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Are you after a new home, but not sure what to look for in a floor plan? Never fear, we asked nine of our builders right across the country what their best design trend is in a home, and here are their responses.
Caroline Allen – Inverloch, VIC
A butler’s pantry is still one of the most highly requested items, and now they are becoming really functional rooms fitted out with full sinks, a dishwasher, fridge and other facilities such as an additional oven or coffee machines. The traditional kitchen space then takes on a minimalist feel that is clear and uncluttered, where family and friends gather around.
Adam Sturt – Nowra, NSW
The most popular trend we are seeing at the moment is the open-plan living with higher ceilings. This design is great for families who want to spend time together but not necessarily crammed next to each other.
Amira Willingham – Ballarat, VIC
This depends on the clientele, but a walk-in-pantry is often the most popular item in the home. A large alfresco that has outdoor kitchen is also rising in popularity – people love indoor/outdoor living!
Gillian Coleman – Bathurst/Orange, NSW
Our customers are looking for luxury in their bathrooms with floor to ceiling tiles, feature niches and walk-in showers.
Russell Pearse – Ararat, VIC
Open-plan living definitely, but it is important to have other flexible spaces to suit changing family conditions. Having a versatile home is a smart move, you often don’t know what the future holds.
Glenda Heath – Port Lincoln, SA
Open-plan living, nearly every plan these days has open-plan living and most individuals looking to build want the large open spaces with higher ceilings. It creates the illusion of space, even if the home is on the smaller side.
Aaron Anstis – Ocean Grove, VIC
Block widths that allow a wider garage. Whether it is adding 500mm for some shelving or making a three-car garage for storage of a boat, it seems to be something that lots of people try to make work in their budgets.
Lyndsey Clarke – Central Coast, NSW
Open plan living for sure. Many of our clients love a home where the bedrooms are separate and private, but the kitchen and living – linking to the alfresco – can become an entertainer’s dream!
Anthony Wolff – Mackay, QLD
The most popular trend we are seeing at the moment is a walk-in-pantry or butler’s pantry. The kitchen is the heart of the home and clients want to add a touch of luxury to it wherever possible!
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 never live up to their expectations, but the impressive façade, amazing floor plan and beautiful finishes resulted in a stunning home with all the right touches.
“The best part of the whole experience was the flexibility, we could change whatever we wanted and nothing was a problem for Hotondo Homes,” Debra said.
“We spoke to another builder and they were not flexible at all. We wanted to make the home ours, there were a few specific things we really wanted because it was an acreage block, and Hotondo Homes accommodated them all.”
The stunning Stockton 322 is an incredible acreage home featuring four bedrooms, three living areas, two bathrooms and a powder room. With a few adjustments including larger windows to take in the beautiful views, bigger bedrooms and even the installation of a wood heater, the couple are delighted to call this place home.
“We got along really well with the team at Hotondo Homes Ballarat, who were even able to take us down to a display home to show us something tangible,” Frank said.
“Our block also had a few overlay and sloping issues, and the team were able to walk us through how they would address them.”
A mix of beautiful, neutral colours is seen throughout the home. The white walls and light coloured tiles and kitchenware creates a spacious and open feel, which works in harmony with the striking floorboards and custom wood heater that help add a warmth to the area.
Topped off with beautiful pieces of wooden furniture and high quality finishes, the charming home emits a modern yet country charm.
“The best part of the whole experience was the flexibility, we could change whatever we wanted and nothing was a problem for Hotondo Homes.” – Debra Cartledge
For Frank and Debra, the large walk-in pantry, big ensuite and the entry located to the side of the home were all must-haves.
“Luckily for us, this design ticked a lot of boxes with just the standard inclusions, and we then added few of our own,” Frank said.
The expansive alfresco space, large double garage, powder room for guests and plenty of storage room were other favourite features for the Invermay couple.
“Both of our girls moved out of home during the building process, meaning we have even more room now for friends, family and other guests to come around,” Debra laughs.
“Another great part is that one of the extra bedrooms has its own walk-in-robe, which is really good for our guests. There is so much room, we have even started calling one end of the house the ‘west wing’!”
The Ballarat team were awarded the 2015 Hotondo Homes Builder of the Year award, which is reflected in the quality build of Frank and Debra’s home. Living just down the road for the majority of the construction period meant the couple were able to enjoy watching their home go up from start to finish.
“Each stage that finished was another burst of excitement, it was great to watch it all come together,” Frank said.
“Brett was really fantastic to deal with, anything we wanted, he would accommodate. He adjusted the price as we added things, and they were always quick to get back to us.”
While Frank and Debra had completed several renovations and extensions previously, this was their first newly built home. Their children may have moved out before they had a chance to enjoy it, but the couple are loving their new home shared with their cat, dog, cows and even alpacas.
From a fleeting thought 12 years ago to the beautifully constructed design Frank and Debra now have before them, Hotondo Homes Ballarat have delivered a dream home that does not disappoint.
To start your own journey towards your dream home, contact Hotondo Homes today.
“Feature walls, as in one wall picked out in a room, really are a thing of the past,” Haymes Paint Colour and Concept Manager Wendy Rennie said.
What is on the rise is the method of ‘colour blocking’.
“Colour blocking allows you to layer colour through a home where a few rooms are treated differently, so some are lighter and darker in tone depending on the space, but essentially the whole room is one colour instead of one wall,” Wendy said.
“Then, other colours from soft furnishing and materials can inject colour in many different and interesting ways.”
Colour blocking allows you to add layer and depth to your home. It can add a beautiful flow, and creates subtle, seamless boundaries.
The main ‘rule’ when selecting the paint for your home is to avoid using a colour in a room that isn’t appropriate for the space.
A perfect example of this is to really think about how the space is going to be used. If it is a calming and relaxing area, head towards soft blues, browns or greens. If you are going to be entertaining you may want more of an energetic feel, so look at your reds, oranges and yellows.
Keep in mind that darker colours will generally make a room feel smaller, while lighter colours will make it seem larger.
“Lighter colour in living areas and open plan designs can really help make the space feel more diverse,” Wendy said. “Alternatively for second living areas or bedrooms where you prefer a more intimate feel a darker tone can really help make the room feel cosier and more inviting.”
Wendy loves the use of a monochromatic palette.
“Start with a lighter colour then progressively use darker colours through various rooms of the house as you go,” she said. “It creates a fantastic a beautiful flow throughout, adding layers and depth.”
Another key aspect of colour blocking is utilising the colours of your furnishings.
Cushions, rugs, décor and furniture can all be purchased in bright, bold colours and patterns to inject colour and create a truly beautiful space. You can also choose complementary colours for a more subtle look.
For more colour advice for your home, visit Haymes Paint here.