1. Bi-fold doors
Bi-fold doors have become a standard fixture in new home builds, most commonly installed between the living spaces and al fresco zones. Ideal for blurring the boundary between inside and out, glass bi-folds look good and feel well-suited to the Australian outdoor lifestyle.
But Anchor Homes project consultant Laurie Raikes believes owners rarely take advantage of them.
“The concept is great but in reality they never get used,” he says. “You’ll pay a lot of money [on a project home] for bi-folds as an upgrade and they’re difficult to screen. You may want to consider allocating that money elsewhere.”
Bi-folds can also encroach on your living space, as they protrude once stacked, and may impair views as each panel has a wide frame.
On the other hand, sliding doors are generally cheaper and offer larger expanses of glass to maximize light and views.
2. Fancy Fittings
When it comes to designer fittings, Raikes says you risk alienating future owners with different tastes to your own. He also cautions against items like bar fridges and spa baths, which may have limited appeal.
Raikes installed a spa bath in his new home, but now regrets doing so.
“I thought it was a great idea, but I’ve probably only used it twice in 12 months,” he says. “A spa bath takes up a lot of space and might cost up to $2000.”
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