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We’ve just opened two new display homes and we can’t wait to show you inside! Our teams at Mackay and Launceston have been working hard to on beautiful new displays that showcase their commitment to quality craftsmanship in every home they build. Let’s take a look!

Airlie 230

Airlie 230 Launceston
The new Airlie 230 built by Hotondo Homes Launceston is a practical and well-designed family home, and features everything you need! You’ll find a spacious master suite at the front of the home that includes a walk-through-wardrobe into the ensuite. Opposite the master bedroom is a roomy linen cupboard and next to it is a second, separate living room. The design then flows through to a generous open-plan kitchen with a walk-in-pantry, and a living and dining area perfect for families. Three additional bedrooms, the family bathroom and the laundry, as well as an alfresco hug the open-plan area, making the home perfect for entertaining and sharing family meals. Take a look inside the Airlie 230 at our website today.

Kirkby 259

Kirkby 259 Mackay
The Kirkby 259 is the ultimate family home! Built by the award-winning team at Hotondo Homes Mackay, this large four bedroom home features an incredible master suite with a huge walk-through-wardrobe into a luxurious ensuite. The open-plan kitchen, living and dining area serves as the central hub of the home, with a butler’s pantry cleverly located behind the kitchen area. To the side of the open-plan area is a separate living space that’s perfect for more formal entertaining or as a quiet zone to chill out in. The rear left side of the home features an additional living space in the form of a rumpus room for the kids, three bedrooms and the main bathroom. The home’s showstopper is the large alfresco that connects to both the rumpus area and the open-plan living for a seamless blend of indoor/outdoor living. Learn more about the Kirkby 259 over on our website.

If you’re looking for the perfect home design, make sure you take a look at one of our gorgeous display homes today. We have a range of designs and floor plans available for you to browse, and if you don’t live near one of our display homes don’t worry! You can take a virtual tour using our 3DExplore tools. For more floor plans and home design inspiration, as well as findining a builder local to you, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Open-plan living spaces have always been hugely beneficial to families of all sizes. With room to meal prep and eat on the go in the kitchen, as well as a generous pantry with lots of space to feed the troops, a dining zone close by for family meals, games, and puzzles, and a living area that allows for kids to relax under the watchful eye of parents, open-plan living is the way to go in your new home. Take a look at some of our favourite open-plan layouts!

First Home Buyers Perfection

Omeo 180 open-plan area
The Omeo 180 is a compact home that still packs big features, one of them being the open-plan kitchen/living/dining area that serves as the heart of the home, connecting to an alfresco. We love the modern, colourful décor that helps define each section of the area, while still keeping things feeling cosy and comfortable. The walk-through-pantry also cleverly conceals the laundry from view, while keeping it accessible so you can stay on top of things!

Dreamy Hamptons Style Design

Calva 303 open-plan area
With a huge walk-in-pantry, the Calva 303’s kitchen is an entertainer’s dream! The kitchen runs vertically along the right side of the home design, with the dining space right next to it connecting to the large alfresco. There’s also a living space that’s adjacent to the dining area also connecting to the outdoor area. This the perfect open-plan layout for large families and those who love to entertain outdoors, and these Hamptons style interiors make each zone blend seamlessly together.

Family Friendly Minimalist Style

Marcoola 269 open-plan area
The Marcoola 269 has an open-plan galley style kitchen with a walk-in-pantry, and the living area located right in front of it, making it ideal for families with little ones who need to be supervised. The dining area is in the same space off to the side, making meal times a breeze. We love these chic grey floors and contemporary styling keeping the aesthetic on-trend and family friendly at the same time.

Split Level Perfection

Hillgrove 234 open-plan area
The Hillgrove 234 offers families an entire lower level devoted to open-plan living. As you descend the stairs from the entry level a spacious kitchen on the left with a large butler’s pantry greets you. There’s room in front of the island bench for a generous dining table, and the rest of the space is dedicated to a living area, perfect for relaxing in with the family after a long day. With contemporary interiors, this open-plan area that connects directly to the outdoors is perfect for families who want a low maintenance space everyone can enjoy together!

Whether you want an open-plan space that’s in the centre of the home for a communal feel, or something that takes you straight out to the backyard to allow you to enjoy indoor/outdoor living with ease, you’re sure to find a home design that features an open-plan area that will suit every member of your family! To view our range of home designs, head to the Hotondo Homes website today.

Feeling the winter freeze at the moment? There’s nothing cosier than a fireplace in your new home, a place the whole family can relax around to stay toasty and warm during the colder months, and we’ve got some tips on where to include them in your new home, the benefits of a fireplace, and how to style them!

Benefits of a Fireplace

Marcoola Living area
The biggest reason to allow for a fireplace in your new home’s design and budget is heat. When placed in an open-plan communal space or in a second, smaller living room you can have the fire going just in one area rather than turning on a larger heating system that’s using gas or electricity to heat rooms no one is in. Having a fireplace in an area your family uses frequently also encourages everyone to spend time together in one space, meaning you’ll get more family time as an added bonus!

