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  1. caliwag

    What do home buyers want?

    Re the home-working trend, I have always favoured a location overlooking the entrance, or perhaps an oriel window off a landing, big enough to take the basics of an office etc...Also part of the body of the kirk! I favour a bay off the kitchen/diner, much as Bailie Scott seemed to produce. If you can afford the operation, a bay or corner bay does add to the character. For interesting appeal I do feel glimpses (or at least opportunity of) to other activities are good for are internal windows. Getting a bit designery. but it is about character...nobody really wants just a cluster of rooms. Utility room is useful, but larders get a big plus these days...dedicated books on the theme. I suppose being aware of fashion is important...I would buy a few issues of Elle Decoration for some of the latest trends. A friend who has furniture made abroad (cheap) tells me oak will soon be out, painted finishes are in...various greys of course! That's the furniture market mind, but may include kitchens and doors soon...who knows?
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    Bungalow Extension

    Thanks for answering there @Ferdinand, I wasn't sure either, but you have successfully clarified. That's an interesting site for further ideas. As I was looking at it the images, it occurred to me that you that you could convert the existing living room into the main bedroom and en-suite (unless you are wedded to it) and create the new living space in the pavilion...think of the possibilities...all depends how you use the house of course...As in my book, it's time to gather round the kitchen table and list and sketch. it's great fun...the whole family.
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    Bungalow Extension

    I feel it's time to get a designer or architect involved!
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    Bungalow Extension

    Indeed it is...the lantern light may have added to keep the height of the pyramid down, but yes, the possibilities are endless, not to mention that it can be carried out with minimal disruption to the house...assuming there is access. Well researched F
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    Bungalow Extension

    You could build a new room as a pavilion thus creating a BBQ space in an external patio between the living room and garage and create an interesting glazed corridor from the existing access door to the new bedroom which would include an ensuite (all sizes to taste) all this could be achieved without disruption to house. The 'new' room could be designed in such a form that it could have a pyramid roof, which would look good. it'd be more expensive but give loads of possibilities. Unsure where North is, but there is scope for a sunny 'Homework' space or whatever in the glazed corridor...all to taste...access doors to suite garden activities and bin store etc! the roof space in the pyramid could house 'long term 'storage. Also scope for a glimpse view from entrance hall area to activities, plants, books etc in glazed corridor and possibly to an interesting view and garden feature beyond.
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    Black Kitchens

    Bit of inspiration from Pinterest, at a price...
  7. Well, I put together a book (now an Amazon E-book)...'self build home...the last thing you need is an architect' to assist the family in brief making. I agree with Jack that if it's a 'let's build it and see how it goes' type of build, then go for it. However if you want to make it personal, create value and give it personality and character, then the fun exercise must be to design your own with all the must-haves, nice to haves and needs satisfied, to say nothing of repose relative to site. If you read my design book, and no doubt others out there, that should jog your mind into to 'why didn't we think about that' does a forum like this. I must say that, unless it's for a quick turnaround, you'll never be satisfied with an 'off-the shelf' scheme. Creating your own brief, before the designers fee-clock starts ticking, is most satisfying.
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    Self build book

    Aye, cheers. I think it was you who suggested Amazon. Well we'll see. Think the spiral bound copy cost me nigh on £15 before I got to the Post Office!
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    Self build book

    My book 'self-build Home...the last thing you need is an architect' is now available in kindle form Amazon as an'll get a few pages as an introductory sample. Any questions email Thanks, Jim
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    Ceiling height for open-plan room

    There is, of course, One way glazing. and have you considered a bay window with optionally opened/ closed blinds. Sun can come from 3 directions then. Climbing plants etc can partially obscure vision from inside or outside...adds character to the room too...even in a corner!
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    Ceiling height for open-plan room

    Indeed, it's a golden opportunity to create some drama and cosiness as PeterW says. Perhaps a pyramid (reverse) in a suitable spot (determined with your model-making skills. I do feel that there appear to be lost opportunities in homes that appear to 'happen' as opposed to being designed with vast living spaces/kitchen/dining areas with 2.3m ceiling heights. It's a 3D exercise...have fun. Design (and insist with the plasterer) that you get crisp edges to your reverse pyramid.
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    Timber Frame Scotland

    Of course, there's always tf kit houses from the WeeHouse co ( that gained inspiration from traditional Scottish But and Ben type cottages (see wiki for a reasonable and 2 bed and bespoke, can look as if they've been there for a century or two...sensible prices + land. Quality.
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    Timber Frame Scotland

    I think RobRoy homes (based Near Comrie in Perthshire) are excellent designs...classic Scottish big cottage style...nicely considered. Ha...I sent them a free copy of my book, with a view to improving the already quality designs...not a squeak, no thanks or even a B++++r off. So, except on here, I don't recommend them! and my surname is Comrie!
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    How wide are your doors?

    Interesting. I've blogged about non-standard door-sets, because, as some respondents have pointed out, they can and do look better, especially as a pair and part-glazed. I noted, in the blog, a trend, way back when, taller doors too were employed, especially with higher ceilings, Georgian and Regency scale... all part of the proportion game, if you want to be fussy and add character, and plainly if the budget can stretch to it. Pocket doors can save space too. I think in Edwardian times, M H Baillie-Scott and later Frank Lloyd Wright certainly employed such devices to make their houses seem larger.
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    Garden ideas

    I make a point of thinking about the window/house relationship to the garden spaces at an early stage of self build design, in my book...'Self build design...the last thing you need is an architect' and associated blogs. I have a mate who attends and sells at garden furniture shows around the country, seasonally of course, but you would be amazed how much people spend. Of course you do need to have the 'designed' infrastructure for any furniture to work and look good! There are a couple of blogs on the 'outdoor space' theme and house relationships. Some of you may well remember same. Don't leave it too late. Garden design, spatially, is no different from home design...just different words...and design is all about words, initially. Discuss.