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It's time to get inspired! The building/renovation process could be a long journey so it is important to get off to a positive start.

Here are some ideas to help you on your way:

  • Go to your local library and search for books on houses of all different styles and designs. If possible, include a book on building construction.

  • While you are at the library (or bookshop) try to find an art book, preferably with lots of colour prints in it, which covers different styles of art as well.

  • Check your newsagent or friends' coffee tables for house, kitchen or home style magazines.

  • Keep an eye out for any pictures that catch your eye, a photo of a garden or bookshelf or a window - anything!

  • Buy a big scrap book, some pencils and glue.
Once you have all these, it's time to sit down and go through what you've found. If you have a partner or family it's important at this stage to develop a feel for everyone's different tastes so

  • Keep the scrap book open and try to have everyone make a contribution at this first meeting.

  • Go through the art book with some post-its and ask everyone to mark the paintings they like. This will give you an idea of how similar or different your aesthetic interests really are.

  • Make some notes of ideas which appeal to everyone.

  • Write a list of points that you like and/or don't like about the house you are currently living in.

  • Write down things that you'd like to have in a new house.


Remember, this is a creative process and the objective is to glean as many ideas from a variety of sources to help you formulate your own design.

Have fun and don't be afraid to think outside the square.


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