Selecting is easy. Selecting is fun. Since childhood, from selecting a toy to now – selecting a vase for the home, we all love to pick and select. When you select something from five different options, you have a feeling of satisfaction and contentment. Unless, you are getting a home built and must select over 50 different aspects for that home in a matter of few weeks! Then selection can be frightening and overwhelming.
Though we are talking about a granny flat here, do remember that granny flat is a smaller version of a house and so, you still have to do the same number of selections! From the kind of toilet, to the shade of the paint and the style of the windows, you have to choose every little element that makes up your home. On the surface, this may seem like an easy choice – why do you have to get a headache over picking a toilet? But when you have 50 different options to choose from, it can get pretty confusing. Add to it the 500 other tasks that you should take care of, along with the everyday tasks you juggle, and you have a recipe for a meltdown!
However, every problem has a solution and sometimes the solution is fairly simple! Here is a step-by-step process that you can follow to make the selection process easier:
1. Decide on a style:
Before you even sign the contract, it is a good idea to decide the style of your small home or granny flat. Some questions to help you get started –
- What is your lifestyle requirement? (or if you are building for your aged parents, then write down their requirements) – this will help you with selecting the flooring (anti-slip, color, etc)
- Do you want to have an entertaining space?
- What does your current home look like? – this will help you pick the colors and components consistent with your house.
2. Make few selections early on:
When you get started with the granny flat project, there are a few selections that you need to do:
- External color
- Window colors
- Door type & colour
- Roof color
Doing a bit of research online about the materials and options available can help you get these out of the way, before getting on with the other selections.
3. Ask for a consultant:
Most of the professional builders will have an interior design consultant who will go through your selections with you. Why should you ask for a consultant? Well, there are so many choices when it comes to fixtures and fittings. And from shower heads to benchtops, you must select everything. To make things even harder, designs and models change all the time. Though you would have already chosen a sink, a newer model may look better. Unfortunately, if you change the selection, your other fittings might not go with the color or style and you will have to redo the entire exercise. A consultant is usually up to date with latest trends and themes and will be able to work out elements that suits your requirements and style.
4. Document your selections:
Once you have picked a bath, or a benchtop or a certain shade of paint, make sure to document it. Use the old pen-paper or put it all together on a digital checklist, or send an email to the builder (if you use a consultant they will do this for you). Either way, keep those selections documented so your builder knows exactly what you want, and you don’t have to remember every single selection. There are a few builders who use a client portal from where customers can pick their choice, anytime from anywhere. We use one such tool called the Co-construct, where you can communicate with us and confirm your selections 24/7.
Following these steps will help you make the selections in a systematic and organized way. The clearer the picture in your mind about what your home should look like, the faster your decision process will be. When you are organized, the selection process can be fun and seeing those selections as a part of your home is exciting! After all, it is your home, and you should be able to select the elements of the home. Of course, if you want, you can also select your own design for the house! To know more about custom designed granny flats, call us or write us an email and we’ll get back to you within one business day!
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