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Balancing architecture with interior design: Craig South


Rather than treating interior design as a finishing touch, architect Craig South suggests a collaborative approach can be much more effective.

 

Craig South

 

Architects and interior designers have traditionally tended to work apart but, in my experience, it’s far better to have both on the same page and working together from an early stage. Having a shared design vision is the best guarantee of an inspiring outcome.

There may be a perception that the architect’s job stops at the front door, yet more often than not external form flows through to the interior and this, in turn, will influence how the interior comes together. Good communication between the architect and interior designer ensures both can be focussed on the same goal of creating spaces that people will enjoy living in. That means spaces that are functional and that will work well with a building’s form and aesthetics.

When an architect and interior designer are in sync over key decisions, such as what materials will be used, a high level of overall consistency can be achieved. Built-in features like window seats are a good example of how interior design and architecture can be linked in this way. Some might see them as a bit of a throwback, but window seats are great for storage and, if built in the right places, offer lovely little spots for enjoying views and sun. Similarly, built-in bookshelves and places for ornaments really help breathe life and personality into a home.

 

Craig South

 

When planning a new home, I’d suggest getting an interior designer on board as early as possible to kick start these positive design synergies, even if all you have is a concept drawing. Decisions on smart use of space for storage – or how best to frame views or site a fireplace – can be made in unison and with the client’s needs front and centre. Involving the interior designer early also streamlines their own decision-making on furnishing and finishing.

In my day to day practice, I am privileged to work alongside an in-house interiors team and find that being able to bounce ideas between us is very helpful to the overall design process. We also collaborate with other interior designers at various stages of our projects and find that to be invaluable to the end result.

Take something as specific as a kitchen: it makes sense to bring the architect and interior designer together and let them know exactly how you want that space to perform. You can even show them where you envisage standing at your kitchen bench. A good mutual understanding of the space being created will get you off to a flying start.

 

Craig South

 

What we constantly strive to do in our own practice, as architects and designers, is to create playful, easy to use spaces. Our goal is not simply to create houses as shelter, but homes with personality that include all those special bespoke touches that add up to an enjoyable way of life.

 

Architect Craig South
Craig South

 


At its best, architecture and interior design are a kind of ‘pas de deux’, both working in tandem to produce a harmonised whole.
www.allso.co.nz


 

Is affordable architecture an oxymoron?

Is affordable architecture an oxymoron?


I don’t come across many clients (actually none), who have an unlimited budget. When to even build a stock standard house will extend the reach of many New Zealanders, it leads us to carefully consider where we are putting our money and question the default settings on architectural design.

 

Is affordable architecture an oxymoron?

Do you build three double bedrooms, a double garage, walk in robes, ensuites and sculleries to protect resale value when there is now just the two of you at home? Do the kids get a double room and bathroom each? If we follow the contemporary patterns, the house size is large and the goals start to become unattainable and can rob you of the opportunity for a bit of architectural excitement.

A good architectural designer will sensitively record and follow your brief. And that is just it; it is your brief. You have the most power at that early stage to influence the project and cost by what you ask for. With this in mind I challenge my clients to really prioritise their wish list. If it is a well written brief, it will beautifully reflect their desired day to day lifestyle rather than prescribe a number and size of rooms.

Describing a lifestyle leaves room for creativity. If you get it right, that covered outdoor living area where you actually want to spend most of your time living, won’t be cut in the cost savings because it has a higher value than a walk-in wardrobe.

 

Ben Brady
Linetype Architectural Director & Designer   Ben Brady

 



 

Brownie Construction

Creating next generation homes: Brownie Construction


Specialising in high-end architectural new builds and renovations, James Brownie leads a team of expert builders, providing a full range of residential and commercial construction services to the highest possible standard.

Brownie Construction

The qualified team were hand-picked by James and have undertaken advanced, up-to-date training. Ensuring a high standard of workmanship throughout every project is vital, James says. “Our crews are experienced across all areas and we work with trusted architects, engineers and sub-contractors to provide consistency and high-quality craftmanship to every project.”
One of Brownie Construction’s up-and-coming projects includes a stunning residential home overlooking Coronet Peak in Queenstown, currently in design stage. “Situated at the end of a 100m driveway, the north-facing four-bedroom home will feature a loft and a two-storey garage, cedar cladding, an exposed schist chimney, and polished concrete floors throughout – with underfloor heating.”

The team has also begun work on a new two-storey home on the Cashmere Hills in Christchurch. Both projects have a focus on a ‘passive living’ style, with the use of high-performance structural insulated panels. Super-insulated and airtight, the New Zealand Made Smart Structural Insulation Panels (NZSIP) help build next-generation, healthy, energy-efficient homes. “This new technology is becoming more common, while being more environmentally friendly, you are also saving money in the long-term.”
From design and pricing to completion and landscaping, Brownie Construction provides the complete package, along with excellent project management.


Phone James on 027 3034 810, email enquiries@brownieconstruction.co.nz or visit www.brownieconstruction.co.nz for more information.