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When it comes to building a new home, there are a few space optimising, unique features that are becoming more popular with families who are looking for ways to keep their home clutter-free, while ensuring each area of the home remains as functional as possible. When working with your builder to determine how you can make each space work for your family, consider including the below features in your new home to create defined and organised areas that make everyday life easier!
In the cold weather, having somewhere to hide your washing as it dries can be tricky. The weather isn’t ideal for hanging it outside, so often the only solution is to have clothes airers out in the main living spaces, or to use a clothes dryer, which can drive up power costs. For these reasons, drying rooms and drying cupboards are becoming a common wish list item for new home builds. Providing a space where wet washing can be hidden from sight as they dry, these spaces come with built in drying racks ready to hang clothing on. While some drying cupboards are powered to allow for faster drying, opting for non-powered drying spaces means you won’t be increasing your environmental footprint. Alternatively, you can opt to add a drying space with a sustainable solar powered system to bring in warm air. If you have a large or growing family, being able to keep up with the washing on rainy or cold days, as well as not having the eyesore of washing hanging up in common areas will leave your high traffic areas clear no matter how much laundry there is to do!
More common in homes in Europe and North America, mudrooms are designed to help confine mess and house outwear and equipment when people re-enter their house. This feature is becoming popular in Australia as families look for ways to organise their belongings in a functional way. Usually located between the home’s back entrance and the first interior room, mudrooms are a clever way to organise cold weather gear, children’s school bags, sports uniforms and equipment, tradie boots and tools, and a variety of other household items that are frequently used but need to be packed away out of sight each day. The areas are designed with durable flooring and finishes, and often include generous storage cupboards and clothing hooks to keep everything in its place while still being easily accessible, as well as bench seating for ease of putting on and pulling off shoes. Including a mudroom in your new home that’s cleverly designed to give each family member their own space for storage will create an area that’s functional and organised for families of any size.
With a large majority of new homes being double storey, there are often lots of places to include storage areas. However, in double storey homes that lean toward the smaller side, such as townhouses and duplex homes, finding ways to include storage can be a challenge. One space often overlooked is under the staircase. Often this space remains empty – either sealed shut by plasterboard or left open and the space under it is kept bare. It’s not an immediately obvious place to store things, but by working with your builder, you can create a storage space to keep your home organised and clutter-free. You could also consider incorporating a study nook that’s tucked away but still enables you to use this area of your home to its full capacity.
Including these unique features will ensure your family home will utilise each area in a functional and organised way. For more home inspiration and design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Selecting a home design can be a challenge for new home builders, especially when there are so many to choose from! While it’s easy to look at a floor plan and think “yes, I like that!”, you should also carefully consider the layout of the design itself and determine if it will suit the needs of you and your family. Here are a few things to think about before selecting your home design.
If you have already selected a block, work with your builder to determine which home designs will best suit your land and begin your search from there. Ideally, main living areas should be north-facing to catch most of the sun during the day, and provide your home with plenty of natural light. Bedrooms should be east-facing, to provide sun in the morning as you wake. If you’re including an alfresco area in your design, ensure it’s best positioned to catch the bulk of afternoon and evening light to maximise the amount of time you can spend outside entertaining.
Nowadays, most home designs will feature an open-plan area complete with a kitchen, dining and living area. This space is generally the main hub of the home where your family will spend most of their time. Being such an important part of the house, it’s imperitive to think about where you want this to be located in your home – is it at the back or on the side. You may also like to consider whether you want the dining area to be slightly separated from the living space to create a more formal atmosphere. Also consider whether you want your open-plan area to open directly to an alfresco and how you would like that laid out.
Think carefully about the locations of bedrooms. Do you want your rooms to be located in one area of the home? Would you prefer the master bedroom be located away from the remaining bedrooms so you have your own private parents’ retreat? Most importantly, do you prefer to have the master bedroom located at the front of the home? There are benefits to both positions – if you have small children, positioning the master suite close to the children’s rooms works well if there are still night time wake ups. If your kids are heading into their tween and teenage years, this may not be such an important factor and you may like to put a bit of space between their rooms and yours for a little more peace and quiet!
