Own Your New Home Style
Do you know your Scandinavian from your Shabby Chic? Your Contemporary from your Country? There are a myriad of different housing styles out there that can be categorized by era they came to prominence, architectural features or even geographical location. Knowing the style of house that you want helps to establish the look of it’s external elevation and, to some extent, the internal layout. But what happens if you don’t know exactly what “style” it is you are after?
When we start working with any of our potential clients, we encourage them to create a sample board of images and design features that catch their eye. These could be photos you have taken on holiday, images you have found on-line or in magazines, even a sneaky snapshot of the house that was built around the corner that has an amazing entry feature. Your inspiration doesn’t just need to come from other residential houses. It could be the industrial look of a new restaurant or the timber decking of a boardwalk that draws your interest. Over time, as your samples come together, you will start to see a certain, more dominant style coming through, with maybe a couple of quirky features thrown in that resonate with your own personal journey.
Being able to label or name your ‘style’ can sometimes be difficult. Unless you are slavishly committed to recreating a single particular piece of architecture (even Hampton’s Homes have many different variations), it doesn’t really matter what you call it. You just need to know what it is you like and what it is you don’t. Being able to communicate your preferred style to your designer and builder is important and this is where images are so much clearer. Your desired style of home will directly affect your layout, roof profile and your budget. With a custom design, all of these factors can be brought together to create a home that, rather than being cookie cutter, is a true reflection of your own personal style.