Everyone has dreams of their perfect home: a space they can truly call their own, which provides flawlessly for their needs and lifestyle, and will grow alongside them over time. Some may have a clear vision of what this home may look like, while others may have a few key ideas, but nothing specific in mind. Regardless, starting on the journey of re-designing your home can be overwhelming. While the final product will be well worth it, there are a lot of small steps in between those first stirrings of inspiration and a functional, beautiful home.

This is the perfect time to call in an architect. Here are five key reasons why:

Architects know how to get it done.

An architect’s role is to guide you through the process of designing your ideal home from conception to completion. They are highly experienced in dealing with the complex – and often messy- parts of a project, such as budget management, council restrictions, building code compliance, hiring and communicating with contractors, and helping to solve any issues that come up during construction. Above all, they are a professional presence who is there to make sure that the project runs smoothly and that your needs are being met at every step of the way.

Architects design with you, for you.

An architect is an expert at taking all of those ideas floating around in your head and using them to create a design brief customised to you and your home. They are able to listen to your needs and desires, and distil these into an achievable, high quality design outcome that is uniquely yours. An architect will bring their own extensive design experience to the table, enhancing and elevating the design to become something truly exceptional.

Architects are ready to create something special.

When you hire an architect to re-design your home, you are hiring someone who will think outside the box. They will approach a project ready to face any challenges that may arise, providing simple, elegant, and clever solutions to difficult design projects. Something which may start as a design problem can become a gorgeous detail or point of interest in the hands of an architect.

Architects know how get the best out of your home.

Architects have a wide knowledge of the factors that will affect the comfort and liveability of your home. They understand how take advantage of the site to create spaces that maximise natural light, capture breezes, and invite in greenery and views of the surrounding environment inside. Having an architect on board will mean that your home will be as comfortable and easy to live in as it is beautiful.

Good architecture is for life.

Simply put, good architecture lasts. Hiring an architect to re-design your home can be compared to buying a tailored garment; it is truly unique to you; it fits you and moves in harmony with you; it can be adaptable, and yet will stand the test of time. A house designed to respond to your specific needs will be a joy to live in for years to come.

For more information on what our team at GWA can do to help you to achieve your ideal home, click here to look at some of our latest projects.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people to become part of the global movement and solution to plastic-free pollution.

This year, our team at Georgina Wilson Architect are taking part in Plastic Free July. We are concerned about the amount of waste produced in our office and in our homes, which end up in landfill and pollute our streets, parks and oceans worldwide.

Will you join us? You can refuse single-use plastics in July. Being part of Plastic July will help us find alternatives that will become new habits.

Curious to know what our team are doing for Plastic Free July? Our talented architect, Kat Prowse, shares her tips on how to reduce plastic waste;

  • Choose to reuse or sit down for five minutes and have your coffee to stay. Australians love their coffee. In fact, it’s estimated that 1 billion takeaway cups and lids are used, landfilled and littered every single year.

You can also encourage and support cafes to become a part of the Responsible Cafe network.

  • Choose to refuse pre-packed fruit and vegetables. Buying plastic-wrapped or packaged fruits and vegetables can be convenient, but unfortunately it creates plastic waste. Buy seasonal and fresh produce from markets, or otherwise Harris Farmers Markets offer reusable bags and allow you to choose loose fruit and vegetables.
  • Choose to refuse single-use shopping bags. Plastic bags are incredibly dangerous to our wildlife and environment. Bring your own reusable bags and help put an end to plastic waste. Keep them in your car so you’re always organised.
  • Choose to refill. Bringing your own containers and jars can help to minimise waste and your impact on the environment. Kat recommends Iggy’s in Bronte, Harris Farm and Naked Foods. Kat mentions you can re-fill milk, however it’s not cheap at $3 a Litre, but is organic, full cream and mentions it is delicious!

Iggy’s also have oil and granola that you can re-fill, as well as delicious bread that is put in paper bags. You can also bring your own egg carton and stock up on eggs. They sell yogurt in glass jars – these jars can then be returned to Naked foods for them to reuse or recycle. Naked foods will also re-fill cleaning products. Some companies like Jurlique and L’Occitane will recycle beauty packaging. You can also make your own yogurt, if that’s your jam…

To go one step further, you can encourage and support businesses to rethink and reduce single-use plastics.  Tell them about reusable alternatives that they can use instead and ask them to encourage customers to bring their own containers.

  • Choose to refuse single- use plastics in your workplace kitchen. Swap single-use plastics with ceramic mugs, stainless steel cutlery and glass cups. If you don’t have a workplace kitchen bring your own fork and container for salads from home.
  • Choose to Recycle. Recycle to help create a more sustainable future for our planet.

Kat’s recycle tip, “Set up a cupboard dedicated to organising reusable items and for recycling specific items. If you don’t have one, or don’t have space for one, visit your local double bay architect. At Georgina Wilson Architect, we incorporate a ‘RRR station’ (reuse, reduce and recycle) into all kitchen designs”.

If you can’t recycle items in your municipal system, search for special recycling companies near you such as TerraCycle or REDcycle.

  • Choose to inspire others. Inspire others to participate in Plastic Free July and refuse to use single-use plastic.

Kat has been inspiring her son to make a difference;

  • Kat’s 5-year-old son: “Mumma, can we please buy some lollies?”
  • Kat: “But they’re in a plastic packet and plastic is poisonous to fish and birds and all animals, how about we go home and have something else that we have purchase sustainably…like chocolate!”
  • Kat’s 5-year-old son: “OKAY!!!”

Kat mentions this trick works every time… obviously more effectively with chocolate, but really kids have a natural love for nature, and we should learn from them.

So, are you ready to join us and take the Plastic Free July challenge?

“I have found the past few weeks, extremely rewarding, by just refilling my milk and bringing containers with me on shopping trips my recycling waste has halved, and it feels empowering. I hope this helps you all to consider a few of these tips in the next month and going forward” – Kat Prowse, Architect at Georgina Wilson Architect.

Together, we can make a difference and be part of the solution. For more information, or to learn more, give our friendly team at GWA a call today: (02) 9363 9182