The Planbuild Team is thrilled to win another HIA award for the Australian Project Home of the Year, 2017. This is the fourth year that Planbuild has won this category at either a state or national level.

So, you might ask, what was it that was so special about this designer home?


Single vs Double Storey Homes: The Pros and Cons

Some people just love a single-storey home and wouldn’t live any other way.  Others are happy in a two-storey home and think nothing of the stairs.  It really does come down to personal preference.  But there are a few other things to consider when choosing between high-set or low-set, including location, and your family stage and future plans.  Both sides have their pros and cons, so here are a few points to help you decide between building a single storey or double storey home.


Getting Your Home Ready For Spring

How good is the start of spring! Cold winter days become a memory and we can look forward to more time in the outdoors and sunshine. It’s the perfect time to give your home a little TLC to help it shine through the spring time!


The Latest Flooring Trends

Struggling to choose floor coverings for your home?  There are so many options, each with their own star qualities that make them perfect in certain areas.  Here’s a look at what’s on trend right now in flooring.


Ducted Air Conditioning: A Cautionary Tale

Once upon a time, in a suburb of Brisbane, lived a nice family, in a nice house with a nice ducted air conditioning system.  The system had a nice little keypad.  It was…. Nice. A 4 zone system that meant the air-con had to be on in the kitchen, and the family room and the room that Grandma occupied on her once-a-year visits… even if the entire family wanted to sit in the lounge room and watch a movie.


Buying/Building a Home Vs Renting

Home ownership may the “Great Aussie Dream” but taking the plunge is still a big decision to make.  There are perks and downfalls to both renting and buying – looking at the pros and cons can help you make your decision.


Yarrabilba:  Could It Be Your New Home?

An exciting new community is just emerging in the popular corridor between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  Yarrabilba is master planned to inspire that vibrant community feel: the sort of place where you can see yourself settling down and raising a family.


Four Tips To Make Your Bedroom An Oasis

Stating the obvious here: life can get chaotic. Even coming home after a busy day isn’t always relaxing thanks to family demands. When the kitchen’s in disarray and the lounge room’s a mess… it’s important to have somewhere in your home that is your own private, peaceful sanctuary. Somewhere to leave all the outside stress behind and just relax, and feel comfortable. Here are some tips to help you turn your bedroom into an oasis.


Feng Shui for the home – what you need to know

What is Feng Shui?
This ancient Chinese practice is based on the theory that the way we place things in a space affects the “flow” or “energy” in the space, and therefore the people in it. Good Feng Shui brings good energy or fortune. At the very least it can help your home feel comfortable and welcoming. Why not give it a go? Here are some tips on how to bring good Feng Shui to your home and life.


Ducted vs Split System Air Conditioning- the Pros and Cons 

sb10062782e-001Weighing up how you’ll cool your new home is a big decision.  There’s no single right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing between ducted and split-system air conditioning: it depends factors like your budget, your needs, and the appearance.  It’s a decision you really need to get right the first time, so have a look at this list to help you make your choice.


Colorbond vs Concrete Tile Roofs- The Pros and Cons

Tiles for week 4 blogThe two most popular roofing choices in Australia are concrete tiles and Colorbond, or CB roofs.  Concrete tiles have been used here for about 75 years.  While Colorbond is a newer option, it’s just as popular.

When it comes to aesthetic, it’s really a case of personal preference.  Both Colorbond and concrete tiles are available in a range of colours, and with traditional or modern looks.  But there are a few other things to consider when making your choice.  Here we break down the pros and cons of each option.


Stepping Out With Style

Stepping out in style

Need help choosing your interior design style?  Here are seven of the most popular styles, to help you decide which one suits you.


Our Latest Promotions For Home Builders

Image - Promotions March Week 5With thousands of dollars in bonuses, Planbuild’s Inclusions Packages just became unbeatable value for money.

When you’re down to the pointy end of planning your new home, it’s time to consider inclusions. This is definitely the fun part- choosing colours, accessories and finishes- really visualising your home coming together. But there’s also a lot to consider. With some builders, you might find the sorts of features you have your heart set on come with a hefty price tag, and could blow out your budget.


