The Four Home Zones

Many houses have impractical disjointed floor plans. But there is a key to practical layout, by grouping different areas of your house together according to their function. Check out property expert Cherie Barber's top tips.


Position all bedrooms together to create a quiet area.


The service area includes bathroom, guest toilet, laundry and kitchen, normally positioned in the middle of the house. Centrally located service areas act as a buffer between quiet bedrooms and busy living rooms. They tend to have a lot of water lines, so try position the rooms back to back to minimise plumbing work and cost.


The living zone includes the lounge, dining and family rooms. Allocate funds according to the time spent in each zone e.g. luxuries for the living zone before the service zone.

Open plan is preferable e.g. easy view from kitchen to family room. Removing walls may be necessary.


Open up the space to bring the outdoor environment inside, using bi-fold doors.
A deck for outdoor dining will add value to your property.

For help with design, contact an architect or draughtsman to help you through the process.

Filmed on location in Balmain.


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