When you’re ready to build a new home for your family, there are so many decisions to make. Choosing a design that suits your family’s lifestyle is probably the most important decision you will make, and if you have children there are a few important things to consider to ensure your home is child-friendly. Thinking about what will make your home suitable for your kids during each stage of their lives is something you should factor in to how you design each room of your home, and we’ve got some great tips to help you below.


Choose a home design that includes an open-plan kitchen, living, and dining area so that you can still supervise the kids when you’re in the kitchen. Open-plan spaces allow kids room to play, relax, and even do homework under the watchful eyes of a parent while still giving everyone space to spread out and do their own thing. Another important thing to consider is the layout of the bedrooms. If you have a baby or small children you may want their bedrooms to be close to the master suite. However, if your kids are heading into their teenage years, perhaps a little space between your room and theirs is a good thing!

Fixtures and Fittings

Ensuring your fixtures and fittings are child-friendly doesn’t mean they have to be utilitarian and without style! It’s important to make sure things like sinks, vanities, benchtops, and tile edging are safe by installing items with rounded edges and taps that swivel. Non-slip tiles are a must for chaotic bath times or teens who have a tendency to splash water everywhere as they shower! The main bathroom should always have a bath tub for young kids, and while it may not get a lot of use in your kids’ teenage years, it will come in handy again when grandkids start visiting further down the track.

Finishes and Furniture

Durable is the key word here! Selecting flooring and benchtops that are hard wearing to keep up with the constant foot traffic and activity of a large family is well worth the investment when you build your home. When it comes to furnishing your home, buying furniture that is kid-friendly and can easily be wiped, washed, or cleaned should factor in to your purchasing decision. Large items like couches, tables, and beds should be sturdy and made from solid materials so that they can endure bumps, jumps, and scrapes for many years to come.

Play Spaces and Chill Out Zones

Little kids have so many toys, and when they’re small, their things tend to stay in the common areas of the house where they play close to their parents. A house design that includes an additional space that can function as a play room can help contain the mess of toys scattered everywhere, and later on this can be converted into a rumpus or media room for older children to relax in with their friends.

Outdoor Space

Kids love to run around outside so having a home with enough outdoor space for them to burn off some energy is important in a family home. Having an alfresco area also means you can sit and relax outside and still be able to watch the kids run around. Creating an outdoor space that includes non-slip tiles and is at least partially shaded from the sun will create the perfect space for families who love indoor/outdoor living.

Building a new family home to suit you and your children means you’ll have to take a few things into consideration to ensure you have a home that suits your lifestyle while still being child-friendly. Working with your builder to find a design that will suit your children from their baby and toddler years right through to their teen and young adult years will create the perfect family home. To see more home design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Hotondo Homes 2017 new home designs are now available!

At Hotondo, we pride ourselves on releasing new home designs suited to a wide range of home buyers.

The 2017 release features two single storey homes and three double storey homes. Check out each of them below, and follow the link for more information!

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The Meridian 159

Forever Retreat Range

3 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

Narrow in design, the Meridian is perfect for a smaller allotment. The bedrooms are all at the front of the home which maximises the available space in the living area at the rear, as well as providing much-valued privacy.


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The Willowgrove 332

Forever Sanctuary Range

4 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

The Willowgrove is one of our new favourites. Featuring a large alfresco, home theatre and formal living area this home provides the perfect space for entertaining whether you’re enjoying a beautiful summer evening, hosting a movie night or simply enjoying your family’s company.


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The Esplanade 260

Forever Sanctuary Range

3 Bedrooms

2.5 Bathrooms

With reverse living you can take advantage of local views with the Esplanade 260. The master bedroom can also be found on the top floor along with a walk-in-robe and ensuite creating a perfect private sanctuary for parents.


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The Esplanade 281

Forever Sanctuary Range

4 Bedrooms

2.5 Bathrooms

The Esplanade 281 adds an additional bedroom for a larger family. The large kitchen features a stunning walk-in-pantry and island benchtop to help make cooking a breeze.