Consider how long you plan to live in the home. If it is just a few short years, you can be a little more selfish with your decisions. However, if this is your dream home, think about how your family and your lifestyle will change over the course of 10, 15 or 20 years and ensure the home will still cater to your needs. Once you’ve thought about the above factors, you’ll have a much clearer image of what you need in your new home. This will help narrow down your options, so you can then base your decision on a home you love with the peace of mind knowing it will also cater to your needs!
For design ideas and home inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website and see the wealth of home design options available to choose from!
Last year, the National Bank of Australia revealed that first home buyers now account for almost 40% of buyers in new housing markets and approximately 33% in established markets. Foreign buyers are declining, so now is the perfect time for Australians to get their foot in the door of the property market.
Hotondo Homes is glad to see a rise in first home buyers over recent months after what has been one of the most challenging conditions to buy or build a new home.
“When you think of the Australian dream, you think of home ownership. We’ve seen it get tougher and tougher for people to make that dream come true,” Hotondo Homes Managing Director Michael Renwick says. “It’s great to see more and more first home buyers coming back into the market. Building your first home is such an exciting experience and we love being a part of that journey.”
The Hotondo Homes Forever Retreat Range has been designed specifically for first home buyers. The range features over eight architecturally-designed homes that suit a number of block sizes. These homes include everything a home buyer could want in their first home.
If you’re a first home buyer, we have some handy tips to make your first home buying journey a breeze!
There are a number of benefits in buying a house and land package, particularly for first home buyers, and it’s a great way to get your foot in the door of property market.
– Instead of having to organise purchasing land, coming up with a home design yourself, and then finding a builder you’re happy with, everything is taken care of for you. Your builder will be able to guide you towards the land sales agent, and once your land is purchased, your builder will have a number of home designs to choose from.
– Your builder can help point you in the direction for finance when you’re ready to purchase, saving you the trouble of finding a mortgage broker. One less thing to worry about!
– The price is set from the day your purchase, so there are no hidden surprises as the build progresses, unless you decide to upgrade items.
– You will work with a qualified builder and team who are committed to helping you every step of the way. If you haven’t considered building a home before, having this support network throughout the process is invaluable.
– If the home design in the package doesn’t quite suit you, the builder is always happy to tweak the design to suit you and your family’s needs. You’ll end up with a new home that suits your specific requirements exactly!
– Your builder will work with you to ensure the costs stay within your budget range from day one. Having someone to monitor finances throughout the process helps prevent budget blowouts and is one less thing for you to worry about.
Once you’ve selected your home design, think about your colour selections and finishes. There are so many options, but a well thought out façade design and interiors will go the distance in your new home.
– Choose colour schemes that are subtle and timeless will ensure your home’s appearance won’t date in a few years’ time once trends change.
– Consider where to invest more of your budget – flooring, tiling, and benchtops are expensive to replace, so if your budget allows, invest more money in high-end finishes in these areas when you build. The quality will show and more importantly, they will last a long time.
– Selecting good quality appliances is also another area to consider allocating more of your budget to. Inexpensive appliances might not have a long lifespan, so having to reinvest hundreds or thousands of dollars to replace two or three big ticket items after only a few years will prove to be quite the financial headache. Particularly if this happens when you’re starting a family or have small children at home and only one income.
Whether you’re after a single storey home to get your foot in the door of the market, or a double storey home to accommodate your growing family, a split-level design, or an investment property, Hotondo Homes has the solution to suit your specific needs. Our Forever Retreat Range is perfect for first home buyers, with no compromise on quality, size or style.
If you’re a first home buyer take a look at our Forever Retreat Range for a home that perfectly suits your budget. and if you would like to learn more about our fantastic house and land packages available, we’ve got all the details right here.
Do you have a little bundle of joy on the way this year, or are you planning a family in a couple of years? Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life! Although it takes nine long months for bubs to arrive, the lead up is often full of organising, reorganising, figuring out the logistics of how the baby will fit in to your lifestyle and your home, and of course, setting up a nursery. There are so many things to figure out, and if you’re first time parents, a lot of it is unknown, especially how best to set up the nursery. If you’re building a new home and plan to create a nursery out of one of the bedrooms, there are a few things to consider as you begin designing your home.