Lighting- The New Trends

Image - Lighting Week 4Lighting is a major consideration in interior decorating.  Gone are the days of simply putting a bulb in the centre of a room and a switch on a wall.  Modern lighting is about really making a statement.


Tips for Visiting Display Homes

Image - Display Home March Week 3Visiting display homes is an exciting step for anyone planning to build their own home.  It’s a chance to be inspired, get hands-on and really get a sense of what your dream home will one day look like.  But to make sure you get it just right, you need to invest some time in it.  Here are five tips to get the best out of your display home visit.  


This Year’s Colour Palette: What’s On Trend

Image - Colour Trends Week 2When it comes to interior decorating, this year it’s all about creating a sanctuary.  And it makes perfect sense: Our lives are increasingly busy, chaotic and technology-heavy, so when we come home we want to escape from it all, switch off and just relax in comfort in our own space.  Colour trends this year definitely follow that theme.  Here are the four colour palettes that are on trend this year, and the message that goes with them is to customise:  make your home suit you


The Latest Trends in Bathroom Design

Image - Bathroom Trends March Week 1Modern bathrooms are designed to feel like a sanctuary. They’re sleek with clean lines for a calm feel. Space is a key factor- a spacious bathroom feels like the height of luxury. But any size bathroom can feel big with the help of a few design tricks. With that in mind, here are a few of the latest trends in bathroom design.


Why You Need A Butler’s Pantry In Your New Home

Planbuild-Display-Home-Ascot2900-2storey-23One of the great things about modern home designs is the kitchen.  Gone are the days of small poky kitchens at the back of the house- these days they’re spacious, open, and central.  They’re efficient to work in, and they’re stylish to look at.  In many cases they’re the “star” of the home.  And so they should be, given the amount of time we spend in them every day.


Tips for Buying Land

Tips for Buying LandSearching for a premium block of land can sometimes be a very tiresome and difficult task. No sooner do they become available – the get snapped up and the ideal blocks are always on high demand. So, if you’re looking for a block of land to build your dream home, read up on some of our latest tips to help you seek out the best value!


Selecting the right colour palette for your home

Planbuild colour paletteWithout consciously knowing why, some homes simply resonate with us more than others. Building a new home,  you naturally want to reproduce this visually appealing experience, but that can be a challenging thing to nail down.

Your home’s colour palette will go a long way to helping you create that inviting ambience. Knowing how to create colour flow is the secret to achieving a harmonious atmosphere throughout your home.


Buying property near water? Here are some considerations.

Planbuild Property near water

Having a gorgeous view of the ocean or river can be the perfect recipe for your own dream home.

Australia has over 47,000 km of coastline, with our stunning beaches forming a core part of our culture and national identity. However, building a home on the water must be done with careful consultation and research – here are some considerations:


Our display homes will inspire your dream home

Planbuild display homes blogBuilding a new home is a big step, and you certainly want to ‘try before you buy’ as much as possible. Just looking at floorplans and architectural designs does not really give you a feeling for what your home will look like when it is built.


HIA Awards Winners 2015

Our HIA Award Winning Home – Project Home 2015

Planbuild are thrilled to receive Winner of the Year 2015 HIA Australian Project Home.

What does it mean to be a HIA Award Winner? Let’s put this Award into perspective from a buyer’s viewpoint.


The reality of build times

Planbuild build timesA major domestic building contract must specify a date when the work will be finished, or the number of days that will be required to finish the work.


Meet our specialist builder Julien

Planbuild are pleased to introduce you to our Small lot specialist Julien Brule; he is one of the most accomplished and sought after small lot home Specialists with extensive experience in inner city builds, knock-down rebuild and development sites.

Proud winner of HIA Australian Home of the year 2015 (Aust), HIA Project Home of the year winner 2014 (BNE), and HIA Home of the year finalist 2014 (BNE)


Planbuild homes becomes Inner City Small Lot Specialist

Building on a narrow lot needn’t be a challenge if you start with a purpose designed plan. Planbuild are specialists in small-lot home designs. We ensure that every square inch of living space can be utilised to improve the functionality of the home.


