Building or investing in a multi-unit housing development can be a complex process that requires a lot of planning and attention to detail. Before you focus on design choices or start shopping for furniture, it’s important to consider how you can create a development that will not only be loved by yourself or potential tenants, but also maintain its value for years to come.
To future-proof your development, there are a few key things to keep in mind when you’re embarking on the planning process.
Making the most of your block
Selecting a block to build on is the first step to making the most of your new development. Make sure you consider the orientation of the multi-unit development or townhouse on the block in order to take advantage of not only key views, but natural light too. Most people prefer north facing homes as they receive more light, which can also help to reduce energy costs.
In addition to the orientation, you will need to think about the condition and location of the block, such as the planning requirements and any building restrictions. Without proper investigation, these can add extra costs or problems down the track. An experienced builder can help guide you in this area.
Designing with quality materials
The materials you choose for your townhouse or multi-unit development will have a major impact on its longevity. It’s important to choose materials that are durable, weather-resistant, and low-maintenance, as these will ensure your investment remains not only continues to look good, but reduces the need to replace in the future.
When selecting materials for your development, make sure to consider the environmental impact. Choosing materials that are kinder on the environment, such as recycled materials, can leave you with not only a quality finish but one you can feel good about.
Harness the power of technology
Incorporating technology into your new build is an innovative way to future-proof your home for years to come. Smart homes are no longer a trend, but an expectation. They can dramatically increase the value of your development as they are extremely attractive to prospective buyers – particularly with investors as they look to maximise their investment long-term.
Smart home systems can allow residents to control lighting, heating and cooling, and can even open curtains from their phone or a central system located in the home. This will not only assist with energy costs but saves a lot of time too!
Other technologies which are a must-have are smart doorbells or intercoms and garage systems, so be sure to think about them as part of your plans.
Consider sustainability initiatives
Future-proofing your development means considering sustainability at every stage of the process. From choosing the right building materials, to energy-efficient appliances, water saving measures and being smart about insulation and orientation to reduce energy costs, sustainability is a factor across the entire build.
But it’s not just the final build where sustainability can be factored in. Construction sites often produce a lot of waste which can end up in landfill if not disposed of properly, so a recycling plan can be implemented to reduce the environmental impact of your build. In doing so, you will help to reduce the effects of climate change while also adding value and future-proof your development for years to come.
Building a multi-unit development or townhouse that stands the test of time should be at the top of your list when embarking on a new project. Taking the time in the early stages will save you headaches down the track and ensure your new investment is a smart one.
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