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Site Selection Checklist

More often than not my clients come to me with a few scribbles on pieces of scrap paper, a bunch of images and a diagram of their block of land they have purchased. Solving the puzzle of design parameters is usually an easy task however, changing the shape of a parcel of land isn’t. This […]
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Roof! Roof!

Deciding what type of roof design to use is a balancing act between emotion and practicality. When designing your dream home which should come first? Your emotional expectations or practical needs of your roof? Here are a few things to think about to help you decide.
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Places for Time Out

For most of us our homes are our sanctuary. Being able to retreat to a place where the rigors of the day can be set aside, just for a minute, I believe is one of the key elements of what makes a house a home. How is this accomplished? Here are three ways:
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Chicken or the Egg!

So, you have decided to design and build your own home. Where do you start? Do you buy the plot of land first and then design the house or do you design the perfect house and find a site to put it on?  Well, I believe you should buy the plot of land first. Here’s […]
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Select the Correct Construction Technique

There are many different types of construction methods and systems that can achieve efficiencies in technology affording you benefits in sustainability. The range of methods include such things as precast concrete, rammed earth, performance glass, composite systems which involve foam and so on. This is all well and good however, addressing the efficient use of […]
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Meeting Your Deadlines.

Designing and building any type of building is complex and in its nature will present challenges. There are methods to help control the amount and size of challenges you will encounter on your journey. One of these is a well thought out project timeline.
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Get Sorted! Get Sample Boxes

Designing your own custom home will see you making decisions on a lot of issues. The list can be mind boggling. One area of decision making involves the selection of both exterior and interior materials. These materials need to be assessed for their durability, color choice, texture, manufacture, installation and of course budget.
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Think BIG First!

For most of us designing and building a home will be the biggest financial investment ever made. Usually hundreds of thousands of dollars. It also means living in that house for many years raising your family. Whether you like it or not your family is going to grow, and faster than you think. Will your […]
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What’s your motivation?

When I meet new clients for the first time my questions focus on issues other than bricks, mortar and style. I am interested in their motivations for wanting to design a custom home. Understanding the end goal, the reasons for embarking on a building project journey, will show the path you will need to travel, […]
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