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Jun

Keeping Your Kitchen Organised

Kitchens have come a long way in the last few years with luxury features like soft close drawers now standard in most family homes. Modern kitchens also come with storage solutions that make it easy to access and clean up all your favourite appliances, keeping your bench spaces clear.
New home designs can incorporate an abundance of storage options that make organising your kitchen a breeze.

Beyond the Lazy Susan

Sophisticated kitchens of the past may have featured a Lazy Susan in a corner cupboard, but today’s kitchen storage options take that a step further. Modern kitchens include everything from a specially designed bread box drawer to subtle vertical spaces that are perfect for storing baking sheets and pizza trays.
Overhead storage has become more functional with lighting and pull-out shelves, so you can say goodbye to balancing on a stool, or even the kitchen bench.
Drawers in the staging part of the kitchen are really where most of the innovation has happened. Lighting, under-bench pantry item storage, and customised storage inserts are among the solutions making their way into new house builds and renovations.

Butler’s Pantries become Standard in New Build Homes

Modern house floor plans are tending towards a large open plan kitchen with a butler’s pantry, where food and appliances can be stored and accessed easily. This leaves the kitchen free to be used as a dining room, an office, or even a coffee stop. A butler’s pantry will typically include a space for a second fridge or freezer, a sink for washing up and your dishwasher, or a second dishwasher if you entertain a great deal. With bench space for preparing quick meals and enough room to operate appliances like toasters and kettles, butler’s pantries are becoming a standard in most contemporary homes.

Floor to Ceiling Cabinets and Integrated Appliances

Create an eye-catching presentation for your glassware with bench-to-ceiling glass-fronted doors. Not only is this a trendy solution, it also provides the added benefit of being able to see exactly where an item is that you’re looking for.

Built in appliances can also minimise the cluttered look in your kitchen. Integrated cabinets give your kitchen a fluid look, making a smaller space look much larger.

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Whether you’re looking for luxury home builders on the Sunshine Coast or cheap new houses, PJ Burns is here for you. Our award-winning designs and new home builds have become iconic from Brisbane to Hervey Bay and beyond. Call us today to make organising your kitchen easy!

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6

Jun

Making Your Home a Teenage Friendly Zone

As your kids start maturing, wanting more freedom and hopefully taking some responsibility, you may find that playroom isn’t really working anymore. House floor plans need adjusting as your needs change and it’s important to make these alterations throughout your home.

From the kitchen to living areas and other rooms in your home, changing features of the house will make it easier for you to live together and provide practical solutions.

“There’s No Food in This House!”

Complaining about a lack of food is a common cry of the average teenager. You can make it easier for them to navigate the kitchen with some small house design changes.

By the time your child reaches thirteen years of age, they’re able to making ready a meal without the risk of hurting themselves or placing off a smoke alarm. With more people cooking in the kitchen, it might be outlay investing in a larger kitchen area. Consider an open plan design that merges the kitchen mutually your dining area. This can draw it easier for everyone to move around the kitchen to cook, nip and (hopefully) clean up.
Your teen is likely to use your kitchen as a ready-made food source, so investing in hardy floors that won’t wear easily is another good idea. Also, consider small touches like rearranging your pantry and your fridge to put their favourite foods in plain sight. This can save time and – in the case of your fridge – energy.

Teens need what you want them to do to be explicit, so areas that are open and inviting will make it easier for them to make meals. A good house plan can be as detailed as defining an area where the toasters and/or sandwich presses sit side-by-side with bread that’s ready to go for hungry stomachs on the move.

A Retreat That Works for Everyone

Setting up an inviting rumpus room where your teenagers can entertain is another good idea. This not only helps them to develop socially, it also gives you the peace of mind that they are in a safe place. Try coupling their PlayStation or Xbox with some nice concealing cabinets that sit with the television set. This way your children get easy access to entertainment and you have an elegant solution to hide their games and uphold your décor.

If you’re designing your dream home, consider a separate living space for teens to entertain. This way you can section them off when their friends are over, letting Mum and Dad enjoy a quiet night in the next room.

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Nov

House Designs Perfect for Entertaining

When dreaming of their ideal house design, many homeowners take in to consideration the entertainment aspect of having friends and family over for dinner parties, drinks and special occasions. When deciding on floor plans for entertaining, you should consider your home fully occupied when planning kitchen, dining room and living room areas to ensure you will have enough space for hosting guests. Here are our top kitchen ideas to keep in mind so that your finished home is a perfect layout for entertaining all year round.

Open Layouts

Some of the most popular house plans available today are those with open layouts. Open layouts increase the options for entertaining guests, fostering a sense of togetherness in the heart of the home. Choosing an option that combines larger spaces, such as the kitchen and living room, creates a shared experience of cooking and eating. Look for plans with wide openings or walkways, where the dining room flows effortlessly from the kitchen into other living and entertaining spaces.

Without walls limiting flexibility, smaller tables can be joined to a dining room table to accommodate extra guests, or the space can be left open to allow guests to move around, mingle and chat. In addition, house designs with open layouts can make your home feel larger than the square footage would have you believe. By removing constricting doorways and widening passages, you obtain a sense of spaciousness even with a smaller, less expensive floor plan.

Big Kitchen

This seems an obvious one, but as a family who has food and entertaining as a focal point, what you define as a ‘big kitchen’ may vary. When choosing a spacious kitchen, look for floor plans that offer spacious central islands, abundant countertops and workspaces, cupboards and butlers pantries. Some cupboards and the butler’s pantry will often be situated off to the side or behind the kitchen and overall, the convenience and style of this type of kitchen will create a space that is suited for easily hosting many guests. Having a central island bench is also quite popular in that it creates a link between the family and meals areas without interfering with each individual space.

Indoor/Outdoor Dining

Entertaining at home is a breeze when you choose a house design which incorporates a spacious, covered outdoor area with the internal kitchen, dining or living area. Not only does an indoor/outdoor dining area allow your guests to flow from the kitchen to the outdoor entertaining area with ease, it also gives your home a sense of spaciousness and increases overall ventilation. Combining this layout with a designer kitchen as a focal point is absolutely perfect for entertaining.

Before You Start

Before choosing a floor plan, it’s important to assess your lifestyle. Is a single story sufficient or would you like a multi story home? Do you prefer an open floor plan or individual rooms? Do you want your new house plan to include formal dining? Or do you simply prefer relaxed family gatherings in an open planned space around the kitchen?

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!

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