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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.
Many new home designs focus on open-plan living to suit family lifestyles, but all homes still need to include storage to keep everyday living organised and easy. The inclusion of a butler’s pantry in your home will give you a much needed second utility and storage space next to the kitchen area that also provides an efficient prep area and keeps day-to-day clutter hidden. We have a few tips on how you can design the perfect butler’s pantry for your new home!
The biggest benefit to a butler’s pantry is being able to make the most of the space to store all your kitchen items in an organised and functional way. By incorporating under bench storage as well as overhead shelving into the space, you’ll be able to work with your builder to design a space that suits larger appliances you only use occasionally, as well as smaller everyday items like crockery and serving ware. You can also include a mix of open and closed shelving options made from complementary materials to your main kitchen. This gives you the opportunity to style the space, making it seem less like a storage room and more like an additional lifestyle space that blends in with your home’s overall interior design theme.
If your kitchen food prep area is on the modest side, or you prefer to keep it out of sight while entertaining friends, a butler’s pantry is perfect for creating a space that’s hidden from guests. The pantry provides an efficient place to prepare food and drinks away from everyone, with the added bonus of being able to close the door to the pantry to conceal any mess as you entertain. You won’t have to spend time cleaning up immediately and can maximise your time with friends and family. If the space allows, including a small sink is an added convenience that will come in handy as you meal prep. You might also like to include a wet bar area and a small wine fridge in the pantry and kit it out with a range of cocktail supplies to really wow your guests when you entertain!
Designing a butler’s pantry that includes a window will give the space a beautiful burst of natural light during the day, creating the illusion of space. If your pantry isn’t positioned in a way that allows a window, ensure you have lighting that will sufficiently illuminate every space. Design overhead lighting that includes a statement pendant light to brighten the space and add personality, and complement it with under cabinet lighting to create a soft glow in otherwise darkened corners throughout the space.
When you design your new home, consider choosing a design that includes a butler’s pantry. It’s a luxurious yet functional addition to any new home, and will become a well-used but concealed space perfect for hiding the everyday items essential to family life. For more home inspiration and design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
As soon as there’s a hint of Summer in the air, it’s hard not to start dreaming about long, lazy nights outside, relaxing with a drink and enjoying a meal with family and friends as you watch the kids play in the backyard. Modern home designs often include a covered, beautifully designed alfresco as an extension of the living space for true indoor/outdoor living. Whether you’re building your home now and need a little alfresco style inspiration, or you just want to spruce up your existing outdoor space for the warmer months, we’ve got you covered with a round up of alfresco styles and design tips to help you get your outdoor space sorted just in time for summer!
There are a wealth of décor options outdoor spaces, enabling home owners to style their alfresco in keeping with the overall interior decor of their home. Pavers, polished concrete and timber flooring are all durable and on-trend options that will complement the style of your home, creating a seamless décor theme inside and out. Choosing seating that’s comfortable, weather-resistant and doesn’t crowd the space is vital, as well as selecting outdoor rugs, lighting and accent furniture to complete the look and feel.
Creating an alfresco that’s ultimately another room in your home is key, and ensuring your floor plan includes the alfresco as a space directly off the open-plan living area will give your home that seamless indoor/outdoor living feel. Incorporating large sliding or stacker doors that span the length of the alfresco will give the space a wide-open feel, and adding furniture that’s in keeping with the style of your indoor living spaces will enhance the feel of an outdoor room.
Modern alfresco spaces can now be used most of the year, with options for installing both heating and cooling when you build your new home. Talk to your builder when you design this space and think about including a gas fireplace for the cooler months. If the alfresco is well shielded from the weather, a fireplace will give the space a cosy feel in autumn and winter meaning you can use it year-round. Installing ceiling fans for summer will make the area comfortable even on the hottest days, allowing you to maximise your usage of the space.
The main benefit to a beautiful alfresco is being able to enjoy meals outside with family and friends. If the space allows it, install benches with a sink, a small bar fridge and cupboard space to store outdoor servingware, and incorporate a barbecue or pizza oven so you can make the space perfect for food prep and cooking while you entertain!
The days of having a simple, timber deck as your outdoor space are no more. There are so many ways to create a beautiful alfresco that creates a seamless flow of space from indoors to outdoors in your new home, creating a space that’s functional as well as being a comfortable and stylish place to spend time throughout the year. For more home design ideas and inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Many new home designs include a separate living room or rumpus room, providing that little bit of additional, flexible space for your family to spread out and relax in. While some people choose to keep this space as a formal lounge or sitting area, many people are embracing the trend of an in-home media room with all the bells and whistles of a movie theatre. We have some design tips to help you create a media room that your family will utilise and enjoy for years to come!
