Our guest bloggers from Resene take a look at what buyers want in a dream home, and how to achieve it.
We've heard Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz say, "there's no place like home", and many buzzy bee jokes end with the punchline "honey, I'm home!" – but now, we can actually get a sense of what makes a house perfect.
A recent survey by the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA) has found the top 10 housing features that would be on a wish list for potential home buyers. Once you see what these are, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that many Kiwi homeowners would likely want the same elements in a house.
So, what are the best 10 things people would ideally like in a home?
Open plan living areas
At least one secure car space
Close proximity to school, shops and transport
Two bathrooms minimum
Kitchens that flow to undercover outdoor entertaining areas
Two plus living areas
In an ideal world, the house we live in or are about to move into would have all 10 of these – but if it doesn't, there are ways interior design can help transform the existing space to feel more like these features were there all along.
To add natural light:
Choose thin, translucent curtains in sheer fabrics as your linings. Open the thicker outer curtain and leave the sheer lining drawn to let light into the room. Paint the walls in light, neutral colours such as Resene Double Alabaster or Resene Half Pearl Lusta. These white and cream tones will reflect the light and make it bounce around the room, in turn making the space look bigger, airier and more spacious.
For alfresco dining:
Although it would be lovely to have the kitchen directly open on to the undercover outdoor dining area, an existing deck can still do the trick. Set up a barbecue outside for alfresco cooking, or if your kitchen door opens on to the backyard, add paved stones to connect the door to your decks using a concrete paver pathway.
Spruce up the pathway by staining the concrete pavers in Resene Concrete Stain in any colour from the Resene Decks/Driveways range, especially on-trend organic styles such as Resene Autumn Leaves. Stain the wood on your deck using Resene Woodsman Decking Stain range.
To add storage
If you're short on storage, spend some time de-cluttering your house. Once you have gotten rid of, recycled or upcycled items around the home, you'll have much fewer items to keep in storage and can better manage the shelves and cupboards you already have.
To build a pantry
Not all homes come with an inbuilt Butler's pantry, but thanks to the current industrial-chic trends in interior design, an open-faced pantry can still look superb in your kitchen. Simply create a ladder-shelved pantry by using wooden planks arranged onto the rungs of a ladder for a trendy, stylish metal-and-wood blend.
For a modern home, you can stain the wood in monochromatic hues such as Resene Colorwood Pitch Black or Resene Rock Salt to complement the silver tones of the metal ladder. Alternatively, keep the wood it's natural earthy brown hue and finish it in clear Resene Aquaclear to suit the 'bring the outdoors in' trend.
Once you have set up your open-faced pantry, store lentils, beans, spices and cereals by putting them in clear glass mason jars. Paint on a small patch of Resene Blackboard Paint and write the contents onto the patch using chalk for a cohesive industrial look to the pantry.