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We’re stepping things up with these new Sanctuary homes! We’ve released an array of stunning new designs for our Sanctuary range that set to impress. The new additions are large and luxurious, and big enough for any growing family. These designs set the standard when it comes to indulgent living, and with so many floor plans available, the possibilities are endless!
Large and lavish, the Acacia 261 is a highly adaptable and versatile design, making it the perfect home for growing families. The ground floor focuses on everyday living space, with a spacious open-plan kitchen, dining and living area that includes a butler’s pantry. There’s also a separate, private living room at the front of the home that can also double as a bedroom for larger families. Head upstairs and you’ll find a master suite with a walk-in-robe, and large ensuite. Three additional bedrooms all include built-in robes, a main bathroom, a rumpus room for the kids, and a generous study zone.
The Acacia ALT 261 offers reverse living to create a home that takes full advantage of its surroundings. With three bedrooms and a generous living area downstairs, your family will have plenty of space and privacy as they grow. On the first floor, there’s ample open-plan space with a wealth of natural light allowing for easy and effortless entertaining, along with a luxurious master suite, and a separate study that creates a dedicated work space for both adults and kids.
Filled with stunning features, the Mila 270 will become your own private sanctuary. This breathtaking double storey home is suited to narrow blocks and subdivided land, with no compromises on space! The ground floor focuses solely on family living, where an expansive L-shaped open-plan kitchen, dining and living space leads out to a beautiful alfresco for indoor/outdoor living. Upstairs are all four bedrooms, with a living area and an additional study nook separating the master suite from the rest of the bedrooms to create an element of privacy.
You can create your own paradise with the Promenade 283! On the lower level you’ll find a private living room perfect for entertaining guests, and a well-appointed kitchen that flows through to the dining and family area. The upper storey includes a rumpus area, generous study nook, and three bedrooms. The star of the home is the vast master suite, which spans the entire rear of the home. It houses a sizeable walk-in-robe, and a deluxe ensuite, making it the perfect retreat for parents.
Live life in the luxurious lane with the Promenade ALT 283. Another stunning example of reverse living, the lower level houses a private living room perfect for entertaining guests, and three bedrooms surrounding a central rumpus area. Ascend the stairs to the upper level and you’ll discover the study nook and the home’s showstopper – an expansive kitchen, dining, and living area perfect for taking advantage of the views. There’s also a master suite featuring an oversized walk-in-robe and deluxe ensuite, creating the perfect sanctuary for parents.
The Alameda 254 takes your traditional double storey home and adds a modern flair to create the perfect family home. The contemporary design places the heart of the home at the rear and presents a corner kitchen squared off with the alfresco, creating the perfect blend of indoor/outdoor living. There’s also a private living room at the front of the home, alongside a modern staircase that leads up to three bedrooms, a master suite featuring a unique walk-through-robe that connects to an impressive ensuite, and a versatile rumpus and media room, creating plenty of space for the whole family.
Brimming with brilliant features, our new home designs are as spacious as they are stylish, and cleverly designed to be the place your family will call home for years to come. To view our new range of Sanctuary designs, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
In the last six months, we added to our selection of display homes open to the public with four new ones! These homes showcase the versatility of Hotondo Homes designs as well as focusing on the quality of workmanship in each home. These displays are also another great example of Hotondo Homes’ attention to detail when building a home to suit a range of families and lifestyles.
Want to take advantage of the beautiful views where you live? The Esplanade 260 is a stunning example of reverse living at its finest. Local Hotondo Homes builder Peter chose this design for his display because ‘the Esplanade 260 is light, bright and airy. The open-plan upstairs living room is sunny and spacious, and offers generous rooms and family lifestyle flexibility – yet it can still fit on relatively small blocks. The courtyard decks offer alternate semi-sheltered outdoor spaces to choose from on sunny and windy days. The kitchen will satisfy anyone who likes to cook and entertain. Even storage areas are generous!’ A three bedroom home, the beauty of this design rests in the reverse layout. With the open-plan kitchen, living and dining zones upstairs, including a butler’s pantry, and a master suite complete with a spacious walk-in-robe and ensuite located at the rear of the main living zones, your family will be able to fully enjoy the views around your home.
