Wise words

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Blend­ing his de­sign ca­pa­bil­i­ties with his life­style dreams has al­lowed Mark to de­velop some very spe­cific ad­vice for those con­tem­plat­ing build­ing some­thing in a ru­ral set­ting.

“First off, iden­tify the core oc­ca­sions that you be­lieve will take place through­out your home now and into the fu­ture. Then set about mak­ing sure th­ese spa­ces are aligned with th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties so you can cre­ate ‘zones’ for adult ver­sus chil­dren liv­ing, and en­ter­tain­ment.

“This process will also help you in de­ter­min­ing where kids’ bed­rooms might be, as well as where guest bath­rooms are lo­cated. Try and have all bed­rooms west­fac­ing in or­der to get af­ter­noon sun. Spend time cre­at­ing ‘mood’ boards for in­te­rior align­ment through ma­te­ri­als and colours to de­fine choices. A colour con­sul­tant is also a good in­vest­ment to en­sure your colours stay time­less and marry up well with all other in­te­rior and ex­te­rior colour pal­ettes.

“Fi­nally, make sure you’re deal­ing with sup­pli­ers who work with you and not against. If we built again in a sim­i­lar set­ting, we would in a heart­beat build with Cus­tomkit once more.”


1When ready to wean, sep­a­rate calves from cows into well-built, solid yards or a pen. The ideal struc­ture has solid, opaque sides with firm but not boggy soil. For calves 180-260kg al­low at least 4m²/ head. For smaller calves (un­der 180kg) al­low 2.5m²/head. It is im­por­tant to have calves yarded fairly close to­gether as it qui­etens them down more quickly.

3To so­cialise the an­i­mals, have at least one per­son walk through the yards at least twice a day. Avoid us­ing dogs. An­i­mals should be mon­i­tored care­fully for dis­ease, es­pe­cially pink eye if the yards are dusty.

LEFT, TOP TO BOT­TOM: The in­side story on ru­ral/ur­ban chic; Blend­ing in with the land­scape; high ceil­ings and beams are a key fea­ture; the 250 kg bath finds pride of place; care­ful plan­ning helps de­fine kids’ zones.

Mark Wood­ward right at home.

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