Fireplace Trends

Double sided fireplace
While open fireplaces are beautifully rustic and add so much charm to a room, they also take more time to maintain, keep clean, and most importantly take longer to emit heat into a room. Gas log fires are increasing in popularity because of the immediacy with which you can heat a space. With the flick of a switch, your fireplace is turned on and warming up the room within minutes. It’s also less hazardous for small children and pets to be around because it’s completely enclosed, giving you peace of mind if you need to step away for a moment. Many people choose to include a fireplace in their formal living area to elevate the room, and depending on your home’s floor plan, you may be able to install a double-sided fireplace so that you can heat two living areas simultaneously. This is ideal for entertaining larger groups of family and friends, as well as serving as a unique design feature.

Styling Your Fireplace

Jamieson 286 living area
No matter which room your fireplace is located in, it’s a great idea to make it the focal point of the room. Designing a lounge, dining, or rumpus room so that couches, armchairs, and dining tables can be arranged around and in front of it will maximise the heat it emits. It also provides a beautiful setting for entertaining guests, and nights at home with the family. Designing your fireplace’s feature wall to include stone work, exposed brick, or wood panelling will also create an earthy, rustic vibe that will add to the Winter feel of the space, and create a unique interior décor feature that’s sure to impress family and friends! You may also like to include additional design features such as a floating shelf to serve as a mantle to add indoor plants, vases of flowers or books and knick knacks to add touches of your personality to the space.

Outdoor Fireplaces

Warragul Alfresco
With alfresco living such a popular part of the Australian lifestyle, a fireplace in your new home’s outdoor entertaining area means you can use the space all year long! There’s also the added benefit of making it a standout design feature with rustic brickwork, on-trend cladding or beautiful stone around it to really wow your guests. Positioning it as a central feature in front of your outdoor dining table or couches ensures your time outside in mild weather is spent in a warm and welcoming space.

With so much time spent indoors and at home during winter, including a fireplace in your new home will instantly add style to your living spaces and make heating your home a little more energy efficient. Your family will love spending cosy afternoons and evenings together around the fireplace, and become an eye-catching focal point for anyone visiting your home. For more interior design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

We might already be halfway through 2020, but there’s still time for you to start your building journey with Hotondo Homes. With some absolutely amazing grants and offers available, this is the perfect time for first home buyers to take the leap and become home owners. From the HomeBuilder stimulus, the Tasmanian First Home Owner’s Grant and our First Home Buyers Headstart promotion, you won’t want to miss out! Read on for our summary of each below.

First home buyer Omeo 180 Retreat Range home

What is the HomeBuilder Stimulus?

The Federal Government’s newly announced HomeBuilder stimulus scheme is a win for those wanting to build a new home in Australia. The stimulus of $25,000 will be given to eligible owner-occupiers to spend on the construction of a new home when they enter into a building contract with a licenced builder between June 4, 2020 and December 31, 2020, with building work commencing within three months of the contract being signed. The scheme is designed to help both first home buyers enter the property market sooner and those looking at constructing a new home to live in. The stimulus will be means tested, with individuals earning over $125,000 a year and couples earning a combined $200,000 a year excluded. The construction of the new home will be capped at a value of $750,000, including the land. The scheme does not apply to investment properties or owners who intend to build a home on their own without the help of builders, however it is available in conjunction with the First Home Owner grant, those accessing the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, and alongside our Headstart promotion.

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Stamp Duty Savings and the First Home Owner’s Grant

The State Revenue Office in Tasmania is offering those building a new residence or purchasing a newly built residence a grant of up to $20,000. The contract of sale, or the contract of sale to buy “off the plan” must be entered in to between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2022, and the home must not have been previously occupied or sold as a place of residence. Building must be complete within 24 months of entering in to the contract to build.

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Hotondo Homes’ First Home Buyers Headstsart Promotion

Get a head start towards your first home with our First Home Buyers Headstart promotion! This offer is available to customers who pay an initial fee and sign a building contract with a Hotondo Homes builder to build a Hotondo Homes standard design or standard modified design from our Retreat Range of homes. The Headstart package provides over $10,000 worth of extras at no additional cost including:
– Customers can choose carpet from Choices Flooring  and tiles from Beaumont Tiles throughout their home from the standard Hotondo Homes range.
– Coloured Concrete Driveway: make the exterior of your new home look perfect with a coloured concrete driveway and path when you select from our builder’s range of selected colours, with excavation cut up to 100mm included.
On top of this, clients will receive a Bunnings gift card with a whopping $500 on it to go shopping on us at the completion of their build when they receive the gift card at handover. Further terms and conditions apply to the First Home Buyers Headstart promotion.

