Future-Proof your House | 4 life-cases to anticipate.
As one’s needs and family situation change over the years, many people resort to costly and time-consuming renovations. Of course, going through this process every couple of years is not ideal. It is best to future-proof your residence by trying to predict possible life changes and creating an efficient and flexible environment that secures comfort in any major life change that may come your way.
1. Selling and Renting.
These days, a relocation to another region or even another country because of a job prospect or a change in personal life, is always a possibility. All the more if you are already an expat in the country you are now living in. When they relocate, many people choose to sell their home, or even put it up for rent in order to have an extra income while keeping the possibility to return to it. So when you are buying and renovating your next house, it is helpful to keep in mind that you may need to sell or rent this very house. So make sure the renovation you decide on will on one hand, make this your dream home and on the other hand, also be perfect for selling or renting to others. If you build a house with oddly special features that cannot be altered, it may be difficult for another person to rent or buy it. Your architect should be able to help you “future-proof” by finding that perfect balance and making sure you maximize your return on investment.
2. Having Kids.
Another life-changing moment is having children. If this is in your plans, even if it is 5 years into the future, do take that into account if you are in the midst of a renovation project now. Doing another renovation in a few years is costly,wasteful, and unnecessary. There are ways to plan for children already, without feeling like you live in a kids’ house without kids. The idea is to lay the groundwork for the future plans, so when the change happens, the house can be made ready with minimal construction, cost and hassle.
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3. Parents visiting or moving in.
In many cultures, many households include elders, parents and grandparents, as they move in at some point in their life cycle. This s another case that calls for “future-proofing” your residence. Even if your parents/ grandparents do not live with you, it is possible they come and stay with you for a few days or a few weeks. If you are renovating now, make sure your house already take that into account by ensuring a private bathroom for your visitors, or even a ground floor bedroom and bathroom, considering potential mobility difficulties that may develop.
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4. Future-Proof because of Style Evolving.
Finally, a case that calls for future-proofing is the simplest and most comon one. as the years go by and trends come and go, your personal taste of interior design could also change. A person’s aesthetic in their 40s is usually different from the one in their 30s. Having that in mind, it is usually not the best to invest a lot of money in furniture you may need to replace later. Your architect or interior designer will be able to help you discern what is a trend may change and what is timeless and will always work. One way to err on the side of caution is to avoid following extremely trendy and popular styles and just stick with timeless options so you can easily evolve the house’s style in the future.
Bonus Advice? Do not ask social media, ask your architect!
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