Verandah: A must have in a Lockyer Valley House Style

Verandah: A must have in a Lockyer Valley House Style

One feature that characterises a Queenslander style of home is…

A distinct and unique verandah.

May it be grandiose or a simple home, a verandah is a part of any Queenslander home.


Because is the perfect place to share thoughts, engage ideas and just catch up with friends.

What other things should you now about verandahs? Read on for more info.

Verandah: A must have in a Lockyer Valley House Style


Key Features of a Queenslander Verandah


Historically, the Queenslander house style was built above the ground to allow ventilation underneath. It was used in locations where it has a subtropical climate and therefore brings a cool breeze in the home.


These verandahs are designed to provide shade, offer protection from afternoon storms, catch breezes and serve as a semi-outdoor room for informal living. This also allows homeowners to entertain guests without them setting foot inside the host’s home.


Using traditional details such as brackets, ornamental balustre and posts enhance a Queenslander’s verandah. This brings history and tradition to the house. Thus, making it distinct and unique amongst other house designs.


Other add ons you may include are:


  • Gables
  • Lattice
  • Louvres
  • Coloured glass
  • Battens


Include this in your QLD verandah and it will definitely stand-out from other homes in the area.

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Appearance of French doors

If you’re really aiming for the Queenslander house style, make sure to use French doors in connecting the verandah to the main house. This adds to the heritage look of the house.

Opening french doors also create a scene with the vignette it brings in the verandah. No need to fret about privacy because of the lattice panels and louvres that are used in this house style.


Raised platforms

Most Australian houses are raised above the ground to ensure safety from flood events. So technically, their verandahs are also above the ground. This makes it easier for the cool breeze to enter homes.

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This house style is made from timber to allow any heat to quickly escape, thus, it helps in keeping the home airy. Since the verandahs are also raised, you will surely enjoy the great view from above.


Shade and protection

Shadings devices such as louvres, lattice, and awnings are usual common inclusions you will see in a Queenslander house. This serves as protection against the heat of the sun and rapid downpours.

It also provides privacy for the homeowners. This ensures that you can enjoy your morning coffee without any stranger’s eyes preying on you.


So if you’re the private type of person, you can still enjoy that privacy while enjoying the cool natural light breeze of your house.


How to make the most out of your verandah?


Make the most out of your verandah with these helpful tips:

Choose the right furniture


Use more durable furniture that can withstand the changing weather of the region. This includes adding washable rugs, carpets, and seat covers.

Choose the right furniture

Create an eclectic vibe with it by adding robust items with neutral colours to make it look warm and comfy. You can even go wild by matching trendy cushions with antique furniture.

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Turn it into another room


Another way of making the most out of your verandah is to turn it into another room. Don’t let it be just a passage to the inner part of the house. Use it as a lounge where you and your friends can have small talks over a cup of tea or coffee.

Turn it into another room

Place a lovely coffee table and match it with unique small sofas, or you can just use bean bags to sit on. This will make your verandah more than just an extension into your private home.


Functionally charming and graceful is what you get from a Queenslander verandah house style. Are you now dreaming of having your own verandah, too? Let us help you.

5 Tips on How to Build A House Within A Budget

5 Tips on How to Build A House Within A Budget

Do you think and feel that it is the right time to build your own house but is a bit hesitant because you have a limited budget? Are you wondering if the money you’ve allocated for this project is sufficient to cover the expenses from start to finish?

5 Tips on How to Build A House Within A Budget


This is a common question we receive from our clients. And we understand why this is a major concern for many. How do you proceed when stuck with this question?

Below is a guide to keep you moving. Read on.



“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” – Alan Lakein


Planning is one of the most important of any building plans.


Sit and carefully plan the following:


  • Sketch of the house
  • Wall colours that you like
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of comfort rooms
  • Provision for the car park (if you have a car or planning to have one)
  • Type of windows and door
  • Other customisation that you like


List down all your ideas.








It will help you decide on what to include or exclude in the future. That means, not limiting your ideas yet. After all, you are still in the first phase of the building process. So just list everything down.



“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” – Philip K. Dick


Now that you have listed all of your ideas. It’s time to trim it down to reality. As the quote from Philip above states, to stick with reality it should be something that is realizable.


We all want a house with rooms for each family member, but with a limited budget, you can easily assess that a 4 bedroom house will not be very feasible. Thus, compromise with a three-bedroom house, with room for an extended room in the future.


Focus on the essentials and what’s integral for the family. In this manner, you will have a better foresight on what you should focus on.



