The perfect finish of a new home is often dependent on the very beginning of the project. If you fail to plan appropriately, you can expect further complications later on in the project. Preparation is key, and it is important to work with your client and your builder to ensure expectations and responsibilities are agreed upon by all parties. When everyone is working to the same goal, it is faster, simpler and more affordable to achieve ideal results.

Coating and Finishes

The Australian Standard for building nominates Level Five as the highest quality finish for interior walls. This level is recommended for any space in which strong light, gloss or semi-gloss paint will be used. It is never too early to begin planning for a Level Five finish, as it is critical that the plasterboard, jointing and finishing is all completed accurately at every stage of the process.

For example, there is only a 3mm frame deviation permissible before work must be corrected. Plasterboard must also be installed horizontally rather than vertically, and joints and internal angles must be finished correctly to ensure the smoothest result. Finally, a compound will meticulously be either sprayed or rolled onto the surface.

If any step of this process fails to meet the strict standards, this could cause delays or variations as mistakes are rectified.

Acoustic Performance

Every home design should take into account the building’s final acoustic characteristics. No matter which material a home is constructed from, the right preparation and treatment can minimise noise travelling through walls and the roof to other occupants. Insulation in walls can combat much of this problem. The Building Code of Australia specifies precise performance criteria dependent on the type of insulation used.

The other type of noise that is critical to address is that of water and waste pipes, which can commonly create noise if not properly separated from living spaces. Insulating hot water pipes also serves to minimise unnecessary heat loss. The BCA states that the correctly rated insulation must be applied to pipes including those of central hot water systems, and areas such as air conditioning ducts and vents. An experienced builder will be able to correctly plan for and carry out insulation to comply with regulations.

Colour and Contrast

Even the smoothest wall finish can be let down by an unflattering colour choice. Hues and tones must be carefully matched to the size, use and height of each space. For smaller rooms, light colours will reflect more natural and artificial light and give a sense of openness. While a cool or warm white is always popular, a gentle shade of yellow, green or blue can add warmth and vitality to a room.

Darker and deeper colours can provide an intimate and enveloping atmosphere to a bedroom or living space. Think emerald greens, elegant greys and neutral blues for bold statements that provide an outstanding backdrop to modern interior decorating.

Another option is to use a breakout colour to great effect. A high coloured ceiling can have a dramatic impact when set against lighter walls, while a bold feature wall can make the entire space open up. If wishing to tie multiple spaces together, a recurring colour can create connection and flow throughout areas.

With some foresight and the correct preparation, the new home can be brought to life with impeccable detail, comfort and character.

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