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3

Oct

Point of Difference

The team here at PJ Burns Builder have been designing and building award winning, new homes for over 40 years, and specialise in new homes and knockdown rebuilds on the Sunshine Coast, in Hervey Bay and in Brisbane and surrounding areas. So what is it that sets us apart from other home builders?

A personalised design to suit your lifestyle and budget

We understand that your home is more than just a roof over your head. After all, carefully considered designs, form beautiful , sustainable, quality homes that foster a simpler way of life.

Our home designs, perfected and developed over the years combine the latest innovative construction and design techniques with our knowledge of what works best for our unique Queensland lifestyle and climate. We will take the time to help you design a home that is perfect for you and allow you the freedom to personalise the plan and inclusions to achieve your dream home, or even arrange a free design meeting to discuss your ideas and create your own plan from scratch.

Images: Sarah and Courtney Burns working on a new build project together with father Rick Burns, in Rick’s parents Noel + Jesse Burns original family dining room. ( Captured by Amanda Burns)

The latest design inspiration

Nothing is more exciting to those of us in the industry than beautiful, sustainable and inspiring new design and products. Visit our instagram to see our current projects under construction.  This is a great place to start, just remember, you are only limited by your imagination and budget.

Images: Design Inspiration via Freedom Australia

An enjoyable building experience

We strive to ensure you and your family an enjoyable experience, whether you are building for investment, are a first home buyer, or creating a new family home. Our experience allows us to help you find the best home and land combination to suit your lifestyle, family and budget, all at the most affordable prices.

Images: Design Inspiration from our current projects via our Instagram account

Fast build times with experienced supervisors

We want to you and your family to be able to move into your new home, as quickly as possible, whilst ensuring everything runs smoothly. Our supervisors have years of experience in the industry and with PJ Burns Builder, so any unforeseen obstacles that may arise will be sorted quickly, and you will get your keys on time.

Images: Design Inspiration from our current projects via our Instagram account

Do you need further guidance on getting started, need a second opinion on your new home project, or wish to talk through an existing quote from another builder? We have a team of experts here to assist you and guide you through the process. Say hello to Courtney via the live chat on our website and get inspired to start building today!

No matter your design style, we’d love to hear from you & help bring your dreams to life. Contact us about our range of stunning home designs, all of which can be tailored to suit your individual style, or talk to us about how we can custom design your dream home and help you choose the right block today. p: 07 5457 7600 / e: hello@pjburns.com

7

Aug

5 ways to bring your new home to life!

We have created a list and narrowed it down to five things that we encourage you to consider, when designing and planning each space of your new PJ Burns Builder home.

Number One: Let light in.

There are so many styles of windows + creative ways to let light into your new PJ Burns Builder home! Exposed trusses with a feature skylight will enhance your living space and provide so much character, while lovely louvre windows are hard to pass with their so many benefits #feelthebreeze!

Remember, thoughtfully positioned windows will give your home a feeling of space + connect your internal living areas seemly with the outdoors + your natural surroundings.

Images: Design Inspiration via our Instagram Account @pjburnsbuilder

Number Two: Bring in the natural.

Adding a touch of natural fibers instantly brings natural warmth and texture to any space. Think Timber, Wool, Leather, Linen, Cotton and Metals in a fresh colour palette. Organic pieces of handmade furniture are beautiful additions, not to be overlooked and can be incorporated as coffee tables, light fittings, hanging chairs, bed heads or even lounges.

Designer Tip: Visit our ‘Hanging Chairs’ Blog Post for more design inspiration to incorporate organic pieces into your new PJ Burns home.

Images: Design Inspiration via Armadilloandco

Number Three: Utilise your walls.

If you are short on floor space, utilising your walls not only adds interest, it also improves the functionality of your space. Depending on your style, consider a feature brick or cladding wall to add texture + character to the room.

Designer Tip: Frame your cherished photos and arrange them on your walls. You can create a gallery wall with a combination of memories + artwork or simply hang one or two statement pieces.

Images: Design Inspiration via Armadilloandco

Number Four: Add something green.

This season is all about styling your home with lots and lots of greenery, bunches of flowers, hanging plants or potted plants, the options are endless.

Greenery can be incorporated into your new PJ Burns Builder home design by adding a custom made shelf or two to your bedroom, or some open shelves to your kitchen instead of overhead cupboards, the options are only limited by your imagination, and budget.

Keep in mind, not only do plants improve air quality by removing toxins, they instantly add warmth and soften an internal living space.

Images: Design Inspiration via Armadilloandco

Number Five: Focus on flooring.

When it comes to deciding on the flooring of your new home, we are noticing a push towards Vinyl Plank Flooring, and it is not hard to see why. Durable and stylish, our clients love this standard PJ Burns Builder inclusion and appreciate the variety of modern colours to select from when it comes to making final colour selections.

