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14

Oct

Build your new home with PJ Burns Builder in Harmony Estate, Palmview on the Sunshine Coast.

Unity Release 10A is now released with an estimated registration being in March 2020. With this in mind, it is time to start working on the design and inclusions of your new PJ Burns Builder home, so we can be ready to start construction as soon as the land has been registered!


PJ Burns House and Land Packages in Unity Release, Harmony Estate

We have some great home and land packages available that can be personalised to suit your design style and budget, or we can work with you to custom design your own personal house and land package!

Lot 1189 or Lot 1190 Greenmount Drive, Harmony Estate with PJ Burns Banksia 168

ONLY $427,500

PJ Burns Builder Willow 184 on Lot 1371 or Lot 1372 Greenmount Drive, Harmony Estate

Lot 1371 or Lot 1372 Greenmount Drive, Harmony Estate with PJ Burns Willow 184

ONLY $456,900

Lot 1191 or Lot 1192 Greenmount Drive, Harmony Estate with PJ Burns Melaleuca 190

ONLY $483,000

Lot 1365 or Lot 1365 Greenmount Drive, Harmony Estate with PJ Burns Melaleuca 206

ONLY $511,450


Unity is where everything comes together naturally, in Harmony Estate’s ‘Greenest Neighbourhood’

As the Sunshine Coast Longest Established Builder, our team of experienced professionals are available to assist you with all your questions and guide you through the exciting building process.

Say hello via the live chat on our website or drop into our office located on the ground level at Noel Burns House, 21 Nicklin Way, Minyama, we are open Monday to Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm.


Did you know!?

Harmony is setting new industry standards in sustainability, achieving the highest award,6 ‘Leaf ’ EnviroDevelopment certification from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA). EnviroDevelopment independently reviews and awards certification to those developments that protect the environment and use resources responsibly achieving outstanding performance across Ecosystems, Waste, Energy, Materials, Water and Community. EnviroDevelopment makes it easier for purchasers to recognise and, thereby, select more environmentally sustainable developments and lifestyles.

8

Oct

Are you ready to start designing and building your new dream home.

Arrange a free no obligation inspection and assessment of your proposed home site with one of our experienced professionals and discover the potential of your block.

Image: PJ Burns Builder

During your site inspection our respresentative is available to discuss and check for elements such as power, water and sewer services, orientation, aspect and energy efficiency, layout, views and design, access and traffic control.

Photograph: Taken onsite while onsite at a site inspection

We are also available to discuss potential hidden costs such as potential town planning zone overlays, site works, cut and fill or retaining.

Photograph: Recently completed, custom designed PJ Burns Builder home on the Sunshine Coast

We endeavour to determine any issues upfront and discuss them with you onsite, so you are aware of the potential costs of your new PJ Burns Builder home from day one.

Our team of professionals are here to guide you through the building process, contact us today and start bringing your new home dreams to life!


Sunshine Coast Office


07 5457 7600

Servicing Brisbane, Ipswich, The Sunshine Coast, Gympie & everywhere in between

Hervey Bay Office


07 4124 7333

Servicing Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg & everywhere in between

2

Oct

Are you sick of renting and ready to be on your way to owning your brand new PJ Burns Builder home?!

Building your first home is a big deal, we understand it can be extremely exciting and sometimes overwhelming before you have all the information to consider. To break things down, there are two main components to consider, the first is investigating your options for finance, the second is finding the perfect home and land package combination.

Photograph: Design Inspiration for your new PJ Burns Builder home

Lets talk about finance.

There are different stages of finance approval, the first is meeting with your financier to set a budget to suit your needs, lifestyle and savings. The second is preliminiary finance approval which is provided from your financier once you have your PJ Burns Builder home contract and land contract. The third stage is unconditional loan approval, this is somtimes issued at stage two or othertimes issued once the contract is signed and council approved plans are issued, depending on your loan agreement and conditions.


How much deposit do I need?


As a guidance, with a total home and land package amount of $400,000 an estimation only for a minimum deposit required, is from $8,636 when taking advantage of Qld’s First Home Owners Grant. As the loan amount goes up, the minimum deposit amound also increases.

Of course there are elements such as legal fee’s, stamp duty and settlement costs to be considered, so for more information on the breakdown of fees or to arrange a consultation with a recommended financer, contact us on 07 5457 7600 or via the live chat on our website.

Photograph: A recently completed NEW PJ Burns Builder home

I have sorted by finances, now what?

Now you are ready for the exciting part! Finding the best PJ Burns home and land package combination to suit your family, lifestyle and budget.


Can I make changes to a standard design?


We do have a standard range of plans and inclusions. All elements of our plans, facades, inclusions can be customised and personalised to suit you. If you already have a sketch or are looking for something more customised, we can work from our plan or yours.

