When building your own home many people think of big houses with lots of room and lots of space. But just because you are designing and building your own home it does not need to be huge. Sometimes smaller houses can be better for your purpose.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons some people purposely opt for a smaller home? 

  • Whilst you might be houseproud, it does not mean you want to spend every waking moment meticulously maintaining your big home. A smaller house can mean less maintenance and more chance to enjoy your free time. 


  • The bigger the home the more there is to clean, even just adding an extra bathroom can provide hours of extra cleaning. When you consider the size of your home, consider how much time and effort you want to invest into cleaning it.


  • A smaller home is cheaper, not just to maintain as we previously discussed, but to build. If budget isn’t an issue, the money saved can be spent on a pool, landscaping or some beautiful décor.


  • A smaller home can force you into de-cluttering. Have you ever noticed the more room you have the more you hoard over the years?


  • A smaller home can mean a more intimate family setting. In big homes, sometimes you’re not sure if anyone is home, but in a smaller place you will always be close to your nearest and dearest. This can also be the reason people opt for a larger home, but especially when children are young it’s much better, safer and easier to keep them close in a small home.


  • Your bills will usually be lower in a small home. Cooling down a small room is much more cost effective than a large room, you won’t need as much lighting, and overall you should need less power. 


You can design and build the house you want that suits your lifestyle and needs. Our house designers are on hand to work out the perfect living situation for you. 

Is bigger better? Why a Smaller Home May be the Right Fit for You - 05/08/2017

The best thing about a new home is that it doesn’t come with those pre-existing issues that need to be fixed. Whilst some of these things become part and parcel of your maintenance, it can feel like you are constantly trying to catch up with all the odd jobs you need to do to get your home running smoothly and efficiently.

Old houses always seem to have their own idiosyncrasies, those little maintenance jobs that are unique to that home. Maybe the windows get stuck in the winter for example or the doors creak, but the more odd jobs you add to the list the easier it is to let them slide. 

The great thing about a new house is that it’s a blank canvas, so you can start planning your maintenance schedule without any catch-ups.

You might look around your new gleaming new home and wonder what there is to do, but if you want to keep it looking pristine you will need to keep up to date with your maintenance. 

  1. Don’t get carried away and plastic cover everything, you can still maintain your home without the need to compromise on comfort.
  2. Create a regular checklist. Your smart phone is a great way to organise your tasks. By popping them into your calendar on a regular basis they can stay small jobs instead of becoming much bigger tasks if left unattended.
  3. When it comes to things that can undermine the structure of your home it might be time to call in the professionals. Ensuring your gutters are clean and clear ready for storm season can mean that not only will it reduce damage, it will keep your insurance policy in-tact should something happen.  
  4. General house cleaning can seem simple, but if neglected can lead to damage and dirt build up. There’s nothing like a dirty home to wipe away that new gleaming house look.
  5. This is more of a safety issue, but you will need to change the batteries in your smoke alarms at least annually.
  6. If you have grass make sure you maintain it. Regular mowing, watering and composting can keep your lawn looking great for years to come.
  7. When cracks start to show get them filled asap, it doesn’t take long for the harsh Australian weather to take advantage of them, and you are laying out the welcome mat for pests.
  8. Pest control is essential in Australia. Not only does it rid your home of all those creepy crawlies, it can stop termites that can literally eat you out of house and home.
  9. Keep your pool clean. There’s nothing more appealing in summer than diving into crystal clear water, however without regular and proper maintenance your pool can become dirty, unsightly and unsafe to swim in. 
  10. Don’t forget a new paint job doesn’t only look good it can add a protective layer to your walls, both internally and externally, prevention is better than cure. 

At Eggins Prestige Homes we provide beautiful, luxury homes that will last for years to come. We always work with our clients to make sure that each home the right home for you, in design, materials, look and functionality. 

10 Tips for Maintaining Your New Home - 15/08/2017

If you have already established your plans and specifications with an architect or draftsman, we still welcome you at Eggins Homes. Your plans and ideas, deserve the finest construction and finish - we seek the opportunity to become your chosen builder - the builder of your dreams.

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Eggins Prestige Homes has built a strong reputation throughout the Northern Rivers region as a builder of custom-luxury residences, medium density and major renovations and additions.

Eggins Prestige Homes is a family owned and operated business since its beginning in 1972.

At Eggins Prestige Homes we believe our success is due both to our friendly approach to customers and our confidence in constructing homes that require fine detail and excellence in workmanship.

We pride ourselves on giving you the flexibility to choose your specific inclusions and fit-out items, while at the same time, allowing us to give you a fixed cost before you start building, knowing there will not be any hidden surprises.

As winner of MBA’s Home Builder awards over many years, including Residential Builder of the Year for the Northern region, we do more than just construct buildings; we develop homes and create lifestyles - and we are confident that we can deliver yours!


Here at Eggins Prestige Homes we offer you the flexibility of working with us to design your home, or alternatively, we are happy to quote your own plans. 

Our ultimate goal is to create your dream home.

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