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Lesa, Darren, their two children and their cats love living in their Hotondo Home, built by our team in Batemans Bay. This is the second Hotondo home they’ve built, and we chatted to Lesa about their experience, which was particularly unique this time because she actually works at Hotondo Homes Batemans Bay!
Lesa and Darren chose the Northcote design because the frontage for their block of land was only 15 metres wide and 30 metres long, so it suited the block and what they wanted to achieve. “We really loved the open-plan kitchen layout, great walk-in-pantry, and the master suite at the front of the house,” Lesa said. They were looking for a four bedroom home with open-plan living and an outdoor area for entertaining, and the Northcote ticked all these boxes. “We modified it for sun orientation, which is really important for me as I love a house that is full of natural light,” Lesa added, “and we also made the garage a bit bigger so it had extra storage space.”
Lesa’s favourite spot in their home is the kitchen. She says “I’m in love with the colours I chose and get lots of positive comments when people visit. We did use James Hardie Axon Cladding in the entry hallway and behind the bed headwall in the master bedroom, it gives it a coastal feel and something just a bit different!”
On being both a Hotondo Homes employee and a client, Lesa says “This was our second build with Hotondo Homes. Our first home was built when I didn’t work there, but the process is the same whether you are a client or part of the team. We pride ourselves on our communication throughout the build with all our clients. We have a process in place and when it’s followed it’s a smooth process and a great outcome for both the builder and the client.”
While Lesa and Darren didn’t experience any unexpected issues during their build, she says “things can pop up that may not be expected, it’s how you deal with these things and get through them that makes a difference. As we have already built a few times prior to this we seem to know what to expect; having open and honest communication when things pop up goes a long way.”
This experience of being a client of Hotondo Homes twice now has also benefitted Lesa at work as well. “I suppose I know what’s coming and what’s to be expected. Any advice that I can give to future clients that may help them with colour choices or products or the design and modifying the design to suit their block, budget or needs is something that we have had to do ourselves, and being able to offer help in that regard is easy when you’ve been through it yourself.”
We loved chatting to Lesa and hearing what a positive experience her family has had with Hotondo Homes as they built their gorgeous sun-soaked family home! We’ve been thrilled to share some of our clients’ building journeys with you this year, so take a look at some of our other client spotlights and hear what all our happy clients have to say! If you’re looking for a local builder for your dream home, head over to the Hotondo Homes website today and search for a builder local to you.
It might be the end of the year, but we’ve still managed to find time to open some more beautiful display homes! With a focus on designs that are perfect for family lifestyles no matter their stage of life, our displays are versatile, cleverly designed and elegantly styled to appeal to a broad range of tastes. If you’re ready to start your building journey, take a look at these new Hotondo Homes displays to see if one of them is your dream home!
Built by Hotondo Homes Rochedale, the Calva 303 has entertaining and open-plan living at the heart of its design. This double storey home is a true family entertainment hub, with the ground floor dedicated to everyday living. A private living room greets you upon entry, followed by a beautiful kitchen with spacious walk-in-pantry, a dining area that connects to the alfresco, and an adjacent family space. Head up the sweeping staircase and you’ll find a semi-private study nook, a master suite complete with a walk-through-robe leading to an ensuite, three additional bedrooms, and a rumpus area for the kids. This a traditional family home that suits any streetscape and family size. See more of the Calva on display at Rochedale, QLD, or at our website.
Next door to Hotondo Homes Rochedale’s Calva, you’ll find their Lorne 297! An exquisite display in modern design, this home is suitable for narrow blocks, using a classic double storey design to focus on family living on the ground floor. There’s a large private study at the front of the home, a separate living room, and you’ll then find a generous open-plan kitchen/living/dining area that connects to the alfresco, making indoor/outdoor living a breeze. Upstairs the master suite spans the width of the home with separate his’n’hers walk-in-robes and an ensuite. Three additional bedrooms, plus a rumpus area ensures everyone has a space of their own in this practical and stylish family friendly design. Visit the Lorne at Rochedale, QLD, or take a 3D tour!
Hotondo Homes in Melton recently opened their Erskine 240 display home, which is a clever design that will appeal to families of all sizes. The master suite is located at the front, followed by three additional bedrooms aligned down the right side of the home. There’s a separate living room in the centre of the home perfect for formal entertaining, and the rear of the home features a kitchen with a huge walk-in-pantry behind it, and dining and family spaces situated next to each other. Designed to suit narrow blocks and available in a range of sizes, it’s easy to see why this is one of our most popular designs! Visit this display in Melton South, VIC or our website to see more of the Erskine 240 today.
