With the Federal Government’s newly announced $25,000 HomeBuilder stimulus, this is the perfect time to build a new home to suit your lifestyle! There are plenty of reasons to upsize or downsize your home as you move through life. Your requirements for a home will change depending on your family, financial situation and your overall lifestyle. Building a new home, whether it’s in the same location you’ve always loved, or in a new region is a big decision to make, and we’ve got a quick rundown on what you should take into consideration.

Reasons to Downsize

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A smaller home can mean you might move to a duplex or townhouse, which brings with it a much smaller home clean. You’ll also have a reduced garden to care for, meaning you can enjoy your days outside in the garden without feeling like it’s a never-ending task you can’t stay on top of! Downsizing means less maintenance inside and outside, giving you the time to relax and enjoy life instead of constantly trying to keep up with your to-do list around the home.

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There are a wealth of options for those wanting to build their dream home on a more modest scale. A three bedroom home, such as the ones in our Forever Retreat range of designs offer the modern open-plan living you know and love on a reduced scale, still giving you the space you need without feeling overwhelming. Alternatively, you might like to think about building a duplex and renting out one side as an investment, while you live in the other one, providing you with an income long after you’ve retired.

From July 2018, people aged sixty-five years and over who have owned their home for more than ten years can sell it and contribute up to $300,0000 of the sale proceeds towards their superannuation. It’s worth noting that if you’re part of a couple, both parties can contribute to their nest egg, meaning you’ll have a little more money put away for so you can enjoy your golden years! As always, chat to your financial advisor to find out how you can take advantage of this option.

Downsizing from a big family home can seem like a daunting thought. However, making the decision to do so brings with it the opportunity to simplify and reinvigorate your life in a new home with streamlined belongings, no compromise on space, and a new lease on life with a reduced amount of home maintenance.

Reasons to Upsize

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A growing family will need more living space as children get older, which is the perfect opportunity to upsize your home. Similarly, families who are growing in size due to elderly family members moving in for increased care means more bedrooms and living space will may be required.

As you progress in your career, you may find that you can afford a larger home, or a home situated in a more expensive area, and you may be able to use the equity you’ve grown in your current home to purchase your next home. While only a certain portion of the equity can be used, it’s ideal for growing your real estate portfolio and building a bigger home for your family to enjoy.

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As your family grows you may find that metropolitan living isn’t suitable and you’d like your kids to experience life in a coastal or country town as they grow up and you also want to add a few pets to to the mix! With wider blocks of land allowing for larger home designs, you may find relocating to another region presents you with the perfect opportunity to build that acreage home you always wanted with plenty of space outside for kids to run around in and pets to enjoy.

Depending on your family’s stage of life, deciding to build a new home to suit your lifestyle will often be hugely beneficial in the long run. While the decision to build a new home can be daunting initially the opportunity to simplify your life when you downsize or enjoy an increased amount of space in a larger home is well worth considering. To view a range of homes to suit your needs, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

We’re already halfway through the year and we’ve been as busy as ever at Hotondo Homes opening five new display homes across Queensland and New South Wales! With a focus on designs that are perfect for a variety of different family sizes and lifestyles, these homes are cleverly designed and beautifully styled to appeal to a broad range of tastes. If you’re ready to start your home building journey, take a look at these new display homes to see if one of them is your dream home!

Tarkine 238

Tarkine 238 display home
Built by Hotondo Homes Jimboomba, the Tarkine 238 is a home that’s perfect for families of all ages! With an open-plan kitchen, family and dining area, complete with a neatly tucked away study and alfresco. The kitchen is a standout feature of the home with a large walk-through-pantry and plenty of bench space. The home has a private living room, which you could use as a sitting room, home theatre or rumpus, depending on your family’s requirements. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms and double car garage round off this great family home. Take a 3D tour of this home today.

