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When designing a home there are so many different factors and elements to consider. One factor that often gets overlooked is how to utilise and optimise space. This is unfortunate when you consider that space has a direct effect on the functionality of your home. 

By properly taking into account all of the facets that encompass space, you can design a dream kit home that is equal parts functional and stylish. Resulting in a home that will complement your lifestyle and needs, both now and in the future. 

Utilising space in key areas

When designing a kit home, it can be easy to get lost in ensuring that all your personal touches are accounted for. However, space should always be the main consideration. Otherwise, the home will feature rooms that are too big or too small for your needs. 

Kitchen

When designing a kitchen, ask yourself some key questions. Firstly, will there be a lot of cooking? Will the kitchen also play host to an eating area, or will that be separate? Do you prefer a lot of bench space? 

The answers to these questions will help you plan out and later design a kitchen that is perfect for both the home and your needs. Above all else, the answers to these questions will help you allot adequate and valuable space to a kitchen that will not go to waste. 

Bedrooms

For bedrooms, it’s important to consider key questions like, how many bedrooms will you need and how large will they need to be? It’s worth working out if you will need guest rooms, ensuites and the type of wardrobe that best suits your style – walk-in or fitted? 

There is a certain level of future-proofing that those designing a home need to consider. This means discussing how many children you will have and if they will all have their own space. By failing to plan for and utilise space properly, you may be cramped in the future. 

Bathroom

Bathrooms can be tricky to design. This is because you have to ask yourself, realistically, how many bathrooms do you need and what will their size be? More specifically, you will need to decide on bathroom features such as including a bathtub, shower or both? 

When it comes to bathrooms, location is key. If the bathrooms in the home are upstairs, this may preclude you from growing old in this home as there are no accessible amenities. To properly utilise space in a home, you need to accommodate short and long-term needs.

Living space

When it comes to living in a home, there is no space more important than the living room. However, designing living spaces that account for everyone’s needs and wants – both now and in the future – can be tricky. 

Therefore, when designing a living space, there are a few key questions to consider. Does this space need to be multi-functional? As in, will the space need to feature desks with computers? Finally, is the space big enough to accommodate teenagers and their friends? 

Features that help optimise space 

Crafting a floor plan is essential, but also hard work, as it requires balancing functionality with allotting space and ensuring its adequacy. Luckily, space can be optimised with the help of key features, helping you create the feeling of space, even in smaller homes. 

Walls

By adding or subtracting walls from a floor plan, you can completely change the character of a space and more broadly, the home. Resulting in spaces that feel bigger, brighter and importantly, more functional. 

Using an example, you could remove walls upstairs in order to create a bigger master bedroom with ensuite. On the other hand, you could add a wall to create a smaller bedroom that could be used to house a crib and later, a home office or study space. 

Doors 

Choosing the right doors can really help to create a seamless indoor-outdoor experience which, of course, works to optimise space by making living or dining areas bigger. If your family are entertainers, consider sliding glass doors between the kitchen and backyard. 

Ceilings

Ceilings can bring a sense of drama to a home. This is because skylights can flood dark rooms with natural light, resulting in a space feeling more open and therefore, larger. Whereas a vaulted ceiling can double as an architectural feature. 

When considering the type of ceilings you want for your kit home, think practically. Do ceilings need to be tall in order to let more light in and therefore optimise smaller rooms. Additionally, do ceilings need to be tall in order to accommodate taller family members? 

Zone living 

Zone living is the opposite of open plan living. With zone living, spaces are essentially divided into zones based on their function. This gives homeowners a functional property while still retaining elements of privacy, all the while keeping noise pollution low. 

Exteriors

Exterior decisions can also help you optimise space. For example, opting for a roof that features an attic will ensure that you have plenty of storage. While opting for a balcony or backyard verandah essentially provides extra living spaces, weather permitting. 

In terms of accounting for space, you will also need to leave enough room for garages or paved driveways for cars. Additionally, it’s important for people with a green thumb to leave ample room for a garden and veggie patch. 

Design tips that help optimise space

Once it comes to finalising the floor plan and indoor and outdoor house features, there is still one more way that kit homeowners can optimise space – using styling and common home accessories. 

Consider your family’s lifestyle

When designing and styling a home, the main consideration is matching the home to your family’s lifestyle in order to create rooms that function. If your partner or child loves sport, arts and crafts, musical instruments or even gaming, make room in the house for them. 

Anything that is a major part of the daily routine needs to be accounted for. This could mean purchasing an art supply holder or finding somewhere to store sporting equipment. By neglecting this step, certain family members may feel like there isn’t space for them. 

Create dual purpose rooms

When it comes to styling rooms, making them dual purpose spaces can really make a small home feel like a large home. For example, transforming the space allotted as a guest bedroom into a guest bedroom / functioning home office. 

For example, place a sofa bed, desk and office chair in the room. When there are no guests, the room can be used as an office. When guests arrive, make up the sofa bed for them. Thanks to transformable furniture every room in the house can be used every day. 

Maximise floor space

Maximising floor space can have dramatic effects – namely, helping make a small room feel like a large room. To maximise floor space, remove main pieces of furniture away from walls. This way, pathways can be created in order to direct traffic flows. 

To maximise floor space, it’s also important to remove clutter. This can take a variety of shapes. In the living room, style with multi-purpose furniture like an ottoman that stores toys and blankets. In the bathroom, use internal shelves that store products and towels. 

Building your ideal home 

When building your dream kit home, there are other important factors to consider. These factors range from overall size, environment, cost and resale factors. All factors that can have a direct impact on how you utilise the space within the home. 

Size

When building a home, you need to consider lot size. This means, how much space will the house take up? It may be worthwhile to discuss including a granny flat on any spare land. In the short-term, it can be rented, in the long-term, you could care for ailing parents. 

Environment 

When designing a new home, considering the environment and minimising the impact is paramount. On one hand, an environmentally friendly home is worth more to buyers. On the other hand, environmentally conscious homes also result in smaller energy bills.

Cost

The more elaborate design, the more it will cost. This could mean, to come in on budget, you reduce walls and favour open plan living – which could be to your detriment. To keep unnecessary costs down, engage professionals early as they find solutions to problems

Resale

For one reason or another, you may already know that you would like to move again one day, so, you will need to design a home with broad appeal. Buyers look for basic features, functionality and the feeling of space, therefore elaborate designs may be polarising. 

Start designing today

Designing a home is a big undertaking. In order to make the most of your time and financial commitment, it’s important to always think about utilising the available space on your land. This way, your home is optimised, functional and incredibly liveable. 

To begin the design process today, contact Kitome. Every step of the way Kitome can help guide your decision-making process, helping you create the kit home of your dreams. Start your next chapter on the right foot and find inspiration with our design brochure.

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