Over the past 20 years, the size of the average new Australian home has shrunk to 189.8m2 and half of all new buildings are apartments, according to ABS data.
Lead by Millennials and Gen Y, as well as downsizing retirees, this shift towards smaller living is occurring for a number of reasons such as rising house prices, a desire to live close to city centres and easier maintenance.
However, smaller spaces and blocks come with their own set of challenges, including limited outdoor space and trying to maximise every square metre to make the space appear bigger.
According to the Global Wellness Institute, we’re currently at the start of a new movement in home design that tackles unhealthy lifestyles, stress, pollution and nature deprivation. Known as ‘wellness real estate’, this movement aims to support the holistic health of residents by developing homes that integrate both environmental sustainability and human health into the built environment.
While subdivision seems like a straightforward and easy process of dividing one plot of land into two or more, in reality it’s a complex process that involves elements of planning, building, compliance, project management and legal work. It’s also a very particular and methodical process, with differences from state to state.
The World Green Building Council (WGBC) issued a challenge to the global building industry earlier this month to eliminate carbon emissions from building use by 2030 as part of an effort to shift the sector towards aggressive energy efficiency.
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) and GWA Bathrooms and Kitchens recently released the annual Kitchens and Bathrooms Report, providing insights into trends and comprehensive forecasts in these sectors.
Last week the Build team was at the DesignBUILD expo, which brings together Australia’s architecture, design, building and construction industries to explore innovative new products, learn from renowned speakers and network with industry professionals.
With more than 300 brands displaying new products and materials, we've done the hard work for you and narrowed down our top four picks from the event.
With so many different species, styles and products available it can be difficult to know what type of timber is right for your project. Luckily, the Australasian Timber Flooring Association and WoodSolutions have released free tools to help you decide.
This edition, we give you an overview of both tools, as well as helpful articles that cover everything from timber flooring and decking to timber doors and framing.
The 2018 Adbri Masonry Great Australian Backyard Survey results were released recently, which found that more than 75% of those surveyed had confirmed plans to improve or undertake a new project in their backyard.
With so many Australians committed to investing in their backyards and the Garden Releaf program taking place this Saturday, this edition is all about our outdoor spaces.
The Garden Releaf program aims to encourage people to get out in their garden and will be taking place at independent garden centres around Australia on Saturday 14 April.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited onto the Sky News Real Estate program to talk about the best home building and design apps. I discussed how the incorporation of augmented reality (AR) into smart phone apps is creating better experiences for customers, with a growing number of companies integrating the technology to create more immersive experiences.
Hansgrohe has released its bathroom trends for 2018 so this edition is all about bathroom design.
Hansgrohe says many of the trends influencing bathrooms this year are focused on creating a space that helps slow down our hectic lifestyles, with nature and water taking centre stage.
From hiring a designer and bathroom design rules through to correct lighting and mistakes to avoid, we’ve put together some articles that will help you create a space that gives a sense of peace and quiet.
Research released last week by Galaxy Research on behalf of State Custodians Home Loans has found that many Australians could be missing out on the opportunity to buy an investment property because of poor financial knowledge.
For those looking to build their investment property portfolio, it can be a complicated process so this edition we’ve got some advice from Finder.com.au Home Loans Editor Adam Smith.
He provides tips, as well as steps to take, to help put you in a great position to get your investment property home loan approved.
Architecture takes inspiration from cultural trends in society, on-trend colours and the natural environment. As a result, it’s constantly evolving and trends we see emerging today can define a whole decade of exterior design.
This edition we look at the residential architecture trends that look set to influence the Australian home design market in 2018.
Good natural lighting plays an extremely important role in the aesthetic of a home yet people often overlook the benefits of investing in quality window treatments.
This could have been because there were very few smart window options available on the market but this has changed and while motorised and smart blinds may seem like the stuff of the uber-wealthy, they’re becoming much more affordable for everyday home owners.
2017 is over, which means it’s time to say goodbye to that perpetual December hangover and hello to a new year.
For many homeowners this also means it’s time to start thinking about a fresh start in a new home.
Although the property market is quieter than in spring, it’s still a busy period as the weather is warm and people no longer have to contend with Christmas parties, relatives staying and late night shopping.
Whether you’re buying or selling, January and February provide plenty of activity to take advantage of.
Firstly, the BUILD team would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The team recently attended the High Performance Homes seminar to learn about passive design so this edition is all about how you can keep your house cool this summer (and heated in winter), while also reducing energy consumption and energy bills.
Passive design takes into account the local climate and site conditions, and focuses on renewable sources of energy, such as the sun and wind, to provide heating, cooling and ventilation.
Technology has revolutionised the residential building industry, making the building process easier and helping our homes become smarter and more environmentally friendly.
Now, technology is also helping to avoid costly mistakes before construction begins by allowing home owners to view floor plans at a 'true' scale and try out furniture in virtual models of their homes.
This newsletter we look at the latest innovations that are changing how homes are designed.