Kondo your construction…
There’s no doubt that when it comes to contemporary home trends, minimalism is hugely popular and the success of Marie Kondo’s, ‘The Japanese Art of Tidying Up’, is a testament to this fact. Marie’s publication has inspired a cult-like following of avid fans asking if each of their possessions ‘sparks joy’. We know this trend can be valuable inside the home, but what about the big picture? Can this approach be applied to renovation and construction? Absolutely.
Discover the benefits
The benefits of embracing minimalist building trends are inviting, from the upshot of creating eco-friendly living solutions to having less clutter to clean. However, perhaps the most exciting thing is the aesthetically pleasing nature of the designs. Clean lines, continuous finishes and a tendency towards natural materials leads to the creation of buildings which are as much a treat for the eye as they are for the environment.
Minimalist buildings focus on practicality and natural beauty. They allow you to use every space of your home for an intended purpose, with a ‘waste not, want not’ philosophy that inspires mindful living.
Tiny home, big life
So, how can you make minimalism part of your home renovation? One way to embrace this trend, particularly in well-populated urban areas, is through the construction of a ‘tiny-home’. Tiny homes are not only cost-effective to build but have the bonus of being incredibly low-cost to run, eliminating all that is unnecessary and focusing solely on shelter and use. Ranging in style from incredibly modern, to rustic nature cabins, the tiny home offers affordability, and functionality, with environmental friendliness thrown in to boot.
Of course, not everyone is ready for the tiny-home lifestyle. A tiny-home need not be your primary place of residence, it could be a granny flat, holiday home or studio office. A minimalist escape! Create an area in your home to clear your mind; a space that doesn’t take any extra effort to clean or maintain, but that provides you with peace.
Landscapes with purpose
Another great way to embrace minimalism is through fuss-free landscaping solutions. Pay particular attention to fencing and hedges – ensuring clean lines. Use neutral colours and natural materials, such as stone, to create a tranquil ambience.
There’s such a vast range of natural stone and timbers for decking, patio flooring and retaining wall construction. Funnily enough, it takes a bit of extra thought and consideration to get the ‘simple look’ just right. Get samples from your local supplier to find the right combination. Remember to avoid extremes in colour, texture and style. While a minimalist renovation might take more work in the beginning, the reward is worth the effort.
If you’ve been thinking about moving in a minimalist direction with your home or building, talk to us about how to make it happen. Ideally, the new approach will help you focus less on ‘things’, leaving more room to enjoy the experience of your new surroundings.
Image credit: Kari Shea
Planning a garden…
Do you want your garden to be functional, as well as pretty? A well thought out landscape can add value, style and flair to your home, but it can do so much more. Your garden is an untapped resource of flavour, colour and sustainability – why not make it edible?
An edible garden has many virtues, the most obvious being that you can, of course, eat it. There’s nothing quite so satisfying as using herbs, fruits and vegetables that you’ve grown yourself to nourish your family or throw a sophisticated dinner party.
Here at AWG, we do not offer a gardening service, but we do regularly provide the perfect garden framework – fences, garden beds, turf, paths and retaining walls, to neaten up your landscape and make your edible garden a success now and in the future. Our clients bring us their vision, and we find and build a garden structure to suit.
If you dream of tomato plants, rosemary and lettuces all in a row, here are some ideas for where to start with edible gardening.
Beautiful and practical
Edible Gardens don’t have to take the form of a veggie patch. You can scatter edible plants throughout your garden, like small hidden treasures in across the landscape. Edible plants such as red cabbage, nasturtiums and lemon trees look beautiful and can provide pops of colour in an otherwise green outlook. Rosemary can be planted instead of shrubs, and shade-loving herbs thrive under taller trees and fill the space.
Growing food in the Queensland sun
We all know that Queensland summers are hot, so ensure you mulch the area around your edibles, and water regularly. During summer, be prepared to water your herbs and veggies daily if needed! As with any plants, research and choose varieties that are suitable for warmer climates. Where possible, an irrigation system can help automate your watering and ensure your garden stays beautiful, even when you’re busy.
Making the most out of small spaces
We have good news for people with limited garden space – you don’t need a lot of room to grow food. Strawberries, herbs and tomatoes can grow comfortably in pots or smaller areas. A sunny courtyard is an excellent space to grow food, especially if it’s close to your kitchen! In recent years, an expansive selection of dwarf fruit trees has come on the market too, meaning you are spoilt for choice when it comes to small-space options.
Getting started with growing edibles
Never grown edibles before? Here’s a list of easy-to-grow plants, perfect for beginners:
Mint is hardy, delicious and smells great. Pests usually leave mint alone, and it’s not as prone to disease as other plants in the herb family. A frequent watering will keep mint happy in your garden.
Beans are so satisfying to grow because they grow and produce food quickly. A small trellis or a few stakes are all you need to get started. Fertilise your beans regularly to keep them producing!
Lettuce looks beautiful planted in rows, and it’s quick and easy to grow. Plant a new row every couple of weeks to ensure a consistent supply of lettuce for your summer salads.
Create a blank canvas
Whether you’re an advanced green thumb or a veggie garden novice, it helps to have a fresh space to start your edible garden project. Talk to us about creating a blank canvas for your gardening pleasure.