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What is the best home design trend at the moment?

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Hotondo Homes latest display home encompasses everything a lover of a coastal region could ask for.

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.

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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The Hume 244 coastal home is on display in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. You can view more information on it here, or check the home our using our 3D Explore tool.

To view Hotondo Homes full range of designs, visit our website at hotondo.com.au

When it comes to storage it is all about functionality.

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!

 

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Bedroom

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!

 

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Living room

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.

 

Hallway

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!

 

Backyard

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.

 

Laundry

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.

 

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Kitchen

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.

 

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Wall-mounted shelves

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!

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What is your must-have feature for a modern home?

We asked the question to nine of our builders from right across the country, and here are their responses!

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Aaron Anstis – Ocean Grove, VIC

A must-have feature of a modern home is a well-considered kitchen and pantry. We spend so much time in and around our kitchens and to consider the locations of sinks, dishwashers, ovens, drawers is critically important. A well-considered kitchen means that you will be able to enjoy the space in an efficient manner, while still maintaining its cosmetic appeal.

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Adam Sturt – Nowra, NSW

Large windows throughout the home and an open-plan layout – it is all about creating the illusion of more space! All bathrooms should have modern floor-to-ceiling tiles, of course!

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Anthony Wolff – Mackay, QLD

A large alfresco area. It offers the perfect place to unwind every evening and it is a great place for entertaining on the weekends!

Lyndsey Clarke – Central Coast, NSW

Hidden storage. It’s simple, but so necessary. Linen closets are great, but an under stairs storage area or an extra storage room, even just extra cabinets in the pantry or laundry is a must-have in the modern home. To have a brand new home is one thing, but a brand new home with no clutter and where every item has a spot to live is perfect!

Caroline Allen – Inverloch, VIC

Living in the south of Victoria – a drying room! They are relatively easy to incorporate into a space either off the laundry or under a stairwell. During the winter months when you have your home heating on, you can utilise this space to dry your clothes as well!

Glenda Heath – Port Lincoln, SA

Separate toilet to the bathroom is something we need to bring back! I would also definitely say an alfresco area or balcony, depending on your views. Indoor/outdoor living is still very much alive!

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Russell Pearse – Ararat, VIC

Double glazing to your windows and other energy efficiency measures can save you a tonne in utility bills. While it may cost more upfront, the long-run benefits are by far worth it.

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Amira Willingham – Ballarat, VIC

The must-have feature in the modern home is by far a walk-in-pantry. This allows for a vast amount of storage for not just food, but rarely-used appliances that take up precious room in cupboards such as mixers, breadmakers slow cookers etc. It also allows you to hide the mess!

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Gillian Coleman – Bathurst/Orange, NSW

Outdoor living is very important, as is plenty of storage like walk-in-pantries, large walk-in-robes and linen cupboards. You can never have too much storage space!

What is your must-have feature? Let us know in the comments!

Creating your own interior design is often the most enjoyable part of building a new home.

However, with so many decor styles on offer, it can be confusing when it comes to choosing the colours and style for your home.

The most important thing to remember is to choose a style and theme that complements your personality. The interior design process starts at your colours and selections meeting, and will continue after handover as you move your furniture in.

Contemporary

Defined by open space and ‘sophisticated’ neutral colours like white, beige, taupe and black, contemporary décor is all about clean, neat lines. The furniture often has a clear, defined shape to provide a smooth profile, and not many accessories are required. If you want to add something a little extra, large pieces of art or a defined feature wall is the way to go.

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French provincial

French provincial is a warm and inviting style that emanates from the French countryside. Marble, stone and timber are all used in beautiful whites and creams, with curved legs and other decorative details the standout feature on the furniture. If it is elegance you are after, French provincial is the way to go.

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Modern industrial

Modern industrial décor combines simplicity and authenticity. Think heavy features with eclectic elements, large graphic patterns mixed with recycled wood and neutral finishes with splashes of bold colour. Modern industrial décor has character and charm to it. It also represents a modern take on old trends.

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Coastal

Whether you live by the beach or just dream about ocean breezes, coastal-themed interior décor should reflect the beauty and luxury of living by the sea. It should have a relaxed ease about it and feel open and airy. White finishes with touches of light coloured wood and sea-themed accents in lights blues are perfect for a coastal home.

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White on white

White décor has been a popular trend for some time. It’s a harmonious and pleasant shade to use in the home because it represents luxury, yet also has a relaxed vibe about it. White décor provides a good base for the home to then implement splashes of colour through cushions and wall hangings.