This unique split level home built by Hotondo Homes Greater Port Stephens is ideal for sloping blocks and spans multiple levels. Cleverly zoned to ensure maximum comfort and privacy, this design has the master suite located on the entry level and features a spacious walk-through-robe into the ensuite. The remaining three bedrooms can be found on the lower level and wrap around a versatile rumpus space perfect for teenagers, as well as a large family bathroom and lots of storage space. Travel upstairs and you’ll find a beautifully appointed open-plan kitchen and dining space, with a huge walk-in-pantry. There’s also a balcony connecting to this space allowing for a seamless blend of indoor/outdoor living. This level also features a private study, and a roomy living area. This home is the perfect solution for larger families, and is available in two additional sizes with alternative layouts. Visit this display in person at Raymond Terrace, NSW or take a 3D tour of the Hillgrove 267.
Head over to the Hotondo Homes website today to browse our range of thirty eight superb display homes, where you can take a tour of each one using our 3DExplore tool from the comfort of your own home!
Following on from the 2019 Hotondo Homes National Conference in Singapore, we chatted to some of our award-winning builders about what their favourite Hotondo Homes home designs are and why. Here’s what they had to say!
Hotondo Homes Ballarat, who are our National Professional Builders of the Year two years running love the Kirkby 267. The team there think it’s an amazing home, with a frontage of under 14 metres but still packs a lot of space in with three living areas, and four bedrooms, they told us “it’s the gift that keeps on giving!” They also noted how easy it is to modify this particular floor plan to suit clients’ needs and creating a dream home that people really love. Builders Adrian Willingham and Brenton Simpson also noted having two entries to the alfresco is a bonus, taking your outdoor entertaining to the next level! To find out more about the Kirkby 267, visit our website today.
Chris and Michelle Dodt of Hotondo Gympie, and our Queensland Professional Home Builders of the Year found it hard to narrow things down to just one favourite design! With Gympie being part rural, they find the Lansdowne design in both sizes to be very appealing to clients with rural properties because of its central open-plan indoor/outdoor living areas, as well as separate bedroom areas for parents and kids. The Cooloola 208 has tremendous street appeal, with many clients drawn in to see what’s behind the beautiful facade. Michelle noted that “the flow and feel of this smaller design are genuinely surprising to some, realising a smaller home can still be very functional and spacious in its own way.” See more of our Lansdowne home designs here. If you’d like to learn more about the Cooloola 208, check out the Gympie team’s display home!
Builder Craig Bunning from Hotondo Homes Jimboomba, who took home the award for Commitment to Local Area Marketing, noted that the Omeo 180 is a great entry level home for a first home buyer to help get them into the market. If you’re looking for a larger home, he tells us the Alden 312 is perfect! With large, open-plan kitchen/living/dining areas that open out onto the alfresco, it’s the perfect home for amazing gatherings with family and friends, saying “Could you imagine Christmas in this beautiful home design?!” Take a look at the Omeo 180 today, or learn more about the Alden 312 right here.
Adam Sturt from Hotondo Southcoast recently won the Make-A-Wish Australia Overall Achievement Award and says he loves the Glenbrook 187 floorplan at the moment, saying it’s extremely versatile and suits a broad range of families. With four generously sized bedrooms, and an open-plan area that’s the heart of the home it’s ideal for every day living with two points of entry from the alfresco. The kitchen has been designed for practicality with ample bench and storage space, and direct access from the double garage, making coming home a delight for families! Adam tells us that they’ve received great feedback from all who visit their new Glenbrook 187 display, making it a winner!
Hotondo Homes Griffith and Leeton builder Bill Arnold, our New South Wales Professional Builder of the Year, loves the Erskine 290 because “it truly is the perfect family home!” It’s a design loved by many of their clients because of the open-plan living and dining area. This is also a space that can be modified in the passage area between the family space and the alfresco however you want, to make the space bigger or smaller, they noted. The large master suite’s his ‘n’ hers walk-in-robes are a big draw card for clients, as is the generous butler’s pantry. “How could you not love it!” Bill said, further noting that everyone loves looking at it when they visit the Hotondo Homes website. Visit the website and see why everyone loves the Erskine 290!
Michael Letfallah from Hotondo Homes in Dubbo recently won Most Improved – New Franchise at our national conference, and is also a fan of the Erskine, though he prefers the Erskine 240. “Because of the open-plan family, dining and kitchen all at the back of the house, connecting to the expansive alfresco that blends inside and outside seamlessly, this design really promotes outdoor living,” he told us. “The large separate lounge area and four spacious bedrooms really contribute to the sheer size this design has to offer and it’s a fantastic house for the Central West, which is why it’s my favourite!” See more of the Erskine 240 over at our website today.
