A kitchen is the heart of the home.

If the kitchen truly is the heart of the home, and it is filled to the brim with pots, pans and general mayhem, you can bet it will affect the rest of the house too.

Keeping a pantry neat and organised can be a never-ending battle between you and the family. These days, most new homes feature a walk-in option or even a butler’s pantry to help combat the inevitable mess. We have put together a list of our top tips to help create or maintain stylish pantries! (more…)

Always consider the resell value of your home when building.

In the excitement that comes from building a new home, home buyers often forget to consider aspects that will increase its resell value.
Although selling a brand new home is often far from the mind of the home owner, it is more convenient and cost effective to make valuable structural changes during the building stage than after it.
There are a few aspects of your home you should consider upgrading during the build process.


The façade provides a first impression of the home and can significantly increase its value. People gain confidence in the property when it is well-maintained, so the front yard is also important. The roof is another vital element. Roofing that is going to last longer and require less maintenance is something to seriously consider. Colorbond roofing is a good alternative to the standard tiles and offers a few advantages. It requires less maintenance than regular tiling, it retains its colour for longer and it is a popular look for a modern home.

Increase the value of your home2. FLOORING

Flooring may not be the first thing you consider when upgrading your home, however it does have a strong effect on the overall look of your home. Generally the more durable your flooring is, the higher the return on your investment. Wood, stone or tiles are all great options to add value to your home for an updated, modern look.


Although it may seem insignificant, the height of your ceiling can make an enormous difference to the overall feel of your home. Increasing your ceiling height will help make your home feel bigger and it paves the way for more storage and features like ceiling fans or pendant lighting. Consider raising the roof in the main living areas of your home to create a feeling of openness, and leave the bedrooms as they are for a more cosy space.

Increase the value of your home


The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it only goes to follow it is one of the most important rooms you can update to increase the value of a home. Energy efficient appliances and quality cabinetry should be at the top of your list. You should also consider upgrading your counter tops in both the kitchen and bathrooms. Counter tops can make or break a room, and if they look cheap and flimsy this will reflect through the entire space.

Increase the value of your home


The price between two, three and four bedroom homes can increase significantly. Always consider what the market is looking for in a home, and try to tailor for this as much as you can without compromising on your own wants or needs. Follow this advice, and you may find your resell value increases.


Making your home more energy efficient can be as simple as having plenty of windows to provide natural light to more intricate methods like harnessing solar power. Quality insulation ensures the thermal comfort of the home. It acts as a barrier against heat entering the home in summer and warmth escaping the home in winter.
Choosing energy efficient appliances in your new home is another great way to save on your energy bills, especially with large appliances like your fridge, washing machine, dryer and dishwasher. Many new appliances have energy rating labels on them to help you make this decision. This will not only save you money on your bills, but will also increase the worth of the home.

For more information on how to increase the value of your home, contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here.

Mixing high-end items for your home with a few less expensive items can give you the perfect blend of products without hurting your hip pocket.
Last month we looked at where to save your money and where to spend it in your living room. This time around read our guide to save or splurge: kitchen.



Invest in energy-efficient appliances like your fridge or dishwasher. Bill costs will be lowered, and it will save you in the long-run. Stainless steel items are a popular choice and look fantastic too.


Save on your pots and pans. As the workhorse of most kitchens they will be used a lot, and even the most expensive of brands will wear out. Aim for mid-range cookery for a good balance between durability and cost.

You also don’t need to go out and purchase an 18-piece knife set. Invest in a couple of good, sharp chef’s knives and leave the rest alone. Trust us, you don’t need them.




Spend a bit on your cabinetry hardware for some added bling. Polished handles can instantly update the look of your cupboards at a fraction of the cost it would take to redo the whole cabinet!


Laminate cabinets can look just as good as their wooden counterparts. Save some money here without compromising the look of your kitchen.




Porcelain tiles are cheaper than ceramic and resist chipping and cracking. Consider purchasing porcelain that looks like natural stone, and look for larger tiles for a modern look.



Buy the best and most durable table you can afford. It will be subject to plenty of wear and tear!


Save on your chairs. Chairs can be switched out as they get older at a cheaper cost than your table, and it also offers the opportunity to change up the style of your kitchen area.




Take advantage of the natural light your windows provide and utilise sheer curtains to ensure plenty of it enters the room. Alternatively, if you are lacking windows, install more lighting. It will brighten your kitchen and help give it a modern feel.



Spend a bit of money on your benchtop as it can be the focal point of your kitchen. Investing in a stone benchtop may cost more than a laminate, but it is more durable, won’t scratch as easily and can withstand hot items unlike a laminate.


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