Home design has come a long way over the past few years, with many modern design elements now incorporated into floor plans.

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.


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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.

Check out the Erskine 202 or the Como 412.


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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.

Try the Eureka 263 ALT or the Kirkby 246.


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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.


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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.


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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.

The McRae 250 and Tarkine 238 offer multi-purpose rooms that can be closed off.


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Just 200 metres down the road from their old home, Frank and Debra Cartledge’s prized piece of land sat waiting for them.

For over 12 years it remained vacant, awaiting a time for the Invermay couple to proceed building their dream home.

For a home years in the making, there was every chance it would never live up to their expectations, but the impressive façade, amazing floor plan and beautiful finishes resulted in a stunning home with all the right touches.

“The best part of the whole experience was the flexibility, we could change whatever we wanted and nothing was a problem for Hotondo Homes,” Debra said.

“We spoke to another builder and they were not flexible at all. We wanted to make the home ours, there were a few specific things we really wanted because it was an acreage block, and Hotondo Homes accommodated them all.”


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The stunning Stockton 322 is an incredible acreage home featuring four bedrooms, three living areas, two bathrooms and a powder room. With a few adjustments including larger windows to take in the beautiful views, bigger bedrooms and even the installation of a wood heater, the couple are delighted to call this place home.

“We got along really well with the team at Hotondo Homes Ballarat, who were even able to take us down to a display home to show us something tangible,” Frank said.

“Our block also had a few overlay and sloping issues, and the team were able to walk us through how they would address them.”

A mix of beautiful, neutral colours is seen throughout the home. The white walls and light coloured tiles and kitchenware creates a spacious and open feel, which works in harmony with the striking floorboards and custom wood heater that help add a warmth to the area.

Topped off with beautiful pieces of wooden furniture and high quality finishes, the charming home emits a modern yet country charm.

“The best part of the whole experience was the flexibility, we could change whatever we wanted and nothing was a problem for Hotondo Homes.” – Debra Cartledge

For Frank and Debra, the large walk-in pantry, big ensuite and the entry located to the side of the home were all must-haves.

“Luckily for us, this design ticked a lot of boxes with just the standard inclusions, and we then added few of our own,” Frank said.

The expansive alfresco space, large double garage, powder room for guests and plenty of storage room were other favourite features for the Invermay couple.

“Both of our girls moved out of home during the building process, meaning we have even more room now for friends, family and other guests to come around,” Debra laughs.

“Another great part is that one of the extra bedrooms has its own walk-in-robe, which is really good for our guests. There is so much room, we have even started calling one end of the house the ‘west wing’!”


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The Ballarat team were awarded the 2015 Hotondo Homes Builder of the Year award, which is reflected in the quality build of Frank and Debra’s home. Living just down the road for the majority of the construction period meant the couple were able to enjoy watching their home go up from start to finish.

“Each stage that finished was another burst of excitement, it was great to watch it all come together,” Frank said.

“Brett was really fantastic to deal with, anything we wanted, he would accommodate. He adjusted the price as we added things, and they were always quick to get back to us.”

While Frank and Debra had completed several renovations and extensions previously, this was their first newly built home. Their children may have moved out before they had a chance to enjoy it, but the couple are loving their new home shared with their cat, dog, cows and even alpacas.

From a fleeting thought 12 years ago to the beautifully constructed design Frank and Debra now have before them, Hotondo Homes Ballarat have delivered a dream home that does not disappoint.


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To start your own journey towards your dream home, contact Hotondo Homes today.

Home buyers glossary – the essentials

There are certain words you need to know when buying or building a new home.  This is not about getting lost in semantics, these are words you should know when you enter the world of property ownership.

Here’s a break down:

Appraisal: Is basically the valuation of the market value of the property. The market value will be determined by a number of factors including, its location, proximity to amenities and road access. The appraiser usually provides a written report on this value to their client.

Appreciation: Appreciation is when the property increases in value. This could be due to inflation, an increase in supply and demand or capital improvement.

Assets: Assets are the tangible things a individual has accumulated that account for some value. This could be in terms of property, savings, cars, possessions, superannuation, shares, etc.

Builder: A builder is a licensed person or company that builds homes. A good builder will take care of everything from pointing you to the right financial institution, helping you source land, providing you with a plethora of flexible design options and keeping you involved every step of the way. Find your local builder.

