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The New Year is here, and that means it’s time to start thinking about leaving behind old traditions and trends. This is especially true when it comes to our interiors. We have it on good authority that 2022 will bring an avalanche of exciting trends that are sure to breathe new life into your home. […]

Read a book a month. Learn a new language. Drink more water. Sure, these are all noble New Year’s Resolutions, but at Hotondo Homes, we’re thinking much bigger. Let’s face it: 2021 was a year full of unexpected challenges. After spending more time in our homes than we’d liked, there’s no doubt that we noticed […]

It really is the most wonderful time of the year: family and friends get together to exchange gifts, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and reminisce about the year that has just passed. The star of the show, of course, is the Christmas tree. Come December 1, almost every home in Australia puts up their […]

Goodbye electric blankets, Ugg boots and woollen socks: summer is officially here! And with that, there are more daylight hours and the temperatures are warming up. While it might be tempting to lather on sunscreen and relax in the sun all day, we’re going to be productive with our time and create a summer-style aesthetic […]

With the holiday season quickly approaching, this means a house full of guests. There are many ways you can make your family and friends feel more welcome as they enter your home: have drinks ready when they arrive, give a warm and heartfelt hello as you open the door, and make an entrance in your […]

New construction homes are gaining in popularity, with many Australians choosing to build a new home rather than move into an existing one. There’s no denying the appeal of new construction, and there are so many benefits when going down this route. If you’re a homebuyer in the market for a place to call your […]

Converting a garage into a bedroom is a great way to add additional space to your home, provide space for a teenager or elderly relative or create additional income by renting it to a tenant. Converting a garage is typically cheaper than taking on a full-blown extension, but the downside is you will lose your […]

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 walls and an unattractive façade. In some cases it may even be impossible to reduce the slope of the land to the point you can build a standard home on […]

They say the kitchen is the heart of any home, so it makes sense that the layout, location and functionality should be taken into careful consideration when building your new home. When it comes to kitchen layouts, it’s important to design one that suits your family and lifestyle.   What is an open-plan kitchen? An […]

Dealing with a valuation shortfall

A home buyer can view their house and land in a different manner to a bank, lender or valuer. Where the home buyer sees future, family, opportunity and home, the banks see risk. Before your lender gives you a loan, they will use a valuer. A valuer assesses your land and home, and if they believe […]

Are you on the hunt for a brand new home that you can build your future around? Perhaps you’re looking at building your very own home or even buying one that’s just come onto the market. No matter what path is ahead of you, there’s no denying it’s an exciting one. The great Australian dream […]

Hillgrove 234 facade

Once you decide you would like to build a new home you will undoubtedly come across the wonderful world of house and land packages. With only the single contract to deal with, fewer decisions to be made and the relatively quick build time, house and land packages offer a lot of appeal. There are a few […]

First impressions do matter, so choosing the right façade for your home is important. An attractive façade can not only increase the value of a house, but it also sets the tone for the entire home. Before looking at some of our façade inspiration, be sure to consider the following points: The surrounding landscape. If […]

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