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With con­struc­tion started on Silk’s new As­cot de­vel­op­ment, The Courier-Mail spoke to prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect Con Za­hos, of Lou­cas Za­hos Ar­chi­tects, about mak­ing the most of your apart­ment de­sign when buy­ing off the plan.

Mr Za­hos said it was im­por­tant to think about your life­style and then ask your ar­chi­tect to ac­com­mo­date the space to suit.

“For ex­am­ple, we’ve de­signed sep­a­rate liv­ing spa­ces for a mother and daugh­ter who were liv­ing to­gether, to cater for their dif­fer­ent needs,” he said.

“On an­other oc­ca­sion, we’ve in­te­grated a glazed cel­lar room into the plan for a long-time wine col­lec­tor.”

He said a new home should be de­signed for a com­fort­able life­style into the fu­ture.

“To make the most of your space long-term, you should check high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als such as stone bench­tops are used, join­ery cus­tomised for your in­ter­ests and taste and that you can se­lect your own ap­pli­ances,” Mr Za­hos said.

He said buy­ers should ask for fea­tures to suit their life­style such as tim­ber floors, book­shelves for avid col­lec­tors and but­ler’s pantries in kitchens.

“The finer points of cus­tom-de­sign are im­por­tant to en­sure the seam­less in­te­gra­tion of stor­age,” he said.

“It’s the de­tail­ing, tex­ture and level of fin­ish that can make the space look and feel big­ger.

“Use of full-height glaz­ing unites in­door and out­door spa­ces, mak­ing the in­te­rior look and feel big­ger.

“Thought­ful win­dow de­tails draw the eye to vis­tas be­yond the room as well as bring­ing in nat­u­ral light and pro­vid­ing ven­ti­la­tion.

“Plan around tro­phy items such as beau­ti­ful pianos and sculp­tural pieces.”

An artist's im­pres­sion of the new Silk de­vel­op­ment on As­cot’s Race­course Rd.

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