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Designing a home is an enormous project, composed of thousands of small decisions, each one impacting on the ones that follow. The problem for most people starting out is that you don't know what you don't know.
Everyone's heard the construction horror stories. Custom-designed homes are notorious for looking pretty on paper, but quickly blowing the budget. However, there are ways to design a home that gives an accurate final cost.
When building a home you must entrust your dream to a team of other people – architects, builders and contractors. But assumptions can be made about your taste, values and lifestyle that lead to a finished design that doesn't feel like 'you'.
Why are you building, where
will you build, and how will the design fulfill your specific
How do you envisage your
home interacting with the
site, locality and climate?
How can your floor plan be laid out to ensure daily activities are efficient, productive and user-friendly?
How will your home support your physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing?
How can your home reflect your taste, style and aesthetic and create different atmospheres and moods?
How will your home use the latest building technology and smart design for sustainability and comfort?
The next steps for turning your home dreams into a dream home
Your needs captured by our holistic six principles methodology
Knowledge of how a project is costed and how blowouts occur
Pros and cons of different design and construction approaches
Tips for working with an architect, interior designer, builder and contractors
Align founder Luke Davies is an award-winning builder and the founder of Davies Design & Construction. His book outlining the Six Elements of a Dream HomeTM will be published in 2023.
Michael is the principal architect of Align. His experience spans from high end residential to commercial architecture, with recognition in the form of a national Master Builder Award for his design of the Blackwood House.
"I had not considered things like how my peace of mind would be affected
by my home design, Align opened my eyes to new ideas."
"Align walked us through his Six Elements system and it was like an ‘aha’ moment. We’ve entirely changed the way we’re thinking about our home design since taking the workshop."
"What was really valuable was the budgeting information – Align went through the different costs involved and the system he uses to put together a building quote."
Align is committed to sustainable building and advocates for a cleaner, greener construction industry. For every workshop we run, we plant 5 trees per participant to offset the carbon footprint.
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1 home designed = 150 trees
1 home built = 500 trees
1 build/design referral = 50 trees planted
1 person attending workshop = 5 trees planted