Hillgrove 234

Hillgrove 234 display home
Hotondo Homes in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie built this beautiful split level Hillgrove 234, which is a unique design that spans multiple levels. Cleverly zoned, the master bedroom is located on the entry level for privacy, while the kitchen, living and dining are on the lower floor and remaining bedrooms and the rumpus are on the upper floor. The master bedroom features a walk-through-robe that leads through to the ensuite. The kitchen, living and dining area is an expansive space which also includes its own powder room. The bedrooms all surround a versatile rumpus space, perfect for a family with children. The Hillgrove 234 is also available in an alternate design, with the living area on the upper level and the bedrooms on the lower level. See more of this clever design, including its unique floor plan at our website.

Monroe 287

Monroe 287 display home
This lavish and luxurious Monroe 287 display home is from the team at Hotondo Homes Wagga Wagga and sets a new standard of indulgent living. This home provides all the comforts of a traditional home design with a number of luxuries and trimmings. A grand inset entryway invites you into this breathtaking home, and the central hallway provides access to all the bedrooms strategically lining the left side of the home for privacy. The heart of the home features the showstopping open-plan kitchen overlooking the dining and family area and opens directly out to the alfresco. A clever design element to minimise household clutter and maximise space is the unique hidden walk-in pantry, and tucked out of sight is the laundry and study. At the very centre of the home you will find double doors leading into the master suite, which boasts a walk-in-robe and a luxurious ensuite complete with bath and double basins. With the addition of a living room that can be used as a home theatre and a roomy double garage, the Monroe 287 exudes luxury and comfort. See it for yourself when you take a 3D tour today.

Marcoola 269

Marcoola 269 display home
The Marcoola 269 presents versatility that’s ideal for families of any age, and Hotondo Homes in Griffith and Leeton have delivered this in spades with their new display home! The Marcoola 269 is the perfect home for a family of any size, containing four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double car garage. The centre of the home boasts a large open-plan kitchen, dining and family area, which opens up to the alfresco. From here you either walk through to three bedrooms or past the study nook and into the versatile rumpus room. The master suite is located at the front of the home and features a large walk-in-robe and ensuite. Learn more about the versatile Marcoola at our website.

Jamieson 286

Jamieson 286 Display home
Hotondo Homes Southern Highlands have built a stunning Jamieson 286 featuring plenty of space for the entire family. The modern features of the Jamieson 286 make it ideal for a large family. This home boasts four bedrooms an open-plan kitchen, dining and family area as the central hub, as well as a home theatre, semi-private study, second living room for formal entertaining, an alfresco and double car garage. The large master suite provides a space for parents to relax, featuring a walk-through-robe that leads to a spacious ensuite. See more of this practical and functional design when you take a 3D tour today.

Head over to the Hotondo Homes website to browse our range of thirty-nine superb display homes, where you can learn more about each display, view the floor plan, and take a 3D tour to get a feel for each design all from the comfort of your own home!

The Federal Government has announced it will give eligible Australians $25,000 to build a new home with its new HomeBuilder stimulus scheme. This is a win for first home buyers and those wanting to build their own home, and we’ve got a quick run-down on what the scheme entails and who is eligible!

What is the HomeBuilder Grant?

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The Federal Government will give $25,000 grants to owner-occupiers to spend on the construction of new homes when they enter in to a building contract over a timeframe of six months. The scheme is designed to help both first home buyers enter the property market sooner and those looking at constructing a new home to live in, as well as help those affected by the recent bushfires rebuild in their local community.

Who is Eligible for the HomeBuilder Grant?

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• The grant is available to Australian citizens aged 18 years or older.
• Owner-occupiers will be required to spend at least $150,000 of their own money on a newly constructed home before being eligible to receive the $25,000 grant.
• Owner-occupiers are not required to be first home buyers to receive the grant.
• The construction of the new home will be capped at a value of $750,000, including the land.
• The grant will also be means tested: individuals earning over $125,000 per year and couples earning a combined $200,000 per year will be excluded.
• The scheme does not apply to investment properties or to owners who intend to build a home on their own without the help of builders.
• All eligible builders must have been licenced or registered before the Government’s announcement of the scheme.
• Contracts to build a home must be entered in to between June 4, 2020 and December 31, 2020 for owners to be eligible to receive the grant.
• Building work must commence within three months of the contract being signed.
• The HomeBuilder Grant will complement the existing first home owner grant programs in each state and territory, along with any stamp duty concessions and other grant schemes that are available to home owners.
• The HomeBuilder Grant will also be available to anyone accessing the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme for a new home.
• The Grant will be administered by your state or territory’s revenue office.

