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5 important things to think about when choosing your architectural style

Article by Homes to Love

Picking an architectural style is a choice informed by how you live as well as your personal taste. Signature Homes round up some popular options and what to consider before you choose

What’s important:

Size: What size will best suit your family? Consider storage, bedrooms, bathrooms, room sizes and living areas.

Function: Think about what you like to do in your home. For example, entertain, work, study, individual hobbies and family time.

Your style: Think about your personal taste and how objects and furniture will fit your new home. What is your vision for the interior and which house will suit it best?

Landscape: Consider what type of house suits your location and section, and takes the best advantage of the view, sun orientation and wind.

The future: Think about how your family might change, grow or shrink and research what technologies are likely to be common in our homes. Prepare for tomorrow.

Common home styles:

Contemporary: Refined and sleek, contemporary homes are made up of modern materials, simple shapes and clean lines. Black or wooden cladding are often used for the exterior look at these types of homes, with architectural and well-thought-out exterior lighting and landscaping.

European: The New Zealand landscape is so diverse that borrowing architectural ideas from around the world often makes sense. A love affair with Tuscan and Spanish houses is ongoing and these styles can offer easy living with great connection to the outdoors.

Classic: This style of home has a heritage feel that will always be timeless. A classic home is extremely versatile as it’s equally suited for a lifestyle block, sleepy country town or an urban suburb. Classic weatherboard, gabled ceilings and neat gardens are what to expect from this home set-up.

Coastal: Homes by the sea are often durable and easy care with big beautiful windows. A connection to the outdoors is essential at coastal homes where outdoor living is a priority. The interior of these houses normally matches the surrounding and natural materials and colours reign.


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