Photograph: A beautifully personalised NEW PJ Burns Builder home

PJ Burns Builder have been building new homes for first home buyers for over 41 years. Our team of experienced professionals are here to guide you through the exciting building process and are with you through each step of the way.


Our guide to the first home owners grant


1

Oct

The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced that in its Board meeting today, it has decided to decrease the cash rate to 0.75%.

Graph via Reserve Bank of Australia

There has never been a better time to invest in a new PJ Burns home!


Brendan Brial from SMS Finance has created a table showing how Australia’s averge mortgage sizes may be affected:

Loan amount examplesLikely decrease in repayments
$150,000$21.45 per month
$250,000$35.75 per month
$350,000$50.05 per month
$450,000$64.35 per month
$550,000$76.65 per month
$650,000$92.95 per month

If you would to know how this change will affect you and paticular building plans and loan, contact us and we can arrange for you to meet with our recommended financier and guide you through the building and finance process.

26

Sep

With the beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches & hinterland at your doorstep, Hillside Estate offers the opportunity to build a personalised, modern PJ Burns, dream family home in a natural, relaxed location within walking distance to the charming Mooloolah Valley town centre with school & train station.

Studies show that country style living is beneficial to our physical and mental wellbeing, and makes for a happy community. Locals say that it’s the little things that make living in Mooloolah unique, such as the regular horses passing by on their way to the local pony club, and the sense of community spirit between neighbours.


Are there cost savings when between building a low-set home vs two storey home?


As a guidance, the potential cost savings when building a low-set PJ Burns home, vs a two storey PJ Burns home of the same floor area, is around 20% cost savings which can be achieved over the construction of the home, in elements such as scaffolding, materials, crane hire, build time and regulations for working at heights.

NATURE’S PLAYGROUND IN THE HEART OF MOOLOOLAH VALLEY

In picturesque Mooloolah Valley, Hillside is designed for life with landscaped streetscapes and40 hectares* of reserve, open space and waterway corridors. An environmental corridor flows throughthe estate creating the perfect space for your family to get outdoors.Hillside is your chance to build your brand new dream home and immerse yourself in village life. Relaxed and friendly, Mooloolah Valley is a welcoming town with a community that you can really be part of. It has everything you want in life including shops, a school, recreation reserve, riding centre, pony club, community hall and country bakery.Being such a peaceful small town, it’s hard to believe that Mooloolah Valley is so close to everything else. Sunshine Coast beaches are only 20 minutes away, Brisbane is only 80 kilometres away viathe M1 and you are situated less than 5 minutes from your local Mooloolah Valley railway stop, which connects to Brisbane.Not that you’ll ever want to leave.

Hillside Estate, Mooloolah Valley

In comparison to other opportunities for creating a personalised home and land package with PJ Burns, on the Sunshine Coast, we see Hillside Estate with blocks starting from only $280,000 for over 700m2, as great value for money.


Are there benefits in building a low-set home in Hillside Estate, Mooloolah Valley, in comparison to a two storey home in a nearby estate?


The ability to build a brand new PJ Burns, four bedroom, two bathroom, double garage, family home with an undercover outdoor area, while still having over 515m2 of backyard remaining, to use as green space for children to play and grow & family pets, is a wonderful concept that is attractive to not only first home buyers but also for those who wish to move from an older home in the area to a brand new, low maintenance PJ Burns home, with space in the back yard suitable for creating a vege garden and planting fruit trees, or keeping a boat, caravan or hills hoist.

PJ Burns Builder’s NEW Melaleuca 190

Contact Simon to arrange to meet onsite at Hillside Estate


PJ Burns Builder’s Banksia 168

Did you know?

PJ Burns Builder have been building homes in the Sunshine Coast region for over 41 years. In 1978, PJ Burns designed and constructed their first home; a three-bedroom, one bathroom, brick veneer, family home with a single garage in Currimundi (Currimundi was part of Kawana Estates at the time). PJ Burns sold this home the same year, for just under $30,000 (home and land), and it still stands proud today.

30

May

With over 41 years of experience in the industry, we understand that every home is unique and customise each of our homes to suit our clients style, budget and family. our team of experts will guide you through the design and building process to bring your dreams to life.

A feature mirror is a beautiful way to add character to your bathroom space, so if you are ready to start designing your new home with us and wish to supply your own feature mirror, here are a few of our personal favourites to inspire your design.

Round

If you do decide on a feature mirror for your new PJ Burns Builder bathroom space, we will flow your selected tile behind the mirror space, ready for your mirror to be installed prior to handover and final council building inspection.

Achieve this look with..

The Astelle 1000mm round mirror in Oak by Zanui, will complement any interior aesthetic with it’s classic apeal and enduring style.

