First impressions matter, so choosing the perfect façade for your new home is important. An appealing façade sets the tone for the entire feel of the home while also blending in to the surrounding landscape and the streetscape itself. If you need some help selecting a façade we’ve got some great tips to help you choose something you’ll love for years to come!

Things to Consider

Once you start looking at façade options for your new home, there are a few things to consider before you settle on a style. Location is a big influence – if your home is in a suburban part of a large city, a modern design might be best suited as it will most likely blend in with the other homes in the neighbourhood. Conversely, if you’re building a home in a regional or coastal area, selecting a façade that complements the natural environment and doesn’t clash with the landscape is ideal. You might also want to consider the maintenance involved with different types of facades. Some will require more frequent maintenance than others, so think about how often you want to spend time and money ensuring your façade looks as good as new over the life of the home. It’s also a good idea to think about the interior style of your home. A coastal interior won’t necessarily feel consistent with a sharp, modern exterior and vice versa, so think about adding similar tones, textures and features that you’re planning to have inside your home as well.

Modern and Stylish

A façade that’s truly modern in look and feel features sharp lines and corners, lots of square and rectangular shape to it, and smooth render with accents such as dark wood or cladding panels and brick or stonework in a different shade to the render to soften the sharp edges. The colour palette on modern facades often features cool neutrals like grey, charcoal, and white with accents of warm browns and beige tones to add depth and dimension.

Hamptons Style

One of the most popular façade designs, Hamptons style homes look relaxed and welcoming while still evoking a feel of timeless elegance. With key elements such as weatherboard cladding, large windows, and gentle roof lines that feature gables to add dimension, your home’s location will determine which Hamptons style you opt for. A beachside home will benefit from a façade that has light neutrals such as light grey and white to blend seamlessly with the coastal environment as well as the home’s interior. A suburban home can be a little bolder with its colour scheme – think dark charcoal as the main colour with white trim, or a true white with dark grey or black trim to make a statement.

Traditional Façades

If you want to opt for a traditional façade for your home, you don’t need to worry about it looking boring or dated! A traditional façade still features basic elements such as exposed brickwork, but modern updates such as a partially or fully rendered exterior, wooden screen panelling around rooflines and over the front door, plus the addition of exposed stone can quickly and easily lift a traditional façade from drab to fab! The key is to keep it simple with some subtle accents to bring a traditional façade into the twenty-first century with style.

Coastal Style

A façade that’s relaxed and oozes a laid-back feel is essential for coastal homes and texture is key. Coastal home facades need careful consideration so that they not only blend in well with the beach environment, but also have the longevity to last when braced against the elements. You can opt for a colour palette of soft whites, taupes and beige with accents of natural wood and neutral coloured texture, or feature darker wood and other deep natural tones to create a façade that truly echoes the look and feel of the landscape.

The façade of your home is the first thing your family and your guests see, so taking care to select a façade style that suits your home’s interior while still feeling unique and modern is an important part of the home building journey. You can find lots of façade and home inspiration when you visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Autumn is officially here and if you’re getting ready to choose the colour selections in your new home, or you just want to refresh things around the house, now is a great time to think about changing your interiors up to create a cosy, inviting atmosphere as the warm weather subsides and the crisp mornings and cool evenings take over. We’ve got some great tips on how to evoke a delightfully homey feel by fully embracing the change of season!

Glorious Green

The easiest way to invite the feeling of nature into the home is by including shades of green. Whether it’s a subtle sage green on the walls, a deep green velvet couch, or soft furnishings and rugs in green hues, the callback to your home’s surroundings will feel stronger than ever when you use green as a feature or accent colour. Injecting a soft infusion of green will also give your rooms depth, as it breaks up otherwise neutral colour palettes and lifts the atmosphere of the room.

Beautiful Blue

A colour that goes well with neutrals, blue always brings with it a feeling of calm no matter what shade you use. Soft pastels can be paired with white, grey and beige to create a gentle colour palette that encourages quite time indoors as autumn approaches, while brighter shades of cobalt, turquoise and peacock blue brighten up common areas by mimicking brilliant blue autumn skies to make spaces feel happy. Brighter tones also translate well across both the warmer and cooler months because they can be paired with sunny yellows in spring and crisp white in summer, echoing a chic minimalist Mediterranean vibe.

