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1 Thoroughly research architects and builders to
make sure you find the best team for your project.
Considerations should not only be about their
individual expertise, but how well they work as a
team as well.
2 Ben Heah from Big Ben Homes says good
planning and organisation are the key ingredients
of a successful home: "An ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure," he says.
3 "Take a holistic approach to create your new dream
home. Many modern designs sacrifice practicality
for aesthetics but a truly great design should
encompass both. At Lomma Homes we work to
seamlessly integrate architecture, interiors and
landscaping." -- Paul Lomma, Lomma Homes.
4 "If you're seeking land in the traditionally sought
after suburbs where luxury homes are common,
do not be afraid to purchase what appears to
be a di cult building block. Whilst construction
costs may be higher, the reduced value of the land
because of such potential challenges can balance
this out. Also, these sites often provide for extreme
individual design that has evolved from the natural
landscape." -- Heath Davies, Jumeirah Homes.
5 Think carefully about your housing needs as
opposed to your housing wants. You might want a
five-bedroom house with a pool and tennis court,
but if your budget doesn't stretch that far you could
be in trouble. Write a list of everything you need in
your new home and stick to it.
6 The average house contains approximately 150 to
200 square meters. Do you need more? Why? How
much more? Ask these questions in the early stages
and save time, money and resources.
7 Use a contract: There are many standard contracts
you can get from government and industry bodies.
These are great to use, but make sure you get the
contract checked over by your solicitor.
8 "Ensure the correct
orientation for passive
solar design. Consider the
individualities of the site
and maximise northern
orientation." -- Mick Rule,
Craig Sheiles Homes.
9 Make sure that the design you have selected
is suitable for the land. Ensure all reports and
investigations are finalised and you are happy with
the plans and specifications. Stay informed during
the construction and keep in regular contact with
the construction manager.
10 "What is quality really? We believe quality relates
to both design and construction. By getting both
aspects right, a home can be enjoyed for years with
minimal maintenance concerns." -- Paul Lomma,
11 The process of creating a home starts with a
lifestyle evaluation. Really reflect on where you
spend most time in the home. Think about what
makes you happy in a house. This is where you
should spend big.
12 "In the kitchen, stone work surfaces and top quality
appliances and tapware are crucial. Drawers, rather
than cupboard doors, are more convenient and
space e cient. And integrated rangehoods, dish-
washers and microwaves, as well as glass splash-
backs, provide for long lasting and hard wearing
use." -- Mick Rule, Craig Sheiles Homes.
Images clockwise: Concept Building Design; Shutterstock; Craig Steere Architects.
11 The process of creating a home starts with a lifestyle
evaluation. Really reflect on where you spend most time
in the home. Think about what makes you happy in a
house. This is where you should spend big.
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