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12

Oct

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 2019 are all about creating your happy place and living your best life. When the world is so busy and the influences so many, these beautiful colour palette’s will help you filter out the noise and focus on what matters.

Breathe and simply be in the moment with Dulux’s wholeself palette

Do you feel like your brain is in constant overdrive? It’s time to switch off the smartphone and clear out the mental clutter. Wholeself helps us to create a calm, distraction-free zone where we can dial back the volume and reconnect with ourselves.

Create a timeless and elegantly styled home with Dulux’s legacy palette

What is the legacy we leave behind? Every day we tread the tightrope of time, pulled forward by hot, new trends and futuristic technologies. But there’s no ignoring our past, the ultimate symbol of elegance and time-honoured tradition. Legacy brings the past and present into timeless harmony with an eclectic mix of influences.

Dulux’s identity palette empowers you to show your true colours

It’s time to break out of the mould and show us the real you. Identity speaks to the radical, non-conformist in us all. It empowers us to live on the wild side and express our true inner creative. Who cares what anyone else thinks?

Heal our rifts with nature with Dulux’s repair palette

Repair helps us revive our relationship with nature and embrace a more holistic and ‘circular’ way of living. Our comfortable, carefree existence begins to fade into the past, as we adopt a wabi-sabi sensibility that appreciates the beauty in faults and flaws.

Images: Design Inspiration via Dulux

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 Courtney 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

3

Oct

Point of Difference

The team here at PJ Burns Builder have been designing and building award winning, new homes for over 40 years, and specialise in new homes and knockdown rebuilds on the Sunshine Coast, in Hervey Bay and in Brisbane and surrounding areas. So what is it that sets us apart from other home builders?

A personalised design to suit your lifestyle and budget

We understand that your home is more than just a roof over your head. After all, carefully considered designs, form beautiful , sustainable, quality homes that foster a simpler way of life.

Our home designs, perfected and developed over the years combine the latest innovative construction and design techniques with our knowledge of what works best for our unique Queensland lifestyle and climate. We will take the time to help you design a home that is perfect for you and allow you the freedom to personalise the plan and inclusions to achieve your dream home, or even arrange a free design meeting to discuss your ideas and create your own plan from scratch.

Images: Sarah and Courtney Burns working on a new build project together with father Rick Burns, in Rick’s parents Noel + Jesse Burns original family dining room. ( Captured by Amanda Burns)

The latest design inspiration

Nothing is more exciting to those of us in the industry than beautiful, sustainable and inspiring new design and products. Visit our instagram to see our current projects under construction.  This is a great place to start, just remember, you are only limited by your imagination and budget.

Images: Design Inspiration via Freedom Australia

An enjoyable building experience

We strive to ensure you and your family an enjoyable experience, whether you are building for investment, are a first home buyer, or creating a new family home. Our experience allows us to help you find the best home and land combination to suit your lifestyle, family and budget, all at the most affordable prices.

Images: Design Inspiration from our current projects via our Instagram account

Fast build times with experienced supervisors

We want to you and your family to be able to move into your new home, as quickly as possible, whilst ensuring everything runs smoothly. Our supervisors have years of experience in the industry and with PJ Burns Builder, so any unforeseen obstacles that may arise will be sorted quickly, and you will get your keys on time.

Images: Design Inspiration from our current projects via our Instagram account

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 Courtney 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

7

Aug

5 ways to bring your new home to life!

We have created a list and narrowed it down to five things that we encourage you to consider, when designing and planning each space of your new PJ Burns Builder home.

Number One: Let light in.

There are so many styles of windows + creative ways to let light into your new PJ Burns Builder home! Exposed trusses with a feature skylight will enhance your living space and provide so much character, while lovely louvre windows are hard to pass with their so many benefits #feelthebreeze!

Remember, thoughtfully positioned windows will give your home a feeling of space + connect your internal living areas seemly with the outdoors + your natural surroundings.

Images: Design Inspiration via our Instagram Account @pjburnsbuilder

Number Two: Bring in the natural.

Adding a touch of natural fibers instantly brings natural warmth and texture to any space. Think Timber, Wool, Leather, Linen, Cotton and Metals in a fresh colour palette. Organic pieces of handmade furniture are beautiful additions, not to be overlooked and can be incorporated as coffee tables, light fittings, hanging chairs, bed heads or even lounges.

Designer Tip: Visit our ‘Hanging Chairs’ Blog Post for more design inspiration to incorporate organic pieces into your new PJ Burns home.

Images: Design Inspiration via Armadilloandco

Number Three: Utilise your walls.

If you are short on floor space, utilising your walls not only adds interest, it also improves the functionality of your space. Depending on your style, consider a feature brick or cladding wall to add texture + character to the room.

Designer Tip: Frame your cherished photos and arrange them on your walls. You can create a gallery wall with a combination of memories + artwork or simply hang one or two statement pieces.

Images: Design Inspiration via Armadilloandco

Number Four: Add something green.

This season is all about styling your home with lots and lots of greenery, bunches of flowers, hanging plants or potted plants, the options are endless.

Greenery can be incorporated into your new PJ Burns Builder home design by adding a custom made shelf or two to your bedroom, or some open shelves to your kitchen instead of overhead cupboards, the options are only limited by your imagination, and budget.

Keep in mind, not only do plants improve air quality by removing toxins, they instantly add warmth and soften an internal living space.

Images: Design Inspiration via Armadilloandco

Number Five: Focus on flooring.

When it comes to deciding on the flooring of your new home, we are noticing a push towards Vinyl Plank Flooring, and it is not hard to see why. Durable and stylish, our clients love this standard PJ Burns Builder inclusion and appreciate the variety of modern colours to select from when it comes to making final colour selections.

Designer Tip: A rug can dramatically change the look and feel of a room and can give that instant warmth by defining the space. A rug can be the finishing touch to bring a room to life, or you might use it as a starting point, working cushions and artworks back, whichever you choose, with so many options you will find a rug that suits your style and lifestyle. Remember, proportion is everything when selecting a rug to fit your space.

Images: Design Inspiration from recently completed PJ Burns Builder homes, featuring Vinyl Plank Flooring.

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

23

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

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.

by sarah burns

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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PJ Burns Builder Custom Design & Constructed Home

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.

by sarah burns

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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Image via houzz.

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