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Jun

Exploring the Idea of An Open Floor Plan

Your new home floor plan should reflect how you live as well as how you expect to live in the years to come. An open floor plan is ideal for this, providing a flexible solution that can grow with you and your family. Opting for minimalism, open floor plans blur the boundaries between rooms, creating large, spacious, and adaptable living areas.
Let’s take a virtual tour and explore the potential that an open floor plan has.

Bringing the Outdoors in and the Indoors Out

Mostly kitchens are often the focal point of your home, making it an ideal location for open plan designs. Consider incorporating an alfresco living area, dining patio or a pool deck near your kitchen, separated by a wall of glass.
The glass will let in natural light to reduce your living costs while the two areas can be combined in summer with the use of sliding doors, or bi-folds. Sliding door tracks allow panels of seamless glass to stack neatly at corners, creating a sophisticated and seamless appearance from your indoor living to your outdoor zone. Best of all, sliding doors and bi-folds are available in a range of elegant and weatherproof designs.

Zoning Your Indoor Open Plan Living Area

Open plan living areas can provide a focal point to your home and encourage interaction amongst family members, but sometimes you need zone the space for a party, gathering or even a quiet dinner for two.
Panel glide blinds are a discreet solution to separating spaces within your open plan living space and are worth thinking about if you’re considering a custom built home. Designed to operate on tracks, panel glide blinds can be automated and are completely child-safe, with fabrics and track options that match your interior colour scheme.

Warm, Cool, Light and Bright

When you’re looking at an open plan home design that suits your lifestyle, consider the weather.
Orienting the living areas to the east side of your home will keep these areas most comfortable all year round, with cool breezes and natural light that lower your energy costs.
Landscaping also plays a starring role in a comfortable home. Plants that provide shade and others that filter dappled light during the cooler months are essential outdoors while plants on or around your alfresco living area keep the air clean and fresh. A plant on your kitchen bench, like the ever-popular phalaenopsis orchid, will help to connect your kitchen to the outdoors as well as providing a flourish of luxe living and design.

So, If you’re looking for luxury home builders in Hervey Bay or Sunshine Coast areas for your new home, PJ Burns is the team for you. Our award-winning Brisbane team can assist you with your open house plan designs, or any other floor plans that interests you. Get in touch with our team to make your new home dream a reality!

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Jun

Keeping the Heat Out with Insulation

When most people think of insulation they think of carpets and thick curtains and the stuff that goes in your roof. All of this works to keep your home warm, but did you know that insulation can keep out the heat too?
Today’s modern floor plan designs are conscious of both the need to preserve heat and the need to circulate air. These two things combined can keep your home comfortable in any weather, helping to combat high energy costs. Combined with supplementary methods, insulation is a less expensive and more environmentally sustainable way of creating and maintaining a comfortable temperature in the home.
Today we’re going to look a little bit at insulation as well as other cooling methods that all work together to create a comfortable home.

Roof Insulation – Essential for Fighting the Heat

Roof is one of the largest and most exposed parts of your house, meaning it will be more exposed to the elements than most parts. Effective new home designs realise this, investing in room insulation that will also keep the home cool in summer.
Here’s how it works:
In winter, your roof insulation blocks the cold air, keeping your home warmer and giving your heater less work to do. In summer, a similar concept applies. All of the heat that strikes your roof is trapped in your roof space and its movement into your home is slowed. This creates a cooler environment, meaning your air conditioning doesn’t need to work overtime.

Keep Cool Air Flowing

The other aspect of insulation in summer is being able to maintain a constant airflow. This is why over-insulating your walls may be overkill.
Insulating your ceiling and roof is the most efficient means of keeping your home cool, but over-insulating walls may prevent airflow throughout your home. Cool air is easier to maintain inside your home than hot air – because hot air rises – so maintaining moderate insulation in your walls will allow your open windows, air conditioning and an open floor plan to work their magic.

More than Just Insulation

From before a home is even built, you can take steps to create a cooler home – after all, it takes more than insulation to create comfort. Here are a few examples:

  • Clever house plans – many Queenslander house plans are designed to move air under the home, where the air is cooler.
  • Orientationtrusted home builders will also understand that the positioning of a home can affect comfort. A good orientation will take things such as the sun’s path and wind patterns into account, allowing you to have naturally warmer winters and cooler summer while increasing your energy efficiency.
  • Zoning for the seasons – similar to orientation considerations, you can divide your home into seasonal zones that reduce your reliance on energy for heating and cooling. A house built with zoning in mind will be able to be easily reconfigured to take advantage of shade, breeze and the sun.

Help from Experienced Sunshine Coast Builders

PJ Burns combine nearly 40 years of experience to provide quality all year around. Contact us to speak with one of the most experienced home builders in Brisbane that will provide design and insulation solutions for your new house or when you are looking to renovate your house.

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