Townhouse Floor Plans – What to Look For?
Townhouse dwelling product design has evolved over the decade and is a direct reflection of the development location and available land dimensions and design guidelines. Design variations exist across the city, inner city, inner ring, middle suburbs and growth area suburbs.
Historically townhouses were stand-alone 2 level dwellings with a double garage – well this is changing with the increase in land acquisition price and cost of building materials and labor.
Townhouses floor plan options generally start at 2 bedroom and go to 3 and 4 bedroom. We have many requests for 1 bedroom townhouses. Unfortunately, new townhouse developments do not factor in 1 bedroom design options. Some developments may be a blend of 2 and 3 bedroom townhouses or all 3 bedroom townhouses or 4 bedroom townhouses so the mix of available product is really up to the builder or developer and can mean that you like a location but the townhouse size and available bedrooms do not so flexibility is on selection criteria might need to be embraced.
Aspect is important to some and not to others, remember some people prefer sunrise to sunset – some like cooler rooms to warmer so there is no wrong or right aspect. Depending on which side of the city you are on or opposite a park or street the site location, dimensions and traffic guidelines dictate the development site orientation.
Ventilation through a townhouse is important and the advantage of having 2 or 3 levels is the air flow and also things like double glazed windows for noise reduction are common and almost standard in most townhouses, there are always new types of materials being launched to market so if windows are not known or referred to as double glazed they may be another material which is similar if not better. Also important to note is that building is happening on almost every street no matter if you are in a city, inner city or outer suburb, the population is growing at such a rate and owners carry out renovations that the romance of a quiet cul de sac are long gone.
Design changes or additions can always be requested – depending on the developer they can usually be accommodated for the cost of construction – things like an island bench top in the kitchen. What usually can’t be changed due to council regulations having already approved floor plans is moving walls, kitchen and bathrooms – also it is very difficult and expensive to change anything to do with electricity and water.
Townhouse floor plans will be the architectural drawings – these will either have a measurement key or measurements indicated in centimeters or meters on the property dimensions. This varies from townhouse development to townhouse development so you may need to have a ruler handy sometimes to calculate room dimensions.
Sometimes there is a light colour scheme or dark colour scheme – this is usually reflected in the colour of the carpet, the benchtops and tiling in the bathroom or kitchen. There is no wrong or right colour and colour does not affect rental yield or capital growth – it is a personal preference and one which investors usually flip a coin and owner occupiers usually pick the lighter scheme to feel more ‘light and bright!’ Depending on the size of the townhouse project there may be only one internal and/or external colour palette available / to choose from.
If the townhouse is in a new Master planned community housing estate there are sometimes what is known as design standards or design guidelines – these are in place to ensure consistent look of the street scape, in other words to make sure it looks good!
Townhouses can have a variety of designs and terms – really what you need to check on the townhouse floor plates or floor plan is if it is a garage accessed by gate or door, tandem means one car behind the other, double means 2 cars that can be parked side by side.
Many inner city loft style townhouses have shared garages that are either underground or ‘at grade’ at grade means that the garage is at ground level. Townhouse rarely have car stacker systems, important to research which stacker system it is, the time to get your car.
Increasingly car share programs are being integrated into townhouse developments – these include companies such as GoGet, flexi car, green share car and car next door. Remember that not everyone drives and increasingly being environmentally conscious it is a choice to actually not have a car and walk, bicycle or use public transport.
Townhouse prices are like any other property, apartment or house. Off the plan townhouse builders and developers will price each property in line with other townhouse projects in the suburb and in close proximity within the suburb. To dispel the myth that off the plan is priced for capital growth once the property has been constructed and therefore complete is incorrect, prices are determined based on current comparable property sales and fair market value. Also to take into consideration is that different townhouses have different construction and level of quality of fixture and fittings so it is important to not just compare size and location but also the design of the townhouse and quality of tapware, electrical appliances and quality of carpets, things like wool carpet compared to 80% wool and 20% cotton or 50% cotton 50% artificial has a huge difference in cost price.
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