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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

31

Aug

Modern Bricks

There is nothing more exciting to those of us in the building & design industry, or anyone currently building their new home, than new & stylish products!

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The new PGH Morada range here at PJ Burns

The Morada Collection

We just adore the new PGH Morada range of bricks! A fresh, matte finish brick collection for contemporary style and design, with an option of  ‘Linea’ to give a stunning minimalist look.

The Morada collection boasts clean lines with a smooth, matte porcelain-like finish. Combined with the subtle softness of a fresh new colour palette, Morada brings modern European style to the Australian building landscape.

Made in Spain from ultra fine clay, Morada has a refined matte finish and designer colour palette. Morada’s versatility allows it to be used as a simple, strong building material in a beautiful, modern build. Alternatively, Morada can be paired with other materials to provide an elegant contrast in both colour and texture.

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The minimalist style Brick, in Blanco, by PGH

‘Hit & Miss’ Brickwork

Using bricks in a ‘hit & miss’ technique is another way to create a similar, yet sophisticated alternative to the recently returned ‘breeze block’ style, below is a PGH modern renovation using ‘Black & Tan’.

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Black & Tan, ‘Hit & Miss’ or ‘Perforated Brick Bond’ style by PGH

Whatever your style, we have got you covered with the latest, most innovative design & products. Chat to us and find our how we can help you incorporate these modern brick ideas into your new PJ Burns Builder home.

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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

11

Aug

Built-In Bars… You Know You Want One

As real estate trends continue to evolve, homeowners and designers are looking for more out of every room in their home.  Home entertainment areas are no longer just places for families to grow, but rather more innovative spaces where friends and family gather and celebrate.

Mid-century design is a great resource for home builders looking for inspiration, with sunken living rooms, breakfast booths and built-in bars making a come-back.

A bar can create a separation between your living and dining areas, essentially creating a third living environment. Whether you create a built-in bar or use moveable furnishings, you can create a space that reflects any era you’re drawn to.

Considerations in Designing a Bar Area

What your bar looks like will depend on your budget and your goal. At the very least it will be a place to store liquor, an ice bucket and some glassware. You’ll also need a space to mix drinks. If you want to make your bar portable, consider a bar on wheels. Second-hand stores, particularly antique dealers in the country, are a great source of vintage bar carts. If you’re looking for something more contemporary, there’s no shortage of options at boutique furniture retailers.

Starting from Scratch as a House Builder or Renovator in Sunshine Coast

If you have space or are planning on house renovations Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, your choices and options are much wider.

If you love the idea of a sunken lounge, consider your bar as the entrance to your “conversation pit” where you welcome guests and greet them with refreshments. Incorporating a bar into a living room that doesn’t access a kitchen can warm it up, creating a more hospitable environment for formal entertainment. A welcoming formal lounge also means you don’t have to entertain in the area of your home where the magic (or mess) happens.

Brilliant Bar Inspirations

A bar doesn’t just have to be a hive for formal entertainment and with a bit of creativity, your options are almost endless. Think about these great ideas that revolve around your bar:

  • Stylish storage – with a display case and a few bar fridges you can put your whole collection stylishly on display while still storing it discreetly. The less glamorous items like cutlery and drink mixers can always sit behind the bar where they are out of sight.
  • Casino theme – if you ever want to host a casino-themed night all you need is a tux and a pack of cards. Whatever your party, a bar is a ready-made solution for entertainment
  • The (wo)man cave – if you’re getting a dedicated room, why not style the whole area around the bar with a pool table, dart board and some stylish décor. If elegance is more your style, build your bar among bookshelves and warm wood surroundings.

Research Your Options

If you’re building or renovating, have a good look around for house plans that meet your needs before making a decision on the position and design of your bar. The best builders in Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay will be able to give you advice on how to design your interior space.

If you’re inspired by the built-in bar idea and want to discuss how one could fit into your dream home, contact us for more information. PJ Burns are your experts for residential renovations and new home builds on the Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay.

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