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6

Jun

Making Your Home a Teenage Friendly Zone

As your kids start maturing, wanting more freedom and hopefully taking some responsibility, you may find that playroom isn’t really working anymore. House floor plans need adjusting as your needs change and it’s important to make these alterations throughout your home.

From the kitchen to living areas and other rooms in your home, changing features of the house will make it easier for you to live together and provide practical solutions.

“There’s No Food in This House!”

Complaining about a lack of food is a common cry of the average teenager. You can make it easier for them to navigate the kitchen with some small house design changes.

By the time your child reaches thirteen years of age, they’re able to making ready a meal without the risk of hurting themselves or placing off a smoke alarm. With more people cooking in the kitchen, it might be outlay investing in a larger kitchen area. Consider an open plan design that merges the kitchen mutually your dining area. This can draw it easier for everyone to move around the kitchen to cook, nip and (hopefully) clean up.
Your teen is likely to use your kitchen as a ready-made food source, so investing in hardy floors that won’t wear easily is another good idea. Also, consider small touches like rearranging your pantry and your fridge to put their favourite foods in plain sight. This can save time and – in the case of your fridge – energy.

Teens need what you want them to do to be explicit, so areas that are open and inviting will make it easier for them to make meals. A good house plan can be as detailed as defining an area where the toasters and/or sandwich presses sit side-by-side with bread that’s ready to go for hungry stomachs on the move.

A Retreat That Works for Everyone

Setting up an inviting rumpus room where your teenagers can entertain is another good idea. This not only helps them to develop socially, it also gives you the peace of mind that they are in a safe place. Try coupling their PlayStation or Xbox with some nice concealing cabinets that sit with the television set. This way your children get easy access to entertainment and you have an elegant solution to hide their games and uphold your décor.

If you’re designing your dream home, consider a separate living space for teens to entertain. This way you can section them off when their friends are over, letting Mum and Dad enjoy a quiet night in the next room.

Talk to an expert

PJ Burns your local custom home builders in Sunshine Coast, with experience in design and construction, along with house extensions and new house plans. Talk to one of our house builders in Brisbane – Sunshine Coast to Hervey Bay – we will help you to build a home that’s perfect for your growing family!

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.

21

Dec

The Perfect Kitchen Design For Entertaining

Lots of people are using their kitchen as the primary space for home entertaining. There are a lot of ways to ensure the functionality of this home hub, both for cooking and entertaining! Here’s some simple tips on how to either design or look out for kitchen designs that provide an ease of conversation and movement, while still allowing plenty of room for the chef of the house to get on with what they do best – cook up a storm!

Bring The Indoors Out

If your kitchen opens out to an alfresco area, large bi-fold doors look super chic and can easily transform the kitchen into a large entertainment area. An indoor/outdoor design makes the most of the space you have available and encourages movement between the kitchen, the living area, and the deck or patio. Do away with the dividing wall between the kitchen and dining room too, so even when you’re playing the perfect host, you can still enjoy the party and mingle with guests.

Get Organised

It’s much more inviting for guests to arrive to a tidy space. Think carefully about what needs to be stored or presented in your kitchen and how to do it. Deep drawers are a great way to store plates, pots and pans as they provide easy access to your most used kitchen supplies. Maximise the space you have to avoid cluttering work surfaces, and utilise that space under the sink! Most importantly, you need a functional kitchen that you and your guests will enjoy being in.

Out Of Sight

If you can afford the space, a butler’s pantry is the ultimate utility room to keep storage and cleaning away from the main kitchen and entertainment area. Fitted with a sink, it keeps dirty dishes out of sight, showcasing your kitchen as a glistening focal point for eating and socialising in.

Install An Island

An island in the kitchen provides guests with room to sit, eat and socialise on one side, while still giving adequate preparation space on the other. This allows everyone to gather together and share occasions without feeling overwhelmed or confined. Islands can be placed vertical, horizontal, or diagonal to the rest of your kitchen and can be made even better with bar or stool seating, which also makes a fantastic breakfast bar. Adding a second sink or small wine cooler to your island can transform it into a wet bar to further impress your guests and make it even easier to entertain while cooking.

Functionality Above All

The kitchen design should never come at the cost of functionality, as you can’t effectively entertain at home if you can’t prepare and cook efficiently.  Plan for the essentials first: your stove and oven, fridge, and sink. Where each of these appliances is located will impact your ability to cook and socialise in your new kitchen while entertaining guests.

For more ideas on designing the perfect kitchen for entertaining, browse through our extensive range of designs and display homes or contact the PJ Burns team today for a consultation.