Designer Tip: A rug can dramatically change the look and feel of a room and can give that instant warmth by defining the space. A rug can be the finishing touch to bring a room to life, or you might use it as a starting point, working cushions and artworks back, whichever you choose, with so many options you will find a rug that suits your style and lifestyle. Remember, proportion is everything when selecting a rug to fit your space.

Images: Design Inspiration from recently completed PJ Burns Builder homes, featuring Vinyl Plank Flooring.

Need further guidance on getting started? We have a team of experts here to guide you through the process. Say hello to Courtney via the live chat on our website and get inspired to start building today!

No matter your design style, we’d love to hear from you & help bring your dreams to life. Contact us about our range of stunning home designs, all of which can be tailored to suit your individual style, or talk to us about how we can custom design your dream home and help you choose the right block today. p: 07 5457 7600 / e: hello@pjburns.com

14

Feb

PJ Burns New Display Home in Peregian Springs

Over the last 40 years, we have seen the area dramatically change its view on the traditional home.

While there has been an ongoing evolution in building materials & floor plan size over the time, the biggest changes have been brought in with the success of shows like ‘House Rules’ & ‘The Block’.

Take a 3D walk-through, virtual tour of our stylish new Display Home at 7 Rosea Place, Peregian Springs, where we decided to embrace the DIY movement & showcase a quality home with modern ‘Wow Factor’ custom made finishings.


Video: 3D walk-through, virtual tour of PJ Burns New Display Home

Our in house designer, Joel Gravina says, “Current Building methodology is certainly a throwback to the 70’s with lightweight cladding materials, finishes such as wallpaper, and furnishings typical of the era.”

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Images: PJ Burns Display Home, 7 Rosea Place, Peregian Springs

As you can see, the home has endless character and is a place of inspiration with established modern gardens and stunning custom, hand-crafted inclusions. It is also currently listed for sale, and a great, rare property investment opportunity, with property value protected by surrounding display homes & lease back options available. If you would like more information on our new display home or are interested in purchasing the home, contact Courtney today. m: 0417 442 243 / e: hello@pjburns.com

 

9

Feb

Style Files – Hamptons Style

One of the most exciting parts of building your new home is selecting your design & style. For some people this comes really easy & others it can be a little more difficult. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, we have a team of experts here to guide you through the process.

One of the biggest styles on trend at the moment & being showcased all over social media is the Hamptons Style, which can be influenced by our coastal ‘beach vibe’ or hinterland ‘cottage themed’ surroundings & lifestyle.

There are a few key design features emerging in our clients homes who are opting for the Hamptons Style, as you can see in our 2017 QMBA Multi Award Winning Home, which features high ceilings, oversized rooms, wide timber look vinyl-plank flooring & plenty of texture.

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Images: Our 2017 QMBA Multi Award Winning ‘Hamptons Style’ Home 

If Hamptons is your style preference, then opt for a soft natural colour palette.  Make your selection in mostly whites and a muted colour palette & limit features (although they can make a statement). When choosing your feature, head toward the warm grey, navy or duck egg blue tones, but be cautious how much colour you do use so you don’t take away from the room’s light and airy mood.

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Images: Design Inspiration via Hibou Design & Co

When decorating your new PJ Burns Builder, Hamptons home, consider using large oversized dining tables and lounges paired with natural fibers, such as a statement wicker or rattan feature chair or a sisal rug to ground the room.

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Images: Design Inspiration via Studio McGee

To complete your Hamptons Style home & tie it all together, a standout mirror or feature pendant light fitting is a must. Just don’t forget the french linen!

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Images: Design Inspiration via Three Balls Red

We caught up with our Interior Designer & Colour Consultant, Amanda Burns who is currently in the preliminary design stages of building her new family home and is opting for a Hamptons style, with a country twist. Amanda describes her feelings toward the Hamptons Style as.. ‘I love how the Hamptons Style is effortlessly stylish, the warmth in the colour tones & texture from nature are homely, the designs are open, and encourage natural light & breeze. It’s all in the detail, and I love the relaxing, luxe resort feeling that it brings into the comfort of your own home.’

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Images: PJ Burns Builder ‘Hamptons Style’ Home

We’d love to hear from you & help bring your dreams to life. Contact us about our range of stunning home designs, all of which can be tailored to suit your style, or talk to us about how we can custom design your dream home and help you choose the right block today. p: 07 5457 7600 / e: hello@pjburns.com

30

Jan

Style Files – Industrial Style

One of the most exciting parts of building your new home is selecting your design & style, for some people this comes really easy & others it can be a little more difficult. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, we have a team of experts here to guide you through the process.

One of the familiar styles we are seeing continuing on into 2018, is the every evolving Industrial Style. With its versatility to suit different styles of homes & ways of life & the option to go all out soho loft style or just incorporate certain elements into your home decoration, it is easy to see why this trend is carrying on.