“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” – William James


Now that you have reached the level of being realistic with your goals, add simplicity to your design.


How do you make that happen?




Yes. Avoid being too extravagant.


Remember that you are working with a limited budget. But don’t be sad. The simplicity of your house doesn’t mean it will look that way forever. You can slowly make changes along the way. It’s just, for now, you need to be content with a simple house.


What do you need to throw away from your thoughts?


These are the expensive interiors and fittings. Rather than forcing you to make these extravagances fit your “budget”, replace it with functional items. After all, you can easily replace these functional items with more luxurious fittings in the future. But for now, you should focus on the minimum needs that your family requires.





Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you. – John C. Maxwell


Choosing a site that needs less scraping and digging will make the building process faster and cheaper. So if you are thinking about sloping blocks, then better choose a different option. Rather opt for a site that’s fit for construction.


Here’s some of the new builds we have created for you to check on.


Another thing you should consider is the location.


Less populated cities have more affordable lots compared to the busier cities in Brisbane. So if you wish to have a huge space but have a limited budget, look at affordable lots for sale on less populated cities in QLD.


Here’s another thing you can do If you really want to build a home within a budget. Pick an affordable site location. With less populated cities, you have a higher chance of finding an affordable lot, thus, you’ll be able to build on your own land rather than with shared lots.


If you’re having a hard time to find the perfect block, you can ask help from professional builders like Davolyn constructions. We can help you find the perfect location and fit it in your house design.




“Reliability is the precondition for trust.”     – Wolfgang Schauble


Say “NO” to any random builder. This is your HOME and your DREAM HOUSE, so don’t let just anyone work on it.


Do a background check on your home builder of choice to ensure they have the license, registration, insurance. Ask for work references and previous jobs to know if they fit your style and preferences.


If they fail to provide any of these, it is best to look for another.


Extra Tips: Look for GRANTS


If it’s your first time to build your own home, you should know that there are certain grants you might be eligible for. Grants such as the following:


Stamp Duty Concessions


The first home concession only applies to a home valued under $550,000 and can save you up to $15,925.  Read more.


The First Home Owner Grant


The First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) scheme was introduced on 1 July 2000 to offset the effect of the GST on home ownership. It is a national scheme funded by the states and territories and administered under their own legislation.


Under the scheme, a one-off grant is payable to first home owners that satisfy all the eligibility criteria. Read more.

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7 Questions to Answer If You Plan To Build A Custom Home

7 Questions to Answer If You Plan To Build A Custom Home

Are you planning to build a custom home for you and your family?

7 Questions to Answer If You Plan To Build A Custom Home


Building a custom home is fun and exciting. But it can also be a risky and stressful journey if you are unprepared. So before working on this process, it’s best to answer the following questions:


1. Do you have a large family? How long do you plan to have your new house?


Before any bricks or paint is placed on your house, ask and answer these questions. This will help you decide how many rooms you need, and the size of each. It will also make you think of the proximity of schools and work place to your chosen location, as you anticipate your length of stay in this new neighbourhood.

2. Which one is the most important for you and your family? Rank these factors below:


Here are the 9 criteria you can rank to see which one is the most important aspect for your family. Make number 1 as the most important and number 9 the least important.

  • The location of your new custom home
  • An elegant design
  • Return of investment
  • Plenty of rooms and amenities
  • A large capacity to accommodate extended/future family members
  • A Media Room
  • Easy to maintain exterior finish
  • Energy-saving technology
  • Budget


Based on your ranking, you can decide on which aspects you are willing to compromise.


3. Are there any particular construction materials you want to use when building your custom home?


Some homeowners have this kind of specification when building their custom home. They consider the construction materials to be used. You can list it down and hand it to your builder before the start of the construction. It’ll help you and your builder estimate if your budget can handle the materials you require. Otherwise, they can share an alternative option.


4. How do you choose the right builder to work with?


In order for you to find the right builder, you need to look for someone who has the same vision and values as you. If you do find them, it’s like finding the perfect partner. Since you have similar thinking, they can understand your goals in building your custom home.

Read our blog on how to know if the builder is right for you: Project Builder vs Custom Builder.


5. Is the kitchen your most important part of the house?


Many people look-out to build their dream kitchen in their dream home. Is this room also your dream? It’s good to answer this question on the planning and design phase so that you can incorporate your ideas to it. Your builder must be able to help you in putting up your dream kitchen.


6. Have you checked the soil on the location?


It is important to answer this question as it’ll determine if the location is conducive to live in. By checking the type of soil in the location can show you if your project will be simple or complex. It is best advised that you for an expert custom builder to check the soil on your location to know it’s quality.


