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15

Oct

One of the benefits of designing and building your new home with PJ Burns Builder, is your ability to add your own elements of style to your design and finishings.

We have created a thoughtful list of spaces and elements of the home for you to personalise.

ADD A FOCAL POINT

A focal point in interior design can be as simple as a beautiful piece of artwork or bold decorative item, or can be incorpoated into the design of your PJ Burns Builder home, and installed during your build, such as a fireplace or feature pendant light.

Photograph: A recently completed home by PJ Burns Builder in Brisbane

ADD STATEMENT LIGHTING

No matter your design style, there is a feature light to suit your new PJ Burns Builder home and is sure to make a statement in your home.

We collaborate with local suppliers and have many beautiful designs and styles that we can supply and install within our contract, or, if you are after something more specialty to reflect your indicidual style you can supply your own fitting for our electrician to install.

Photograph: A beautifully personalised PJ Burns home design ‘The Hamptons 309’
Photograph: A recently completed PJ Burns Builder home on the Sunshine Coast

WHITE + BRIGHT WALLS

All-white walls will make your new PJ Burns Builder home lighter and brighter.

During the colour selection process our design team will offer expert advice on working with different whites to achieve your desired finish and to work your style with your decor and artwork.

Dulux’s guide to Most Loved Whites is a great place to start finding your style.

LET NATURE INSPIRE YOU

From working with shades and styles of timber grain vanities, and specialty timbers, to incorporating a combinations of tones and textures in materials such as rattan, linen, leather, cotton, wicker, stone, granite, wool and wood.

Let nature inspire you, your options are only limited by your imagination and budget.

Photograph: A recently completed PJ Burns Builer home with beautiful natural colour pallette.
Photophaph: A recently completed new PJ Burns Builder home with a beautiful balance of texture and tone.

CONSIDER STORAGE

Consider each element in its next larger context, and different styles of storage available to your design. Baskets are a beautiful way to add a personality, while your design can be custom designed to suit your specific pieces.

Custom designed cabinetry, tv cabinets or shelving are a great way to organise areas of the home and make cleaning easy.

Photograph: A beautifully personalised PJ Burns Builder home on the Sunshine Coast, The Cayman 643
Photograph: A beautifully personalised PJ Burns Builder home, the Juno 240

Ready to start designing your new PJ Burns Builder home, contact us via 07 5457 7600 or say hello via the live chat on our website and book your FREE design consultation today!

14

Oct

If you are considering a move to the Sunshine Coast let us assit you in finding the perfect location and new home design for your family.

The Sunshine Coast has one of the hottest property markets Queensland, and it is easy to see why. Our beautiful area is experiencing steady population growth whilst remaining one of the Sunshine State’s most popular holiday destinations.

Let’s take a quick look at the Sunshine Coast property market and the different estates where you can build your new PJ Burns Builder home.

Hillside Estate, Mooloolah Valley

Located in the picturesque Mooloolah Valley, Hillside is designed for life with nature, open space and waterway corridors for your family to enjoy. An environmental corridor flows through the estate creating the perfect space for your family to get outdoors and create their own adventures.

With blocks in Stage One Sedgewood Release starting at $280,000 and sizes ranging from 700m2 to over 730m2, Hillside Estate offers you the ability to build a brand new PJ Burns, four bedroom, two bathroom, double garage, family home with an undercover outdoor area.

All this while still having over 515m2 of backyard remaining, to use as green space for children to play and grow & family pets, and additional space in the back yard suitable for creating a vege garden and planting fruit trees, or keeping a boat, caravan or hills hoist.

Home and Land

from $462,250


Parklakes Estate, Bli Bli

Parklakes Estate, Bli Bli is surrounded by calming lakes, nature trails and walking tracks that encourage an active lifestyle. A safe and family-friendly community with a village-meets-urban atmosphere – so close to everything.

With a range of different sizes blocks in Stage 12 Release, you are sure to find something to suit your family, lifestyle and budget, with 360m2 blocks are priced from $299,500, while 797m2 blocks are priced from $380,500.

Build your new PJ Burns Builder home in a location within close proximity to schools, shopping, highway access, the Sunshine Coast Airport and more.

Home and Land

from $481,750


Bokarina Beach Estate

Centrally located on the coastal strip between Caloundra and Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, and just an hour north of Brisbane, Bokarina Beach occupies one of the last beachfront parcels of residential land available on Australia’s east coast. As the final residential precinct in Oceanside, Bokarina Beach is your chance to live the dream coastal lifestyle within this premier masterplanned community.