Industrial style is fun & really easy to accomplish, for example, the exposed beams. Using non structural ceiling beams for appearance only, or exposing your timber trusses, transforms the interior & provides an added warmth to any space. You can paint them contrasting or even use a metal beam to add Industrial character.

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Images: Design Inspiration via Contemporist

Adding a face brick wall as a feature to your kitchen is another way to give the Industrial feeling of order and disorder, or think creative and paint your walls in a Concrete Wall Treatment, like Matt & Kim from The Block, who applied the polished concrete using a cement glassface product, or alternatively a specialist concrete look paint finish can be applied, which doubles up as a work of art!

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Images: PJ Burns NEW Display Home at 7 Rosea Place, Peregian Springs

Our Sales Manager, Courtney Burns who’s style is Industrial (and as much of it as possible), has incorporated a few different elements into her Sunshine Coast beach home, see below. We caught up with Courtney, who describes Industrial Style as.. ‘In a world of aiming to be perfect, the raw finish of the industrial style is refreshing, I compare it to imperfect perfection, where organised clutter is acceptable.’

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Images: Courtney’s PJ Burns Home on the Sunshine Coast

We’d love to hear from you & help bring your dreams to life. Contact us about our range of stunning home designs or talk to us about how we can custom design your dream home and help you choose the right block today. p: 07 5457 7600 / e: hello@pjburns.com

31

Aug

Modern Bricks

There is nothing more exciting to those of us in the building & design industry, or anyone currently building their new home, than new & stylish products!

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The new PGH Morada range here at PJ Burns

The Morada Collection

We just adore the new PGH Morada range of bricks! A fresh, matte finish brick collection for contemporary style and design, with an option of  ‘Linea’ to give a stunning minimalist look.

The Morada collection boasts clean lines with a smooth, matte porcelain-like finish. Combined with the subtle softness of a fresh new colour palette, Morada brings modern European style to the Australian building landscape.

Made in Spain from ultra fine clay, Morada has a refined matte finish and designer colour palette. Morada’s versatility allows it to be used as a simple, strong building material in a beautiful, modern build. Alternatively, Morada can be paired with other materials to provide an elegant contrast in both colour and texture.

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The minimalist style Brick, in Blanco, by PGH

‘Hit & Miss’ Brickwork

Using bricks in a ‘hit & miss’ technique is another way to create a similar, yet sophisticated alternative to the recently returned ‘breeze block’ style, below is a PGH modern renovation using ‘Black & Tan’.

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Black & Tan, ‘Hit & Miss’ or ‘Perforated Brick Bond’ style by PGH

Whatever your style, we have got you covered with the latest, most innovative design & products. Chat to us and find our how we can help you incorporate these modern brick ideas into your new PJ Burns Builder home.

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25

Aug

Should I Get A Pool?

When we were children, a swimming pool in the home was a dream comes true. It would make you the envy of the whole school and give you a place to play on those hot summer days.

These days, pools are slightly more complicated. They cost money, they take up space and they affect the exterior of our homes. If you’re raising a family in your home, a pool might be worthwhile, but if you’re selling in the next five years you’ll probably never realise that investment.

As you can see, there’s more to a pool than what we thought as children. To guide you some more with your decision, we have compiled some common considerations to think about when choosing a pool.

The Pool Itself

Generally, you can choose from in-ground, fibreglass or above ground options, all in different sizes and shapes. You will need to examine the space you have available to determine the option that’s best for you. There are self-cleaning and manual options for swimming pools, as well as options for salt or chlorine.

Inside your pool, you need to think about parts such as filters, pumps and solar systems, which will need replacing every 5-10 years. Your pool will also need cleaning, which will either be a greater investment of time or money, depending on whether you opt for professional or DIY cleaning.

A final thing to consider is an add-on spa. This is another extra cost but it brings a new element to how different people can use and enjoy the space.

Landscaping

A backyard pool will change the entire landscape of your outdoor area. If you don’t have space, consider whether you would prefer a large garden, an outdoor eating area, or your pool.

You can still have vegetation around your pool and this can even enhance the appeal of the environment. Look for hardy plants that are tolerant of the chemicals you will need to use in the pool.

You also need a fence and paving around the pool, which generally won’t be included in the initial cost. Glass fencing is popular but can be costly to maintain and if you live close to the coast, even marine grade steel may eventually discolour.

House Renovation

If your pool backs onto your home, you might need to think about how the rear of your home connects with the pool. If a paved area already exists, can you match it to the pool area, or do you need to consider repaving your alfresco setting? How will your pool blend with your home’s architecture and will larger changes be required?

Depending on your home’s orientation, you’ll need reliable shade adjacent to the pool, particularly during the summer months. If you don’t already have established trees or other shady areas, an extension to your home can connect the spaces.

