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With an emphasis on family and space in new homes being built, open-plan living has become a standard feature when it comes to designing a new home. While the term “open-plan” brings to mind large, cavernous spaces that need to be filled with furniture, for most homes this couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, these spaces are designed to be functional and suit all aspects of family life, while still creating an atmosphere of comfort and style. It can feel daunting to have to decorate one large space that functions as three separate areas, but we have some tips to help you create the perfect open-plan space for your home.

Identify the Zones

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Indoor/Outdoor Living

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By using these clever tips, your open-plan space will feel welcoming, warm, and spacious, and will suit you and your family’s lifestyle perfectly. For more open-plan living design inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website today and take a look at our large range of designs.

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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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!

When it comes to building family-friendly homes, there are a few key elements to consider.

Family-friendly homes generally have a number of separate living areas to cater for both parents and children. Children’s bedrooms are often set in their own wing, and versatile spaces are available as they become older and family dynamics change.

Most importantly, a good home design will suit your family’s needs. What is perfect for one family may not be right for another, so it is vital to determine what the most important elements are to you.

Hotondo Homes Home Navigator tool can help you find up to nine designs suitable for you based on a short, two-minute questionnaire designed to determine what you need in a home. Below we have listed our own personal top nine family-friendly home designs for you to consider when building your dream home.

 

DOUBLE STOREY HOMES

The Amora 384

The Amora features three separate living areas – one upstairs and two downstairs – to offer plenty of space for a larger family to relax or entertain simultaneously.

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The Hotham 247

The Hotham contains a leisure space upstairs along with a study nook tucked away in the corner, making it an ideal space for children to occupy while parents enjoy the open-plan living downstairs.

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The Lorne 302

If you have younger children you need to keep an eye on, the Lorne may be the one for you. The downstairs semi-private living space is secluded enough from the rest of the home to provide some privacy, but parents can keep an eye on children from the kitchen.

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The Tarwin 297

Maintain your privacy with the Tarwin. Perfect for slightly older families, the Tarwin keeps the children and parent bedrooms separated, upstairs and downstairs.

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SINGLE STOREY HOMES

The Birchgrove 222

Single storey homes that feature a kid’s zone or rumpus around the children’s bedrooms are great family-friendly homes, just like the Birchgrove.

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The Erskine 290

The Erskine features all three children’s bedrooms in a separate wing to the rest of the home. The semi-private lounge space could also be closed off to provide another space for a family to enjoy.

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The Jamieson 222

Just like the Erskine, the Jamieson has all the children’s bedrooms in a separate wing, which also includes a kid’s zone. This versatile space can turn into a bedroom if required.

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The Marcoola 209

The Marcoola offers three distinct zones, the master bedroom area, the living area and the secondary bedroom wing, making it one of our particularly popular family-friendly homes.

 

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The McRae 250

The McRae is a versatile home where the lounge and kid’s zone can be converted into other rooms like an extra bedroom, home theatre or study, depending on your family’s requirements.

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Visit hotondo.com.au to view more designs.

Modern interior design is defined by simple, uncluttered and clean spaces.

Traditional ornaments, curves and complex shapes are replaced with straight, defined lines, a neutral palette and a blend of indoor and outdoor living.

We have pulled together five simple ways to create a modern interior design. Be inspired by some of our favourite styles and create the contemporary home of your dreams!

1. Let the light shine through

Modern interior design is almost exclusively light and airy. Traditional dark interiors and closed off rooms are now breezy spaces with large windows. Natural light is necessary, so check the orientation of your home and ensure your main living spaces are facing north to maximise the amount of sunlight you’ll receive. When it comes to artificial light, opt for downlights or a feature light that emulates a contemporary feel.

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2. An open floor plan is your friend

Unite your home with an open-plan design. For a seamless experience that adds to that airy feel, blur the lines between kitchen and living, bathroom and bedroom, indoors and outdoors. Many homes feature an adjoining alfresco space with large doors or even a bi-fold option to further enhance the openness. A modern design allows you to spend more time with your family as you cook, clean, relax and entertain in the same spaces.

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3. Neutral colours with vibrate accents

The walls, floors, ceiling and larger furnishing should all comprise of a neutral colour palette. Contemporary colours like whites, creams, browns, greys and black let the furniture’s natural shape and detail shine through, and your accent pieces can then stand out on a clean base. Don’t add too many elements though, modern interior design is all about the ‘clean’ look, so aim for less clutter and larger pieces of art or décor.

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4. Make a (subtle) statement with your flooring

Your flooring is a vital part of modern interior design. Bare hardwood floors, large tiles or polished concrete all offer a beautiful finish with minimal fuss. Use area rugs for your living areas and dining room to break up the space and add warmth to the home. Keep it simple with less lines and more focus on the area as a whole.

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5. Natural materials for an indoor/outdoor lifestyle

Organic materials like wood, marble, rock and other such textiles are a great way to blend the indoor and outdoor elements of your home. Use them as a feature wall, for your decking or displayed throughout your home for a beautiful finish that emulates the contemporary home.

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What are your favourite modern interior design elements? Have you tried something else? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Open-plan living is a popular option for new home owners.

Open-plan living combines multiple rooms into a single space to create the illusion of a larger area. Many new home designs feature open-plan living, particularly with the kitchen, dining and lounge area.

While there are many positives to this style of floor plan, there are still a few drawbacks. Read on below to see if open-plan living is right for you.

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