Understanding cost efficient house designs

Understanding cost efficient house designs

Renovations, Tips and Advice, New Homes

Understanding Cost Efficient House DesignsCost Efficient House Designs

For most people who are considering renovating or building a new home, the cost of getting the project designed and built are their two main considerations.

But if your goal is to live in the property long term, then other factors need to be considered, not the least of which is the cost of upkeep and the running of your home.

For example, choosing a timber exterior might seem like a good idea initially, but painting the exterior of your home can be an expensive process and one that needs to be factored in over the time that you will be living in your home.

The lifespan of materials that you use in your home is an important consideration, as replacing damaged or worn materials can be expensive. For example, there is a material commonly called ‘Blue Board’ which is a cheap and nasty way to give your home the appearance of rendered brick. Unfortunately, over time, the joining system becomes very visible resulting in additional costs. It may look like a cost-effective option in the short term but paying for better quality up front can save you a considerable amount of money in the long term.

The same can be said of appliances, such as hot water systems, dishwashers and air-conditioning/heating units. Buying cheap at the start does not make good economic sense in the long run. With the way prices are increasing chances are the more expensive, better-built products that you can buy right now will look like a bargain in years to come.

The energy efficiency of your electric and gas appliances is an obvious cost saving area. Buying products that use less electricity, gas and water can save you thousands of dollars; dollars that can be used to pay off your mortgage faster or put into other investments.

Installing insulation in your walls, double glazing windows and ensuring that your home design keeps the sun out in summer and lets the cooling breezes in are all worthwhile long-term investments.

So if you’re thinking about building a new home, or renovating your existing home in QLD, NSW or NT, call dion seminara architecture today (on 07 3899 9450) and let us help you save money, both now and into the future.

Dion Seminara Architect


Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 20 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.