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Building a holiday home: five design ideas to achieve the perfect retreat

by MyProperty.phPublished: June 6, 2017Updated: December 10, 2017

Many of the most attractive vacation homes have at least one of these elements

Holiday Home Design Ideas

Planning to build a new house that will serve as your holiday paradise? There are many places around the globe that can host your home away from home, depending on your taste, style, and preferences. In fact, you have the whole world to choose from, and among the best options for a vacation property are Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Shetland Islands, and the Philippines. These aren't just affordable choices; they are countries that offer picturesque views, stunning landscapes, a lot of sand and sea, and gentle, easy-to-love climates.

Design Inspiration for Your Holiday Home

However, location is only the beginning. Wherever you decide to build your holiday home, what makes it a joy to have are the amenities available in your property. These features should not only be able to give aesthetic pleasure, but also comfort and warmth. Here are five design ideas that will help you complete your holiday home project.

1. A Lush, Beautiful Garden

It has been said that a garden is a perpetual work in progress. It evolves day by day, from one season to another, and from one year to the next. The ephemeral quality of nature makes gardens more worthwhile; it never ceases to transform before your eyes, making the view transient and fresh. Plus, it adds to your property's curb appeal.

There are many ways to make your garden look as enchanting as you want it to be. Along with backyard and front yard landscaping, you can use color blocking to highlight a tree, a plant, or any garden piece with an attention-grabbing flash of color among similarly colored ones. To achieve a less geometric style, you can ask your builder to construct your garden with natural materials that give a DIY, old-fashioned atmosphere.

2. Sunrooms and Conservatories

A conservatory can be a tremendously useful addition to your holiday home. Not only can it provide you splendid views of your picture-perfect garden, it can also function as an entertainment room, a dining room, a playroom, or an extension to your kitchen or living area. Plus, it can be the ideal solution when you have limited space. It basically gives you the feeling of being in your garden, even when you are still inside closed doors. Furthermore, it can easily be a great selling point in case the need to let go of your holiday home arises in the future.

Talk with your builder to guarantee that your conservatory will be built with materials that can help proper insulation, such as having an opaque roof, layers of anodized aluminum, and the like. Make sure to get blinds when it is south-facing, as it can get outrageously warm when summer comes. Air conditioning is also necessary.

3. Decks, Patios, and Porches

An outdoor space addition can immensely help your vacation property look warm and inviting. It can be a veranda, a porch, a deck, a balcony, or a patio. Some people have the tendency to interchange these terms, but they all have unique features and specifications that make them different from each other.

Porches are usually added to houses with a ‘90s design, and are typically located at the entrance. These roofed structures can serve as open extensions to your parlor or living room, providing shade to keep you comfortable during the summer months. On the other hand, balconies are outdoor extensions that are built on a home’s upper floor. Meanwhile, a veranda can function as a ground floor balcony. Last but not the least, patios represent the space outside your home that serves as a living area, usually for relaxation. Ask your builder to know the right choice for your holiday home.

4. Indoor or Outdoor Pools

Ah, the joys of taking a relaxing swim. Building a pool creates a venue for fun and bonding with your family members and friends. It can be your personal outdoor resort, or a garden centerpiece, complete with invisible or vanishing edges, waterfalls, and other amenities. Perfect for lazy summer days, having your own pool lets you enjoy the perks of being at the beach without leaving your home.

5. Luxurious Bathrooms

A holiday home is not complete without a room where you can take a leisurely, invigorating bath that can take away all the stress and trouble of the day. Building a spacious bathroom is worth the cost and effort. Invest in aesthetically pleasing tiles and flooring to make your bathroom the soothing and refreshing haven you want it to be. You can even add a bath outside your home, such as in your garden, for a one-with-nature type of experience - just make sure that fences or walls are built to protect your privacy.

Want to make your dream holiday home a reality? Discuss your plans with a reputable builder who can meet the requirements and specifications you have in mind for your new home.


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