- Kitchens to be spacious and functional with generous bench space and a preference for island benches wherever possible.
- Master Bedrooms with dimensions of minimum 3.0m x 3.2m, but wherever possible we chase greater size.
- Second Bedrooms targeting a minimum of 3.0m x 3.0m.
- Ensuites need to be functional and dimensioned in sizes for real humans, and our preference is for double vanities and baths to be incorporated wherever possible.
- The Main Bathroom’s functionality is critical and must include adequate circulation space and have door swings allowed for, and not compromised.
- Living Rooms should have 3.6m minimum width for 2 Bed homes and 3.5m for 1 Bed homes.
- Depth of the units should be limited to allow penetration of light throughout all living areas.
- Hallways are to be kept at a minimum to allow true value for buyers in their per meter rates.
- Privacy of the occupant should always be preserved through implementing the design principle of first function, and then form.
- Minimum of 1 lift to every 50 apartments and a redundancy incorporated in case of breakdown, or even just a moving day taking 1 lift offline.
- Light to the floor foyers and halls wherever feasible.
- High importance is placed on the solar amenity to units evaluation, with consideration of building separation and orientation.
The relentless pursuit of the perfect floorplan
What looks good on paper doesn't always translate to bricks and mortar.
If you’re considering buying off-the-plan you will undoubtedly be undertaking your due diligence on all the developments in your preferred area, and the most important piece of the puzzle should always be the floorplan.
We want to provide you with the ability to critically assess floorplans. What appears on paper doesn’t necessarily translate to a comfortable, functional and practical living space. Take your time to carefully scrutinise, question layouts and double-check measurements, ceiling heights, solar access, privacy and more – the list is extensive.
When you’re handed the keys to your Amalgamated home, we want you to enter your new home for the first time and realise that not only have we delivered on our promise to you, but have actually far exceeded your expectations. The Griffin is where your reality will exceed the artist impression.
- Have I balanced the needs of the owner occupier’s aspects and liveability, and those of the community who will be looking at the building for decades?
- Would I, or could I, picture myself living in this space and answer that honestly?
- Could I recommend this development to my friends to purchase in?
- How will I feel in this space?
- Being realistic in the valuation of each unit and assessing, would the market pay the price for the “wants” on the design list?
- Is the experience of arrival something that evokes pride or apology for my guests?
- The use of scaled furniture on marketing plans which can be misleading to the liveability of the space.
- Living rooms with less than 3.5m widths.
- Master Bedrooms with 2.9m to 2.7m dimensions.
- Second Bedrooms with 2.8m to 2.6m dimensions.
- Studies being sold as 2nd bedrooms across high portions of the homes available.
- Unusable balcony space through either size or their connectivity to the living spaces.
- Extensive hallways used in plans, as this shows poor design fundamentals and is a key sign of over densification of a development.
- Lack of amenity for the density of the development.
- Lift provisions that are nowhere near what is functional for the development. The reality then becomes long waiting times for occupants for decades to come.
- Units looking into other units due to maximising yield.
Lack of articulation in the façade.
- Maintenance issues due to poor structural design from the start.
- Buyers not understanding or properly appreciating the architectural design in off-the-plan purchases.
- Good architecture is not what is “bolted on” to the building but rather, it’s the forms purposefully designed into the floorplate which will give lasting quality.
- Good architecture is subtle – if you are continually pointed to individual features, the chances are it is a distraction to hide a design flaw.