Locals from the 70’s and early 80’s lovingly referred to Bokarina Beach 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.

Contact us to discuss home and land opportunities in Bokarina Beach.

Contact us to discuss building your new PJ Burns Builder home in Bokarina Beach


Village Green Estate, Palmview

Close to everything and far from everyday, Village Green Estate offers the rare chance to be a part of a boutique, enclave community that’s as secluded as it is central with everything in arm’s reach or a little stretch further.

With blocks in Stage One Release starting at $232,800 and sizes ranging from 300m2 to over 397m2, Village Green Esate is a beautiful estate that is perfectly suited to first home buyers with the opportunity of building a brand new home for under $400,000 when taking advantage of the first home owners grant.

We are here to assist you in finding the perfect home and land package to suit your family and budget.

Home and Land

for under $400,000


The Quays Estate, Pelican Waters

Residing in Pelican Waters allows you to enjoy all the perks of living on Sunshine Coast land every single day. The Quays by Pelican Waters is a highly sought after address that continues to see an increasing demand for real estate. It can be the perfect match for anyone and everyone, be it an investor looking to add to their portfolio, a family looking for a new home, or a retiree interested in downsizing.

With remaining waterfront blocks in The Quays starting at $495,000 and sizes ranging from 380m2 to over 595m2, Hillside Estate offers you the ability to design and build your PJ Burns Builder designer dream home, in a location that has everything you need to live the lifestyle you deserve.

Waterfront Home and Land from only $692,000


Harmony Estate, Palmview

Situated between pearly white sands and lush green hinterland, Harmony has all the heart of a village community, with all the soul of beachside living. There’s sunshine, pristine beaches and the tranquility of the tropical hinterland all right on your doorstep and yet, you’re just a few minutes away from the cafés in Mooloolaba and the easy vibe of Maroochydore.

With a range of different sizes blocks in Unity Release Stage 9, you are sure to find something to suit your family, lifestyle and budget, with 250m2 blocks are priced from $227,500, while 385m2 blocks are priced from $281,500.

Arrange your free design consultation today, we are here to guide you through the exciting building process.

Home and Land

From $409,750


PJ Burns family history on the Sunshine Coast

In 1978, Rick Burns, at the age 24, founded PJ Burns Builder. Together with wife Jan and their one employee Earl, Rick designed and constructed his first home; a small, three-bedroom, one bathroom, brick veneer, family home with a single garage in Currimundi (Currimundi was part of Kawana Estates at the time). Rick sold this home the same year, for just under $30,000 (house and land), and it still stands proud today.

Brothers Rick and Steve’s interest in construction is hereditary. Their father Noel Burns, ‘AKA Mr. Kawana’, is renowned around the Sunshine Coast for his involvement in the Kawana Waters development from as early as 1965.

PJ Burns is one of the longest established, continuous builders on the Sunshine Coast. Since 1978, Rick has built a company that has a reputation of being one of Queensland’s best new home builders, building modern, affordable and distinctive homes finished with quality and a great sence of pride while operating from offices on the Sunshine Coast and in Hervey Bay.

We are here to assist you in finding the perfect home and land combination. Contact us on 07 5457 7600 or say hello via the live chat on our website.

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.

10

Sep

Colour Forecast

We are here to guide you in finding the perfect colour combination for your new PJ Burns Builder home. Let’s do it!

Dulux’s four forecasted styles for 2020 ‘Essence’ are all about fining the very essence of happiness, while encouraging us to centre ourselves, breathe and reconnect.

Build youself a simple, beautiful life with Dulux’s Grounded palette

Do you dream of living a simple, uncomplicated life? Adopting a less-is-more approach, Grounded inspires us to move towards an existence filled with conscious, smart living choices, without compromising on the beauty, warmth and texture that remains essential to creating our happy place.

A nature-inspired palette that combats the crush of city living with its soothing calmness with Dulux’s Cultivate palette

The time has come to nurture and regenerate. To surrender to that urge for escape and to find refuge in the beautiful simplicity of nature. As we disconnect from the harsh white filters of the digital sphere, reconnect with the elements of nature: verdant earth, clean air, natural light.

