16 December, 2019 - BY Hall & Hart Homes
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Thinking of building in 2020? How to use your holidays for design inspiration.

Heading away over the festive break? Now’s the time to get inspired for your future build!

With so many superb beachside destinations across Australia, the holidays are the perfect opportunity to take notes on coastal design and Hamptons-style architecture.


Or perhaps you’re heading up to a hinterland cabin. Wherever you are, home or away, there are design ideas aplenty to get your creative juices flowing.

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At Hall & Hart Homes, we believe that every Australian family deserves the luxury of a custom-built home which fits their lifestyle perfectly. Without the distractions of a million emails or a jam-packed schedule, the holidays are tailormade to talk as a family about what your future home will entail.

Does it have a music room? Is there a keen cook who dreams of a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen? Whether you’re staying with friends or family, in an AirBnB or a hotel, take notes on what you’d love in your dream home.

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When it comes time to build with Hall & Hart, clients are in the design chair at our internal selections centre Studio You. Using this quieter holiday period to let ideas flow creatively can be very effective down the track.

Maddie Kidd (Studio You Manager & Interior Designer) and Carly Beautyman (Colour Consultant & Interior Decorator) give their tips on how clients can lay the foundations for their future home - while they’re sipping a refreshing cocktail by the pool!

1. Capture Your Ideas on Your Phone

First of all, set up your digital folders on your phone so that you can capture ideas easily on the move, then organise them later.

Pinterest is perfect for budding designers. “Create boards for each room and bring them to your meeting at Studio You,” says Carly. “This acts as a style guide. We’ll understand the look you’re going for.”

“Any pictures in general are so helpful,” adds Maddie. “Trying to describe an image or style is extremely difficult!”

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2. Scope Out Every House. Be Inspired!

Here’s the fun part. Research is a fundamental component of design.

Prepare for your colour meeting at Studio You by checking out the colour combinations of holiday houses, both inside and out. Other key areas to take note of:

  • Floorplans. What works and what doesn’t? Do you like an open plan or want more privacy?
  • Standout Design Features. While you’re nursing a drink in a friend’s backyard, consider what you like about the outside of their house, whether it’s their bay windows or outdoor kitchen.
  • Lighting. Many Christmas parties move from day into night. As the sensor lights spring up the garden path, consider whether that’s something you’d like for your own house. Notice statement fittings inside and soft outdoor lighting.
  • Kitchens. Helping the host stack the dishwasher? Note the flow of the kitchen, what appliances you like, fridge space and any other key elements.

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3. Consider Functionality

The devil is in the details. It may seem trivial but checking out power point placement will help with your Electrical Appointment. Think about the practicality of your kitchen and how you want to move around other spaces such as the living room. Where would you like charging stations and furniture? Where will the kids do their homework? Jot it all down and then you can mark up your floorplan in advance.

“Think about how each room will be used in your own house. How would you change the rooms you see? Consider functionality, appeal or both,” says Carly.

4.Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions!

If your friends have built, ask them questions about the process and what worked for them and what they wish they’d done differently. Here’s the thing – people love to talk about their houses. It might be difficult to get them to stop.

As qualified interior designers and decorators, Maddie and Carly often get asked by clients for their advice – and that’s what they’re there for!

“The one thing people forget is that we are here to help,” says Carly. “Clients feel a bit overwhelmed with decisions, especially during external appointments.”

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“You are definitely not alone in this process. We’re here to help you bring everything together and ensure that it all works. We’ll also be honest if we don’t think something will work but we’ll always find an alternative for you.”

Maddie adds a word of caution: “Even though we are here to help, we can only help so much! We need some thoughts to work with. We can’t create a dream home without knowing what that dream is.”

Which is why it’s so important to get those digital folders set up and the Pinterest boards for each room in motion.

If you do change your mind after the selections meeting, you can reset the process. Keep in mind that could delay construction or add additional costs.

“This also makes the job complicated,” says Maddie. “You are better off asking for multiple options and then crossing the options you do not want off, rather than adding to your quotes and requests later.”

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There are many decisions to be made as part of the design process, so Carly advises making a list and breaking down the important decisions against the least important. Know what you’re willing to compromise on.

The most fundamental part of the process is communicating openly with the team.

“If you are not 100% on a decision that you’ve made, let us know. We’re here to help,” says Maddie.

So as you drive off into the sunset these holidays – or sunrise, as the case may be – don’t forget that this is also a golden opportunity to have some fun with design ideas for your dream home in 2020.

It’s time to build a you home with Hall & Hart.

Now go and enjoy yourself this festive season.

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