If you’d like to learn more about any of these fantastic home designs, or you’d like to speak to a builder in your local area, head over to the Hotondo Homes website today.
With many new home designs including an alfresco area that’s perfect for family meals and entertaining, there’s often space to bring elements of your kitchen outside. Designing an outdoor kitchen will allow you to make the most of the warmer weather and encourage your family and friends to spend more time together outside. We’ve got some great tips to help you design an outdoor kitchen that’s the ideal communal space!
One of the key elements to an outdoor kitchen is a barbecue so you can cook the majority of your meal outside. When designing your space, ensure you’ve positioned the barbecue away from the doors to the house to avoid smoke and food smells from permeating your adjacent indoor areas, but not so far away that it’s separated from the outdoor dining space. If possible, ensure the barbecue is built in to a bench with storage space underneath or next to it so that you can store all your cooking utensils and cleaning equipment within reach of the cooking area.
If you have room, installing a bench around your barbecue or next to it will allow you to also do most of your food preparation outside as well. This will allow you to cook with ease, since all the food will be within reach to quickly pop on the barbecue, lessening the need to go back and forth to your kitchen inside to retrieve the food. Having storage underneath means you can have a durable set of outdoor crockery, cutlery, glassware, serving dishes and condiment storage readily accessible to use once the food is ready to be served, cutting down on the amount of things that need to be stored inside your main kitchen.
An outdoor kitchen needs to be accompanied by comfortable outdoor seating, so it’s worth considering whether you’d like to keep it casual with couches, or a more formal table and chair arrangement. Since you’ll be eating meals and enjoying a few beverages outside, it’s often more comfortable for guests to sit at a table with their food, so including a table and chairs or bench seating with a table for meals is often the best option. If space allows, having a small couch for more casual entertaining in a different area of the alfresco means you can enjoy drinks and canapés then move to the table for the main meal.
The inclusion of a sink in your outdoor kitchen may not seem like the most obvious luxury, but it’s a convenience that many don’t consider when designing their space. Having an outdoor sink with hot and cold taps will help with the cleaning of dishes as well as barbecue clean up, and perfect for quickly cleaning up any food or drink spillages without having to venture inside for cleaning supplies or access to water. You might also like to include a small bar fridge to store drinks, or a small wine fridge that’s perfect for keeping beverages cool prior to a function without taking up room in your main fridge inside. There’s also the added benefit of having cold drinks readily available if guests drop in unexpectedly.
When it comes to indoor/outdoor living, including a well appointed outdoor kitchen in your new home’s alfresco area is a must-have for entertaining. With a carefully considered layout and some convenient inclusions, you’ll have a space that encourages more family meal time outside during the warmer months as well as the perfect space to entertain friends at a moment’s notice. To see more home design ideas, head to the Hotondo Homes website today.
When you’re ready to build your new home, choosing a home design that will suit your family throughout many stages of life is the most important choice you’ll make. One of the decisions you’ll need to make is whether you opt for a single or double storey home. Both designs have a number of pros and cons, from lifestyle to budget there are a number of aspects that need to be taken into account. It can be a difficult decision to make, so we’ve got a quick summary of the advantages and disadvantages of single and double storey homes designs.
It’s no secret that double storey homes have a higher construction cost than single storey homes, purely because of the additional storey being built. However, one of the benefits to building a double storey home is that they can often be situated on smaller blocks of land than single storey homes, so while construction costs can be higher, the cost of the land you’re purchasing may actually be less than that of land required for a single storey home.
The cost of heating a cooling will vary between single and double storey homes and is something to consider when choosing a home design. Single storey homes are easier to heat and cool at the same time because each room is on the same level. Double storey homes will have a more varied temperature between floors, meaning you may need to install separate heating and cooling systems on each level, which is an added cost you will need to factor in to your budget at the time of building, and something to consider for your yearly utilities budget.
While single storey homes are obviously smaller than double storey designs, the use of space can be much more efficient. With a family-friendly layout all on one level, you’ll find that every corner of the home is utilised to its full potential with clever study nooks and conveniently placed storage filling the home to ensure no space is left unused. There’s also the benefit of not having a staircase, which means that floorspace isn’t being taken up and rendered an unliveable space, so you can include an additional living room, media room, or extra bedroom. However, because single storey homes often take up more land you may have to compromise on the size of your backyard to allow for a spacious home.
