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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.

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