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Houses will always reflect our personal taste first, but there’s no denying current design trends influence the choices we make when designing and decorating the space we call home, whether we realise it or not. While it’s easy to embrace a trend wholeheartedly, it’s always good to remember to choose styles that will remain somewhat timeless so your home doesn’t feel dated in a few short years once trends change. With that in mind, 2018 ushers in a number of new and exciting design trends for the home, in both building design and interior styling.
Over the last few years, copper has been king. However, industry experts are indicating that brass is quickly becoming a firm favourite, classic silver is returning, and black metal is increasingly being chosen as an eye-catching feature. If you’re building or renovating, consider your bathroom and kitchen fittings – silver will add a touch of metallic without being too showy, whereas brass is a bolder choice. Or make a spectacular statement with black metal – this Dorf bathroom ticks all the boxes with statement black metal taps and shower head, brass accessories, and a touch of greenery to soften the aesthetic.
Sustainability is always at the forefront of home design these days, and that’s now flowing through into interior spaces as well. Trends are showing a return to organic, rustic materials such as exposed brick, stone, and concrete, as well as natural timbers. Incorporating these into your home helps reconnect the space back to the environment and lends itself to a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Try taking inspiration from environmental spaces like the outback or the bush by using earthy greens, burnt orange, or dusty blue to imitate the great outdoor.
Additionally, terrazzo marble is earmarked for a big comeback this year, replacing the popular geometric tiles and bone tile inlays from the last few years, adding to the throwback to nature in homes. Using marble in your kitchen or bathroom creates an effortlessly chic look that needs no embellishment – the style speaks for itself and will hold up under the everyday use of high traffic areas. The Laminex Glamour range offers a beautiful selection of marble options that are understated and elegant, allowing you to add statement accessories that will pull the style together seamlessly.
White kitchens will always be appealing to the eye, but they’re being sidelined for the complete opposite. Black kitchens are a trend on the up and up this year, as people choose dark charcoal or true black to create a memorable and chic kitchen area. Cabinets and breakfast bars can be black to create a bold effect, with contrasting benchtops in neutral tones to offset the colour. Add in brightly coloured toasters, vases, and other benchtop items to make the space really pop!
Tone on tone continues to be a popular design trend when it comes to interior styling. It’s not only timeless, it also creates a very serene, relaxed atmosphere that won’t date. Consider neutral paint colours and accessories to give your home an energy that flows gently and calmly from room to room, and add a little bit of colour with a statement couch or armchairs in the lounge room, or bright bed linen to break up the spaces and create areas that subtly draw the eye in.
When incorporating design trends into your home, the most important thing to remember is to use what works for you and your family, with a focus on trends that will remain timeless. While it’s tempting to inject new life into every corner of your home, focus on smaller areas and accent pieces that can be updated with a minimum of expense, rather than redecorating entire rooms from scratch.
For more inspiration and design trends, have a look at our wide range of stylish display homes in each state via our website.
Are you after a new home, but not sure what to look for in a floor plan? Never fear, we asked nine of our builders right across the country what their best design trend is in a home, and here are their responses.
Caroline Allen – Inverloch, VIC
A butler’s pantry is still one of the most highly requested items, and now they are becoming really functional rooms fitted out with full sinks, a dishwasher, fridge and other facilities such as an additional oven or coffee machines. The traditional kitchen space then takes on a minimalist feel that is clear and uncluttered, where family and friends gather around.
Adam Sturt – Nowra, NSW
The most popular trend we are seeing at the moment is the open-plan living with higher ceilings. This design is great for families who want to spend time together but not necessarily crammed next to each other.
Amira Willingham – Ballarat, VIC
This depends on the clientele, but a walk-in-pantry is often the most popular item in the home. A large alfresco that has outdoor kitchen is also rising in popularity – people love indoor/outdoor living!
Gillian Coleman – Bathurst/Orange, NSW
Our customers are looking for luxury in their bathrooms with floor to ceiling tiles, feature niches and walk-in showers.