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The Tarwin 301

Forever Sanctuary Range

5 Bedrooms

3.5 Bathrooms

The Tarwin 301 is a massive family home where the ground level boasts a large open-plan kitchen, dining and family area that opens up to the undercover outdoor alfresco. There is plenty of space for a family in this design!

Have you fallen in love with any of the home designs? If not, Hotondo Homes has over 90 other flexible floor plans to choose from! You can check them all out at hotondo.com.au/new-home-designs/

When it comes to building family-friendly homes, there are a few key elements to consider.

Family-friendly homes generally have a number of separate living areas to cater for both parents and children. Children’s bedrooms are often set in their own wing, and versatile spaces are available as they become older and family dynamics change.

Most importantly, a good home design will suit your family’s needs. What is perfect for one family may not be right for another, so it is vital to determine what the most important elements are to you.

Hotondo Homes Home Navigator tool can help you find up to nine designs suitable for you based on a short, two-minute questionnaire designed to determine what you need in a home. Below we have listed our own personal top nine family-friendly home designs for you to consider when building your dream home.



The Amora 384

The Amora features three separate living areas – one upstairs and two downstairs – to offer plenty of space for a larger family to relax or entertain simultaneously.

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The Hotham 247

The Hotham contains a leisure space upstairs along with a study nook tucked away in the corner, making it an ideal space for children to occupy while parents enjoy the open-plan living downstairs.

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The Lorne 302

If you have younger children you need to keep an eye on, the Lorne may be the one for you. The downstairs semi-private living space is secluded enough from the rest of the home to provide some privacy, but parents can keep an eye on children from the kitchen.

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The Tarwin 297

Maintain your privacy with the Tarwin. Perfect for slightly older families, the Tarwin keeps the children and parent bedrooms separated, upstairs and downstairs.

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The Birchgrove 222

Single storey homes that feature a kid’s zone or rumpus around the children’s bedrooms are great family-friendly homes, just like the Birchgrove.

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The Erskine 290

The Erskine features all three children’s bedrooms in a separate wing to the rest of the home. The semi-private lounge space could also be closed off to provide another space for a family to enjoy.

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The Jamieson 222

Just like the Erskine, the Jamieson has all the children’s bedrooms in a separate wing, which also includes a kid’s zone. This versatile space can turn into a bedroom if required.

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The Marcoola 209

The Marcoola offers three distinct zones, the master bedroom area, the living area and the secondary bedroom wing, making it one of our particularly popular family-friendly homes.


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The McRae 250

The McRae is a versatile home where the lounge and kid’s zone can be converted into other rooms like an extra bedroom, home theatre or study, depending on your family’s requirements.

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Visit hotondo.com.au to view more designs.

There are plenty of reasons to upsize or downsize your home. As you move through life you will find your requirements in a home will greatly change depending on your family, financial situation and your own personal preferences.
Changing homes, locations and getting a new mortgage is a big decision that should be carefully thought out.


Empty Nest: Your children have all moved out, and the once noisy halls of your home are suddenly silent. With so many rooms now empty, it may be time to capitalise on your home and downsize to a smaller model.

Money: Finances may be tight and a smaller home will generally equal a smaller mortgage.  This is also true of the suburb or part of town you choose to live in. Energy bills will also become cheaper in a house that is smaller.

Travel: If you travel a lot, especially for work, you may find maintaining a larger home you are never around to enjoy pointless. Downsize your home now, save on your mortgage, and then when the time comes to settle down you can look for a larger home once more.

Maintenance: Sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and dusting a large home can be a tedious chore that many people dislike. If you don’t need the space and hate cleaning, why not downsize to a more suitable home? On top of this you have actual maintenance costs such as the yard or mechanical aspects like heating or cooling which will be significantly more in a larger home.

Reasons to upsize or downsize your home


Family: A growing family will need more living space as children get older, which offers the perfect opportunity to upsize your home. The same goes for any grandparents who may be moving back into the family home.

The ‘Dream Home’: Your dream home will probably have some luxurious features that are often found in larger designs. If you come into some money or finally receive that job promotion, having a beautiful home may rate very highly on your list!