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Which of the decor styles is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!

Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder today to find out more!

A new year invites the opportunity for a fresh start to improve your home.

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!

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Do you have any quick ways to improve your home in 2017? Let us know in the comments!

In the busy and time-precious world we currently live in, our homes have truly become our sanctuaries.

Being able to choose appliances, colours and the interior design of your home is a fun and exciting way to help achieve this and make the home really yours.

From style tips to modern conveniences, we asked several industry experts what 2017 home trends we can expect to see in the upcoming year.

 

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2017 Home Trends: FACADE

Although brick veneer or rendered brick veneer is still a popular façade choice, the future lies in designs that incorporate different materials, colours and textures.

“Homeowners are looking for a contemporary style with that architecturally-designed look rather than a manufactured one,” James Hardie Marketing Manager, Christian Hansen says. “We are seeing this mixed materials trend increasing in popularity.”

James Hardie Scyon Walls are a great way to achieve this modern look. Designed to stylishly brace timber frames, Scyon Walls open up a world of design possibilities by allowing individual personality and style to shine through with clever use of styles and colour.

“By mixing and matching Scyon Walls, a wide variety of styles and moods can be created,” says Christian. “Think outside the bland brick box of the past and embrace the design freedom of the future.”

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2017 Home Trends: FLOORING

Measuring in at up to a gargantuan 1000×3000, slab tiles are about to make an enormous splash in the home-design market, and is one trend that is guaranteed to stick around.

The elegance of stone slabs lie within the simplicity of their almost seamless laying style which minimises grout lines, leaving you to marvel in the natural movement of the stone.

“With today’s technology able to perfectly emulate the look and feel of natural stone, stone-look slabs are a durable, beautiful and practical alternative to an otherwise expensive design choice,” Beaumont Tiles Communications and Design Specialist, Christie Wood says.

“The added luxury stone walls provide is never questioned and with stone-look slabs the home can be transformed to a calming sanctuary.”

From external facades to bathroom walls, the slab look is an ever transformative addition to a home that is both minimalistic, modern and classically designed.

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2017 Home Trends: KITCHEN

Clean, uninterrupted lines and a sleek finish are the go-to trend for kitchens right now. With these smooth cabinetry finishes, rangehoods have taken a new and exciting direction.

Undermount or undercupboard rangehoods have shot to prominence as an alternative to the otherwise bulky canopy style hood. These rangehoods are concealed in the cabinet base, and don’t intrude on the cooktop or users headspace.

“An undermount rangehood is perfect for those who love to cook but don’t like ducking and bobbing to avoid protruding canopy styles,” Omega Senior Product Manager Michael Sultana says.

There has also been a big shift towards Black Glass finish products rather than stainless steel, in particular for ovens and gas tops. Offering plenty of modern appeal, you will be seeing more of these products over the next year.

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2017 Home Trends: BATHROOM

Tapware design is continuing to be refined with even thinner edges and lines become more prevalent.

While the trend has been predominantly applied to tapware, new casting techniques and materials have allowed other products to adopt the thin edge trend as well. This is reflected in vitreous china basins, baths and toilet seats.

“This theme is explored in both product and spatial design, with furniture and cabinetry construction adopting it as well,” Caroma Design Team Manager, David Giorgio says.

“We are seeing it everywhere, including items like thin stone benchtops.”

“The second major trend relates to texture. Timber laminates, both natural and synthetic are featuring coarsely textured grains. Machined marble tiles are appearing as feature walls, vertical surfaces and splash-backs, while brushed and satin metallic surfaces in a myriad of colours are being applied to tapware, giving surfaces that were once polished and glassy a new tactility.”

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What do you think of our 2017 home trends and forecasts?

Most of us assume that renovating our kitchens will cost us the earth.

That doesn’t have to be true. It’s highly possible to give your kitchen a fresh new look on a smaller budget.

Hotondo Homes knows how

We were delighted recently to be asked to contribute to a blog post about ways to renovate your kitchen on a budget. The post, for a leading loan comparison site RateCity, asked some of Australia’s top builders and suppliers to offer advice on kitchen renovations without involving a hefty price tag. Check it out for more inspiration and great advice: ‘Save on Your Mortgage and Update Your Kitchen’.

The kitchen should be one of your first ports of call when it comes to home renovation. It is a highly visible area that receives a lot of traffic, and is a major selling point. Most builders will agree that this is one of the areas that will add the most value to your property. Here are some of our tips for achieving maximum effects with minimum spend.

