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A first time for everything
The thing about renovating or building a house is that, for most of us, it’s the first time we’ve done it. For the builder, though, it’s what they do every day.
While that’s exactly what you want when you’re dealing with something as important as your home, it can put you in a vulnerable position, completely reliant on the builder for guidance.
And like the rest of us, builders have their own work habits and materials they feel comfortable using, which can sometimes be hard to shift.
When we were renovating our first home, you could say I knew enough about the process to be annoying. At least, that’s probably what the builder would have said.
Because when we got to the kitchen, I told him I was super keen on including a pullout benchtop which, when not in use, looked like a standard drawer.
I knew that they were available but my builder hadn’t used them before.
But I stuck to my guns and he sourced the right product and installed it.
That benchtop ended up being the best kept secret in the kitchen. With space in short supply, I could pull it out when I was preparing dinner knowing that it would be clean and ready to go.
And with two small children keen to try their hands at baking, I could position one either side and make maximum use of the space.
So these days, the qualities I’m most looking for in a builder (aside from honesty) are flexibility and openmindedness. Some of the best building projects I’ve seen have come from teams who have never done that kind of construction or used that product before. They’ve continued to learn on the job and have loved coming to site every morning.
And the owners have the house they’ve always wanted.
Inspired by musical notes, this designer coat rack is a sculptural piece worth celebrating. Arper song coat stand, $1157, from StylecraftHOME, stylecrafthome.com.au