The Truth about Display Homes

If you’re considering building, renovating, or are just interested in property, Display Home villages are perhaps one of the most fun and exciting ways to spend your weekend; Row after row of gleaming, spectacular homes greet you as you pull into the perfectly kept roads, gardens and surrounds. Stepping into these lavishly appointed and perfectly finished and decorated homes leaves you with a sense of wonder and excitement. Quite often you’re left with an urgent feeling of “I NEED this! This is the one!!”


No Smoke and Mirrors: The Planbuild Difference

We all know how difficult the building process can be; days spent scouring the net for the perfect plot of land, and then navigating through a mine field of endless council approvals, virtually living in the display home villages; walking through door after door and hearing the same stories told in different ways.


Making the most of your home interior

No doubt we all have made interior decorating mistakes that have been both disappointing and costly.

What most of us don’t understand is that it takes a very keen and knowledgeable eye. We may be out shopping and see something we love, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will look perfect in our home.  Interior designers understand how color, lighting, room size, scale, and placement all affect how items look in a room, and dictates whether they will make or break a room design.


Tax doesn’t have to be a bore

Tax time doesn’t have to be a bore nor does it have to be a dreaded time of the year. What if you could make tax time fun and rewarding by getting a nice healthy cheque in the mail?


Making the most of your kitchen

Kitchens are the hub of the home, the place where birthdays are celebrated, family gathers for Christmas and afternoon teas are had. They need to be not only beautiful but practical as well, as they have loads to do in our everyday lives. Some of us are very fortunate to be able to design and build our very own kitchens, fitting them out with all the bells and whistles, others are inherited and prove to be a challenge in making them practical functioning zones for the family. Either built or inherited here are some practical tips for “styling” within your kitchens that all of us could introduce at any given time!


Fun up your home: Style tips winter 2015

We spoke with friends of ours from Winning Interiors and got some great ideas to help style your home and make it feel nice and cozy for Winter, yet fun.

The colder weather has set in and you can enjoy change in your home by adding a few fun touches that are easy to do and give a great new fun feel to your home.


How staying at home can be just as fun as going on holiday!

Enjoying your home these next holidays – How staying at home can be just as fun as going on holiday!


Your Land: A buyers guide

Buying land, location, and services are important considerations for your lifestyle and resale value. The temptation to compromise should be weighed against future needs, such as schools, shopping centers, parks, medical services, public transport. If these services are not presently available, find out if there are plans drawn up and how long it will take. Other important considerations are the time it will take to travel to and from work and the road infrastructure.


Your land: The truth about soil.

The type of soil you lay your foundations on can have repercussions for your house long after it has been built. Some soils have a greater potential to change volume than others, and this amount of potential needs to be measured with a soil test to make sure your house’s footings are designed in a way that helps protect it from soil movement that might otherwise cause it to sink or buckle.


Mythbusters: Is buying cheaper than building?

To build or not to build… that is the question – at least the question that rages through many peoples’ minds when faced with the decision to build or buy. Most often, factors like cost, timing, suitability and convenience are the ultimate decision makers – but so often, people are left questioning their choice. We’ve briefly outlined some of the pro’s and con’s for each below – we leave it up to you to make the choice that is best for you and your circumstances.



Narrow lot building can be a challenge if you don’t start with a purpose designed plan.

It is vitally important to ensure that every square inch of living space can be utilised to improve the functionality of the home.


Breakthrough in New Home Affordability

The average household size in south east Queensland may be getting smaller, but demand for the traditional four bedroom, double garage family home is as strong as ever.


Customer insight guides new range

They are the self-described ‘quiet achievers’ of south east Queensland’s dynamic home building industry. Planbuild Homes Managing Partners Robert Thomson and Andrew Dean joined forces in 2003, launching from their HQ in Kedron where they still reside today. The company prides itself on maintaining its’ professionalism, reliability, and sound reputation as one of the most trusted names in the industry.


Formula 1 Driver Joins Planbuild’s Rob Thomson at 12 Hour Bathurst

Heavy-hitters from Audi, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari and Lamborghini will need to keep one eye over their shoulder throughout the Armor All 12 Hour Bathurst race igniting in three weeks’ time.

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