Trends come and go in the housing industry, but there are always a few unnecessary design features that like to hang around.

We have listed the top 8 features you may want to reconsider for your home. While these items are great for those with a little extra cash, those working towards a budget (especially first home buyers) can consider excluding these design features to help save on space, money and perhaps even avoid buyer’s remorse!

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A full study

Unless you require a work office, dedicating an entire room to a study often becomes wasted space. With the clever introduction of a study nook, you can still have a dedicated area for your desktop computer or laptop without sacrificing an entire room. If your floor plan already features a full study, you will also have the added bonus of being able to turn it into another bedroom or living space instead!

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Although considered a bit of a luxury, you may find your expansive walk-in-robe is not as expansive as you think! Often walk-in-robes require more floor space in your bedroom without actually offering any more storage. Potentially, a full wall of storage units may be a better option that will serve the same purpose, and you will have more space to utilise elsewhere in your home -you may have to sacrifice your inner-Carrie Bradshaw though!


An island bench (with sink)

Island benches in your kitchen look great and remain a popular design feature for the modern home, but can also become another of our unnecessary design features. Not only is there the potential to increase the amount of bench space you have by making it an ‘L’ or ‘U’ shape as opposed to an island, but the sink in the middle can further restrict the amount of cooking and dining space available! Consider the size of your kitchen before committing to an island.

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Wall niches

If you are going to include a niche in your home, it needs to serve a functional purpose. Cutting into your walls to accommodate a piece of art can be restrictive when you want to change it in the future, and filling the niche perfectly will be difficult. Niches in your shower for shampoo and conditioner and other such practical applications are the exception!


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The double vanity

This is a contentious one, but installing a double vanity can be one of the big unnecessary design features. While they look fantastic, do you and your partner get ready at the exact same time every day? Is it an absolute MUST that you have separate sinks and mirrors? Consider your answer carefully before investing!


A grand staircase

Grand staircases are a showstopper, but the amount of wasted space is substantial. You may also miss out on the added benefit of the storage room you normally get underneath.


A lack of backyard

With lot sizes becoming smaller and smaller, sometimes there is no choice but to give up precious backyard space to accommodate your home. This can be sad as having a decent backyard is something we are seeing less and less of. If possible, try and choose a home design that is going to maximise the amount of space you have in your yard. Ensuring the alfresco is at the back of the home can help give the illusion of more space, or eliminating it completely leaves you with more room and thus more options to create something spectacular!

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Too many living spaces

A home with three living spaces sounds luxurious – but is it practical? If you don’t need that third TV room, consider utilising that space for another means or restructuring the home to reallocate the extra space elsewhere!

Do you think these are all unnecessary design features? Let us know in the comments!


With an ageing population, working parents and the ever-present Australian dream to own property, multigenerational homes are on the rise.

Multigenerational living occurs when two or more generations are living under a single roof. According to a paper delivered to the State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, over four million Australians lived in multigenerational homes. It accounts for a massive one in five Australians, with proportions higher in major cities.

There is a huge range of reasons families may choose to live in multigenerational homes, including:

When a home is large enough for multigenerational living, it can be a mutually beneficial arrangement. Grandparents can spend more time with the family, it is easier to save money and everyone can live in a safe and supported environment.


These days, many builders offer numerous designs that would be suitable for multigenerational living. When searching for a home, be sure to consider the size of the bedrooms, the location of bathrooms and whether you are going to require more than one living space.


The Aon (Courtyard or Garage)

The first, and perhaps most obvious choice, for a multigenerational home is to look at a duplex option. The Aon 265 (Courtyard) and the Aon 265 (Garage) offer the ability for two generations to easily live side by side, without invading each other’s space. With completely separate living areas, kitchens and bedrooms all within the one dwelling, duplexes are a great way to fully utilise a block of land and achieve a multigenerational home!

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Multigenerational homes


The Amora 384 (pictured) and the Como 449

The best part of the Amora and the Como is that these designs offer a walk-in-robe and ensuite in every bedroom, which helps give a family extra privacy as well as their own space. Both homes also feature three separate living spaces, meaning there is plenty of room for all residents to sit, relax or entertain.

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Multigenerational homes

The Amora

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The Como


The Highlander 329

For something a little bit different, a loft home like the Highlander 329 provides the perfect space for an extra family member. There is also the added bonus of having the sitting room directly below the loft, meaning there is the option to allocate the entire space to them.

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The Erskine 240

For families who would like the option to convert their home to suit multiple generations down the track, the Erskine 240 is a great option. The semi-private lounge area can easily be closed off, creating a new bedroom that has easy access to the bathroom, toilet and family space.
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The Hillgrove Range

The Hillgrove Range offers tri-level living, perfect for multigenerational homes. With bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 on the third level, complete with separate bathroom, storage and living space, it offers a great solution for families who need their space. (Hillgrove 250 pictured)

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For more home designs, visit the Hotondo Homes website at hotondo.com.au

Hotondo Homes builders understand that land comes in all shapes and sizes.  We make the most out of your land by taking advantage of its orientation to maximise sunlight for energy efficiency and take in local views.  We work with the gradient of your block to build a functional and stylish home that suits your lifestyle and enhances everyday living.

Enjoy the view

Whether your block slopes from front to back, side to side, or is simply an awkward shape, we work with the orientation of your block to maximise sunlight and take advantage of local views.

Killalea sloping block

The striking Killalea design demonstrates how our builders can make the most out of a sloping or challenging block.

Maximise space

Our builders see challenging and sloping sites as an opportunity to maximise space.  Express your individual needs, whilst maximising the block’s view and aspect.  Create an additional storage space, second living area for teenagers or a carport utilising the slope.

Energy efficiency

Sloping, challenging and unusual sized blocks offer some unique benefits over a standard flat block of land.  We build homes to cater for all climates, using clever design to enhance your home’s energy efficient performance and comfort.

Solid foundations

To ensure the structural integrity and longevity of your home for years to come, we offer a number of different foundation options.  This includes split level concrete and stump options to accommodate varying degrees of upslope and downslope blocks.

Killalea_Homes for sloping blocksBuilders with experience

You need to choose a builder who is experienced in making use of the shape, solar positioning and characteristics of a challenging block.  We inspect your block to assess if there are any problems that need addressing and work out the most affordable way to get the best out of your land. Find your local builder.

Council compliance

We facilitate the entire building procedure from site inspection to attaining the appropriate council plans and permits.

Sloping block inspection

If you want a free NO COST site inspection, simply contact your local builder to organise a time to meet you on your block.

Homes for sloping blocks_downstairsBuilt on a sloping block, the Airlie showcases how clever design and quality building can utilise a difficult space.  Maximising the awkward shape of the block, the Airlie’s downstairs area has been made into second living area, which could double as a teenagers retreat, media room or a guest house away from the hub of the home.