New rich go for glitz

WHAT constitutes a quality luxury home is constantly changing as client lifestyles change.

However, Archicentre RAIA group manager WA Gerard Siero said the enduring design for the wealthy is the Hollywood-style ‘Gone with the Wind’ home.

He said it was possible to identify people with ‘new money’ because of their spending habits.

He said this also applied in regard to what they want in a house.

Mr Siero said wealth did not automatically confer education and culture on the owner. People often went for size and glitz in a house rather than enduring quality.

“People are going overboard with the frills. They often mistake pizzazz for quality, but all the glitter doesn’t mean that the building is well made.

“A lot of people in our culture are unable to discern the difference.”

He said it could take a generation of wealth before an appreciation of good quality was attained.

“Good design has an ageless quality about it,” Mr Siero said

The new wealthy often looked backward when designing a home. Tuscany designed homes were a classic example of where this was applied.

People also often chose designs that were impractical in the climate. Eaveless homes and large windows were trendy but not suitable for WA.

“There’s a lot of Noddy and toyland stuff out there,” Mr Siero said.

Atrium Homes sales manager Rod Dawes said al fresco areas were becoming popular because of the climate.

Al fresco areas are an extension of the house under the same roof and often include a bar, bbq and kitchen.

Artique Homes director John Glory said trends were constantly changing.

“Five years ago we were building a lot of federation homes. Now people are going for a Georgian style, with no eaves and straight up and down,” he said.

Security is another feature that is becoming standard. Mr Dawes said that, generally, the higher the house price the more money was devoted to security.

Mr Siero said contemporary good quality homes are often the best option for home buyers or builders.

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