Indulge is the luxurious antidote to our busy stressful lives using Dulux’s Indulge palette

Dreaming of an escape? Indulge speaks to our collective desire to disconnect from the mounting challenges of the everyday. It’s the perfect antidote to our busy, high stress lives, finding the rose-tinted glasses to reignite our romance with hearth and home.

Vintage styles mix with contemporary pieces to create an eclectic look with Dulux’s Comeback palette

While there is a sense of safety in the familiar, we cannot ignore the call to break out and express our true selves. Comeback speaks to this innately creative desire, inspiring us to blend contempoary design cues with vintage pieces.

Keep in mind that colours online are always displayed for design inspiration and should be used as a guide for your colour selection. To ensure best accuracy, your desired colours can be arranged as A4 Colour Swatches during the pre construction design process with PJ Burns Builder.

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 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

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

15

May

We are finding smaller, more efficient homes are on trend here on the Sunshine Coast. With families happy to sacrifice space, to live closer to work and our beautiful coastline.

There is also a greater awareness of the cost of operating big homes, that have more space to heat and cool, furnish and clean.

This tiny house movement drew our focus on designing a new range of PJ Burns Builder homes to be smarter and lighter with a smaller footprint. A range of small homes where every corner of the home is thoughtfully considered.


Above: Our Sanctuary 60 is a 60m2 home that can be certified as a secondary dwelling and custom designed to suit your individual style and block.

Smaller homes do not mean that you need to compromise on style, in fact, we believe it is the opposite. With shows like “Tiny House Nation” or ‘Living Small” on Netflix, & small home articles in the latest Real Living Magazine, there is plenty of inspiration for you to create you new modern and stylish lifestyle choice.

Above: Our Sanctuary 90 is a 90m2 home that would be perfect for a block that has views or a beautiful outlook and can be easily modified to suit your style and block.

Parklakes 2 Bli Bli, is an established and thriving masterplanned community and has just released Stages 12, 13 and 14. The available blocks range from 354m2 Cottage Style Blocks, so there is plenty of opportunity to build your a thoughtfully designed family home.

Above: Our Banksia 168 is a 168m2 home that has been throughtfully designed to suit smaller estate style blocks.

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 help design your dream home and assist you in choosing the right block today. p: 07 5457 7600 / e: hello@pjburns.com

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

4

Mar

A common topic of discussion during the preliminary design stages when building a new home is around creating a home that is kid friendly. We have a ideas for you to consider that will make your home comfortable, stylish and durable..

Your kitchen design

If space allows, a butler’s pantry is a great way to take advantage of additional cabinetry and bench space for those busy, before school mornings

Images: Photograph and Floor Plan of a recently completed PJ Burns home with a hidden pantry design


If your floor plan is a more compact design, a butlers cupboard is a great addition, and offers a place to keep all the gear (toaster, kettle, juicer, bread, etc), leaving your kitchen space free of clutter

Images: Photograph and Floor Plan of a recently completed PJ Burns home with a butlers pantry design

Your kitchen benchtop

Quantum Quartz is a beautiful, light and durable benchtop option with extraordinary aesthetic appeal. We have a beautiful range of colours within our standard range for you to select from for your kitchen. Your kitchen deserves the best.

This engineered stone is low maintenance and ultra hygienic, making it the perfect benchtop solution for growing families.

Images: Photograph and Colour Options from PJ Burns Standard Kitchen Benchtop Range

Your flooring

One of the biggest advantages of vinyl plank flooring is the fact that it is 100% water resistant making it the ideal product with spills and accidents.

With many different colour options available in our standard range, you are sure to find the perfect shade of timber, to meet your design style.

Images: Photographs from recently completed PJ Burns Builder homes featuring our standard Vinyl Plank Flooring

Your tile grout

The paste that fills the spaces between each tile hardly seems like the most significant element of your design, however, the grout you choose can change the look and feel of your space, and effect the amount of maintenance you will need to maintain the freshly tiled, new home look.

When it comes time to complete your colour selections, our interior designer will guide you through the different grout options available to you, to help find the perfect combination for your family and lifestyle.

Images: Photographs from recently completed PJ Burns Builder homes for design inspiration

A drop zone

They say that home is where you hang your hat. But how about where your kids fling their school backpacks, runners and jumpers?

A drop zone is a great design feature for large families, that is easy to incorporate in your new home design and can really help organise a busy families home and life.

Images: For design inspiration via Studiomcqee Instagram

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 help design your dream home and assist you in choosing the right block today. p: 07 5457 7600 / e: hello@pjburns.com

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