Price: $249.95 via Zanui

The 1200mm Dylan Mirror by Freedom, has a beautiful white frame and has been designed to suit a variety of different interior styles, with its clean lines and simple aesthetic.

Price: Currently on sale for $199.20 from $249 (via Freedom)

Arch

This Bjorn arch mirror photographed has been paired with the Clark Range of Matt Black Tapware in this image, for the ultimate sophistication.

The 800mm wide x 85mm high Bjorn Arch Mirror by Middle of Nowhere, is available in multiple colours and various shapes. The streamlined and minimal design of this mirror will enhance your bathroom space.

Price: $329.95 via Mynd. Interiors

Freestanding

The Savannah Arched Mirror by Salt x Steel is a modern take on a vintage inspired shape. Hand crafted in Byron Bay, the sleek arch design adds character and will add a piece of art and an element of design to the interior design of your new PJ Burns Builder bathroom space.

Price: $1,100 via Salt x Steel

The New York Secctional Aged Glass Mirror by MCM House features clean lines, geometric accent and aged detail for a designer finish. Incorporating a large freestanding mirror in your interior design will open up the space in a luxurious mannner.

Price: enquire via MCM House

Need further guidance on getting started? We have a team of experts here to guide you through the process. Say hello to Simon or Lionel 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 mirror today. p: 07 5457 7600 / e: hello@pjburns.com

28

May

One of the benefits of building your new home with PJ Burns Builder, is your ability to customise and personalise every element of your personal design.

To help you create a style and new home you love, we have a few collected a few photographs to inspire your design.

Concrete look tiles create a lovely contrast in this PJ Burns Builder home, against the white plumbing cabinetry and walls and provide a stunning room without overspending on the budget.

Designer tip: Finishings like wall art, beautiful linen and an indoor plant have added beauty to the overall desgin of this bathroom.

Varying colours and sizes of hexagon tiles have been used to add character and personalise this multi award winning PJ Burns home. A circle mirror adds a beautiful element of design.

Designer tip: When building with PJ Burns Builder, there are some feature fittings of your home that you are able to supply yourself such as a specialty mirror or plumbing fitting, contact us for more information.

The feeling of calm in this stunning minimal and luxury bathroom, featured in Homes to love this month offers a beautiful source of inspiration for your new PJ Burns home.

Designer Tip: Laminex 180fx Surfaces are an alternative and cost effective way of capturing the beauty and magnitude of natural stone.

This new PJ Burns Builder home has flowed the same tile from floor to ceiling adding class and style to the ensuite and main bathroom. If you have the space, a his and her vanity is a lovely addition that will add instant balance to a shared space.

Designer Tip: When tiling from floor to ceiling in the same tile, if budget allows, opt for a large tile (50cm or larger) and keep your ceiling painted white to draw the eye up.

Need further guidance on getting started? We have a team of experts here to guide you through the process. Say hello to Simon 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

24

May

If you would like to build on your Investment Portfolio in 2019, we have a thoughtfully designed range of duplexes that can be easily customised and personalised to suit your individual block.

A dual occupancy duplex is a one residential building with two units under the one roof and a fire rated dividing wall between. While each side is a completely separate home, with its own entrance, outdoor area and amenities, it is important to keep in mind that both halves must be sold together, unless you subdivide your property into two separate titles.

We have an experenced team of professionals that will guide you through the building process. We can even care of the colour selection based on your style guidance.

Birch 190

Our Birch 190 ticks all the boxes of modern family living, visit our website to view the floor plan for this home, or contact us for a set of plans and additional information on the package inclusions.

A Birch 190 has just been completed and listed for rent in the thriving new community of Bestow Estate in Burpengary, with a total rental return of $630 per week.

Our Birch 190 duplex, is priced at $298,530.00. Keep in mind this price is subject to your individual block requirements and valid for contracts signed before the 1st of July 2019.

Birch 275

Our Birch 275 ticks all the boxes of modern family living, visit our website to view the floor plan for this home, or contact us for a set of plans and additional information on the package inclusions.

A Birch 275 has just been completed and is currently being rented in Buderim with a total rental return of $980 per week.

Our Birch 275 duplex, is priced at $411,342.00. Keep in mind this price is subject to your individual block requirements and valid for contracts signed before the 1st of July 2019.

‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now’

Chinese proverb

Birch 218

Our Birch 218 is a beautiful Hamptons inspired design with two symmetrical units, visit our website to view the floor plan for this home, or contact us for a set of plans and additional information and details of our standard inclusions.

We recently completed construction of a Birch 218 in the heart of Cooroy, which is currently being rented with a total rental return of $580 per week. Contact us for an indication of price on this design.