Investment: Purchasing a larger home could bring you a greater return for your money.

Reasons to upsize or downsize your home

For more information on whether to upsize or downsize your home, contact Hotondo Homes here.

Hotondo Homes build homes to cater for people at every stage of their life.

The release of 12 new home designs further cements Hotondo Homes as a builder that will build to suit different family, lifestyle and budget requirements.

With over 90 floor plans to choose from there is sure to be the perfect home to suit.

Whether it’s first home buyers looking to get into the market, investors, families with young children, adult families looking to upsize or older couples looking to downsize, Hotondo Homes have it covered.

The new designs include single and double storey homes that are modern, fresh and in-line with current market needs.

The new Nicoll 175 design is a modest take on the family home. Its single storey facade is made up of interesting lines and offers everything necessary for comfortable and relaxed living. Its smart and practical floor plan is the outstanding feature.

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The 18.86 square Nicoll 175 design features three bedrooms including a master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in-robe, double car garage, two bathrooms, outdoor alfresco area and open plan kitchen, dining and living room.

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The Como 449 boasts the ultimate in luxurious and spacious living. It features all the elements of the perfect family home, but also offers areas of seclusion and privacy.

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It features four bedrooms with walk-in-robes and ensuites, double car garage, downstairs outdoor alfresco area and upstairs balcony, open plan kitchen, meals and family area, two study areas, home theatre, rumpus room, four bathrooms plus a powder room and more. The 48.37 square Como 449 design is a large and spacious family home.

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View the new designs here


Cooking with the kids provides the perfect opportunity to interact in a fun way. Whilst you may be moulding the next Nigella or Gordon with your culinary teachings, at the very least you will be able to pass on an appreciation for food and its preparation, as well as instill good, healthy eating habits.

It can be educational too!

In addition to being loads of fun, preparing food is also a great way for kids to improve their basic level of literacy and numeracy. If they are made to follow a recipe it could help them to improve their reading, language and comprehension skills. It could also help further advance their maths ability through counting, deciphering fractions and weighing and measuring ingredients. Heck – it can even help them develop fine motor skills!

Even if you are a self proclaimed ‘terrible cook,’ here are some recipe ideas that even the greatest cooking novice can attempt with the kids.

Chocolate Rice Bubble Crackles

Serves 12

Fairy cup cakesIngredients

Cup Cake Batter
2 eggs
115g sugar
115g self-raising flour
115g butter, melted

135g icing sugar
55g butter
30g cocoa powder, sifted


Preparation: 30 minutes › Cook: 10 minutes › Ready: 40 minutes

  1. Cup Cake Batter: Preheat oven to 180 degrees°C and prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with paper baking cases.
  2. Using a beater, whisk together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add the flour and the melted butter, gently folding the mixture together.
  4. Pour the mixture evenly into the paper cases.
  5. Bake the cakes for 10-15 minutes, until golden on top and a skewer inserted carefully into one of the buns comes out clean. Allow to cool for ten minutes on a wire rack before removing from tin. Once the buns are cool, ice them liberally and smooth with a knife.
  6. Icing: Using a beater, whip together the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder.

Chocolate Cornflake Crackles

Serves 12

Choc Corn flake cracklesIngredients


Preparation time: 10 minutes › Cooking time: 5 minutes

  1. Place 12 patty cups in a cup cake tin.
  2. Put the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a heavy based saucepan over low heat until melted; stir until smooth.
  3. Fold in the corn flakes or rice bubbles until evenly mixed then divide the mixture between the patty cups. Chill in the refrigerator until set.

Chocolate Rice Bubble Crackles

Serves 20

Chocolate crackles



Preparation time: 15 minutes

  1. Mix dry ingredients together. Melt copha over a low heat until melted – do not boil. Mix melted copha and dry ingredients well. Spoon into paper patty cases and set in refrigerator.

Recipes and images courtesy of All Recipes Australia. For more simple recipe ideas to try with the kids, visit their website: allrecipes.com.au

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