With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to say goodbye to that pesky cold weather and hello to beautiful sunny days. Spring can be a great time to liven up your home with some bright colours and playful decorations. We’ve compiled some cost-effective ideas to help you design stunning décor for Spring…

Cushions & Throws

The warmer seasons make us feel more vibrant. Put away your dark or heavy décors like velvet cushions and thick woollen throws and replace them with lighter fabrics. Bright cotton cushions and throws are perfect to give your living area or bedroom that extra POP of colour!

If you don’t want to discard your darker coloured décor, try incorporating subtle elements of colour. Instead of multiple bright cushions or throws, just add one or two to really make them stand out.


Furniture Layout

Spring is the perfect time to Feng Shui your living areas to give your home a new feel. Look at your current room layout and design something that incorporates all the new décor features you’ll be using for the warmer seasons. This is a great way to give your home a fresh look and make it feel brand new again.


Putting some vibrant artwork up can add a fantastic touch to your home. Try incorporating some pictures of flowers, beautiful scenery or even photos of your family vacations around. By placing artwork around you’re adding another layer of personality to your home.


Indoor Plants

No matter the season, plants are always a fantastic addition to the home. It’s psychologically proven that having plants in your home can provide health benefits including reduced stress and improved concentration. Without greenery it can feel unwelcoming, adding a potted plant in some areas of the home gives it more of a natural feel.

If you think real plants are hard to maintain, you can try buying either low maintenance or fake plants. You’d be amazed how realistic some fake plants can look!

Outdoor Plants

Giving your garden arrangements a revamp with flowers is the perfect way to make your exterior more appealing. Choose flowers that are in season and will complement the style and colour scheme of your home. If gardening isn’t your forte, look for plants that are low maintenance and thrive in any weather. Talk to your local nursery about possible ideas and take a picture of the outdoor area you’re looking to style. They will be able to help you find a range of beautiful flowers to suit.

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Difficult, sloping blocks can be time-consuming, impractical and costly to excavate.

Slab homes dug into a slope can often result in steep driveways, large retaining walls and an unattractive façade. In some cases it may even be impossible to reduce the slope of the land to the point you can build a standard home on it.

Split level, tri-level or bi-level homes are a great way to avoid these problems and fully utilise your land. Split level homes generally have two or three short flights of stairs, up to four separate levels and can be built to suit your specific block.

There are a huge range of benefits when building a split level home.


A split level home takes full advantage of all the space available on your land. Just like a double storey, the ability to build up means you can have a larger backyard without having to compromise on the size of your home. For those with pets or a beautiful pool or backyard aspirations, a split level home is a great option!


If your block of land has a significant slope, it can become quite costly to cut it to the requirements needed for a regular home. Unforeseen issues like poor soil or large rocks can increase your site costs too, meaning it can turn into a very expensive exercise.


Split level designs are quite unique and beautiful homes, which can be great for a family who are after something a little bit different. A split level home can be designed with the bedrooms located on one floor and the living space on another level to help create distinct zones. This can be good for families with children.


Homes that offer picturesque surroundings can also benefit from a split level home.  They can be designed to take full advantage of the land to help maximise the views, and can be specifically tailored to suit your land.


Split level home


Hotondo Homes’ Hillgrove range offers four brand new tri-level floor plans perfect for land with a difficult slope in any direction.

There is plenty of versatility in these kinds of designs to cater for many different lifestyles. Some of the floor plans feature living space zoned on the top level, while others have the bedrooms upstairs.

The largest design in the range, the Hillgrove 250, offers four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a double garage. Cleverly zoned, the master bedroom is located on the entry level for privacy, while the kitchen, living and dining are on the lower floor and remaining bedrooms and the rumpus are on the upper floor.

Split level home

The design also comes in an alternate version, where the bedrooms are on the lower floor and the living area is on the upper.

View the Hotondo Homes full range of designs including split level homes at hotondo.com.au.