If you want to build your first home in Tasmania, there’s never been a better time to build your first home, with your total benefit is sitting at $55,000! To find a local builder and bring your dream home to life, or to learn more about our Headstart promotion visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Hotondo Homes is not a registered financial advisory and therefore we recommend you speak to your financial advisor or mortgage broker to receive expert advice before entering into a real estate contract of sale.

We might already be halfway through 2020, but there’s still time for you to start your building journey with Hotondo Homes. With some absolutely amazing grants and offers available, this is the perfect time for first home buyers to take the leap and become home owners. From the HomeBuilder stimulus, the South Australia First Home Owner’s Grant and our First Home Buyers Headstart promotion, you won’t want to miss out! Read on for our summary of each below.

First home buyer Omeo 180 Retreat Range home

What is the HomeBuilder Stimulus?

The Federal Government’s newly announced HomeBuilder stimulus scheme is a win for those wanting to build a new home in Australia. The stimulus of $25,000 will be given to eligible owner-occupiers to spend on the construction of a new home when they enter into a building contract with a licenced builder between June 4, 2020 and December 31, 2020, with building work commencing within three months of the contract being signed. The scheme is designed to help both first home buyers enter the property market sooner and those looking at constructing a new home to live in. The stimulus will be means tested, with individuals earning over $125,000 a year and couples earning a combined $200,000 a year excluded. The construction of the new home will be capped at a value of $750,000, including the land. The scheme does not apply to investment properties or owners who intend to build a home on their own without the help of builders, however it is available in conjunction with the First Home Owner grant, those accessing the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, and alongside our Headstart promotion.

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Stamp Duty Savings and the First Home Owner’s Grant

The State Revenue Office in South Australia is offering a $15,000 First Home Owner Grant for those who have entered into a contract of sale after October 5, 2012 for the construction of new homes up to a value of $575,000 for both the home and the land combined.

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Hotondo Homes’ First Home Buyers Headstsart Promotion

Get a head start towards your first home with our First Home Buyers Headstart promotion! This offer is available to customers who pay an initial fee and sign a building contract with a Hotondo Homes builder to build a Hotondo Homes standard design or standard modified design from our Retreat Range of homes. The Headstart package provides over $10,000 worth of extras at no additional cost including:
– Customers can choose carpet from Choices Flooring  and tiles from Beaumont Tiles throughout their home from the standard Hotondo Homes range.
– Coloured Concrete Driveway: make the exterior of your new home look perfect with a coloured concrete driveway and path when you select from our builder’s range of selected colours, with excavation cut up to 100mm included.
On top of this, clients will receive a Bunnings gift card with a whopping $500 on it to go shopping on us at the completion of their build when they receive the gift card at handover. Further terms and conditions apply to the First Home Buyers Headstart promotion.

If you want to build your first home in South Australia, there’s never been a better time to build your first home, with your total benefit is sitting at a huge $50,000! To find a local builder and bring your dream home to life, or to learn more about our Headstart promotion visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Hotondo Homes is not a registered financial advisory and therefore we recommend you speak to your financial advisor or mortgage broker to receive expert advice before entering into a real estate contract of sale.

We might already be halfway through 2020, but there’s still time for you to start your building journey with Hotondo Homes. With some absolutely amazing grants and offers available, this is the perfect time for first home buyers to take the leap and become home owners. From the HomeBuilder stimulus, stamp duty savings, the Queensland First Home Owner’s Grant and our First Home Buyers Headstart promotion, you won’t want to miss out! Read on for our summary of each below.

First home buyer Omeo 180 Retreat Range home

What is the HomeBuilder Stimulus?

The Federal Government’s newly announced HomeBuilder stimulus scheme is a win for those wanting to build a new home in Australia. The stimulus of $25,000 will be given to eligible owner-occupiers to spend on the construction of a new home when they enter into a building contract with a licenced builder between June 4, 2020 and December 31, 2020, with building work commencing within three months of the contract being signed. The scheme is designed to help both first home buyers enter the property market sooner and those looking at constructing a new home to live in. The stimulus will be means tested, with individuals earning over $125,000 a year and couples earning a combined $200,000 a year excluded. The construction of the new home will be capped at a value of $750,000, including the land. The scheme does not apply to investment properties or owners who intend to build a home on their own without the help of builders, however it is available in conjunction with the First Home Owner grant, those accessing the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, and alongside our Headstart promotion.

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Stamp Duty Savings and the First Home Owner’s Grant

Queensland is offering stamp duty savings of $9,741 on land valued at $300,000. For those eligible to receive the First Home Owners’ Grant, if your contract is dated July 1, 2018 or later, you may receive $15,000 towards the cost of building your new home as long as the value of the house and land combined is less than $750,000.