The power of paint

Give your kitchen a fresh coat of paint! People often underestimate this, but it’s amazing how effective it can be in giving a room an updated feel. Light, contemporary colours are a good choice as they will add a feeling of space and give your kitchen a de-cluttered look. Colours that are too bold could turn potential buyers off when it comes to resale.

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Give your cabinets some TLC

If your existing cabinetry is in good condition, see how much you can change the appearance of your kitchen by simply painting the doors and changing the handles. Alternatively, if you really want a more drastic change, that doesn’t mean you need to spend on completely new cabinets. Why not reface them instead? This means you keep the interior parts of your existing cabinets and have new doors and drawer fronts put on. It’s a much cheaper way of achieving a whole new look.

Spend on the essentials

Saving money elsewhere in your kitchen will enable you to devote most of your budget to the essentials when it comes to refurbishing. The most visible items in the kitchen are the benchtops and splashbacks. Here is where you have the most power to update the appearance of your room, so by focusing your budget you can achieve a kitchen makeover that looks luxurious and will last for many years to come.

For more information on a kitchen makeover for your home, contact your local Hotondo Homes builder today!

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home.

We often say this, however it doesn’t make it any less genuine. It is true both metaphorically – family members spend a lot of time in the kitchen with many memories made here – and literally – a kitchen is more often than not located at the centre of a home’s design.

So what does it take to build a dream kitchen? Our 7 simple steps can help you determine your favourite style, the ideal layout and the key components you need to consider when it comes to kitchen design.

What is your style?

Choosing a style or theme for your kitchen is the first step towards creating your dream kitchen. A cohesive look is important not just for the kitchen, but for the rest of the home too, especially if you have an open-plan design. Whether it be modern, elegant, country or something a little bit different, make sure you have a style in mind or you could end up with a chaotic mess. Check out some kitchen inspiration here.

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Build your foundation

The anchor of the kitchen lies in the cabinetry which takes up a good portion. You’ll want to consider just how much storage space you will need, and whether you intend to hide away appliances like your toaster (clutter is a killer for good interior design!). Natural wood, a painted finish, gloss or matte, cabinet choices are endless. Think carefully about the style choice you select and how the cabinets will complement it.

Work in the benchtops

Benchtops are the next big ticket item in the kitchen. Highly visible, there is a huge range of choice available these days from natural stone to laminate for a cheaper – yet just as lovely – option. The question you need to consider when choosing a colour is whether you want your eyes drawn to the cabinetry or the benchtop first. Choose a similar colour for a seamless look or something different for a bolder and more eye-catching approach. Ensure you have plenty of bench space to cook and prepare your meals too!

The feature splashback

After the benchtop it is time to choose your splashback. Contemporary homes tend to use a glass splashback. Paint is applied to the back of the glass, leaving the colour well protected and the surface smooth, shiny and easy to clean. You could also consider a window to enhance natural lighting. For a more traditional style, tiles remain popular. No longer are you stuck with plain square tiles either, with more and more shapes available every day. Tiles can be made to imitate natural materials like wood, concrete and marble, meaning it is easier than ever to create a look you love. Read more about splashback options here.

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Prominence for your must-have items

Make a list of the most important items or appliances for your dream kitchen, and prioritise them. Whether it is a dishwasher, an extra space for a large fridge or a butler’s pantry with a sink, now is your chance to include them all!

Consider the kitchen work triangle

Closely related to your must-have items is the kitchen work triangle. The kitchen work triangle is a concept used to create the ideal functional layout for your dream kitchen. The main tasks completed in the kitchen are using your stove, sink and fridge, creating a kitchen ‘triangle’. Having these three features close (but not too close) to one another creates the ideal cooking environment. Think carefully about how you use your kitchen and what the ideal layout could be to maximise time and space.

Proportion and scale

Open-plan living is a beautiful thing, however it also means the line becomes blurred between kitchen, living and dining spaces. Properly scaled furniture creates more defined spaces and helps a room ‘feel right’. Ensure your benchtop is at an appropriate height, and your bar chairs need to fit comfortably under it. Your dining chairs need to sit approximately 25-30cm lower than the table. The table itself should be large enough to seat your family, but still have enough space around it to pull each chair all the way out.

What do you think of our list? Is there something we missed when creating a dream kitchen? Let us know in the comments!

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Just 200 metres down the road from their old home, Frank and Debra Cartledge’s prized piece of land sat waiting for them.

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.”

 

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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’!”

 

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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.

 

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To start your own journey towards your dream home, contact Hotondo Homes today.

