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Must Haves for Designer Homes


Must Haves for Designer Homes

When embarking on your designer home journey, the possibilities can seem endless - and with increasingly innovative designs and technologies at hand, they are! Your aspirations are your own limit, with the goal of a home that will allow you the joys of entertaining, relaxing and operating at the highest potential of you and your family. Today’s designer homes really only have one rule: be unique. Being yourself is more in vogue than ever before! Discussed here are the latest must haves for designer homes; platforms from which to dive into your very own self expressive designer home.

A home with heart

The kitchen has always been the heart of the home, whether it be the cosy cake-perfumed of idyllic youth or today’s sprawling open-plan kitchen, this is the epicentre of activity in the home. Bench space is a valuable commodity in any designer home, allowing for prepping, baking and cooking of multiple courses to flow easily. Coupled with an expansive caterer pantry, entertaining has never been more convenient. A spliced living area -  incorporating lounge, dining and kitchen space - means hosts are afforded the luxury of mingling (or whistling!) while they work, and seamlessly integrating everyday cooking with the particular hi-fi or social entertainment your living space has on offer.

And why stop at one? Increasingly popular al fresco kitchens allow for the delights of outdoor dining, and in Sydney’s climate the appeal is obvious. Additions to consider in this space are grilling or barbecuing set ups, outdoor entertainment with television and audio speakers, natural or dark wood dining ensembles, and the all important bar fridge.

A home with smarts

The technology available for your designer home today can really change the way you live. Efficiency is paramount for today’s most discerning home owners and integrated smart home technologies will give you that; your designer home can ensure the doors and windows are locked, let you remotely control your blinds and shades, heat you bathroom tiles in winter, and allow management of air conditioning from your smart phone in summer. When it comes to lighting your designer home, the potential is huge, with adjustments at hand to suit from room to room, lamp to lamp, and task to task. Adjustable lighting, controlled from a touch screen or a remote let you control the mood taking you from an ambient dinner to a gung-ho brainstorming session at the very same table.

Environmental responsiveness is the latest display of ingenuity in modern designer homes. Consider incorporating alternative energy technology, such as solar or wind, to power your new home as well as programmable sprinkler systems. These must haves promote sustainability, in turn favouring the investment value of your best asset, and your power bills. Green design has seen vast innovations within architectural design where efficiency is the product of environmental sensitivity.

A home with spirit

Here is the fun(ner) part, where your unique needs, desires, and personality is really injected into your designer home. Recreation zones are key for any designer home, whether manifested in the classic leisure provided by tennis courts and swimming pools (indoor, outdoor, saltwater or fresh), or additional amenities like a bowling alley, discos or ballrooms, a golf range, library, recording studio, or perhaps for the rural a horse stable. It is up to you and yours! For some this may also mean visions of a fully supplied home gym; the benefits of this are clear however today’s designer home will just as likely incorporate a meditative or yogic space, allowing a wellness centre to hold the calm within your home and life.

The joys can extend out into your garden, which may be a most important element of your designer home when given your attention. Maybe you would like to attract butterflies and native birds into your life with a sprawling natural garden featuring native plants and trees - or perhaps your meticulously groomed garden will evoke thoughts of Versailles… Water features like a salt water aquarium or recycling fountains will add an element of Feng Shui to your home, inviting tranquility and peace - and are at the very least a delight to watch from your window at sunset or with supper on the porch. A reflective garden is sure to balance your designer home and your life, allowing you a slice of your customised heaven!

With these key elements in mind, your designer home is set to bloom in your imagination. Customisation potential is endless, remembering that this home will be the setting for your life. Past all trends is the necessity for your home to allow and support you to live at your fullest in the privacy of your domain.

Chateau Homes have respected the intricately individual wants and needs of their clientele since their commencement in November of 1969. Forty years later, and they have never repeated or duplicated a home or design, maintaining utmost integrity when it comes to the unique. Founder Malcolm McDonald has since been joined by his sons Rod (architecture) and Alex (construction) as they uphold their elite reputation amongst Sydney’s most discerning. Lifestyle, comfort, style, privacy, environmental sensitivity and orientation are all part of the thorough approach to the design and construction of every property.

The holistic approach of Chateau Homes sees a team of in-house architects, designers, planners, surveyors and builders working as one from the start, affording their clients the very best in luxury custom design, outstanding workmanship, and ethical trading. Indeed the further value of having one point of contact for advice, service and accountability cannot be underestimated when looking at commencing your designer home journey. Every Chateau Home is an original, and each is approached with a dedication to optimising your greatest asset and achieving premium design within a nominated budget.

Chateau Homes can also advise home owners who are discovering renovations on their current house will cost at least as much as a new home; a professional and insightful perspective can be offered as to whether the original home should be retained or where a new designer Chateau Home will be the best course of action. We supply custom individual architectural design solutions together with premium quality construction across all Local Council areas of Sydney and hinterland. Get in touch with our Architects to kick off the process for your own designer home.

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