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Following on from the 2019 Hotondo Homes National Conference in Singapore, we chatted to some of our award-winning builders about what their favourite Hotondo home designs are and why. Here’s what they had to say! Hotondo Homes Ballarat Hotondo Homes Ballarat, who are our National Professional Builders of the Year two years running love the […]

When you’re ready to build your new home, choosing a home design that will suit your family throughout many stages of life is the most important choice you’ll make. One of the decisions you’ll need to make is whether you opt for a single or double storey home. Both designs have a number of pros […]

LIghting

When you’re building your new home, one of the most important features to think about is how you’re going to use lighting in each room that’s functional, while also creating the perfect atmosphere to suit each space. Lighting can be an afterthought, but it’s an important factor to consider for a number of reasons, so […]

House and land package

Whether you’re single, have a partner, married with a small family, you’re needing to upsize to accommodate your growing teens, or you simply want to build an investment property, purchasing a house and land package is one of the most economical and efficient ways to create an asset for your property portfolio, and build a […]

As your family grows and kids get older, sometimes space inside the home can feel like it’s full to overflowing, especially when friends come over and add to the number of people inside. One way to add additional liveable space to your home without undertaking a costly extension is to convert your garage! It’s a […]

Stamp Duty

Building a new home can be an expensive process. With home insurance, conveyancing or solicitor fees, and mortgage insurance, costs start to add up quickly. One of the largest payments you’ll make during this process is stamp duty. Although the added cost is substantial, there’s no avoiding it unfortunately, since every real estate purchase accrues […]

Conveyancing

Buying your first home and feeling a little confused about what conveyancing is? You’re not alone! This is a vital part of the purchasing process, but is often a service you pay for without really understanding it. We’ve got a simple breakdown of what conveyancing is, why you need to do it, and why it’s […]

Sloping block

Building on a Sloping Block

Hotondo Homes builders understand that land comes in many shapes and sizes, and that often land can have quite a slope on it, making it more challenging to build on. Rather than seeing a sloping block as a negative feature of the land, our builders aim to make the most out of your land by […]

Split Level

If you’ve decided to build your own home but your block of land presents a bit of challenge due to the land sloping, finding a suitable home design can be difficult. Sloping blocks can be time-consuming, impractical and costly to excavate. Slab homes dug into a slope can often result in steep driveways, large retaining […]

Mortgage

Once you’ve saved up a deposit for a home, it’s tempting to go straight to looking at properties and house and land packages to find your dream first home! But before you do, you need to ensure you have approval in place for a mortgage. Without a mortgage, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to jump […]

When you’re building a new home, it’s important to understand the fixed costs in the quote you receive from your builder. Many builders will put something called ‘prime cost’ items or provisional allowances into their quote, and clients may find that when it comes to actually selecting items for their home, they’re met with surprise […]

There are a number of reasons why people decide to downsize their homes. Perhaps the kids are grown up and have moved out, maybe you’re ready for a more modestly sized home that requires less maintenance, or perhaps you just like the idea of a cosier space to live in. Whatever the reason, making the […]

Alfresco

As soon as there’s a hint of Summer in the air, it’s hard not to start dreaming about long, lazy nights outside, relaxing with a drink and enjoying a meal with family and friends as you watch the kids play in the backyard. Modern home designs often include a covered, beautifully designed alfresco as an […]

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