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26 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Episode 98: How to Brief your Architect (and other consultants)
In this episode of the podcast, Frances outlines the many reasons why you should write a brief for your architect (and your landscaper and interior designer), and why it’s so important. She also provides an outline of what to think about when creating your brief, how to start creating one, and what to include, and who should be involved. As a starting point for the vision of your home, the brief is a reference document that is referred back to many times throughout the process of creating your Forever Home, so is a logical starting point to get the process moving. SHOWNOTES Why is Creating a Brief Important? 1. Allows you to create a vision of what you are trying to create, the core things that you need to include in your home, and what's really important for you. 2. It creates a dialogue for everyone who’s involved in the project – all family members, including the kids! You're able to sit down as a family and go through what is it you are trying to create and what's important to each of you. 3. It allows you to assess 'what you need Vs what you want. It allows you to identify key priorities. 4. You can refer back to the briefing document throughout the process to assess floorplans, landscaping, and interiors and how those consultants have responded to the brief Has the briefing requirements been met by what's come back from each consultant? Who is your brief for? Architect/ building designer Landscaper- Interior Designer- What is the feeling you want to create? What sort of functionality do you need, the aesthetic and style you want to live in. What do you need to include in your brief? Think about your vision What's the overall objective of the home? Create a visual brief A visual representation of what you want really helps to show what you love Overall look and feel How do you want to feel when you walk into your home? Overview of the site Provide details of the site. Lifestyle requirements How do you live in the home? How your home is to be used Essential rooms required What do you need to store in your garage What's needed in the space for each room For instance, wanting a desk for your child's bedroom or a guestroom that can be turned into a separate office. Essential Vs Non-negotiable items Make a list of what's essential Vs Nice to Have (space or budget permitting) Sustainable Features What energy efficiency or sustainability measures are you going to incorporate into this design? External components For instance: Pool Any trees you want to retain Is there going to be a fire pit or do you want to have a trampoline? Budget Be honest with your budget. Your architect should know what will be achievable with your budget. Get the experts involved so that you get an idea about what it's going to cost. Always have a contingency. Allow10-20% Ensure you're clear about budgets either being inclusive or exclusive of GST (VAT/tax). Timeframe What are your expectations about when you want to move into your completed home? Design references Create a digital portfolio or a hard copy of the things you like, and architectural styles you love. This provides direction for your consultants. FREE RESOURCES AVAILABLE Creating a brief is a good exercise to get everyone on the same page and to ensure your thoughts and ideas are captured as cohesively as possible so it’s able to be followed. Download our FREE Briefing Template here. Join my webinar- 'The top 5 costly bathroom design mistakes and how to avoid them' as I prepare and arm you with critical information that will save you time and money creating your new bathroom. This will be on Wednesday, 24th November 2021 at 7PM- 8PM AEDT. Click here to register. Book a free 15-minute chat to discuss your project and how we may be able to assist.
15 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Episode 97: My Forever Home LIVE – Floorplans and Getting Them Right
In this Facebook Live, Frances discusses the steps to take if your floorplans are not quite what you want. She outlines the steps you should take to have them meet your objectives, and who you could turn to, to help out in getting them right. Floorplan is king, so you must be happy with your plans before starting any build works for your renovation or new build. SHOWNOTES It's an easy trap to fall into when you have your floorplans and they are not really what you want, so you start to find solutions and re-jig the floorplan yourself to ‘fix the problem’. My experience shows this is not the best approach. You've engaged an architect, building designer, or draftsperson to design the floorplans for you, so it's best to leave this to the experts. So what should you do when your floorplan is not working for you, and it's not how you want it to be? Go back to the Brief you provided your architect/builder designer/draftsperson Identify your core objectives for the home, what you set out to achieve, and your non-negotiables. Check what you communicated with your architect, building designer, or draftsman about what you are trying to create. Has this been reflected in the plans? Review your plans Refer back to the brief and review your plans to see how the response from your architect, builder designer or draftsperson has met your brief. Has it been designed around your core objectives and non-negotiables> What's missing? How is the floor plan meeting your brief, objectives, and requirements? Review your floorplans with your Building Designer You need to be clear about not providing the solution, but rather giving your building designer the opportunity to respond to your concerns. Refer them back to the brief to focus on areas that have been missed, or are not quite right. Be clear about what's not working for you in the plan. Let them explain if there is a reason why something cannot be achieved. Allow them the chance to review your comments and come back with a revised version. For instance, Mudroom is not big enough to store 5 school bags There is no connection to the views we have. There is not enough space in the kitchen for two people to cook Consult another expert You may feel more comfortable having another set of expert eyes go over your floorplan to ‘sanity check’ it's as good as it can be and you're not missing anything. For example, an interior designer will look at things from a completely different perspective. Cut your ties At the end of a lot of backwards and forwards trying to get your plans right, but you still don't feel like you're hitting the mark, it may be the time to cut your losses and find another architect or building designer. As painful as that sounds. it's going to save your thousands of dollars and so much heartache. Imagine you build a home, you know at floorplan stage is not right, where you'll forever regret you didn't sort it out before you started to build. Resources and Services Mentioned in the Podcast Floor Plan Sanity Check Save Yourself from Costly Mistakes Book a floor plan sanity check today. Join the “Renovating and Building your Forever Home” Facebook Group Want to be inspired to create a home you truly love? One that is future proof and adaptable as your family’s needs change? Join our exclusive (but inclusive) Renovating and Building Your Forever Home Facebook Group. Your Forever Home Book Keen to know more? I have dedicated a whole chapter to Floor Plans in my book ‘Your Forever Home’. You can order your copy here. First three chapters of the book FREE If you’d like to receive the first three chapters of the book ‘Your Forever Home’ for FREE, download it here.
