What interior design elements should house builders concentrate on?

What interior design elements should house builders concentrate on?

What interior design elements should house builders concentrate on?

 

Lucy was asked by Show House Mag
What feedback do you get from consumers that you wish house builders would concentrate on?
A designer talks

With space at a premium, consumers are concerned with the practicalities of living in a space. Space is needed to live comfortable, to eat, socialise and to accommodate changes from a parent moving in to a growing family.

Getting the basics right and practicalities of the building, (outside and in), from the start/at planning stage are needed. Simple things need to be considered from storing the hoover, to where the ironing board goes.

Architects and builders need to consider storage solutions, and natural light. The space that reflects everyday living and a persons lifestyle, – from extra plugs, (and in the right place), to those with USB ports and having a broom cupboard! will pay dividends.

Access to an outside space too, even if a juilette balcony and you can open the doors to bring the outside in.

Are show homes becoming too dressy?

Are show homes becoming too dressy?

Are show homes becoming too dressy?

 

Lucy was asked by Show House Magazine,
Do you think there is a risk of show homes becoming too dressy and putting a buyer off?
A designer talks..

Yes, I do, you need to create the balance between being too stylised and an actual home.

It can’t be too niche, as it needs to reflect wide appeal with a bespoke designer touch. This will make it stand out from the crowd. The balance is in having an aspirational show home, but amongst it all the buyer walking round understands the interior and could happily live there too! It is obtainable.

If the show home is too niche, it will alienate the market.

Amongst all, it needs to be accessible, remember a prospective buyer walking in needs to feel that ‘I could live here’ feeling. It feels like home the moment they walk round through the door. They to, need to imagine and envisage their own furniture in the space.

How does an interior designer benefit a house builder?

How does an interior designer benefit a house builder?

How does an interior designer benefit a house builder?

 

Lucy was asked by Show House Magazine,
‘What benefits do you bring to a house builder’?
A designer talks..

Use of colour and design to maximise space.

If the show home is dressed the house builder will get the sale, and also at a better price.

Consumers cannot visualise, so a buyer being able to touch, feel, and walk around a show home, allows them to imagine living in the space. A dressed show home interior, runs parallel to a house builder creating a property with high specification, and quality of finishes.

Using a designer tailors a look to the actual brief and market. Hence pending budget, space and location – the property could be dressed towards either an urbanite young professional, or for a family home in the suburbs.

Facility to get them to make as much return as possible, by setting the stage to make the salesperson/agents job easier, and to close the deal, by giving them the tools of a good show home.

Using a designer will both save time, and give a wider range of resources to source furniture and accessories for the property. Adding a great deal to the aesthetic of the home, in turn increases showings and sales. Speeding up the amount of time the property sits on the market.

In short a faster turn around and more money in your pocket.

We become a visual story teller, from the carefully selected accessories to the bespoke art that reflects the interior mood and theme.

How has the Show Home changed?

How has the Show Home changed?

How has the show home changed in the last decade?

 

Lucy was asked by Show House Magazine,
‘How has the show home changed over the past decade? In terms of design and as a marketing tool’.
A designer talks..

With space and sites at a premium, especially in cities, rooms are getting smaller, hence furniture is too, to work within the spaces. Builders are building more apartments, rather than houses hence (especially in key areas, inner city with re-urbanisation), more ingenious ways to make the apartments look as good as possible are needed. Architects and builders are therefore getting more creative with awkward sites, where ingenious design and materials are needed to showcase the smaller space. Hence this allows opportunities for a show home/interior designer to make the space as individual and quirky as the build.

The top end luxury market, is stabilising due to tax rates, and people are waiting to see the results of brexit, with a higher percentage of overseas sales and glossy photos helping to sell of plan and secure deposits before the show home is even built. This has resulted in pre marketing aids from CGI’s, videos to glossy brochures growing as a tool.

Show homes now have become more focused and tailored to the market that they are selling to, with an individual designer handwriting. Rather than the generic ‘same as’ look of old. You have to now stand out from the crowd, so the show home is a valuable tool for marketing/sales.

Show homes have become more energy efficient, with low running costs and high specifications. Generous incentives are often used too, by the builders, from the developer paying a proportion of the deposit, to stamp duty paid on your behalf. to free items, – such as kitchen appliances, carpets/curtains.

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