Elegant Grey

Perhaps the most on-trend neutral of the past few years, grey is a timeless classic that allows for coordinating with both colours and other neutral tones. In autumn you can take a bolder step and paint a room a deep, rich grey that verges on being charcoal while still retaining its lightness to create a moodier, elegant space for entertaining. Coupled with chic black furniture, white and off-white furniture and accessories, you’ll have a space that oozes grown up charm and effortless sophistication.

Rich Neutrals

Neutral tones can have so many different hues, and autumn is the perfect time to create a neutral colour palette with layers to add dimension and depth to your space. Cream, beige and taupe serve as base layers to build on by adding in richer tones of terracotta, natural tan and brown, and accents of wood to anchor the palette and cohesively pull it all together. These spaces will give your home a naturally cosy and welcoming feel in autumn, especially in living areas where a fireplace serves as the focal point, or in master suites where calm and relaxation is key.

The autumn months are often a welcome respite from the heat of summer, and bringing some rich colours into your home to create a warm, welcoming environment indoors for the whole family! For more interior décor ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Are you ready to start choosing the colours for your new home? With so many colour combinations and palettes to choose from, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to the range of colours and tones you can include in your home’s overall interior look! We chatted to our friends at Haymes about current colour trends to help you design a colour palette that will wow friends and family, and create a home that reflects your unique style.

Earthy Tones


                     Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

A rich and earthy palette that mimics the colours found in the layers of the earth. The diversity of the colours is reminiscent of those variations found in the environment we live in. It features gorgeous tans and browns, paired with lush deep greens found in fauna and plant life, reflects the deep blue of the sea and is complemented by neutral base colours.

Deep and Intense Tones


     Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

Encouraging calm and a slowing of the senses, these darker, intense tones and complex colour combinations absorb the light for a quieter feel, whilst injecting warmth and softness into interior spaces. Deep teal greens and lighter powdered greens mixed with nude tones and deeper reds give the sense of night-time mystery; as well as adding the perfect introduction of romance and luxe.

Green and Grey


     Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

This finely crafted approach blends together a soft minimalism with simple pairings of subtle whites and bold leafy greens providing a palette that is both fresh and balanced. This palette encourages spaces that blur the lines between both inside and outside, where there is no need for divides but an overall aesthetic that unifies spaces and creates both harmony and positivity within interiors and exteriors.

Breezy Pastels


     Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

The ultimate palette for creating an easy breezy space, where people can come together, communicate and spend time free from technology and the chaos of everyday living. The colours are light, airy and breezy in peach and pink skin tones, with a real focus of pastels being a starting point for introducing more colour into the home using minty greens, fresh lemon and duck egg blue.

Dark, Meditative Tones


                  Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

An undefinable palette that challenges the senses and plays on the idea of finding dark spaces more relaxing, meditative and exploratory. It’s a new way forward for interiors and the use of strong colours like blacks and dark charcoals, combined with rich reds, moody nudes and deep blue is a palette that is coming into its own.

Natural Look


                     Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

This palette offers creative ideas around using colour, texture and mixed materials in a way that not only looks great but also showcases how beautiful, smart design can incorporate a more sustainable and responsible contribution to the environment around us. The colours are monochromatic: the introduction of wood tones and dark greys, deep browns and mid-tone neutrals build the perfect backdrop for kitchens and living areas.

When you’re completing your colour selections for your new Hotondo home, your colour consultant will be ready to help you make carefully considered choices based on the range of beautiful paint colours available from Haymes to create a cohesive and thoughtful interior colour palette. Whether you choose tones with an earthy feel, intense colours for a calming atmosphere, bright pastels, or a minimalist look of whites, greys and a subtle infusion of colour, whatever you select will be a true reflection of your family’s style. For more interior colour ideas, visit the Haymes and Hotondo Homes websites today.

