4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Block of Land

4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Block of Land

When deciding to buy a home, we must decide on these two available options: one is to buy a pre-constructed home; and the other is to have your home built according to your preferences. Between these two, if the latter sounds more appealing to you, then this article is a must-read.

 

4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Block of Land

 

Building your dream home is an amazing experience for both first homeowners and those that have had their homes built before. Doing so will provide you with lots of freedom when it comes to the preferred floor plan layout, directions of doors and windows, and materials to be used. Although this can require a lot of effort on your part, the end result is very rewarding.

 

Here at Davolyn Constructions, we are happy to help you achieve your dream home. So in this article, we will discuss the first milestone when constructing your own home– finding a block of land.

 

#1 Conducting a Research

A house is among the most expensive investments one can make. Thus, doing the research before deciding to buy a block of land is important. It will help you come up with informed decisions and add personal touches to your dream house.

 

There are many things you should know about before buying a block of land. Most of them, you will not be certain of unless you find the answers yourself. One of them is the accessibility of important places like the schools, transport, and shopping centres. It is also important when it comes to acreage, you must ensure that the services like water and electricity are available at the property.

 

The next thing you need to research is the living conditions you’ll be exposed to when you move to the area. Is the neighbourhood noisy? Will you be disturbed by a highway? How’s the crime rate in the area? Will there be a threat to your security? Is the area prone to bushfires? These questions can be answered by asking around or driving within the area.

 

#2 Council Restrictions

Some areas in Plainland have certain policies and regulations that might compromise your house construction. Noise regulation, and even home design restrictions based on development covenants are among the policies that may affect your construction project. They can also affect your living conditions in the long run. Therefore, you have to study the council restrictions before buying a block of land.

 

#3 Block Dimensions and Slope

Another important thing to consider before settling with a block of land is the dimensions you’ll need and the slope of the block. These two factors affect house construction in more ways than one. It is not to mention that accidentally buying a block of land with an unfavourable slope can cost you a fortune.

 

Getting the right block of land dimension and the slope is difficult. It is also possible to get tricked by real estate agents into buying a bad block of land. To ensure that you’ll get the right dimensions and a good slope, it is wise to consult an experienced builder.

 

#4 Orientation and Position of the block of land

To get the best out of your investment, you have to find a block of land with good orientation. Finding the “good spot” to place your dream house on can help with the house layout. For instance, you might want to look at the amount of sunlight the block of land is exposed to. Knowing the wind direction will also help when deciding on doors and windows’ positions. Most smart and sustainable homes in Australia utilised the block of land’s location for natural light and ventilation.

 

Conclusion

We understand how you want your home to be perfect. Thus, we want to help you every step of the way until you make that dream house a reality. Should you find the tips above helpful but you can’t do them on your own? Davolyn Constructions is here to help. Send us a message today and let us help you find the best block of land!

How to Make Your Homes Trendy This 2021

How to Make Your Homes Trendy This 2021

Make your home more colourful, more inviting and more inspiring this 2021 with these interior design trends.

How to Make Your Homes Trendy This 2021

 

1. Add your own creativity

Make each day more memorable with DIY crafts done by the family. Add this to your living room, kitchens, bathroom and bedrooms for a more personalised interior.

Add your own creativity - How to Make Your Homes Trendy This 2021

 

You won’t need to spend much with these items. Go and look at stocked boxes at your garage or unused clothes and previous items stored in cabinets, then start letting your creativity fly.

 

You may start by either painting on plain pots, plates or other ceramics, knitting or quilting new bed and pillow covers.

 

Did we tap on your artistry? Work on it, now.

 

2. Embrace the Grand Millennial Style

Now that you are into DIY crafts, why not extend your resourcefulness by getting rid of those old white interiors and adding some microfloral wallpaper to it.

Embrace the Grand Millennial Style - How to Make Your Homes Trendy This 2021

Mix and match these with some antique-looking accessories and wicker cane furniture to give it that rattan renaissance ambience.

 

Sounds like a plan?

 

3. Appreciate Grain and Natural Stone Textures

Handmade crafts have become more popular these past months as more people clamoured for rustic-looking items with strong textures. Compliment these by adding grain and natural stone features to your homes.

