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    17th Feb 2020

    Luxury Add-Ons Every Homeowner Wants 

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    There’s one thing all homeowners who build their own home have in common, customisation. The beauty of building from scratch means they are able to do just that. Gone are the days when mod-cons were reserved for the wealthy. We’re seeing the average family homeowner request a little more luxury. The little touches go a long way so without further ado, here are our top requested luxury add-ons. 

     

    Mudroom 

    The humble mudroom started as a way to keep mud ridden boots out of family homes. Commonly seen in farmhouses and colder climates (with lots of heavy coats), we’re now seeing them pop up in urban locations. Families and young professionals are seeking ways to keep their home organised and a mudroom is the perfect solution. 

     

    We love this modern take on the classic. A number of our current plans include a mudroom, and we must say they are proving popular. Expect the mudroom to become ‘the norm’ in the near future. 

     

     

     

     Source: https://www.sophieburkedesign.com/#/west-point-grey-residence-2/

     

     

    Butlers Pantry 

    In years gone by, a Butler’s Pantry was used for Butler’s to prepare delicacies and keep the mess hidden. While Butlers are still reserved for the very wealthy, the pantry isn’t. In fact, many families are requesting them to save their stunning kitchen from the wear and tear that goes along with meal preparation. Better still, they are an excellent space to store the array of appliances, crockery, groceries and kitchen tidbits we have these days. 

     

    They can be as simple or as extravagant as required. The best bit is, the design possibilities are endless! 

     

    Source: zephyrandstone.com.au

     

    Double Shower 

    The double shower is the new walk-in robe when it comes to luxury in the home. It may be because we’re all time poor and it’s easy showering en-masse or just because they add a beautiful design aesthetic to a home. Either way, we’ve been inundated with design requests featuring this mod-con. 

     

    We predict this trend will gain momentum in 2020 and beyond. It’s easy to see why with designs such as these. 

     

    Source: chloedominik.com

     

    Media Room 

    With the myriad of streaming services available, theatres everywhere are feeling the pinch. Enter, the new must-have: the media room. Not to be confused with the lounge room or family room, the media room is a stand-alone entity custom-designed for binge-watching and the like. 

     

    Smaller rooms with minimal natural light are the perfect choice for a home media room. 

     

    Source: katrinaleechambers.com

     

    We will be extending on the luxury home suite of designs to incorporate some higher-end mod-cons into mid-range family homes. Expect to see more in the way of mudrooms, butlers pantries, double showers and media rooms in our designs in 2020. 

     

    Today’s homeowner is more conscious of the little touches and we’re rising to meet the occasion. 

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    23rd Dec 2019

    Home Design Trends 2020

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    A new year is almost here and with it comes a plethora of new home design trends to familiarise yourself with. We’re calling it early, the start of the decade will be marked with some fresh looks that will be on every homeowner’s wishlist. 

    We’ve done the research for you and narrowed it down to the top 5. Without further ado, here’s what you’ll be seeing everywhere in 2020. 

     

    Classic Blue 

    Pantone has just announced their colour of the year and it’s a surprising choice: Classic Blue. You can expect this hue to dominate interiors in 2020. 

    Source: https://www.pufikhomes.com/en/2018/07/prostornaja-parizhskaja-kvartira-so-skromnym-intererom-v-sinih-tonah/ 

    Source:homeandgardendecoration.com

     

    Sustainable Materials 

    Our commitment to sustainability is increasing in popularity and as a result, home designs are evolving. Perfect finishes are being overhauled for interesting, repurposed materials. You’ll be seeing reclaimed wooden features married with recycled concrete (crushed and repurposed rubble) coupled with lush furnishings. 

    Photo Credit: Simone Haag

    Via: thedesignfiles 

     

    Enter: Terrazzo

    Terrazzo has been used for hundreds of years all around the world and in 2020, it will be in hot demand. Kitchen benchtops, flooring, furniture accents, bathroom vanities and more will be ‘terrazzo-d’ in the new year. 

     

    Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzC1WsoirGx/?igshid=4r9pdx7cpboq 

     

    Organic shapes & natural hues in the bathroom

    The trusty white subway tile is out in 2020. Bathroom renovators are now looking towards organic shapes and natural hues: think dusk pink, slate grey, wood and marble. 

    Source: Cphart.co.uk 

    Source: http://laostudio.blogspot.com/ 

     

    Smart Outdoor Planning 

    The average Australian land size is decreasing and as a result, design trends are focussed on designing smarter. The most applicable being our outdoor areas. Multi-functional built-in mod-cons are the must-haves. 

    Source: dailydreamdecor.com

    Source: news.dreamsscapes.com

     

    If you’ve been searching for house plans that have been designed for the modern consumer in mind, you’ve come to the right place. With over 200 buildable, bankable designs available on our database, we’re sure you’ll find the very thing to wow your clients in 2020.

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    Home Building Trends To Incorporate in 2019
    14th Dec 2018

    Home Building Trends To Incorporate in 2019

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    When it comes to home design, true style never dates. That’s not to say there isn’t a place for trends. If you want to win business and keep those clients of yours happy, you need to stay on top of what’s trending in home design. Don’t spend your whole day scouring the internet for what’s hot and what’s not, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about home building trends for you.

     

    Without further ado, here’s what we’re going to be seeing a lot of in 2019.

     

    Sunrooms Are Back In  

    We’re seeing more and more modern Australian’s embrace the sunroom. Not only do sunrooms add a gorgeous light filled room to the house, they are versatile. From home office, to playroom to a sanctuary when guests pop in, they are an added bonus to any home design.

    Source: interiorsonline.com.au

     

    Open Plan Living Areas Are Here To Stay

    This isn’t news but we’re seeing the trend cemented in 2019. Homeowners value an open plan living area above all else. Plans which seamlessly incorporate the typical flow of the modern Australian lifestyle will be chosen again and again. Think of the living, dining, kitchen and even the outdoor area as one large functional and stylish playground.

    Source: homestolove.com.au

     

    Purposeful Space

    As land sizes are getting smaller and smaller with each generation, Australians are now thinking strategically about their space. We’re seeing a trend towards embracing the minimalist movement. Rather than grand rooms and large unused spaces, go for dual-function rooms which work with the owner to encompass all of their needs.

     

    For example, a sitting room might now double as a home office or playroom for the kids. 1 bathroom may be swapped out for a powder room and laundry instead. The home office may be incorporated into a ‘nook’ rather than taking up a whole bedroom.

    Source: informdesign.com.au

     

    Eco Friendly Homes Are In High Demand

    Australians are serious about reducing their carbon footprint. We’ve banned disposable plastic bags, we’re purchasing mindfully and we’re recycling more and more. Homes should be designed with lifestyle elements to mirror their owners. As such, eco friendly homes are being requested more often than not.

     

    Think of insulation to keep the homes cool in summer and warm in winter to save the excess use of electricity. Solar panels and water tanks are almost a must these days. Also look at the materials you are using. Are they sustainable? Can you use recycled materials rather than new to create the same look? Being on the front foot of this will serve you well in 2019.

    Source: youaretheriver.com

     

    If you’ve been searching for house plans that have been designed for the modern consumer in mind, you’ve come to the right place. With over 200 buildable, bankable designs available on our database, we’re sure you’ll find the very thing to wow your clients in 2019.

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