When you’re building a new home, one of the most exciting parts of the process is choosing the colour palette and fixtures for every room, thinking about what sort of furniture you’ll buy to suit each space, and how you’ll put the finishing touches on each area with soft furnishings. Along with these considerations, one of the most important decisions to make is what sort of flooring you’ll include! Since flooring covers every inch of your home, it’s something that deserves a lot of thought, and we’ve got a quick summary of the numerous options available.


Carpet is best suited to rooms where the everyday foot traffic isn’t as high. Bedrooms, studies, and formal lounge rooms are ideal for including carpet in because of the numerous benefits it provides. Carpet will help retain heat, particularly in smaller spaces, making the rooms stay warmer for longer which is perfect for homes in cooler climates. It also helps muffle sound, so if you’re working hard in your study on the phone, or entertaining with friends in a separate lounge room, the sound will be contained thanks to the thick carpet you’ve included. Carpet also provides a beautifully soft barrier for kids to get comfy on as they play on the floor in their bedrooms, keeping them warm in winter!

Vinyl Planking

Technological advancements in recent years means vinyl plank flooring has come a long way! This type of flooring is an affordable alternative to hardwood and stone flooring, but is able to mimic the look of timber, tile, marble, and distressed hardwood. A huge benefit of choosing vinyl planks for your new home is that they’re incredibly durable, and able to withstand the traffic of kids, pets, high heeled shoes, and all the school bags, sports equipment, and shopping that get dropped on it daily in your open-plan areas! You’ll love the luxe look of vinyl planking, and the range of colours and patterns it comes in, meaning it will coordinate seamlessly with your home’s overall colour palette.


Perfect for homes in warmer climates and wet areas like the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms, tiles are a timeless choice for homes that want a chic, polished look that also stays cool. In open-plan areas, tiles will be easy to wipe down and clean, able to withstand the mess of babies and little kids at meal times, muddy pets running through the room, and the inevitable spills and grime from cooking. With so many options available, you’ll be able to choose from a range of styles, from muted monochromes to patterns with pops of colour to ensure your home has a contemporary feel throughout!

Floating Floors

One of the most durable types of flooring, floating floors are made from timber and offer a more traditional look for your new home thanks to their ability to mimic the appearance of stained floorboards. With a number of different style options available, you’ll be able to choose from a one, two, or three plank style to create the look of hardwood floors at a more affordable cost, or multi-strip plank that incorporate styles like Herringbone for an elevated feel. Floating floors suit both open-plan areas as well as bedrooms and separate lounge rooms, so you’ll be able to create a flooring style that flows seamlessly through your home, keeping the spaces effortlessly cohesive.

With Hotondo Homes’ new Imagine More promotion you’ll be able to choose our Premium Flooring upgrade package and get up to $10,000 worth of flooring from our preferred suppliers Choices Flooring and Beaumont Tiles in your new home. With a huge range to choose from, you’re sure to find a flooring solution that suits your family’s style as well as your everyday lifestyle to create a look that’s modern and elegant. To find out more about our national promotion, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

When winter arrives, the change from mild temperatures to crisp cold air can be jarring, both outside and inside the home. There are lots of clever ways you can make sure your new home stays cosy and warm during the colder months, and we’ve some great tips to help you stay toasty and warm throughout winter!

Double Glazing

When you’re chatting to your builder about the features in your new home, make sure to include double glazed windows for additional protection against sound and weather. Double glazed glass is an insulated glass that combines multiple glass panes into a single window system. This type of glass is becoming a common feature in new homes as energy costs increase for homeowners. Double glazing will reduce the need to use your heating system as frequently, keeping your home warm and reducing your gas or power costs, and contributing to the overall energy efficiency of your home.

Curtains vs. Blinds

While sleek, minimalist blinds on your windows look effortlessly chic and unfussy, opting for traditional curtains will keep more warmth in your home. Because curtains are hung on top of the window frame and end below it, as well as starting outside the frame on either side, there’s less chance of heat escaping, particularly when they’re closed at night. You can also select curtains with a thermal weave, which keeps rooms dark as well as protecting your space from the cold winter air. With drapery fabrics ranging in a variety of patterns and colours, it’s never been easier to choose curtains that are modern and coordinate with your overall colour palette, while still helping keep the heat inside your home.

