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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.

Absolutely Brilliant!

Peter comes as a highly recommended and well regarded sales agent. The first time you meet Peter you get a sense of professionalism and honestly that is invaluable when buying or selling a home. Peter's vast knowledge of the local area is clear from the onset, leaving you with no doubt that Peter is well versed in all the properties he sells. What we liked most about Peter was his honest and upfront approach; there are no surprises here, Peter is as he is described; personable, reliable, true to his word and extremely trustworthy. Thank you so much Peter for guiding us through our first home purchase.
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- Matthew (Buyer)
Armidale

Efficient and Trustworthy

Peter from Hutchinson & Harlow Real Estate helped us to secure the home of our dreams in a efficient and speedy fashion. He was completely honest and trustworthy in his dealings with us and we can highly recommend Peter and his team whether you are buying or selling. Thank you Peter
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- Lynn & Martina (Buyer)
Armidale

My experience with Peter as sales agent was as good as I expected!

Peter was very clear in what I could expect from the sale of my property. He explained any difficulties which might occur, as well as all possibilities. His knowledge and handling of all matters involved was excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other clients.
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- Beryl (Vendor)
Armidlae

Excellent sales experience

Clear communication, helpful and always professional.
During the process of selling our home we felt supported.
The sale occurred more quickly and for the asking price so the presale assessment was very accurate.
Will be recommending Peter and his team to other people.
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- Maree & Terry (Vendor)
Armidale