Spacious family living and modern design blend together in the Hume 244, giving your family everything it needs to comfortably reside in this beautiful home for years to come. With three bedrooms at the front and the master suite at the rear of the property creating a secluded parents’ retreat, plus a separate living room for more formal entertaining, this is the perfect home for growing families. There’s also a generously sized open-plan kitchen and living space that connects to the alfresco perfectly blending indoor/outdoor living, making everyday living and entertaining a dream.
A family home with all the bells and whistles, the Jagera 250 has loads of living space with a formal lounge room at the front of the home in addition to the spacious open-plan kitchen/living/dining area strategically located on the right side of the home. With a separate study that’s perfect as a home office or a study zone for the kids, this home is designed with versatility for families in mind. Local Hotondo Homes builder Darren says the Jagera 250 ‘has a great feel to the layout. We have built it previously for clients and they have loved it. It’s part of a family of sizes so clients have options depending on their block size. Plus, who doesn’t want a walk-in pantry!’
The Vida 238 ALT is perfectly designed to suit large families. An open-plan living space in the centre of the home that’s surrounded by three bedrooms and an additional living room makes family life the main focus of this design. The luxurious master suite is cleverly placed at the front of the house, creating the ultimate parents’ retreat. There’s also an alfresco that connects seamlessly to the dining area so your family can enjoy true indoor/outdoor living. With so much space and so many wonderful features, this beautiful home is perfect for a range of families and lifestyles.
If you’re looking for the perfect home design, take a look at our display homes that are open to the public! There are a range of designs and floor plans available for you to walk through so you can get a feel for the Hotondo Homes style and craftsmanship. No display home near you? No worries! You can use our 3D Explore tool to take a virtual walk through our displays at the click of a button. For more floor plans and home design inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Are you after a new home, but not sure what to look for in a floor plan? Never fear, we asked nine of our builders right across the country what their best design trend is in a home, and here are their responses.
Caroline Allen – Inverloch, VIC
A butler’s pantry is still one of the most highly requested items, and now they are becoming really functional rooms fitted out with full sinks, a dishwasher, fridge and other facilities such as an additional oven or coffee machines. The traditional kitchen space then takes on a minimalist feel that is clear and uncluttered, where family and friends gather around.
Adam Sturt – Nowra, NSW
The most popular trend we are seeing at the moment is the open-plan living with higher ceilings. This design is great for families who want to spend time together but not necessarily crammed next to each other.
Amira Willingham – Ballarat, VIC
This depends on the clientele, but a walk-in-pantry is often the most popular item in the home. A large alfresco that has outdoor kitchen is also rising in popularity – people love indoor/outdoor living!
Gillian Coleman – Bathurst/Orange, NSW
Our customers are looking for luxury in their bathrooms with floor to ceiling tiles, feature niches and walk-in showers.
Russell Pearse – Ararat, VIC
Open-plan living definitely, but it is important to have other flexible spaces to suit changing family conditions. Having a versatile home is a smart move, you often don’t know what the future holds.
Glenda Heath – Port Lincoln, SA
Open-plan living, nearly every plan these days has open-plan living and most individuals looking to build want the large open spaces with higher ceilings. It creates the illusion of space, even if the home is on the smaller side.
Aaron Anstis – Ocean Grove, VIC
Block widths that allow a wider garage. Whether it is adding 500mm for some shelving or making a three-car garage for storage of a boat, it seems to be something that lots of people try to make work in their budgets.
Lyndsey Clarke – Central Coast, NSW
Open plan living for sure. Many of our clients love a home where the bedrooms are separate and private, but the kitchen and living – linking to the alfresco – can become an entertainer’s dream!
Anthony Wolff – Mackay, QLD
The most popular trend we are seeing at the moment is a walk-in-pantry or butler’s pantry. The kitchen is the heart of the home and clients want to add a touch of luxury to it wherever possible!
Hotondo Homes’ three unique Forever Ranges offer something for everyone. Whether you’re building your very first home, creating your ultimate dream home, downsizing from your current home or even expanding your property portfolio with an investment, the Forever Ranges will have something to suit.
The Forever Ranges have been created to help you find your dream design with ease! Check out our favourite homes from each range below and click on the floor plans for more information.
The Forever Retreat Range is the perfect choice for those taking the first steps in their building journey. These designs feature everything you could want in your new home.
Gone are the days when first home buyers were forced to sacrifice luxury and style for the sake of economy. The Forever Retreat Range is filled with quality homes previously thought out of reach.
