Design Time

Date Monday, 4 May 2015 12:00 AM

Design Time

When you are building a new home it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are a few tips to help you kickstart the design process.

The first step is to settle on a location for your new home. It may sound simple, but things like lot size, aspect and soil conditions will affect the end product, so it’s important to have chosen a block before you start designing.

Next, compile a list of must-have rooms and inclusions. Single storey or double? Three bedrooms or four? These aren’t hard and fast rules, and may change as you come across new floorplans and designs. However, the exercise will help you to understand your own requirements and to assess potential designs against these. Also speak to family and friends who have built in the past and see what advice they have to offer.

Take the time to visit nearby display villages and open days. Seeing a finished product in the flesh will help you determine which floorplans will best suit your particular block of land, and is also a great way to get a feel for the latest interior design trends and finishes. Housing magazines and websites are a great source of design inspiration – start compiling an ‘ideas book’ of cutouts and notes, or use Pinterest to collect images that reflect the look and feel of your dream home.

The final step is to find a builder who can turn your design ideas into reality. Visit the G.J. Gardner Homes website,, to view all of our fully customisable designs and to find a local Display Home or Design Centre near you.

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