People are spending proportionally more on their outside living areas. Photo: Dale Alcock Homes
As more West Australians choose to replace vacations with 'staycations', homebuyers are changing the way they build their properties, according to one of WA's top builders.
The number of people accommodating at-home holidays by incorporating pools into house plans has doubled over the past few years with some spending up to $50,000 on outdoor living areas, says Dale Alcock Homes general manager Dean O'Rourke.
"It's the fact that people are just so busy - we seem to go on holidays and don't seem to relax too much, we go on planes and then still have to do everything every day," Mr O'Rourke says.
Individual touches are must-haves for the modern staycationer. Photo: Dale Alcock Homes
"Nowadays people are thinking it's just too hard and we're going to stay home and use what we've got."
More Perth homebuyers are asking to incorporate tropical Bali-style outdoor areas, with everything they need to entertain at home, Mr O'Rourke said.
"You notice the effort they're going to and the detail they're going to," he said.
People building a second or third home have a solid idea of what they want, says Dale Alcock Homes general manager Dean O'Rourke. Photo: Dale Alcock Homes
"It's nothing new having inside-outside living, but it's the detail in bi-fold doors that open up, the ceiling fan, the barbeque, the pool and the landscaping.
"The budget seems to have increased in that area so they get the resort feel."
Noranda resident Liz Cordova built her home with staycations in mind, after taking ideas from hotels in Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne.
"When we built our bedroom and en suite we wanted it to feel like a hotel," she said.
"We'd go on a great holiday with a spacious bedroom and plenty of room in the bathroom and we always said 'This is what we're going to do'.
"We always loved the feel of it and the space of it, having a spa and being able to open up to your own little private area - we've actually done that."
It took almost 40 years for Ms Cordova and her husband to build up to their "dream home", which is now their holiday spot of choice.
"We're not as committed to going on holidays as we used to," she said.
"We're in a very relaxed atmosphere here and we just can't be bothered.
"We've done a few trips but we can't wait to get home.
"We've made it very comfortable, you sit and have your morning coffee and get that resort feeling when you look out onto the alfresco area."
Mr O'Rourke said air conditioning had moved from the "wish list" to the "priority list" and more people were incorporating spaces like hobby rooms into their homes, following on from the trend to create "man caves" and "woman caves".
He said while those who knew from experience what they wanted and had the money to splash on expensive outdoor areas were usually those building their second or third homes, first homebuyers were also making provisions for resort-style options to be added later.
"There's a portion of first homebuyers too," he said.
"We ask the question 'Is there a pool in mind?' and more often than not people are saying they are on the agenda.
"People have saved up and they're going to utilise it."