First Home Buyer Resources

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We know what an exciting milestone building a new home is, and even though it may seem daunting, at Hotondo Homes we’ve put together a wealth of resources to assist you with all your planning. Our website features information about the First Home Owner Grants in each state so you can see exactly what you’re eligible to receive. We also have a suite of eight calculators to help you understand things like your borrowing power, how much your loan repayments will be, a loan comparison calculator, a stamp duty calculator, plus much more.

Home Designs

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Hotondo Homes is ready to get you started on your journey towards home ownership, and our builders will work with you through each stage of your building process starting with finding the perfect design that suits your budget. Our range of Forever Retreat homes is perfect for first home buyers wanting to build their first home and includes new Cypress and Elsie design ranges just released, while our Forever Sanctuary and Forever Oasis ranges feature larger homes for growing families.

With the announcement of the HomeBuilder Grant there’s never been a better time to build your new home. Whether you’re a first home buyer, a family looking to upsize, or you’re downsizing to enjoy your retirement, Hotondo Homes has a range of home designs to suit your lifestyle. Visit our website today for more information and home inspiration today.

Hotondo Homes is not a registered financial advisory and therefore we recommend you speak to your financial advisor or mortgage broker to receive expert advice before entering into a real estate contract of sale.

With children tending to live at home with their parents for longer as well as an increasingly ageing population, and family units with unique circumstances many people are turning to multi-generational homes as a solution to comfortably housing large family groups for a longer period of time. If you’re curious about what these new home solutions may look like, we’ve got a quick summary for you!

Why Build a Multigenerational Home?

You may have ageing family members who require a little more care, your adult children aren’t able to purchase their own home yet, or perhaps you have parents who want to help out with the grandkids on a regular basis. A multigenerational home is the perfect solution; each family member has their own separate space, but you’ll still be living in together so the opportunity to check in daily and help out will be a beneficial convenience for all parties.

Things to Consider

When you’re thinking about what your multigenerational home might look like there are some important things to consider. Would you prefer separate homes on the same block or would you like one larger home with separate living quarters? Is open-plan living the best option, or would you like more defined, separate living areas so everyone can have their own private space to relax in? Would you like separate entries to the home or perhaps you’d like a home with multiple ensuites to allow for more separation between family groups. Whatever your requirements, there are a range of suitable solutions that will work for you and your family.

Building a Duplex

If you have family members who need a higher level of attention but aren’t quite ready for assisted living facilities a duplex is the perfect alternative, such as our Elwood and Aon designs. Each family will have their own separate living space and independence, but you’ll be neighbours so you can visit them daily while still maintaining a level of privacy and separation. When help is needed, you’re right there to assist, and for young families living next door to grandparents who are still able to lend a hand with childcare, the burden is eased on working parents. You may like to build a duplex with your older children, easing the financial burden as the building cost is shared between two parties, which gives you the chance to downsize and provides your kids with the opportunity to own their first home sooner.

Split Level Homes

A split level home takes full advantage of all the space available on your land and is a cost-effective way to build a multigenerational home while still enjoying the benefits of a backyard and a spacious home design. Split level homes are a great option for families who still want to live under one roof while still enjoying their own space on different floors within the home. For example, the open-plan kitchen, living and dining areas often serve as a common area for the household, with bedrooms located on different levels, multiple bathrooms and ensuites as seen in our Hillgrove, Kalara and Killalea home designs, and an additional living area located near the bedrooms to allow for another separate zone for family members to enjoy.

Acreage Homes

Acreage homes are perfect for larger blocks of land often found in regional areas. They also have the added benefit of being a single storey home, removing the need for stairs, which can prove to be a challenge for older family members, or those with mobility issues. Acreage designs often have wider hallways, big open spaces and even separate family wings, allowing family members to feel a little more separate from each other without being too far away. Home designs like our Alden, Lansdowne, Stockton and Yering are all designed to suit wide blocks and feature spacious bedrooms, multiple living spaces, and plenty of space in common areas to allow for larger family groups to use them comfortably at the same time.

