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What do Mum's really want?

19 May 2020

Forget new slippers and breakfast in bed.

We did a quick straw poll of the mums working in the Plunkett office and it turns out, what Mum really wanted for Mother’s Day was more storage, more peace and quiet, and a little bit of luxury

For New Home Administrator Bethany, mother of a pre-teen son, a separate space for kids with a door is a must.

“Big bedrooms are another one, especially as they get older, and extra storage in the garage for all the toys they’ve grown out of but aren’t ready to part with yet.”

She adds “Something where they can have their own space for all their stuff, where they are still able to express themselves, and they can play their video games with their friends without disturbing anyone else.”

Bethany's perfect home:

  • Bright, white and airy
  • Big backyard with a large, levelled lawn
  • Open plan living
  • Heaps of indoor plants
  • Good airflow and large windows
  • Spaces that are able to be closed off for privacy when needed

“My ideal home is something that is stylish and easy to keep clean." says Stephanie, Marketing Assistant and mother of a toddler and kindy aged children.


"It would be neat and orderly, with clean floors and heaps of natural light and high ceilings. I want it to basically look like no children live there.”

Stephanie's perfect home:

  • High ceilings
  • Floorboards throughout
  • Bath in ensuite
  • Multiple walk-in linen cupboards
  • Heaps of kitchen storage
  • Wall oven instead of under bench oven
“A bath in the ensuite would be ideal so I can have a proper relaxing bath instead of being surrounded by bath toys.”
Stephanie, Marketing

Mother of a toddler, Marketing Manager Merianne says the top of her list is a dedicated play room.


“We have some toys set up in the lounge room permanently because we don’t have the space at the moment, and as soon as we have guests coming over we’re always rushing around to tidy it all up because it’s always on display.”


Merianne's perfect home:

  • Big backyard with plenty of lawn
  • A large alfresco area with enough room for adults to entertain as well as have an undercover play area for kids
  • A kitchen and dining area that flows seamlessly into the alfresco
  • Stacker doors
  • Lots of natural light
  • Wooden floorboards
  • Neutral colour palette with bright accessories
“For me now, I want to have the same amount of space as I would when my kids were here but redistributed so that there are fewer rooms, but much bigger rooms.”
Anita, Sales and Design Consultant

Resident empty-nester Anita, Sales and Design Consultant, says you can’t go past a big walk in wardrobe.

“All I need is a walk-in wardrobe that’s the size of a small bedroom, a nice big bath, a big kitchen, a decent guest suite and maybe one other bedroom.”


Anita's perfect home:

  • High ceilings
  • Enormous walk in wardrobe
  • Large kitchen with ample storage
  • Big ensuite with bath

Operations Manager and mother of pre-teens, Brooke, takes a hard-line approach when it comes to clutter.


“My kids have always had two toy boxes in their bedrooms, and whenever they get too full, they have to do a bit of a cull.”

“For me, having the kids have their own separate space which is nowhere near the kitchen is important, I want to be able to come home and cook dinner and wind down from the day in peace.”


Brooke's perfect home:

  • Bath in ensuite
  • Overhead cupboards and heaps of kitchen storage
  • Study nook for the kids
  • Private master suite at the back of the home
  • Good storage in the laundry including concealed storage for the ironing board

South West Administrator Manager and newly minted empty nester Sam thinks having a separate children’s wing is the way to go.

“You just want them to have their own space with heaps of storage.”

“My home looks like a display now that I am on my own, it’s amazing. There’s absolutely none of their junk and clutter spreading throughout the home.”

Sam's perfect home

  • Huge linen cupboards
  • Plush carpets
  • Nice, big en-suite
  • Built-in fireplace

Karen, mum to a preteen son, believes decent storage to the children’s bedrooms makes for a happy home.


“I am obsessed with drop zones at the moment, we have a really beautiful one in a client home that’s currently under construction with heaps of concealed storage and a bench seat with a mirror in the entry; it will look incredible when finished.

Also, I don’t want my garage entry anywhere near the kitchen so that people can’t come in and dump all their stuff in the kitchen.” says the Construction Support Officer.

Karen's perfect home:

  • Warm and welcoming colours and finishes
  • Wide entrance and hallways
  • Easy clean flooring and surfaces
  • Heaps of storage
  • Cosy, comfortable enclosed spaces for winter
  • A good mix of day and night-time lighting
  • A kitchen with plenty of storage and room for a big fridge
“Double robes in the minor bedrooms are a must, kids have so much stuff these days and everything needs to have a home.”
Karen, Construction Support

For New Home Administrator Sue, who shares her home with teenage daughters, fast internet is at the top of the list.


“If the internet goes down, we’ve got problems.

For us, having a double vanity in the main bathroom so they can both get ready at the same time is an absolute godsend.

Also, I believe in having a dedicated study space away from their bedrooms, so they can shut the door and concentrate when they need to, and have a real separation between ‘life’ and ‘school’.”

Sue's perfect home:

  • Big walk-in pantry
  • Range of different shelving widths in the pantry
  • Big kitchen with heaps of light
  • Lots of kitchen bench space with deep benches
  • Dishwasher
“I think it’s important for teenagers to have their own space to chill out when their friends come over that isn’t locked away in their bedroom."
Sue, New Home Administrator

Our Designer Perrine, mother of a preteen son, simply wants a home where everybody has a space of their own, however she admits that her perfect home also comes with a full-time nanny and cleaning lady.


So there you have it, an intimate look into the minds of mums who live, breathe and love home building.

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