Russell Pearse – Ararat, VIC
Open-plan living definitely, but it is important to have other flexible spaces to suit changing family conditions. Having a versatile home is a smart move, you often don’t know what the future holds.
Glenda Heath – Port Lincoln, SA
Open-plan living, nearly every plan these days has open-plan living and most individuals looking to build want the large open spaces with higher ceilings. It creates the illusion of space, even if the home is on the smaller side.
Aaron Anstis – Ocean Grove, VIC
Block widths that allow a wider garage. Whether it is adding 500mm for some shelving or making a three-car garage for storage of a boat, it seems to be something that lots of people try to make work in their budgets.
Lyndsey Clarke – Central Coast, NSW
Open plan living for sure. Many of our clients love a home where the bedrooms are separate and private, but the kitchen and living – linking to the alfresco – can become an entertainer’s dream!
Anthony Wolff – Mackay, QLD
The most popular trend we are seeing at the moment is a walk-in-pantry or butler’s pantry. The kitchen is the heart of the home and clients want to add a touch of luxury to it wherever possible!
From the stunning polished concrete floors to the beautiful blue, white and wooden accents, it’s the perfect beach home that is truly reminiscent of the sea.
Starting in the kitchen, the beautiful lightwood benchtop teamed with white cabinetry instantly promotes an airiness, while still retaining a cosy charm. With plenty of bench space and a walk-in-pantry, the kitchen would be a hit for any budding master chef.
The living space incorporates the wooden look loved by all beach homes on another level. The stunning coffee table acts as a centrepiece, and the patterned armchairs add layer and depth to the space. Topped off with some greenery and ocean-inspired artwork, you’ll feel like you are right on the shoreline of the beach!
Nothing screams coastal more than light blue tiles! Following the style of the kitchen, the ensuite utilises more white and wooden textures. The stand-out feature is the double waterfall shower for a touch of luxury!
To do a coastal home right, you need to include an incredible alfresco to complete the indoor/outdoor experience. With large stacker doors, you’ll feel as though you are inside and outside simultaneously. Nautical stripes and a plunge pool complete the feel.
We couldn’t choose a favourite bedroom, so we included them all! Each one encapsulates the beachy-style we love, and utilises the best colours and styles for the look. The master bedroom opens directly to the backyard, another example of a beautiful combination of indoor and outdoor living.
To view Hotondo Homes full range of designs, visit our website at hotondo.com.au
The easiest way to include additional storage in your home without taking up space is to purchase items that double up as a functional item and as a storage unit.
Below we have listed ways to add additional storage to every room of your home and make the most of the space you have!
The space under your bed: The most obvious solution to add more storage in your bedroom is to utilise the space underneath the bed. While a bed with built-in storage is a great idea, you can also hack your way to a little extra space by using drawers with wheels on them for easy access! Check out this neat tutorial!
The space over your bed: The space above your bed is probably the second most wasted area in the entire bedroom. Look at installing sleek wall units here to keep it from looking too ‘clunky’, and you’ll have more space to store books, clothing or to hide away your mess!
The functional coffee table: Invest in a coffee table that doubles as a storage unit. Alternatively, decorative baskets or cubes can be placed underneath the table to fill the space, and they have the exact same effect.
Create your own mudroom: If you don’t have space for an entire mudroom, why not create your own simplified version? A ‘mudroom bench’ can store your raincoats, shoes, jackets and other outdoor equipment easily and in a convenient location right by the door. Opt for a bench with a high backboard with hooks for your clothing, and a flip-top bench for extra, hidden storage.
Or alternatively… a simple clothes hooks can do the trick if a whole bench is not a realistic option!
A garden bench with hidden storage: Like we said, the best kind of additional storage is those pieces with a dual purpose! A garden bench offers a place for people to relax and enjoy a beautiful summer’s day, and can also be used to hide messy hoses, gardening equipment or shoes.
