Turn Your Two Storey Home Upside Down?

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.

1. Privacy

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.

2. Air Flow

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.

3. View

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?

Telethon Home 2017 - double storey home
Telethon Home 2017 – double storey home

4. Light

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.

Things to Consider:

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:

  • The view you are overlooking- it might not be worth your while if you are facing a giant brick wall.
  • If you are willing to carry groceries up the stairs each week, if you have decided the kitchen should go upstairs, or if your design will allow for some help – like a dumbwaiter.
  • And if the two-storey living room opens up to a balcony, do you have safety measures in place to ensure falling risks are minimised?

InVogue can help you custom design the double storey home of your dreams so speak to one of our friendly team members now at (08) 9202 9202 or contact us here.