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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: A recently completed PJ Burns Builder home in Peregian Springs

Courtney from the PJ Burns team, 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: a recently completed 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

23

Jan

Bokarina Beach

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Video: Bokarina Beach Aerial Footage, by PJ Burns Builder

The Sunshine Coast is known for its beaches. People the world over, have heard of our local surfing spots.

The popularity of our local area grew as a place to setup roots and raise families. Our vast expanses of coastline were the first to go, with prices fetching well into the millions to live within a stones throw of our greatest asset.

Noosa, Sunrise Beach, Peregian, Coolum, Yaroomba, Marcoola, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headlands, Mooloolaba, Minyama, Kawana, Currimundi and Caloundra just to name a few, were all snapped up by locals, interstates and internationals looking for a sea-change.

All, but one fenced off location.

Well known, and located somewhere between Warana and Wurtulla, coast locals from the 70’s and early 80’s lovingly referred to the fenced off spot as Shangri-la, a fictional place described in the 1933 novel, Lost Horizon by James Hilton. A mystical, harmonious valley where everyone took their clothes off. And it was. The Mystical part, at least.

If you look into the history of the Sunshine Coast, you will find that Battery Hill in Caloundra was named so, because of it’s purpose within the military. Weapons were tested from there, to an expanse of unused swampland along the Nicklin Way.

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Image: Photograph taken in the 70’s overlooking Bokarina Beach & Caloundra Coastline, via Rick Burns, PJ Burns Builder

Long standing Sunshine Coast Builders, like Rick Burns from PJ Burns Builder, will tell stories of digging up all sorts of military fragments and unexploded shells, some locals speculating this is the reason for the unlikely, construction-less mirage.

Fast forward to 2018, and all of that is about to change. That unused swampland is set to be home to ‘Bokarina Beach’, Stockland’s exciting new masterplanned community, with an urban heart and a coastal soul. Where you can experience a vibrant new way of coastal living, with boutique shopping and dining, open green spaces and a village park, public plaza and a lake surrounded by walking trails and parkland with connectivity to Lake Kawana.

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Image: Stockland’s ‘Bokarina Beach’ Masterplan

The latest stage of release in Bokarina Beach has a great mix of lot sizes ranging from 250m2 to 413m2 to suit a range of home designs, with land prices starting from $483,000, and 12 of these lots backing onto a landscaped linea park, offering additional privacy.

We’d love to hear from you. 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

 

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Images: Design Inspiration, via home beautiful

23

Aug

Hanging Chairs

It may seem impossible to imagine anything better than spending a Sunday afternoon on a lounger by the pool of your new PJ Burns Builder home, but then you probably haven’t experienced the wonder that is the hanging chair.

Hanging chairs create a beautiful addition to any home, and can be designed form part of bedrooms, living rooms or the alfresco & they have a resort feel, creating a relaxed elegance.

A hanging chair provides a cosy reading nook & they look even more inviting when styled with cozy pillows and throws, as photographed in the following recently completed PJ Burns Builder Home.

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PJ Burns Builder Home on the Sunshine Coast

There are so many ways to incorporate hanging chairs into your style, so it’s the perfect addition for almost any interior, the options are endless. A hanging chair in the corner is a unique way to draw the eye up and elevate that blank corner rather than a typical seating area.

Or how about a hanging chair for two! This gorgeous style just screams ‘relaxed coastal luxe’. Perfect hung on the porch to watch the world go by.

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The Lucy Love Seat, by Byron Bay Hanging Chairs

If a hanging chair is something that you are interested in incorporating in your home, contact our design team, and bring your dreams to life.

PJ Burns Builder Design Tip: Hanging Chairs require additional support from the joists, so planning for a hanging chair from the beginning can save you alot of time & headache later. Hanging chairs are suitable for indoor or outdoor, as captured in the following images, for design inspiration.

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Last two images via adore magazine.

