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. [...]

2020-02-18T08:37:14+10:00February 18th, 2020|Building Design Tips|

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 [...]

2020-02-07T15:18:39+10:00February 7th, 2020|Building Design Tips|

5 Top Trends in Home Design for 2020

With 2020 fast approaching we thought we’d take a look at what’s hot in home design next year. Industrial is in! Industrial style is the aesthetic that takes it lead from old industrial/factory spaces; think polished concrete, rough timber, stone – and open plan and high ceilings. High-gloss steels like aluminium can add a touch [...]

2019-12-06T13:46:21+10:00December 6th, 2019|Building Design Tips|

3 things to avoid when building a custom design home

Did you know around 80% of custom home designs never get built? That’s why it is super-important to ensure you plans are feasible from the outset. A feasibility study will iron out any wrinkles in your plans and ensure the build is doable within your budget. 1. Avoid budget blowouts Budget blowouts can be fatal [...]

2019-10-28T11:44:15+10:00October 28th, 2019|Building Design Tips|

The top 6 features Australians want in a home in 2020

With lots of people taking advantage of low interest rates and building new homes, we thought it would be timely to take a look at the top features Aussies are looking for in a new home. 1. Quality Finishes In an era where package homes go up almost overnight, there has never been a greater [...]

2019-10-08T13:10:40+10:00October 8th, 2019|Building Design Tips|

5 Things You Need To Know When Building A New Home

Building your dream home is the culmination of years of planning and saving. It’s exciting and a little overwhelming. Your builder and designer/architect can advise you and offer their expertise and industry knowledge, but at the end of the day there are major decisions that only you can make. Here are five things you should [...]

2019-09-26T09:06:52+10:00September 26th, 2019|Building Design Tips|

Timeless design versus trends that date

When planning a new home we are offered the latest in building design trends. But how do we build on-trend without risking a design that will date quickly? There are design elements that are timeless. These are the features, things like high ceilings, that remain highly sought after right across the different design eras of [...]

2019-08-27T14:49:13+10:00August 27th, 2019|Building Design Tips|

When changing plans is a good thing

Changing plans mid-job is often expensive and time-consuming; changes at this time will usually blow both the budget and the schedule. Sometimes a client believes that it is worth it and so the changes are made, but if possible  it's best to stay the course once building has started. Image: Cade Mooney That’s [...]

2019-07-22T13:31:37+10:00July 22nd, 2019|Building Design Tips|

5 principles for a sustainable construction

Every building material comes at some environmental cost, but there are principles that can guide you towards choices that reduce your environmental footprint, while being cost-effective and increasing the liveability of your home. Environmental choices can definitely be a win win. Award-winning Kailiani Beach Houses - designed by Andrew Bock Architects and built by [...]

2019-04-11T16:29:55+10:00April 11th, 2019|Building Design Tips|