Capital gain: The dollar amount your property has increased considering what you paid for it initially. For example, if you bought a property at $350,000 and it’s now worth $450,000, you’ve made a capital gain of $100,000.

Caveat: Literally means beware. It’s a note on a Title warning that a third party has an interest in the land and can affect the ability to transfer the title of a property from one party to another.

Covenant: A note or set of conditions put on the Title that creates an obligation or restriction on the owner to do or not to do certain things.

Compound interest: Interest calculated on both the principal and the accrued interest.

Conditional offer: A purchase offer that is subject to a certain condition, i.e. finance. There is usually a time frame in which the condition must be met.

Conveyancing: Is the legal transfer of property from one entity to another. Read: ‘What is conveyancing.’

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Credit history: A comprehensive report to determine whether or not you have a good credit rating. It includes information about your ability to handle debt obligations and your current financial obligations.

Cooling-off period: A period of time given to the purchaser to legally withdraw from buying a property. The time varies from state to state.

Deed: A legal document that transfers ownership of the property to the purchaser. It also doubles as evidence of ownership.

Deposit: The first instalment of money placed in trust by the buyer when an offer of purchase is made.

Depreciation: The decrease of a property’s value, compared to the time it was purchased.

Duplex: A duplex is a dwelling containing two or more homes that are attached to one another.  Read: Consider the benefits of building a duplex.

Easement: An easement is a section of land registered on your property title which gives someone the right to use the land for a specific purpose even though they are not the land owner.

Equity: Equity is the difference between your mortgage and your property’s value. If your home is worth $800,000 and you owe $500,000, then you have equity of $300,000.

First home buyers grants: Each state government offer a financial grant to those building buying or building their first home.

Fixed interest rates: A fixed home loan is a locked-in rate that is fixed for a specific term, usually one to five years.

House and land packages: A house and land packaged together and sold as one. Land developers, real estate agents and home builders work together to match the appropriate home with the appropriate block. They are cost efficient and save on stamp duty.

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Interest only loans: This is when you only have to pay interest on the loan without touching the principal.

Joint tenants: Each property owner has an equal share and right to the property.

Land surveyor: A qualified professional who surveys a property in order to provide a certificate of location.

Lawyer: A person who practices law. They represent and assist people with legal matters.

Line of credit: Financial institutions offer a credit limit that you can draw on at any time. It’s similar to a credit card, except you don’t have to make set repayments off the principal.

Mortgage: A mortgage is a legal agreement with a bank or lender and the purchaser. Essentially the bank or lender lends the principal amount with interest in exchange for taking the title of the property. This is on the condition that the conveyance of the title becomes void upon the payment of the debt.

Mortgage Broker: A mortgage broker liaises between the borrower and the lender, who negotiates the loan on the buyer’s behalf.

Mortgage Repayments: A regular payment to the bank or lender that includes both the principal and interest.

New Home Warranty Insurance: Covers you financially in the event that something is damaged and needs repairing. This varies in each state. Visit the HIA website.

Negative gearing: This is when an investor borrows money, but the gross income taken from the investment is less than the cost of owning and managing the investment. The investment generates a negative cash flow until the income covers the costs. At this point there is a potential taxable profit to be made if the capital gain on the property is above what is lost.

Off the plan: When you buy off the plan you are buying a property before it has been built, having only seen the plans. This is quite a regular practice when it comes to apartments or units under construction or a house and land package.

Positive Gearing: Happens when you receive income off your rental. This means that rental income is more than the costs associated with having an investment property. The climate for positive gearing tends to be more favourable when rents are high and interest rates are low.

Principal: The principal is the amount borrowed. Interest is calculated on the principal.

Real estate agent: A person who acts as the middle man between the seller and the purchaser or the property.

Refinance: Is when you require new finance for something. This typically involves paying off an existing loan with a new, more affordable loan.

Rental yields: Are a measure of how much your investment is generating each year as a percentage of the property’s value.

Stamp Duty/Duties: A duty is a tax that is levied on certain legal documents.

Subdivision: A piece of land that has been divided into individual blocks.

Term: Mortgage term is the length of time (usually years) that a mortgage contract is legally binding. At the end of the term the mortgage must be refinanced, renewed or paid off.

Title: A title is an interest in land that gives the holder exclusive ownership of the land and right to build.

Vendor: The seller of the property.

Variable interest rate: Variable or adjustable interest rates may go up and down over the time you have a mortgage loan. It changes because it’s indexed, which means it changes periodically with the market.