Building the Dream: Part Five

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I was speaking yesterday with two friends of mine, who just happen to be an architect and a builder, and it struck me – not just for the first time – about the apparent disconnect between those two professions, and even to an extent, interior designers like us. It caused me to want to write a word of caution and encouragement to all of our mutual clients out there. As a general rule, we three professions engage with each other (and you) like this: the architect will be creative and dream up (depending on budget) wonderful, exciting and sometimes unlikely or seemingly impossible structures. These people are the dreamers that you need if you want your home to be truly amazing and unique. If you are a good

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Building the Dream: Part Four

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While it may seem a little early to be thinking about where to put your clutter, it is imperative that you give some time to planning for storage in the very early stages of building design…and it will not necessarily be an easy exercise. Almost without exception, the magazine images of home interiors we are all drawn to fall into two categories. One: The minimalist who owns nothing save for three or four well chosen decorations. These people either genuinely own no clutter (and are therefore, in this designer’s opinion, not human) or they have carefully hidden it away. Two: The eclectic who displays many pieces, all of which have significance to them and which are, also, only decorative in function. When, I ask you, do you see

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Building the Dream: Part Three

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I had a client once who, bless them, were shown 25 different variations of the same thing (that they had requested) only to conclude that they had been given nothing to choose from. This was, thankfully, not a reflection on me, but rather a insult they felt they had been given by their builder who did not care enough to present more options than the 25 presented. It’s a universal truth in building that the process is never easy and that at some point you will find yourself with choices you don’t especially like. While you may employ architects, builders, and indeed interior designers, to find solutions and create a project you will love utterly and entirely, it is important to recognise that there will still be a

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Building the Dream: Part Two

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So you have your budget in mind. Now what? Your dream home will have been an ever-evolving concept over the years and be inspired from many different sources. It’s not just the duplication of a picture perfect magazine photo or something you saw on The Block last season. This dream will be a collection of memories, objects that inspire you or that have sentimental value; your grandfather’s hand-crafted sideboard, the contemporary painting you love, dress fabric that you believe would work just as well on cushions…all of which will combine to become something essentially: YOU. Don’t be seduced into copying something that you’ve seen. By all means, use it as inspiration, but the difference between being merely satisfied, and being truly happy, with the end result, is how

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Building the Dream: Part One

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It’s no secret that building your home can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. The payoff is worth it, but the experience can cost you more than the price tag on the contract. This is why we have decided to start a blog series – Building the Dream – to help you during your build process. You will find helpful hints and information that will help to simplify the process and therefore put the fun back into building. After all, building your new home is something that many of us dream of and work hard to achieve – let’s make it enjoyable! Before you start to get down to the nitty-gritty, work out a budget for your project. Talk to each other, to your financial advisers and lenders

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