The size of your new garage depends largely on how you wish to use it. Do you want it to be in place of a shed, a workshop, a home gym or just somewhere to store bikes, balls, boxes of stuff or in an absolute minority of cases just to park your car?
Garages seem to be a part of the house plan that gets less thought than all the other rooms. It shouldn’t – the garage plays a fairly big role in the family home. The size of the garage you need (the realistic size) depends on the role you want it to play and how that can be fitted into the house plan you are designing with your Custom Builder. If you build with a volume builder, the garage on the plan is the garage you get, making changes after the plans are complete is a very expensive option.
I was part of a discussion on the weekend about house design. Different people had different views about where to go first. I have to admit that I got quite confused. Three professions were discussed – architects, designers and decorators.
Decorators and/or stylists are the wonderful people who can turn your very ordinary lounge room into a show piece. Give them a room and a budget and they will repaint, redecorate and style your room to make it beautiful. They won’t renovate your bathroom or kitchen, for that task you need a designer.
Knock-down rebuilds are happening all over the city and suburbs. Some are to build family homes and other knock-down rebuilds are to place two dwellings on the block. All around the suburbs you can see fenced blocks that are completely cleared in readiness for a rebuild. But what happens if there is something on your block that you really want to keep. This is where a Custom Builder can be your best friend. They can design your home around that feature, making sure that the home and feature complement each other.
What if I told you I could build your house with a product that supplies superior insulation from heat and the cold, noise reduction, increased fire rating and was environmentally friendly, did I get your interest? What if I added that it is beautiful, solid and comfortable to live in… No, I am not talking about rammed earth walls or mud bricks(although they qualify too) – this product is relatively light, easy to handle and quick to build with. You have probably seen it on some building sites or on television adverts. It is Hebel!
IS YOUR QUOTE TO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
A quote for your dream home will be the most revealing document you get from a prospective builder. Use it wisely to help choose your construction team – too many customers are only focused on price and have little knowledge of what their quote actually means, or what it tells them about how their build will proceed.
A laundry needs to be one of the most practical rooms in your new home. Custom Builders will have lots of designs and pictures to show you, but you need to decide exactly what you want your laundry to do for you. Storage, bench space, the type of washing machine, a steam or regular iron and ironing space, a place for wet shoes and jackets and maybe even more.
Building a new home with a Custom Builder means a large choice of bathroom design. When you build with a volume builder, the bathroom size and costing of your fittings will be pre-determined by the house plan you choose. You can upgrade the fittings and finishes at a cost, but changing the structure of the room will be costly. With a Custom Builder this is not an issue, you make your choices about room size, finishes and fittings before the plan is finalised.
Your Custom Built Home is almost ready, you are looking to taking ownership and moving in, but……what about all that dirt outside?
I’m sure you have already decided on the areas to be decked or paved, that may be part of your package……. But the dirt?!?
Two logical solutions are to turf it, with ready grown grass or to use artificial grass.
Today, we are spoilt for choice, there are many products and variations within each product in the flooring market. Flooring choices range from authentic polished wooden floors (from sustainable forests only- of course), to manufactured wooden flooring, to laminate (looks like wood but….) to vinyl wood-look-a-likes. The choice for your home will depend on how you see the area being used, on-going maintenance and the aesthetics – look and feel.
Wow! What a lot of choices we have. How to decide? It all comes down to one of two things – cost or look. Maybe a combination of both. Your choice of benchtop ranges from bamboo and timber to natural granite or marble to laminate (that can look like any choice of product) to Engineered Stone. And within each category there are heaps of choices of colour and pattern.
An Outdoor Living Area is simply an extension of your home’s living space that allows you to enjoy Australia’s fabulous climate, in some cases for the whole year.
There are several basic elements that you need to consider when designing your Outdoor Living Space. Take a minute to visualise your family using your outdoor area next Summer. Think about how it will be used during the day, for evening meals, to entertain and so on.
You have made all the big decision;, your kitchen design, the bathroom fittings, floor coverings, lighting plans and so on…. And now, you are asked, “What about your outdoor Living Area or Al Fresco…” Immediate thoughts are- “Can’t we leave this until after the build?” or “Even more expense..”
Tricky question! Are we talking theirs(the kids) or ours. Let’s start with the adults’ bedroom. What else do you want to do in your bedroom? No – I am not talking about that. What other things? Do you want your bedroom to be a retreat from the family- time out space if you like?
