If you’re on the DIY route to revamping your living quarters, there are plenty of things you should splash your hard earned cash on, but there are definitely some you should avoid.
From floorboards in the kitchen, to leaky servery windows and basements, Domain asked architects, builders and stylists what their biggest interior design no-no’s are and what they would absolutely avoid in their own homes and here’s what they had to say.
#1 Polished Concrete
“It certainly can look amazing but it is very difficult to achieve. If you pull it off and it turns out the way you want, there is a chance of it cracking, and there is ongoing maintenance and cleaning…once stained there is no going back” says Craig Spratling of Create Construction in Sydney.
#2 Marble Benchtops
“They are aesthetically pleasing, however they absorb so many stains and are not practical, particularly for the price,” says Con Mihas of Home Impact Architecture and Construction in Sydney.
#3 Glass Balustrades
“This comes down to simple high maintenance. They only look good if they are immaculately clean, and as we know with kids that is impossible,” Mihas says.
#4 Inflexible Spaces
“Space is a premium and places need to be flexible and functional,” says Richard Middleton of Richard Middleton Architects in Melbourne. “Our clients want one central space in their home that is a flexible ‘heart’ that can be used for casual living but is also presentable and adaptable for entertaining.”
#5 Servery Kitchen Windows
“While in theory they sound like a great idea and look great, the reality is flush servery windows are not as functional as one would think. They are rarely watertight and are often subject to leaks and drafts, no matter how well executed,” says Mihas.
#6 Floor Boards In The Kitchen
“As a builder this baffles me,” says Mihas. “It looks amazing but it is the most impractical choice. Oil spits, spills and high traffic all wear down even the most durable hardwoods.”
#7 Stack Stone
“If you would like to use stone in your interior or exterior design, it is preferable to go for solid stone, rather than stack stone,” says Katrina Malyn architectural designer at Design Projector in Sydney. “It is the imitation that robs stack stone of the power of natural stone. Once the stone is reduced to just a thin cladding it loses its structural strength and the stone, in my view, loses its appeal.”
“People love the idea of extra storage or having a man cave,” says Mihas. “But these are expensive to build and can be subject to flooding issues.”