Recommended NZ | Guide to Money | Gimme: Competitions - Giveaways

Creating A Dream Home

Mark Tregoweth
Mark Tregoweth

If you’re planning to build or contemplating a renovation the key to creating a dream home lies in understanding your needs and preparing to explore the opportunities available.

Reading magazines, browsing through books, attending open homes and consulting with experts marks the start of a project as research is gathered.

Knowing what you need and understanding what you can afford will lessen the load in making decisions.
Discussing finances with banks and other advisors before purchasing a property or starting renovations avoids costly complications. While you might decide on the type of dream home you want quickly, you may not be able to afford it if you don’t have the cash or finances behind you.

With a budget in place and options in mind the task of turning a dream home into reality gains momentum.
Meetings with architects and designers lead to house plans and concept drawings, and more commitment before council consents, contracts with tradesmen and meetings with consultants move your project along.

From framing walls to a roof, bricks and mortar, weatherboard and other wall linings, windows and doors, a building is quickly constructed.

Indoors as rooms begin to take shape the opportunity to be creative and inject colour lay ahead in interior design.
Whether your taste is contemporary, traditional or morphing into minimalism consider the space available and create an interior that will soothe, satisfy and become a sanctuary.

Acknowledge your ability and employ expert advice if you doubt your DIY skills or don’t have the time to dedicate to a project.

Give special consideration to key rooms such as the kitchen, bathrooms and living areas as they are crucial to your investment.

Future proof your project by installing items that may be optional now but that are likely to be imperative in years to come, such as data cabling, solar heating and double glazing.

Place attention to detail on finishing to ensure money spent is worthy of your investment.

As the dream is realised and construction completed spare a thought for the landscape that surrounds your home.
While fences offer an element of security and ensure privacy, patio’s decks, courtyards, trees, shrubs and gardens complete the picture.

The key to turning a house into a home lies in understanding what your needs and daring to dream.


All articles and comments on have been submitted by our community of users. Please notify us if you believe an item on this site breaches our community guidelines.