Fireplaces and Gas Log Heaters

Make sure your new home design includes a fireplace or gas log heater in the open-plan living area and in the sitting room as a focal point and to add some instant winter style that’s guaranteed to keep your whole family toasty and warm. You’ll be able to heat up the entire space solely from this one source, reducing the need to heat the whole house, and it provides a beautiful setting for entertaining guests. One added bonus of a fireplace or gas log heater is that it encourages the family to spend time together in one space, making for memorable, cosy evenings and weekends spent relaxing together. Depending on your new home’s floorplan, you may be able to install a double-sided fireplace so that you can heat two living areas simultaneously, which is perfect for entertaining bigger groups of family and friends, as well as serving as a unique design feature.

Accessorise for Warmth

When the cold months approach, add lots of plush, thick throw rugs and blankets around the house. Casually placing them at the end of beds and couches ensures your family will always have a cosy wrap to envelope themselves in during winter. Pair the blankets with some velvet textured pillows in rich colours and you’ll have a luxe look in every room that doubles as a sumptuously snug place to stay warm. In the bedrooms add faux fur rugs for that extra layer of warmth, which is particularly helpful if you have little ones who frequently play on the floor during the day. Scatter some candles, real or battery operated, to create a beautiful warm glow on different surfaces in communal living areas and your home will exude warmth.

With so much time spent indoors during winter, it’s the perfect time to switch up your existing décor to create an atmosphere of comfort and warmth. If you’ve just chosen a home design to build, sit down with your builder to ensure your new home will incorporate energy efficient sources of heating, as well as features that will prevent the cold from coming in and you’ll love wintery days spent inside with your family for years to come. For more building tips and interior design advice, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

When you have kids, decorating their bedrooms is often one of the most exciting parts of moving into your newly built home. It’s important to ensure your kids have bedrooms that reflect their personalities while also creating spaces they won’t outgrow as they go from little to tween and then to teen. We’ve got some great tips to help you create the perfect kid’s room that will grow with them over the years!

Colour Palette

While it’s tempting to paint the walls a vibrant colour like bright pink, purple or blue, instead choose a soft neutral colour. Beautiful greys, crisp whites, and soft beige tones will never go out of style and will serve as the perfect base to build the theme of your child’s room around. Rather than choosing colours that all match, select items that will coordinate with the neutral walls and keep the tones soft and muted to create a warm, inviting space. Pastel coloured bedframes and bookshelves paired with white or grey wooden dressers and toyboxes will add depth to the room without being too jarring.

Feature Walls

Instead of painting the walls the same colour, select one wall to use as a feature. A wallpaper with a subtle abstract pattern or graphic in neutral or pastel tones will suit your child’s room from their younger years right through to their teenage years and beyond. Avoid graphics that are too youthful and garish – instead find unique artwork that reflects their interests while still complementing the aesthetic you’ve chosen.


One of the most important aspects of children’s bedrooms is having sufficient storage. Built-in-robes are great for kids and provide more than enough room for their clothing and toys, and will hide much of their mess. However, open shelving can also be a nice way to include storage in the room itself and give smaller children easy access to their favourite toys and books. Styled beautifully, these smaller sections of shelving add a carefully curated look that still allows the room to look and feel lived in by a child.


A great way to add additional layers of colour and personality to a kid’s room is with accessories. Floor rugs in soft colours and patterns will brighten up an otherwise neutral space, provide a soft space for kids to sprawl out on as they play, and protect the carpet underneath from any spills. They can be changed as your child grows, and are an easy way to mix up the colour scheme quickly. Select bedding that has a slight pattern or texture to it and add a few fun cushions in coordinating colours and materials. Kids love tactile fabrics, so using things with tassels, soft faux fur, and velvet will elevate the space and give your child something to snuggle up to when they’re relaxing in their room. Adding a hammock chair or tent in the corner of the room will create an element of fun as well as functionality to the room, allowing them their own space for a little downtime after school and on weekends.