These architecturally-designed homes were crafted to create the ideal first home so you can make memories that last a lifetime. Suitable for a range of blocks, these homes have made now the right time to build the first home you’ve only ever dreamed of. Our favourite designs include the Emerge 217 and the Primo 175:
Forever Sanctuary homes have been cleverly designed to suit your family’s requirements. Aptly named, they are homes that will build family memories and create a true family sanctuary.
As Hotondo Homes’ largest range, it offers countless single and double storey home designs in a variety of sizes. Whether you’re after a coastal, metro or regional design you will find something you love in the Forever Sanctuary Range.
This range focuses on three key areas of the home; the kitchen, alfresco and master bedroom. These rooms are imperative to the growing family and our designers have created homes to ensure these rooms are practical, spacious and inviting. The spacious Erskine 240 and the incredible Willowgrove 332 are our top picks from Forever Sanctuary!
The Forever Oasis Range is the epitome of luxury and style with all the features you could want in your home. Created with elegance and class in mind, the opulent designs offer generous living areas perfect for every member of the family.
The Oasis homes encompass luxurious bedrooms and additional living areas providing the warmth of a home with the amenities of a five-star hotel.
With high ceilings, quality upgrades and top of the line inclusions, these homes are the best of the best. If you’re ready to build a home that will become your own personal oasis, this range is the perfect choice for you. Both the Amora 384 and Como 449 offer ensuite and WIR options for every bedroom!
Which is your favourite range? You can also view Hotondo Homes full range of designs here.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Visit hotondo.com.au to view our full range of designs!
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.
Are we overlooking something? Let us know in the comments below!
We asked the question to nine of our builders from right across the country, and here are their responses!
Aaron Anstis – Ocean Grove, VIC
A must-have feature of a modern home is a well-considered kitchen and pantry. We spend so much time in and around our kitchens and to consider the locations of sinks, dishwashers, ovens, drawers is critically important. A well-considered kitchen means that you will be able to enjoy the space in an efficient manner, while still maintaining its cosmetic appeal.
Adam Sturt – Nowra, NSW
Large windows throughout the home and an open-plan layout – it is all about creating the illusion of more space! All bathrooms should have modern floor-to-ceiling tiles, of course!
Anthony Wolff – Mackay, QLD
A large alfresco area. It offers the perfect place to unwind every evening and it is a great place for entertaining on the weekends!
Lyndsey Clarke – Central Coast, NSW
Hidden storage. It’s simple, but so necessary. Linen closets are great, but an under stairs storage area or an extra storage room, even just extra cabinets in the pantry or laundry is a must-have in the modern home. To have a brand new home is one thing, but a brand new home with no clutter and where every item has a spot to live is perfect!
Caroline Allen – Inverloch, VIC
Living in the south of Victoria – a drying room! They are relatively easy to incorporate into a space either off the laundry or under a stairwell. During the winter months when you have your home heating on, you can utilise this space to dry your clothes as well!
Glenda Heath – Port Lincoln, SA
Separate toilet to the bathroom is something we need to bring back! I would also definitely say an alfresco area or balcony, depending on your views. Indoor/outdoor living is still very much alive!
Russell Pearse – Ararat, VIC
Double glazing to your windows and other energy efficiency measures can save you a tonne in utility bills. While it may cost more upfront, the long-run benefits are by far worth it.
Amira Willingham – Ballarat, VIC
The must-have feature in the modern home is by far a walk-in-pantry. This allows for a vast amount of storage for not just food, but rarely-used appliances that take up precious room in cupboards such as mixers, breadmakers slow cookers etc. It also allows you to hide the mess!
Gillian Coleman – Bathurst/Orange, NSW
Outdoor living is very important, as is plenty of storage like walk-in-pantries, large walk-in-robes and linen cupboards. You can never have too much storage space!
What is your must-have feature? Let us know in the comments!
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!
Forever Retreat Range
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.
Forever Sanctuary Range
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.
Forever Sanctuary Range
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.
Forever Sanctuary Range
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.
Forever Sanctuary Range
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/
Across Hotondo Homes’ range of designs there are some consistent elements that many of our clients request when building their new home.
We have rounded up the most popular modern design elements for you to consider when searching through our range of homes.
