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.”
HOW TO DO IT
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.