Wall-mounted clothesline: If you use a clothes horse during winter, you’ll know just how much valuable space is given up for this little beauty. A retractable, indoor clothes line is a great alternative that can easily be folded away when not in use.
Think back: The back of your pantry door is a great space to utilise. You can use pegs to hang baskets or bins from it to store a whole range of items, just be careful of the weight!
Think wall: Got a spare bit of wall available? Why not use it as a place to hang your pots and pans! Install pegs, or try something a little more creative like this.
Need extra room for your makeup, moisturisers, soaps and other miscellaneous items you have stocked up on over the years? Invest in some easy-to-install mounted shelves which could be used over your towel rack, in the corners or your room or even over the mirror! Another alternative is to install hanging baskets from the ceilings, for a slightly more eccentric look!
Do you have any other ways to add storage to you home? Let us know in the comments!
With open-plan living at the height of popularity, the living room – along with the kitchen and dining space – can often become the focal point of the home. Changing just a few small aspects of this space can help breathe new life into a home.
We have listed seven simple ways to makeover your living room easily:
Lighting has the ability to make a HUGE impact on your interior design. It can set the mood, make a space appear larger or smaller and it has an enormous effect on your colour scheme. For this reason alone, updating your fixtures should be priority number one! Whether you are simply swapping out bulbs for LED energy-saving alternatives, adding a floor lamp to a dark corner or trading in lampshades, take the time to give a little love to the often-neglected lighting.
If your living room structure is spot-on, there are still a few things you can do to instantly update the look.
Reupholster an armchair – if your armchair is still in good nick, reupholstering it is an easy and relatively cheap way to makeover your living room. If you don’t have an armchair, check out a few flea markets – as long as the chair’s structure is good, there is no need to worry about worn or ratty upholstery. Choose a new, bold print to stand out and make it a feature of your home!
Rearrange a bookshelf – baskets and containers are the easiest way to hide clutter but keep items in an accessible space. Try clearing your bookshelf of junk, and keep just a few key items and some books on display!
Reorganise the furniture – already love everything in your home but are still looking for an update? Rearrange the furniture! Sometimes simply moving one item to another location can make all the difference.
Interested in the concept of Feng Shui? Read about it here: FENG SHUI YOUR HOME
Including greenery in your home instantly creates an atmosphere bursting with health and well-being. Plants make a boring corner look instantly chic, and small succulents can be used as coffee table or side table décor. Just be sure to choose plants which will thrive indoors!
Check out our favourite indoor plants here: INDOOR PLANTS FOR YOUR HOME (THAT YOU WILL NOT IMMEDIANTLY KILL)
Like to stay in touch with the current trends? Ensure your larger pieces of furniture like couches and TV cabinets are neutral colours that will go with anything, and instead purchase new cushions, throws, candles and other knick-knacks to achieve the ‘on-trend’ look without a costly financial commitment.
DIY is a unique way to create something nobody else may have. It is your chance to let your true style shine through. Check out Pinterest or other blogs for some amazing inspiration, and get creating!
Have you ever had to makeover your living room? Let us know your tips in the comments!
To help you get started, we’ve put together 10 essential questions to ask your builder before you start your dream home journey. Be sure to have your questions written down, and if you are unsure about the answer, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification! Remember, this is perhaps the biggest purchase of your life, it being as well-informed as possible can help keep your mind at ease.
1 – Do you have a builder’s licence?
All registered builders have a builder’s licence, which is something they will be more than happy to show you.
2 – Can I see examples of your work?
Walking through a home that your builder has constructed is often the best way to see the quality of their workmanship. This could include visiting their display home (if they have one), a client’s open home or a home currently under construction. You can also ask to see their collection of testimonials and photos.
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3 – What insurances do you use throughout construction?
Check what insurance cover your builder has throughout the construction process. Every state has different policies.
4 – How many homes are you currently building?
Find out how many homes your builder is building at once. This will help you gauge their professionalism and the attention that you will receive.
5 – When can you start and how long will it take?
