The Stairs Have Arrived – Project Update

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By now the stairs have been installed, the floor tiles are in and the finish work has begun. The kitchen has bench tops, the wall tiles are almost complete and the doors are being installed. The exterior finishes have begun as well. We have feature cladding on the alfresco ceilings and a gorgeous pool house. The front façade has been painted and the garage door has been installed. We used a twin wall garage door from Gliderol. Read More

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

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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

Week 6 – The Block Reveal Home Truths

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Welcome to week 6

Let me start by saying that I sat there slack jawed and appalled by Sarah and Jason’s lack of contrition.  Jason, the truth can be offensive – get over it!!  Let me also say that editing is a devious and nasty thing and can make anyone look the way the producers want them to look. But let’s face it, they failed, gave up and quit.  Jason was so devastated at the possibility of his children’s travel plans to the UK that he was forced to juggle fruit.  Now, don’t stone me to death for that but seriously, if they had put their foot down and said, my kids will NOT travel to the UK at this time so either one of us leaves and we get a replacement or we both go; I guarantee that it would have been something  the collective we could rally behind.  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

Planbuild launch a new Project Build Home – Follow the journey!

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Building a new home can be fun and exciting, when you know what to expect.

This is why, with a new project underway, we thought it would be great to not only document the journey, but to share it with you.

We will be following the progress of this modified Epernay design from start to finish.  We hope to paint a picture of what it is like to build a home with Planbuild and to show you all the different stages. Read More

Single vs Double Storey Homes: The Pros and Cons

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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. Read More

Butler's pantry

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

By | Home Designs

One 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. Read More

Bathroom trends

The Latest Trends in Bathroom Design

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Modern 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. Read More

Display homes

Tips For Visiting Display Homes

By | Home Designs, Tips and Hints

Visiting 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. Read More

Our Latest Promotion For Home Builders

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With 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. Read More

The Truth About Display Homes

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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