You probably think that when you sign on the dotted line, your epic adventure of a search for a home is complete. After all, the stress amounts to greater standards and levels than anything you’ve previously dealt with. And while you should revel in the moment of making one of the most important decisions of your life, there will be an extensive, but hopefully exciting, journey ahead. Here at Australian Heritage Homes, we believe in turning houses into homes, and we know that we have the passion and the know-how to get you there. That’s why today, we’re discussing use cases and characteristics of the study of what makes homeowners love their homes so much.
The following quote sums it up and comes from Dallas Architecture Blog–
“I think that we most strongly feel the presence of our house when we are sitting in our library at the end of the day to read, relax, and reflect. I can look through the opening in the library wall and into the living room and then through the glass window in the living room wall to see my neighbour’s tall crepe myrtles, frequently swaying in the wind. When I leave the library, I walk along the upper gallery that gives me the opportunity to look again into the living room from a different point of view and out to the pool courtyard. The strongest point of this house to me is its multiple viewpoints, compounded by the changing nature of the light that works its way through the house during the day. People frequently ask us, ‘What part of the house do you actually live in?’ We always answer, ‘All of it.’”
What will surprise you is that many of the variables that put a smile on the face of a homeowner are extraneous to the design of the home. They include little nuances like how natural lighting hits a room, or a particular view that you’ll see at one point during the day.
The other surprising takeaway for some is the hierarchy of priorities. Far and away, potential homeowners searched for particular generic amenities and commodities. Fewer look for specific architectural styles, as the audiences’ buying patterns shift to function. This is ironic in a time and age when younger generations are thought to be more and more focused on aesthetics, the surface-level. Gives you hope for the future, doesn’t it?
In summary, here are some fun characteristics that research has found that owners really love:
- The site of the home, or the land that was built on.
- Vibrant or brightly coloured surroundings.
- An abundance of diverse and dynamic nature.
- As much natural light as possible.
- Maximized social environments. The benefit here is that you can meet and socialize in every room in the house.
- Flexibility of multiuse spaces.
- A promising neighbourhood, with lots of room for growth.
Questions? Comments? Give the Australian Heritage Homes team a shout. We’d love to hear from you and turn your house into a home.