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12

Sep

Adding Personality to Your Façade

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then the façade of a home tells the story of its occupants.  Your home exterior, whether elegant or bold, will set the tone for the rest of the home and give passers-by a small glimpse into your life. If you want your neighbours to stare in envy, you need to do something to make your façade stand out. Fortunately, giving your exterior some life can be as easy as some clever landscaping and some stunning architecture. Whether you are building new or looking to renovate, an interesting façade is certainly achievable.

Today we’re going to talk about façades and give you some ideas to inspire your exterior.

The Flexibility of Modern Facades

The modern façade and garden is a reflection of landscape architecture at its finest. Not only are these exteriors sensitive to climate and the water restrictions that come and go, they are enhanced by better access to technology. Lightweight and inexpensive materials are giving home owners and new home builders more options than ever before, allowing you to customise the story of your home.

Theme

New homes are the perfect platform to build your façade because they give you a clean slate to start from. Most home plans are flexible, with plenty of options to change the look of your exterior. If you like the idea of a more traditional home, think verandas and eaves for passive solar energy and a truly ageless look. Light colours reflected in hedgerows and a picket fence perfectly complement this approach.

Starkly contrasting colours are another bold option that can draw people into your home. Think rich wooden doors and arches set against bright white walls. You can complement this with a lush garden, featuring succulents, neat fencing and raked paths.

The theme you choose will depend on how much you want to spend – in both time and money – on your home. Remember to consider exterior maintenance, materials, and your climate when designing your façade – being outdoors, it is sure to react to the environment over time. Working with experienced home builders in Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay can ensure that your theme comes to life at a great price and that it lasts in local conditions.

Security and Access

Garages and gates are the first line of defence and will add to your home’s resale value. In terms of exterior practicality, these additions absolutely shine but they can play a part in your overall design too.

A Facelift for the Front Garden

A renovation of your façade is nothing without a front garden to match. A new fence, a gate and even a path to your front door can completely transform the feel of your home.

If you make the effort with your garden design and add a coat of paint or render to the front of the home, you’ll instantly take it from bland to beautiful, reflecting what’s going on inside. Take the time to play with shapes in your garden, cultivating the paths, the fences and even the plants to complement the architecture of your property.

If you’re looking for ideas for your house plan – from the bedroom to the front garden – look no further than PJ Burns in Hervey Bay, Sunshine Coast. With more than 38 years experience as house builders on the Sunshine Coast, we can help you house renovations or new home construction. Contact us today for help with your dream build.

18

Aug

Gorgeous Staircases for Your Two Storey House

A staircase can be purely functional, but with so many innovations in materials and design, why settle for the pedestrian? Whether you’re considering a house renovation in Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay or a custom home design with a second storey, a staircase can be a beautiful feature that invites admiration, provides clever storage space, and both connects and separates areas in the home.

If you want a staircase that takes your home to a new level, consider these innovative ideas.

A Functional Staircase

If storage space is high on your list of priorities, a staircase is one of the most obvious spaces you can fill with large items.  Storage space in your stairs isn’t a new idea, but there are a few innovative ways you can implement it.

Perhaps the most iconic staircase storage idea was made famous in the “Harry Potter” books. A cupboard under the stairs could house a single bed – as the novels showed us – but it could also be the place to store seasonal items or other belongings that are rarely used.

For a more grand design, you could install multiples doors under the staircase. This creates a greater sense of separation and a more elegant under-the-stairs storage space. You could use this space to store items away in boxes or you could get creative. Consider making this space its own mini-room such as a library that is lined with books or a wine cellar to store your collection.  It just takes some stairs and a few doors to create a whole new area in your home.

A floating staircase can also provide storage options, for books, plants and even a study nook. Custom built homes will attract a premium for design features like these, but they also differentiate your home and make it a space worth experiencing and living in.

Embrace the Environment

Indoor-outdoor living is a big part of modern homes, especially in tropical and evergreen environments like Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. If you’re interesting in growing an indoor garden, a staircase can be an opening for light to or an easy way to provide shade for more sensitive plants. Depending on how your home is designed, a staircase can also provide additional air flow for cooling breezes in summer and keeping air fresh in cooler months.

