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Be bold. Building can be a creative process if you are willing to think outside the square
Scour the media for inspiring building and design ideas. Television shows, magazines, newspapers, foodie publications and even travel features are a mine of ideas for your next project
Check in regularly with the builder to ensure construction is going to plan. Ideas and plans can change so it is best to ensure everyone is on the same page
Ask friends and family members to recommend good builders. Meet several tradesmen before you decide on someone for the job and weigh up various quotes in relation to your budget RESIDENTIAL building doesn’t have to be boring, with reality TV inspiring a surge in state-of-the-art homes.
“Most houses going up are modern and minimalist inside. People are going for no cornices, minimal architraves and open-plan entertaining areas,” Langlands Building Group owner David Langlands said.
Hidden storage is the hottest trend in kitchen renovations, with butlers pantries hiding everything but the kitchen sink.
Bi-fold doors are popular for living areas, often opening on to a deck or garden to create a welcoming space for socialising.
“People are more open-minded now than in the past,” Langlands said, with people looking to mimic the impressive designs they see on TV, in magazines and on the web.
Cost-effective materials are also gaining traction.
“We are building less and less with brick as foam board becomes more popular,” Langlands said.
“It has fantastic acoustic and thermal qualities, so it insulates from noise and temperature.
“It’s also cheaper, lightweight and quicker to build with.”
Veneer floorboards will help keep costs down and are more environmentally friendly than their full wood counterparts.