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Hotondo Homes’ First Home Buyers Headstsart Promotion

Get a head start towards your first home with our First Home Buyers Headstart promotion! This offer is available to customers who pay an initial fee and sign a building contract with a Hotondo Homes builder to build a Hotondo Homes standard design or standard modified design from our Retreat Range of homes. The Headstart package provides over $10,000 worth of extras at no additional cost including:
– Customers can choose carpet from Choices Flooring  and tiles from Beaumont Tiles throughout their home from the standard Hotondo Homes range.
– Coloured Concrete Driveway: make the exterior of your new home look perfect with a coloured concrete driveway and path when you select from our builder’s range of selected colours, with excavation cut up to 100mm included.
On top of this, clients will receive a Bunnings gift card with a whopping $500 on it to go shopping on us at the completion of their build when they receive the gift card at handover. Further terms and conditions apply to the First Home Buyers Headstart promotion.

If you want to build your first home in Queensland, there’s never been a better time to build your first home, with your total benefit is sitting at just over $59,000! To find a local builder and bring your dream home to life, or to learn more about our Headstart promotion visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Hotondo Homes is not a registered financial advisory and therefore we recommend you speak to your financial advisor or mortgage broker to receive expert advice before entering into a real estate contract of sale.

We might already be halfway through 2020, but there’s still time for you to start your building journey with Hotondo Homes. With some absolutely amazing grants and offers available, this is the perfect time for first home buyers to take the leap and become home owners. From the HomeBuilder stimulus, stamp duty savings, the Victorian First Home Owner Grant and our First Home Buyers Headstart promotion, you won’t want to miss out! Read on for our summary of each below.

First home buyer Omeo 180 Retreat Range home

What is the HomeBuilder Stimulus?

The Federal Government’s newly announced HomeBuilder stimulus scheme is a win for those wanting to build a new home in Australia. The stimulus of $25,000 will be given to eligible owner-occupiers to spend on the construction of a new home when they enter into a building contract with a licenced builder between June 4, 2020 and December 31, 2020, with building work commencing within three months of the contract being signed. The scheme is designed to help both first home buyers enter the property market sooner and those looking at constructing a new home to live in. The stimulus will be means tested, with individuals earning over $125,000 a year and couples earning a combined $200,000 a year excluded. The construction of the new home will be capped at a value of $750,000, including the land. The scheme does not apply to investment properties or owners who intend to build a home on their own without the help of builders, however it is available in conjunction with the First Home Owner grant, those accessing the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, and alongside our Headstart promotion.

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Stamp Duty Savings and the First Home Owner Grant

The State Revenue Office in Victoria has abolished stamp duty for those buying a home for $600,000 or less. For homes purchased between $600,000 and $750,000 stamp duty has been tapered, so it increases slightly as the home’s value increases up to $750,000. If you buy off the plan, you’ll only pay stamp duty on the land the property is sitting on, so for land value of $300,000 stamp duty is currently set at $13,973. The First Home Owner Grant has been doubled in regional Victoria to $20,000, and is available to regional first home buyers of new homes valued up to $750,000. In metro areas of Victoria the grant is $10,000.

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Hotondo Homes’ First Home Buyers Headstsart Promotion

Get a head start towards your first home with our First Home Buyers Headstart promotion! This offer is available to customers who pay an initial fee and sign a building contract with a Hotondo Homes builder to build a Hotondo Homes standard design or standard modified design from our Retreat Range of homes. The Headstart package provides over $10,000 worth of extras at no additional cost including:
– Customers can choose carpet from Choices Flooring  and tiles from Beaumont Tiles throughout their home from the standard Hotondo Homes range.
– Coloured Concrete Driveway: make the exterior of your new home look perfect with a coloured concrete driveway and path when you select from our builder’s range of selected colours, with excavation cut up to 100mm included.
On top of this, clients will receive a Bunnings gift card with a whopping $500 on it to go shopping on us at the completion of their build when they receive the gift card at handover. Further terms and conditions apply to the First Home Buyers Headstart promotion.

If you want to build your first home in Victoria, there’s never been a better time! For regional Victorians, there’s a total benefit to you of just over $68,000, and for those building in a metro area, your total benefit is sitting at just over $59,000! To find your local builder and bring your dream home to life, or to learn more about our Headstart promotion visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Hotondo Homes is not a registered financial advisory and therefore we recommend you speak to your financial advisor or mortgage broker to receive expert advice before entering into a real estate contract of sale.

We’re already halfway through the year and we’ve been as busy as ever at Hotondo Homes opening five new display homes across Queensland and New South Wales! With a focus on designs that are perfect for a variety of different family sizes and lifestyles, these homes are cleverly designed and beautifully styled to appeal to a broad range of tastes. If you’re ready to start your home building journey, take a look at these new display homes to see if one of them is your dream home!

Tarkine 238

Tarkine 238 display home
Built by Hotondo Homes Jimboomba, the Tarkine 238 is a home that’s perfect for families of all ages! With an open-plan kitchen, family and dining area, complete with a neatly tucked away study and alfresco. The kitchen is a standout feature of the home with a large walk-through-pantry and plenty of bench space. The home has a private living room, which you could use as a sitting room, home theatre or rumpus, depending on your family’s requirements. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms and double car garage round off this great family home. Take a 3D tour of this home today.

