6 extras that turn a house into a forever home
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It takes more than bricks and mortar to build a dream home. It’s about adding the extra touches and special fittings you’ve always wished for.

As Dorothy famously uttered In the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home”. Few would argue the attraction of coming home to a house with all the bells and whistles.

And while the extra inclusions, smart upgrades or designer essentials look good, they also create added benefits too.

“You can grow your property’s capital value over the long term when you make upgrades to your own home,” says Karlie Hammoud, Domaine Homes’ NSW sales and marketing manager. “You can include better quality products that may previously have been out of reach financially.”

For a limited time, Domaine Homes are offering up to $50K off your forever home with six upgrades for free and standard site costs included.

Here are a few ways you can transform your humble abode into your forever home:

Style and substance

As the heart of the home, the kitchen is often the best place to add ‘wow’ factor. And nothing says luxury more than beautiful stone finishes, upgraded 900mm appliances and additional storage.

The kitchen is at the heart of many people’s homes.

When building with Domaine Homes in New South Wales, first home buyers Savannah Lee-Hong and Brenden Fing knew that a beautiful kitchen was a key element of their forever home.

“We added things like an undermount sink, pullout mixer, plus 20mm Caesarstone benchtops, which adds the luxe factor but is also durable, which is important considering how our family lives,” Savannah says.

Investing in a higher spec kitchen is also the most likely way to boost your home’s value, which will give you an excellent foundation for property investment in the future.

State-of-the-art security

Keeping your family safe and secure is not just a handy extra – it’s vital to home ownership. A sound alarm system will provide peace of mind if there’s no one home during the day. It can also sync with other elements including an auto garage door and entrance lockset for the front door, providing extra security at all times.

Opting to install your security measures when you build also ends up saving you on costs over the long run. Electrician callouts can be expensive, particularly if the house needs to be hardwired for a new system. Plus, you may need to take time off work to cover the installation period.

A private sanctuary

The bathroom is the perfect space to create a sense of sanctuary and sophistication. Whether it’s your guest bathroom on show, or your ensuite tucked away privately, there are fantastic ways to ramp up the glamour while adding practicality.

A beautiful bathroom is a must for a forever home.

For Savannah, adding a semi-frameless shower screen and 20mm Caesarstone benchtops were simple ways she could create a stylish and seamless look.

“But they also make general bathroom cleaning much easier to manage,” she says.

In total comfort

Home comfort is about more than the big-ticket items. It’s about the small details done well that add up to create the full picture.

You want your forever home to be a place you can relax in.

For Savannah, this meant the flexibility to choose higher ceilings. Given their home’s split-level construction with drop-edge beams, the couple felt the high ceilings would add more value than the standard 2.4m ceilings.

“This sets our home apart, adds personality and makes the space feel as big as possible, plus also creates excellent resale potential,” she says.

Electric touches

There’s no denying the huge role that technology plays in our lives today. But being tech-ready means more than throwing in a few extra power points, it’s about enabling our homes for the future with the flexibility to work and study in multiple places.

Think USB points in the kitchen, providing space for gadgets and space to study, and TV points in bedrooms, so the kids can retreat to their own personal space.

Furthermore, additional downlights installed while you build can ensure you avoid the expense of installing them later – along with the associated costs.

Installing extras when building can save you time and money.

Nothing more to pay

For Savannah and Brenden, locking in a fixed price tender prior to building bought them valuable peace of mind.

“We wanted to ensure that the amount quoted was what we would pay at the end of the process,” Savannah says. “We didn’t have any budget to go over, and we’re happy to say it didn’t!”

According to Karlie, a fixed price means certainty – something that’s in short supply at the moment.

“Regardless of price increases, the tender won’t change – it’s guaranteed and that’s something very attractive in the current climate,” she says.


Reference:- https://www.realestate.com.au/


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