Linda Perkins Building Design offers services for people wanting to renovate their existing home or build a new home in the Port Macquarie and Hastings area, and across the Mid North Coast.

Choosing the right site and making it work

All home sites are different and everyone’s reasons for choosing a particular site are different but the house design should fit the site.

Consideration needs to be given to the slope, the sun and the prevailing breezes, to the shadows and privacy issues created by neighbouring homes, and to the streetscape. The design needs to accommodate general practicalities such as washing lines, bin storage, drainage pits, retaining walls, sewer lines and so on.

Do you need space for the kids to play, for pets, for composting, worm farms or chickens, or to store boats or caravans? How do you entertain? The block may be perfect in terms of location, view, proximity to family, schools and services, but the house has to work on the site, and it has to work for you.

Designing for your needs

What would you change about the way you live now? Is your living room a passageway or dumping ground? Do the kids have to pass through the kitchen to reach a play area? Is there never enough storage? Is the laundry the right size or shape to dry clothes on a wet day, and is it in the right place?

Maybe you need to accommodate hobbies but you don’t want them taking over your house. Is it possible to store wetsuits without sand and saltwater being dragged through the house? And how can you entertain without disturbing sleeping children?

Everyone has different priorities and ideas about what a house needs to be. At Linda Perkins Building Design, I ask you questions about every room and every space. A detailed analysis of your needs will ensure that your design is tailored to your individual requirements.

Designing to work with the environment, not against it

Energy efficient homes needn't be expensive – it all comes down to good design. Solar passive design and cross ventilation (such as the right orientation, using eaves to your advantage, and window type and placement) is extremely effective in making your home more comfortable in winter and summer. And, of course, it will be much less expensive to maintain with the reduced costs of cooling and heating.

There are many ways sustainable concepts of home design can be incorporated into a new home or renovation. I can show you how these can work with your design.

Seeing your design in 3D

Not everyone can visualise from a flat floor plan how a home will really look. I use 3D virtual tours so you can "walk through" your new home before it is built. There are many benefits to this. You can feel the size of rooms and their relationship to other rooms. You can experiment with different materials, colours and texture combinations. You can see the extent of excavation required or the impact of land slope. You can plan how your furniture will fit into the new spaces. And you can see the effect that the sun will have on different rooms at different times of the day and the year.