Babies are tiny, but once they arrive, your house will suddenly be inundated with gifts, accessories, and new furniture to accommodate everything that comes along with bubs. When you’re designing your new home, ensuring the room will be big enough not just for baby, but for a toddler and then a child will be beneficial in the long run. A room that will be large enough to accommodate a cot, dresser, and rocker chair in the corner now is great, but ensuring it will also fit a single bed, some book shelves and a small desk later on will be invaluable. You won’t need to rearrange all the bedrooms as the baby grows if you plan the design well now!
It’s lovely to have rooms full of natural light, but when it comes to a nursery, including curtains, block out blinds or plantation shutters to keep the room on the darker side during day time naps is invaluable. It can take babies a little while to figure out the whole day time/night time thing, and being able to make the room dark in the middle of the day is a huge benefit for your little one’s new sleep schedule without compromising on design style.
Babies have a lot of stuff, so you need to make sure you’re allowing ample storage space in the nursery. Including generous built-in wardrobes in your baby’s room will help you store the numerous gifts, hand-me-downs, and various other paraphernalia that comes with having a baby. Things like boxes of nappies, wipes, blankets, wraps, and of course, clothing all need to have their own place to be neatly stored until they’re needed. Think about investing in a set of drawers to store smaller items as well. Bibs, tiny baby hats and socks, singlets, and other smaller items can be tucked away in drawers, leaving the wardrobe for larger bulky items. Having everything organised and stored out of sight goes a long way to helping the room feel clutter-free!
A blazing overhead light might be suitable for an older child, but midnight feeds and soothing babies off to sleep calls for a more gentle, subdued lighting set up in a nursery. Make sure you install dimmer switches on the overhead lights and try to include smaller downlights in the ceiling rather than one big overhead light. Having a small lamp that sits on the dresser, or a floor lamp in the corner of the room will create a soft, ambient light that gives you enough light to see what you’re doing without disturbing the baby.
Having bright colours and busy patterns in the baby’s room is always a fun idea, but it can also be wise to consider a more neutral, subdued colour scheme. Neutral colour palettes don’t have to be boring though! Using warm, soft tones on the walls and floors creates a calm environment for your baby, and you can add soft furnishings like floor rugs and cushions in soft colours. Wall decals are also a nice option to add a little splash of colour, and they can be removed and updated as the baby grows up. Consider placing a few patterned canvas storage baskets in the corner of the room to add a little bit of colour and keep toys tucked away at the end of each day.
For more design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website for a wealth of ideas and inspiration.
These days, new home designs will often feature a walk-in wardrobe in the master suite. This benefit of additional space and storage is a luxury, especially for those of us who love fashion and have a wealth of clothing, shoes, and accessories to store! Considering how to design and maximise full use of the area can be difficult to envisage before you’re actually in your home. We have some tips to help you design the perfect wardrobe space to keep things neat, tidy, and aesthetically pleasing – after all, it is a room in your house, so why shouldn’t it look beautifully styled!
Do you prefer to hang all your clothes (ahem, to minimise on ironing)? If so, ensuring you have ample hanging space from the beginning means your clothing will be able to remain wrinkle-free and easily accessible. Longer vertical hanging spaces are perfect for coats, suit bags, dresses, formal wear, and bathrobes. It lessens the bulk in drawers and helps keep the clothing in tip-top shape. Having a combination of long and shorter hanging areas also doubles the amount of hanging space – two hanging rails in one space one on top of the other allows for twice the amount of business shirts, tops, and skirts to be hung in one section, leaving the longer spaces for more appropriate clothing. Having ample hanging space also makes your clothing visible to the eye, so there’s less time rummaging around in drawers to find that one special garment when you’re pressed for time!
You can never have too many drawers, right? Consider a mix of smaller drawers for undergarments and socks, and leave wider drawers for bulky items like pyjamas, Winter clothing, and jeans. A lot of walk-in wardrobes also now feature slimline drawers to allow for flat lay items. Things like ties, scarves, and jewellery all suit drawers that are vertically narrow allowing people to pull out the drawer and instantly see all their accessories at a glance. Lining these drawers with drawer liners or a soft fabric will also ensure your accessories are kept in immaculate condition, particularly if you have items made from silk and linen to store.