The first thing you need to figure out is how you want this room to function. Is it going to strictly be a media room for watching movies and TV, or gaming? Or will it also be a space where you can settle in on the couch with your laptop to get some work done? Perhaps you’d also like to entertain guests in there from time to time as well. Defining the space will help you plan what to install and where. If the room is purely a media room, your focus might lean more towards the quality of the AV equipment rather than the furniture and whether there’s space for entertaining.
While it’s great to have top of the line media equipment like flat screen TVs and an awesome surround sound system, you do need to consider everything else that goes in the room too! If you plan on spending a bit of time in your media room as a family, or if your teenagers will have a few friends over every now and then, you’ll need to invest in a comfy, modular couch to accommodate everyone. A media room is also going to need storage – any movie buff or music fan knows they need a great shelving system to properly store all their DVDs and CDs. Even though we’re in the digital age, some of us can’t part with our favourite DVDs just yet! Considering all these additional items will impact on what you can afford to spend on the AV equipment itself, so before you go TV shopping, sit down and work out what else you’ll need and settle on an overall budget for the room.
There’s nothing better than a media room that feels just like a darkened movie theatre as the opening credits roll, and it’s so important to think about how you light the room. Having your overhead lighting on a dimmer switch to create a softly lit atmosphere as well as having the ability to increase the lighting up to full capacity is going to enhance the feeling of an in-home theatre. You may also like to include black-out blinds or curtains on the windows to darken the room during the day – this can be a lot of fun for a kids’ birthday party or playdate, because watching a movie with some popcorn and sweet treats in a darkened room really feels like they’re at the movies! You should also ensure this room is carpeted as this will help muffle sound and stop the acoustics from bouncing around the room.
Media rooms don’t have to be enormous spaces to function well. The key is to positioning your furniture and equipment in optimal locations in the room to ensure you have a great audio and visual experience. Always place your couch against the wall rather than in the middle of the room; the further you are from your TV or projector screen the better. Surround sound should be positioned in front of the couch and to the sides to create a totally immersive audio experience. Hide cabling behind the wall or in the roof to avoid eyesores below the TV and audio equipment, and conceal projectors under shelving out of sight. These may be things you do as your home is being built to avoid having to drill through walls later on.
Having a media room is going to give your new home another element of fun and luxury, and will be a space your family will utilise for a long time. Think about how you want to use the space, and take the time to work out the best positioning of your equipment and furniture and you’ll have a media room that echoes the feel of a movie theatre in your own home! For more design tips and tricks, head over to the Hotondo Homes website today.
Once you’ve decided to build a new home, and you’ve selected land in the perfect location, there are a lot of things to consider about the design of your home. Choosing a design to suit your block of land can seem like a difficult decision to make, but once you consider each aspect of where your future home will be built, you’ll be able to find a home design that suits the land and your home requirements perfectly. We’ve got some great tips below to help you along in the process!
Considering the overall land size will determine the size of your home, but also consider the area around your home. If you have a family and would like an alfresco area, a large garden or space to build a pool later on then you’ll need to think about the positioning of your open-plan living areas to maximise indoor/outdoor living. If you’re building on a smaller block of land, particularly one that’s narrow, outdoor space may need to be sacrificed to ensure your home meets all your needs and suits your lifestyle.
Think about where the front of your home will be and which way the land is oriented with the sun. The living areas should be north-facing to catch the afternoon sun and give your open-plan areas lots of natural light. If you have an alfresco area, try to position it in a location where it will benefit from the afternoon and evening sun, ensuring it will be in the perfect spot for entertaining. Bedrooms should be east-facing to receive the first light of the day as you wake, which will also position them away from the hot afternoon sun, keeping them cool in the warmer months.
If you’ve decided to build on a sloping block of land, the most important thing to consider is how the land falls. Designing your home so that the flat part of the land houses the garage and the bedrooms means you can enter the home at ground level, then position the living areas and kitchen higher up on the slope to take advantage of the views. The gradient of the land will also determine whether or not your home will need to be built on stilts to elevate it, or if you will need to cut into the land to create a more even surface to build on.
To make sure you maximise the positives of your location, consider the surroundings to determine which house design is going to suit the location of the land. If you live near the beach, you may want to build a split-level home with a reverse living layout. Having the kitchen and main living spaces, as well as a covered balcony area upstairs means you can take full advantage of the sea breeze each day. On hot days being able to open up the doors and windows upstairs to let the cool change in will make living on the coast feel like a beach holiday every day! If your land is located in a rural area with lots of open space, having the main living areas upstairs will give you perfect views of the sweeping hills, making your home a relaxing place to come home to.
Selecting the perfect block of land to build on is the first exciting step in your home building journey, and ensuring you consider each aspect of the land will help you make an informed decision about designing a home that has the best layout and surrounding space for your lifestyle. For home design ideas and tips, visit the Hotondo Homes website for inspiration.
