They say it is important to wake up positive in order to start your day off right. With the bathroom being on of the first rooms you go to in the morning, it only makes sense that it should be designed beautifully.
‘The Avora 34 display home and Bristile solar roofing solution prove that sophisticated design and energy efficiency needn’t be mutually exclusive’
We are proud of The Avora 34 for many reasons, the fact that it is the first net zero display home in NSW is a big one but that we have been able to deliver an energy efficient home that is as beautiful as this, well that’s the real winner.
Working on this project with the team at Bristile has been a very exciting one – the technology and their solar roofing solution are second to none. Bristile’s solar roofing solution is a key feature of the sleek new Avora 34 and the home has been constructed with a flat roof, allowing for the discreet installation of the solar panels so they are invisible from the street.
“The beautiful interiors are a testament to Icon Homes’ knowledge of current design trends,” says Taylor. “Their passion for detail and craftsmanship is evident in the use of beautiful stone on the façade, the floating timber staircase, the use of vertical cladding as a feature throughout the home and the stunning timber ceiling in the upstairs living room.”All this has been achieved without jeopardising Avora 34’s net zero rating. Taylor adds: “Icon Homes should be very proud of this home. It has really set the benchmark for display homes across Sydney.”
The homes we built decades ago are not the same as the homes we want to live in the decades ahead – your dream home needs to be future proofed, and sustainability is much more than just a buzz word. The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has a vision for healthier, resilient, and positive places for people to live. The GBCA are currently developing a Standard for future homes that defines the performance and features of quality new homes in Australia, and at Icon Homes we are ahead of the game on this one with NSW first Net Zero Display Home located in Warriewood on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Their vision for Future Homes is-
Cost effective: A well designed and constructed home can reduce power bills, water bills, and maintenance costs. Energy efficient homes with solar panels can save households $900 per year.
Healthy: Australians spend 90% of their time indoors! Fresh air, comfortable temperatures, low-toxic materials and abundant daylight are all factors proven to improve the health and wellbeing of residents.
Future Ready The homes we build today will be part of our cities and communities for at least the next fifty years. We need to build homes to accommodate our changing needs, and adapt to our changing climate. By 5050 there will be double the number of older people and 44% more children!
Connected: Access to nature, community services, transport and digital infrastructure are essential to our health and productivity. According to research, access to a park can reduce stress, increase physical activity and even extend people’s life spans.
Verified: Homebuyers will want sustainability information on the home they are buying. On-site verification such as physical inspections, air-pressure testing or thermal imaging are the most reliable way to check the quality and performance of a future home. This trend demonstrated by a 10% price premium recorded in the ACT for 7* NaTHERS rated homes 2018.
When building a new house, choosing colours and materials can be a big and daunting task. Not only do you have to decide on the full internal colour scheme, but you must also think about what your house will look like on the outside. Everyone wants their house to be the best looking one in the street, but you don’t want it to stand out for all the wrong reasons. With most people only seeing the exterior of your new home it is important to put just as much effort in choosing the colours for your bricks as you do your bedroom.
Here are 5 tips that will make your decision easier
Sometimes size does matter, especially when it comes to building your dream home! With the growing population, available blocks of land are becoming increasingly smaller, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on space.
By using some of these simple design techniques, you can have enough space for the whole family without blowing out your budget or settling for somewhere second best.
COVID-19 has changed a lot of things, but our friends at Pantone have still released their Colour of the year. For the past 20 years colour experts Pantone, have selected a single colour to represent the year ahead. This year they have chosen ‘Classic Blue’ to influence the design industry all over the world from fashion to graphic design, product packaging and interior design.
Pantone have described Classic Blue as:
“Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”
With all the uncertainty that has already come in 2020, Classic Blue may be what we all need to help keep some balance in our lives.