YES, I WANT TO BE FIRST ON THE LIST!

Be one of the first to go through this new training that will teach you how to take your loose ideas and dreams for a new home and turn them into a crystal clear action plan for how to make it happen.

Discover the essential process that I wish every homeowner went through before they started so they could avoid wasting precious time and money and finally get started on creating the kind of home that they’ve always dreamed of living in.

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We’re kicking off 23 October 2020

“Ready to Build”
virtual Weekend Workshop

Are you ready to start building your dream home?

Understanding what you want and being able to communicate that clearly to your team of trades is hands-down the most effective way to keep your project on budget and on schedule...

… but it’s also the only way that you know that you’re going to get exactly what you want at the end of this process.

You see, building a home is a really personal thing - at the end of the day, the only way you'll be able to judge whether your project was a "success" is if YOU are happy.

But far too many people start off a project without defining the objectives for what they want to achieve and spending the time up front to get really clear on what THEY want.  If your first step is handing over your plans to a designer with a really vague brief and hoping they'll come up with something you'll love, then you might be disappointed to find out that designers aren't mind readers! 

The biggest reason why people get stuck in the planning phase and can’t get their projects moving forward (even if they’ve invested big money in having professional designs produced for them) is because they just don’t know what they want…

I know it sounds a little crazy to say that… (what a great problem to have, right ?) but I see people asking for too many outside opinions; wasting too many hours on the internet looking for the perfect house and getting completely overwhelmed with all the options out there (trust me, you can get lost in the Pinterest vortex for months).

Meanwhile, they’re not spending enough time thinking about what they want out of the process and they start second guessing themselves - doubting their ability to make simple decisions. When in actual fact, most of the time I find these people are not bad at making decisions at all, they just don’t place enough value on their own opinions and don't have a clear vision for what they're creating.
This is equivalent to trying to decide what to buy at the supermarket before you've decided what you want for dinner and without a recipe to follow.

Trust me, if you don’t know what you want, I don’t care how much money you’re willing to throw at this project and whether you’ve got access to the best designers in the country, you’re not going to get what you want. I’ve seen this happen more times than I’d like to admit and it’s heartbreaking.

This training has been designed to put you in the drivers seat of your project so that you can set your own objectives, plan for how to make it happen and understand where you might need support.

...and because I know you’re busy, I’ve packaged it all together neatly so you can polish off everything in one weekend and get back to enjoying your time doing more important things.





Become the kind of client that builders love to work with - because you know exactly what you’re asking for,  how to communicate it and how to play your important role in the project.

Make confident, well informed decisions that don't feel rushed.

Pull together all your ideas into a cohesive vision that gives you a clear direction of where you're heading.

I'm going to take you through everything you need to know about how to...

IN OUR VIRTUAL WEEKEND WORKSHOP

This program has been specifically designed to put you at the centre of your project…

so you can take control and move forward confidently knowing that you’re not making mistakes that you’re going to regret later on, even if you don't know exactly what you want yet.

Organise all of your ideas and selections in a way that your trades understand, so that no details fall through the cracks.

Take control of your finances so that you know how to prepare meaningful budgets and make informed decisions about what to invest in.

Get a clear view of a design and construction schedule so you know what to expect and you can keep things on track.

This weekend workshop has been designed to take you from loose ideas and dreams to a clear plan and strategy for how to get it built.

Here’s what we cover...

What you need to provide your builder before you ask for a quote.

How to understand the builders quote so that you’re able to compare them and make an informed decision about who to partner with.

What to check before you sign the contract.

What you need to do throughout the build to ensure that you don’t become the reason your project falls off the rails, blows the budget or fails to deliver on your dream.

03. Ready to Build

How to review your floorplans to ensure that the spaces are going to actually fit the purpose that you intend to use them for.

How to collate all of your ideas and identify a clear style direction for your home so you know where you’re heading.

Creating a palette of colours, materials and finishes that provide a foundation for your design to evolve from.

Making selections that are quick, confident and aligned with your objectives and vision for your home.

Identifying if there are any areas that you need further support with and how to find the right people to work with

02. Designing

Setting some objectives for your project so that you know exactly what you’re wanting to achieve and you can start making it happen.

How to create a budget so that you can stay in control of what you’re spending and you can feel good about investing in the areas that are important to you and add value to your project.

Working out a schedule so that you don’t find yourself short on time or having to compromise on important design elements because they weren’t planned for early enough.

How to hire a team to support you so that you don’t make expensive mistakes hiring the wrong people or outsourcing the wrong parts of your project.

01. PLANNING

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If this is all sounding good, I'd love to include you in this small group that I'll be working with for the first round of the workshop



BOOK MY SPOT

TOTAL COST : $550 (INCLUDING gst)

WHAT'S INCLUDED :

THREE modules that will guide you through the phases of planning, designing and getting ready to build

Online videos, tutorials, templates and workbooks that allow you to move through the materials at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home.

THREE model palettes of materials and finishes that I have put together as as shortcut for you - you can plug these directly into your project or adapt to suit your design

My ‘little black book’ of suppliers so that you can save time running all over town trying to find everything yourself.

Q&A support for a full 6 weeks so that you can continue to receive the support you need and get your questions answered

This is an introductory price that will only be offered to the first clients going through this workshop.

The price won’t be this low ever again.

