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Reverse Living Home Design – Is It Right For You?

Reverse Living Home Design – Is it Right for You?

Typically a double storey home design will feature sleeping zones upstairs and living areas downstairs.  Furthermore, this concept may suit your traditional flat block of land, but what if you have a sloping block, or views?    Wouldn’t you prefer to enjoy your views with family in the living zones rather than the bedroom?


Reverse living flips the traditional double storey home layout on its head presenting you with living and entertaining upstairs.  Some call reverse living an ‘upside-down’ design and choose to locate their kitchen, living and dining on the first floor.   This provides you with the best vantage points of your views from the most active spaces in your home.

For your enjoyment and property value, it’s a no brainer scenic views are worth maximising.  Your home design should embrace any potential to welcome views into your living areas.


Above:  Kitchen and breakfast bar provides viewing over Highton’s Barrabool Hills.


What are the other benefits of Reverse Living?


Natural Light & Ventilation

Open plan reverse living creates the opportunity for less visual obstruction promoting natural light into your home.  Take advantage of northerly aspects; sun drenched living spaces make a home more environmentally sustainable and livable.   Additionally, coastal sites may benefit from sea breezes creating cross ventilation throughout the first floor.

The other advantage of having the living upstairs, is the ability to have raised/raked ceilings.  This opens up the space and allows for extended/highlight windows to provide a spacious feel, and flood your living areas with natural light.


Above:  Cathedral style ceilings creates a wonderful light filled space in this reverse living design at Point Lonsdale.



If you have a young family, locating the sleeping quarters, rumpus and/or games room downstairs can be a welcomed solution for peace and quiet whilst you retreat to the living and master bedroom upstairs.

For retirees or holiday makers, positioning bedrooms downstairs with a wet bar/kitchenette allows guests to be self sufficient and maintain your privacy upstairs.


If you are one to entertain, extending your upstairs living out onto a balcony will make your reverse living design all that more desirable.  An external staircase in this case is practical for easy access to and from your rear yard.

Reverse living can enhance your lifestyle, views and livability.  For a home design that promotes all of the above, consider a reverse living layout for your land.


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