Getting an idea about when construction will start on your home and when you will move into your new home is essential to know. This will help you plan where to live during the building process. However, it is important to remember these dates can never be guaranteed as issues out of the builder’s control, such as the weather, can cause delays.
6 – Do you have a range of home designs?
Most builders have a great range of home designs that you can choose from. These designs should also be flexible so you can turn their standard design into your dream home.
VIEW OUR FULL RANGE OF OVER 90 DIFFERENT HOME DESIGNS HERE
7 – What brands do you use throughout the home?
It is important to know the brands, reputation and products of suppliers that go into your home.
8 – How do I choose the fittings and colours of my home?
Putting the finishing touches to create the look and feel you want for your home is a fun process, but it can be stressful. A good builder will have someone to help you through this process to make it as easy as possible.
9 – Are you a local builder?
It is always best to choose a local builder. A local builder knows and loves the local area as much as you.
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10 – Can I be assured the price will remain the same?
Builders should offer you a fixed-price contract. Once that is signed you can be confident knowing you won’t have any nasty or hidden surprises.
What other questions did you ask your builder? Let us know in the comments!
Take on a few of these quick makeover ideas to lift and improve your home in a matter of hours!
First impressions – an inviting entry
Stand out from the crowd with a beautiful new front door. If you are more daring, try painting it a bold colour for something unique. Don’t forget a welcome mat, or even a large potted plant for maximum impact!
The neglected entryway
Often forgotten in interior design is the entry to your home. A small-scale table and mirror is a great way to give it some character and it is the perfect place to set the tone for the rest of the home. If possible, add some storage for your shoes, keys and other items you generally leave by the door.
Up the ante with new tapware
One of the quickest ways to improve your home is to update your tapware. Matte black remains a popular choice, just be sure your new faucets match the configuration of your existing ones. Try updating your showerhead too. A luxurious waterfall showerhead will add instant class to any bathroom!
READ MORE: TAPWARE TO PERSONALISE YOUR BATHROOM SPACE
Replace your cabinet handles
Simple, cheap and easy to do, changing the handles of your kitchen cupboards can make an enormous difference to the overall feel of your kitchen. You can pick up cheap, beautiful pieces from your local hardware store, or for a more eclectic feel, try an op-shop!
Repaint or paper your wall
Nothing can improve your home quick like a fresh coat of paint. Whether you are merely updating your white walls or looking to create a bold feature wall, painting your wall will instantly transform the entire room. Alternatively, wallpaper is making a comeback!
Embrace the outdoors
Absolute minimal effort: Invest in some outdoor furniture. Summer is here, so make the most of the good weather and extend your living area to your backyard! Add a few new plants, an outdoor light and voila, you have new space to enjoy with family and friends!
Do you have any quick ways to improve your home in 2017? Let us know in the comments!
For over 12 years it remained vacant, awaiting a time for the Invermay couple to proceed building their dream home.
For a home years in the making, there was every chance it would never live up to their expectations, but the impressive façade, amazing floor plan and beautiful finishes resulted in a stunning home with all the right touches.
“The best part of the whole experience was the flexibility, we could change whatever we wanted and nothing was a problem for Hotondo Homes,” Debra said.
“We spoke to another builder and they were not flexible at all. We wanted to make the home ours, there were a few specific things we really wanted because it was an acreage block, and Hotondo Homes accommodated them all.”
The stunning Stockton 322 is an incredible acreage home featuring four bedrooms, three living areas, two bathrooms and a powder room. With a few adjustments including larger windows to take in the beautiful views, bigger bedrooms and even the installation of a wood heater, the couple are delighted to call this place home.
“We got along really well with the team at Hotondo Homes Ballarat, who were even able to take us down to a display home to show us something tangible,” Frank said.
“Our block also had a few overlay and sloping issues, and the team were able to walk us through how they would address them.”
A mix of beautiful, neutral colours is seen throughout the home. The white walls and light coloured tiles and kitchenware creates a spacious and open feel, which works in harmony with the striking floorboards and custom wood heater that help add a warmth to the area.
