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+ High-end home­ware or bar­gain buys? We love Free­dom. Their style, qual­ity and price is per­fect for our tastes, age and stage.

+ Any splurges? Our roof deck, the ar­chi­tec­tural stairs up to the roof, gi­ant win­dows and doors, and the can­tilevered sec­tion over the garage – it wasn’t needed but it looks cool and kept our home from look­ing like a pole house. Plus, I al­ways wanted one like that!

+ Best ad­vice for spend­ing money on a home?

It’s cliché, but kitchens and bath­rooms. Don’t skimp on the fit­tings and hard­ware – you use the taps, cup­boards, show­ers and han­dles ev­ery day. It might feel ex­pen­sive at the time, but qual­ity lasts and pays!

Also, when build­ing, you only get one shot at get­ting your struc­tural as­pects right. Spend the money to make the open­ings big­ger or the hall­ways wider or add in that ex­tra sky­light or two. You won’t re­gret it once you’re liv­ing in there. Spend the time and money to en­sure it will work for you the way you need it to.

+ What’s one thing you would change if you could? Al­though a small thing, we wish we had thought about re­cess­ing our liv­ing-room blinds into the ceil­ing. But they are still pretty cool – be­ing elec­tric, they’re like a scene from a James Bond movie when they come down.

+ Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence you’ve had in your home? Mov­ing in and hav­ing our house-warm­ing/ en­gage­ment party. Be­ing able to share a re­ally ex­cit­ing time in our lives with every­one we know and love. It also gave the house a thor­ough test­ing with about 80 peo­ple en­joy­ing it till the small hours.

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