7. Ask your builder about their toughest project experience and how did they handle it


Answering this question allows you to know more about your chosen builder. You’ll see what working ethics they have. The attitude of your builder is an important factor in building your custom home. It’s better to choose the builder who is driven and easy to communicate with than a builder who lack’s good work ethics.

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Finished answering these questions? Do you feel more prepared now in building your custom home? Should you need to consult a custom builder, just send us a message or give us a call. Otherwise, visit our Facebook Page to see some of our latest projects.


5 Things To Consider When Building a New House

5 Things To Consider When Building a New House

You may have a dozen options when it comes to choosing a home. You can either buy or have it custom built. While there are many factors to consider when deciding on this matter, your personal preferences will still have a bigger bearing.

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Now, if you’re one of the people who choose to build their dream home, then this article can be most useful for you. Read on.

What are the things you need to consider when building a new house?

Choosing to build your home can become exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Let us help you make it through more conveniently with these helpful tips on what you should consider:



Everything depends on the amount of money you are willing to spend. So ensure you have a clear budget in mind. Some questions you need to consider include:

  • How much money have you saved for this project?
  • Can your budget handle it from start to finish?
  • Do you have extra funds in case of an emergency?

These are just a few of the questions you can check to evaluate if your budget is enough for building your home. However, if you don’t have a lot of money, you can adjust things according to your budget. Just make sure that you’re aware of this okay.

We advise that you talk to a registered consultant to estimate where your budget can bring you. It’ll help the available options for you.



After evaluating your budget, the next thing you need to asses is the location and land type where you’ll build your home. 

You need to check if the location suits your lifestyle. Is it the type of neighbourhood you want to live in, or is it a good place to settle down? You also need to consider things such as it’s proximity to the schools, market, hospitals, and/or shopping retails.

Aside from the location, you also to check the type of land where you plan to build your home. Is it a flat or sloping site? Are there any boulders to work on? 

These are important questions to ask because your dream house’s construction process is very much dependent on these. Need help in checking your land type? Call us on 0409 661 655.



This can either be FUN or DAUNTING, depending on your personality. But these are some of the things you need to think of:

  • Exterior and interior wall finish
  • Colours in each room
  • Type of flooring
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Furniture
  • Windows and doors
  • Size of the rooms

You may have many ideas in mind. Thus, it is best to list it down and show it to your builder. That is if your chosen builder has in-depth knowledge with design, just like Davolyn Constructions



Now, this, we can say, is the most, but not the least important thing you need to think of when building your dream house.

Choosing the builder that’ll work on your dream house must be able to guide you throughout the construction process. You should be able to openly communicate with them from start to finish.

Your builder selection is critical in the success rate of your plans. Choose a reliable and reputable builder who will not leave you in the middle of the project. They should also be open to your ideas and your budget.

Check the builder’s record, past and current client’s review, and their expertise on your project. Will they be able to handle a sloping block or are they just expert on flat sites? Your builder shouldn’t be your stressor but your trustworthy partner in building your home. Choosing the right builder is significant in the smooth process of your project.


Why choose Davolyn Construction?

Davolyn Construction can handle simple and complicated projects for you. Whether it’s a flat site or sloping block, we can help you build the home of your dreams. We make sure that you know every part of the process and keep things stress-free for you.

Bringing your dream the home to reality should be fun, hassle-free, and exciting. Let us build the house that you’ll want to come home to at the end of the day.

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Do you need help in evaluating these things before building your home? Call us on 0409 661 655.

7 Major Things To Consider When Building a Custom Home

7 Major Things To Consider When Building a Custom Home

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

Building your dream home can be exciting! 

It is surely exciting when you’re about to build your custom home. You can decide on how your rooms will look like, however, reality check, constructing a custom home can be tiresome.

7 Major Things To Consider Before Building Custom Home


It’ll require critical thinking and analysis to ensure that you get the best out of it. There are things that you need to consider before building a custom home.

So to help you become prepared and keep the excitement high, we’ve listed down the things you need to take into consideration when constructing a custom home.


Top things to consider

Here, we listed down the things that should be in the top of your mind when you’re about to construct a custom home.


⚬ Solid and functional design


The design for your home should also consider functionality. Ask yourself these: 

  • What is the purpose and function of your home?
  • Will it be where you’ll put down roots or it’s just a vacation house?
  • Do you have a plan to sell it?


Taking these questions in mind can help you achieve a design that fits your future life goals.


