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Feb

Design with joy – how to create a new home that makes you feel happy!

When designing your new PJ Burns Builder home, consider little things that make you smile. Our team of creative experts can help you incorporate those small details in your home to create that feeling joy, based around current elements of your life that make you feel happy.

No matter how small it seems at the time, we will experience little moments of joy in our everyday life. These small sparks of joy are powerful + when considered for your new home, they will become the building blocks to happiness.

There are a few elements to consider, to simply apply this idea to your new home design. Read on for joy-inducing ideas that might appeal to you.

Rediscover Nature.

Idea: Nature nourishes our souls, so when work (or school) life gets a bit much, we often retreat to nature.

Designer Tip: Bring the inside out by considering your surroundings with the layout and position of your home. Perhaps you have a constant view outside, or established trees on your block – it’s a simple way to bring happy vibes into your home. Don’t overlook indoor plants or a vase full of fresh flowers when decorating.

Images: Design Inspiration via PJ Burns Instagram

Let light flood in.

Idea: Natural light + the warmth of the sun are uplifting + energizing.

Designer Tip: Consider the orientation of your home + the position of the natural light to enjoy different spaces, at different times of the day. White or bright internal paint colours will bring visual feshness + warmth into your new PJ Burns Builder home. Keep in mind that during our preliminary site visits, we will inspect + evaluate your home for your first concept, preliminary plans and price, visit our youtube chanel for examples of this.

Images: Design Inspiration via PJ Burns Facebook

Create harmony.

Idea: A well balanced life leads to happiness + the same goes when designing your new home.

Designer Tip: Feature pendant lights are a simple + affordable way to bring balance into the design of your new PJ Burns Builder home. Keep in mind that balance in design doesn’t always mean matching or symmetry.

Images: Design Inspiration via PJ Burns Instagram

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

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Feb

Interior design ideas to elevate your home!

With so many platforms and beautiful images availabile to us daily, it is easy to become overwhelmed by options and choices when it comes to the interior design of your new PJ Burns Builder home. We have broken it down to simple elements and steps for you to consider, when designing and decorating each space of your new PJ Burns Builder home.

Let light in.

Beautiful lighting will make a space, a whilst your floor plan will usually determine your lighting plan, making the most of natural light is always a good idea.

Natural light constantly changes throughout the day, and is one of the lovely and noticable elements to suprise you, when settling into your new home and watching the morning and afternoon light move through each space.

A home that faces north and east, will make the most of our coastal climate, while naturally allowing light and heat flowing through your home. A thoughtfully designed space will take advantage of the natural light during the day.

To create a mood and add ambience, incorporate interesting windows or feature pendants, wall lights, ceiling lights, lamps into your interior design, rather than filling each space with too many downlights.

Designer Tip: As part of the PJ Burns experience, keep in mind that you will be provided with the opportunity to walk through your new home with our experienced electrician, at frame stage, to ensure your new home is transformed into your dream home.  

Images: Design Inspiration via PJ Burns Instagram

Colour changes everything.

Your colour palette is an important element of interior design and effectivly achieving the style your going for.

The 60/30/10 rule, is popular with interior designers, and rightfully so. The 60 percent refers to your main colour, which acts as the backdrop or anchor for the space you are designing. The 30 percent refers to your secondary colour, of which needs to have it’s own identity while toning harmoniously with your main colour. The 10 percent refers to your statement colour, which depending on your design inspiration is your chance to get creative and add that pop of colour adding character and attention.

When selecting colours, both natural and artificial light will change the way colours appear and feel in each space. For confidence in your decision, order a sample pot or A4 colour swatches via Dulux website to get the most accurate example of the final result.

Designer Tip: As part of the PJ Burns experience, keep in mind that you will be provided with the opportunity to complete a colour consultation with our wonderful interior designer, during the preliminary process, to ensure your vision and design inspiration is brought to life.  

Images: Design Inspiration via PJ Burns Facebook

Texture is paramount.

The first thing to remember when it comes to texture within interior design, is balance. Balance your matt stone finishes, with a soft throw or cushion from adairs, your naturally darker materials with a lighter tone of woven rug from rugs of beauty, or your shiny, glossy surface with a stonewashed linen from deiji studios.

Designer Tip: An easy way to incorporate texture into the structure of your new home, is with a feature wall cladding, tile or exposed trusses. Discuss options and costs involved during the designing stage of the process, your options are only limited by your imagination and budget!

Images: Design Inspiration via PJ Burns Facebook

Space.

Arguably the most important consideration in designing a room is how your home and design flows between spaces.

Be mindful how you + your family use the current space you are living in, and visualise your furniture pieces on your floor plan during the preliminary design stage. It is important to leave enough space between significant furniture pieces for your to comfortably transition between spaces.

Designer Tip: Consider unusable space, such as a void or high ceilings and incorporate statement lighting or exposed trusses to bring your new home interior to life.

Images: Design Inspiration via homes to love.

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

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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!

14

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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