Double storey home designs are often bigger and can offer your family a lot more space not only inside the home, but on your land. These floor plans allow for a clearer separation of living space and bedrooms, often providing a much more generous allowance of space. This means that open-plan kitchen/living/dining areas can be more spacious when the entry level of the home is dedicated to everyday living, and bedrooms can be located upstairs, making them larger because of the additional storey. You might also find your double storey home design allows for additional rooms, such as a private study, or media room, as well as an extra rumpus room upstairs for the kids, giving the entire family enough room to spend time together and comfortably apart when needed.
Single storey homes are a perfect choice for young families, with home designs that situate everything on one level. Having your kitchen and common family areas located close to the bedrooms you’ll find it much easier to keep an eye on small children in a single storey home. You’ll also find that often the bedrooms are located close to one another, making night time feeds and cuddles a lot easier to manage because there’s less floor to travel to get there. The lack of stairs also removes a safety hazard for little children, giving you peace of mind during the baby and toddler years in your home.
However, if you have children who are heading into their teenage years, you might decide a double storey home is the perfect design for you. As kids get older and want a little more space and privacy, double storey floor plans offer more separation between living spaces and bedrooms. The master suite is often located on the ground floor creating a sanctuary for parents, while the kids’ rooms are upstairs nestled around a rumpus room they can enjoy with their friends. These home designs are often the perfect solution for families looking for additional space for their older children while still maintaining an open-plan living layout downstairs so your family can still spend time together on a daily basis.
While there are many good things about both single and double storey home designs, it’s a decision that needs to be made based on the suitability for your family, your overall lifestyle now and in the future, and your budget. To view our range of flexible single and double storey floor plans, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
A duplex is a dwelling on one block of land with two separate living quarters and totally separate entrances that can cater for two sets of occupants. Building a duplex can be a great investment for home owners and landlords, so no matter what stage of life you’re in there are so many benefits and potential profits to be had when building a duplex!
If you’re a first home buyer looking for your first home, why not consider building a duplex? You’ll have a home to live in on one side, and another home to rent out, creating a stream of income to help you pay off your mortgage, while still enjoying living in your own beautifully built first home. The rental income from the second dwelling will significantly reduce the financial strain and save you the hassle of having roommates in your own home!
Many duplex designs will fit on a narrow block, so you can fit two homes on one piece of land and get double the return. If you’re looking for a great investment property, building a duplex will give you two separate homes in one spot you can rent out or sell, creating a double stream of income. In the future you’ll be able to choose whether to continue renting out each dwelling, or choose to live in one yourself, while still benefitting from the additional income the rental dwelling provides.
Once your kids grow up and move out it can feel like you’re not utilising all the space in your family home anymore, and you may decide it’s time to downsize to a smaller house. Building a duplex will give you enough space to enjoy a contemporary open-plan home to welcome the family and visitors anytime, while providing you with a rental property on the other side to contribute towards your retirement nest egg with additional income you can use later in life.
If you have family members who require a little more care and attention but aren’t quite ready for assisted living facilities, a duplex is the perfect alternative! Each family will have their own separate living space, but you’ll be neighbours, so the opportunity to check in daily and help out will be a beneficial convenience for both parties. When help is needed, you’re right there to assist, and with young families living next door to grandparents who are still able to lend a hand with childcare, the burden is eased on working parents.
Building a duplex gives you so many opportunities for additional streams of income, investment properties and family living arrangements. Our new Elwood duplex designs offer the perfect combination of features to enhance every day living! With different floor plans to choose from, there’s an Elwood design to suit every family, need, lifestyle, and budget! The beauty and practicality of the Elwood not only lies in its design, but also in its possibilities with the ability to mix and match any of the Elwood floor plans to create your ideal duplex! Head over to the Hotondo Homes website today to find out more about our duplex design range.
As your family grows and kids get older, sometimes space inside the home can feel like it’s full to overflowing, especially when friends come over and add to the number of people inside. One way to add additional liveable space to your home without undertaking a costly extension is to convert your garage! It’s a great way to provide more room to your home design, while still offering independent space without changing the structure and existing floor plan. We’ve got a range of tips and ideas to help you create a living space to suit your family’s lifestyle!
The first thing you’ll need to add will be proper insulation, plastering to walls and ceiling, flooring, overhead lighting, and waterproofing, the latter being particularly important if you’re adding a sink or small ensuite. These things may seem costly, but will go the distance in ensuring the space is liveable and able to be utilised for years to come as a comfortable, weather-proof space. You may also need to install additional power outlets to allow for media devices, soft lighting and small appliances like fridges and heating or cooling. These things will all transform the space from an oil-stained, grimy garage to an inviting room.
