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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

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

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

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.

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