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5 design features to incorporate into your house plans

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If you’ve just begun your home design journey, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed by the endless possibilities. Which features will go with the style of my home? How can I add value? What will make our house feel more like a home? These are just a few of the questions we're frequently asked. To guide you through this often daunting time, we’ve curated our top 5 must-have design features to incorporate into your house plans.


A house is never truly a home if it doesn't instantly feel warm, inviting and homely. And yes, there are many ways to help create these feelings through your interior selections, but we’re firm believers in starting right from the foundations of the home. Skylights are the perfect solution to opening up the home with the simple touch of natural lighting. They’re also a great financial asset for the home as you’ll use less electricity during the day!

Vaulted Ceilings

If you’re relatively new to the world of home design, the term ‘vaulted ceiling’ probably means nothing to you… yet! A typical flat roof found in most homes will sit between 8 and 10 feet. A vaulted ceiling on the other hand is designed to angle up past these heights and will usually follow the natural shape of the roof. This illusion of additional space is a complete game-changer if your home is on the smaller side. We couldn't recommend this feature enough.


We get it. Australian summers are HOT and a fireplace might be the last design feature on your mind but we always encourage our clients to look at the bigger picture. Adding a high-end feature, like a fireplace, is often just what a home needs to take it to that next level of luxury and add significant value if you decide to sell in the future. Also, is there really anything more cosy than sitting by a crackling fire? We don’t think so!

Curved doorways & archways

Curves are in - and we’re totally here for it. Originating from the depths of ancient Rome, curved doorways and archways have once again become an essential design feature to many homes. The sloping lines gently draw the eye from one room to the next and create a natural flow that would often be hard to achieve by harsh, straight lines. The softness of this design feature is timeless and allows for use within a range of architectural styles.

Spiral Staircase

Oozing elegance and luxury, spiral staircases have quickly become one of the most sought-after building design features- and it's easy to see why! First up, they look absolutely breathtaking. The gentle curves and slender frame bring charm and personality to any space, without overpowering the rest of the home's design. Another reason for our obsession with this feature is the flexibility to cater to tighter spaces and work to a range of access points. Having the option to install a staircase in a space that you once thought would be off the cards can be a huge game-changer. Practical - check. Aesthetic - big CHECK.

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Designing your dream home should be an exciting process. If you’re feeling defeated by a lack of inspiration your house plans, our professional team will work with you to design the home your family needs AND deserves. Get in touch today!


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