When you first sit down to plan your dream home with Metricon, the big blank page can be a little overwhelming. The good news is our experts are here to smooth the way, guiding you through everything from figuring out the floorplan, through to selecting the finishing touches.

It pays to prioritise from the outset, thinking about the optional extras that appeal most and discussing them with your sales or StudioM consultant.  

So what are some of the options you might want to consider or factor into your new build?
 

Power up


Sustainable options like double glazing, solar panels and LED downlights all come with a steeper price tag, but the benefits they unlock are twofold.

With power bills creeping steadily upwards, going green will likely shrink what you pay each cycle while keeping your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. That means more money in your pocket for the important things in life while feeling good about helping the planet.

But it’s the long-term benefits that really pay off. The sustainability conversation is becoming more and more significant to more people, which means the resale value of your property may also rise.

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Keep cool (or hot)


While we’re on the subject of energy, depending on where you live in this great southern land, you can’t always rely on temperate weather. Installing a ducted heating and cooling system ensures you can stay comfortable no matter what time of year it is.

Installing after the build can be a bit of a logistical headache and create a lot of mess, plus you’re likely to fork out more for it than you would if you’d gone with it in the first place. Ducted systems are also very efficient, so you’re likely to shave a bit more off your bills, especially if combined with sustainable options like double glazing. 

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Get Smart


Connecting your home through a smartphone makes plenty of sense, from setting the right temperature and tunes to come home to, through drawing or opening your blinds from bed.

But it’s not just about making things easier. Building a smart home means you can monitor security systems remotely, giving you peace of mind, and it can also help reduce utility bills by reminding you if you accidentally leave the lights on, lessening your environmental footprint too.

While shelf-bought products like Alexa can do the trick, it pays to build in a more sophisticated integrated system that can adapt to your changing needs and is less likely to become obsolete.



Finish it


Kitchens are often the social hub of any home. Opting for more durable and stylish worktops like Caesarstone, upgrading the appliances or adding an island bench with seating can create a more appealing hangout, regardless of whether you’re an inspired cook or an Uber Eats regular.  

The saying that ‘kitchens sell homes’ rings true, so think about this if you’re planning to sell your home in the foreseeable future.

The same can be said about bathrooms. Not as on show as a central kitchen and dining area, nevertheless investing in extras like frameless shower screens can add a lot of value while avoiding the disruption of trying to do it later.

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Store away


Marie Kondo might be sparking joy with her minimal approach to living, but growing families, in particular, need plenty of space to store stuff if they don’t want the house to look permanently messy.
You may not notice a lack of good storage options at your mate’s house, but you soon will if caught short at home. An invisible saviour, storage greatly improves the functionality of your property.

Tailoring discreet shelving, cupboards and bookcases to your floorplan’s nooks and crannies lends a custom-made feel that could also appeal to future buyers.

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Outdoor living


Australians have always placed great value on their outdoor space, but you can’t always rely on clear skies. That’s why it makes good sense to factor in a covered alfresco dining area when drawing up your original floorplan, which is way less intrusive and costly than trying to add one on later.

Add a ceiling fan and built-in heater and you can embrace the indoor-outdoor lifestyle all year round. Again, this won’t just benefit your family. It ­will most likely add to your home’s value too.


 
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