Decorating a child’s room is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, particularly if your child is old enough to give their input into how they want their space to look and feel. By taking their wants and needs into account, and choosing colours, furniture and accessories that coordinate in a subtle, inviting way, your child will have a space that’s truly theirs to enjoy over the years. For more design inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

With the warm weather slowly subsiding and cooler nights creeping in, it’s the perfect time to update your home’s interior décor for autumn! The change of season brings with it beautiful changing colours in nature, crisper weather, and a little more time spent indoors, and we’ve got some great ideas on incorporating a bit of autumn décor into your home’s interior style!

Furnishings and Furniture Update

If you just want subtle touches of autumn in your home, one of the quickest ways to add them is through your soft furnishings and furniture. Start with a couch or some armchairs in creamy neutrals or warm brown tones, then layer soft furnishings in coordinating colours. Blankets and cushions in warm tones, and subtle bursts of autumn colours will not only soften the space, but also be perfect to snuggle up with as the nights get cooler. In common areas, include a dining table that’s made from rich dark timber, with chairs to match, and add side tables that coordinate in different timber tones to tie the open-plan interior theme together.

Get Back to Nature

Adding autumn tones inside your home is the perfect way to link your interior styling to the change of season outdoors. Using fresh flowers and foliage in beautiful dusty oranges, reds, and yellows with touches of greenery such as Eucalyptus are a quick and easy way to mark the start of autumn in each room. To give these arrangements character, use old bottles and jars for a little vintage touch. Adding an arrangement that’s long lasting to your entryway on a side table will create a welcoming autumn feel for visitors as soon as they step through the front door!

Earthy Tones

If you want to create a strong autumn aesthetic, consider painting a feature wall in an earthy tone like orange or deep green, evoking a feeling of being one with nature and create a warm atmosphere. This can be especially effective in living spaces and bedrooms, where cosiness is key in the cooler months! Another way to link the interior of your home to the environment around it is to use building materials as a feature – exposed brickwork in your living room, or the use of timber as a feature in your home is a subtle call back to nature while adding character to your home.

Get Cosy

Nothing says cold weather like a roaring fire! When designing your new home, including a fireplace in your open-plan zone, or in your formal living room will warm up the space and have the added bonus of bringing the family together to get cosy in the evenings. Adding a little autumn décor to the mantle, such as foliage or some perfectly placed candles will enhance the intimate feel of the space. You could even incorporate an outdoor gas fireplace to your alfresco. If it’s well shielded from the weather, an outdoor fireplace makes your alfresco useable year-round for entertaining or just relaxing outside on cooler evenings.

While it’s easy to lament the end of summer, the coming months of cool mornings and crisp weather during autumn can be a welcome respite from the heat. Bringing the colours from nature into your home will create a warm, welcoming environment indoors as the weather cools down outside, creating the perfect cosy atmosphere for the whole family! For more interior décor ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Originating in the time period between the 1930s and the mid-1960s, mid-century modern is a style that emphasises organic influences with simplicity and function a priority. Think Mad Men’s understated retro style, with well-crafted furniture silhouettes mixed with texture and colour to add personality and flair. It’s a timeless aesthetic, and we’ve got some tips to help you incorporate this style into your home in a variety of ways!

Texture and Colour

While the style often calls for warm whites as the overall palette, you can also include a soft, warm grey as the main colour in your home. Accent colours with a bolder feel can be scattered throughout the home – think mustard, blue, and muted green in your couches and upholstered dining and arm chairs. A feature wall with a timber look also fits nicely into the mid-century style as a subtle throwback to nature and the organic materials where this aesthetic finds its origins.


Form and function are key, so choosing furniture that leans toward simplicity will ensure your furniture fits the theme. Streamlined couches without too much bulk to them, Danish style armchairs with simple wooden arms and legs, and coffee tables and sideboards that have clean lines and an understated feel will give your spaces that stylish, mid-century feel. One of the best things about this aesthetic is that its minimalist appearance, as well as the range of materials used blends in well with other décor styles, so adding touches of mid-century here and there in each room will create a timeless appearance throughout your home.

