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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.

by sarah burns

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.

6

Sep

Internal Courtyards

Internal Courtyards create a beautiful addition to homes, and can be designed to open from bedrooms, living rooms or kitchens.

With the incorporation of timber or aluminium bi-fold doors, courtyards will add space to your home and create a private multi-purpose, dining, living, entertaining, communal area for your family.

Your rooms opening to the courtyard will be brought to life by gardens and nature, and in the following recently completed PJ Burns Builder home, a seasonal lychee tree.

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PJ Burns Builder Custom Design & Constructed Home

Internal Courtyards offer a chance to play with lighting and design details that will add unique character and atmosphere to your home. The inside of your home will draw more natural light, making the home lighter and airy, while outdoor feature lighting at night will create a resort style of living.

If an internal courtyard is something that you are interested in incorporating in your home, contact our design team, and bring your plans to life.

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PJ Burns Builder’s Hervey Bay Display Home

PJ Burns Builder Design Tip: Raised Ceilings or Glass Panels attached to a courtyard will take indoor natural light to the next level, as captured in the following images, for design inspiration.

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Last three images via insideout.

by sarah burns

31

Aug

Your Summer Barbecue Checklist

Summer is just around the corner meaning balmy days and outdoor entertainment that every homeowner can enjoy. An outdoor area is not only a place to enjoy the great outdoors; it can add value to your home when it comes time to sell.

Alfresco areas are most functional when they’re adjacent to or easily accessed from the kitchen, either through a servery window or doors that open up to connect the indoor and outdoor spaces. If you’re considering a house renovation Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay for your home, an indoor kitchen that flows seamlessly to an outdoor kitchen will create a leisurely feel that’s perfect for year-round enjoyment.

Outdoor Spaces for All Seasons

Rising energy costs and longer, warmer summers have had an impact on home builders. Passive solar house designs and energy saving devices becoming more and more popular and outdoor spaces benefit from this too.

Outdoor entertainment areas can now be enjoyed all throughout the year, meaning you shouldn’t be limited to your basic barbecue and gas bottle. There are creative ways to create outdoor spaces that can be used all year around, even when you want to do something other than steaks, salads and skewers.

Ovens and Barbecues

A wood fired oven not only cooks food quickly and efficiently, it’s a terrific way to generate warmth in the cooler months. Wood fired ovens can be used to cook anything from a roast to delicious pizzas and even casseroles.

Fire Pits

The increasing popularity of fire pits has seen them rise to the top of the outdoor entertainment checklist. Most fire pits are standalone and portable, meaning you can use them in any clearing in your garden. They are perfect for cool days and nights and create an ambience that heaters can only dream of. You can even use a fire pit to roast potatoes wrapped in foil. Combine this with your favourite toppings and fillings and you have an inexpensive yet memorable lunch.  Finish it off with toasted marshmallows and a billy tea for the traditional outdoor Australian experience.

Thinking of Selling?

If you’re considering a move, styling your outdoor living area is an inexpensive way to create a highly appealing space. Colour blasts in the form of throw pillows and even a few plants can make a huge difference to the visual intrigue of your outdoor area.

A fire pit with some comfortable seating in orange and blue tones will complement the environment while an alfresco area that uses lots of crisp whites and pastels will look clean and inviting.

Getting the Most out of Outdoor Entertainment Zones

Why stop at one outdoor room? If your home has a large enough garden, create two or three areas you can enjoy all year round and for different occasions.

Contact PJ Burns for more ideas on how to shape your outdoor living areas. Our house builders on the Sunshine Coast can help you to create an outdoor area that will increase the value of your home.

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.

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!

18

Jan

Making The Most Of Vertical Space At Home

Designs for narrow lot homes don’t have to mean space issues. In fact, with the right amount of creativity and clever thinking, you can make your vertical space a stunning and very functional asset. A properly designed narrow-lot house plan “lives” just like any other quality home and offers you more lot options once you make the most of your vertical space. Take our tips below, and you’ll never consider narrow lot homes as limiting again!

Embrace Natural Light

Making a small space seem more expansive means maximising the amount of light coming in the space. Integrate extra windows into your home design for lots of natural light, as this will make your home look larger and feel more open despite its narrow plan. Cleverly placed mirrors and glass create reflections and bounce light around, so hang mirrors at each end of a room in the upper third of the wall to reflect light throughout the whole area. You can tuck mirrors into corners of rooms and hang art in glass frames to create more reflections, and also try using a glass coffee table instead of a bulkier wooden one.

Reduce Dead Space

Spaces such as hallways and beneath staircases are often just areas of dead space. Try using bookcases to fill these areas, freeing up space in bedrooms or living areas for other functional furniture. Try connecting your bookcases together to create a full wall that not only displays all of your favourite literature as decorations, but stores them neatly as well. Extending your bookcase from the floor to the ceiling and over doorways can also give the illusion of more space as it draws the eye upwards.

Multitasking Furnishings

Get clever with sleeping arrangements, particularly in a child’s small bedroom. Keep the top bunk bed of a set of bunk beds for sleeping and convert the bottom bunk into an open space that can be used as a computer workstation, wardrobe or storage area. Bunk beds take advantage of the available vertical space with stylish flair and functionality.

