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March 2018

We are a small architecture firm based in metropolitan Melbourne and often work in the residential sector. We wanted to share our perspective on the current discussions around social housing and housing affordability in the property market. This post references a Radio National podcast called the Minefield between Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens titled ‘Housing (un)affordability: Is social housing a moral imperative?’ We also refer to a piece reposted by Architecture Australia titled ‘Tackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan.’ Both pieces can be found through the links at the bottom of this post.

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Clients will often approach us with hopes of improving the liveability of their homes though will have concerns of overcapitalizing their properties. More often than not, our professional opinion is that if you are going to be there for another 5 to 10 years, it doesn’t matter too much. You’ll capitalise that expenditure over time and enjoy living in it. If you do something that’s well designed, that suits your needs, that will naturally attract a fairly large sector of the market later when you do sell. We recommend not designing with future occupiers in mind unless you’re selling soon. Overall, there can be a balance and a reduction in risk of overcapitalising when a client doesn’t make their home too specific for them but rather, rely on us as professionals to make that space work no matter who’s using it. Good design will always come back to the intentions of efficiency and usability. Which is a priority that quite often, comes above looking good. Looking good comes as a natural predecessor.

De Carlo Images

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A recent project that involved internal, interior based works, was in a family home in Ascot Vale. The project is a great example of how smaller aesthetic changes can make monumental differences to the experience of a home. The client first approached us with the main concern being the aesthetics of the living, dining and kitchen areas of their house that they’d lived in for over 20 years. This encompassed the entire rear area which was very dated and very dark.

EXISTING + NEW

Before: the dated, dark kitchen.                            After: the new kitchen in adjusted location

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The Processes Involved and Services Available
Our interior design services are most often engaged in conjunction with our architectural services. Though other circumstances may involve client’s purchasing a new house where they want to adjust interiors to allow an infusion of their own style. Quite often, if clients have lived in a house for a long time but have entered a different life phase (a growing family, older children moving out, retirement etc.), rather than opting for a total renovation or moving to something smaller or larger, a refurbishment of interiors can be a great way to respond to changed needs, especially when a client is working with a lower budget. In other projects, clients have contacted us when the finishes in their home feel a bit dated or worn. Adjusting some key elements in the interior of these client’s homes can allow a house to be refreshed, increasing the usability of spaces and the joy in inhabiting them.

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