Home Interior Design – Comfort and Functionality Being Critical Aspects

Why would you approach an interior designer? The normal purpose would be to have a plan made to give the finishing touches to the home you just bought from a builder or perhaps giving your existing home renovated anew. In both cases, you have to take into account many factors and the interior design company that you choose should also factor in these aspects to provide you a desirable design for the interiors of your home. What are these factors?

The Interior Designing Must Take a Holistic Approach

When you seek the help of a home interior design expert, you should be able to impress upon him the need to view the assignment which has to consider all the aspects of the home, the size, location, living space available, the people occupying the house and the way to connect all the utilities. Then there would be a tossup between the aesthetic appearances of the interior versus the usefulness of a particular part of the design.

The interior design company has to assure you that whatever they are recommending for your home will not contravene any local regulations and will also conform to the environment without causing any pollution or greenhouse gases.

Coordination with the Contractor Executing the Work

Many times, the interior designer would give you a plan, but the contractor who is selected by you to execute the work in your home might not agree with a few recommendations. If you are not very familiar with the work of the interior, you could be put to inconvenience in this difference of opinion between the two. To avoid this, you might want to make them sit together and come out with a commonly acceptable plan of action so that the work could be done smoothly.

Have You Included the Furniture as well?

If you have given an assignment to the home interior design expert, along with the suggestions and choices for the furniture, then you might wish to share your own preferences with him/her. This way, the final outcome will reflect your individual personality as much as the creative ideas put forth by the designer. In the case of specific areas in the household, like the kitchen, for example, the interior designer has to come up with the ideas to make the kitchen a modern one with the modular storage and the smoke hood provisions and so on. However, at this stage can you overlook the comfort and functionality. Things have to be stored and retrieved during the daily use of the kitchen by you and your spouse and you should not be put to any discomfort.

Then the new interior work should make the bathrooms better, and the electrical wiring and lighting fixtures be made much more energy efficient in keeping with the need of the times we live in and so on. While doing all this, you have to keep an eye on the cost. You might already have a budget and the interior design for your home should get done within the same. Your home will be an enjoyable place to live in if you have the best interior.

How to Get Started With Home Interior Design

If you want to redecorate your entire home, then learning interior design and decorating might be the thing to do. So, with that in mind, interior design software could be one of your purchases, especially if you don’t want to employ a decorator. There are of course advantages and disadvantages to the whole idea of “Do It Yourself”. First, If you’re not a computer-friendly person then you might find it a bit difficult to pilot the waters of interior design software. Again, there is always the alternative, to get yourself an interior decorator where you will shell out substantially more than you can afford. Which in turn, means that you might have to cut down on some of your decorating needs. If you are anything like me, you would be saying right now – “I don’t think so!”

Now, here you are, you have made the decision to give it a go yourself. Leaving the designers and decorators behind. Congratulations! It needn’t be as difficult as you think and can even be absolute incredible fun. The only time that you’ll truly might get a worry is when you need to do your budget. After that it’s a matter of sliding your way downhill through your home interior design plan. And hopefully with barely any bumps or detours. But, those can be expected, so don’t get discouraged, keep moving forward in your interior design plans.

Now back to the software. If you’re not too well-situated with your artistic abilities and visual image skills you might look to some relief of a well know friend to help you understand the software. However, if you are a die hard and want to learn it yourself, by all means, don’t hesitate. The learning will pay off for you. It doesn’t actually matter either way how you go about it as long as you get you home interior design project off the ground.

After all there’s only so long that you can stand and watch your house fall to pieces around you. Ok, Though that might have been a bit of an exaggeration, if you’re thinking about home interior design or remodeling then now is the time to do it. If you put it off now, there’s no telling when and if there will be a next time.

And one of the very first things you can do for your home interior design project will be to decide precisely what you’re going to do. For example, are you going to go through the entire house one room at a time or are you going to do only one or two rooms right now. This is an important decision, so take your time and make sure it is what you want to do. This decision dictates the how, what and when of then next phases.

After you decide that, then you can move on to the next phase which is provision, what you’re planning to do. And this is where the home interior design software comes in handy. I told you earlier, the learning will pay off, well guess what, here is where it pays off. With this little visual image aid you can imagine what your redecorating plans will do to your rooms and make your life just that much more easier. And in the end that’s really what you want isn’t it, to make your life easier. So, stop putting it off with excuses. Learn the fundamentals of interior design and decorating, get yourself a good piece of interior design software and bring you home back to life.

Real Estate Development – Applying For a Property Development Permit!

The development permit is one of the keys to a successful real estate development project. Problems getting a permit approved can cause major delays and result in increases in holding costs. We like to do everything possible to ensure in advance that our development application will be approved smoothly and quickly.

Once we secure control of a site, we assemble the project team that will design and document the proposed development in accordance with the requirements of the Local Authority, the design brief and development mix.

Depending on the complexity of the project, our real estate development consultant team usually consists of:

– Property Accountant
– Property Lawyer
– Architect
– Town/Land Planner
– Civil/Hydraulics/Structural Engineer
– Land Surveyor
– Landscape Architect
– Quantity Surveyor
– Finance Broker

Other possible team members, such as acoustic and traffic specialists, may also be required by the Local Authority to submit a detailed report with the Development Permit Application.

To minimise the risk of disputes, we create a written agreement with each consultant. The agreement we typically use describes, among other things, the basis on which fees are calculated, the fee structure and services to be provided at each stage and the method by which we agree for the consultant to proceed to the next stage.

The architect will draw up plans for submission to council (these aren’t the detailed plans required for construction) that fit in with the planning regulations and the local authorities development guidelines, using a contour survey prepared by the land surveyor. The town/land planner is often involved at this initial stage, providing advice on the overall planning policies of the Local Authority.

Today most architects use sophisticated 3-D CAD software to compile drawings as it allows for ‘virtual’ buildings to be created. This system has the added benefit of creating fly-throughs and 3D images (also useful for the sales process and submission to Council) as well as documentation of the building for the Development Permit Application and for Construction by the Building Contractor.

We normally tailor our designs and standard of finishes slightly above the requirements of our target market, so they stand out from other developments on the market. This way our projects have the potential to attract a premium rental and sale price plus it makes it a lot easier to sell, if we need to.

The Local Authority will assess the submitted Development Permit Application for its impact on the neighbours, local community and the environment, typically including:

– Privacy for neighbours
– Traffic generation
– Overshadowing of neighboursAdverse impacts on air, water, and noise levels
– Amount and type of waste the project will generate
– Other areas of concern include historic districts, parks, open space, trees, and wildlife habitats

If the consultants have all done their jobs well, most of these concerns will all be addressed to the satisfaction of the Local Authority within the development application, and approval should be given within a reasonable timeframe.

The actual development approval process will obviously vary between areas, and it is continually under legislative review, so up-to-date information should be obtained from the local authority and/or the Planning consultant on your RED Team.
After a Development Permit Application is lodged with the local consenting authority or Council it would typically follow something similar to the process below:

– Initial Review
– Expert Referral
– Advertising and Notification Period
– Assessment
– Outcome

Several factors can delay the development application consent process which can end up becoming costly to a property developer. Here are some of the most common assessment delays:

– insufficient information
– non-compliance with development rules
– poor designs creating unacceptable impact on the neighbourhood
– objections from neighbours or other groups
– unsatisfactory impacts on trees
– complexity of assessment reports
– external referral delays

It’s not necessarily the end of the process if Council has refused the development permit application. An experienced architect and planning consultant can greatly assist in challenging a planning decision.