If you’re curious about buying a park home, it is worth knowing that your dream living situation might be more flexible than you think.

The idea of a park home is often appealing for those over the age of 50, as downsizing your home tends to become hugely practical.

Mortgages can be written off, time spent on house upkeep reduces and the reality of unused rooms could be exchanged for a compact, fully efficient living space that works for you. Park homes are a wonderful way to streamline your lifestyle and live in luxury, in harmony with nature and like-minded people. However, the idea of downsizing to single-floor living can sometimes be daunting.

However, you don’t have to buy an existing property, and there is often the chance to customise your own park home, which can help melt some of those anxieties away. Typically, there are four steps to take in designing your dream park home and the result is all of the benefits of park living with the peace of mind of a bespoke home that completely works for you. Here are our top tips to get you started.

1. Choose a plot that works for you

The setup of a park home location means you can choose a plot that’s the right size and position for you. If you want a larger home and garden, choose a large plot. Or if you prefer less upkeep, you can choose a more compact plot that fits your needs. You should also think of the positioning of your home on your plot, so you can choose to create a sunny garden or shady outdoor area, depending on your preference. The joy of park living also means you can decide between living in a busy sociable area or somewhere a bit more secluded.

2. Plan your layout

Group of architects planning together at desk with blueprints.

This is the really exciting bit! Once you have your plot, it’s time to think about what style you want your new home to be! Park homes, just like with houses, come in a variety of models that boast various living situations suitable for all requirements. For example, if you’re working on a passion project, such as a novel or business, why not include a study into your plans? Looking for an area to host family and friends, a sociable open-plan living room/kitchen/diner can help to create a warm space perfect for special events, complete with breakfast bar and granite surfaces. The choice really is yours! Experts will always be on hand to give you a helping hand to pick the model best suited to you.

3. Choose your colour scheme/design

A park home lifestyle comes with the benefit of being surrounded by stunning nature, so finding inspiration for your interior design is never far away! Whilst homes conveniently come fully furnished, they’ll be plenty of opportunities for you to add your own personal touches. One fabulous idea for your interior design is to allow the natural outdoors to follow you indoors. Light spring colours, animal motifs and natural wood products look just fabulous and will make your home look bright and spacious. But, with complete control over the final look, you can choose any scheme you want!

4. Pay your Deposit and start enjoying retirement