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!

Outdoor entertainment is fast becoming a staple for every home. Being able to relax in comfort on a summer’s day is a luxury more and more people want to possess.
An alfresco area provides shelter from the elements, a secondary cooking area, utilises space and extends your home.
For your very own amazing alfresco area, keep these tips in mind:


Make the most of the space you have and create some built-in seating. Not only does is save space, but it blends nicely with the relaxed atmosphere of an alfresco. You can even have a built-in eskie alongside the seats to create your very own outdoor bar. Your guests will love it!

If you don’t have the space, consider different kinds of tables and chairs. Wicker chairs with soft cushions are a great for a rustic look, while wooden or metal create a modern feel.

Amazing alfresco area


Inspired by Australia’s love of BBQs, outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular. Create an outdoor cooking space with benches, a bar fridge, BBQ and even a kitchen sink to make entertaining a breeze. This way, the chef won’t miss out on any of the action throughout the evening.

Amazing alfresco area


Blur the line between indoor and outdoor living. Wide-open doors and flooring that flows through the home to outdoors will extend your living space and creates a true indoor/outdoor experience. Furnishings can also play an important part in doing this. Large, soft chairs, couches, coffee tables or outdoor rugs all add a homely feel to the great outdoors. Choose detailed and patterned pieces to really warm up the area.

Amazing alfresco area


Traditionally timber decking has been the flooring of choice for outdoor alfresco areas. However, you don’t need to limit yourself to this. Polished concrete and tiles are other great options available that can really change the look of the alfresco.

Amazing alfresco area


The final touch to any room is the décor, so the same goes for your alfresco. A touch of plant-life, colourful cushions and wall features are all popular choices.

Amazing alfresco area

Visit hotondo.com.au for more on how to create the perfect alfresco area.

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