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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.

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.

23

Nov

Customising House Designs To Suit Your Lifestyle

Have you found a floor plan that is almost your dream house design, but it’s lacking a certain feature or two? There are lots of ways to customise house designs to perfectly suit your taste and lifestyle. Whether it be an entertainment room, a chefs pantry, a study nook or a garage, the most important thing when building is to ensure it will function for you and your family. Customise an existing floor plan to build a home, not a house.

Build For The Future

If you’re planning on expanding your family in the future, customise an existing floor plan master suite by having a nursery that’s adjoined. For when the kids are older and not fond of sharing, add an extra bathroom or a larger one. Hoping to start spending less time at the office in the coming years? Customise your floor plan to include an alcove that’s just the right size for a home office.

Build For Extra Space

If you prefer more of an open layout in specific areas of your home, you can easily modify some of the interior divisions to give you more flow through, and a sense of space. You can relocate a single or double garage to a location that will provide more space for storage and, of course, parking. You can even customise a plan to have a different foundation from the one specified, like switching from a slab to a basement. Of course, the availability for this will depend on where your site is located geographically.

Build To Entertain

If your lifestyle includes entertaining regularly for friends or family, customise a floor plan by adding more outdoor entertainment space, either covered or open to take full advantage of the weather. An entertainment/theatre room provides a more closed off space for watching movies in comfort. Add a dining room that flows into the kitchen for fun social and family gatherings.

Build For Age Or Disability

If you’re building your dream home for retirement or catering for a live-in elderly family member, special bathroom fittings and fixtures are available for easier accessibility. For a person with physical challenges, opt for indoor ramps for the easy maneuverability of a wheelchair.

Build For Sustainability

Opt for the use of “green” sustainable materials for custom framing and install insulated concrete slabs to prevent up to 40 per cent of your home heating or cooling energy from leaking away. You can reduce this loss by up to 80 per cent by choosing energy-efficient windows. Choose double-glazing and a timber or insulated frame for a high WERS rating. If you use timber for windows, frames, flooring or decking, make sure it comes from certified sustainable managed forests.

Speak to an Expert

The list of customisations to a floor plan are endless, including pre-defined custom options, but whatever the changes you require, it’s good to know that customisations are possible. If you need a little help or advice on deciding on the perfect floor plan and home design, our team can offer you 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!

12

Nov

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.

Regulations

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.

Privacy

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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