The process of designing our new home was quite the task. We had been collecting images and designs for months and months, visiting a tonne of display homes to get a feel for what we liked and what we didn’t… what worked and what didn’t quite hit the mark. From room layouts, sizes, finishings and use of space, we looked at every single aspect in minute detail – documenting it all and making copious amounts of notes.
It was definitely worth the effort and time.
When we go to the point of briefing in our draftsman, Joe Germano from Germano Designs (firstname.lastname@example.org), we had a very clear vision about what we wanted our home to look like, and how it should work based on our lifestyle.
That was until our dream of building an Art Deco inspired home hit a rather decent budget issue. With our love for all things Art Deco, we were pretty set on building a home that paid homage to this beautiful era of architecture. It was quite the undertaking and we were enjoying the design process, however, it was quite quickly very apparent that building a home of this style, and doing it justice, was going to blow our budget.
Lesson learnt. Is your vision achievable and within budget?
So what did we do? We worked with our draftsman Joe and looked at a number of different architectural styles to see what would work for us aesthetically. In addition, we were really concerned about building a home that would be sympathetic to the character of the suburb. There are some gorgeous character homes throughout Wembley and whilst we were well aware that we’d be building a large home with modern elements, we really wanted the home to still have an air of character and charm.
After a stack of research, we agreed on a Hamptons-inspired home. We set out our expectations very clearly, ensuring that we weren’t about to build a slavishly Hamptons home. We still felt it was important to have an Australian aesthetic to the home, so we took the coastal elements of Hamptons-styled homes and have included wide open balconies and verandahs which were important to us. As was using a mix of materials on the façade to create some interest. We worked with Joe to take all of these ideas and elements to create a contemporary twist on the Hamptons home.
Let’s hope we can pull it off. It’s certainly unique, so our fingers are crossed that the overall design aesthetic works.
Floor plan wise, not a lot changed. We removed some curved walls and interior Art Deco features to realign the home’s internals to suit our new façade.
With large open living spaces, decent sized bedrooms and a study that could accommodate us both, the floor plan was quickly sorted. A few other essentials in the design process included a double-sided fireplace that partitioned the large living and dining room and created a two storey feature that would accentuate a large open void over the living area. In addition we wanted a library/sitting area that would accommodate our large collection of books as well as transform a little later into a connecting study space for the two children’s bedrooms upstairs. All very liveable, simple spaces that are large, functional and multi-purpose.
Here goes nothing.∗