Hillgrove 234

Hillgrove 234 display home
Hotondo Homes in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie built this beautiful split level Hillgrove 234, which is a unique design that spans multiple levels. 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. The master bedroom features a walk-through-robe that leads through to the ensuite. The kitchen, living and dining area is an expansive space which also includes its own powder room. The bedrooms all surround a versatile rumpus space, perfect for a family with children. The Hillgrove 234 is also available in an alternate design, with the living area on the upper level and the bedrooms on the lower level. See more of this clever design, including its unique floor plan at our website.

Monroe 287

Monroe 287 display home
This lavish and luxurious Monroe 287 display home is from the team at Hotondo Homes Wagga Wagga and sets a new standard of indulgent living. This home provides all the comforts of a traditional home design with a number of luxuries and trimmings. A grand inset entryway invites you into this breathtaking home, and the central hallway provides access to all the bedrooms strategically lining the left side of the home for privacy. The heart of the home features the showstopping open-plan kitchen overlooking the dining and family area and opens directly out to the alfresco. A clever design element to minimise household clutter and maximise space is the unique hidden walk-in pantry, and tucked out of sight is the laundry and study. At the very centre of the home you will find double doors leading into the master suite, which boasts a walk-in-robe and a luxurious ensuite complete with bath and double basins. With the addition of a living room that can be used as a home theatre and a roomy double garage, the Monroe 287 exudes luxury and comfort. See it for yourself when you take a 3D tour today.

Marcoola 269

Marcoola 269 display home
The Marcoola 269 presents versatility that’s ideal for families of any age, and Hotondo Homes in Griffith and Leeton have delivered this in spades with their new display home! The Marcoola 269 is the perfect home for a family of any size, containing four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double car garage. The centre of the home boasts a large open-plan kitchen, dining and family area, which opens up to the alfresco. From here you either walk through to three bedrooms or past the study nook and into the versatile rumpus room. The master suite is located at the front of the home and features a large walk-in-robe and ensuite. Learn more about the versatile Marcoola at our website.

Jamieson 286

Jamieson 286 Display home
Hotondo Homes Southern Highlands have built a stunning Jamieson 286 featuring plenty of space for the entire family. The modern features of the Jamieson 286 make it ideal for a large family. This home boasts four bedrooms an open-plan kitchen, dining and family area as the central hub, as well as a home theatre, semi-private study, second living room for formal entertaining, an alfresco and double car garage. The large master suite provides a space for parents to relax, featuring a walk-through-robe that leads to a spacious ensuite. See more of this practical and functional design when you take a 3D tour today.

Head over to the Hotondo Homes website to browse our range of thirty-nine superb display homes, where you can learn more about each display, view the floor plan, and take a 3D tour to get a feel for each design all from the comfort of your own home!

The Federal Government has announced it will give eligible Australians $25,000 to build a new home with its new HomeBuilder stimulus scheme. This is a win for first home buyers and those wanting to build their own home, and we’ve got a quick run-down on what the scheme entails and who is eligible!

What is the HomeBuilder Grant?

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The Federal Government will give $25,000 grants to owner-occupiers to spend on the construction of new homes when they enter in to a building contract over a timeframe of six months. The scheme is designed to help both first home buyers enter the property market sooner and those looking at constructing a new home to live in, as well as help those affected by the recent bushfires rebuild in their local community.

Who is Eligible for the HomeBuilder Grant?

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• The grant is available to Australian citizens aged 18 years or older.
• Owner-occupiers will be required to spend at least $150,000 of their own money on a newly constructed home before being eligible to receive the $25,000 grant.
• Owner-occupiers are not required to be first home buyers to receive the grant.
• The construction of the new home will be capped at a value of $750,000, including the land.
• The grant will also be means tested: individuals earning over $125,000 per year and couples earning a combined $200,000 per year will be excluded.
• The scheme does not apply to investment properties or to owners who intend to build a home on their own without the help of builders.
• All eligible builders must have been licenced or registered before the Government’s announcement of the scheme.
• Contracts to build a home must be entered in to between June 4, 2020 and December 31, 2020 for owners to be eligible to receive the grant.
• Building work must commence within three months of the contract being signed.
• The HomeBuilder Grant will complement the existing first home owner grant programs in each state and territory, along with any stamp duty concessions and other grant schemes that are available to home owners.
• The HomeBuilder Grant will also be available to anyone accessing the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme for a new home.
• The Grant will be administered by your state or territory’s revenue office.