9 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Episode 96: My Forever Home- My Forever Home
In this episode of the podcast, Frances outlines a key change to Your Forever Home with a re-name to reflect how she feels about the brand. In the episode, she runs through her thinking behind the change, what it means to you and what it means to all the resources available to you.
16 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Episode 95: My Forever Home LIVE: Tile layout – Snapshot
In this Forever Home Live, Frances answers a question from the Renovating and Building your Forever Home Facebook Community about tile layout. Specifically around laying 300x600mm tiles for floor and walls. She also outlines how to finish splashbacks in power rooms and what to consider to determine the height to finish your tile, the impact of mirrors on tile layout, the height of 300-400mm for functionality purposes, and pattern in a tile affecting cuts and overall aesthetic. A great snapshot of some options surrounding tile layout, and how you should always have a conversation with your tiler BEFORE they lay the tiles.
25 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Episode 94: My Forever Home LIVE: Timber Vs Timber Tile - what's right for you.
In this Facebook Live, Frances outlines the key differences between using engineered timber flooring and timber tile flooring. She walks through the advantages and disadvantages of each and discusses criteria for when you may use one over the other.
33 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Episode 93: My Forever Home LIVE- Creating Wellbeing In Your Home
Health and wellbeing are important now more than ever, as we all navigate through the Covid 19 pandemic. In this episode of the Your Forever Home podcast, Frances outlines different ways that we can incorporate wellness into our homes – through connection to the outdoors, bringing the outside in, use of colour and materials on our homes, and more permanently – designing for wellbeing. Sit back, relax, and delve into all the options to make you feel better in your home. SHOWNOTES In light of lockdowns that have occurred numerous times to many of us, Frances decided it was time to talk about creating wellness for ourselves, and for the people around us, by creating home havens, where we feel nurtured and cocooned, ultimately creating a positive impact on our mental health. How can we create wellness in our home? Private Retreat Create a space that you and other family members can retreat to. A space where someone can relax, recharge and reconnect with themselves. Ideally, this space has doors to maintain privacy and mitigate noise. This room could be: Second living Sunroom Conservatory Retreat or multi-purpose room Connect to the outdoors From sitting in a garden, walking along the beach, to surrounding ourselves with plants and trees, connection to outdoors has a positive impact on our mental health and wellness. Have a vista to a garden or balcony where you have greenery with plants or flowers. Physical connection to balcony, garden or courtyard A view to the sky, the ocean, a garden or tree canopies. Surround yourself with the things you love You need to surround yourself with items that resonate you. Items that you feel connected to so you're surrounded by things that you have meaning and therefore create a sense of being cocooned. It also creates a more relaxed environment to be in, and also aids in feeling a sense of connection and meaning in your life. Having items in your home that mean something to you - it's what makes a "home" a home. Create a curated selection of items that mean something to you, for instance; Items that you’ve collected on your travels Items that you’ve made yourself Something that someone made for you - a family member, a friend or your children Heirloom pieces that tell a story and have meaning Houseplants Frances' number one way to create wellness and relaxation in a home is to bring plants into the home. Plants are a good option to change the way a space looks and FEELS. Plus, plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Some ideas on how to use house plants; Plants in large pots positioned on the floor Plants are perfect for empty corners and nooks Placed on shelves and bookcases – especially trailing plants Plants in hanging pots from beams or ceilings Plants in pots placed on bench tops, tables, dining tables, consoles or buffets. Consider plants being placed at different heights Things to consider to design for wellness when renovating or creating a new home Materials Being Used Toxic and chemicals Make sure that you are not using materials that may affect your physical health. If you want to create wellness. minimise the toxicity and chemicals that are being emitted in your home. Avoid toxic chemicals such as VOCs, those in plastics, polyurethane and formaldehyde. Be mindful of hybrid and vinyl floors as they are full of toxic chemicals that slowly emit into the home over time. Use of Organic and Natural Materials Choosing natural materials means a reduction of toxic chemical compounds being brought into your home. Plus, bringing natural materials is always a great sustainable choice! Anything made of timber – sustainably sourced. Natural Stones Recycled materials Organic textures and petrified timbers. Use of Doors Doors allow you to create privacy, and mitigate unwanted noise in your home – perfect when you need some time and space for relaxation. Design around the landscape Sliding doors or bi-fold doors to create a connection to your garden and the outdoors. Highlight windows or porthole windows enabling you to get a view of the sky. Strategic placement of a window that allows you to see your garden. Colours and Wellness How do you choose colours that allow you to feel relaxed, connected, and recharged? The Colours of Nature Most commonly, most people love; Different shades of Blue Different shades of Green The Colours that You Love Choose colours that you love and have always gravitated to Colours that make you feel relaxed, energized and/or happy Kids Allow your kids to have a bit of creative input in their own space, which will make them happy and more connected. Paint their room colour of their choice (you can provide parameters for this) Add their favourite colour with the use of scatter cushions, artwork, a rug or throw Make a reading nook in a corner of their room to encourage downtime and recharge time. Free resources around the topic: Injecting New Life into your Home Ready to renovate or build but not sure where to start? Get the help of a property expert and save yourself from making costly mistakes with a free Forever Home chat.
16 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Episode 92: Your Forever Home LIVE: Ceiling Fans - what you need to know
In this Facebook Live, Frances discusses the buying criteria for a ceiling fan as not all fans are the same! She outlines why they are worth installing (so many reasons), and the controversial question of fan Vs pendant light in a bedroom. She also runs through why spending a little more on your ceiling fan provides so much more than a standard fan and is worth the investment.
23 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Episode 91: Bathroom Design Essentials – Season Summary
In this final episode of the Bathroom Design Essentials Season, Frances outlines some of the key take-aways from each episode as an easy reference tool for you to know where you need to listen next.