⚬ Purpose of each room


Keeping in mind the purpose of each room in your custom home allows you to maximise each one of it. For example, you can use one room for two purposes, like it can be a kid’s playroom and study room at the same time. Think of this carefully so you there’ll be no wasted space.


⚬ Inspect the grounds carefully


Make sure that you are aware of the laws regarding the ground where you want to construct your home. Residential construction law varies per location. Knowing the requirements that you need such as building permit will help in speeding up the construction of your custom home.


⚬ Create a list of your specifications 


A list of your specifications such as what materials to use on your flooring can help you sort out things along the way. This will help you ease your likes and dislike during construction. 


⚬ Everything is included when choosing a custom home for your lifestyle


When building a custom home everything is included. There are no hidden nasty surprises. 


Custom Home Builders are more customer service orientated


A custom home builder is normally not a large team, So you are only dealing with a small number of people throughout your entire build. 


Find your perfect team


Finding the perfect team that you’ll work with all through-out the project is important. See to it that you hire a professional and reliable builder to work for you. Spend time to get to know them so you can get comfortable with them and see how things will work.


Minimal considerations

These following may be minimal considerations yet they are still important. These are the basic things that still need your attention.



  • Width of hallways
  • Ceiling heights
  • Interior design ideas
  • Type of doors and windows
  • Electrical plans
  • Pipe plans
  • Type of lightings



  • Will your rooms be soundproof?
  • Do you like your kitchen and living room connected?
  • Any entertainment area idea?
  • Will there be a playroom?
  • How many entryways do you want?
  • What will be the design of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning?
  •  How many storages do you plan?
  • Do you want built-in storage?



  • Do you have enough space for your appliances?
  • Are you planning to have a breakfast nook?
  • What type of finishing do you want?
  • Do you need outlets in your bathroom?
  • Do you want a heater?
  • What colour do you want for your bathroom walls?



  • Do you want a porch?
  • Landscape design
  • How large will your garage be?
  • Security features such as motion light detectors


We hope this checklist has helped you understand the things to consider before building a custom home. You can follow this or change it according to your preference. Happy building!



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Reality of Building on a Corner Block Home | The Pros and Cons

Reality of Building on a Corner Block Home | The Pros and Cons

“For those that love them, corner blocks come with plenty of pluses,” shared Michael Rodden.

Well for many people who just love their corner block home, it is that feeling of living in a much bigger space without being bound by convention. 

So do you think a corner block home is perfect for you and your family? Read some of the pros and cons of owning one:






Multiple access point

Pros: The availability of this one may vary depending on what’s allowed by your local law but with a corner block home, you can have multiple access to your home. Your driveway can be on one side and the entrance to your main door is on the other side. This is beneficial especially to slope sites.

Cons: If you have multiple entry points to your home, this could also mean multiple entry points for potential thieves, thus the need for an additional security measure to be implemented.


Bigger landscaping space

Pros: Having a corner block allows you to have a corner garden where you can show off your gardening skills. This also means additional natural aesthetic appeal for your home.

Cons: However, having two landscaping means double work for you on your weekends. Instead of looking out on one corner, you’ll have two to take care of. 


A large blank wall canvas

Pros: With a wall fence on both sides of your corner block, there’s a space for some art. You can use one side and put up wall art that will make your home stand out from the crowd.

Cons: Your wall fences can be a target for vandalism and graffiti. But this can easily be fixed with a CCTV camera and a warning sign for everyone to see. 


Street noise and traffic

Pros: One real advantage of being on the corner block means having two corners for street parking which is very useful on holiday visits.

Cons: Living the corner block means gaining the noise of two streets. The amount of noise from cars and pedestrians are doubled.


House heights and setbacks

Pros: Take note that this varies depending on the allowed by your local law on building requirements. Building on a corner block allows you to scope a larger vicinity for your property, thus you can utilise that space for your advantages.

Cons: As local laws may differ, your original corner block measurement can be reduced due to the setback requirements. Also, you may not be able to achieve the house height you want as it could create a blind spot for pedestrians and cars.


Fencing design and options

Pros: Building on a corner block with lesser neighbours on your sides means the fence designs and options are all yours. So whatever type of fence you want can apply. No need to compromise with others likes and dislikes.

Cons: The setback here is that all the cost of fencing your corners are all on you. You can’t split it with a neighbour. If not thought out carefully, you could end up spending too much for a fence.



So do you think a corner block fits your family’s lifestyle and personality?

Talk to a professional builder who’s expert in making the most out of a corner block site. Call us on 0409 661 655

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