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Can Minimalist House Design Spark Joy?

There’s often a common misconception in the renovation industry that renovations need to always need to be extravagant side with all the latest bells and whistles and this is certainly not the case. On the contrary, sometimes minimalist house design can spark just as much joy as having all of the latest gadgets and trends incorporated in your home design. This week our renovations Brisbane team delves into how the trend of ‘Kondoing’ is shaping up the industry as we know it.

Minimalist House Design – 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 a minimalist house design 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.

Interested to Learn More?

If you’ve been thinking about moving in a minimalist direction with your home or building and are wondering if minimalist house design can spark joy with your next build or renovation, call us on 0423 296 698 or get in touch with our North Brisbane Builders 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

Updated 18/01/2021

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