Gyprock and the Beginning of the Fun Stuff!!

By | Building Industry, Home Designs, Interior Design, Tips and Hints

So, at this stage the windows and doors are in, pre-wiring is done, the plumbing is roughed in and the gyprock goes up!! It’s a weird time for a home owner because it looks the house shrunk…before we accuse the builder of not being able to measure or that we threw the whole thing into a dryer, remember 2 things. 1. Your plan’s measurements are from stud to stud –yep, the house 20mm smaller than you think it is and 2. This shrinkage is an optical illusion. The house will grow again, I promise. Read More

Week 7 & 8 of The Block – Our take on the room reveals

By | Building Industry, Home Designs, Interior Design

Welcome to weeks 7 & 8!!

Yes, I could have written an entire blog on kitchen week…but, no I really couldn’t. All of the kitchens were beautiful, modern and sophisticated and eerily similar. The same shades of grey, white and black were utilised over and over. The only stand outs were Josh and Elyse’s alternate island location and pantry. Both get two big thumbs up from me. OK, yes, the cook top depth was a mistake BUT that is why it is important for your builder to know what you want early on so we can make allowances for it. Read More

The Arrival of the Death Star (AKA Scaffolding)

By | Building Industry, Home Designs

**A Little Disclaimer** As we move forward with this series, you will see a new stage every week.  However, these stages can take a lot longer than a week to finish, this is not The Block.

Well, scaffolding is a necessary thing.  This will stay up until the upper floor cladding and painting is complete.  Once it comes down you will really get a sense of what this façade is all about.  Read More

The Roof is On – Project Update

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**A Little Disclaimer** As we move forward with this series, you will see a new stage every week.  However, these stages can take a lot longer than a week to finish, this is not The Block.

The roof is on, the windows are going in and it finally looks a like a house not a giant game of pick up sticks!!  This home’s roof is the brand new Matt Series from Colorbond. Read More

Anything But a Bedroom

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Week 4 & 5 Reveal and Judging – The Anything But a Bedroom & Living & Dining Rooms

Week Three’s ‘Anything But a Bedroom’ episode was, well, predictable. The Blockheads and The Judges all seemed to crawl back into the ‘every house needs a formal living room’ cave.  These rooms are TINY and frankly, I preferred the concept (not the execution) of the home offices…even Wombats & Sticks closet, I mean office.  Let me ask all of you out there, how often do we USE a room like this?  Are we really going to make a point of going into this itty bitty room and stare lovingly at each other over a glass of single malt….NO, we are not.  Why….because we have kids and pets and work and more stuff with kids like soccer practice and ballet lessons. So, where do we all end up?  You guessed it; the kitchen/living/dining room.  Read More

The Frame is Up!!!

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Project Build Update – The frame is up!!

Now this home’s form is really taking shape.  As you can see, it is a two storey, contemporary structure.  The structural steel posts at the front and rear are a great way to make a required element both practical and beautiful.  Read More

The Block is Back for 2017

By | Building Industry, Interior Design

Well, construction and design fans, The Block is back. As builders, we would like throw our 2 cents worth into the mix. Now, one general comment that applies to every episode of this show…please don’t think that these timelines are remotely realistic for real life construction. Read More

Tips For Buying Land

By | Building Industry, Tips and Hints

Searching 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! Read More

Colorbond vs Concrete Tile Roofs – The Pros and Cons

By | Building Industry, Tips and Hints

The 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. Read More

The Truth About Display Homes

By | Building Industry, Home Designs

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!!” Read More

Meet Our Specialist Builder Julien

By | Building Industry

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) Read More

Customer Insight Guides New Range

By | Building Industry

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. Read More

Mythbusters: Is Buying Cheaper Than Building?

By | Building Industry, Tips and Hints

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. Read More

Your Land: The Truth About Soil

By | Building Industry, Tips and Hints

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. Read More

Your Land: A Buyers Guide

By | Building Industry, Tips and Hints

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. Read More