Compact homes are trending at the moment with property buyers, largely influenced by the desire for first-home buyers to enter the property market in desirable suburbs in major cities. For developers, the reduced potential space for new developments is also seeing a growing requirement for innovation in floor plan selection.
Below we’ll look at how customisable floor plans can address these issues in the planning stage of large-scale developments, maximising living space in smaller homes without compromising on quality.
There are a number of small-home providers popping up across New Zealand, largely targeting first-home buyers who don’t have the financial means to invest in a traditional property. Modular homes in particular are seeing strong media attention – with New Zealand bank Westpac recently launching the first modular home loan package – largely due to the cost & reliability of building off-site.
While this news could be construed as concern for large-scale developments, the better way to view this is as a minor challenge to overcome in housing design & floor-plan choice. The primary appeal of smaller homes is their price point, however much of the criticism has been directed at the crammed nature of interiors, which compact-home companies have deflected by indicating their solid & weathertight construction.
Creating homes that are warm & dry is a standard that should be met by any developer, which then leaves the crucial question of: how can we create affordable homes that give homeowners a property they love to live in?
The old adage of ‘you can’t please everyone’ is something any developer will be familiar with. However, wide appeal for a site shouldn’t be seen as an impossible objective – rather, it can be a guide to initial floor-plan selection, understanding the demand of the market to create something with immediate & lasting appeal.
At ASAP Plans, our portfolio of floor plan options is ever-growing, all of which are previously approved so you can accurately see how a development can include a diverse range of housing styles. In our previous blog, we discussed how multi-unit developments provide affordability & effective use of space through townhouses, terrace apartments & duplexes – these are just a few options we offer to our clients wishing to create something unique where available construction space is limited.
Our team live & breathe building plans, with a clear understanding of both an area & the property market within it. Our goal is to recommend ideal floor plans that meet the different needs of various potential buyers – with our compact-home floor plans providing the same lifestyle value & living space as some larger properties. We help you achieve this goal through a variety of customisable floor plans, all of which can be incorporated into a design effectively.
The team at ASAP Plans maximise a diverse range of skill sets, with a number of property consultants capable of providing architectural services & design advice. Our team also work from a position of experience; we know what works, what has worked in the past, & how to adapt this experience to create future success.
By engaging with a team of experienced designers & engineers, you can make the most of smaller sites, or include varying styles of housing through multi-unit developments & floor plans that maximise the available living space. The key to creating lasting homes of any style is to understand the potential of your space – if you’d like to learn how we can help you make the most of your site, contact one of our team today to learn more.