Converting a garage to a bedroom is one of the most popular uses of the space. As children age into their late teen years, and continue to live at home with their parents into adulthood, being able to have a space to call their own is invaluable. Laying plush carpet to keep the space warm in winter, painting the walls a light neutral colour to make the room feel bigger, and adding window dressings will elevate the space to a cosy, welcoming bedroom. If you have space to install some simple shelving or a compact wardrobe system the room will be truly functional as a bedroom. Once your offspring leave the family home, the space can be used for an older family member who’s not quite ready to give up their independence. Another option would be to use it as a room for rent, creating a stream of income while still allowing both the tenant and the home owner privacy.
While many new home designs offer a study nook or semi-private study zone inside, as children get older and need more room, desk space is at a premium! If one or both parents run their own business or work from home a majority of the time, you may find there’s just not enough room for everyone to work comfortably, so additional study or office space is required. Converting your garage to an office will ease the load inside, and create a place of quiet solitude for study or work. Add built-in shelving and cabinetry, a desk that spans the length of one wall to create enough space for people to work simultaneously, and even a small couch and coffee table for client meetings. You’ll have an office space that looks professional and encourages a quiet, studious atmosphere for a variety of members of the family.
If your home design is a compact one and you only have one living space, converting your garage to a media room will give your family the chance to relax without feeling crowded. Your older teens may benefit from having a separate space where they can chill out with friends, play music in, or hold a movie night without disturbing parents or younger siblings. You may like to include sound proofing in the early stages of the conversion to ensure neighbours aren’t bothered by music or TV noise, and add thick carpeting and heavy curtains to further muffle sound. Installing a large TV, a modular couch, and a coffee table, as well as a small cupboard for snacks, a bar fridge and even a small sink area will make this the ideal set up for relaxing with friends!
Whenever you’re adding additional rooms to your home or undertaking a renovation of an existing space remember to contact your local council to check if you need to gain permits or approval before going ahead with any changes. If done correctly, a garage conversion can be a fantastic benefit to your home and family’s lifestyle! For more home design ideas and inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
No, you’re not seeing double! We’re having such a huge year that we’ve got even more new display homes to show you! These designs are versatile, luxurious, and perfect for family lifestyles, no matter what stage of life your family is in. Take a look at these beautifully built displays, one of these could be your dream home!
From our Forever Oasis range, the Lumina 312, built by Hotondo Homes in Albury and Wodonga is a stunning and enlightening design that truly articulates what the modern family needs. A spacious entry greets you, then flows through to the large master suite at the front of the home. You’ll then find a large private study as you walk through to the open-plan kitchen and dining area. There’s a truly remarkable full butler’s pantry, connecting to the laundry and a spacious linen cupboard, while also providing access to the double garage. This home also has an immense living area next to the kitchen and dining zones, both connecting to an alfresco for true indoor/outdoor living. The additional three bedrooms are tucked away down the left side of the home, as well as a separate lounge room that can double as a fifth bedroom or media room, ensuring exclusive spaces for the entire family. Visit our website to take a 3D tour today, or see this home in person at Woolshed Estate in Thurgoona.
Built by Hotondo Homes in Caboolture, the Marcoola 209 presents versatility for families of any age and size. This four bedroom home has a perfectly designed open-plan area in the centre of the home, with a master suite located at the front of the house, complete with an ensuite and walk-in-robe. A separate living room and three additional bedrooms are nestled around the open-plan area, with both the family zone and living room connecting to the alfresco, making this the perfect home for families who love entertaining! Visit this home at the Riverbank Estate in Caboolture, or head to our website to find out more about this design.
Hotondo Homes Inverloch recently opened this stunning Hamptons style home that offers a well thought out design in a family friendly layout. A generous master suite is located at the front of the home, with a walk-in-robe and ensuite for total privacy. A private living room follows allowing for more formal entertaining, and you’ll then discover the generous open-plan kitchen/living/dining area, including a walk-in-pantry with lots of storage space. On the left side of the home is the family bathroom and three additional bedrooms, each with a built-in-robe, and there’s an alfresco directly connected to the dining area for meals and entertaining. With clever nooks for your TV, computer and extra storage, your family will have all the space it needs! Take a virtual tour of this home at our website, or visit the Parklands Estate in Inverloch to experience it in person.
With plenty of space for everyone, the Yering 248 ALT is the ideal acreage design! Hotondo Homes in Bathurst and Orange have painstakingly built a home that’s perfectly designed to suit larger blocks of land and growing families. There are three spacious living areas, so everyone is guaranteed to have their own space to relax in, a master suite with ensuite and a walk-in-robe, and three additional bedrooms located close by, perfect for families with little ones. The kitchen has a huge butler’s pantry behind it, and the dining area connects to the alfresco, ensuring you’ll be able to use the space year round! See this amazing home in person at the Paterson Garden Estate in Orange, or get a feel for the floor plan at our website using our 3D Explore tool.
