A traditional double storey home has the living room, dining room and kitchen downstairs and the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs but recently we have seen a shift towards homeowners wanting their shared family areas to be spacious, open and enjoy beautiful views; so why not switch it up?
By moving your living room upstairs not only will you be able to make the most of the view from your 2 storey home, you will also draw more natural light and air than you would by having the lounge room downstairs. Known as reverse living, upper living, inverted living and upside-down living, this trend in real estate is showing no signs of slowing down.
Many upside-down double storey homes have the parents master suite upstairs with the living room which gives the children their own area downstairs. By implementing this design, you will have a beautiful shared zone as well as the entire family having their own space to retreat and relax.
The top of your double storey usually has a nice breeze but doors and windows are usually closed in bathrooms and bedrooms which means this airflow is not being utilized. By having your living room upstairs, you could save money on your power bill as your house is being cooled naturally by free-flowing air.
Most of us don’t spend much time looking out of our bedroom windows, especially when we are trying to sleep or getting dressed. So are we wasting the best views in the house, on rooms where we will rarely have the opportunity to appreciate them?
Having an open living room in the second storey brings in a lot of natural light. As our Perth weather is so bright, you will not need as much lighting upstairs.
Despite having many advantages there are a few things to think about before rushing into this house design. You need to take into account whether:
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