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Designing Your Project

Tips directly from Adrian Ramsay on how to design your dream project!

Adrian’s 5 top tips when planning a renovation:

1. Functionality/Needs Analysis – List each area of the home that needs improvement, what areas are not working now. Prioritise which zone is more important. Define what the house needs to do. How to engage the environment – Climate, Air, Light and Noise.

For example: Bathrooms need to easily accessible to the main area of the house, yet far enough removed to maintain privacy.

2. Budget – Using the needs alaysis above, this will help you to divide your budget, prioritise accordingly.

For example: The kitchen is a high use functional area, it makes sense to allocate a large portion of your budget to this zone.

3. Timeline – Plan not only for your lifestyle today but also for the future. Factor in ages and needs of occupants and what that will look like in 5 – 10 years. Converting a garage in a rumpus room for a 17 yo is not a good use of budget as it won’t be used for long, however converting a garage into a rumpus room for a 12 yo is a fantastic idea and will get many years of use. Think about the functionality of each room in the years to come as lifestyles change.

4. Neighbourhood – Don’t over capitalise. It would be crazy to turn your house in a million dollar house if the best house in the street is only worth $600k for example.

5. Team – choose the right designer. Don’t chose a ‘Yes’ person who won’t think outside the box, challenge your ideas. You need someone who will listen, a creative problem solver and someone who will work within your budget. History and experience is invaluable in this industry. Create a vision board for inspiration, save pictures and styles so it has your influence.

Published in Handyman Magazine, Nov 2017

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