Getting Creative with Materials and Designs

Spirals, wide stairs, floating stairs, steps built into walls and even hanging stairs –the only limitation is your imagination. Wood is the most common material used, but even with wood there are so many different kinds to choose from, including recycled timbers.

If you are looking for house builders in Sunshine coast or design advice that will set you staircase apart, you can rely on PJ Burns Builders. Whether you’re building or renovating, we can use staircases to create new space and provide a flow for your home. Ready to take the next step? Contact our experienced Queensland team today.

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.

23

Jun

Exploring the Idea of An Open Floor Plan

Your new home floor plan should reflect how you live as well as how you expect to live in the years to come. An open floor plan is ideal for this, providing a flexible solution that can grow with you and your family. Opting for minimalism, open floor plans blur the boundaries between rooms, creating large, spacious, and adaptable living areas.
Let’s take a virtual tour and explore the potential that an open floor plan has.

Bringing the Outdoors in and the Indoors Out

Mostly kitchens are often the focal point of your home, making it an ideal location for open plan designs. Consider incorporating an alfresco living area, dining patio or a pool deck near your kitchen, separated by a wall of glass.
The glass will let in natural light to reduce your living costs while the two areas can be combined in summer with the use of sliding doors, or bi-folds. Sliding door tracks allow panels of seamless glass to stack neatly at corners, creating a sophisticated and seamless appearance from your indoor living to your outdoor zone. Best of all, sliding doors and bi-folds are available in a range of elegant and weatherproof designs.

Zoning Your Indoor Open Plan Living Area

Open plan living areas can provide a focal point to your home and encourage interaction amongst family members, but sometimes you need zone the space for a party, gathering or even a quiet dinner for two.
Panel glide blinds are a discreet solution to separating spaces within your open plan living space and are worth thinking about if you’re considering a custom built home. Designed to operate on tracks, panel glide blinds can be automated and are completely child-safe, with fabrics and track options that match your interior colour scheme.

Warm, Cool, Light and Bright

When you’re looking at an open plan home design that suits your lifestyle, consider the weather.
Orienting the living areas to the east side of your home will keep these areas most comfortable all year round, with cool breezes and natural light that lower your energy costs.
Landscaping also plays a starring role in a comfortable home. Plants that provide shade and others that filter dappled light during the cooler months are essential outdoors while plants on or around your alfresco living area keep the air clean and fresh. A plant on your kitchen bench, like the ever-popular phalaenopsis orchid, will help to connect your kitchen to the outdoors as well as providing a flourish of luxe living and design.

So, If you’re looking for luxury home builders in Hervey Bay or Sunshine Coast areas for your new home, PJ Burns is the team for you. Our award-winning Brisbane team can assist you with your open house plan designs, or any other floor plans that interests you. Get in touch with our team to make your new home dream a reality!

14

Jun

Keeping the Heat Out with Insulation

When most people think of insulation they think of carpets and thick curtains and the stuff that goes in your roof. All of this works to keep your home warm, but did you know that insulation can keep out the heat too?
Today’s modern floor plan designs are conscious of both the need to preserve heat and the need to circulate air. These two things combined can keep your home comfortable in any weather, helping to combat high energy costs. Combined with supplementary methods, insulation is a less expensive and more environmentally sustainable way of creating and maintaining a comfortable temperature in the home.
Today we’re going to look a little bit at insulation as well as other cooling methods that all work together to create a comfortable home.

Roof Insulation – Essential for Fighting the Heat

Roof is one of the largest and most exposed parts of your house, meaning it will be more exposed to the elements than most parts. Effective new home designs realise this, investing in room insulation that will also keep the home cool in summer.
Here’s how it works:
In winter, your roof insulation blocks the cold air, keeping your home warmer and giving your heater less work to do. In summer, a similar concept applies. All of the heat that strikes your roof is trapped in your roof space and its movement into your home is slowed. This creates a cooler environment, meaning your air conditioning doesn’t need to work overtime.