Birch 254

Our Birch 254 is a thoughtful dual occupancy design. Unit 1 is a large 3 bedroom, two bathroom home, while unit 2 is a smaller one bedroom self contained Unit. This plan is popular with live in relatives or as an airbnb. visit our website to view the floor plan for this home, or contact us for a set of plans and additional information and details of our standard inclusions.

If you are looking for something unique, we can work with you to customise your own new home design, based on your plan or ours. The options are only limited by your imagination and budget.

For more information on these designs or to customise your own new investment property, contact us today on 07 5457 7600 or say hello the live chat on our website.

14

May

At the time of the horrific Childers Backpacker fire in June 2000, PJ Burns Builder was building Coral Cove, and a regular in the town. After negotiations between the owner of the property and the council broke down, Isis Council contacted Steve Burns asking them to meet and discuss the future of the icon. They were looking for a memorial to those lost, a complete rebuild of the Palace to it’s early 1900’s style, and a brand new, state-of-the-art backpacker to be built behind the original building.

An original PJ Burns Builder Plan of the back of the Memorial Building

While it would be one of the biggest tasks PJ Burns had undertaken and certainly the most emotional, they decided they were the people for the job. Steve still tears up talking about the first days onsite clearing through the personal belongings that had all been left exactly as they were when the fire broke out. He personally, carefully, bagged up the items with a hope that they would make it back to those who survived and the families of those who had been lost.

PJ Burns Builder rebuilding the Palace Memorial

The contract on the memorial was $1.2 million. It was a heritage listed rebuild that required a lot of detail, and so they began the painstaking task of refurbishing the entire building to original but modifying every component to meet the current building code. Steve explained, “To give an example, the original handrails had to be perfectly replicated but raised in height to meet today’s standards.”

Steve tells, “The detailed metal ceilings came from Toowoomba. The lead lights in the front window had to be completely restored by a company in Eumundi. The quality of workmanship involved in the rebuild was outstanding, even today, everywhere you look, it is amazing.”

“Overall, it was devastating to think about what happend on the site, but a rebuild we were so happy to be involved with.”

“It is important for us to give something back, but also to prove to ourselves that we are capable of anything

Prime Minister John Howard inspected, toured and opened the new Palace Backpackers hostel and Memorial in Childers, and described the formal opening as a day of celebration, optimism and hope for the south-east Queensland town.

A crowd of Childers locals, school children and backpackers gathered outside the hostel, waiting to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister on a rare visit to the town.

In his opening speach, John Howard said he hopes the hostel would again become a centre for laughter, happiness and celebration.

The Palace Backpacker is now run as a beautiful boutique motel ‘Childers Oasis Motel’. The memorial above the Childers Information Centre commemorates the victims of the Childers Backpacker Fire and is worth a visit when passing through Childers. It is a beautiful memorial to those backpackers who lost their lives, and is a space where you can feel the heart and soul of the Childers community.

The Palace Childers, Constructed by PJ Burns Builder

Photos provided by Rick and Steve Burns, Words by Rick, Steve, Courtney and Sarah Burns.

12

Mar

Are you a first home buyer?

If your answer is yes, did you know that the Queensland State Government offers first home buyers significant grants. We have all the info, so read on and find out you are eligible.

What is the first home owners grant?

The FHOG is a state government initiative to help first home owners get into their new home sooner.

The first home could be a home, unit, townhouse or apartment, but it must be completely new and can’t have been sold as a residential property before, making it the perfect opportunity to build your new PJ Burns Builder home, and create a space that it truely your own.

What is the value of the first home owners grant?

The value of the grant depends on your contract date. For contracts dated 1st July or later, the current grant is $15,000.

Keep in mind, for older contracts that were dated from 1st July 2016 – 30th June 2018, or October 2012 – 30 June 2016, the grant is $20,000.

The FHOG is a one-off payment, and you must apply for the grant within 1 year of your new home being completed.

Image: Design Inspiration via PJ Burns Houzz.com.au profile

Is there a maximum contract value?

Yes, your new home and land total contract price must not exceed $750,000.

Visit our Realestate.com.au builder’s profile, and scroll through our live packages, or alternatively, we will help you create your own home and land package based around your families lifestyle and budget.

Keep in mind that you can personalise any of our home design specifications to suit your specific block and requirements.

Is there some kind of simple eligibility test?

Yes, the Queensland government have created an interactive eligibility test, to help you find out if you meet the criteria, follow our link below to take the test.

What are the first steps of getting started?

Simon and our team of experts will guide you through the exciting building process, and we will have your slab down within a few days of having your contract signed and your land availability.

If you have taken the elegibility test and are ready to get started, give Simon a call today on 0423 437 805 or say hello via the live chat on our website.

Image: First home on the block in Harmony Estate, via PJ Burns Builder Instagram

For more information on applying for the first home owners grant, visit the Queensland Government Website

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