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Hotondo asked the question the big design question to nine of our builders from right across the country, and here are their responses!
I am a big fan of the Esplanade 281. The design centres around the kitchen, family and dining areas, and, if you are lucky enough to have views, this design allows you to capture and frame them beautifully. It is a great home for a growing family, with separate living for the kids downstairs, but communal in its design upstairs.
We love the new Willowgrove 332! It features the master bedroom at the rear, has loads of storage with walk-in-robes to three bedrooms, a walk-in-pantry which can be converted to a butler’s pantry, storage in the laundry, a large alfresco PLUS four living areas and a study! It’s the perfect design.
I love homes where you are excited to find out ‘what’s around the corner’. Clever study nooks, tucked up retreats, private spaces to read or watch a movie are all clever uses of space, so I love the new Willowgrove 332! The Kirkby 246 floor plan (below) also deserves an honorary mention. These plans are great because they provide a point of difference to the traditional open-plan style homes of today.
The Kirkby 267! It’s a very suitable plan for indoor/outdoor living which is a must-have feature for many homebuyers, and it remains popular in North Queensland!
The Marcoola 209 – there is plenty of space for an entire family to enjoy. It’s an open-plan ‘modern’ design that encapsulates everything you need in a home.
I have always been a fan on the Stockton 380. It is such a beautiful home that meets the needs of a family with large spacious areas. The mud room is a fantastic area but my favourite is the enormous ensuite, walk-in-robe and retreat areas in the master room.
The Lansdowne 248 is a practical rural design. The bedrooms are spacious and the large alfresco out the back is perfect for the countryside!
The Hume 263 offers multiple living areas, large bedrooms, practical ensuite configuration, mud room from garage, alfresco which can be expanded, powder room, separate toilet to bathroom, open kitchen/dining/family room, large pantry, decent sized porch and study nook, which is great for parents wanting to monitor children. What more do you need?!
My favourite design is the Tarkine 238. It is a large home conveniently shaped to fit on most blocks on the Central Coast due to it’s width. It has a great, practical flow and just seems to make sense. Having the hidden laundry through the pantry is perfect for me. With such a busy lifestyle, to be able to be cooking dinner and throwing a load of washing on at the same time is all too convenient!
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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 right for you straight off the mark – this is a long-term commitment.
Builder quotes can vary by thousands of dollars, so while it may be tempting to go with the cheapest option presented to you, it is important to realise that comparing quotes based purely on monetary value may in fact cost you more in the long run. This is because you are not always comparing apples with apples. Some builders may not provide you with all the expenses upfront, and there are many items that may be inclusive with one builder and non-inclusive with another. It is important to recognise what sort of variations may be affecting your quote including things like labour rates and the quality of the materials. Take the time to understand why your quotes may vary so you know what you are paying for.
Take the time to work out what you can really afford. Many people are excited to buy their first home, but forget the extra fees or underestimate the cost of actually owning one. Find out what kind of fees may be applicable to you including home insurance, stamp duty, moving costs, council rates and transfer fees. Also, be prepared for maintenance costs which will now fall back onto you.
Review your floor plan thoroughly. Work out where your power points and light switches are best positioned, consider the location of your bedrooms to noisy areas like the laundry or living room and always ensure you have plenty of storage.
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Increasing the standard ceiling height to just 2700mm can instantly offer a more spacious feeling in your home! Highly recommended by almost every builder, it is worth the initial extra cost.
Building a new home offers the opportunity to make massive savings by increasing your energy efficiency. This can be as simple as orientating your home correctly, installing eaves and double-glazed windows and ensuring your insulation is adequate, or you can look at more complex solutions such as solar power or energy-saving appliances. New homes offer new home technologies, so now is your chance to cut down on your energy bills and decrease your carbon footprint!
You can never have too much storage in your home! A clever builder should be able to help you find extra nooks and crannies where you can include additional storage space for your belongings. Finding room for extra storage is highly recommended and your builder will have some great tips on ways to avoid a cluttered home.
It can be very difficult to predict where the future will take you, however it doesn’t hurt to consider possibilities like future pets, children or family. Make sure the home you choose accommodates for future plans too, to get as much out of the home as possible.
Having finally built or found the perfect home, the last thing you want to think about is selling it. However, your home is an investment, and it is important to think about a time where you need to sell it. When searching for your home, consider what other typical home buyers may want and accommodate for this if possible. The location is also extremely important, and while your preferences should be paramount, thinking ahead is important too.