Having to choose the perfect design for your home can be a fun, yet overwhelming experience.

With so many different builders and floor plans out there, it is important to ask yourself a few simple questions before decision-time arrives. Below are tips from our design team which can help you work out the most important features you need to choose the perfect design.

Timeframe – it is important to consider how long you plan to live in the home. If your plan is short-term, you’ll learn very quickly what works well, what features you like, and what you want to change for your next home. If it is long-term, you will need to think about how your lifestyle may change over the coming years.

Single or double storey – if you already have land, you will need to consider what type of home is going to best suit it. With lot sizes generally decreasing, a double storey home is a great way to get extra space for your backyard, as well as in your home. However, single storey homes are more age-friendly and energy costs can be significantly cheaper. Think about what kind of home is going to best suit your current and future lifestyle.

Children – the age and number of children will determine many factors. In addition to the number of bedrooms, parents of young children might want a rumpus room for the kids to play in, while teenage children might require a quiet space away from living areas to study. A home that has zoned the kid’s area in a separate wing is a great way to close the doors, dull the noise and hide any mess.

Location of bedrooms – your bedroom is your sanctuary. You will need to consider whether you prefer it at the front of the home or the rear, and how close you want it located to the other bedrooms. You should always consider the proximity of bedrooms to the bathroom, laundry and living room noise as well.

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Versatile design – a versatile home is one that will adapt as you need it to. A rumpus room can be turned into a study as kids get older. Second living spaces can be converted into bedrooms for elderly parents. Be mindful of how your chosen design can adapt with you.

Lifestyle – your lifestyle will influence what features you have in your home. If you are an avid movie fan, you might consider a home theatre. If you love entertaining, an alfresco or formal lounge could be ideal. If you run a business from home, a home office located near the entry would be perfect.

Kitchen – always consider the kitchen work triangle when looking at your design. The kitchen work triangle is made up of the distance between the most used items in the kitchen – your cooktop, sink and refrigerator. These three elements need to be close together for convenience, but not too close it becomes cramped. You will also need to decide where you will store everything. A good way to work out the best location for your pots, pans, plates and cutlery is to imagine serving dinner, unloading the dishwasher and baking a cake.

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Block of land – your design must be suited to the block of land. If you have a narrow inner city allotment, your options are more restricted compared to a rural acreage block. In addition, if the land has a slope, you may need a split level design. Every land estate has different design requirements, so be sure to check your contract thoroughly.

Backyard – what you would like to achieve with a backyard will impact the size of the block of land you need and the size of the home. Keen gardeners, entertainers or people with pets may want a larger backyard than those who don’t spend much time outdoors.

Think about the furniture you currently own – many people like the look of a home, however when it comes to moving they realise there isn’t a place for their current furniture. Quite often new home buyers may find their couch that fit perfectly in their old home does not suit the configuration of their new one. If you have a piece of furniture you cannot let go of, make sure it fits!

Storage – builders and designers are very savvy when it comes to incorporating storage into your home. There is no wasted space with every nook and cranny being used wisely. If you need more space room though, consider extending the garage to allow extra room for storing bicycles or a boat. You also may want to add extra storage inside your home for toys, linen or coats.

Study/computer nook – if you don’t want a complete study but you still want somewhere to store your computer or charge your laptop, a study nook is a great compromise. It is an efficient use of space and provides the perfect place to store all of your electronic devices, without giving up an entire room.

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Room usage – while a third living area or home theatre may look amazing on the plan, practical applications need to be considered. If you are not going to be using a particular room it is wasted space. Utilise it for some other means or omit it completely and extend other, more practical rooms.

Don’t lose sight of the goal – keep referring back to why you’re moving in the first place. If your reason for moving was to downsize, make sure you don’t get caught up in the design process and end up with a bigger home than you started with. Similarly, if it’s an investment, consider the versatility of the home to suit a wide audience.

For more on how to choose the perfect design, visit hotondo.com.au

Updating your kitchen splashback is a simple and effective way to renovate your kitchen.

Splashback options come in a variety of colours and shapes and can be made from an array of different materials.

Below are some of our favourite splashback options you can try in your own home!

 

Sleek and silky glass

Glass is one of the most popular choices when it comes to a splashback. Paint is applied to the back of the glass, leaving the colour well protected and the surface smooth and shiny. With no grouting required, the glass is easily wiped clean of kitchen grease. With so many colour choices on offer, you will be able to find the perfect match for your kitchen!

