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Food - Shelter - Clothing

Food - Shelter - Clothing

  • 25 Sep 2017
  • Meg Georkas

The traditional list of basic needs is food, shelter and clothing, but when did these three “needs” become an extension of ourselves? We are now defined by our choices. At any time, on any day, you can turn on the TV or open a magazine and find a show or article that is specifically about food – what should you be eating, clothing – what should you be wearing or housing - designing and/or decorating.

I have to admit I am slightly obsessed with the British TV show Grand Designs and all of its offshoots. Kevin McCloud is one of my favourite celebrities. I have all the DVDs, I subscribe to the monthly magazine and will stop whatever I’m doing to watch any repeats if they come on TV.

There are so many reasons I love this show.  The main reason is I get to live vicariously through other people whilst they create their home. I experience their highs and lows, sympathise their disappointments, budget blow-outs and failures and celebrate their success and jubilation at a finished home.

I also get to see all the latest trends in the housing industry which include many products that aren’t yet available in Australia. I have learnt about sustainability, energy efficiency and maximising space. Kevin has taught me about design and presentation and how important these principles are when planning your home or even preparing your home for sale.

I have become more appreciative of design. I love that it can tell a story about the original owner/builder. It often represents a time period through both layout and materials.

Home design has changed so much in the time I’ve been working directly in the real estate industry. The 90’s were all about size! Big kitchens and open plan living was high on the list. As technology evolved, a dedicated study was a must have and we suddenly couldn’t live without a second living room or an ensuite!

In the 00’s with the introduction of reality cooking shows; we all decided we were chefs and streamlined MasterChef kitchens made an entrance with high end appliances (I still don’t know what a steam-oven does), butler’s pantry – (this I love!) and outdoor kitchens. We saw dedicated media rooms with surround sound speakers and cinema style chairs. Bedrooms became smaller and so too did the backyards!

This decade has seen a return to a more simplified floorplan. While the kitchen is still the heart of the home is has become more integrated within the open plan design. Seamless cabinetry and hidden appliances plus smart technology is now utilised in every room with the implementation of wi-fi. A dedicated study is no longer a requirement and bedrooms are starting to increase in size due to multi-generational living.

I wonder what 2020 will bring? I can’t wait to find out.

Opinions are those of Meg Georkas and may not reflect those of others.

2/8 Yeomans Road

Peter stuck with us!
Peter’s support and expertise were excellent and very appreciated. He went above and beyond time and time again to help our purchase go as smoothly as possible. Peter was extremely patient with both us and the vendor and there is no way the sale would have occurred without his professionalism, continual chasing and local knowledge. Thanks Peter!!
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- Wayne & Danielle - Buyer
Armidale

37 Tabulum Road

Wonderful to work with
Peter was delighted to work with as well as going well and truly above and beyond. Peter not only made sure we had access to all the information we needed to make a decision but also helped us get settled moving to Armidale.
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- Brett & Jodie - Buyers
Invergowrie

222 Galloway Street

Excellent service
I had a couple of stipulations along with my offer on a beautiful property. Peter helped me out and found a resolution that suited both the vendor and myself. I cannot wait to move in!
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- Pauline - Buyer
Armidale

222 Galloway Street

My experience selling with Peter and his team
Peter and the HH team were extremely professional and enthusiastic. They were warm, friendly, and gave helpful advice. Peter was clear in his communication, gave me plenty of time when I had questions, and handled all negotiations with ease. It was an incredibly easy process for me and I am thrilled with the result.
They were particularly impressive given the COVID-19 crisis and the difficulties they faced listing and showing my property. They handled this tricky time with calm, grace, reassurance, and confidence.
Thank you!
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- Trish - Vendor
Armidale