In the early stages of the planning and design process, it is important to consider the type of features that you wish to have featured. Make a point to include the latest technologies and get the architect to fit those in. A lot of the latest advancements relate to making a property highly energy-efficient. If designed to a high standard, an energy-efficient home has the potential to be at least 10% to 20% more effective and saves on energy consumption, resources, and offers lower utility bills of the long-term.
If looking to create a home that is truly energy-efficient then you can look at having rooftop solar panels installed, which when you consider the government offered incentives (rebates, tax credits, net-metering), does cost too much. Also look to make the property technology proof by ensuring that sufficient cabling and power outlets are installed for wireless and broadband technologies.
After considering the major construction features, it also helps to devise an up-to-date floor plan to accommodate the lifestyle of modern families. Look for interesting interiors to suit the entire family, in a lot of modern homes the more formal rooms, such as the living and dining rooms are done away with, and in their place are large, open plan communal areas. Luxury houses are often designed with an open kitchen space which is often positioned next to the main family room. A home-office set-up is also incorporated as more and more people work at home. Bedroom ideas should also be looked at, although the bedroom spaces should just be designed for there required use and no more.
The best house design is often styled with smooth surfaces and clean lines, with the decoration tone down and painted in light colors. For the flooring, this is often kept quite straightforward and functional; with common materials used include hardwood and laminate. Modern kitchen and bathrooms are quite easy to choose now, and due to the extensive range, it shouldn’t be a problem to find a set-up to suit your individual tastes. The main features of a contemporary home are often clean and simple, and from this almost blank canvas it is possible to add a touch of personality by adding in colorful fabrics, furnishings and art work.