In the Media: Personal touches on full display

Date: Saturday 24 February 2024

Source: The West Australian

Journalist: Owen Raymond

Building a display home does not mean having to conform completely to the original design.

Display homes can be adapted to meet your needs, offering a customisable mould from which to create your future home.

According to Plunkett Homes Sales Manager Aaron Bennett, clients can make changes to a display home to suit their personality and lifestyle, as well as the size and shape of their block.

He said there was a range of common changes, which could be applied to a display home.

“You can move, add or delete walls, add additional space to the home, add or remove doors, change ceiling heights, amend window sizes or locations and extend cabinetwork in the kitchen or bathrooms,” Mr Bennett said.

“You can even amend the front look of the home to suit your personal style.”

Display modifications, especially layout changes, are often made in family homes.

“In most cases, it is done to suit the client’s lifestyle or their family dynamics such as the age or number of their children,” Mr Bennett said.

“For example, an additional ensuite may be added to suit a teenage child, or for a family member who may live with them or visit regularly.” Mr Bennett said display home modifications were more often stylistic.

“People who fall in love with a display home rarely change the layout but make changes to aesthetics such as tiles, benchtops, flooring and tapware to suit their personal style,” he said.

As an example, Mr Bennett said Plunkett Homes’ The Atomic was often modified to suit the client’s preferences.

“The style of the display is midcentury and, although the layout of the home suits many clients, they often change its look and feel to match their individual tastes,” he said.

Alterations are carried out during the early stages of the build process.

“Design changes are made at the initial briefing stage of the building journey and before the client has moved forward with the builder,” Mr Bennett said.

“The material changes can happen at a client’s prestart meeting, where they choose items like tapware and tiles, and finalise the colours of the internal and external components of the home.”