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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.
This is because you are not always comparing apples with apples. Some builders may not provide you with all the expenses upfront, and there are many items that may be inclusive with one builder and non-inclusive with another.
It is important to recognise what sort of variations may be affecting your quote.
Things to look for include a minimal amount of PC allowances (an allowance for an item which cannot be costed exactly), the cost of any variations to the house plan you require, labour rates and the quality of the materials.
The best thing you can do is make yourself aware of these factors so you can more accurately compare your quotes.
Researching your builders and thoroughly examining your quotes are key. If you have certain provisions, make sure you provide the same information to all builders so they are can price it equally. Try and find a builder who is going to be as transparent as possible.
To start building a brand new home, contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here.
Once you decide you would like to build a new home you will undoubtedly come across the wonderful world of house and land packages. With only the single contract to deal with, fewer decisions to be made and the relatively quick build time, house and land packages offer a lot of appeal.
There are a few factors however that still need to be considered, so take the time to thoroughly examine which house and land package is best for you.
Before you go any further, stop and decide on a location that will best suit your lifestyle.
Important things to consider when selecting the location of your future home include what kind of public transport the area offers, distance to family and friends, whether there are schools and shops nearby, and if you enjoy a good walk with your pet make sure there are plenty of parklands available.
Make sure you have at least two or more potential neighbourhoods in mind so you have more house and land options to discuss with your builder.
Always ask the above two questions before considering any builder. Do your research to ensure they are reputable and have good referrals. Once this all checks out you can begin to look at specific home designs.
Now comes the fun part, selecting your house and land. This can be broken down into two considerations:
Land – The slope of the land is a primary factor. Generally the steeper the block, the more it will cost to build. You should also ask the soil to be professionally inspected for its ability to support your home. Finally check the orientation of the block. When you build, main living areas should be facing north to catch the sun and help reduce heating and cooling costs.
House – Check out as many display homes as possible. Compare the designs and choose one that will best suit your lifestyle. Find out what it will cost you to change any aspects of the home you may wish to alter, and double check what features are included or not included such as the driveway, flooring or letterbox.
If possible aim for a fixed-price building contract to help avoid any unexpected fees.
For help selecting the best house and land package for you, speak to your local Hotondo Homes builder by clicking here.
With a long standing reputation for quality, Hotondo Homes’ builders are recognised for their professionalism, exceptional workmanship, and their use of reputable, local suppliers and trades. Hotondo Homes’ range of modest, family and luxury homes give clients a plethora of design options which allows them to choose the perfect home to suit their budget and lifestyle. What sets aside Hotondo Homes from other home builders is their service, open communication and most importantly, their quality affordable homes.
Hotondo Homes’ builders provide a complete home building service from start to finish. Our builders can assist you to find the right block of land, can direct you to a reputable financial institution, provide you with a design solution and manage the entire construction process right through to handover. We work with our clients to ensure their home is not only their dream home, but is also a sound investment.
Unlike the vast majority of volume builders throughout Australia, our clients aren’t just a number. Once you sign a fixed price contract with Hotondo Homes, you know exactly how much your home will cost, so you are saved the anxiety of nasty hidden extras along the way. Our builders don’t abandon clients after the contract has been signed but rather work to bring the clients’ vision to life.
The Hotondo Homes building network have over 85 builders throughout Australia, from regional towns to metro areas. Most of our builders live and work in the local area they service. They understand the demographics of the area, the average price of a family home, the nature of the blocks and the area’s streetscape.
Because Hotondo Homes’ builders are a part of a national building network, they benefit from the buying power of a large volume builder. This results in significant savings for our builders which are then passed onto the client. This also allows our builders to provide a local and independent service.
When working with your local Hotondo Homes builder, you can decide how involved you want to be. We provide clients with weekly updates, and regular visits to the sites can be arranged so you can watch and participate in the progress of your home.
Hotondo Homes’ builders don’t disappear after you move in your new home; we consider the aftercare we provide as important as construction. We go above and beyond to ensure your happiness and to protect your investment.
If you choose to build with Hotondo Homes you will experience a quality affordable builder who listens to your needs and delivers your ideal home on time and on budget. Hotondo Homes is not your average home builder. From right across the country each Hotondo Homes builder has a service-oriented, hands-on team that is ready to make your home building experience as smooth and enjoyable is possible.