Sorting the must-haves from lust-haves
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.
The Promenade by Smart Homes for Living.
Matte black tapware pairs well with an all-white kitchen or bathroom.