As mentioned, we're building a new home and I've already written about our decision to build new rather than renovate so thought I'd share some of the specific things we'll include in planning our new home. You'll see none of these are reasonably achievable by renovating...
There’s a raft of other things, mostly up-specs and nice-to-haves but again, doing those things to the current house won’t give us an overall and complete satisfaction. There'll be too much compromise.
Would love to hear about some of the things you’d like to change about your home and how that ties into your reno/DIY plans
We would also love a more energy efficient home @ProjectPete. A house that was warmer in winter and cooler in summer without having to use much heating and cooling. But most of our place was built in the 50s....
Yes our new place will have a 6 star energy rating - means a lot to us from an enviro perspective and also saving on bills.
Does make it a bit tricker with an older place but there are still some great things you can do. Got anything on the cards for your joint @Jason?
@ProjectPete - is the cinema for your new place? I don't think I've ever been more jealous!
One thing I wish I had considered when my house was being built, was how to ensure that the home could easily convert into a smart home.
I've done little things here and there since I've moved in but some crucial oversights on my part have left some features in my home stuck in the past.
My dream of a smart home enabled air con / heating solution have become almost impossible without a complete overhaul of the same system.
So my advice is to think about future proofing the technology in your home.
Solar panels are on the cards. We have a solar hot water system and solar heating for the pool but would obviously like to reduce the power bills. I thought this discussion a couple of months ago was really interesting and informative - https://www.workshop.com.au/t5/Outdoor-Living/Feedback-on-new-solar-system/m-p/13268
The pic above is from the plan for my current home @maknilsin (built in 2010) and its just used as the kid's toy/play room. They have a measly 42inch TV in there for movie nights so far from a cinema.
In the new home we've included a cinema but more for resale value and of we decide to start to watch movies more in future - although its gonna come in very handy for sports and PS4
Def future proofing the new place tech wise - will keep you posted.
Plans are all done and dusted now @Jason, just waiting on final engineering approval.
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