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Feb

Style Files – Japandi 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.

While Scandinavian (Scandi) design continues to be a popular, aligning seamlessly with our relaxing Queensland lifestyle, beautiful landscapes & our strong connection to our natural surroundings & nature. Add a twist on the Scandi by blending the Japanese & ‘wabi-sabi’ (which is the Japanese principle of finding beauty in the imperfections of life & an ancient design philosophy that embraces transitory nature) and you have Japandi, a design style where elegance meets minimalism & the concept ‘less is more’ is encouraged.

Images: Design Inspiration via Plyroom

Plyroom describe Japandi perfectly in their November 2017 blog post ‘Japandi – A Philosophical Revelation’ as “Less of trend and more of a pragmatic synthesis between Japanese sensibility and Scandinavian utilitarianism, Japandi is, in essence, a way of life. By welcoming Japanese philosophies like wabi-sabi (the acceptance of transience and imperfection) as well as Scandinavian efficiency, Japandi principals can be applied to our own pursuit of mindful consumption and small footprint living.”

The dark tones in statement furniture & styling details found in the Japandi style, such as charcoal, black or stained dark oak are not common in Scandinavian interior design & drawn from the Japanese influence. These dark tones blend seamlessly with the distinguishable Scandi clean lines, flawless craftsmanship & the use of natural materials such a oak, leather and hemp, with it’s shared simplicity, minimalism & functionality.

Images: Design Inspiration via Stephanie Powell

What we admire about the Japandi style here at PJ Burns Builder, is the cleaver use of the Scandi principles, with slight Japanese adaptations in the accent colours, the texture of fabric & the contrast of timbers. Both styles philosophy embrace the simple & clean living, minimal way of living, which is something that inspires us to create homes with warmth, sustainable living & spaces encouraging creative individuality #amirite?

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

7

Dec

Choosing A Builder On A Limited Budget

Choosing a builder on a limited budget can be a daunting task, especially if you’re unaware of what things you should be looking out for. Many people are distracted by extravagant display homes and don’t investigate factors such as builder experience, reputation and the existence of hidden costs in their contract. Use our simple checklist below when choosing a builder to ensure you end up with a quality built house to call home for years to come.

Interview the Builder

Many people make the mistake of just meeting their builder, but it’s far better to treat the meeting like a job interview. Ask the builder detailed questions about how they can meet your budget and timeline expectations. After all, you’re going to be dealing with your builder for many months and a close working relationship will be critical to ensure a successful outcome. Make sure you understand who it is that you will be dealing with from day to day, as some builders will prepare the quote and be the primary builder on site, while other building companies may have a team of people and you may never see the person who prepares and presents the quote.

Reputation

Not talking to current or past clients can be a crucial mistake. Asking builders for references results in them providing only the details of those people who will say the right thing. Instead, ask the builder for the contact details of some current clients who can provide you with more useful feedback, as they are still immersed in the process.

Hidden Costs

Contract documents for building your home may look scary, but it’s so important that you take the time to thoroughly read and understand them. Your contract is the key to learning exactly what you’re paying for. Far too many people choose a builder based on quotes that have a lot of important items missing and that are not transparent. Beware of contracts with a long list of ‘estimates’ and ‘TBA’s’ and to avoid a blow-out in costs, ask for a fixed price.

Understand What’s Included

Leave no stone unturned and ensure you have information about every cost. Keep an eye out for clauses such as ‘pending soil test’. Regardless of how detailed and exhaustive the drawings may appear there will generally many things missing that the builder needs to prepare a comprehensive quote. Some builders won’t even construct many of the impressive features they have on show within their displays, so it pays to ask if they will build the home ‘as displayed’ and to provide you with a fully itemised cost.

PJ Burns Builder is an award winning residential and commercial builder. Our team can offer you a direct, personalised service to provide you with a home to suit any block on any budget. Browse through our extensive range of designs or contact us today!

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