30 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
Episode 90: Bathroom Design Essentials – Key Mistakes to Avoid when Designing your Bathroom
In this episode of the Your Forever Home Podcast, part of the Bathroom Design Essentials Season, Frances outlines some of the major mistakes she sees people make when designing their bathroom. Expensive mistakes that can be avoided, which she outlines in this episode, so you’re not having to live with a less than desirable outcome. This is a must listen if you’re designing your bathroom. SHOWNOTES Major mistakes: No Internal Elevations Homeowners often feel they don’t need internal elevations for their bathroom design, as they feel they can easily instruct the cabinet maker or builder in this area. This can unfortunately lead to lots of (avoidable) issues on siteand ultimately lead to miscommunication and a less than ideal outcome. Benefits of Internal Elevations: Provides a clear roadmap for your builder. Allows your builder to give you an accurate quote. It shows your cabinetry design and fittings. You can view everything before it is built, which allows you to make changes and discuss things with your family during the early stages. Freestanding bath not suitable for the space Adding a freestanding bath that is not suitable for the space is a design compromise. Not only that, but it makes cleaning difficult as it would be hard to reach in behind the bath. . It also needs adequate space between the wall and the bath to give the aesthetic look that a freestanding bath needs. Freestanding baths are also expensive to retrofit because they cost more than a standard bath. Inadequate storage Towels, shampoo bottles, toothbrushes, toilet rolls- you’ll need to find room for all of these things if you haven’t allowed for adequate storage in your bathroom. Don’t compromise storage over aesthetic in your bathroom. Determine what you need to store. Then work out your storage requirements. Don’t underestimate eye height storage Lack of adequate task lighting Consider having task lighting as well as downlights in your bathroom. This will be helpful when you are getting ready in the morning or at night. It is benefitial to have multiple light sources to meet your requirements and also the ability to dial up or dim down as you need to. Tile Layout A shower niche that does not match the tile layout. If there are other tiles at the doorway, it needs to marry up with the tiles in the bathroom so the look is seamless. No Ventilation It is important to have a window that opens in the bathroom. You need to allow the moisture to escape and fresh air to come in. Toilet Position Avoid placing the toilet in front of your bathroom door. If possible, try to tuck your toilet around the back of the door, or to the side. Toilets are expensive to move, but when you are building a new house it’s worth the investment to get an internal elevation as it will help you get the design right – from the start. Mixer inside the shower Consider placing the mixer at the side instead of having it right next to the shower rail so you don’t get wet turning it on. Window treatments Spending a lot of money on window treatments without considering moisture resistant properties and accessibility. Natural Light Consider introducing natural lighting by adding a window at eye height. If it’s not possible, you might want to opt for the following: Skylight- Make sure that it actually opens , and that it has also a blind that can block the sun during the summer. Highlight window Links mentioned in the Podcast Episode 45: Kitchen Design Essentials - Internal Elevations & Joinery Design Why Internal Elevation are Critical for Your Home Blog Services Book a Chat If you’re thinking about renovating or creating a new bathroom, I would love to hear from you. You can contact me by booking a 15 minute chat here. Join the “Renovating and Building your Forever Home” Facebook Group Want to be inspired to create a home you truly love? One that is ‘future proof’ and adaptable as your family's needs change? Join our exclusive (but inclusive) Renovating and Building Your Forever Home Facebook Group.
24 minutes | May 27, 2021
Episode 89: Bathroom Design Essentials- Accessibility and Bathrooms
In this episode of the Your Forever Home podcast Frances covers off the topic of creating a bathroom that is accessible for when you get older, or are less able-bodied. She outlines design elements that can be incorporated now that will make a big difference later on, and some that can simply be provisioned for and installed later. Through her passion for creating ‘Future Proof’ homes, this is another area that adds to the liveability of your home well into the future. SHOWNOTES Bathroom Accessibility Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are the most used space in our home and one of the most difficult and dangerous places for elderly home owners. They are an essential part of your daily routine, yet they hold so many challenges and pose so many risks. Fortunately, there are a range of practical bathroom alterations that will make it safer and easier to use. Walk in shower-step free A walk in shower, without any hurdles upon entry makes a lot of sense. One option is having a curb-less shower entry. It looks great and is also a lot more accessible as they prevent bathroom accidents – such as tripping over the curb while getting in and out of the shower. Add a built-in shower seat Standing in the shower for long periods of time can be difficult for some people, so a built-in shower seat can help give more stability.. However, if it's not within your budget or you don't like how it looks, you might want to consider having a waterproof stool that can be moved in and out when needed. Place grab bars in the shower and near the toilet Grab bars are another excellent feature as they provide good stability and support. You don't necessarily have to install them right away. This is something that you can provision for by pre-determining the length and position of the bars in your bathroom. Install an adjustable shower on a rail with a handheld showerhead This enables you to move the shower head up and down the rail, giving you more options to suit your needs. It is ideal in a family household as it serves many different purposes. A tall person can have the shower head longer and higher up on the rail. Kids can bring the shower head down and lower on the rails. Can be used in cleaning the actual shower. Can be used to wash pets. And for when you are older, you can easily sit on the shower seat and move the handheld shower up and down to reach you Select mixer/lever taps for basin and shower for easier operation Knobs can be difficult to turn when you have arthritis, so having a mixer tap with a lever is easier to use when turning the shower on and adjusting the temperature Cavity sliding doors for ease of opening and closing It enables you to have more space in the actual room and it’s essential for increased accessibility – particularly if you are in a wheelchair or have a walker. Not only are you creating a bigger thoroughfare for entry, it is also easier to maneuver around in within the space. Considerations: Ideally, you need a turning radius of around 150 centimeters The floor surfaces need to be flush so you can easily roll in and out of the space Doorways should beat 900mm Mount the basin close to the edge of the vanity for easier use It is also easier to access if it's at one end. Select easy-glide or soft close drawers for the vanity Make sure that your hardware is qood quality so the drawers glide easily Select higher than standard toilets (becoming more and more common) Higher toilets are now becoming more popular as they allow you to get up and down with ease. I anticipate that this will soon become the new standard. Place toilet min 45cm from any walls, shower screen or bath. 30 or 40 cm is the norm but 45cm is better so that you've got that extra space for maneuvering and accessibility. SERVICES AT WHITE PEBBLE INTERIORS Book a Chat If you’re thinking about renovating or creating a new bathroom, I would love to hear from you. You can contact me by booking a 15 minute chat here. Join the “Renovating and Building your Forever Home” Facebook Group Want to be inspired to create a home you truly love? One that is future proof and adaptable as your family's needs change? Join our exclusive (but inclusive) Renovating and Building Your Forever Home Facebook Group.
