I've just bought my first apartment off the plan and am looking for ideas as I can change the configuration a little before building starts.
The plan is below.
I'm particularly interested in ideas about the kitchen bench. I think it needs to be bigger and I don't really like the idea of having either a freestanding or built-in dining table right next to it. I'm thinking about asking for the island bench to be bigger. What do you think is the minimum size I should go for in an island bench? And do you think it will be a problem having a dining table further to the right - ie. more in the corridor/walkway?
Also, what do you think would be better for re-sale value? A study nook like the one in the plans, or more storage? I am thinking about having a laundry cupboard instead, probably accessible via the bathroom rather than the hallway. But this isn't going to be a "foreever home" so I do have to think about what future buyers might want most. Storage vs study/work space?
Any other ideas would be most welcome!!
I'm an apartment dweller myself so this advice is based on my experience.
In terms of general feedback, I think it's looking pretty good! Pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Definitely more storage space for vacuum, broom etc. You can never have enough storage in an apartment.
Thanks for the replies.
I now think in addition to extending the island bench I will also widen it from 600mm to 850mm so it will have an overhang which will allow people to more comfortably sit up to it with stool/leg room.
Something like this:
And still keen to reorintate the laundry alcove so it opens to the bathroom and includes a linen store to replace the study nook
Found a picture of a built in dining table right next to a kitchen island bench. I was surprised that I actually do like it. But I am sticking with just having the larger island bench.
Excited that the builders are making some progress on my apartment. Basement is now complete and they are about to start work on the structure.
Latest progress shot... Onto level two now. Completion date is early next year. Apparently we are also getting NBN broadband now after the developer paid for 1km of fibre cable.
Getting exciting now! Work on the exterior of the building is now nearly complete and the builders will be moving onto the interior fitout.
Windows are now going in and then the builders are moving onto the internal walls, and installing the kitchens. Completion date is Feb. Here's a photo...