We might be biased, but we think we’ve got one of the greatest design teams Australia. Steve Pritchard has been a valued member of Domination homes since the day he started, 11 years ago. He’s our incredibly talented Design and Drafting Manager and our go-to-guy if we’ve ever got a design or construction puzzle to solve.
Variety – most people would list it as a necessity in life. It’s also what Steve states is the biggest highlight of working as part of the Domination Homes team. For example, in the last month or so, he’s designed houses, units, a dance studio, a 28-unit, 3-storey unit development and he’s currently working on a subdivision plan for a 15-townhouse site! Steve explains that “the thing that keeps me interested is the sheer variety of work.” And he’s not wrong there. We pride ourselves at Domination Homes on creating homes and sites to the highest standard whatever shape and size that may take.
And it’s not always a walk in the park! Steve notes that one of the other highlights of the job is a challenging design. Smaller blocks limit a designer to a handful of options, which Steve says, can make the process quite simple. However, the larger blocks of land allow much more room to play around and get creative with the design. Depending on the block, there might be environmental limitations which adds another layer to the challenge.
How does Steve find inspiration for the design process? Our wonderful clients, of course! In the initial meetings with the client, Steve will get an understanding about the lifestyle that they are looking for, and about the piece of land, the key features and limitations of it. Steve relays Domination Homes’ mission statement “your home, your way” to explain that everything that is gathered along the way from the client, is used to create the perfect, personalised home that is unique to them and the lifestyle that they lead.
We asked Steve what design trends he’s noticed come into vogue lately, and he explained that a lot of design trends are dependent on one’s life stage. For example, a trend is occurring that the master bedroom is built on the first floor, and a guest bedroom is built on the ground floor. This allows for when the owners get a bit older and don’t want to walk up and down a flight of stairs every day. They can then transform the guest bed on the ground floor into the master for their convenience.
Another design trend gaining popularity is the scullery. A hidden, walk-in kitchen allows you to keep the main kitchen clean if you have guests, and allows for extra storage. Steve noticed the trend from a client of his, that expressed a desire for a scullery for their housekeeper. Steve predicted that this could become a popular trend in the Australian market for families that enjoy entertaining and need a little bit of extra space.
So, what’s a day in the life for Steve?
“I don’t think there is such a thing as a typical day. I can be out on site sorting out clients or construction, doing site inspections to identify potential design or construction issues, sorting prestart or scheduling issues. I’ll often get called into client meetings to advise on design or construction issues.”
And while every team member at Domination Homes days look a little bit different, we’re always working together to create the perfect bigger picture. We can’t thank our mate Steve enough for the brilliant work he’s produced over the last decade, and we look forward to the brilliant work he’s sure to produce in the future.