First Home Buyer Resources

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We know what an exciting milestone building a new home is, and even though it may seem daunting, at Hotondo Homes we’ve put together a wealth of resources to assist you with all your planning. Our website features information about the First Home Owner Grants in each state so you can see exactly what you’re eligible to receive. We also have a suite of eight calculators to help you understand things like your borrowing power, how much your loan repayments will be, a loan comparison calculator, a stamp duty calculator, plus much more.

Home Designs

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Hotondo Homes is ready to get you started on your journey towards home ownership, and our builders will work with you through each stage of your building process starting with finding the perfect design that suits your budget. Our range of Forever Retreat homes is perfect for first home buyers wanting to build their first home and includes new Cypress and Elsie design ranges just released, while our Forever Sanctuary and Forever Oasis ranges feature larger homes for growing families.

With the announcement of the HomeBuilder Grant there’s never been a better time to build your new home. Whether you’re a first home buyer, a family looking to upsize, or you’re downsizing to enjoy your retirement, Hotondo Homes has a range of home designs to suit your lifestyle. Visit our website today for more information and home inspiration today.

Hotondo Homes is not a registered financial advisory and therefore we recommend you speak to your financial advisor or mortgage broker to receive expert advice before entering into a real estate contract of sale.

The master bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It’s a space to make totally your own and the chance to create a true sanctuary separate to the rest of your home. While it’s good to make the space a cohesive extension of your home’s interior style, you can also take the opportunity to include some bolder styling statements to really bring the room to life, and we’ve got some tips to help you get started!

Wall Colour

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A master bedroom is the ideal place to use some colour on the walls with different paint shades to really inject your personality into the room. A soft, subtle pastel colour encourages a quiet, calm atmosphere and lets you coordinate with similarly lightly toned furniture pieces and décor, while a darker paint colour adds an element of chic sophistication when paired with muted neutrals throughout the room. If you’re reluctant to include colour on every wall, the master bedroom is perfect for a feature wall, usually behind your bedhead, and this is where you can get creative using wallpaper, wood panelling or other materials to create a beautiful focal point

Furniture


A master bedroom is usually bigger that the other bedrooms in the home, but that doesn’t mean you need to fill it to the brim with furniture! The bed is the centrepiece of the room, so choosing a beautifully upholstered headboard in a textured fabric or bedframe that coordinates with the wall colour will inform the rest of the room’s furniture style. Bedside tables are a must, as well as a dresser or set of drawers if you need the additional storage space. Alternatively, you might like to include an oversized ottoman that doubles as a storage item, a lovely plush chaise lounge, or an armchair in a beautiful fabric to add some more colour and style to the room. Ideally using no more than three or four pieces of furniture will make the room feel spacious no matter the size and give you enough space to move around in, particularly if you share the space with a partner.

Additional Décor

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There are plenty of smaller items you can add to your master bedroom to tie the whole look together. Choosing some statement pendant lights or wall sconces to use in place of lamps on your bedside tables will make the room feel modern and lessen the clutter on each side of the bed, and chrome, brass or matte black finishes for your light fittings will add some on-trend style. The additional light fittings will allow you to create ambient mood lighting in the evenings to help relax before bed.

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Your bed linen should have layered textures in coordinating colours, with some decorative pillows and cushions, and a beautiful throw blanket draped at the end to elevate your bed to hotel-level luxe status. Instead of using blinds on the windows, using curtains in an understated colour or pattern will add softness and have the added benefit of blocking out the light to encourage lazy weekend sleep-ins. If you prefer the look of blinds, layering them under some luxurious sheet curtains will soften the space around the windows and add an additional layer of privacy from the outside.

A master bedroom should be a place of quiet and calm, and a place you truly enjoy escaping to when you need some time to relax and reset. When you’re building your new home, taking the time to style the space in a way that reflects your personality means you’ll have a bedroom that you’ll love for years to come. For more home inspiration visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Are you building a new home and you’re curious about what the colour selections process entails and what role an interior design plays in the look and feel of your home? We spoke to Interior Designer and Colour Consultant Cory from Hotondo Homes Ocean Grove to gain a little insight into the whole process!

Tell us about your role?

Being the Interior Design/Colour Consultant for Hotondo Homes Ocean Grove, I liaise closely with clients and staff to complete the colour selection proportion of the build. My role requires me to aid clients with their selections, guiding them through and providing support and advice to create their dream home. My goal is to help clients visualise and consider their selections on a larger scale and as a complete house design, with the various elements all coming together.

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

Every day is different in my role! On days when I am conducting an appointment, it generally takes the entire day. We start off in the office and work our way through External and Internal selections, as well as the Electrical plan. The day also consists of viewing laminates/timber flooring and carpets, and visiting suppliers to complete the tile selection. Other days generally consist of paperwork, whether that is finalising an appointment or any amendments a client wishes to make afterwards. Part of my role also requires me to liaise with our product representatives on a regular basis to ensure we have all the up to date products on hand for clients to select from. As a business, we conduct checks on jobs prior to contract, so I liaise with staff members to ensure everything on the selections paperwork is correct.