Appreciate Grain and Natural Stone Textures - How to Make Your Homes Trendy This 2021

This emerging appreciation for imperfect but natural materials is brought about by the need of many work from home individuals to see and feel materials that are in contrast to the sleek man-made computer screens they are looking at.

 

4. Sprinkle Yellow to Your Interior

Stay away from a dull and depressing ambience. That means staying away from the typical grey, black and white; and sprinkling yellow to your home to make it more vibrant, exciting, and inspiring.

Sprinkle Yellow to Your Interior - How to Make Your Homes Trendy This 2021

 

5. Pop Some Home Luxury to Your Items

Since you’ll be barely using your make-up and lipstick, why not use the same amount in buying

  • Scented candles
  • Essential oils
  • Fur covers
  • Luxurious hand soaps

 

Pamper yourself even more with these simple pleasures. Make the most of the pandemic. Connect with your family and your inner self. Before you know it, this will be all over; but you have gained so much more from it.

 

Do you need help creating your dream home to feel that comfort you are searching for? We’re here to help. Let’s talk.

5 Popular House Designs from Davolyn

5 Popular House Designs from Davolyn

We have been posting videos of our house designs on our Facebook Page. Over the past months, these have accumulated several views from visitors and clients alike. Today, we are featuring five of the most viewed house designs videos.

5 Popular House Designs from Davolyn

 

Let’s begin.

 

The Brewood (1300 Views)

The Brewood is one of our most popular house designs. We, ourselves, are very proud of it too.

Houzz in itself is impressed with its layout especially its transitional master bedroom

The Brewood (1300 Views) - Popular House Designs
 

“This is an example of a transitional master bathroom in Other with a drop-in tub, an alcove shower, beige walls, ceramic floors, a drop-in sink, beige floor, flat-panel cabinets, beige cabinets, beige tile and a sliding shower screen.” — Houzz

 

The  Robeck (1400 views)

The brick wall of the Robeck exhibits a modern ranch style brick home, which is gaining popularity this 2021. This showcases the beauty of the rural country lifestyle thanks to its wide verandahs and decorative posts.

This owner also added three massive water tanks and solar panels for an environmentally friendly lifestyle because of being on acreage.

The Robeck (1400 views) - Popular House Designs

 

The Hayes (1200 Views)

The Hayes is an epitome of our expertise when working with slab and stumps. We’ve added it a modern country style feel through the addition of a wide stacker door opening to the verandah; while its downstairs garage area houses the laundry, shower, toilet and large storerooms. Upstairs are four large bedrooms with an ensuite and main bathroom.

 

The Wisener (630 views)

With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this cladded house is a sure head-turner. It even provides views of the local creek and the bush aspect native to the block.

 

All of these features have been carefully designed after ticking all the boxes of the client’s personal needs.

 

The Kitzelmann (569 views)

Last but certainly not the least amongst the house designs is the Kitzelmaan.

What better way to maximise the view of the Brisbane River but with a homestead home designed just for you. In this design, the team of Davolyn used the sandstone blockwork effect and raised concrete slab for that dream ranch you have always wanted.

Do you have a block where you wish to build your dream house? Do you need help putting together the different aspects you want present in it?

We love making your dream house a reality. Let’s talk.

Popular Home Design Trends for You to Consider this 2021

Popular Home Design Trends for You to Consider this 2021

The on-going pandemic has put homes at the centre of many people’s lives. It has again received fame as it became the focus of attention of many families. Moreover, we are also expected to see new building designs born out of your many homeowner’s desire to

● Build
● Renovate
● Make-over

What are these recent trends? How do you choose the best one for your family?

Let’s begin.

Popular Home Design Trends for You to Consider this 2021

 

1. The Rise of Antibacterial Materials and Automatic Appliances

Hygiene is now on the top of the list for many homeowners. This includes the demand for:

  • Automatic washbasins
  • Infrared bathroom sensors
  • Voice-activated kitchen appliances
  • Brass accents accessories for kitchen, cabinets and bathrooms

Brass accents accessories - Popular Home Design Trends for You to Consider this 2021

 

All of which are now sought after add-ons to many homes as it ensures reduced touching and increased bacterial and viral protection for the family.

 

2. The Return of Bricks

You’ll most likely see more homeowners demanding for bricks to be added to their homes; and by bricks, we don’t mean the classic 60’s red bricks. Rather, these are beautiful bricks designed to add warmth, texture and character to your home.

