October 11, 2022

When looking to move into an apartment, there are so many different things you must think about and consider, such as price, location and amenities. However, another essential element that should be taken into consideration is the different design features that an apartment has.

Let’s take a look at the top 7 design features you should keep an eye out for when looking for an apartment. 

Apartment Layout 

It is so easy to walk into an apartment and take it in for its face value. However, it is vital to make sure you carefully consider the apartment’s layout. 

For example, if you were looking into a 1 bedroom apartment, consider – does the layout feel open and have a great flow between spaces? Or does the layout make it feel stuffy and cramped?

This feeling is based on personal preference and is not a one-size (or shape) fit-all. Some apartments may be odd shapes or even long and narrow, it depends on how you like to live in your space! Some may even be split level, a positive for some who like living separately, but may not be suitable for those not wanting stairs.

Additionally, apartment layouts suited to you will promote the home’s functionality and livability – making life that much easier for you in the future.

Apartment layout

A Functional Kitchen 

Eating is something that you need to do every day, so it’s no wonder why it is so important to have a functional kitchen for your needs. 

Within the kitchen you should think about the types of features and finishes that make the kitchen functional for you. These include:

  • Material of the benchtop
  • Colour or Aesthetic of the Cabinetry
  • Quality kitchen appliances installed

When you have a functional kitchen, you open up the opportunities to cooking great food at home for yourself, and entertaining for friends or family. 

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Both bedrooms and bathrooms are spaces that you must put deep thought and consideration into.

First of all, you must take into account the amount you need. 

You could be a newlywed couple who is looking to purchase a home and a single bedroom would suffice your needs as you don’t want a big space to have to look after! Perhaps you are growing your family meaning a two or three-bedroom could be more suited for you.

Maybe you’re looking to invest, in which case you should weigh up your budget and future rental income to make your choice on size rather than personal opinion.

Bathrooms should have a simple and clean aesthetic, so you can add your own design features to them!

Bedrooms and bathrooms

Natural Light 

Another excellent design feature to think about is how much natural lighting the apartment lets in!

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you look at differing apartments.

  • Are there an adequate number of windows throughout the apartment? Are some floor to ceiling?
  • Can you rely on just natural lighting during the day?
  • What direction is the apartment facing? North, east, south or west – Each no better than the other, all comes down to your preference and lifestyle.

A quick way to discover if your apartment is making the most of the sun’s light is the direction is it facing. If the apartment is east-facing, it means that you would get natural lighting from the sunrise – whereas west-facing apartments would get light as the sun sets.

Natural lighting is a vital factor that helps to bring more life into your apartment, though your lifestyle could mean you’re out all day anyway and natural light isn’t an issue for you! If you work nights and need to sleep during the day, natural light is actually a negative for you – Time to weigh up what works for you!

What Level Apartment is best?

The level that your apartment is located on can make a difference, but for a variety of reasons.

For example, if you were to be on the first floor, that would mean quicker access to and from your apartment and even increased convenience will fewer steps to go up or decreased elevator time.

In comparison to lower floors, one of the most prominent advantages that higher floors have is their opportunity for better views of the district and surrounds.

It is essential to be aware of what floor you would prefer your home to be on – whether that be a lower floor or a higher one, or maybe in the middle is the perfect balance.

Quality Flooring 

The flooring of an apartment covers the entire home – so it’s no wonder why it has significance when looking at design features. Taking up such a considerate amount of real estate flooring can make an apartment feel cozy, cooler, warmer, luxurious, smaller or even bigger. 

Wooden flooring is a popular design choice as it is very durable, long-lasting and easy to clean & maintain.

Carpet generally makes an apartment feel much cozier, as it feels nice and comfortable under your feet, along with keeping warmth in your apartment. Additionally, depending on the colour of the carpet, dirt is not as apparent to the eye.

Finally one of the third most popular flooring options is tiles. Tiles are easy to clean and hard to stain, which is a reason why we mainly find this type of flooring in bathrooms and kitchens. Although convenient, tiles can be cold to walk on as they do not retain as much heat, so slippers are a must!

Final words

Apartment hunting can be difficult.

However, these design features can serve as a guide for you when evaluating your options on what will be best suited to you.

To take a look at apartments with fantastic design features, visit our projects page to see our different apartment projects available.

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