Today we have a wealth of resources at our disposal that enable us to make smart choices when renovating and designing. While focusing on aesthetics we can incorporate informed choices that positively effect health and well being.  Utilising enhanced strategies in the planning stages we can consider the importance and long term benefits of factors such as clean air, light exposure, acoustical and thermal comfort. We should try wherever possible to limit and reduce the impact our building has on it’s occupants.  It is important during the planning stages to consider upfront cost vs the ongoing cost savings. When consulting a design professional we can look at ways of challenging the status quo and create a space that looks great and performs great. Besides sharing your personal vision, a design consultation is the time to ask questions and share ideas that can lead to an integrated design process and a holistic approach to your project.