Although Stonewood Homes managed the whole design, planning and consent process, the couple weren’t completely immune to challenges. One of the biggest came about because they were using a pre-existing floorplan and had to remain within the home’s designated footprint. This wasn’t a problem per se, but it did require many hours of brainstorming and space planning to ensure the layout didn’t extend beyond the council’s building-area maximums. “We spent hours working and planning with Stonewood Homes and we did a lot of thinking about how and where we spend our time to ensure we got the perfect layout for us as a family,” explains Becks.
Once the couple had decided on their layout, and to help them understand how their new house would be situated on the site, Giovanni made a 1:100 scale model of the new home. “It was invaluable to be able to visualise our home in 3D and it helped us with planning the outdoor spaces and the interior and exterior paint colours,” says Becks.
“We made some changes to the plans including a higher ceiling, larger storage spaces and bigger living areas”