Topped off with beautiful pieces of wooden furniture and high quality finishes, the charming home emits a modern yet country charm.
“The best part of the whole experience was the flexibility, we could change whatever we wanted and nothing was a problem for Hotondo Homes.” – Debra Cartledge
For Frank and Debra, the large walk-in pantry, big ensuite and the entry located to the side of the home were all must-haves.
“Luckily for us, this design ticked a lot of boxes with just the standard inclusions, and we then added few of our own,” Frank said.
The expansive alfresco space, large double garage, powder room for guests and plenty of storage room were other favourite features for the Invermay couple.
“Both of our girls moved out of home during the building process, meaning we have even more room now for friends, family and other guests to come around,” Debra laughs.
“Another great part is that one of the extra bedrooms has its own walk-in-robe, which is really good for our guests. There is so much room, we have even started calling one end of the house the ‘west wing’!”
The Ballarat team were awarded the 2015 Hotondo Homes Builder of the Year award, which is reflected in the quality build of Frank and Debra’s home. Living just down the road for the majority of the construction period meant the couple were able to enjoy watching their home go up from start to finish.
“Each stage that finished was another burst of excitement, it was great to watch it all come together,” Frank said.
“Brett was really fantastic to deal with, anything we wanted, he would accommodate. He adjusted the price as we added things, and they were always quick to get back to us.”
While Frank and Debra had completed several renovations and extensions previously, this was their first newly built home. Their children may have moved out before they had a chance to enjoy it, but the couple are loving their new home shared with their cat, dog, cows and even alpacas.
From a fleeting thought 12 years ago to the beautifully constructed design Frank and Debra now have before them, Hotondo Homes Ballarat have delivered a dream home that does not disappoint.
To start your own journey towards your dream home, contact Hotondo Homes today.
While all three options have benefits and drawbacks, considering a knockdown and rebuild project can be highly beneficial and profitable in the long run. It can also save you from the stress and costs involved in renovating or extending your existing home.
You don’t need to compromise on your dream home. Committing to a knockdown and rebuild project will mean you have the opportunity to create a home to suit your current taste and lifestyle, without having to move away from a location you love. It will also mean your home will be in line with current building and design standards.
Whether you want a cutting-edge modern design, a coastal-themed home or something with a bit of country charm, you can build it to your liking. You can also include features in the home that support your lifestyle such as an alfresco area for outdoor entertaining, an open-plan kitchen, a dining and living area, a study nook or extra bedroom for visiting guests.
Here are three other compelling reasons to knockdown and rebuild your home:
A knockdown and rebuild project can be cheaper than extending or renovating your current home. Why? Because a big renovation often means working in and around existing structures which can be costly.
Building a new home on your current block of land can also save you money when it comes to your heating and cooling bills. Installing new energy efficient products and appliances can save you thousands. You will also have the chance to introduce passive home design elements, which can further influence your bills.
Renovating or extending your existing home can be a risky process because they can often run over time and over budget. It’s often impossible to know what lies under the surface of your home or land until you rip it up, therefore you can run into unknown costs and time delays.
You may also be required to upgrade existing aspects of your home during the renovation or extension in order to adhere to current regulations, whereas a new home will always be built to current standards.
Most importantly, you can stay in an area you love! The design of your home shouldn’t be a barrier to living in the area where you are already established. Stay close to the amenities, schools and people you have come to know, and build your dream home to complement your lifestyle.
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You may only go through the process a handful of times throughout your life, so knowing all the ins and outs can be difficult. Read our top 6 things you need to know before building to arm yourself with the knowledge to get started!
1. Know all the numbers
Once you have a contract price for your house and land, you can work out how much you will need to borrow from a bank or finance lender, as well as your mortgage repayments. However, just because a bank says you can afford the loan, doesn’t mean you can. You need to consider additional costs such as the initial deposit, stamp duty, transfer duty, conveyancing costs, loan establishment costs and lenders mortgage insurance. There are also living expenses including gas, water, electricity, phone and internet bills, and if this is your first home, you may need to purchase new furniture and appliances. Know ALL the numbers when it comes to living in a new home before you commit.