With thirty-nine display homes currently open to the public, and more set to open in the second half of 2019, there’s sure to be a home design that you love! We also have over ninety flexible floor plans to choose from, so head over to the Hotondo Homes website, take a look at all our beautiful display homes, find a builder local to you and start your building journey today!
It’s been a huge year for Hotondo Homes so far, with a number of new display homes opening during the first six months of 2019, and we wanted to showcase our versatile and stylish designs for anyone currently looking for that perfect new home to build!
Hotondo Gympie have built this beautiful home with big features that will delight and charm any family! The Cooloola 208 makes coming home feel like a holiday, every day, especially with a layout that places the master suite at the front of the home, creating a sanctuary for parents. There’s a private living room opposite the master for more formal entertaining, and the open-plan kitchen/living/dining area is located centrally as the heart of the home. Three additional bedrooms and an alfresco complete this lovely home, making it perfect for every day family life. Make sure you visit this home in person, or head over to our website to take a 3D tour today.
Combining modern design and luxury features, the Dakota 316 from Hotondo Homes in Wagga Wagga is the ideal family home! With three living spaces, including a separate living room at the front of the home, a rumpus room for the kids in the centre of the home, and open-plan kitchen/living/dining zone that flows out to the alfresco, entertaining is a breeze with this spacious layout. A walk-in-pantry and a roomy linen cupboard provide generous storage, and there’s a private study perfect for working from home or the kids’ homework. With a master suite that includes two walk-in-robes and a huge ensuite, parents will love the peace and quiet, especially with the three additional bedrooms located at the rear of the home for the kids. To see this stunning home in person, make sure you visit the Estella Rise Estate today, or take a 3D tour on our website.
Hotondo Homes in Coomera and Pimpama have built one of our most popular designs as a superb Hamptons inspired Erskine 225 in Coomera. This design has been adapted to suit a narrow block of land, making it suitable for many smaller sized lots. Standout features of the home include the versatile separate lounge room and large open-plan kitchen/living/dining area complete with a huge walk-in-pantry all located at the rear of the home and directly connected to the alfresco. All four bedrooms line the right side of the home, creating separation between the living and sleeping zones, with a master suite that includes a walk-in-robe adjoining the ensuite. Take a 3D tour of this home today, or make sure you come and visit it in person!
With simplicity in mind, our first Jaxton 261 display home from Hotondo Homes Toowoomba takes the traditional double storey home to new heights! The ground floor of this home focuses on every day family life, with a living room welcoming you upon entry. At the rear of the home is the spacious open-plan kitchen/living/dining area with walk-in-pantry, plus an alfresco that’s perfect for entertaining. Head upstairs and you’ll find a generous rumpus area for the whole family to enjoy, three bedrooms for the kids, and a master suite complete with a walk-through-robe that connects you to the stunning ensuite. To view this home in person, pop in to The Avenues of Highfields Estate today, or visit our website and take a 3D tour.
With plenty of space for everyone, the Yering 248 is the ideal home for acreages and wide blocks. Built by Hotondo Homes in Bendigo, this is a four bedroom home complete with all the features perfect for the hustle and bustle of family life. Your family will love having their own space, as well as enjoying time together in the open-plan kitchen and dining area, the connected living space, or in the more formal separate living room. The master suite is cleverly situated at the opposite end of the home to the rest of the bedrooms, creating a true parents’ retreat, while the kids’ rooms are nestled around a rumpus room perfect for chilling out with friends. There’s a spacious study nook for all that household admin, and a large alfresco that connects seamlessly to the dining space for indoor/outdoor living. Visit this display in Strathfieldsaye today, or take a 3D tour of the floor plan from the comfort of your own home!
If you’re looking for the perfect home design, make sure you visit one of our gorgeous display homes that are open to the public. We have 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 exquisite craftsmanship. If you don’t live near one of our display homes, don’t worry! You can take a virtual tour of all of our display homes using our 3D Explore Tool. For more floor plans and home design inspiration, as well as finding a builder local to you, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Hotondo Homes builders understand that land comes in many shapes and sizes, and that often land can have quite a slope on it, making it more challenging to build on. Rather than seeing a sloping block as a negative feature of the land, our builders aim to make the most out of your land by taking advantage of its orientation to maximise as much as they can when building your dream home.
Whether your block slopes from front to back, side to side, or is simply an awkward shape, our builders work with the orientation of the block to maximise sunlight and take advantage of sweeping views. Finding a home design that not only suits the land to emphasise the views as well as having a floor plan that suits your family’s lifestyle is something our builders specialise in to ensure you can enjoy your home for years to come.