18 minutes | May 23, 2021
Episode 88: Bathroom Design Essentials – Powder Rooms
In this Forever Home podcast episode, Frances outlines how to get the most out of your Powder room -whether it’s the family powder room, or one for guests, she provides design suggestions on how to get the most out of both of these spaces. From injecting personality into your guest powder room, to adding lots of storage so the main powder room can be utilised as an ‘overflow getting ready’ space when kids no longer want to share the family bathroom. This episode will make you revisit powder room design to maximise it’s functionality, and maximise it’s aesthetic appeal. SHOWNOTES: Family Powder Room This sits next to the family or main bathroom so it needs to work really hard for you. When designing your powder room, you need to take into consideration that it may be used as an overflow room eg for getting ready or a separate space for kids or teenagers. What needs to be considered; Adequate storage - include a proper vanity with good bench space and avoid having a pedestal basin or a wall-mounted basin, so that it provides a large enough area so you can also get ready if need be Good task lighting - add task lighting that illuminates your face which will be helpful if you need to use the space to get ready (i.e shave or do make up) Add powerpoints- for toothbrush, hairdryer, shaver etc. Good size mirror Guest Powder Room The guest powder room provides a golden opportunity to break some rules and add personality into the space. Options to consider: Bright or bold colours. Wallpapers- psychedelic, bright florals, linen, botanical or iridescent. Be mindful not to use paper-based wall papers in a powder room, instead go for a commercial grade vinyl as it is washable and heavy duty. Wild tiles- can be installed on walls or floors. A fantastic talking point for your guests. Consider either embossed or neutral. Spectacular lighting- add an amazing pendant light for effect YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS MY “Beautiful Bathroom Design Made Easy” online course! I am excited to introduce my new online course Beautiful Bathroom Design Made Easy! If you are planning on renovating or building a new bathroom and: Struggling with the overwhelm Not sure where to start Worried about making costly mistakes Then this course is for you. Your bathroom is an important room as you start and finish each day in it, so you want to get it right! To help with this, I have developed an online course called Beautiful Bathroom Design Made Easy which arms you with knowledge and guides you through the exact process I have used over the last 10 + years as an interior designer to help my clients create their perfect bathroom. And with this course, you can do it yourself – it’s like having access to an interior designer without having to pay for one! As a SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER I have heavily discounted the price for this course from $197 to $97 – a $100 saving! But this is a limited offer and only available until 6pm Sunday 30 May - you won’t see this price again so don’t miss out! Click here to join. Book a Chat If you’re thinking about renovating or creating a new bathroom, I would love to hear from you. You can contact me by booking a 15-minute chat here. Join the “Renovating and Building your Forever Home” Facebook Group Want to be inspired to create a home you truly love? One that is future-proof and adaptable as your family's needs change? Join our exclusive (but inclusive) Renovating and Building Your Forever Home Facebook Group.
17 minutes | May 13, 2021
Episode 87: Bathroom Design Essentials – Bathroom Decorating
In this episode of Your Forever Home, Frances outlines several decorating tips on how to create a warm and inviting bathroom. She offers plenty of insight and advice to allow you to make the finishing touches to your bathroom to create a space you can be proud of. There’s nothing worse than a sparse bathroom with no soul, so this episode will give you confidence to try her creative and insightful ideas. From plants, towels and mirrors, to artwork, stools and baskets – there’s plenty to experiment with to make your bathroom a haven! SHOWNOTES Plants Adding plants is a number one rule of thumb in decorating across the entire home. In a bathroom, plants add a beautiful lease of life. They generate oxygen and add an instant "lived in” feeling and a sense of calm. Most plants thrive in bathrooms because of the high humidity and moisture. Examples: Add a trailing pot like a devil’s ivy on window sills, shelves or shower niche Put plants on plant stands as they add height to a corner Hangi plants from the ceiling Pop a small plant on your vanity Plants to try: Devil’s Ivy Orchid- to add a little bit of colour Chain of hearts Spider plants- you can hang them as they drape beautifully Air plants Towels Towels are a fantastic way to inject texture, pattern and colour into the space. It can also reflect your mood or serve as a seasonal décor. Keep in mind, try to marry the colours of the towels with the tone of the bathroom- I.e cool or warm tones. Artwork A painted wall is an ideal location for hanging artwork. Try leaving a wall free of tiles to allow for hanging artwork.. It adds personality and a unique touch to the space. Examples: Artwork from travels A piece of artwork that makes you feel relaxed and calm Artwork with your favourite colours Mirrors Shaving cabinetscome in a variety of different shapes which can add to the aesthetic and also give additional storage space. In a powder room where storage requirements are not as necessary, opt for a decorative mirror Framed mirrors can add an element of design. Opt for organic shapes such as oval or round as it can break up all the rectangles in the space. It’s also softer and more visually appealing. Baskets Baskets always make a space feel homey and inviting. They can be purely decorative or can be an added storage option. You can use a basket for many things, including somewhere to store your:Plants Towels Toilet rolls Stools Can be placed in the corner, by the bath or even in the shower. Used as a side table when in the bath You can place a plant on it I love vintage timber stools as it adds character and texture to the space! YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS MY NEXT FREE WEBINAR! “The 5 Costly Bathroom Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them” Are you aware of the top 5 costly bathroom design mistakes and how to avoid them? Join me in this webinar as I prepare and arm you with critical information that will save you time and money creating your new bathroom. Far too many people make costly mistakes when creating their new bathroom – don’t let this be you! Book a Chat If you’re thinking about renovating or creating a new kitchen, I would love to hear from you. You can contact me by booking a 15 minute chat. Join the “Renovating and Building your Forever Home” Facebook Group Want to be inspired to create a home you truly love? One that is future proof and adaptable as your family's needs change? Join our exclusive (but inclusive) Renovating and Building Your Forever Home Facebook Group.
