When we are young and first entering the property market, buying a house, any house, was a huge achievement. Sliding your foot onto the first rung of that mythical ‘property ladder’, may have meant sacrificing what you want, for what you could afford.
With many house prices in Sydney having surged a whopping 75% in 5 years, chances are the equity in your first home is now a solid stepping stone to the house you always dreamed of owning.
Up to this point, you may have shopped around but not quite found the perfect home – the one that will give you the lifestyle you want now and the amenities you will need in the future.
So, what forethought should you be giving to ensure that your second home will carry you through the years in comfort?
A question of size
Many people make the mistake of planning for the family they have now rather than put in place a contingency for any surprises along the way. Planning ahead can prevent the necessity of costly extensions in the future.
A few considerations are:
- Extending the family – another child
- Extended family – elderly relatives
- Guest rooms
- Storage – a vital consideration in a second home
- Home office
Many families are now looking for ‘drop zones’ – areas which are dedicated to dropping keys, coats and shoes, before moving through to the living areas of the home.
Including a guest bedroom complete with ensuite on the ground floor, creates privacy and will accommodate elderly guests. This also furnishes you with the option to convert it into a master bedroom in future years.
Living the life
The flow of the kitchen through to your entertaining spaces has become an essential to any luxury home design. Thought should be given to incorporating:
- Outdoor leisure areas to relax and socialise with guests
- Alfresco kitchen
- Swim spa, swimming pool or lap pool
- Home gym
- Studies or dens which can double as remote offices
- Home cinema
As you move up a step on the property ladder you are likely seeking things in your second home that weren’t vital before. Those with families can now avail themselves of desirable school zones and commuters can shorten travel times by positioning themselves within easy reach of transport to the CBD.
Look for areas with ample medical and healthcare institutions, which are well serviced by shopping strips or centres. Target neighbourhoods with low density housing and high-quality amenities including bike tracks, parks and sporting facilities.
The centrepiece of the home and the area which allows for a great deal of indulgence is a Chef’s kitchen. Desirable features which will keep your kitchen looking contemporary for longer, are:
- a large island bench
- butler’s pantry
- ample storage and cupboard space
- soft close drawers
- European appliances
- Stone benchtops
Your time to shine
A beautiful facade like a pretty face, never goes out of style.
Whether your tastes lean toward the classical or the ultra modern, through the use of textures, colours and tasteful landscaping, you can create an aura of aspirational living. A home that beckons you to come in and stay a while.
Your second home gives you the opportunity to imprint it with your own personal style.
At Wisdom Homes, we appreciate individuality and the desire to bring your dreams to life. We are committed to providing you with a red carpet experience through superior products, services and communication.
Our dedicated team will work with you to tailor and customise our designs, to create a craftsman built home with a touch of opulence, to delight you for years to come.