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|

What is solar passive design?

If you’re planning to build a home or commercial premises, you will have probably come across the term 'solar passive design'. So, what exactly is it? In a nutshell, solar passive design makes the best use of your environment to reduce the need for heating or cooling appliances, saving the average household around 40% on [...]

2019-01-18T13:26:52+10:00January 18th, 2019|Building Design Tips, Liveable Homes|

It all begins with your site

Future-proofing is an increasingly popular trend for people building a new home. Many clients have an eye on the future as they plan their new homes, choosing a design that will suit their future lifestyle. Building a home that will cater to your changing needs will definitely save you money in the long-term. The challenge [...]

2018-11-15T16:27:29+10:00November 15th, 2018|Building Design Tips, Uncategorized|

Investment Property at Ferny Glen

We recently completed a home at Ferny Glen Road at Mons on the Sunshine Coast. The home was built as an investment property and will be rented by a lucky local family. Spacious and welcoming. Image by Cade Mooney. Often rental properties are very basic and they usually don't contain many extra design [...]

2018-07-19T13:22:24+10:00July 19th, 2018|Building Design Tips|

How to save on your home build

Budget blow-out is something we work hard to avoid. Preparing a realistic budget from the outset and setting clear parameters around the scope of your build, are proven ways we use to achieve your dream home on budget. Planning is the key to achieving your dream home. Decide what's important There are some [...]

Sustainability: right on trend

Sustainability is big news in the building industry and in 2018 there are some exciting trends to take us into the future. Getting flexible about space Cities are becoming denser and space is often at a premium. In this environment, building design is all about doing more with less. The clever use of space [...]

Pushing the design envelope: dealing with barriers to building your dream home (Part 2)

At Shadforth Lythgo, we love to take your creative ideas and turn them into innovative homes. A suspended deck: when it’s all about the view Barriers to achieving your dream home do pop up and it’s our job to work through these to a successful outcome. We are up to the challenge! In [...]

2018-04-21T15:33:01+10:00April 13th, 2018|Building Design Tips|

Talking trends in exterior home design

As luxury home builders, we are inspired by the contemporary design trends. We work with architects and designers to build homes that reflect contemporary design themes, colour palettes, and the latest finishes. Here are some of the most in-vogue looks for home exteriors in 2018 - Be natural There is a renaissance in authentic-looking, natural building [...]