Working with a building designer

Nov 24, 2016

interior designer canberra

Designing your home is the most important step in the knock down rebuild or new home build process.

Everything stems from the design process. It is, after all, what you will end up living in when the house is built! This is exciting…yet terrifying at the same time.

Some people are so keen to get things moving that they don’t spend enough time in the design phase; afraid to ask questions and expecting that things can be changed later down the track (which is not always the case).

Others are so concerned with making bad decisions that they stay forever in the design phase; worried that forgetting or overlooking something will mean living in less than perfection when the process comes to an end.

It is tricky to know how much time to dedicate, and in the end it depends on how well you already know what you want.

Adam Hobill, Building Designer from Adam Hobill Design says, “It is important to leave some room for design exploration, unless you are absolutely set on a specific design. If this is the case, you might consider going straight to a draftsperson who can draw up your plans to spec.”

And what to do if you have no idea what you want?

Adam says there are still ways to ensure that the design is an authentic reflection of your style and functional needs. These include:

  1. Putting together a scrapbook of designs, layouts, colours, etc that have caught your eye.
  2. Writing down the primary functions that your design needs to achieve. How many bedrooms must you have? Where do you spend your most time? Is it important to have an open plan layout?
  3. Being on the same page with your partner before speaking to a designer; there’s nothing worse than a designer having to interpret mixed messages or play mediator.
  4. Considering high quality spaces rather than high quantity spaces. These are the trademark of exceptional design.
  5. Staying true to your brief and not being heavily influenced by other people. Stay focussed and disciplined on meeting your own needs, rather than “Keeping up with the Joneses”.

And at the end of the day, “Allow scope for innovation,” says Adam. “The person you have engaged is a professional designer and problem solver. Trust in their ideas and give them room to breathe. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and definitely do not be afraid to put forward suggestions.

Design is a process, just like building your new home is a process. So long as there is trust and communication, you are likely to get a great outcome.”

Adam has recently authored a book titled Nail It, which helps prepare and educate those embarking on a new home build by sharing the process and pitfalls that can be experienced during the building process, as well as an array of tips on staying on budget and on time.

At Rosin Bros, we are dedicated to an exceptional outcome with each and every build. We work with the best in the ACT – from building designers such as Adam to interior designers, foremen and tradespeople.

Happy customers are our best source of new customers, and after 20 years of building homes we know what it takes to ensure a great build every time.

Read more about our own building process, or to discuss your knock down rebuild or new home build plans with Robert or Danny Rosin, call 6247 4799 or email

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