Home' Homes : Homes 2009 Contents 66 WA's Best Homes; architects, builders & designers 2009
13 "A great house is not roses
and champagne on the
day you move in. Design
for precious memories
and heartfelt gratitude on
the day you move out."
-- Ken Bartle, Designre.
14 While it may be cheaper to go with China-made
tiles, remember you do get what you pay for.
Consider your floor tiles to be an investment;
you're not only spending on a name but style and
quality as well.
15 The bedroom is your space. Make it your space.
If that means you have to spend a little extra to
get what you want, so be it.
16 "Good, detailed electrical design is vital. If you
take all options (eg. security, entertainment,
communications, data, energy e ciency) into
account at the design stage, it'll save money,
enhances utility, and gives you bang for buck."
-- Florian, GEMtek Automation.
17 Invest in eco-friendly products. There are so many
on the market now, from paints and building
materials to heating systems and carpet. Pretty
much everything you need in a home has a green
alternative. Consider it.
18 Unbeknown to many people, the powder room
actually says a lot about a home in terms of design,
functionality and taste. If you want a statement
room, this is where the money should be spent.
19 Put money into strong, reliable finishings.
Always think about the long term.
20 "There is nothing like timber floors to enhance
the appearance and comfort of your home.
Good looks, durability, health and ease of
cleaning are all advantages that a hard wood
timber floor can give you." -- Shannon Vadala,
Art of Timber.
21 Bathrooms are complex spaces and are usually
beyond the DIY renovator. When planning
redesigns it is necessary to consider crucial basics
such as cavity space, existing plumbing and circuitry
to avoid getting into danger.
22 "Be realistic with your budget and give yourself
an adequate timeframe to complete the project.
Always over-estimate time and costs." -- Nicole
Tollman, Arc Seven.1
23 When approaching a kitchen renovation it is
important to accurately measure all kitchen fittings
and be sure to leave room for the installation and
operation of appliances. Be mindful of the space
needed to fully extend a dishwasher door, bench
space needed for a microwave and the proximity
of power points to electrical appliances.
24 "Think outside the square and be imaginative.
Additions and alterations don't necessarily have to
blend aesthetically or be in keeping with the style
of the rest of house. Make it interesting." -- Jason
Saunders, Arc Seven. 1.
25 Don't be excessively
trendy or ambitious: fads
fade, but a simple elegant
style in neutral colours
(and subtle patterns) is
Images clockwise: Icon Architects; AIA New York; Dorf; Archetype.
24 "Think outside the square and be imaginative. Additions and
alterations don't necessarily have to blend aesthetically or be in
keeping with the style of the rest of house. Make it interesting."
-- Jason Saunders, Arc Seven. 1.
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