Needs versus wants

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What You Want vs What You Need…

Every house has its own character, a character that reflects its occupants’ tastes, needs and desires.

This is where you can work out what is important to you – items that reflect your values and your preferred way of living.

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Deciding What You Want:

Wants Checklist

FeatureImportantNot Important
Open-plan living
Separate living spaces for quiet/loud activities
Indoor/outdoor flow
Outdoor living areas
Shade in summer
Formal rooms
Eco-friendly building
Smart Home technologies
Universal Design incorporated
Energy efficiency
Separate space for guests
Play areas for children
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Defining what you need:

This is more quantitative. How many rooms and how much space do you actually need?

Needs Checklist

FeatureHow many? How important?
How many bedrooms




Walk-in wardrobe




How many bathrooms




En-suite bathroom




Kitchen




Separate Dining room




Second Living Area/Family Room




Combined living/dining area




Separate TV room or games room




Study/home office




Laundry




Hot water cupboard




Storage room




Garage – for how many cars?




Wiring for Smart Homes/Home AV




Under floor heating




Heat pump




Fireplace




Covered veranda




Deck or patio




Outdoor play area




Spa pool




Swimming pool




Vegetable garden




Barbecue area




Outdoor heating




Outdoor lighting




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