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  • gearing

    If you are looking to invest in property, you will have come across the term ‘positive and negative gearing’. Before building or selecting a property to invest in, it is important to determine what your investment ‘gearing’ strategy is. This is where an understanding of whether your home is positively geared (a cash-flow property strategy) […]

    overlooking

    When your building journey begins, avoid overlooking these nine items for a more rewarding and fulfilling build! YOUR LOAN Know what you want or need in a loan and shop around. Fixed rates, variable rates, redraw capabilities and the length of the loan are all important factors. Make sure the structure of your loan is […]

    small rooms

    Small rooms can be cosy and inviting. They can be spacious too – if you know how to make the most of what you have! Just because you have less space to work with does not mean your small room cannot look as amazing as a larger counterpart. Many small room ideas involve tricking the […]

    must-have feature

    What is your must-have feature for a modern home? We asked the question to nine of our builders from right across the country, and here are their responses! Aaron Anstis – Ocean Grove, VIC A must-have feature of a modern home is a well-considered kitchen and pantry. We spend so much time in and around […]

    storage

    When moving from one home to the next, new home buyers may need storage space on which they can rely. The storage space needs to be one that is safe, secure, clean, free from damp, mould and pests, and be manned by a friendly, expert team. With peace of mind all your belongings are safe […]

    ask your builder

    Making sure you ask your builder the right questions before signing a building contract can save you a lot of time, money and heartache. To help you get started, we’ve put together 10 essential questions to ask your builder before you start your dream home journey. Be sure to have your questions written down, and if […]

    modern design

    Home design has come a long way over the past few years, with many modern design elements now incorporated into floor plans. Across Hotondo Homes’ range of designs there are some consistent elements that many of our clients request when building their new home. We have rounded up the most popular modern design elements for […]

    client home

    Client Home: When it comes time to decide on a builder, new home buyers typically spend hours researching the best fit for them and their family. However, for Peter and Maxine Story there was no discussion, question or debate on who would build their new dream home. “Twenty years ago we built our first house […]

    2017 home trends

    In the busy and time-precious world we currently live in, our homes have truly become our sanctuaries. Being able to choose appliances, colours and the interior design of your home is a fun and exciting way to help achieve this and make the home really yours. From style tips to modern conveniences, we asked several […]

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    Converting a garage into a bedroom is a great way to add additional space to your home, provide space for a teenager or elderly relative or create additional income by renting it to a tenant. Converting a garage is typically cheaper than taking on a full-blown extension, but the downside is you will lose your […]

    kitchen makeover

    Most of us assume that renovating our kitchens will cost us the earth. That doesn’t have to be true. It’s highly possible to give your kitchen a fresh new look on a smaller budget. Hotondo Homes knows how We were delighted recently to be asked to contribute to a blog post about ways to renovate […]

    dream kitchen

    The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. We often say this, however it doesn’t make it any less genuine. It is true both metaphorically – family members spend a lot of time in the kitchen with many memories made here – and literally – a kitchen is more often than not located at […]

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    Just 200 metres down the road from their old home, Frank and Debra Cartledge’s prized piece of land sat waiting for them. For over 12 years it remained vacant, awaiting a time for the Invermay couple to proceed building their dream home. For a home years in the making, there was every chance it would […]