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What are your clients asking for?

I’m currently seeing a lot of whites and neutrals requested by clients trying to capture the coastal theme to suit the area in which we build. The popular Hamptons look is also requested from time to time. I find that greys are still prevalent in modern homes, as it is a very versatile colour to work with and acts as a good foundation to build your internal styling from. Every year when The Block is on TV I have clients asking for something they’ve seen on the show! This always makes things a bit tricky as what you see on that show is often either an extremely high-end product or something that is currently “on trend”.

What trends have you seen change over time?

I’ve worked in the industry for a few years now and before it was mainly creams and browns which were very popular with clients. Then greys made more of an impact, maybe a bit of black or charcoal thrown in if they are going for more of a modern, contemporary style. There weren’t as many whites/neutral themes as I see now.

Because I don’t cover soft furnishings as part of the role, some clients like to experiment and introduce some colour into the build. This is usually through tile selection, feature entrance door or a glass splashback. I get very excited when clients start to feel confident in their selections and want to have a play with colour or pattern, however I always stress that it must be based on personal taste, not trying to meet the current trends. Any colours on trend should be introduced later on when decorating the home. Unless you absolutely love it there’s a good chance you will get sick of it very quickly!

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What do you think are must haves in modern day homes?

The main selling points of the home are the externals and the kitchen, so I always recommend clients to focus on those areas first as it is easy to build the rest of the house from here. Large island benches to the kitchen are always a worthwhile investment, being the heart of the home and a base for entertaining.

Always consider the lighting throughout the home – you don’t want to have to do it after the build! Remember you are always going to think of things you should’ve added after you’ve moved in, so spend the time early on perfecting the electrical plan. It’s a good idea to ask family and friends what they wish they had in their homes.
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Lastly, I’d say lots of storage space! This is one thing that is very difficult to add in afterwards. Consider the kitchen configuration; do you want cupboards or pot drawers? Also the size of the broom cupboard in the laundry – you don’t want to have to store items in the garage!

What’s the best part of your job?

Getting to know and working with different types of people, and knowing that I’ve helped them to create their dream home. At the colour selection appointment, we spend the whole day together and there is a lot of contact and conversation prior to and following the day, so it’s always nice when you can build a good rapport with them. It helps the process and ensures they have fun with it, rather than seeing it as a stressful experience.
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Any final advice for those building their new home?

Enjoy the experience! Apart from moving in and seeing the final product, the colour selection should be the fun part of the process. Make sure you research as much as you can before your appointment and prepare by bringing any visuals/inspiration along with you. Remember it is probably the most expensive outlay of your life so you ideally do not want to be making all the decisions on the day! As I mentioned earlier, don’t focus too much on trends, do what you like, it’s your home. And lastly, always consider re-sale; what aspects can you include to add the most value to the property, and what should you try to avoid. It might be time to re-consider that bright orange kitchen!

Thank you so much for chatting to us, Cory! For more home inspiration and interior décor ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today!

Part of the selections process on your home building journey will be choosing the fixtures and finishes for your new home, and it’s often an exciting time for clients as they begin to envisage what their finished home’s exterior and interior style will look like. But there’s a lot to consider as you make these selections and we’ve got some helpful tips for you as you start the process.

What are Fixtures and Finishes?

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Not sure what fixtures and fittings include? Think lighting, heating and cooling, kitchen appliances, electrical outlets, and bathroom items like sinks, baths, tapware and toilets. They may seem like utilitarian items, but making a considered choice about how you want these items to look will help create a cohesive style throughout your home. Finishes add a personal touch to your home and help tie everything together. You’ll be selecting finishes for things like cabinetry, flooring, benchtops, and exterior render or cladding as well as the roof. Each item should be selected with an overall view to creating a home that’s beautifully coordinated.

Tips for Choosing Fixtures

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When you’re selecting the fixtures in your home you need to consider both their functionality and placement as well as their aesthetic appeal in the home. Placement of electrical outlets will be on walls where you expect to have electronic equipment like televisions, floor lamps, and other larger items. You also might like to place some sockets on the side of your kitchen island or add extra ones to your kitchen bench or inside the pantry to allow for additional appliances to be used in multiple locations or to have a family charging station in a communal area. Your builder can guide you on ideal tapware and shower head placement if you’re unsure about the most practical spots to install them

Appliances can be selected for their functionality as well as their visual appeal. You may opt for stainless steel fridges and dishwashers for that sleek, modern look, or white appliances may be preferable if you like a more traditional feel. Tapware is also available in a range of beautiful finishes now, with traditional chrome being just one of a range of styles you can choose. Matte black, brass or copper, and white tapware, shower heads and door frames are subtle selections you can use to elevate your home’s style. You can also consider the energy efficiency of these fixtures, and include items such as water saving taps and shower heads and appliances with a high energy rating without compromising on style.