“Ready to Build”
Weekend Workshop

If you’re already feeling overwhelmed about the amount of decisions that need to be made, I can assure you that they’re only going to get worse if you start heading down the wrong path.  This program has been designed to give you a clear path to what you want so that all the little decisions become so much easier to make.

I know that renovation shows on TV make it look so easy, but don’t be fooled. I’ve watched someone make a croquembouche on Masterchef before but I wouldn’t attempt to do it myself without a bloody good recipe and some basic techniques up my sleeve - and I wouldn't bet my house on getting it right first time around. 

If you think you can just get free advice from every showroom you walk into, every friend that has ever built and every tradesperson that walks on to your building site, you’re going to find yourself more confused than ever.
 Design by committee is never a good idea.

You don’t have be a “creative person” (whatever that means) to design your own home - you just need to be willing to ask yourself the big questions, understand the basic principles and follow a simple process so that you can make really good decisions.

You can definitely just jump to signing a contract with a builder and figure it out as you go, but you need to be prepared for delays when the builder doesn’t have what they want when they need it; to pay big premiums for variances that you could have avoided and to compromise on what you really want because it wasn’t planned for early enough in the process.

You don’t need a professional designer to tell you what you should have in your home - you already know what you like, you just don’t have a clear vision for it yet. That’s what I help you do.


Ok, let me just put a few things out there...

—  Rebecca J, Essendon

Amanda went above and beyond and we were delighted with the result. 
We would highly recommend Amanda to anyone looking for a designer they can trust.

— Caylee, Yarraville

We had a fantastic experience working with Amanda.  
There were extra details that we would never have thought of that we are so delighted with.
We would absolutely recommend her and often do !

— Francine and Mark, Aberfeldie 

Working with Amanda has been an absolute pleasure. 
She helped us to realise our dream of having a beautiful, practical and cohesive living space that works for our family.
We are delighted with the final outcome and wouldn't hesitate in recommending Amanda.

— Sue, Abbotsford

We have had a few projects that Amanda has been involved with and her vision and expertise have been invaluable.
Would highly recommend Amanda !

— Anita, Pascoe Vale South

Working with Amanda has been a very helpful process - it has saved me a lot of time and stress.
Amanda listened really well and really took the time to understand my style, my budget and my needs. 
I definitely recommend working with Amanda.

— Jacqui, Ascot Vale

Amanda not only has an amazing creative eye, she is a delight to deal with and a great listener.
She is my go to when I need input in my own home and I often recommend her to others.

— Cynthia, Strathmore

Highly recommend !  I thoroughly enjoyed the process of working with Amanda.​
She was professional, calm and seemed to really understood what feel/look I wanted to achieve.​
She wasn’t happy unless I was happy and I am super happy!!!

— Maria and Adriana, Coburg

We would absolutely recommend working with Amanda - she is very good at what she does and professional to deal with.
Her valuable help made everything come together smoothly.
She has a passion for her work and it shows in the completed project.


— Alexia, Brunswick

Amanda was amazing!
She listened patiently and helped us to pinpoint exactly what it was that we wanted.  
We are so grateful for her gentle guidance along the way and would definitely recommend working with her.

The mistake that many people make is that they think they can do it cheaper by themselves, but what they don't take into account is how slow and ineffective that can be... and when mistakes are made or delays are caused on a building site, they can cost big bucks to fix...

or worse... your lack of experience may mean that you need to make big compromises to your design and fail to execute exactly what you're trying to create.
You usually only get one shot at getting it right.

...and I'm not convinced that investing in professional design services is always the solution - because if you don't know how to communicate what you want, how do you know they're going to "get it" ?

...of course, you could get lucky and find an incredibly patient, experienced designer who is a skilled listener and is willing to spend the time required to help you figure it out. 

But if you're paying professional fees by the hour, that is going to escalate pretty quickly.... and there's no guarantee you're going to like what you're left with at the end.

This training is a way for you to get the best of both worlds - the experience and guidance of a professional interior designer, with the flexibility and framework to allow you to create something that you know you're going to love.

PLUS you have access to Q&A support with me for 6 weeks after the workshop so you're not going to be left to figure it all out alone.

Let's just talk about money for a little bit...

I approach my work like I approach most things in my life... I'm curious about people, about new ideas and about how to make stuff happen.

Building things just happens to be one of the most satisfying things you can do in life -
I love it and I'm here to help you do it too.


Meet your guide

AMANDA AYRES

INTERIOR DESIGN EXPERT, COACH AND ALL ROUND PROBLEM SOLVER

all sounding good?

I'm only taking a limited number of people into this first workshop so that I can provide a greater level of support.

Once these first spots are gone, they're gone. 

book my spot

spending all your spare time scrolling for inspiration but you don’t yet have a clear vision for what you’re wanting to achieve.

YES, IF YOU'Re sick of...

like you might need some help from a design professional, but want to ensure that you maintain control over the direction so that it matches your objectives and personal preferences

Is this right for me?

reasonably confident in what you’re doing but would feel better having someone there to guide you through the process

YES, IF You ARE...

YES, IF YOU feel...

spending all your spare time thinking about your project and not ready to move it forward

no, IF you enjoy...

confident that you already know exactly what to do, when to do it and where to go

no, IF YOU feel...

somebody else to design your home for you, without having to be involved in the process

NO, IF You want...

— PAUL AND ANITA

Amanda, thank you for all your help, guidance, patience and effort over the past few months. It is safe to say that we wouldn’t have been able to get to this stage without you, and we will be big advocates of you and your business moving forward!