READ MORE: SAVE MONEY ON YOUR BILLS IN 5 SIMPLE WAYS
2. Reputation of your builder
Do your research and find a builder with a good reputation. Better yet, if you have family or friends who have built a home you love, ask them for a recommendation. Always speak to your builder about what you want in a home, what your expectations are and how they can help accommodate this. If required, get them to run through the entire build process so you know what to anticipate. Get to really know your builder, and find someone you can trust – this is a huge commitment!
3. Know your land
Aside from the obvious including the price of your land and its proximity to essential amenities, schools and family, there are a few other points to consider when looking at your land. If your land is in a bushfire zone, there can be additional costs associated when building your home to adhere to the appropriate regulations. If your land has a significant slope, retaining walls or excavation may be required, again, which again can cost you more. You may also find the estate you have bought in has certain requirements when it comes to landscaping, façade choices and even letterbox options! Speak to your land agent or builder to find out if any of these are applicable to you.
4. Build to resell
No matter how much you love the house you are building, you need to consider a time when you may need to sell or possibly rent it out. In particular, if you are a first home buyer it is ill-advised to make too many upgrades to the home, especially if it puts your home in a price bracket above that of your neighbourhood’s. It may not actually increase the value of your home. You should also be careful on your colour selections – ask yourself if what you are choosing will be appealing to others.
5. Green your home
Take the opportunity to upgrade any appliances you have to a higher star rating. This can include washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, taps and light globes. Any step you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills is a positive one.
6. Passive design elements
You can also consider building materials and other passive design elements to reduce the cost of your bills. Ensuring your main living areas are orientated north allows the sun to naturally heat your home in winter and cool it in summer, as well as provide natural light. Installing eaves, good insulation, glazed windows and other such devices will all contribute to a better home.
Do you have any other things you think you need to know before building? Let us know in the comments!
Your home loan is most likely the biggest commitment – and largest amount of debt – you will take on in your entire life.
Paying it off as fast as possible is something many people aim for to help save thousands of dollars in interest and relieve stress associated with debt. For those who wish to tackle their debt head on, we have a few simple tips to start reducing your mortgage now! (more…)
Interior design featuring dark colours looks classy and elegant. Using a base colour like brown, black or grey will add an instant modern touch to your home and can help create a unique and contemporary space.
However, if this kind of colour scheme is not done correctly, it can make a room look small and dingy. The best and easiest way to avoid this is to increase the amount of light the room receives. There are a number of ways you can do this and we have listed some of the best. (more…)
Purchasing a new home can an be expensive process. With insurance, conveyancing fees, council rates and borrowing fees, the ‘extra’ costs can really rack up. One of the larger upfront rates you will be required to pay is stamp duty.
Although the added cost can be painful, it is a necessity when buying in Australia. Read our guide below to understanding stamp duty and how it is calculated.
Stamp duty is a tax charged by Australia’s state governments in relation to the transfer of land or property. So whenever your purchase land or property you will pay stamp duty.
Every state calculates stamp duty differently, and various factors can influence the cost of it including location, the value of the home and whether you are a first home buyer.
Stamp duty is calculated differently according to where you plan to buy in Australia. Usually the cheaper the property the lower stamp duty will be.
Most states will use price categories, for example $200,000 – $300,000, and charge you according to where your home fits in the price range.
Generally, if you purchase a block of land and build later, you will only pay stamp duty for the land cost. For a comprehensive guide on how your state or territory calculates stamp duty visit your local state revenue office or follow the links provided below.
You can also use a stamp duty calculator for a rough indication of the cost you are up for by clicking here.
First home buyers are generally eligible for a concession or discount cost on stamp duty in order to help them enter the market.
Again, this varies for each state. Head to your local revenue office via the links below for full criteria, or find your local Hotondo Homes dealer here.