23

Nov

Customising House Designs To Suit Your Lifestyle

Have you found a floor plan that is almost your dream house design, but it’s lacking a certain feature or two? There are lots of ways to customise house designs to perfectly suit your taste and lifestyle. Whether it be an entertainment room, a chefs pantry, a study nook or a garage, the most important thing when building is to ensure it will function for you and your family. Customise an existing floor plan to build a home, not a house.

Build For The Future

If you’re planning on expanding your family in the future, customise an existing floor plan master suite by having a nursery that’s adjoined. For when the kids are older and not fond of sharing, add an extra bathroom or a larger one. Hoping to start spending less time at the office in the coming years? Customise your floor plan to include an alcove that’s just the right size for a home office.

Build For Extra Space

If you prefer more of an open layout in specific areas of your home, you can easily modify some of the interior divisions to give you more flow through, and a sense of space. You can relocate a single or double garage to a location that will provide more space for storage and, of course, parking. You can even customise a plan to have a different foundation from the one specified, like switching from a slab to a basement. Of course, the availability for this will depend on where your site is located geographically.

Build To Entertain

If your lifestyle includes entertaining regularly for friends or family, customise a floor plan by adding more outdoor entertainment space, either covered or open to take full advantage of the weather. An entertainment/theatre room provides a more closed off space for watching movies in comfort. Add a dining room that flows into the kitchen for fun social and family gatherings.

Build For Age Or Disability

If you’re building your dream home for retirement or catering for a live-in elderly family member, special bathroom fittings and fixtures are available for easier accessibility. For a person with physical challenges, opt for indoor ramps for the easy maneuverability of a wheelchair.

Build For Sustainability

Opt for the use of “green” sustainable materials for custom framing and install insulated concrete slabs to prevent up to 40 per cent of your home heating or cooling energy from leaking away. You can reduce this loss by up to 80 per cent by choosing energy-efficient windows. Choose double-glazing and a timber or insulated frame for a high WERS rating. If you use timber for windows, frames, flooring or decking, make sure it comes from certified sustainable managed forests.

Speak to an Expert

The list of customisations to a floor plan are endless, including pre-defined custom options, but whatever the changes you require, it’s good to know that customisations are possible. If you need a little help or advice on deciding on the perfect floor plan and home design, our team can offer you direct one-on-one service to provide you with a home to suit any block on any budget. Browse through our extensive range of designs or contact us today!

12

Nov

How To Choose the Right Floor Plan

When choosing the right floor plan for you and your family, there are a number of things to consider to ensure you make the right choice.

The Building Site

It’s often recommended that you have a specific site selected before choosing a floor plan. This allows you to envision how your home will sit on the site and to compare floor plans with the features of the site you’ve chosen. For example, if your lot is narrow, you might consider a two-storey home to maximize on your allotted space.

Regulations

Before you get too carried away building your dream home, you should check with your local council and other relevant authorities regarding zoning and regulations. There may be a limit on the height of a house in your selected area, or restrictions on the minimum and maximum home size in terms of a percentage of the total lot size.

What New Features Does It Offer

Consider what a floor plan will offer that you don’t have in your current home. How will it improve your lifestyle? Your answers may include increased storage, more bathrooms, more bedrooms or a bigger space for entertaining. It may include a great home office or a larger garage for bikes and sports equipment. Try making a list of the things you don’t like about your current home, which will guide you with choosing a new floor plan.

Ease of Extension

Consider how easy it will be to extend in the future if you decide you need more space or wish to add value to the property. Even if you don’t need planning permission for your extension, as you are using permitted development rights, you must get building regulation approval.

Existing Furnishings

Unless you’re planning on buying completely new furniture to fill your home, you’ll need to accommodate the existing furnishings you wish to bring with you in to your new floor plan. Factoring in adequate walking space around each item of furniture will help you avoid the possibility of your beloved furnishings not quite fitting.

Who Is Living Here

Considering how many children you have or plan to have in coming years will make a big influence on the floor plan you choose. If you still have children living at home, elderly family members who reside with you, or other family members who visit often, this will help you determine the number of bedrooms and bathrooms that are necessary. For your situation, would a floor plan with split bedrooms, all bedrooms on the second floor, or a handicap accessible bathroom suit better? Considering these factors will help you make your decisions more wisely.

Privacy

Once you decide on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll require, consider how best to locate them in terms of privacy. Are you comfortable with guests using the bathroom in your master suite, or would you prefer a specific guest bathroom or half bath? Do you want the master bedroom secluded from the other bedrooms? If bedroom privacy is a concern, opt for home designs with enclosed patios, porches or deck areas to help create more privacy in personal spaces.

Our team can offer you a direct one-on-one service to provide you with a home to suit any block on any budget. Browse through our extensive range of designs or contact us today!

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