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These homeowners in Victoria wanted a 'real Federation home' according to Bryan and Gayle Cole, requirements which fit their company, B & G Cole, perfectly, as period homes is their area of expertise and specialty. When envisaging their new home, the owners especially liked the traditional style of home—double storey with attic rooms, nine-foot ceilings downstairs, with eight-and-a-half-foot ceilings upstairs.

They preferred a small builder with a more personal approach—they had built twice before and subcontracted, and didn't want to do this again.

"We bounce from the information the client provides, both verbally and visually," says Gayle. "They often have photos or have looked at buying a property before they decide to build. We go to their existing home and they can show us what does and doesn't work for them. I show them photos of projects we have done, or photos that I have collected of old houses, and these are all used to build the design brief. In this case, the owners had photos of an original old home they liked, and we used this as inspiration."

"A brief is built up before we go to the architect with a 'ballpark figure' given to the owners. I overview the plans at all stages of development to ensure that the clients' wishes are interpreted into the drawings in the best way possible. While the architect is outsourced, it is a trusted and valued relationship that has produced stunning homes that have come to be recognised as being built by our company."

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