Our builders see sloping blocks as a welcome challenge to create a home you truly love as well as an opportunity to maximise the space in your home. They will work closely with you to build a home that incorporates your individual needs, while highlighting the block’s view and aspect. They can include clever design features such as additional storage, a second living area, teenager’s retreat or a perfectly placed car port that utilises the slope.
Our builders will ensure the structural integrity and longevity of your home by offering a number of different foundation options, including split level concrete and stump options to accommodate varying degrees of upslope and downslope blocks. They will also inspect your block to ensure they are making the best use of the shape and the fall of the land, as well as assessing whether there are any problems that need addressing. This enables them to provide you with a solution that is within your budget so that you get the best out of your land. Our builders will also facilitate the entire building process, from site inspection to obtaining the appropriate council plans and permits.
As well as assisting you with finding a suitable home design, our builders can modify the design to suit the sloping land. Our builders will work to design a home that maximises the space available on both the flat and sloping aspects of the land. Building a home with a reverse living floorplan to create the central living areas on one level to enhance the views of the landscape, while positioning the bedrooms and main bathroom on the ground floor, along with an additional living area or rumpus room is one solution for sloping blocks. Alternatively, you may choose a split level design, which has the kitchen and open-plan areas situated on a different level to the bedrooms, master suite and living areas, which also works well with land that slopes.
Building your new home on a sloping block is a welcome challenge our builders are ready to assist you with by finding a cost-effective solution that works with your budget and suits your lifestyle. With experience in finding a sloping block’s potential, our team of builders have a range of flexible floorplans to suit even the most challenging block of land for you to choose from to build your dream home. For sloping block home design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
If you’ve decided to build your own home but your block of land presents a bit of challenge due to the land sloping, finding a suitable home design can be difficult. Sloping blocks can be time-consuming, impractical and costly to excavate. Slab homes dug into a slope can often result in steep driveways, large retaining walls and an unattractive façade. Hotondo Homes has a range of split level homes that have been carefully designed to help clients build homes that fully utilise the land. These homes usually have two or three short flights of stairs and can have up to four levels, and there are lots of benefits to building a split level home designed to suit your block of land perfectly!
A split level home takes full advantage of all the space available on your land. Just like a double storey, the ability to build up means you can have a larger backyard without having to compromise on the size of your home. Whether your block of land falls to the front, or to the back, building a home with multiple levels means you can still enjoy open-plan living in common areas, while still separating spaces for privacy at different levels throughout the home.
If your block of land has a significant slope, it can become quite costly to cut it to the requirements needed for a regular home. Unforeseen issues like poor soil or large rocks can increase your site costs too, meaning it can turn into a very expensive exercise. A split level home design like the Hillgrove 246 works to maximise the space available to build on, preventing the need for large scale excavations to make the land completely level.
Split level designs are unique and beautiful homes, and can be great for families who are looking for something a little bit different. A split level home can be designed with the bedrooms located on one floor and the living space on another level to help create distinct zones, like the spacious Killalea 298 design, which provides a desirable layout for many family dynamics.
Homes that offer picturesque surroundings can also benefit from a split level home. They can be designed to take full advantage of the land to help maximise the views, and can be specifically tailored to suit your land. Split level homes can also flip their layout to create a reverse living home design, such as the Kalara 253 ALT, which features the bedrooms and a living area on the ground floor, and the kitchen, living and dining zones on the upper level to maximise the views.
Hotondo Homes’ split level range of home designs offer versatility, functionality, and beautiful homes with no compromise on space and style to cater to different lifestyles and locations. Our Hillgrove, Kalara, and Killalea ranges all offer solutions to suit the natural slope of the land while cleverly utilising space, energy efficiency and sunlight as well as accentuating views.
Visit the Hotondo Homes website to view the full range of split level designs today.
Carmen and her husband, Jared recently received the keys to their brand new Hotondo Home on the Central Coast in NSW and they couldn’t be happier with their stunning industrial/Scandi style home. We chatted to first time home builder Carmen about her experience building with Jon and Lyndsey Clarke on the Central Coast, and we also received some insight from Jon about how the build went.
Carmen and Jared have a close friend who built with Hotondo Homes Central Coast last year, and couldn’t speak highly enough of the team! “She told us how easy the build process was, and how accommodating they were, which we liked,” said Carmen. She also said they really love that Central Coast use local trades throughout their builds, supporting the local economy. “They were also really accommodating when there were a couple of changes during the build. They listened to what we wanted and made the necessary adjustments, which was great!”
