A year and some months ago, A and I decided that it was time to move out of our apartment and look into buying a block of land somewhere in the suburbs. We wanted a little more space which would accommodate a growing family. As luck would have it, we found a good size block in a great location within a matter of weeks – we’re literally a stone’s throw away from the shops (which includes the likes of KFC, Maccas and Hungry Jacks) and a mere 3-minute drive from A’s parents’ house.
It is by no means a vast expansive block of land but we figured we’d start small and work our way to our dream home later on in life.
The first hurdle we had to cross was of course, the house plan. We had visited heaps of display homes and requested for plans from a lot of different builders but they were all just very… standard. They just didn’t maximise use of the space that we would have – it’s a SMALL block which means we can’t afford dead spaces in the house. At the same time, we didn’t want to be restricted to any old run-of-the-mill layout JUST BECAUSE we have a smaller than average block.
Anyhow, it really is to A’s credit that we’ve got something different to look forward to because he spent night after night designing and re-designing the house plan until finally, we had something we loved and that we knew best suited our needs. I’m super proud of him and am always telling people (who would listen) that he designed it himself. Pretty much 🙂
Fast forward a year later and the builders are almost ready to lay down the slab. This means that our house could be ready for us to move in to come January/February 2014! As a result, we’ve had to work doubly hard at consolidating our ideas – no more “Maybe this might look nice…. or that…???” Also, as we aren’t hiring colour or design consultants, I really have to bring my A game to the (interior design) table. We know we don’t want to play it too safe but the house still needs to flow. Here are some of the elements that we will definitely be incorporating into our house:
Lucky for us, we’ve been really in sync with each other, so fingers crossed furniture buying and even choosing elements such as interior wall colour shouldn’t be too tricky. It helps that I’ve done enough bar/club renos for A to trust that I know what I’m talking about. Most of the time 😛
Anyhow, have you any design advice for our new build? I’d love to know! Any little tip helps 🙂 xx