How Do You live in Your Home?

How Do You live in Your Home?

How Do You live in Your Home?

Renovations, Tips and Advice, New Homes

I think it would be fair to say that most people think of home design in terms of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms they need and whether or not to include a home cinema or a swimming pool.

That’s not to say that most people have no idea when it comes to home design. More that they aren’t trained to think along the lines of how they actually intend to live in their home.

Which is fine, because that’s where we come in. Creating home designs that suit lifestyles and work with the occupants rather than against them.

front exterior house

So, how do currently you live in your home?

Often when I ask people about their lifestyles it takes a moment for them to respond. It’s normally something that we do that we haven’t put a lot of thought into.

But what do you really do in the different spaces within your homes? Are you simply sitting in one spot with your eyes glued to a screen? Or do you try to get outside to escape technology and get back to nature?

Not that there’s anything wrong with having your eyes glued to a screen if that’s what you want to do. But for many people, they find themselves sitting around staring at their phones to pass the time, because their current home design doesn’t lend itself to anything else.

So I want you to stop and think for a moment, about how you live in your current home, or perhaps how you want to live in a home that you’re planning on building. Think about your current lifestyle and what you enjoy doing and then make up a two-column list. In one column, list all the things that you like doing in your home. In the second column list all the things that frustrate you about your current home, things that you would like to do, but you’re unable to because of the limitations of your home.


The things I like to do at home The things that frustrate me
I like to read in the morning sunlight. I would like to entertain but my entertaining spaces are too cramped.
I like to garden and look out over my garden. I like to cook, but my kitchen layout is a hinderance.

Of the things that you see in column one, how many of those could be improved with the right renovation or new home design?

What would it mean to you if you could remove the frustrations that you listed in column two? What if your home design allowed you to do more of the things on that list that you’d like to do, but can’t because of your current home design?

Is your home a haven or does it cause you stress?

How long the list is in each column is a good indication of whether your current home is working with you or against you.

There are many ways in which the design of our homes can cause us stress. A home that is poorly design in terms of sustainability can be expensive to run causing financial stress. It can also adversely affect our health.

A poorly laid out home, with cluttered spaces and a design that seems more like a never ending obstacle course can lead to frustration and emotional stress.

If your home is causing you stress, then it’s time to make a change. Your home should be a haven. A place where you immediately feel relaxed, able to unwind and be yourself. It should have natural ventilation and plenty of natural light. It should feel spacious, yet cozy, and series of interconnected spaces that are inviting and comforting, yet visually appealing.

In short your home needs to reflect who you are and how you wish to live your life.

living room

How to make your home work for you

It all starts with our Design Advice Service. Here we will meet with you in person and drill down on what’s truly important in your life. We are the experts are finding creative ways to achieve your lifestyle design goals on a budget. Your home doesn’t need to feel like a prison, or a space that holds you back and causes you frustration. We can explore the possibilities with you and create a design that will truly enhance your life.

Don’t put up with the frustration of a home that doesn’t add to your life. You deserve to have a home that invigorates you. Call us today and let us make your new home a reality.

Dion Seminara Architect


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Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 30 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.