Open shelving can be a great way to store shoes, boots, hats and other items that can’t be hung or stored in drawers. Using wire and cane baskets or storage boxes in your walk-in wardrobe helps partially conceal the items so the shelves don’t look too cluttered and messy, and adds a stylish touch to an otherwise utilitarian space. Smaller open shelves can be used to store cosmetic items as well – perfumes, make up and other luxury items can be styled on a decorative tray to look appealing to the eye and help protect the surface of the shelf from any stains when the items are used.
If your walk-in wardrobe has cupboards, consider installing a floor length mirror on the front of the doors. It’s always good to have at least one large mirror in the house for those final outfit checks! Whether you have carpet or floorboards in your wardrobe, adding a small floor rug will dress up the area as well as protecting the floors – it’s a high traffic area, so keeping the floors in good condition will keep things looking fresh and clean. Walk-in wardrobes often don’t have a lot of natural light, so considering adding power points to add for additional lighting. Soft floor lamps to complement the overhead lighting will allow you to better see your clothing on the shelves and in the mirror.
For more wardrobe inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website!
Moving house is often fraught with stress and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the weeks before, as well as on the day you actually move. In the lead up it can feel like a logistical nightmare, and it’s tempting just give up on the whole endeavour and stay put, but you didn’t spend time packing all those boxes up for nothing, right? There are a few ways you can ease the pressure of moving house by being organised, and calling on friends and family to help you out wherever possible.
If you can manage it, take a few days off from work before and after you move house. Having time to organise last minute things during business hours before you move is invaluable, as is having time off to start unpacking and organise your home without having to worry about fitting it in around work. Allowing yourself those extra days on either side of the move will keep you feeling on top of things and level-headed amongst the chaos.
Have you moved recently? What are your tips and tricks for a smooth moving day? We’d love to hear from you!
With a long standing reputation for quality, Hotondo Homes’ builders are recognised for their professionalism, exceptional workmanship, and their use of reputable, local suppliers and trades. Hotondo Homes’ range of modest, family and luxury homes give clients a plethora of design options which allows them to choose the perfect home to suit their budget and lifestyle. What sets aside Hotondo Homes from other home builders is their service, open communication and most importantly, their quality affordable homes.
Hotondo Homes’ builders provide a complete home building service from start to finish. Our builders can assist you to find the right block of land, can direct you to a reputable financial institution, provide you with a design solution and manage the entire construction process right through to handover. We work with our clients to ensure their home is not only their dream home, but is also a sound investment.
Unlike the vast majority of volume builders throughout Australia, our clients aren’t just a number. Once you sign a fixed price contract with Hotondo Homes, you know exactly how much your home will cost, so you are saved the anxiety of nasty hidden extras along the way. Our builders don’t abandon clients after the contract has been signed but rather work to bring the clients’ vision to life.
The Hotondo Homes building network have over 85 builders throughout Australia, from regional towns to metro areas. Most of our builders live and work in the local area they service. They understand the demographics of the area, the average price of a family home, the nature of the blocks and the area’s streetscape.
Because Hotondo Homes’ builders are a part of a national building network, they benefit from the buying power of a large volume builder. This results in significant savings for our builders which are then passed onto the client. This also allows our builders to provide a local and independent service.
When working with your local Hotondo Homes builder, you can decide how involved you want to be. We provide clients with weekly updates, and regular visits to the sites can be arranged so you can watch and participate in the progress of your home.
Hotondo Homes’ builders don’t disappear after you move in your new home; we consider the aftercare we provide as important as construction. We go above and beyond to ensure your happiness and to protect your investment.
If you choose to build with Hotondo Homes you will experience a quality affordable builder who listens to your needs and delivers your ideal home on time and on budget. Hotondo Homes is not your average home builder. From right across the country each Hotondo Homes builder has a service-oriented, hands-on team that is ready to make your home building experience as smooth and enjoyable is possible.