Posted by nadine on January 18, 2004 at 14:37:47:
In Reply to: Stripping homes posted by Justin Hui on January 17, 2004 at 11:22:28:
I think you make a good point Justin. In my work as an interior designer, I believe home design is much more about lifestyle and relaxation than it is about following any particular trend. People want their homes to be places of sanctuaries where they can relax and chill out often in total privacy. They don't want to live in a fish bowl and they do not want the whole world looking in on them.
Before moving from england to Australia, I lived in a very un English house (don't know how it ever got passed the planning stage in the UK as it was so different). The lounge had a wall of glass that had beautiful views across fields and I really loved this aspect. But....the house was contained in an acre of private grounds and garden so I felt easy with living behind glass. Had this same house been without it's privacy factor, I wouldn't have lived there at all.
Lots of Australian houses have big glass features. Unless they are built North facing, this design feature can be a real minus because of the high heat. Needless to say, I don't live in such a house. I like to escape from the world every now and again and go into hiding :-)
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