Do we really need a designer?

Whilst I have always advocated for using designers where required (Architects, Interior Designers, Building Designers and Draftsmen) I am also an advocate for research and well, nailing your design yourself.

So, do we have to be ‘designers’ to create a designer space? The simple answer – well, no.

Do the research

If you can put time and effort into your design, do the research and understand the design details then there is no reason that you too can’t pull off a creative space that looks like a designer did it.

I have a few examples of kitchens that I would consider ‘designer’ kitchens, none of them were created by technically trained designers, yet all of them are fabulous design examples.


Kate, from @what.kate.sees notes that often times when someone says they are a designer, it does not mean they hold formal qualifications. ‘Women out there who do engage a designer should always ask if they are qualified!! The trick is to know when you need to ask for professional help, but if you’ve got an eye for detail, research skills and time to spend working with a great team of trades, anything is possible!’.  Kate, you definitely have an eye for detail and your kitchen is AMAZING, it is worth a look at Kate’s feed on Instagram!


A local woman in Northcote (Victoria) who had been so encouraging of our work at the Buildher Collective also reached out, and I was blown away when I saw her kitchen.  Petra, @petraholain on Instagram, mentions that ‘lots of research and a serious amount of time is definitely true…’ She also noted that ‘it is so valuable to be able to bounce ideas with like minded people’ and that she ‘was living and breathing the kitchen for a while there!’ (Glad I’m not the only one.)

I just love what Petra came up with and the extra effort that went towards creating a beautiful space for her family to enjoy was time well spent in my books. Good design at its core embraces and enhances opportunities for us to connect with people and nature.

BuildHer philosophy

At BuildHer Collective we often remind you that you need to be your own advocate, lead the process and understand what you are asking for and what you are getting. It is worth putting the effort in so there are no surprises at the end and you and your partner are both understanding what you are building and how much this will cost you. Putting your own time in can save you thousands, BUT only if you do it the right way and truly understand both the process and the outcomes.

With our ever-increasing access to Instagram, Pinterest and visual inspiration and our wish to create our own little sanctuary, there are so many ways to look at building your home and designing the outcome yourself.  If you are willing to put in the effort you do NOT need to be an elite designer to have the designer space.

Not a designer?

I am a builder and NOT a designer, but the image at the top of this blog is a glimpse of just one of the latest kitchens we put together. A lot of time an effort goes into designing and building these kitchens and I luckily have a wonderful team helping me. BUT, I really want you to understand it takes months of thinking about it and revising and I didn’t nail it in one afternoon, so don’t be discouraged if you feel you have been thinking and planning yours for too long.

For most of us, good design is a process as we explore, assess, select and reconsider and select again. We think about what we are creating for weeks or months and this is how we get the best outcomes.

If you are interested in learning about how we ‘Nail Design on a Budget’ visit BuildHer Collective for information and resources.  Sign up for our regular communications and events if you

  • are interested in really creating your dream home, driving the process and being informed
  • have questions you need answers too and you just can’t find the answer anywhere
  • feel you don’t know what you need to know.


Meet Rebeka Morgan and Kribashini Hannon

The BuildHer Collective was born through a passion for building, vast construction and renovation experience, and a mission to help women create their dream home with clarity and confidence.
As a registered builder and successful residential developer, Rebeka’s recent projects have broken sales records and the last three projects have all been featured on the cover of Domain Magazine.
With a unique combination of construction and project management coupled with a deep desire to support women with their renovation dreams, Kribashini currently spends time managing commercial projects. After recently completing her own home renovation, Kribashini has the must-have insights, experiences, and knowledge for building and renovating an amazing home to entertain, grow, and nurture.


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