How to turn your dream home into a reality

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We all nurture images of the perfect home inspired by photos of dust-free, professionally designed rooms in magazines. But when it comes to realizing those dreamed-of spaces, the realities of life – possessions, money and time – often hinder us. With these tips and ideas you’ll be one step closer to turning your dream home into a reality.

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 Perhaps there’s a lack of local housing that fits the bill, perhaps you yearn for a modern, environmentally friendly abode; if you truly want your own personalized living space, then a self-build could be for you.

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An average build will set you back somewhere in the region of $250,000 and a year or two in a caravan, so it’s not for the faint of heart. You’ll need to employ an architect and get planning permission from the local council before buying a plot.

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A house isn’t like a car or an oven, but a bespoke, one-of-a-kind construction. Any reputed builder will have a good team of project managers who will ensure quality and consistency.  So make sure to hire top trades People for the job; after all, it’s your dream house we’re talking about.

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If a self-build is not an option, some simple renovations can make a huge difference to a home. Such changes like knocking though a wall or repositioning a door can really change the ambiance of a room and create new spaces.

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 Maybe you’re considering an extension or a bit of landscaping – if so, just be sure to hire professional local trades people and avoid cowboys.

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 Interior design

Whether you’re renovating your whole house or just one room, it pays to do some detailed planning. During the design stage, think functionality first. Plan each room around what you will do in it, and leave looks until later.

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 There are a whole host of online tools to help you on your way. From interactive floor planners and 3D design software to antique furniture auctions, there’s a website that can help you out.

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 Pay close attention to colors and materials. There is a wealth of potential for using reclaimed materials such as tiles or wood to create a rustic yet modern look. Just make sure there’s some sort of continuity of color between rooms; you don’t want to live in a monotone house, and yet dramatic contrast can be jarring.

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 The personal touch

Go through design magazines or furniture catalogs and identify which aspects of a room appeal to you and which do not. Choose a style (or blend of styles) and stick to it.

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At the end of the day, creating your dream home is about designing a personalized space. Don’t let anything come between you and the image you have in your mind. Whether its nay-saying contractors or busy family life, there’s always a way around it. After all, it’s your dreams we’re talking about.

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Photo Sources: 1. Lewis Aquatech, 2. Stuart Silk Architects, 3. Maienza-Wilson Interior Design + Architecture, 4. JB Architecture Group, 5. Brandon Architects, 6. Stonewood, LLC, 7. Jon+Aud Design, 8. Huestis Tucker Architects, LLC, 9. Pickell Architecture, 10. Alderwood Landscaping, 11. Bianchi Design, 12. Celebrity Communities, 13. Floorplanner, 14. RJS Builders, 15. West Elm, 16. Pottery Barn, 17. Echelon Custom Homes

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