A butler’s pantry to conceal the mess
Unlike walk-in-pantries, butler’s pantries are large enough to contain your refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and other such appliances. A butler’s pantry can also contain another kitchen sink, the idea of which is to hide dirty dishes away from plain sight while entertaining. With plenty of preparation space for a keen chef, a butler’s pantry is perfect for those who hate having mess out on display.
Indoor/outdoor living for a balanced home
Nothing says modern design quite like a beautiful alfresco. Let the lines blur between indoor and outdoor with stacker doors, which allow you to extend your living area to the great outdoors. Having direct access to the alfresco from the kitchen is perfect for entertaining. Finish it off with an outdoor dining setting or relaxing lounge suite.
Walk-in-robe and ensuite to master bedroom
Almost a standard these days is a walk-in-robe and ensuite for the master bedroom to create the ultimate parent’s retreat. A double vanity and waterfall showerhead completes the sanctuary.
For even more luxury, the Amora 384 offers a walk-in-robe and ensuite in every bedroom.
Study nook to conserve space
Many home buyers find a full study to be a waste of space and convert the room into something more practical. The problem that then arises is where do you put your computer or laptop? A study nook is the perfect compromise – you don’t have to give up an entire room, but there is still a dedicated space to work or study.
The Hume 263 offers a study nook in the kitchen, while the Marcoola 269’s is a bit more secluded.
A multi-purpose room
A room that can change and grow as your family does is an important modern design element. Whether you are after a second living area, rumpus, theatre room or additional bedroom, a multi-purpose room is great to have, especially for growing families.
Check out Hotondo Homes full range of homes here.
As an eight-year-old, she had already started earning pocket money doing chores around her mother’s house to save for her very own home. Then at 16 years old as she passed Hotondo Homes in Horsham, Stephanie made the decision to go inside.
“I always knew I wanted to build my home, and instead of dismissing me because I was so young, Hotondo Homes gave me the time of day,” Stephanie said.
“They were very welcoming and spoke to me for nearly an hour giving me tips.”
After this experience it was never in doubt who Stephanie would trust to build her dream home. At just 23 years old, she is now the proud owner of her new modified Alpine 178 home.
Featuring four bedrooms, two bathrooms and open-plan living, the Alpine 178 is a design that maximises everyday living.
The master bedroom is secluded at the front of the home for privacy, and includes a massive walk-in-robe and ensuite. The remaining bedrooms are located in a separate wing, while the outdoor alfresco area is easily accessible via the kitchen and dining area, making it ideal for entertaining.
“I always knew I wanted to build my home, and instead of dismissing me because I was so young, Hotondo Homes gave me the time of day.” – Stephanie Winfield
Stephanie also made a few modifications with help from New Homes Sales Consultant Anthony Crute to suit her needs, including changing the bricks, tiles and appliances.
“Anthony was very good at working within my budget, even though I upgraded and changed a few things,” Stephanie said.
“Whenever I had questions or needed a quote on something, Anthony would answer me very quickly, and since I was a first home owner, there were a lot of them.”
View another happy client story here: A dream home 12 years in the making
Of particular use for Stephanie was information for first home buyers, finance advice and building for a profitable resell. She admitted at times it was a tough process doing it alone, but Anthony and the Hotondo Homes team helped her through.
“Even though it was tough, I would do it all again in a heartbeat,” Stephanie said.
“Anthony understood that I wanted this as my forever home, and bent over backwards for me.”
“When you are building a home that is what you want.”
The outcome of the home is nothing less than spectacular. From the beautiful brickwork to the clean lines and white colours of the kitchen, the home is the picture of modern design.
Essentially a duplex home consists of two separate living quarters and entrances that can cater for two different households, all within one dwelling. Duplexes can be the perfect living arrangement and create substantial financial gain and investment potential.
An investors dream
Duplex homes offer an affordable way to strongly enter the property market and build up your property portfolio. They create the ability to generate two rental incomes whilst owning a single block of land.
Ultimately with a duplex you can get the most out of your land as a two for the price of one situation emerges. You can generate double the return than if you were building one home on the same sized block.
Options and flexibility
With a duplex home you are provided with different opportunities and options to suit your current stage of life. You can live in one and rent out the other, occupy both or rent out both – the choice is completely up to you.