Multigenerational living can be a wonderful solution for families with unique needs and different lifestyles. With a range of options available, you’re sure to find a home design that will suit your family’s needs, so head over to the Hotondo Homes website to look at possible solutions today.

If you’re looking to build your first home, finding the right home design is such an important decision. With so many floor plans to choose from, it can feel overwhelming having to narrow your choice down to just one home design. At Hotondo Homes we love helping first home buyers find their perfect first home, and our Forever Retreat range is the perfect starting point. By working out your must-haves and considering various block sizes in a floor plan, you’ll be able to choose a design that’s the ideal first house you can turn into a home with your family.

Block Size

First Home Buyers
The size of your land will determine what size home you can build. Often first home buyers may gravitate towards a smaller block, often one that’s subdivided for the sake of affordability. This means you’ll need to find a home design that’s on the modest side, and possibly even one that’s narrower to fit two homes side-by-side on the land, such as the Aon home design range. This floor plan is longer rather than wider, with three bedrooms situated throughout the home and open-plan kitchen, living and dining at the rear of the home. Depending on your block, this modest and practical design is available in three different sizes making it the perfect first home. Explore it today using our Virtual Retreat tool to get a feel for this unique design.

Growing Families

First Home Buyer
If you’re thinking about starting a family sometime in the near future, as a first home buyer you’ll benefit from considering a slightly more spacious home design. A floor plan that allows for more generous open-plan living and having the option of extra living space that can be turned into an additional bedroom in the future will give you enough space now and room to grow later on so that you don’t need to upsize in just a few short years. A home design like the Tallis 196 is an ideal first home because it has room for your family to grow with great features like a walk-in-pantry in the kitchen, four bedrooms, a separate living room, plus an alfresco for that all-important outdoor time that kids need! You can explore this home anytime, anywhere using our Virtual Retreat tool.

Double Storey Dreams

First Home Buyer
A double storey home may be worth considering if you’re a first home buyer who already has a family that requires a bit more space. A double storey home will provide your already growing family with enough space on the ground floor for everyday family life in the open-plan kitchen, living and dining areas, plus many double storey designs include a study space that’s perfect for the kids, while upstairs is devoted to spacious bedrooms, as seen in the Paragon 199. A modest double storey home will give your family the space it needs now and in the future while still feeling cosy. With a variety of sizes available, you’re sure to find a double storey home that has enough room for all of you without being enormous and blowing the budget. You can take a tour of the Paragon 199 using our Virtual Retreat tool to get a feel for this terrific floor plan from the comfort of your couch today.

Being a first home buyer is an exciting time, but it can also be quite overwhelming. Once you have your finances in order and you’re ready to start the search for the perfect first home, it can be challenging to know which design to choose. By working closely with your builder to look at all the home designs available as you think about how they might suit your lifestyle now and in the years to come, you’re sure to find a first home you’ll love. For more first home buyer information and to browse our range of Forever Retreat designs, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

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!

The Perfect Design

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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.”

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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!”

A Client and An Employee

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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.”

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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.”

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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!

Calva 303

Display 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.

Lorne 297

Display Home
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!

Erskine 240

Display Home
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.

Hillgrove 267

Display Home
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

Kirkby 267
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.

Hotondo Gympie

Cooloola 208
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!

Hotondo Homes Jimboomba

Alden 312
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.

Hotondo Southcoast

Glenbrook 187
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 & Leeton

Erskine 290
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!

Hotondo Homes Dubbo

Erskine 240
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!

Outdoor Cooking

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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.

Bench Space and Storage

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.

Comfortable Seating Areas

Outdoor 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.

Additional Luxuries

Outdoor Kitchen
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.

Construction and Living Costs

Double Storey
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.

Use of Space

Double Storey
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.

Family Suitability

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!

First Home Buyers

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!

The Perfect Investment

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.

Multi-Generational Homes

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!

Building Structure

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.

Bedroom Conversion

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.

Office Conversion

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.

Media Room Conversion

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!

Lumina 312

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.

Marcoola 209

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.

Somerset 233

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.

Yering 248 ALT

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!

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