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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:



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:



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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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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How To Choose the Right Floor Plan

When choosing the right floor plan for you and your family, there are a number of things to consider to ensure you make the right choice.

The Building Site

It’s often recommended that you have a specific site selected before choosing a floor plan. This allows you to envision how your home will sit on the site and to compare floor plans with the features of the site you’ve chosen. For example, if your lot is narrow, you might consider a two-storey home to maximize on your allotted space.


Before you get too carried away building your dream home, you should check with your local council and other relevant authorities regarding zoning and regulations. There may be a limit on the height of a house in your selected area, or restrictions on the minimum and maximum home size in terms of a percentage of the total lot size.

What New Features Does It Offer

Consider what a floor plan will offer that you don’t have in your current home. How will it improve your lifestyle? Your answers may include increased storage, more bathrooms, more bedrooms or a bigger space for entertaining. It may include a great home office or a larger garage for bikes and sports equipment. Try making a list of the things you don’t like about your current home, which will guide you with choosing a new floor plan.

Ease of Extension

Consider how easy it will be to extend in the future if you decide you need more space or wish to add value to the property. Even if you don’t need planning permission for your extension, as you are using permitted development rights, you must get building regulation approval.

Existing Furnishings

Unless you’re planning on buying completely new furniture to fill your home, you’ll need to accommodate the existing furnishings you wish to bring with you in to your new floor plan. Factoring in adequate walking space around each item of furniture will help you avoid the possibility of your beloved furnishings not quite fitting.

Who Is Living Here

Considering how many children you have or plan to have in coming years will make a big influence on the floor plan you choose. If you still have children living at home, elderly family members who reside with you, or other family members who visit often, this will help you determine the number of bedrooms and bathrooms that are necessary. For your situation, would a floor plan with split bedrooms, all bedrooms on the second floor, or a handicap accessible bathroom suit better? Considering these factors will help you make your decisions more wisely.


Once you decide on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll require, consider how best to locate them in terms of privacy. Are you comfortable with guests using the bathroom in your master suite, or would you prefer a specific guest bathroom or half bath? Do you want the master bedroom secluded from the other bedrooms? If bedroom privacy is a concern, opt for home designs with enclosed patios, porches or deck areas to help create more privacy in personal spaces.

Our team can offer you a direct one-on-one 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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