Keep Cool Air Flowing

The other aspect of insulation in summer is being able to maintain a constant airflow. This is why over-insulating your walls may be overkill.
Insulating your ceiling and roof is the most efficient means of keeping your home cool, but over-insulating walls may prevent airflow throughout your home. Cool air is easier to maintain inside your home than hot air – because hot air rises – so maintaining moderate insulation in your walls will allow your open windows, air conditioning and an open floor plan to work their magic.

More than Just Insulation

From before a home is even built, you can take steps to create a cooler home – after all, it takes more than insulation to create comfort. Here are a few examples:

  • Clever house plans – many Queenslander house plans are designed to move air under the home, where the air is cooler.
  • Orientationtrusted home builders will also understand that the positioning of a home can affect comfort. A good orientation will take things such as the sun’s path and wind patterns into account, allowing you to have naturally warmer winters and cooler summer while increasing your energy efficiency.
  • Zoning for the seasons – similar to orientation considerations, you can divide your home into seasonal zones that reduce your reliance on energy for heating and cooling. A house built with zoning in mind will be able to be easily reconfigured to take advantage of shade, breeze and the sun.

Help from Experienced Sunshine Coast Builders

PJ Burns combine nearly 40 years of experience to provide quality all year around. Contact us to speak with one of the most experienced home builders in Brisbane that will provide design and insulation solutions for your new house or when you are looking to renovate your house.

6

Jun

The Best Tiles for Your Kitchen

As we all know kitchen is the most used space in most homes. While it’s a practical space that needs to work for everyone in the family, it’s also a place that needs to look inviting, friendly, comfortable and clean.
If you’re looking to build a new house, one of the first things to do is to find trusted custom house builders. These experts can assist you with your entire house plan, including your kitchen, assisting you with design, fixtures, fittings and other details.
Selecting tiles that are practical and attractive requires a little planning and persistence. Here are five tips that will help you make the right decision.

1. Determine Your Budget
How much you have to spend will determine where and how many tiles you can lay. The floor may not be negotiable, but a fully tiled backsplash may be.

2. How Do You Use the Kitchen?
If you use your kitchen all day, work from home or you love to cook with the family on the weekends, consider how many people are in the kitchen at any one time. How you move around the kitchen will have an impact on the quality and location of tiles you select.

A cork or bamboo floor tile definitely won’t last as long as a ceramic tile, while a stone floor tile may be too slippery for a hard-working kitchen or a household with a young family.

3. Know Your Tiles
There are many different kinds of tiles – some are more suited to the floor while others would only be used above the floor. Floor tiles can be ceramic, quarry (such as limestone), stone (marble), cork, vinyl or even bamboo, whilst wall tiles can be made of glass, porcelain, and also ceramic, quarry or stone.

4. The Floor
Start at the bottom and make sure you have a surface that meets the demands of the hardest working floor in your home. If you want to retain the flow of a timber floor, consider the finish that will most resist everyday use. If you have a breakfast bar that’s in constant use, the floor needs to be extra hardy. With tiles, you need to think about how resistant to damage they are from hard and heavy items dropping on them, and how slippery they may be after a mop or a spill.

A textured ceramic tile or quarry tile will provide just the right texture to prevent a slip and will add a depth of character to your kitchen floor that defines it as the hub of your home.

5. The Walls
While tiles are a natural choice for a backsplash or behind a stove, they can also be used decoratively to create a feature within the kitchen. Backsplashes of glass printed with photographs can easily date a kitchen while a classic high-gloss tile can add a point of visual interest that has lasting value without committing to a popular trend. Glass mosaics are timeless, but require more maintenance than a high gloss tile in black, white or a striking neutral shade.

Help from Experienced Sunshine Coast Builders

With almost 40 years of experience, PJ Burns has an award-winning house builders team. Call us to talk to one of our house designs expert in Sunshine Coast about creating a brilliant kitchen with tiles.

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