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Creating the wow factor

Julian Owen explores what areas of a home offer the opportunity to design something a little out of the ordinary, which will continue to inspire occupants and visitors
Liddicoat & Goldhill have included various inspiring elements within this barn conversion. The striking mezzanine and spiral staircase create a dramatic statement, while focused lighting across the beams below enhances the impressive atmosphere

Whether we want it for own personal sense of satisfaction or simply to impress neighbours and visitors, most of us would like our home to create that elusive wow factor. However, actually achieving this rarely happens by accident, as it’s usually the result of a talented designer’s creativity. Here, I’m taking a closer look at what areas of the home might benefit from something extraordinary.

Working with the site

You might be lucky enough to have an amazing site just sitting there with the capability of becoming a naturally eye-catching feature of your project. In fact, there are many famous houses that owe their success as much to the setting as their construction. One fine example is Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Falling Water, which is positioned directly over a large waterfall, to spectacular effect – even without the gold leaf finish, it’s instantly striking.

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About Build It

The March edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A traditional timber frame house on a quiet Hampshire plot (page 22) • How to build an oak frame home on a budget (page 68) • What you need to know about underfloor heating (page 75) • Windows for renovations (page 78) • How to combine renewables (page 86) • Adding wow factor (page 92) • Common renovation mistakes (page 104) … and more!