15 minutes | May 7, 2021
Episode 86: Bathroom Design Essentials – The Importance of Internal Elevations
Frances is super passionate about this topic, and it clearly shows in this episode of Bathroom Design Essentials. Frances outlines the importance of internal elevations so you can create a well designed bathroom that allows you to be involved in the design process, make informed decisions, and mitigate expensive mistakes. Internal elevations also provide the builder with details of exactly what they are building, along with providing the opportunity for a more accurate quote. SHOWNOTES What is an Internal Elevation? Unlike a floorplan which gives you an aerial view of your design, an internal elevation drawing allows you to see the design “front on”. It will help you to avoid mistakes on site and allow you to have fixed price quoting It also has a big impact on your overall design as it helps you to map out the layout of the space. Why do you need Internal Elevations? Not having them is similar to instructing your builder to navigate without a map. It can lead to expensive mistakes and design disappointments that could have been avoided. You might miss the opportunity to get the design right. Cabinetry Drawings versus Internal Elevations Some people get confused between cabinetry drawings and internal elevations. The main difference is cabinetry drawings show “joinery only’ and nothing else, whereas internal elevations show you the whole wall set upfront on. Allowing for a better “overall” design view. How does having an Internal Elevation for your bathroom help? It allows you to view your bathroom design “front on” rather than an “aerial view”. It gives you detail of your bathroom design which instructs your builder what he needs to do, including: joinery design (drawers, doors, heights, benchtop thickness) tile size and location placement of taps (wall, bench or basin mounted) and shower (ceiling or wall-mounted) placement of towel rails and toilet roll holders shower niche placement, size, and finish powerpoints, mirror and cabinet placements shower screen type, length, and height Allows you to understand how the proposed spaces and rooms will look. Helps assist you with decision making by letting you actualise visualise the location of vanities, windows, doors and powerpoints By knowing the position of all the critical items in the room, you are able to make other dependent decisions Eg. wall finishes, extent of tiling around a bath, sink or window. Far too often, we see people with only floorplans showing the aerial view of their cabinetry layout, or internal elevations with minimal design detail which opens up so much room for error, misinterpretation and misunderstanding about expectations on the final outcome. It’s a costly to get it wrong, so having an internal elevation is a key factor in mitigating mistakes, both before and once you start building. Much of the design thinking is done at floor plan stage, and critical thinking about functionality and space planning happens with the drawings. This is where interior designers can really show their value around creating spaces that work! LINKS MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST: Why Internal Elevations are Critical For Your Home Blog Episode 45: Kitchen Design Essentials- Internal Elevations and Joinery Design SERVICES AT WHITE PEBBLE INTERIORS The 5 Costly Bathroom Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Are you aware of the top 5 costly bathroom design mistakes and how to avoid them? Join Frances in this webinar as she prepares and arms you with critical information that will save you time and money creating your new bathroom. Far too many people make costly mistakes when creating their new bathroom – don’t let this be you! Book a Chat If you’re thinking about renovating or creating a new kitchen, Frances would love to hear from you. You can contact Frances by booking a 15 minute chat with her. Join the “Renovating and Building your Forever Home” Facebook Group Want to be inspired to create a home you truly love? One that is future proof and adaptable as your family's needs change? Join our exclusive (but inclusive) Renovating and Building Your Forever Home Facebook Group.
