How to add that wow factor to your custom-built dream home

Homes with a wow factor contain elements that are evocative, inspiring, and even surprising. What gives a home a wow factor? That’s a very difficult question to answer because one person’s wow factor is another person’s flop.

It also depends on your motivation for creating a wow factor. If you’re doing it to impress your visitors, rather than to please yourself you’ll likely take a different approach.

At ZAC Homes we see the wow factor as the unexpected, the thought-provoking ideas that push the boundaries of convention and embrace the freedoms of individuality.

The good news is that creating a wow factor in your new home can be inexpensive. You just need to be creative and imaginative.

It could be created through your choice of building materials like flooring, a feature like a fireplace or artwork, an outlook through a window or door, or even something functional like home automation.

Where to generate ideas

There are so many places to look for inspiration.

Before you get started, think about the overall style of your home, or the style you would like to achieve, because if you want your wow item to stand out you need to know where your predominant style lies.

Start with Internet searches of other homes, and visit the social site Pinterest which has a plethora of design ideas. And don’t overlook interior design magazines which you can buy or borrow from your local library, as well as books on the subject of home design.

Visit open houses to see how other people inject the wow factor, and watch TV programs where houses are spruced up for sale.

If you like to travel, you’ll see plenty of inspiration in exotic locations around the world or even closer to home. Your wow factor might even be created by purchasing a key item of artwork, statuary, furniture, or similar while you’re in a far-flung land.

You don’t have to go too far to gather ideas. You can also find inspiration in nature which could be right outside your back door or in a nearby nature reserve.

And if none of that gets your creative juices flowing you can consult a professional. At ZAC Homes we have our own inspiration on hand with Studio ZAC. It’s our colour studio for ZAC customers, to help them choose the finishes and fixtures to customise their homes, with the guidance of our experienced team. And our team is great at adding the wow factor.

How to stand out from the crowd

There are many ways to stand out from the crowd when designing your new home. The most obvious direction is to create a custom home where you start from scratch with your design.

Custom elements that can help create a wow factor are a grand entrance, a large luxurious master suite, large windows with a spectacular view, or high ceilings with a void above. There is a myriad of elements you can add to a custom-designed home. The trick is to have only a few wow factors in your home because they become less surprising or evocative if you overdo it.

But you don’t have to have a big building budget to create a wow factor. Special elements like statement lighting can be the item in just about any room in the house.

Interior elements like artwork, furniture, soft furnishings, or even paint colour can create a wow moment for you and your guests. Ideally, you want a statement item that is unique or unusual and that’s where your travels come in handy, but it might also be something you find in a second-hand store.

Adding the wow factor that will fit your lifestyle requirements

There is little point in adding a feature to your home if it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, even if it makes your visitors gasp. Like a fireplace, if you live in a tropical zone, or a very large master suite when you have to make all the other bedrooms tiny to accommodate it.

You might also love the idea of an indoor water feature, but you have small children. Obviously, the two are incompatible.

At ZAC Homes, when we guide our clients with their design requirements, we ask all the right questions to help you understand your requirements that will suit your lifestyle now, and your lifestyle as it changes over time. This is particularly important if you’re planning to stay in your brand new home for many years to come.

Build a new home with ZAC Homes with a wow factor

At ZAC Homes you will receive exceptional customer service and help to identify your wow factor. Our team will make the journey of building your new home as fun and exciting as possible. ZAC Homes builds with trust, respect, integrity and pride, which we work hard to deliver to every client. Call us on 1300 350 793 or send us an online enquiry and our team will work with you to design and build your dream home.

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