Feel free to talk about things regarding this contest in here.
Feel free to talk about things regarding this contest in here.
Jeepers! This is a very strange design. I've been staring at it for 10 minutes trying to figure out what the heck to do.
The narrow long space on a left with two windows on top end and glazed door is that a living room?
could be a living room, dining room, whatever makes the most sense to you
Am I right in thinking we can change the kitchen furniture / layout or do we need to keep it as it is?
Also can we change the flooring and/or texture/colour of things like doors and windows? or does that have to stay the same also?
"leave the walls, windows, doors intact."
I guess one can't change texture or colours, but what about the flooring?
I think 'intact' means you can't remove walls doors and windows them but you can decorate them.
When my family/friends in Holland have moved in the past they always put in a new kitchen, flooring, painted the walls and refinished the doors. Seems that's a common thing to do. (They also remove flooring and sometimes the kitchen too from the house they're leaving...different countries - different customs :)
What I am having trouble figuring is where to put the camera. Should that stay where it's at? Moving it can negate the task and show only some decorated unclear little space but not what's been done with the whole house. Or does the contest team tap into the whole room? cuz oh no if you do for me ...I leave furniture I've pulled and changed my mind about. I often never decorate the whole room just the part I am depicting for submission. Holy Cow mine can look like a junkyard or garage sale as I change what bed I picked or flowers, all kinds of things. Sometimes I try to close them out but honestly not really.
For a regular contest I often don't finish the whole thing but just make a "pretty picture" but for a room make-over I usually finish everything and clean up my mess when I'm finished. ;)
The person we are designing for can always Remix and have a closer look at the ones he/she is interested in so just pick a nice camera angle.
No need for a bed in this one - it's Living, Dining and Kitchen. :)
Can we change camera angle- it's normal now, can i make it wide angle or zoom?
Hey, Nico. Can we get rid of the beam? It kind of screws up the walls if you want to apply paint or wallpaper. I think a frameless door would work better to show separation between the two spaces.
Okay, taking out the beam is allowed.
Allergies lol, not that I am aware of. Or shall I say an allergy to wood? No just kidding.
Taste and personality: well of course, but just feel free to give it your own spin.
Feel free to move the camera angle or position.
I think 'intact' means you can't remove walls doors and windows them but you can decorate them. >> yes indeed
change kitchen?: yes, but there should be a kitchen in that corner.
quick question-well two questions!
Am I right in assuming that as a new home owner he/she is on a tight budget??
And secondly will the homeowner vote for the winner? (like with the balcony make-over) or will the winner be voted for by the community?
Hi Nico, Question please! Could we also add windows?
@Sue Bonstra my understanding is we can't do any structural changes except remove the beam
This is SUCH a difficult room layout to work in I'm fining it really challenging!
Kitty, I can't believe this is a real property. Think Nico is playing with us. :)
Valentinapenta this one has got me up until 2.15am! I've finally finished : D
What a fantastic challenge !!!
I'm quite sure it's real. These days a lot of larger properties (called mansions/herenhuizen) are divided into smaller apartments. Some of them are centuries old which makes for interesting/odd floor plans. :) This is for sale in the city I was born in.
I believe you, Theodora, that it could be real. You've directed me to that real real estate link before, and I enjoyed looking at the properties. Understand old properties are being divided into all different kinds of configurations now a days due to their value. All you have to do is look at New York City, Toronto, or Paris. I used to live in a terrible apartment in a "bad" neighborhood in a building that is now considered "historic", as is the neighborhood. Whole place was chopped up, and the rental prices are outrageous. I would just love to see the the real property floor plan out of simple curiosity. Can you provide a link to the exact property?
I have the camera view where it was originally outside, and the windows seem to be clear on the bottom half and a bit foggy on the top half. Is Anyone else doing out looking in and is having the same issue? I'm not fretting over it I was just wondering making sure it's not me. I changed up different lighting aspects and it didn't seem to do anything so I believe it's probably from the template itself.
I remember giving you a funda link - this one's for kitty too :)
When I feel homesick, I check out houses in familiar areas and once in a while come across room designs done on Roomstyler - they look awesome!
When my daughter and I went back to Holland in 2003 we visited a canal house my Dad's family lived in during the 17th century and were given a tour by the owner - 3 stories + attic + canal front basement with a well. It was definitely a mansion when lived in by 1 family + servants - it's now a Persian carpet store.
I'm afraid I can't help you with a link to this property since I have no more info than you do.
@Theadora & @Valentinapenta In London (and actually most expensive or in demand areas of the UK) the same thing happens -1 bedroom flats turned into 2 bedroom and more apartments .Its actually quite sad when I see what was once beautiful grand rooms now dark and poky with lowered ceilings and kitchens squeezed into living rooms former kitchens now bedrooms etc etc.
@Theadora Your dad's ancestors house sounds fantastic! Like the house in the book the Miniturist.(pardon spelling!)