Clutter Free Space

Small or narrow homes can easily feel cluttered, so it’s important to keep things as simple as possible. A soft, light coloured theme running throughout a small or narrow house allows the focus to remain on the sweeping views outside the living room windows, and can make the space feel larger than what is contained within the walls. The absence of rugs and small trinkets on tables can keep the “fussiness” to a minimum, and having only a few selected light framed artworks on the walls can also keep the space from feeling closed and cramped. If you like to keep trinkets and photo frames out, open shelving uses the notion of hiding things in plain sight to transform common objects into decorative collection, without the bulk of cabinets – just remember to keep it stark and minimalistic to avoid the feeling of clutter.

Ask An Expert

As an award winning residential and commercial builder, the friendly team at PJ Burns Builder can offer you direct one-on-one service to provide you with a home to suit any block, regardless of how narrow and it may be. Browse through our extensive range of designs or contact us today!

4

Jan

Designing A Small, Functional Outdoor Area

Limited outdoor space doesn’t mean you have to entertain indoors. Even with limited space, you can plan a functional outdoor area through creative ideas and techniques. From gardening techniques to furniture arrangement, we’ve got the tips you need to create a charming outdoor entertainment area with minimal space.

Think Vertically

No outdoor area is complete without plants! Small balconies or patios can have luscious green or colourful gardens too! If you like gardening, make the most of your space by embracing a vertical garden; the difference of placing your plants up higher can really add an element of natural beauty. You can create this look by purchasing a modular plant kit, which can be found in most gardening or hardware stores. Fix to a wall and allow your imagination and creative spirit to run wild, adding all the colour and texture to suit your style. Hanging ceiling plants and screens with climbing plants can also provide more privacy and add shade to patio and balcony designs.

Take A Seat

Provide guests with somewhere to sit and relax in your mini oasis by using horizontal space for seating. Bench style seating can be inexpensive, stylish and a great way for friends to sit, relax and catch up. If you’re on a tight budget, simply use some crates with cushions piled on top to create the same ambience. You could even get some large, colourful seating cushions on the ground to provide extra seating. If you have a little more room, a cute table and chairs is the ultimate addition to a balcony or patio. If the area is covered from the elements, use a rug to define the seating area, adding colour and really bringing the style from your indoor rooms into your outdoor area.

Light It Up

Embrace the intimate nature of a small space by enhancing that cosy feeling with lighting. Hanging lanterns add height, warmth, interest and ambient light to the area, so the entertaining can continue long into the balmy summer nights. Try hanging different lanterns together at different heights to create a chandelier effect, or even drape fairy lights over a wall or railing to create a pretty curtain of lights. Outdoor lighting can be underrated, but it really helps set the tone and atmosphere of your space, no matter how small it may be

Tidy and Level

Get rid of uneven or mismatched flooring and level the area before putting down new pavers; this will automatically make the space feel larger. You also need to tidy up any grass or flowerbed areas that have been neglected for some time. The neater and more streamlined the garden is, the larger it will look.

Multitasking

Create a functional area for food preparation, eating, and outdoor entertaining by setting up an all-purpose island and add barstools around one or all sides. Using a narrow shelving unit or decorative ladder shelving adds interest to the space as well as handy storage to keep the space functional. Whatever furniture you choose, keep it around the perimeter. Leaving the space in the middle clear will give the illusion of a larger area.

The PJ Burns builder team can offer you direct one-on-one service to get the most out of your home. Contact us today for a consultation

1

Nov

House Designs Perfect for Entertaining

When dreaming of their ideal house design, many homeowners take in to consideration the entertainment aspect of having friends and family over for dinner parties, drinks and special occasions. When deciding on floor plans for entertaining, you should consider your home fully occupied when planning kitchen, dining room and living room areas to ensure you will have enough space for hosting guests. Here are our top kitchen ideas to keep in mind so that your finished home is a perfect layout for entertaining all year round.

Open Layouts

Some of the most popular house plans available today are those with open layouts. Open layouts increase the options for entertaining guests, fostering a sense of togetherness in the heart of the home. Choosing an option that combines larger spaces, such as the kitchen and living room, creates a shared experience of cooking and eating. Look for plans with wide openings or walkways, where the dining room flows effortlessly from the kitchen into other living and entertaining spaces.

Without walls limiting flexibility, smaller tables can be joined to a dining room table to accommodate extra guests, or the space can be left open to allow guests to move around, mingle and chat. In addition, house designs with open layouts can make your home feel larger than the square footage would have you believe. By removing constricting doorways and widening passages, you obtain a sense of spaciousness even with a smaller, less expensive floor plan.

Big Kitchen

This seems an obvious one, but as a family who has food and entertaining as a focal point, what you define as a ‘big kitchen’ may vary. When choosing a spacious kitchen, look for floor plans that offer spacious central islands, abundant countertops and workspaces, cupboards and butlers pantries. Some cupboards and the butler’s pantry will often be situated off to the side or behind the kitchen and overall, the convenience and style of this type of kitchen will create a space that is suited for easily hosting many guests. Having a central island bench is also quite popular in that it creates a link between the family and meals areas without interfering with each individual space.

Indoor/Outdoor Dining

Entertaining at home is a breeze when you choose a house design which incorporates a spacious, covered outdoor area with the internal kitchen, dining or living area. Not only does an indoor/outdoor dining area allow your guests to flow from the kitchen to the outdoor entertaining area with ease, it also gives your home a sense of spaciousness and increases overall ventilation. Combining this layout with a designer kitchen as a focal point is absolutely perfect for entertaining.

Before You Start

Before choosing a floor plan, it’s important to assess your lifestyle. Is a single story sufficient or would you like a multi story home? Do you prefer an open floor plan or individual rooms? Do you want your new house plan to include formal dining? Or do you simply prefer relaxed family gatherings in an open planned space around the kitchen?

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!

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