Jen Farr is a lover of interior design – she has an Instagram account dedicated to it and will happily share her ideas with anyone who asks. As a result of this fascination she loves to build new homes and is currently in the process of doing so at Salter Point.
Having previously built with Webb & Brown-Neaves, Ms Farr said it was an easy choice going with the luxury builder once again. New Homes caught up with the trendsetter to chat about her favourite aspects of building and what she is looking forward to most this time around.
What do you love about building?
Definitely looking for the perfect design and tweaking it to suit my needs. Visiting display homes is one of my favourite things to do – even when we are not thinking about building. Also, researching and doing my homework on all the internal selections gives me great pleasure and is something I love to do.
You are in the process of building a replica of one of Webb & Brown-Neaves’ display homes, The Eden. Why did you choose this design?
We were originally going to build The Moda and had visited the display about six times. We met Joseph, the designer of the home, and had a good chat with him. Then I found The Eden featured in an edition of New Homes. I saw Joseph had designed this home as well, so decided to visit the display. Amazingly it was almost the exact same layout of the last home we built with Webb & Brown-Neaves in 2015, so we knew it would work well for us and our needs.
Why did you choose to build a new home?
We needed a smaller block. Our last home was built on a 900sqm lot – which really was way too big for just the two of us and required a lot of maintenance, with a very large pool, cabana, extensive gardens and huge stretches of lawn. Our new home will be built on a 485sqm block – which will be perfect for us.
Any advice for others looking to build a home?
Make sure you have a realistic budget, as there are a lot of extras you have to add to your build price. Make sure you have taken finishings into account, including flooring, window treatments, lighting and landscaping. I would always choose to build a display home now, as you know what you are getting for your money and you know exactly how the design will turn out. Something that you don’t get with a custom build.
Anything else you want to mention about the homebuilding process?
Make sure you read all documentation very carefully and go through it several times to make sure you haven’t missed anything. There always seems to be things you want to change or take out. Do all your research early on to ensure you know exactly what tiles, taps, basins and wall colours best suit the style of house you are building.
There are so many amazing products out there and I would definitely suggest asking for help from an interior designer so you end up with a cohesive look that suits your style and the way you live.
Do you have plans for the interior design of your new home?
I have lots and lots of ideas for the interior of my new home and have already researched most of the items I want. I have done up lists for each room for furniture, lighting, rugs, artwork, wallpaper etc. that I wish to use.
We are going for a relaxed coastal/Scandinavian look in the new house, with lots of white, pale timbers and pastels, including my beloved blush. I am planning a coastal/boho room for my four granddaughters (aged seven to 13) and have already bought the bedhead. I am also planning a fun room for the three grandsons (aged one to eight).
Do you find it difficult to narrow all your interior design ideas down?
Yes. And because of this I am using the services of my very good friend Tarina Lyell from oh.eight.oh.nine. She photographed my last house for a couple of magazines and knows my style so well.
Tarina has an amazing eye and I have helped her with four display homes that she has decorated and styled. I love everything that she does.
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