Carmen and Jared had a specific plan in mind, and when they sat down with Jon, he was able to walk them through the Hotondo design that best suited their requirements. “They ended up with a modified Lorne, with inspiration taken from the Hotham floor plan, and the Bellarine façade with a skillion roof was used,” Jon said. Carmen told us that although they had a particular floor plan they liked, sitting down with Jon to look at Hotondo floor plans helped guide the direction of their build. Carmen and Jared’s requirements included open-plan living downstairs on one level, stacker doors leading to an alfresco to create indoor/outdoor living, and all the bedrooms upstairs, creating one sleeping quarter for their young family.
When it came to choosing their colours, Carmen had a very specific vision for an industrial feel with elements of Scandi style, and visualising the colour palette with the team was really beneficial. “They really know their stuff, and were so knowledgeable across all the areas of the home. It’s another reason we loved building with Hotondo – you don’t need to lock in your colour selections until a bit later in the process, which allowed us to change a few things,” Carmen said. “A lot of other builders we knew of required all of that stuff to be locked in straight away, which doesn’t allow clients to change their mind later on.”
Jon told us there was a lot of rain at the beginning of the build, so much so that they struggled to find a dry day to pour the slab. Carmen and her family were overseas at this time, during which there was about six weeks of steady rain. Upon their return home, however, Carmen told us the team had accomplished so much, more so than they had expected given the wet weather they’d been hearing about! Carmen’s interior design vision meant there were a few requests that weren’t standard as part of the build, so Jon had their carpenter build some custom vanities to create a cohesive theme throughout the home.
“The guys were so easy to work with,” Carmen said. “They accommodated our vision as much as possible, and when something wasn’t going to work, they offered solutions that still suited our floor plan.” Jon told us that Carmen and Jared wanted Blackbutt as a feature throughout the home, and they were able to include it in the floors, custom vanity tops, and floating shelves in the butler’s pantry. Carmen originally wanted a concrete staircase, but ultimately it wasn’t cost effective, so she compromised with a pool out the back instead, saying “it’s somewhere we can create lots of memories, so I’m okay with it!” Jon was able to offer up the solution of a beautiful custom staircase balustrade feature screen, which makes a stunning statement in the home.
Congratulations Carmen and Jared! We know you’ll just love living in your new Hotondo Home as much as the Central Coast team loved building it, and we’re sure you’ll love creating memories that are better than you ever imagined! You can view more images from Carmen and Jared’s building journey over on their Instagram page. If you’re looking for a local builder for your new home, head to the Hotondo Homes website and search for a builder in your area today.
Our latest campaign hit TV screens in January and we’d love to show you what inspired the story behind ‘The Drawing’ and why we love this campaign!
We spoke to customers to find our what their home owner journey is, and what their process is when deciding which building company to use for their dream home. We listened to what they had to say and used their insights to see how we can connect with customers on an emotional level and better our experience with them. We asked customers to draw their dream home, and the results were surprising! Instead of focusing on the look of the home and its features, they really illustrated the importance of the people in their home – their partners, their children, and even their pets! This conveyed beautifully what makes a house a home, and we used their collective vision of a dream home as the basis of this campaign.
Framing the tv ad around the idea that Jack’s mum saved his childhood drawing helped us create an ad that connects to customers on an intensely personal level. Everyone can relate to having childhood items saved for them by their parents, and as they get married and start their own families they understand the sentimental aspect of saving their own children’s artwork. We even spoke to some of our own builders to find out what they’ve been carefully saving for their children! Our builders also loved seeing the journey of Jack’s dream home come to life, and noted that every parent loves seeing their children achieve their goals. No matter how old a child is, a parent will always be watching and cheering them on, and this is one of the key messages of the campaign.
We chose the Erskine display as the location because it perfectly showcases the functionality of open-plan space in a family home. The home has all the space the family needs for privacy, but also features an area that allows the family to be in close proximity to each other throughout the day. The home’s design creates a light, bright atmosphere no matter which angle you look at it from thanks to the large windows in the open-plan space. The layout of the home’s open-plan and alfresco areas allowed us to effectively show how Jack’s dream home went from his imagination to real life and all the joy that accompanies his achievement. We were able to illustrate how much emotion and pride goes into achieving the dream of owning your own home, and seeing your own children benefit from your dream.
You can head over to our website to see lots of great behind the scenes photos, more in-depth interviews about the inspiration behind the concept, and interviews with Hotondo staff, our builders, and the cast. We’re also running a colouring competition for children aged up to seven years old. We want your child to draw their dream home and send it in to us to go in the running to win one of our weekly or monthly prizes, so tell your kids to get creative and start drawing!