I'm fascinated by domestic architecture in foreign cities-I love fantasy property shopping in Paris,Antwerp,Berlin New York,Amsterdam !!
Maybe Nico can help me, Theodora.
I'd love to visit Holland. I've been to London and really enjoyed it.
I call it real estate porn, Kitty. I have a whole folder with real estate sites around the globe which I comb through often. Usually like a property I could never afford. Consider it a harmless diversion.
@Valentinapenta..I'm the same !!! Do you know the UK estate agent themodernhouse ?? They have some incredible largely 20th century properties-I can but dream....Funnily enough I quite like the idea of visiting Amsterdam I've never been to Holland.
It's a great site, Kitty. Thanks for sharing. Here's a real estate agency in Sweden that I like. https://www.lundin.se/ It's in Swedish, but can be translated into English.
@kitty I have no idea about the budget :-) I'd not take it into account in making your design, it's mainly inspirational.
Voting will be community voting.
@sue no extra windows or doors
@Valentinapenta Thanks for the link! what do you guys say we start a 'house porn' thread with links to estate agents and sites with cool properties and interior ideas??
I think that's a great idea kitty! The only potential problem I see is that Roomstyler works with Funda. I don't know if it is acceptable to them if we start posting links to other real estate agents and misc. property sites - Funda competition?
If it is acceptable, it would be awesome if it could be a permanent link in the green section of the forum page so members can post links to the real estate sites in their country.
Beside being a lot of fun it would also make contests located in different countries way more interesting and authentic since it would give a better understanding as to what the interior/exterior decorating/house styles are. :)
I like the idea, if Roomstyler gives the O.K. It would be fun.
On a more serious note, this (as far as I'm concerned) is a make-over to give the owner of the place ideas about what to do with his/her entire space.
Would you hire an Interior Decorator who does half a job? There are an awful lot of pretty pictures showing only what's in front of the camera, leaving the rest of the space empty...
When you check out designs you'll find that a lot of them only show what's in front of the camera and have left a lot of the space unfinished.
I agree-Its about designing the space. If it was only about designing a corner The floorpan becomes immaterial. For me the challenge was making every area work as an apartment which to me is what the brief required-wether you can see it all on camera in the contest entry or not (which is why I put the areas you can't see in the contest entry on my dashboard.
To me just designing and decorating what the camera shows is a bit of a cheat tbh
Can we change the style of doors or windows, but leaving them the same size? And the style of floor and wallpaper??
There is a new design by a new designer. She put the camera out on the terrace, replacing the sliding door with open rectangle so she could take the pic of the entire front room, in which she placed the dining table. The design is beautiful. I toyed with the idea of placing the camera outside so it could show more but didn't think it was allowed.
In any case, I agree with all of the above who deplore the fact that many designs show only what the camera shows instead of decorating the whole room, whether the camera can show it or not.
@lydiaenderlebell I think placing the camera outside IS allowed in fact on the template room the camera is already outside.
However what is NOT allowed is removing the door.
My understanding is you can change the style of door or window or paint it however you cannot remove more move it or replace door with for instance a window as that constitutes a structural change rather than just decorating and working within the existing structure.
In fact my boyfriend suggested I remove the sliding door and replace with a clear opening when he saw my image was from outside and therefore had reflections in the glass.
I refused because although it would make a prettier picture it wouldn't be true to the brief
It might be an idea for Roomstyler to make the red flags public so designers who have been flagged will know and get a chance to change their designs before the deadline. It would also tell the rest of us that the design does not follow the brief.
@Theadora..excellent idea because tbh otherwise it really is unfair for those of us who do follow the brief
I noticed there are designs where there are what I term structural changes.
the brief says this;
" Please work with the space as it is; don't change anything structural, and leave the walls, windows, doors intact. "
I take that to mean additional beams and partitions between rooms (other than a screen ) are not allowed
Also "intact" I understand as sliding doors cannot be removed although the glazing could change.
Sometimes I wish there was a 'like' button for posts on the forum because I don't really have anything more to add but I definitely agree with you guys. It's so frustrating and discouraging to enter contests when so many people haven't read and followed the brief properly... and they then go on to get lots of votes.
I saw one design in the expat apartment contest that was so clearly a copy of someone else's design but wasn't a direct remix and they'd changed a few bits so I guess they get away with it... other people in contests just doing whatever they want and not following the brief... it's really not fair... but hey, I still enjoy the designing, it just makes entering contests feel a bit pointless.
A big "like" for your post since I think you've expressed exactly what quite a few members feel like.
Is the front door the one at the top of the U shape near the kitchen and where are the stairs to upstairs?
The entry door to the living/dining/kitchen is in the U-shape - I would think it leads into a hallway and is not the front door. If there is a staircase that's probably were it would be. :)
Can we add more windows in?
Cause, that would give my design a bit more oomph if ya know what im sayin
NO extra windows or doors.
It might be a good idea for you to read all previous comments so you have a better idea of what is expected.