It’s a great time to invest in property on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is a great place to build a home - and not just because of the spectacular coastline and great weather. The Coast continues to enjoy a steady growth in population, a robust economy, as well as plenty of investment in local infrastructure. It really is an ideal spot to live and own a home. Lifestyle The Sunshine Coast is becoming a lifestyle capital. The beach-side cafes, gorgeous coastal walks, excellent restaurants, and raft of fabulous beaches make the Coast hard to resist. The Coast attracts holiday-makers from all over the world, and many decide to stay! Employment Increasingly, people are coming to the Coast and creating their own employment through at-home businesses, digital marketing agencies, fitness & lifestyle coaching, consultancy work, and more. The boom in infrastructure is creating plenty of jobs too. Many of the projects are long-term, offering years of employment. A thriving tourist industry [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Categories: Investment Property, Property Market|

5 Tips for building your dream home

Building your dream home is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. It is also complex, time-consuming, and very costly. The stakes are high. You have a lot invested and you want the end-results to be just right. Here’s some tips to help you along your way. Image: Cade Mooney. 1.  Set a realistic budget The biggest factor in avoiding disappointment or budget blow-out is to set a realistic budget. Some builders will tell you what you want to hear and add extra dollars on after you're already committed. You need to know what everything will cost - upfront. Let your builder know what your budget is. That way they can work with you designer or architect to show you what your options are - what can be realistically achieved within your budget. Be transparent about your budget so that everyone is very clear from [...]

By |February 18th, 2020|Categories: Building Design Tips|Tags: , , , |

Designing your home in tune with the landscape

What comes first – the home design or buying the land? For some people the process is symbiotic. They create a home design in tune with the landscape. While this might sound difficult, it can be incredibly rewarding in terms of views, liveability, and aesthetics. As we seek to be more in touch with our natural environment, building to your landscape makes perfect sense. Here’s some tips to help with the process. Location, location, location I’m sure you have seen a home that looks completely out of context with its' surroundings, a concrete fortress by the beach for example. That’s why it’s important to purchase land in a location that works with the house design you have in mind. If you live beachside, you probably want a home that maximises the positives of that – living areas that catch the sea breeze, windows that take in the views etc. If [...]

By |February 7th, 2020|Categories: Building Design Tips|

5 things to consider when buying a fixer-upper

With so many of us tuned into reality renovation shows, the trend to buy a fixer-upper is on the rise. So, what are the pros and cons of this idea? Image: Cade Mooney. The structure It is important to have a property thoroughly inspected before you buy. Buying a home that isn’t structurally sound will run away with your renovation dollars. Damage isn’t always easy to spot – things like termite infestations and hidden leaks can mean the fixer-upper actually needs to be demolished not renovated. What’s your timeframe? Renovations take time. Often things arise during a renovation that may add to the initial schedule. If you are running on a tight timeframe, renovations may not be for you. Have this discussion with your builder sooner rather than later, to assess if the fixer-upper fits with your schedule. If you have to rent while the build is taking [...]

By |January 29th, 2020|Categories: Renovations|Tags: , |

Sustainability is on trend for 2020

Building design for 2020 is all about sustainability; a commitment to sustainable development and architecture. As a people we have become more conscious of environmental concerns – the one-use plastic bag ban, the rise in recycling centres, and re-use becoming a common practice. The building industry is following suit. More and more homeowners are becoming concerned with where their building materials come from and their impact on the environment. Award-winning Kailiani Beach Houses - designed by Andrew Bock Architects and built by us. (Facebook: Andrew Hock) Buildings are increasingly designed around principles of self-sufficiency as new home builders strive to reduce their long-term energy use and energy costs. As part of the push towards sustainable design, recycled and vintage building materials are becoming highly sought after. The off-shoot of this is the aesthetics they bring – think natural, raw, industrial. Pre-used building materials are on the rise. Grand [...]

By |January 26th, 2020|Categories: Building Innovation|Tags: |

Building fire-resistant homes

This bushfire season has been terrifying with over 2,000 homes destroyed in Australia. Questions are being asked about back-burning and other fire prevention methods. Another question worth asking is if the homes could have built in a way that was more fire-resistant. The reality is newer homes are usually more fire-proof than older builders. Building regulations have changed over time and homes in bushfire-prone regions have certainly improved in terms of fire-resistance. The National Construction Code sets standards for construction of buildings in fire-prone areas, that is areas that have been declared fire-prone by the state or territory. Homes built on fire-prone land are required to be designed and constructed in a way that reduces the risk of ignition in the event of a bushfire. Flames, burning embers and radiant heat all pose a fire-risk and are taking into account in design. Various factors increase the fire-risk including the density [...]

By |January 21st, 2020|Categories: Fire-proof homes|