Wondering what the right size house is for you? There is a large range of four-bedroom house plans from a range of home builders, but how do you know what the right choice is for you? Let’s take a closer look a 4-bedroom floor plans including their benefits and who they’re best suited for.
What are the benefits of a 4-bedroom floor plan?
The key benefit of a four-bedroom home is the flexibility the four bedrooms offer you. For those starting a family, this home design offers space to grow and accommodate more tiny people. Decide only to have two children? The spare room can become a guest room, study, home office, or activity room for the kids.
Easy to adapt over time.
Change is a part of life; you never quite know what’s around the corner. Kids get older, parents need somewhere to live after retirement, your son announces his girlfriend is staying the night and before you know it, she’s been at your house for six months. Apart from the master bedroom, most other bedrooms can work as flexible living spaces and can easily be transformed into a different type of room.
Good for Multi-Generational Living
With rising house prices and an increasing trend of families sharing living spaces, multi-generational living is becoming more prevalent. Whether it’s an adult child living with their parents and an older relative downsizing to be closer to the grandkids, or something in between, a 4-bedroom house plan offers the space and flexibility to accommodate these changes.
Looking to make a little extra money to help pay off the mortgage? Maybe you just want to make a little extra money to buy video games, beer and Bitcoin. Whatever you want the extra money for, renting out a room to a tenant is a great way to use your home to make some cash.
Your location will play a big role in the type of tenant you’re likely to attract. For example, if you’re close to the CBD or public transport, expect young professionals, whereas if you’re near a uni, expect students.
Better resale value
For all the above reasons and more, a four-bedroom house has the potential to fetch a decent price on the property market. There will be other factors at play including your location, the size of your block and the features of your home, but a four-bedroom home will appeal to a fairly broad range of people.
What is the average size of a 4-bedroom floor plan?
For four-bedroom Australian homes, the average size is between 223m2 and 260m2. We wouldn’t recommend going much smaller than 223m2 without giving up a bedroom, as your house may start feeling claustrophobic. Size will also vary depending on the other features in your home like whether you have two bathrooms or a large living area.
How much does it cost to build a 4-bedroom house?
As you can imagine, 4-bedroom house plans vary widely in scope, layout, location and style, so offering an exact price is one of those “how long is a piece of string” type questions.
From our research, the average cost of a four-bedroom single-storey house is about $255,808. For a double-storey home, you’re looking at around $315,617. The price, however, can vary wildly from $250,000 to well over a million, as it all depends on the home builders, the site, the extravagance of the features, and the size of the home, whether you buy an existing home plan or have your plan architecturally designed among other factors.
We also need to stress that these prices are just for the house itself. On top of that will be the price of the land, site costs, the costs of approvals, connecting services and other associated costs.
Is a 4-bedroom floor plan suitable for me?
When building a new home, it’s important to consider your lifestyle and life stage, plus gauge what the future may hold. A four-bedroom home tends to best suit a family, multi-generational living situations, or couples who are planning on starting a family. While retired couples and single people do buy four-bedroom homes, it’s worth considering whether you need all those rooms and whether the maintenance will be too much.
A four-bedroom home would best suit:
- Couples looking to start a family.
- Multigeneratinal living situations
Our tips to help you choose a 4-bedroom floor plan for your new home
Still not sure whether a 4-bedroom floor plan is the best option for you? Here are some of our top tips for deciding on the ideal layout for your home.
Consider the space you need
This is one of the biggest factors to weigh up when deciding how many bedrooms are best for you and your family. It’ll all come down to your circumstances. If you’re a single parent with one child, really consider if you will use four bedrooms or whether you could save some money with a three-bedroom layout. On the other side of the coin, if you’re a couple who plans to have children in the future, a four-bedroom house plan will only be too big for so long.
Make sure you have enough storage space
One of the most common mistakes we see people make is they underestimate how much storage space they’ll need. As the years go by, you’ll find yourself accumulating more stuff, whether it’s kitchen utensils, clothes or knick-knacks. A spare room can be a godsend when it comes to storing those few extra boxes.
What are the essentials for you?
Decide early on what are the non-negotiables for you and your family. For example, do you love to cook up a storm and want a decent-sized kitchen? Perhaps it’s been your dream to be able to do a couple of laps every morning and therefore a pool is a must. From the other perspective, we’ve heard many homeowners say they find a pool to be more hassle than it’s worth.
Our point is figuring out what is an essential feature for you will help create an ideal layout. Likewise, knowing what’s expendable could end up saving you some serious money. This logic applies to how many bedrooms you’ll need as well.
There’s nothing wrong with having additional features or things that aren’t strictly necessary, you just don’t want them to come at the expense of the essentials.
Know your budget
We understand knowing the limits of your finances can feel like a buzzkill, but trust us, most issues people run into when building are money-related. Having a realistic understanding of your budget and sticking to it will help prevent a lot of potential headaches down the track. Before even starting on house designs, talk to home or construction loan specialists to look into what type of home loans and grants you’re eligible for.
The upside of having a set budget is you’ll be surprised what you’ll be able to achieve with a little research, savvy and assistance from Buildi. With the right approach, your dollar can go further than you might’ve expected, leaving you with a sophisticated design that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Understand what you’re paying for.
Throughout your building journey, you may be dealing with a range of contractors and builders, which means plenty of contracts. Never assume when it comes to what is included. For example, driveways and landscaping are rarely included in your quoted price from a home builder. Buildi has looked through more home-building contracts than we can count and knows what’s normal, what quality inclusions are and what seems a little fishy.
Consider open plan layout
This will help make your home look larger and help give your home more communal. It has the added benefit of allowing the sun to take advantage of natural light.
Make sure it includes all of the following key elements
- Accurate sizes and dimensions
- Ceiling beams
- everything on the plan is where it should be.
Need help to select a floor plan? Talk to an experienced building broker for free advice!
Want to discover more about 4-bedroom home designs or the building industry in general? Buildi is here to help! Whether you’re buying an existing home for a knockdown rebuild or looking for a new home builder for your block of land, our professional team can provide you with expert advice throughout the entire building process.