TOPICS WE COVER IN THIS EPISODE OF THE DREAM HOME:
[2:00]: There are so many roles in the building industry. Sophie started out as an architect and eventually started working for developers.
[3:25]: Stockland is a big company and Sophie works for their residential department. She loves it because their vision is to create a better way to live, which underpins everything they do.
[4:45]: The feedback is that people are focused on their house before they move in, but once they've moved in it's all about their community.
[5:30]: Working closely with government agencies, they create a vision to understand the needs of the future community which becomes a guide for everything they do. The work involved before building starts can take years.
[7:00]: The Dreamcatcher tool came about from trying to solve people's problems because there's so much information out there, it can be overwhelming. The tool helps you collate images on a style board to help refer back to.
[9:15]: You can save images, write notes, filter by room or colour and view board done by interior designers. Every image is of projects they have done so it's all obtainable.
[11:00]: The tool also matches you with some builders and you can go to the display village to physically see the images you've been collecting.
[12:45]: Sophie shares how it's a feedback loop between the designers, architects, builders and buyers and how the end product comes together with everyone involved.
[14:30]: How Covid has caused people to rethink what they need, want more space for office and storage. The local and simple things have become important.
[16:20]: The office is potentially the most utilised room in the house and how the garage is another space that people are rethinking. It takes up a lot of space!
[19:10]: There are many pathways to building your dream home - they all come with pros and cons and you have to choose a pathway that suits your lifestyle and budget.
[20:30]: An architect will design to a budget but the builder will ultimately set the price. Sophie talks about the risk of designing something one of a kind vs going with a project home builder