Choosing a home design

Owning a home is something we all dream about. It gives us a sense of freedom and creative control that renting never can. But with so many different types of home out there how do you go about choosing the best home design to suit your needs?

Whether you’re looking for your very first home, a bigger house for your growing family, a perfect investment, dream holiday home, or you need less space now that your family is grown, we’ve got you covered.


This is more often than not the best place to start. What better way to find out about what your brand new home will feel like than actually taking a walk through it?

Even if you think you have your design locked in, take a look through a display village and see what’s on offer. Doing so will not only allow you to get a feel for the kind of floor plan you need, but will also afford you the luxury of scoping the details. Don’t forget that most floorplans can be adjusted to meet the specifications of a particular block, and all display homes are also a fabulous source of inspiration for fixtures, fittings, selections, colour schemes and interior styling – bonus!

Try and visit as many display villages as possible. Familiarising yourself with a range of floor plans and fixtures will help you fine tune exactly what you’re looking for.


Getting your finances in order is one of the crucial steps along the road to home ownership; so before you start shopping around for a home design, make sure you’re aware of your borrowing capabilities.

What does this mean? Lenders are willing to loan you money based on a variety of factors based on your personal situation; income, debt, assets, deposits and capacity to repay – there’s a long list! Not to be scared though, lenders will let you know exactly what they need and where to start.

Try and find yourself a broker who can take the hard work out of it for you. Rivergum’s trusted Finance Partner, Truevest Finance, has helped hundreds of homeowners finance their dream abode. Whether you’re looking for your first home, already in the property market, or looking to invest, Truevest Finance’s extensive experience in the building industry provides a uniquely focused brokerage service.

Brokerage services more often than not are a free service, so reach out today for a free chat to identify your borrowing capability!


When choosing a floor plan and fixtures, double check that you’re basing your decision on what will accommodate your daily activities.

Start off by imagining the home stripped bare and make your judgements from there. Only after you’ve done this is it time to think about customising the design and upgrades.

Your home should suit your specific needs. If you’re a regular entertainer maybe you need to upgrade your kitchen appliances and benchtops. Or if you’re a bit of a shopaholic maybe you need a walk-in robe to house all of your fine things. The world is your oyster when it comes to layout and fixture upgrades, so it’s important to what suits your individual needs now and into the immediate future.

We understand that all home buyers are unique. So no matter whether you already have a design in mind or you need to get things going from scratch, we’re here to help you choose the home design that will suit you down to a tee.


Your floor plan will more than likely include one or more outdoor leisure areas. Whether that be a porch, spa (or that swimming pool you’re going to have one day) it’s important to factor in how much outdoor living space you actually need.

For example, while many of us yearn for a big backyard, quite often we don’t need them. Huge yards are all well and good when they’re properly maintained, but they begin to look pretty damn shabby when you don’t.  An easily maintained courtyard might be a much wiser choice for you.

Think about what you need and what you can look after, not just what you want.


Details like carpets, skylights, and bathroom fixtures can have a huge impact when it comes to heating and cooling your home.

Houses with carpet are easier to keep warm in winter months, as they act as another layer of insulation. Whereas skylights are an energy efficient way to admit light into your home and are an easy way to distribute it evenly throughout the room.

Simple architectural features such as these (and more!) are easy ways to significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort.

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