The Right Design


The dream of an architecturally-designed home in which a harmonious balance of form and function is achieved is now easier and more affordable than ever. But what makes a home beautiful and really liveable?

Peter Mannion of Synergy Design has designed award-winning homes all over the world and is known for his residential design experience and exceptional style.

Commenting on the importance of design, Peter says, “Great designs must be sensitive to the local area and environment, with a strong focus on balanced proportions, and smart functional elements, to create exciting homes that really work and are very liveable.”

Design traps

“When they [homebuilders] are designing a house themselves, a lot of clients and builders fall into the trap of thinking they need to have something in every square metre, when it’s actually the feeling of space that counts.”

Trends in kitchens

Peter highlights the functionality of kitchens being of great importance.

The butler’s pantry has become a popular addition to the Kiwi kitchen, not because everyone suddenly has a butler, but because they are a great way of keeping kitchen clutter and mess out of sight. This has growing importance as people continue to embrace open-plan homes.

“We put careful thought and consideration into the zones in the house and how they are going to work in family situations,” explains Peter. “Every part of the home should be enjoyable and liveable, so we try to minimise less important spaces, such as hallways.”

It is also optional extras, in terms of architectural features such as high ceilings and atmospheric fireplaces, which can set your home apart from the rest and lend it real personality and individuality.

What contributes to a home being liveable? Peter shares his top tips:

  1. Your home should be a joy and fun to live in.
  2. The house should be well sited on your section to maximise its position in relation to the sun.
  3. Every member of the household should be catered for, meaning a parents retreat for privacy and play areas for kids or a place to do homework.
  4. If you are a sociable household, visitors and guests need to feel welcome and comfortable, whether they are staying for a few hours or a week.
  5. Enhanced interaction between indoor and outdoor spaces.

You’ve lit the candles, set the table, put the champagne on ice and your guests are due any minute. But unwanted noise, like a loud extraction fan blaring away in the kitchen, can ruin any atmosphere.

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