49 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Episode 85: Bathroom Design Essentials – Bathroom Lighting
Frances welcomes guest James Lambrou from Est Lighting to the podcast for this episode of Your Forever Home. Together they chat about Bathroom Lighting and key considerations to think about to ensure your bathroom not only looks fabulous, but is also functional. They also discuss functional and aesthetic lighting, and how to use both to light up a space - including colour, temperature and side lighting. SHOWNOTES: Good bathroom lighting shows consideration of 3 elements- functional, mood, and time of day. Bathroom lighting needs to balance shadow and mood for functionality. You also need to consider bathroom fittings as it forms part of the overall design look and feel as they can add personality to a space. Natural Lighting Natural Lighting is the best lighting in a bathroom. It’s a core consideration when designing bathroom spaces. It’s important to think about window placement, the size of the windows and how your window is going to provide good lighting. Artificial Lighting Wall lighting You can achieve a relaxed mood in your bathroom by using wall lights. When looking for wall lighting, you need to consider if it gives off an indirect or direct light. Direct lighting is more practical as it provides a good amount of light on your face which is handy for getting ready in the morning – especially for putting on makeup or shaving! Other considerations: Custom joinery lighting- direct lighting works best on custom joinery pieces with mirrors, incorporating a low glare diffuser such as led channels or a milky lens. This will give you a beautiful amount of lighting covering the whole area of your face. On a separate light switch, it could double up as mood lighting. For practical use, place the led lighting vertically, 8-14 mil width. Placing it below will not give you functionality but will give you more overall ambiance and aesthetic. Layering of lighting will give you the ability to be able to dial it up or dial it down. Downlights Downlights are fine if they are not used as the sole light source in a space. To prevent shadows, avoid putting downlight in front of the basin but rather put it behind you and then add another light source. If it’s not possible, place it slightly in front of you so it lights up the space - and your face! If you have a shower space that needs a lighting solution, it is best to remove any downlights and just add an IP 67 led strip within the cavity to the corners of the wall. This will give you a good amount of light which will highlight the textures and materials of the shower tiles. Pros: Create a great aesthetic Nowadays they are much smaller and less intrusive Types of downlights: Recessed Beam angle Types of Lighting Placement Uplighting -a beautiful way to light bathrooms Lighting from below- ideal for showers that have textured walls to accentuate the materials and texture. Frequent go to Recommended Brand XAL- an Austrian manufacturer of high-quality LED lighting systems. They have plenty of off-the-shelf surface-mounted strip lights to choose from. Suggestions: Recessed LED strip- mimics natural lighting as it provides light across the whole room. Articolo Lighting – offers beautiful decorative lighting that gives you a good warm blast of light. Information on IP rating regulations: IP 44- A product that has a rating of IP44 means that it is protected against solid objects and water splashing from all directions. Thus, IP 44 is suitable for bathroom fittings. Non IP rated- should be placed at the far corner of the bathroom, at least two meters away from any running water. It will also depend on the discretion of the installer if they would allow a non IP rated product. IP 67- You don’t need an IP 67 in a bathroom, but if you are thinking about adding lighting in the shower or around the bath, IP 67 is the safest option. IP 55- downlights must be at least IP 55 because they can withstand direct water contact. Make sure: The electrician signs off on the installation and fitting Any fitting must be a minimum of 60 cm away from any water flow Cool vs Warm light For bathroom lighting, the main go to for warm spectrum lighting is the 2,700 Kelvin Light, and for cooler lighting, the 4,000 Kelvin Light would be a good option. Be mindful of choosing thecolour temperature for bathrooms as it needs to match the colour tone of the space. (I.e Greys=Cool, Beige= Warm) It is a good idea to have a separate switch for each colour temperature. For instance, you can use 2,700 Kelvin Lights during the night for the warm ambiance and 4,000 Kelvin Lights during the day for practical use. Key Considerations: Switching - being able to switch the light from warm temperatures to cool temperatures is an advantage IP rating Bathroom space- look at the space from a three-dimensional and holistic viewpoint. Start by looking at the space from the ground then move your way up – including the sides. The colour tone of the bathroom Position and placement of your lighting Functionality An opportunity to add personality into the space Light fittings Important links mentioned in the podcast EST Lighting Est Lighting is about balancing practical lighting tools with thoughtfully selected decorative pieces to arrive at a balanced lighting design for any space — solutions that sit comfortably and work in unison with the chosen environment. Visit their website here: https://estlighting.com.au/ EST Lighting Showroom Sydney 479 Bourke St Surry Hills NSW 2010 Australia Melbourne 14 Willis St Richmond VIC 3121 Australia XAL Articolo Services at White Pebble Interiors Book a Chat If you’re thinking about renovating or creating a new kitchen, Frances would love to hear from you. You can contact Frances by booking a 15 minute chat with her. 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31 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Episode 84: Bathroom Design Essentials – Showroom Vanities
Frances is joined again by Cathryn Matchett and Trisha Narde from Reece Bathroom Life, to discuss the options available for showroom vanities. They also outline some of the comparisons with customised vanities, and why one would be better suited over another. SHOWNOTES Showroom Vanity Vs Customised Vanities Showroom vanities are the vanities that are on display at stores. It allows you to see and know exactly what vanity you are buying. Custom vanities are bespoke and designed based on your needs, and preference for materials, finishes and sizes. Considerations: Price Designer vanities (i.e Zuster) typically start at $1,500 / metre With other brands, a typical 1,200cm long vanity would cost $2,5000-2,800 which already includes the top and the vanity in any finish options. Vanities with ceramic top(1200cm) long start at $1,600 Good Quality Criteria For cabinetry, laminate is a basic option and looks natural, however if you want a better quality finish, Zuster would be a good brand to consider. It contains elements of real timber The quality of material is supreme- drawer runners and hardwares. Natural timbers- as long as they are sealed correctly and have been properly treated, they can work in a bathroom Fully extendable drawer runners – they maximise functionality as they allow greater access in the drawer A lifetime guarantee on drawer runners and hardware Vanity Trends Timber vanities – both light and dark options add warmth to the room Vertical group vanities - they have more depth, texture and personality and are ideal for beach houses. Curved vanities- aesthetically they are softer and more practical because they don’t have sharp corners. Fully hung vanities – they create the illusion of space in the bathroom and are ideal for small bathrooms. Above counter basins – visually they add so much more to the space Handles This is a design element that needs to be considered when choosing a vanity as they can be used as a feature There are a variety of colours to choose from – including chrome, black, brushed nickel, gold etc. They can be personalised based on your style If handles are customised, they will typically take between 4-10 weeks from date of order Australian Manufacturer All vanities sold in Reece stores are manufactured in Australia. Warranties Showroom vanities come with 10-year warranties. Important links mentioned in the podcast Reece and Zuster Collaboration Reece Reece is Australia's largest plumbing and bathroom supplies business. Their plumbing and bathroom products are sourced both locally and internationally and can be found in over 600 locations across Australia. Visit their Website here. Reece Richmond showroom You can visit the showroom at 641-643 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia. Services at White Pebble Interiors Book a Chat If you’re thinking about renovating or creating a new kitchen, Frances would love to hear from you. You can contact Frances by booking a 15 minute chat with her. Join the “Renovating and Building your Forever Home” Facebook Group Want to be inspired to create a home you truly love? One that is future proof and adaptable as your family's needs change? Join our exclusive (but inclusive) Renovating and Building Your Forever Home Facebook Group.