Tips for Choosing Finishes

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This is where you have the chance to add some character to your home. Part of your selections process will be to choose cabinetry finishes, and with the kitchen being a high traffic area in the home, you’ll want to select something that’s durable, while also being a style that’s going to feel timeless. Neutral colours work well, with grey, white and ivory, and taupe or beige being popular choices for kitchen and bathroom cabinets. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose cabinetry that highlights a particular design style, like a high gloss minimalist style, or a matte finish Shaker style detail for a Hamptons feel.

Your benchtop selection should be something that coordinates with the cabinetry in a complementary colour, and your tiles and splashbacks can include a pop of colour or a statement pattern to add depth to the space. Paint colours and wall coverings will be informed by your cabinetry decisions, but in the bedrooms and separate living areas you can get a little creative with colour and patterns that will add personality to each space while still feeling like an extension of the overall style of the home.

When it comes to flooring you need to be mindful of choosing something that will last the test of time, and there are plenty of options to select something that will coordinate seamlessly with the finishes in your home while still being on-trend and adding an element of your personal style. From floorboards to vinyl planks to lush carpet, you’ll find a style and colour that works well with your other finishes to create a home that feels welcoming throughout.

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Exterior finishes should tie in with your home’s location and the interior style you’re hoping to achieve. Weatherboard cladding in light neutral tones and a chrome roof will suit a coastal home and emulate that beachy feel, whereas a suburban home near the city might be better suited to striking render colours and mixed material façade features with a dark roof colour.

Choosing the fixtures and finishes for your new home is an exciting part of the home building journey, but it can be overwhelming to select items for your entire home all at once. With the guidance of your builder or your colour selections specialist, you’ll be able to decide on finishes that embrace your personal style paired with fixtures that work well in each space while adding to the overall look and feel of your home. For more home inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Part of the process of building your new home will be completing your colour selections which will give your home it’s colour palette. Once that’s complete it’s a great time to start thinking about the overall style of your home. With a range of different interior styles to choose from, you’re sure to find something that suits not only your chosen home design, but also your family as well.

Hamptons Style

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A classic Hamptons Style is full of light, white and neutral tones that will make your rooms feel bigger, brighter and airer. The kitchen might have traditional Shaker-style cabinetry coupled with subway tile, glass-fronted cupboards and touches of natural timber. Even if your rooms aren’t oversized in true Hamptons style, you can still give the illusion of space with large neutral pieces. Think oversized armchairs and couches in light tones made from thick cotton or linen fabrics, and natural timber side tables and buffets that have a well-loved look. You can add touches of soft colours to break up the white and ivory shades – a mix of blue tones, or subtle blush pink will add depth to the room once you add cushions, throw blankets and vases. This is a timeless look that will never go out of style, and is particularly suited to homes in country and coastal regions.

Modern Industrial

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This style of décor combines simplicity and authenticity, taking its inspiration from spaces like workshops and factories and repurposing it for the home. Featuring eclectic elements that showcase structural elements of the home like exposed ceiling beams and metal staircases, and statement pieces such as large pendant lights and iron balustrades, this style is a blend of practicality and creativity that works well in urban homes. Many people opt for a polished concrete floor to enhance that industrial feel and pair it with dark grey, black or brown paint colours. With an emphasis on rough, earthy surfaces that also include metal accents, and furniture that is a mix of form and function such as leather couches and glass tables, your home will have a sophisticated inner-city feel that you’ll love.

Coastal Style

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If you’re building a home near the beach or you just love that coastal vibe, this style is for you! Coastal style in the home focuses on bringing the beauty of the natural landscape into your home so that the switch from outdoors to indoors feels seamless. With lots of light wood throughout the house, from the flooring to the kitchen table your home will feel like an extension of the environment you live in. Include lots of light whites and ivories in your paint colours and tile choices, along with little accents of colour that emulate the different shades of the sea – pale blue, seafoam green, even a touch of sandy yellow. Your furniture can include neutral colours, with lots of white, such as layered white bedlinen, light beige couches, and taupe rugs that make each space feel like they’re part of the beautiful beach that’s just outside your door.

Modern Traditional

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The most timeless choice, a modern traditional décor follows current trends and evokes a family-friendly atmosphere that will suit your home for years to come. Using warm neutrals like beige and browns, or cool neutrals like grey and white as a base, you’ll be able to build each space when you use modern furniture that blends in with ease. Using furniture that coordinates with these tones and including pieces with a natural timber look will make your home cosy and welcoming to all who visit, and won’t limit you when the time comes to replace well-loved furniture as your family grows.

With so many interior styles to choose from, it can be challenging to find a décor that suits your new home, but as you work with your colour consultant and your builder, you’ll soon start to see themes emerge that you can build on. By incorporating a few statement features in your home and bringing in key pieces of furniture, you will be able to work towards blending all the elements together to create a look that reflects you and your family’s taste to create a beautifully styled home. For more interior inspiration visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

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