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About Polokwane

Formerly known as Pietersburg, the City of Polokwane is located within the Capricorn District in Limpopo Province. The name 'Polokwane' means place of safety in the language of northern Sotho. This large city is home to over 130 000 residents from many backgrounds and ethnic groups. The local culture in Polokwane is very heavily surrounded and influenced by their main tourist attraction, which is wildlife and game. And because of these surrounding areas and all their African safari glory, some new home owners have been inspired to embrace their African roots. 

A typical home in Polokwane

The typical home in Polokwane is not much different to any other city home, just that they vary in size and location. The modern home in Polokwane ranges from a three to four bedroom sized home usually a double story, with accompanying three to four bathrooms. The house as a building is a modern and sleek shape with precise angles and rectangular shaped exteriors that all connect in symmetry. 

Indoors, you will find modern lighting schemes that are either made possible by delicate chandeliers or by the more affordable, more effective, downlighters. These are lights that are fixed into the ceiling of a room to give a cleaner look and feel. Other prominent features of homes like these are the modern spacious kitchen, bath and shower guest bathrooms, walk in closet space and grand staircase that is consumed by natural light. 

What do Interior Architects do

An interior architect may sound complicated and super confusing, but there is a simple way to explain what it is that they do. They are skilled in the art of conceptualising, analyzing and designing the interior of any house, apartment, townhouse, industrial building or commercial space. This could mean that you could hire an interior architect to design the interior concept for you entire ten story office building. Because of how and what they trained in, they can take on many tasks besides interior design and decoration. 

Interior Architects are knowledgeable in electrical work, intricate plumbing projects, painting, construction, assembling of large furniture items down to the installation of windows. Of course, they can complete these tasks mentioned above and take a step back to finish off with adding stylish and trendy decorative pieces, that will fit well with your needs, what you want, what materials will work best in you specific home or building requirements and finally, what will be the best way to get the most out of your furniture. 

Why you should hire an Interior Architect

Everyone has a vision that they would like to achieve when they think about re-modelling or altering a space that is important in use to them. The truth is that most of us will pay hundreds, sometimes even thousands to achieve this 'dream look', and only realise later that the couches you ordered are actually twenty centimetres too wide for the room, or that the stove you had installed was not made from aluminium like the rest of the appliances in the, or that the cupboards you just had fitted wont open all because of one little miscalculation. This is where the interior architect shines. Not only measurements can go wrong, but design, plumbing, lighting and functionality of the pieces can too. 

The colour pallette is one of the very first things that any designer or architect will discuss and make clear with you. Many clients want colours that are unique from every other colour out there, but sadly sometimes a professional will tell you 'no'. This could be influenced by the type and texture of the floors inside the house; are they natural hardwood, or is it all tiling throughout the house? It could be because of the location of the house; we cannot paint the inside and the outside of a farmhouse white, that would get very dirty, very often. Finding the right colour pallette for a home also depends on what the furniture looks like, what the other decorative elements look like, such as rugs, the beds, the arm chairs and so on. 

Another important factor that an interior architect could greatly assist with are the trends that clients would like to incorporate into their spaces. Some clients get very trendy and ask for themed rooms or spaces from interior designers, like a western room, or a shabby chic house, or even a futuristic office. These can be achievable, but the architect will look beyond that momentary decision. Trends fade, change or become gaudy over time. This could mean a client paying for a totally new look in a few years which won't be worth their while. 

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