You also need to think about whether or not you can see the pool from indoors. Being able to see the pool from the inside provides security, a great view, and the peace of mind that families with children need.

The Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to enjoy a pool, whether you’re in Brisbane, Bundaberg or Hervey Bay. As we have learnt, though, there is more to a pool than great weather.

If you want to bring your outdoor area to life, talk to the team at PJ Burns. Our new home renovators and builders in Sunshine Coast can determine if a swimming pool is right for you.

30

Jun

Why Build A Granny Flat?

With many homeowners wishing they had more room, a second home within a home a dream come true. You achieve this dream with a granny flat, and with so many potential benefits, they’re definitely worth considering if you have space.
Elderly parents aren’t the only users of the granny flat these days. Just like the popular AirBnB, granny flats allow thousands of homeowners to generate a passive income by renting out unused rooms or self-contained units. A granny flat can also be used as a home office for a small business or storage for larger household items.
Best of all, a granny flat will add value to your existing property. Granny flat floor plans can be built into existing large house floor plans or designed to accommodate any size site that meets local requirements.

Considerations When You’re Building a Granny Flat

These days, granny flats are being used by everyone from adult children returning to the family home to weary travelers and of course, active seniors.
A separate entrance for your granny flat is more or less standard. Sharing an access corridor to a backyard or garage is not out of the ordinary but depending on how you use the granny flat; this may or may not work for you. After all, if you’re building a granny flat for family, you’ll want to spend some time together – shared access areas make it easy to move between homes and also help with maintenance.

Granny Flat Floor Plan Options

While a kitchen, bathroom and a separate bedroom are more or less standard, if you have space, 2 bedroom granny flat floor plans can give you more flexibility and options in the longer term. With more accommodation, the flat can be a place where you store larger items, or it can even become a home office.

Save Money with Fixtures and Equipment

Depending on the use of your granny flat, you may or may not need it to contain a laundry. Plumbing for a Euro laundry in a hallway or cupboard space will give you the flexibility to decide later on, and also increase the value of you granny flat as a fully self-contained home.
If you’re in the process of building a new house and want to incorporate a granny flat, your current appliances and even cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms could save you money if they’re still in good condition.
Even carpets can be reused, so think about what you’re working with and what you’re trying to achieve before spending time and money on new things. You’ll also save in tip fees and help the environment by recycling.

Top Custom Hervey Bay and Sunshine Coast Builders

PJ Burns is Queensland’s award-winning design and new house building specialist. When it comes time to design and build your house, contact our team. We can assist you with every aspect of the design and build, including the addition of a granny flat.

6

Jun

Making Your Renovation Pay its Way

With new house prices showing no sign of slowing down, it’s worth considering a renovation of your existing home with a floor plan that not only updates but extends your options. When you’re thinking of renovating, there are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Why are you renovating?
  2. How long do you plan on living in the house?
  3. What’s the budget?

If you need more space for a growing family, an extra bedroom, play area or bathroom may be the answer to your first question.

How long you plan on living in the home will inform you on how much you need to plan for the future. If you have a dream house floor plan, it may be worth investing now to save reworking your floor plan again in the future.
A custom-design build with an experienced builder can be a cost-effective way to add value to your existing home. Once you’re happy with the floor plans for your house, an experienced builder can help with everything from the finishes to the fixtures. Your budget may also determine whether you stay on-site or move out while construction is underway.

Quick and Easy Tips to Add Value

Paint and paper – A fresh coat of paint will always make a home look cleaner, fresher, brighter and welcoming. A contemporary feature wall of a floral printed wallpaper can instantly lift a room and give it a personality all its own.
Kitchen confident – If your kitchen has a good layout, but its old and tired, updating the cabinet doors and adding new appliances can make it appear completely new. If your bench tops are in good order, leave them and invest in soft closing drawers to give the kitchen that luxury design feeling at a fraction of the cost.
Energy savers – With the rising costs of gas and electricity, energy efficient lighting, solar hot water as well as zoned and timed temperature control systems increase the appeal of a home to buyers, particularly when interest rates are unsteady. Energy efficient downlights are essential in modern house designs, as are zoned cooling systems that compliment homes designed for warmer climates.
Alfresco year-round – An alfresco deck is like another living room; an outdoor space that can be used year-round for entertaining, dining or relaxing.

Taking a Long-Term View

If you love your home, its locations, and even your neighbours, then consider investing in your property for the longer term. Renovations combine the benefits of old-world charm with modern facilities and extensions. Choosing renovations can be rewarding both financially and a fantastic lifestyle choice.

Get Answers from the Experts

Want to learn more about the benefits of renovating your home? Contact one of our home design experts or learn more about PJ Burns’ award-winning designs and new build homes.

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