Investing in real estate can be a daunting thought, particularly when you’re looking at purchasing an existing home. You may end up with an older home that needs a lot of renovating, meaning you won’t be able to rent it out and see a return on your investment for a number of months, or you may find the area you want to invest in either isn’t affordable or doesn’t have the types of homes that would suit families looking to rent. The solution may be building an investment property from scratch instead so that you’ll get a brand new home that’s move-in ready for tenants. By working with a building company from start to finish, you’ll have a qualified builder constructing a beautiful new home, and you’ll also have a team of staff overseeing the project from the initial discussions right through to handover. Take a look at our tips to help you before you embark on your investment property journey!
– Do your research and invest in an area that has good growth potential, rather than very well established areas that are more expensive to purchase in.
– Areas with new estates being built close to new amenities such as shopping centres, new schools, hospitals, and public transport will be worthwhile to invest in because they’ll be in higher demand with renters.
– Consider purchasing a house and land package rather than a home that needs to be renovated. Building companies will often have house and land packages ready to be purchased; they can direct you to the land sales agent and then using their own design commence building your home once the land sale is finalised.
– The home design has been carefully planned to suit that particular block of land, so there’s no additional work for the buyer to find an architect to design the home, meaning there’s no delay in commencing the build. This is especially beneficial for blocks of land that are more challenging for builders, such as ones with a slope. The builder will be familiar with the land and will have planned the design accordingly.
– You’ll save thousands of dollars on stamp duty because the home hasn’t been built yet, so there’s just the land tax to pay, leaving you with more money to allocate to other areas of your new home, like interior styling or landscaping.
– With so many suburban areas favouring a shift towards high density housing, you’ll have the option of building townhouses or a duplex for dual occupancy. You’ll get double the return if you choose to rent out both dwellings, or if you’re looking to downsize or get your foot in the door of the property market, you can live in one home and rent the other out.
– Dual occupancy builds also have a higher claimable depreciation value, which is immensely beneficial to the owner.
– The property can be negatively geared for tax purposes to grow in value over time, which is ideal for a property investor. Remember it’s always best to chat to your financial advisor before embarking on a property investment purchase.
– Building companies will often base their pricing on providing the client with a complete home inside and out.
– Fixtures and finishes are included in the cost, and client has the freedom to choose their desired interior finishes based on ranges included in the cost of the build. You can also choose to upgrade and invest in higher end finishes to appeal to renters. You’ll get a brand new, stylish home to rent out without the costly stress of renovating an old home.
– A newly built home can be designed and built to be as energy efficient as possible, meaning the cost of utilities will be more affordable than an older, existing home, which will appeal to renters, particularly larger families.
For investment property home design ideas, including some great duplex and dual occupancy options, head over to the Hotondo Homes website.
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!
Hotondo Homes has had a busy year already, and it’s only the start of May! We’re thrilled to have five beautiful new display homes open already this year, showcasing some of our versatile and stylish designs for new home builders looking for that perfect home design!
The Erskine 240 demonstrates family versatility at its finest! Hotondo Homes Tamworth builder Geoff says “We decided to go with the Erskine 240 for our display home as the design includes the most modern features which reflect current design trends. The family/dining and kitchen area is the most outstanding feature and the outdoor living area blends seamlessly. This area of the Erskine allowed us to use the raked ceiling and skylights to create a stunning feature!”
The Kirkby 259 is the ultimate family home. Hotondo Homes Greater Port Stephens builder Jason says “The Kirkby 259 display home offers everything the modern family wants. With a huge kitchen and walk in pantry opening straight onto the open-plan lounge room and dining area, it’s perfect for the entertainer and those who love the indoor/outdoor Australian lifestyle.”
The Lansdowne 257 is a versatile family design suitable for wide or acreage blocks of land. Hotondo Homes Warragul builder Jeff says “The Lansdowne suits acreage properties as well as corner blocks which makes up a large portion of the clients we build for. Being a four-bedroom plus study home means this could potentially be a five-bedroom home. It’s compact in what it offers in terms of design, but once you walk through the home the size really is deceiving, it reveals itself as a large family home.”
The Marcoola 269 presents versatility – ideal for families of any age. Hotondo Homes Shepparton builder Colin says “We chose the Marcoola 269 as our display home because we felt that it was a great family home with room for everyone’s privacy, but also has space for the family to come together. The master allows parents to feel like there’s a little luxury in their busy lives, and there’s a large dining area for family gatherings or entertaining friends. We think this is a great family home!”
The Somerset range offer cleverly designed homes. Hotondo Homes Launceston builder Sam says “We wanted to showcase a home that took a modern spin on a traditional Australian family home. The Somerset 233 was the perfect design for this! You get your classic four-bedroom house, with all the added features to make it an ideal home. There are clever features right throughout this display and the best part about it is you can tailor the home to suit your needs!”
If you don’t live in close proximity to these fantastic display homes, don’t worry! You can head over to the Hotondo Homes website and take a full 3D tour of each home to see the floorplan and beautiful features of each home in greater detail.
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!
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.
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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