High and Low

Often mid-century furniture can feel too low to the ground, so it’s a good idea to give your rooms a mix of high and low. A low couch and coffee table can be offset by some statement candlesticks on a higher sideboard, or the inclusion of a beautiful chrome arc lamp over the couch to draw the eye up and add height to the room. Including a tall indoor plant in the corner and a beautiful mid-century sunburst pendant light fitting in the bedroom will add to the retro atmosphere and further encourage a feeling of space and height.

Mid-century modern is a style whose roots lie in interior design themes of uncomplicated simplicity. Including pieces in your home that are functional and pared back, but still have elements of warmth and style with their colour and texture means you’ll create an aesthetic that’s timeless and visually appealing. With a mix of materials such as metal, timber, concrete, and brass, you’ll be able to seamlessly blend a little mid-century flair throughout your new home! For more interior style and home design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

If you’ve been waiting all year to host Christmas in your beautiful new Hotondo home and show off that stunning new kitchen, elegant dining area, and enjoy relaxing in your living space with family and friends, we’re here to help. We’ve got some tried and true dessert recipes from some of our very own Hotondo team members that you can make ahead of time to help with your celebrations for Christmas Day!

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Shortbread


Who doesn’t love shortbread? It’s perfect to enjoy with a cuppa as you put your feet up and relax after a long day of celebrating. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to make a couple of days in advance! This recipe serves ten people approximately.

250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & 1/4 cups plain flour
3/4 cup rice flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Icing sugar mixture, to dust (optional)


Chocolate Ripple Cake Wreath


A twist on an old favourite, this is another dessert you can make the day before you need to serve it, and just save the decorating for the day of your celebration! This yummy dessert serves approximately twelve people.

2 x packets of chocolate ripple biscuits
500g thickened cream for whipping
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon icing sugar
Chocolate cream biscuits
Peppermint balls
Mint leaf lollies


Clootie Dumpling (Cloth Dumpling)

This is a Scottish recipe that takes a little TLC to create, so allow some time a few days before you want to serve it to create this delicious pudding! Serves approximately twenty people.

500g self raising flour – for mixture
1 cup suet
1 cup sugar
500g mix of currants and sultanas (any ratio of your choosing)
25g mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Treacle for taste (however no more than ½ cup)
Milk (up to 1 cup if needed)
Preferred alcohol of choice (that goes well with fruit – sherry, whisky, Drambuie, etc)
Some extra flour
Boiling water (from the kettle)

Calico sheet – you’ll need approximately 50cm2
2 large mixing bowls
1 large stock pot
Strong rubber band
Mixing spoon


Tobler-Tastic Cheesecake

Cheesecake is always a winning dessert especially on a hot Christmas day, and this one combines some amazing flavours. It serves approximately ten people and best of all, it’s no-bake!

1 ½ cups chocolate ripple biscuits, crushed to crumbs
100g melted butter
500g cream cheese, softened
¾ cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon gelatine dissolved in 2 tablespoons of boiling water
200g milk chocolate Toblerone, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup thickened cream, softly whipped
1 punnet raspberries pureed and sieved into 2 tablepsoons, combined with 2 tablespoons icing sugar
Toblerone shavings, for decoration
Extra raspberries for decoration


Note that you can substitute strawberries and it still tastes delicious!

Ausukes (Little Ears)

Best eaten when made or day of making

Ingredients and equipment
500g plain flour
2 sachets dried yeast
2 eggs
125g butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup luke warm water
½ cup milk (if necessary)
Canola oil for frying

1 large baking bowl (china or ceramic)
1 large frying pan
Paper towel
Serving plate or bowl
Rolling pin

Note: in order for the mixture to rise, please keep ingredients warm.
This reciple makes about 48.

We hope these delicious dessert recipes help with your meal prep in the lead up to Christmas Day, and that the celebrations in your new Hotondo home are beautiful memories you and your family will treasure for years to come. From everyone at Hotondo Homes, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and a happy and safe new year!

For more home design and interior inspiration ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.