WHAT’S old is new again when it comes to the latest list of home must-haves, with once outdated additions making a comeback and driving property prices upwards.
High on the list of buyer wish lists are mud rooms, powder rooms and butlers’ pantries, now known as prep kitchens.
Brisbane interior stylist Virginia Bishop, from Virginia Bishop Interiors, said these small rooms added value as they were seen as the new luxury.
“It keeps the home feeling fresh and new. If you are looking at two homes that are for all intense purposes the same, one of these small rooms will be the tipping point in the decision for the buyer,” Ms Bishop said.
“The introduction of small rooms can be seen as a reaction to our love affair with open plan living.
“And with land blocks becoming smaller and homes becoming larger people are spend more time indoors.”
Ms Bishop said there was still a need for storage areas and a desire to keep the open plan tidy and organised without sacrificing the spaciousness.
“So while most homes don’t have too much mud coming in the house, and much less butlers, these rooms are finding their way into the vernacular of our interiors,” she said.
Selling agent Sarah Hackett of Place Estate Agents Bulimba said when it comes to renovating a home, kitchens, bathrooms and main entertainment areas is where money should be spent.
Ms Hackett said storage spaces were very “on trend” in high-end Brisbane homes.
“People have expensive luggage and linen now, they don’t want to leave it lying around in the garage,” Ms Hackett said.
“If buyers are trying to get a premium result, we see them put these rooms in and it works.”
Ms Hackett is selling a luxury 10-bedroom riverfront home at 121 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson featuring an impressive powder room and butler’s pantry.
Her other listing at 65 Longman Tce, Chelmer has a huge butler’s pantry which is hidden away but provides additional storage for families.
The powder room is elegant and one of many rooms in the five-bedroom property.
Century Built Homes director Troy Gofton has made it a point to incorporate mud rooms in his new builds.
His latest, a five-bedroom house, at 68 The Promenade, Camp Hill, features a mud room with ample storage.
“I’ve started putting mud rooms in all the houses I build,” Mr Gofton said.
“Anything over the $1.5 million mark has a substantial mud room. I have a build coming up that is north of $2 million and it has a mud room 2.4 metres long – that is very large.”
Mr Gofton, has two children aged five and eight and said having a mud room created an ease of living.
“They can hang their schools bags and tennis racquets up,” he said.
“Mud rooms help keep the house neat and clean and there’s ample room for footwear.”
He said buyers were impressed with the new-age mud rooms.
“In the last two years it’s been taking off, getting bigger and with more extensive cabinetry,” he said.
For Mr Gofton, mud rooms are designed around his family and lifestyle.
“Traditionally they were for muddy boots, but that’s not applicable now in Queensland – it’s more for convenience. It’s not a show piece, it’s part of a functional family home,” he said.
Meanwhile the increase in popularity has led Valcon Homes to include a mud room in its newest display home at Springfield Rise, in Brisbane’s south-west corridor.
Valcon Homes sales manager Gavin Roden said a growing number of buyers were requesting a mud room in the design of their new home in a bid to keep the family on track and organised.
“As people lead increasingly busy lives, the mud room can be a real time saver,” he said.
Ray White Paddington agent Judi O’Dea said prep kitchens were a common design renovation project for sellers.
“People want them, I am selling more and more homes with them,” Ms O’Dea said.
“They are so important as many people have more gadgets now and want to clear the deck.
“We want to entertain our friends and family and look like miracle housewives, we want to make mess but the minute they arrive we want everything to be put away.”
Ms O’Dea said powder rooms had always been important and many were tucked underneath staircases now.