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BuildHome September Issue #24.4

1 issue FREE with your subscription (extra issue already included in the subscription) BuildHome offers a comprehensive guide to the latest home designs from custom builders, project home companies, knockdown-rebuild specialists and kit-home suppliers who service Sydney and beyond. BuildHome is published to suit specific markets catering for builders, suppliers, and consumers interested in boutique homes in NSW and Queensland. The publication is a definitive guide of inspiration for those looking to buy or build a new home.

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2 min
editor’s letter

Multigenerational or integrated living, where multipe generations of the one family choose to live together, is on the increase. It’s believed that as many as one in five of us now live in a multigenerational home. It might be the result of grandparents moving in to look after young children for a working couple, or it could be adult children needing to live at home, but with a degree of independence, while they save for a home of their own. In this edition of BuildHome, we look at an array of integrated living solutions, from homes designed with guest accommodation or an extra bedroom with an ensuite that can be used for live-in relatives, to granny flats and duplexes that provide both proximity and privacy. Building on small or narrow lots…

6 min
home essentials

MAKE A STATEMENT If you’re looking for a statement piece for a living area or lounge room, even an opulent bedroom, the Koralky beaded pendant is it. Available from Beacon Lighting, the Koralky is a new collection of beaded chandeliers with a classic industrial form. It’s available in three-, five-, six- and eight-light options and comes in four colours: Natural, Black, French Grey and White Wash. Pictured above is the eight-light Koralky in French Grey. The chic Koralky is made up of thousands of wooden beads, giving the chandelier an organic yet luxe look. Perfect for homes with interiors of laid-back luxury, the Koralky delivers a contemporary twist on industrial interior styling and helps to create a relaxed atmosphere at night. For more information, visit beaconlighting.com.au DIVINE DINING Give your guests something to…

12 min
for the family

Families are constantly evolving, as are lifestyle trends, and one of the latest is that of multigenerational living, where two or more generations choose — or need — to live together. It is said that one in five Australians now live in a multigenerational home, with the proportions higher in the big cities. There are many reasons for this. When both parents are working, it may make sense for grandparents to move in and look after young children. Similarly, grandparents might move in for support and companionship when they become elderly or infirm. With many adult children finding it hard to get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder, living at home — but doing so with a degree of privacy — can be a great way to…

10 min
small wonders

If your wish list is extensive but your lot size isn’t, don’t despair; good things do come in small packages. Small lots are commonplace, especially in urban areas and new subdivisions, and narrow lots are an increasing fact of life. Volume home builders are responding to this need with smart, well-thought-out floor plans that make the most of the available space and cleverly designed interiors that feel light and airy. As a result, innovative, space-maximising home designs abound. There are many ways to approach the design of a home that will be built on a limited site. They include having rooms that can be used for more than one function, and ensuring easy-flowing, seamlessly connected indoor-outdoor spaces. Good storage is important and so is making clever use of the space you…

6 min
the sky’s the limit

In Australia, until quite recently, rooftop gardens were mainly the preserve of hotels, bars, commercial buildings and upscale apartment blocks. This is rapidly changing as space-poor homeowners turn their gaze upwards — towards the roofs of their houses, or garages in some cases — in search of somewhere to entertain, kick back and relax, or grow plants. These “gardens in the sky” run the gamut in terms of design and style, but there are fundamental challenges that are common to all, which is why a high degree of design and build expertise is required. Issues of weight-loading, waterproofing and drainage need to be addressed. Access and transportation of materials is often tricky, and you need to contend with council regulations. The exposed conditions present another challenge. How much wind, sun and heat…

1 min
custom-built homes

For future homeowners who know exactly what they want, there really is no substitute for a custom-built abode. Finding a reputable builder is the first, and perhaps most important, step on the journey towards creating your dream home — one designed with your lifestyle needs, sense of style and location in mind. A custom builder will guide you through every stage, from design to construction, and will work towards turning your dreams into reality. To streamline the process, a custom builder can also coordinate and manage the whole project to ensure everything stays on track and the end result lives up to expectations.…