31 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Episode 83: Bathroom Design Essentials-Basins
In this episode of Your Forever Home, Frances has guests Cathryn Matchett and Trisha Narde from Reece Bathroom Life to discuss different types of basins available and when one may be more suitable over another. They chat through different material types along with what to look for in a quality basin. Lots to learn to make good basin decisions. SHOWNOTES Types of Basins Above counter- A popular wash basin that sits above the counter. Can be used as a featurepiece in your bathroom They are aesthetically pleasing because it allows you to show off the basin’s beautiful design characteristic, colour and palette They provide more storage underneath The basin is deeper compared to other basins so are ideal for families Undermount- Opposite to the above counter basin because the whole basin sits underneath the bench. Available in different shapes A clean and simple aesthetic Doesn’t allow a lot of storage underneath More difficult to clean Semi inset- Half of the basin is above the counter and the other half is underneath. Semi Recessed-A wash basin mounted on a furniture unit or worktop. The rear half of the wash basin is recessed into the top of the unit and all the pipe work can be concealed. The front half of the basin protrudes in front of the unit. Wall mounted basins- are a great choice for small bathrooms or powder room as they are mounted against the wall. Washstands- these wash basins are commonly seen in hotels and nightclubs. They stand on the floor and are all in one piece. Types of Materials Steel- has beautiful,fine edges compared to ceramic and available in various different finishes. Solid surface- made up of crushed minerals mixed with resin. Typically above counter basins are made in solid surface material and it is available in different finishes ranging from matte to gloss. Porcelain/ Ceramic- these are the traditional materials for basins, and fortunately there have been many technological advancements in ceramic. For instance, Laufen, a swiss manufacturing company, makes ceramic with a mineral found in sapphires soit gives the material a flexural strength, equal to that of steel. It has the potential to have wafer-thin edges. Concrete Basins- wash basins that are made of cement. Porous material so it's a little bit difficult to clean. If not properly sealed, it could stain and discolour. Types of Colours, Textures and Finishes Matte Finish- available in solid surface materials Coloured basins- for cement or porcelain basins. Ceramic in pottery- For instance, Robert Gordon creates basins with different types of glazes Different Buying Criteria Shape- Rounded shape basins are recommended (such as oval), but you can also buy rectangular or soft square. Ease of cleaning Depth of the basin Which type of bathroom the basin is going into- For instance, typically you would like a beautiful basin in a master en suite, but a more simple option in the main bathroom. Price points Undermount basins- approx $300 Above counter basins- depending on material and quality, between $500-550 High quality basins from Laufendepending on their size, between $1,200-1,500 Solid surface- between $550-$700 What's popular at the moment? Basins that have an Organic shape – eg circle, d-shape Important links mentioned in the podcast: Caroma SaphirKeramik Reece Reece is Australia's largest plumbing and bathroom supplies business. Their plumbing and bathroom products are sourced both locally and internationally and can be found in over 600 locations across Australia. Visit their Website here. Reece Richmond showroom You can visit the showroom at 641-643 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia. Services at White Pebble Interiors Book a Chat If you’re thinking about renovating or creating a new kitchen, Frances would love to hear from you. You can contact Frances by booking a 15 minute chat with her. Join the “Renovating and Building your Forever Home” Facebook Group Want to be inspired to create a home you truly love? One that is future proof and adaptable as your family's needs change? Join our exclusive (but inclusive) Renovating and Building Your Forever Home Facebook Group.
15 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Episode 82: Your Forever Home LIVE- Timber Floors – to replace or not
In this Forever Home Live, Frances discusses the options available to you if your solid timber floors are looking tired and yellow. Frances provides sound advice on what CAN be done that prevents you from laying down a brand new floor and outlines limitations with going over the top of a current floor. This is a great episode if you’re looking to save money and want to achieve the best aesthetic and superior outcome, plus kick some sustainability goals at the same time.
