Wants versus Needs Checklist

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 while planning your build – items that reflect your values and your preferred way of living. Work though our wants and needs Checklist

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 – Needs Checklist:

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


Separate Dining room

Second Living Area/Family Room

Combined living/dining area

Separate TV room or games room

Study/home office


Hot water cupboard

Storage room

Garage – for how many cars?

Wiring for Smart Homes/Home AV

Under floor heating

Heat pump


Covered veranda

Deck or patio

Outdoor play area

Spa pool

Swimming pool

Vegetable garden

Barbecue area

Outdoor heating

Outdoor lighting

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