for a long time. It might be the first time - and only time - you get to really splurge. Just tell yourself it's good for the market value when it comes time to sell.

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7. Outside areas


Your outside areas need to reflect your lifestyle in the same way the interior does. Do you love to cook and entertain outside? Perhaps an outdoor kitchen is necessary. Ensure you accommodate and allow plenty of space for pets - they are important family members too! Outside areas should help improve the property value in the long run as blocks become smaller and smaller.

8. Never too many bathrooms

There are some things you can never have too many of, and one of those is toilets!  Having a powder room near your living areas, in addition to full bathrooms, is one of the best decisions you can make when designing your family home.

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9. Interior home styling

The interior styling should be reflective of your family’s lifestyle and personalities.  Is it cutting edge modern with bold splashes of red and stainless steel, or is it coastal and organic with raw timbers and plenty of white?  Metricon’s Lookbook is a great source of interior home styling inspiration. 

10. Energy efficiency and sustainability

With increasing energy costs, and environmental concerns on the rise, this is one area you want to consider very carefully. Firstly, is the home oriented correctly to make best use of natural light? Are there suitable water tanks? Is there a grey water system? What kind of hot water system is in the home? What kinds of windows are installed? Is the heating and cooling system as energy efficient as possible?Is the home making best use of solar power? Homes that leave a lighter ecological footprint are not just cost effective, but also more comfortable to live in.

Everyone deserves to find their dream home and with the right amount of research and planning, it is possible. Use this list of considerations as a starting point to find the ultimate family home in your budget. It will help you focus in on the most important qualities of a property in order for it to be the perfect fit. House hunting and real estate don't have to be stressful!
For more family home design ideas and inspiration check out Metricon’s display homes page or resources page. You'll find a list of other informational articles, including tips for first home buyers, choosing investment properties and general home buying hacks on our blog.

Metricon can help you achieve your homeownership dream and get you into the property market in VIC, NSW, QLD and SA. Talk to us about your home purchase today.