42 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Episode 81: Bathroom Design Essentials – All there is the know about Baths
Description: Not sure how to choose the right bath? Then this is the episode for you. Cathryn Matchett and Trisha Narde are back from Reece Bathroom Life to chat with Frances about all things baths. They discuss the different bath finishes, along with key considerations for free standing baths, opposed to hob or inset baths. Why choose one bath type over another, buying criteria and how you actually go about choosing the right bath for you. There is plenty to learn from this episode. SHOWNOTES Different Types of Baths Freestanding Baths Back to wall- these are freestanding baths attached to the wall. One advantage is rather than needing to clean all the way around the bath, you just need to clean the sides and front. Plus, it’s ideal for smaller spaces. Back to corner- a great choice when you need to save some space. Hob/ Inset Bath A bath that is installed in a hob. Most of them are flat-rimmed. An advantage is that you can install flushing all the way around which gives you protection against water runoff. Types of finishes available and advantages of each Cast Iron- also known as pressed steel. There are different quality options available for this type of finish. Advantages: Can be re-enameled and repaired easily Stronger and more premium than acrylic baths Scratch resistant Retains heat NB Kaldewei is a German manufacturer producing pressed steel that is stain resistant, scratch resistant and UV resistant. They also offer a 30 year warranty. Acrylic- This material has improved a lot over the last 10-15 years and is now manufactured using sanitary grade acrylic, which prevents the material from turning yellow. Advantages: Lightweight- can be transported easily. Cost-effective Can be molded into different shapes and sizes. Solid Surface- A lot of freestanding baths are made from solid surface. This material is similar to stone, where minerals are crushed and mixed with resin. Advantages: Non-porous and dense Indestructible Scratch resistant Easy to clean. Disadvantage: The material is very heavy and needs extra support on the floor Limestone Bath- A luxury and beautiful material. Advantages: It retains more heat than any other material A premium looking product Buying Criteria and Consideration Size – what size works best for the size of the bathroom Shape - different shapes for different looks I.e. Egg-shaped Comfortability - when visiting a showroom, it is a must to hop into the bath and give it a try before buying. Style and design - what look and feel do you want for your bathroom Shower bath- The bath needs to have both a flat end and an inclined end so that you can either soak in it as a bath or be able to stand under the shower. Durability Price points An inset bath made with acrylic material - estimated price: $450 A pressed steel bath - estimated price: $1600-$1700 Back to wall or corner baths (depending on the material); Acrylic - estimated price: $1800 Solid surface- estimated price: $3600 Luxury Limestone – ranges from $5,000- $6,000 Misc Acrylic materials are a safe option for baths Solid surface has high integrity Be mindful of materials manufactured using lots of resins as they are more likely to turn yellow. It is well worth investing in a surface that is not susceptible to scratching. Important links mentioned in the podcast: Kaldewei Reece Reece is Australia's largest plumbing and bathroom supplies business. Their plumbing and bathroom products are sourced both locally and internationally and can be found in over 600 locations across Australia. Visit their Website here. Reece Richmond showroom You can visit the showroom at 641-643 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia. Services at White Pebble Interiors Book a Chat If you’re thinking about renovating or creating a new kitchen, Frances would love to hear from you. You can contact Frances by booking a 15 minute chat with her. Join the “Renovating and Building your Forever Home” Facebook Group Want to be inspired to create a home you truly love? One that is future proof and adaptable as your family's needs change? Join our exclusive (but inclusive) Renovating and Building Your Forever Home Facebook Group.
12 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Episode 80: Your Forever Home Live – Floor Plans – Meeting your Lifestyle
In this Forever Home Live, Frances walks through an example of a floorplan she reviewed with a client, and how really examining the clients core objectives for their home to meet their lifestyle questioned some aspects of the home. The discussion lead to a massive improvement on the use of the space, enabled better privacy for everyone, and saved them heaps of money by not renovating unnecessary wet areas. Big win for everyone! Key learning – really scrutinise your floorplans well before you start building, for the best outcome!
27 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Episode 79: Bathroom Design Essentials – Choosing your Toilet
In this episode of the Bathroom Design Essentials Season, Frances welcomes back Cathryn Matchett and Trisha Narde from Reece Bathroom Life. Together they discuss all there is to know about choosing the right toilet. There is a lot more the buying a toilet than you may think, like height, pan type, rimless design and self cleaning. There is plenty to learn in this episode so you can select a toilet that will right for your home. SHOWNOTES Toilets Different types of toilets Back to Wall The cistern is hard up against the wall. It’s easy to clean. Close coupled toilet- Old fashioned style of back to wall toilet. A cost effective style where the cistern sits on top. You can choose to have an over height pan or a standard height pan. Standard height pan- sits 400 mil off the floor. Over height pan sits between- 425- 450 mil off the floor, depending on the brand. It is ideal for tall people or those who have mobility issues. It does cost a bit more because there are more materials involved in the manufacturing process. Rimless Toilet A toilet without a box room. It has a direct flush technique that shoots water around the edge of a smooth pan. As there is no rim, rimless toilets are easy to clean and more hygienic than a traditional toilet. The range of price points are reasonable. Smart Toilet Similar to rimless toilets, smart toilets are easy to clean and more hygienic. It has a built-in spray in the toilet seat which will wash and dry for you. You can control everything with a remote - including water pressure, temperature and the position of the wand for self-cleaning. Wall Cisterns The water tank that flushes the toilet is hidden so you only see the toilet pan at the cistern.. I Ideal for small bathroom spaces. Be mindful that it doesn’t work with every stud wall. If you have a brick wall, you will need to create another wall inside. With a hidden cistern, you can choose either a floating pan or one that sits on the floor. Something else to consider is the colour of the flush button as colours are limited. A lot of clients prefer to use white as it blends in with the wall tiles. Flush plates are sensor operated. To access the flush mechanism, you may wish to install an access panel for ease. This will allow you to access a few of the movable parts inside the cistern. Good Quality Toilet Key considerations: Type of materials A clean coat on top of the ceramic Design features- I.e Roberto Columba and Patricia Urquiola Design Components - beautifully designed products will cost more Cost effective options can sometimes have an inferior flush mechanism Recommended Brand Geberit from Switzerland 15-year warranty One molded piece in the system A lot smoother and more comfortable Coloured Toilets Coloured toilets are making their way into the Australian market so keep an eye out for them. When choosing toilets, itsimportant to visit showrooms and actually sit on them . You can’t possibly know if it’s going to be comfortable unless you sit on it! Important links mentioned in the podcast: Geberit Laufen Palomba Collection Designed by Roberto Palumbo Laufen Sonar Designed by Patricia Urquiola Reece Reece is Australia's largest plumbing and bathroom supplies business – found in over 600 locations across Australia.. Their plumbing and bathroom products are sourced both locally and internationally. Visit their Website here. Reece Richmond showroom You can visit the showroom at 641-643 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia. Services at White Pebble Interiors Book a Chat If you’re thinking about renovating or creating your kitchen get in touch with Frances directly, by booking a 15 minute chat with her. Renovating and Building your Forever Home Facebook Group Want to be inspired to create a home your truly love, that is future proof and adaptable as your family's needs change? Join our exclusive (but inclusive) Renovating and Building Your Forever Home Facebook Group.
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