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Your dream home needs to be future proofed and sustainability is key!

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-

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Find out more about NSW’s first Net Zero Display Home,  The Avora 34 at Warriewood. Currently open for private inspection by appointment.

Choosing your colours can seem like an overwhelming task

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

https://undercoverarchitect.com/choosing-home-external-colour-scheme/

We have some very exciting news to announce on this very topic soon – stay tuned!!! Picking all your choices for your new Icon Home is about to get a lot easier.

Making the most of a small block of land.

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.

The HIA’s top tips are:

  • Opt for Open Plan
  • Get Creative with Storage
  • Utilise Outdoors
  • Build Up
  • Create the Feeling of Spaciousness

You can read more about these here.

Want to know what can fit on your block? Get in touch with our team today, for a limited time only they will provide a siting of one of our designs on your block for free.

It is definitely uncertain times – but at the moment the market is still moving!

At the moment, taking one day at a time is about all you can do, the govt. advice is constantly changing and the economic market follows. That said, there are still plenty of knock down rebuild opportunities on the market – and they are selling!! The clearance rate for this weekends auctions sat at 65% – 4% higher that the same time last year.

Each fortnight our team sends out their must sees KDR opportunities and on Friday one of our showcased properties was 54 Woodbine St, North Balgowlah, check out how The Bellevue 32 looks on it here.

Want to be added to the list to received this every fortnight? Get in touch today.