Sort­ing the must-haves from lust-haves

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Build­ing your new home is filled with firsts.

The first time you gaze down upon your new floor plan and re­alise it is all yours. The first time you see your tap­ware in your new de­signer bath­room. The first time you re­alise you can’t af­ford the sink of your dreams. Uh oh. That wasn’t part of the plan.

Over the course of the build, you are likely to make thou­sands of de­ci­sions, and un­less you have just won the lotto — in which case we say go ahead with the triple-sized walk-in robe — not all of them will be what you orig­i­nally wanted.

You’ve got to pick your bat­tles, and when there are two de­ci­sion-mak­ers at the ta­ble this process be­comes even harder.

With this in mind, we sat down with three bona fide de­sign ex­perts at Smart Homes for Liv­ing to get all the in­sider smarts, sep­a­rat­ing the lust-haves from the must-haves to de­liver the home of your dreams.

Smart Homes for Liv­ing de­sign con­sul­tant Tess God­frey

Must-have: Win­dow treat­ments This one might seem a lit­tle out of left-field, but win­dow treat­ments are the bomb and for some rea­son are of­ten put in the lust bucket. Such a mis­take. Once you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced liv­ing with win­dow treat­ments, you’ll never go back. They’ll save you money on power bills, cut down the glare on your screens and give a dreamy sun drenched look to the en­tire space. Win­ning.

Lust-haves: Black tap­ware I’m go­ing crazy for matte black tap­ware, and our clients are too. My favourite? Pair­ing black tap­ware with a very clean and un­der­stated palate, ide­ally an all-white kitchen and bath­room. Such a state­ment, and a mod­ern one at that.

Smart Homes for Liv­ing se­nior pre-start con­sul­tant Sarah Bai­ley

Must-have: Open-plan liv­ing I know. It’s a su­per buzzword. But it’s pop­u­lar for a rea­son. Open-plan liv­ing feels spa­cious and when you’re play­ing with a lim­ited block size this can make all the dif­fer­ence. It also makes the shared ar­eas of the home feel more com­mu­nal and en­cour­ages fam­ily time. What’s not to love? Lust-have: Dou­ble shower As the new age say­ing goes, you know you’ve made it when you have a dou­ble shower. They are the height of con­ve­nience and the per­fect ad­di­tion to any master re­treat. Got ex­tra space? Why not go all in and add in a big soak­ing tub.

Smart Homes for Liv­ing per­spec­tive stu­dio se­nior in­te­rior stylist Bronte Ta­ton

Must-have: Stor­age The more you have, the less messy your home will look year-round. It sounds sim­ple be­cause it is. I love filling spa­ces with stylish fur­ni­ture, art­work and fin­ishes so in­te­grated stor­age is a must to en­sure these in­vest­ment pieces are the star of the show. Tip — some of my favourite so­lu­tions in­clude hid­ing fridges be­hind built-ins, turn­ing wasted space into study nooks, mak­ing shelv­ing a fea­ture. The op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less. Lust-have: Stone bench­tops Cost­ing any­where from $2500 plus, stone bench­tops are def­i­nitely a lust, but one many clients are happy to splash out on. They add to the re­sale value of the home, are su­per hardy and fin­ish off the kitchen in the most de­signer way. My favourite style? A sub­tle mar­ble-look Es­sa­s­tone like Car­rara, which cas­cades water­fall-style down the sides of the kitchen is­land. Down­right per­fec­tion if you ask me.

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The Prom­e­nade by Smart Homes for Liv­ing.

Matte black tap­ware pairs well with an all-white kitchen or bath­room.

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