Mark Korgul from Watershed Design features as our Guest Editor to give us some tips on designing and creating your perfect home as well as some trends that have emerged this year. Located in Manly, Watershed Design specialises in high quality, modern architecture with a focus on environmental sustainability.
More than ever flexibility is key as we find ourselves spending more time in our homes. For many of us working from home has become a long term proposition and we seek to carve out spaces within the family home. There is a renewed focus on cooking and enjoying meals together at home and we have seen kitchens getting bigger, with a separate pantry a desirable addition. Appreciating the spaces that we have and wanting to make them as functional and beautiful as possible is a high priority. This may take the form of a decluttering exercise, repurposing areas within the home, purchasing a new piece of art work or a complete re-design or purchase of a new property.
When renovating or buying a new home look at the orientation. Spaces used during the day will be better with north facing windows. Higher ceilings allow for more natural light and ventilation. Look for a logical floor plan with good connection to outdoor spaces. Add value by creating better storage, minimizing clutter and creating a calm environment. You could also install new floor to ceiling glass doors in living areas. This will maximise the connection between inside and outside, improving natural light and providing a seamless connection to external spaces. New kitchens, bathrooms and laundries are expensive but can have a big impact on how we live. A self-contained area such as a granny flat, separate level in the home or space above the garage is high on many wish lists to cater for extended family and teenagers, create a retreat or gain rental income.
Northern orientation will also affect the environmental performance of a home. Embracing warming sun in winter and providing shading and cooling breezes in summer will save energy and cost. Other ways to lower the carbon footprint of your home is to install solar panels and energy efficient water heating, up-spec the insulation and replace poorly sealed windows and doors. Not only will there be an energy and cost saving but you will create a more comfortable, enjoyable home in which to live.
For more tips on designing the best home for you, or to get in touch with the Watershed team visit watersheddesign.com.au