 

3. The Fascination for Shifting Rooms

As more people now prefer working from home, many rooms have now been transformed as office spaces or additional nursery rooms for the kids. This realisation pushed many designers to create adaptable layouts that can easily be transformed into purposeful rooms as needed.

The Fascination for Shifting Rooms - Popular Home Design Trends for You to Consider this 2021

So don’t be surprised if you see more non-permanent walls added to house lay-outs this 2021.

 

4. Welcoming Nature in our Homes

With the invitation of technology into our homes is the embracement of nature. It may sound contradictory to some, but the pandemic has shown man how nature and technology can be fused together So aside from seeing more automatic appliances added to homes, you will also expect more outdoor space added to homes. That is for them to enjoy the many benefits the sun and plants can give to their health.

 

5. The Rebirth of Environmentally Friendly Homeowners

Ultimately, more homes will see a shift to bio designs, furniture and objects made from living organisms. This includes:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Cabinets
  • Stools
  • Lamps
  • Pots

 

Conclusion

The pandemic has made us realise many things. It has shown us to value our families and health more than anything else. All of these prompted these designers and many homeowners to do the needed change within their homes and in their future homes.

 

Do you need help customising your new home? Or do you need help in renovating your current house in Queensland? Let us help. Send us a message.

5 Smart Ways to Reduce Your Building Cost

5 Smart Ways to Reduce Your Building Cost

Building a house can be distressing, especially with the stories about building costs blowing out while the project runs. Are you a first homeowner who has the same worry? Or are you a homeowner who tries to DIY your home renovation in fear of exceeding the budget?

5 Smart Ways to Reduce Your Building Cost

Whichever the case, we truly understand. However, entrusting the building works to a licensed builder is still the best option. No need to worry about those stories, we got your back. Here we listed some tips to not just stick with your budget but even reduce the building cost.

 

#1 Be familiar with “site cost”

The site cost is a magic word when it comes to building a property. More often than not, site cost is responsible for additional expenses in building work. Therefore, you have to be familiar with it.

Building on rocky or sloping ground, or having trees that must be removed are some examples of site cost. These conditions require more services than the usual construction work which means more expenses.

The thing about site costs is that they are not typically detailed when a plot is advertised. Unless you are aware of site costs and checked the plot yourself before acquiring, you might pay for additional services.

 

#2 Keep your dream house simple

As much as you want your first home to be extravagant, we have to be realistic. It is important to get the footprint right and to complete the things that can’t be easily changed in the future. So then you can always extend your house through renovations in the future.

Moreover, simplicity is a trend in Australian architecture these days. Smaller and a more minimalistic home is easier to manage, has a lot of room for improvement and more practical.

Keeping your dream house simple also has to do with your choice of materials. Consider having more conventional basins, benchtops and flooring as that would be cheaper. But if you have a bigger budget, then using expensive fittings is your option as these will eventually pay off when it’s time to resell.

 

#3 Invest in Sustainable Living

This may not lower the cost of construction but it will have a significant effect in the long run. Sustainable living is another trend in architecture that promotes cost reduction.

By utilizing your location’s airflow, sunlight direction and natural energy you can have a sustainable living. For instance, you can have your windows placed in the direction of the airflow to minimize the use of electric ventilation. However, these elements vary from one location to another. You may want to consult a local builder to help you plan your home’s layout.

 

#4 Choose low-maintenance options

One of the most expensive things about owning a house is its maintenance. As a first homeowner, you must think about the property’s maintenance before its construction. This can help you save up in the long run.

There are lots of low-cost and low-maintenance options for building materials available in the market today. You will never run out of choices to make your home as low maintenance as possible.

 

#5 Stick to the plan

Now that you have the necessary information to plan your dream house or renovation, what’s left is to plan. Weigh what can be applied from the tips above. Maybe not everything in this list will work on what you have in mind so you’ll have to discard some. Following just a thing or two will mean a lot already in reducing your building cost.

However, we highly advised that you follow this last tip. Stick to the plan.

Make up your plan, consult it with your chosen builder, revise if needed and stick to it. It can be tempting to add more designs and prolong or shorten the project duration but refrain from doing so. If your budget will not blow out, the building work will be compromised. Therefore, it is with the utmost importance that you follow your plan.

Do you need any help in planning a budget-friendly renovation or building work? Send us a message.