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Tempting tile options

Tiles can be a more budget-friendly option than glass. No longer are you stuck with plain square tiles either, with more and more shapes available every day. Tiles can be made to imitate natural materials like wood, concrete and marble, meaning it is easier than ever to create a look you love. While often cheaper, tiles do have the drawback of grout, which can become difficult to clean.

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Let there be light!

If your kitchen looks out to your garden, why not make the most of it and install a window instead of a splashback? A window will allow plenty of natural light to enter your home, and a installing a plant box directly underneath will add a touch of plant-life without having to worry about caring for an indoor plant.

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Mirror mirror, on the wall…

A mirrored splashback will add depth to your kitchen. Like a glass splashback, it will be relatively easy to clean and will make your kitchen appear bigger.

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Which look is your favourite? Or do you have another option? Let us know in the comments below!

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If you are in the midst of planning a kitchen renovation, there are plenty of possibilities on offer.

Remodelling your kitchen can be a fun and inspiring project, but there are also many difficulties associated with it.

It can be tough to step back and look at the space as a whole and cohesive environment. We are so used to tackling individual aspects of interior design (lampshades, wallpaper, flooring, etc.) that it is often difficult to see things from a wider perspective.

This is why it is important to be creative and think outside of the box when planning a kitchen renovation. Don’t be afraid to get crafty with your ideas, you could end up designing something truly special!

Try some of these simple tricks to reinvent your kitchen:

Swap cabinets for shelves

You don’t have to go for conventional overhead cabinets. For a modern and hip kitchen, try swapping out overhead cupboards for open shelves. Then, add bowls, plants, ornaments, and anything else you fancy.

While the traditional cabinets may give a more ‘clean’ look, open shelves can provide a place to showcase your silverware or decor. This not only creates an illusion of more space, but also gives you an opportunity to make your kitchen more visually interesting.

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Choose some fancy doorknobs

If you are trying to create a clean and cohesive look, it is best to invest in new doorknobs and handles that match.

If you are hoping for something a little quirkier, be bold and browse local flea markets and online marketplaces for unusual fixtures. You would be surprised at what you can find at a few quirkier marketplaces or antique shops. A unique doorknob can become something that draws the eye and even works as a great conversation starter!

Energise your ceiling

Often forgotten, the ceiling forms an important part of any room. Inject texture and colour into your kitchen ceiling, with coloured ceiling tiles. Easy to install and very affordable, they can add a real wow factor to your kitchen.

Exploring more colourful options can lead to surprisingly livelier look for your kitchen. You could even try lowering the ceiling above the kitchen for added effect!

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Make a big splash

For a high impact, but surprisingly cost effective tip, invest in classic white subway tiles with a bevelled edge for your splashback. Splashbacks give kitchens a real sense of urban drama and style. This is the perfect solution for those who look for something stylish but don’t have a limitless budget. Plus, they are really easy to clean!

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Keep counters looking sharp

You can enjoy the aesthetic and the texture of stone worktops without the heavy price tag. You just have to swap out the costly material for a cheaper imitation like travertine silver laminate. Visitors will never be able to tell the difference and you’ll save yourself some serious cash.

An added benefit is you can change the countertop if the old one wears down or if you want a new style without it costing you too much.

Choose soft glide hinges

To eliminate the horrid banging sound that accompanies every foray into the kitchen cupboards, enhance the value of your kitchen renovation with clever soft close hinges and glides. These little devices fit on to the sides of cupboards and drawers and muffle noise.

While it may seem like a small touch, this dramatic reduction of noise in your kitchen can really turn out to be a winner.

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Add extra storage space

You can never have too much storage, so make every inch count by affixing practical door mounted shelving in your new kitchen. These nifty mounts can hold anything from spices to cleaning products, tea towels or frying pans.

The next time you find yourself thinking where to store all your new kitchen utensils, you’ll thank yourself for thinking ahead and planning the extra storage space.

Create custom features

The best kitchen makeovers are the ones that show off the personality of their owner. Add some fun and character with inexpensive custom details like building a floor to ceiling wine rack next to the fridge or in your pantry.

If you’re really feeling adventurous and want to turn your kitchen into the gravitational centre of your house, think big and install a kitchen island. While this is sometimes a complex project that may require professional concrete cutting, a kitchen island is an indispensable part of any professional’s kitchen and it can return the work and investment tenfold when it completely transforms how you prepare food, hang out in the kitchen, or even dine.


Author Bio: This article is written and submitted by Matthew Funnell, who works with Supercut (WA) Concrete Cutting and Drilling , a privately owned concrete cutting and core drilling company serving Western Australia for 20 years.


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