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Design your home … online!

There is no doubt that the North Coast is a popular destination, not only for holidaymakers, but for all types of investors. We are also, it seems, at the forefront of technological development within the property development space.

Ever tried your hand at designing your dream home yourself? Well, now you can! We caught up with one of the Collins Residential directors, Geoff Perkins, who gave us some insight into the nifty home-building technology being used at their newest development, The Reserve in the Zululami estate, which is revolutionising the development space on the KZN North Coast, and perhaps even South Africa.

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Based on the forward-thinking concept used in Elon Musk’s electric car company, Tesla, which allows a buyer to design their car’s finish online, The Reserve developers together with Ian Rall of Bloc Architects and Lot Marketing merged international home-building technologies with local market trends to create an online toolkit for the discerning homeowner.

The Reserve’s Home Customiser is an intuitive and innovative online toolkit that draws homeowners right into the creative heart of the design process once they’ve visited the site and selected their stand. “The digitally-based tool helps reduce the stress that often accompanies a new build. It’s an easy, enjoyable process for the tech-savvy. Because we understand that people need to touch-and-feel, we also have a completed show house, offering interested buyers a chance to interact in the space and see the finishes in person,” says Geoff.

While the purchase and build process is fully supported by their professional team, the more adventurous (or those not able to visit the site) can, from the comfort of their couch, choose a desired plot and get fully involved in designing their home from start to finish. From tweaking the layout and customising the design, to making choices relating to exteriors, interiors and a range of exquisite finishes including decking, pools, braai areas, home automation, backup power solutions, homeowners also have the option to jump online and immerse themselves into the build with the click of a mouse.

While people are drawn to the safety and comfort of an estate, they are also keen to move away from uniform, monochrome living, says joint venture partner Haden Keeton of Treble Developments. “The appeal of a uniquely designed home with an easy-to-maintain garden with plunge pool and courtyard repose really resonates with those seeking the pleasures of coastal living.”

The trailblazing technology being used at The Reserve is an exciting addition to the wide range of developments on offer on the North Coast, introducing an entirely new dimension where contemporary homes are creatively curated by the homeowners themselves.

Details: Andrew Smith: [email protected], 082 654 5062

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