Meet the special requirements of your family
If you have a family member that requires extra care or supervision, or a grandparent or young adult that’s not quite ready to leave the nest, then a duplex could be the answer. This enables you to be close to your loved ones whilst ensuring they can still maintain their independence. You get to preserve your privacy while still having peace of mind and security.
Hotondo Homes has a range of duplex options to consider:
The Aon 265 comes in two different configurations, the courtyard and the garage.
The Halifax is a double storey home that can be used in isolation, turned into a duplex or rearranged in a multiple townhouse development.
For more information on duplex homes, contact Hotondo Homes today at hotondo.com.au
With so many different builders and floor plans out there, it is important to ask yourself a few simple questions before decision-time arrives. Below are tips from our design team which can help you work out the most important features you need to choose the perfect design.
Timeframe – it is important to consider how long you plan to live in the home. If your plan is short-term, you’ll learn very quickly what works well, what features you like, and what you want to change for your next home. If it is long-term, you will need to think about how your lifestyle may change over the coming years.
Single or double storey – if you already have land, you will need to consider what type of home is going to best suit it. With lot sizes generally decreasing, a double storey home is a great way to get extra space for your backyard, as well as in your home. However, single storey homes are more age-friendly and energy costs can be significantly cheaper. Think about what kind of home is going to best suit your current and future lifestyle.
Children – the age and number of children will determine many factors. In addition to the number of bedrooms, parents of young children might want a rumpus room for the kids to play in, while teenage children might require a quiet space away from living areas to study. A home that has zoned the kid’s area in a separate wing is a great way to close the doors, dull the noise and hide any mess.
Location of bedrooms – your bedroom is your sanctuary. You will need to consider whether you prefer it at the front of the home or the rear, and how close you want it located to the other bedrooms. You should always consider the proximity of bedrooms to the bathroom, laundry and living room noise as well.
Versatile design – a versatile home is one that will adapt as you need it to. A rumpus room can be turned into a study as kids get older. Second living spaces can be converted into bedrooms for elderly parents. Be mindful of how your chosen design can adapt with you.
Lifestyle – your lifestyle will influence what features you have in your home. If you are an avid movie fan, you might consider a home theatre. If you love entertaining, an alfresco or formal lounge could be ideal. If you run a business from home, a home office located near the entry would be perfect.
Kitchen – always consider the kitchen work triangle when looking at your design. The kitchen work triangle is made up of the distance between the most used items in the kitchen – your cooktop, sink and refrigerator. These three elements need to be close together for convenience, but not too close it becomes cramped. You will also need to decide where you will store everything. A good way to work out the best location for your pots, pans, plates and cutlery is to imagine serving dinner, unloading the dishwasher and baking a cake.
Block of land – your design must be suited to the block of land. If you have a narrow inner city allotment, your options are more restricted compared to a rural acreage block. In addition, if the land has a slope, you may need a split level design. Every land estate has different design requirements, so be sure to check your contract thoroughly.
Backyard – what you would like to achieve with a backyard will impact the size of the block of land you need and the size of the home. Keen gardeners, entertainers or people with pets may want a larger backyard than those who don’t spend much time outdoors.
Think about the furniture you currently own – many people like the look of a home, however when it comes to moving they realise there isn’t a place for their current furniture. Quite often new home buyers may find their couch that fit perfectly in their old home does not suit the configuration of their new one. If you have a piece of furniture you cannot let go of, make sure it fits!
Storage – builders and designers are very savvy when it comes to incorporating storage into your home. There is no wasted space with every nook and cranny being used wisely. If you need more space room though, consider extending the garage to allow extra room for storing bicycles or a boat. You also may want to add extra storage inside your home for toys, linen or coats.
Study/computer nook – if you don’t want a complete study but you still want somewhere to store your computer or charge your laptop, a study nook is a great compromise. It is an efficient use of space and provides the perfect place to store all of your electronic devices, without giving up an entire room.
Room usage – while a third living area or home theatre may look amazing on the plan, practical applications need to be considered. If you are not going to be using a particular room it is wasted space. Utilise it for some other means or omit it completely and extend other, more practical rooms.
Don’t lose sight of the goal – keep referring back to why you’re moving in the first place. If your reason for moving was to downsize, make sure you don’t get caught up in the design process and end up with a bigger home than you started with. Similarly, if it’s an investment, consider the versatility of the home to suit a wide audience.
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