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Barbara

Lisa,

As long as you're happy with what you have now that's all that counts I guess.

I have never built my own home, although I was involved in the plans for my mother's home some 25 years ago before things went so super modern but we did have an open plan kitchen/dining/lounge at least. I made some mistakes back then focusing on the view and forgetting that putting a toilet where I did meant that everyone knew what that window was when they drove past or in but that mistake stuck with me and my new toilet has a lovely glass brick window that sheds plenty of light but on the outside doesn't look like a toilet. These rooms have to go somewhere but we don't always consider the view from the outside and I refused to be told I had to have a window that had a permanent vent like the one I was told I had to have in my mothers home, but fortunately I was able to get a vent that is specifically made for glass bricks and I also have a fan if need be!!

As for builders, we were it, we built everything from the foundations up, plumbing to the tiling and painting and we didn't have a budget and we didn't borrow, so simply saved and then went on with the next step dependant solely on available $$$$

This is our forever home, me being 61 and hubby 74 today actually and I wanted this home to accomodate either one of us either on crutches for example, or even in a wheelchair, hence all my doorways and passage are wider, we have a stepless shower and have a ramp leading into the home as well and in fact the door in our master is incase one of us, God forbid needed to be wheeled out on an ambulance trolley, there is easy access and the trolley can go around to the ramp so I have tried to think of everything possible as an "in case" scenario but importantly too, keep the home looking like a home and not like a hospital as such.


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An interesting article that had me nodding in agreement. From a professional point of view, over the years we have developed a basic set of skills and requirements to design and document homes for our clients. One item we always include is passive solar design which saves the client money over the life of the home. However when it comes to competing with other designers it's difficult for prospective clients to understand the nuances and appreciate the time invested getting their new home right. We sometimes see the results of poorly designed and poorly documented homes that were bought with a cheap fee. Sometimes ending in tears for the client and costing a whole lot more than had the home been well designed and documented in the first place. While I understand the attraction of a low fee, particularly if you can't see the difference, it often beats me why a client would short change the very essence of their largest investment. The years of experience and knowledge along with the ability to produce the right design is worth every cent. It's an investment in your future.

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Look Design Group P/L

Great article Adam, I couldn't agree more! Thanks for sharing.

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