I thought this was a crazy topic at first! We are in Australia, most of us in suburbia, surely Mud rooms are for snow zones or farms or on television in American shows! And then I started thinking, did a bit of research and guess what – they are a fabulous idea! Looking around my home at a glance there are shoes at the back door, thongs at the front door, a rain-jacket and dog lead on the linen cupboard door handle and kids shoes in the laundry- a Mud room or Wet room could eliminate this mess (and I wouldn’t have to pick it all up and put them away).
Ah, I’m still thinking about that Butler’s Pantry. The questions raised last week have given rise to more! What do you really want your Butler’s Pantry to do? Is it just to store food products and maybe the glassware you rarely use? Is it a space to have your groceries, but also to have your appliances out on the bench ready to use? OR Is it to be like a second kitchen, with all the mess concealed? There are issues with all of these, the size will vary greatly for each one as will the cost. You really need to establish just what you want your Butler’s Pantry to do.
Today our homes are all about open living spaces. Our kitchen is part of the family and dining area. If you are like me, I am sure you have despaired about the kitchen mess being on display. I am sick of my kitchen benches always having things on top of them. So I am going to build a Butler’s Pantry (I wish I could have the Butler too!).
Building a home is not just for now but for many years in the future. We have just had two data points installed in our two living areas for our televisions, that could have been expensive – except for my darling son-in-law (electrician)! But it does pose the question about how many data points do you really need now… and what about in ten years time
With housing costs on the rise across major cites many families are getting creative in how they build their new homes. Multigenerational homes are a growing trend in custom building and the benefits are more than just financial.
Clever home design is offering real solutions for families who want to keep their family close – but not too close for comfort!
Mention “Carbon footprint” and images of solar panels, rainwater tanks and reusable Aldi shopping bags spring to mind. Environmental sustainability has become a popular, mainstream topic for average Australians and some of us have taken our green pride further and invested in some serious solar panel roof bling – all with the promise of saving the world, (and cold hard cash to boot).
Are home renovation shows killing your new home designing dreams or fueling your imagination for a beautifully custom designed new home?
Australia’s love of home renovation shows has TV producers filling our screens with top rating reality shows like The Block, My House Rules and Grand Designs.
Maybe you have kids…perhaps you want children…or maybe you just want a solid return on the home you want to buy. It could be all of the above. You open the newspaper and once again, another article about which is the hot spot school zone to buy in. There is a lot of talk about how buying into the right school zone will be the most important real estate decision you’ll ever make. But which one? And more importantly – can you afford it?
Why do you think we are so passionate about our custom house and land packages?Custom homes are more than just a home built to your specifications…Imagine your hand picked piece of land and a beautiful home that suits your lifestyle perfectly. Custom homes are so much more than choosing bedroom sizes and kitchen cabinet finishes.
Believe the big boys on the building block and you will have your dream home in record time with zero fuss and be on your way to living happily ever after. This is the message Volume Builders sell to people every day so they sign on the dotted line for their new home. Catchy ads tell us it’s fast and cheap with Volume Builders. We hear it on the radio, we see it in our newspapers and we gush over it in shiny display suites.
We all love shiny and new and what better way of getting this than building a home – it’s the great Australian dream! House and land packages, glossy brochures and perfect display homes can offer couples an accessible entry into a difficult housing market. But is buying into a new estate everything we hope it will be? Are there benefits of purchasing in an existing area that outweigh the excitement of building your dream home? An honest, professional builder will tell you that there are certainly advantages with buying off the plan but our experience has shown there are also potential pitfalls in pioneering a new estate.
The most important element of kitchen design for you- the client- is that your kitchen meets your specific needs. How do you plan to use your kitchen? Over the past few years kitchen design has become part of an open living space. A place for a lot more than just meal preparation. The kitchen is now a multi-use area where you can now cook, eat, entertain, supervise children’s homework or just share a coffee with a friend.
Designing a new kitchen can be fun but very demanding in terms of thought.What will be the perfect kitchen for you and your new home. In a home built by a Volume builder the kitchen is already planned and designed, with minimal changes that you can incorporate. In a Custom Designed Home, most of the choices and decisions will be on your shoulders.
But first some general information:
Air Conditioning versus Evaporative Cooling
Choosing the type of cooling for your home is a personal preference, however your Custom builder can help you make a more informed decision. Evaporative Coolers and Air Conditioners both serve the same purpose – to cool our homes or work spaces. However, these two systems operate very differently with very different ways of operating, different running costs and environmental effects.
Every buyer will have a list of personal considerations when deciding where to put down roots.
How do you choose a block when you know little about building and don’t really understand conveyancing? Block characteristics can be as varied and individual as your dreams for a new home. By following some core considerations, your choice of a new block of land can give you the right foundations for a home that is shaped for the life you want.
Following our basic steps to choosing your block might save you time, money and unnecessary heartache down your building road.