FELTON BLOG

09
Sep

Concrete Examples of Luxury Homes

by Felton Constructions
Concrete? Luxury? Really? Isn’t concrete usually the preserve of functional amenities such as public conveniences? Or brutalist architecture conveying the triumph of (un-beautiful) form over function? Well, no. Precast concrete is gaining ground as fantastic material for luxury home construction on many fronts, not least its capacity to create an almost unlimited range of beautiful visual effects, from moulded geometry, to rich colour, to textural or gleamingly polished! Take a beautiful specimen, the Marguerites (Daisies) Building in France (pictured below)....
30
Aug

TREND WATCH: STANDING OUT IN 2020

by Felton Constructions
[1] With the world of architecture and design constantly evolving, influenced not just by current and upcoming trends but ideologies and perceptions about our place in the world. In general, design and architecture are seeing a move of gigantic proportions towards sustainability and environmentalism that is unlikely to slow down over the next decade. But while this is arguably the most talked about topic in the industry, there are other trends making a splash in 2019 and that are set...
[1] Architecture is more than simply the practice of designing and delivering buildings; it creates a space for connection and facilitates the making of memories. Essentially it’s a critical tool for creating experiences. It follows that those experiences should be as positive as possible, and they should also be available to the widest possible range of people. This is where inclusive architecture comes in, in both public and private spaces. So how does this apply to home design? While many...
28
Jun

Think Small: Tiny Luxury Houses

by Felton Constructions
[1] Television shows like HGTV’s Tiny Luxury and Tiny House Nation have created a stir about tiny houses, but what is all the fuss about? Are they a realistic idea and most importantly, why should homeowners choose little over big? After delving into the key questions around tiny houses, you could be surprised to find that a luxury tiny house may suit you after all.   Perks of going tiny [caption id="attachment_1786" align="aligncenter" width="2280"] [2][/caption]The arguments for a large sprawling...
The scope of what can be achieved with great architecture seems limitless, especially when faced with a jaw-dropping building. It’s hard to believe such feats of the imagination are every bit as functional as many standard house designs in NSW; but whether you love them or hate them, the world’s most original architectural designs undoubtedly have something to offer in terms of innovation and provocation. Here are “10 of best” to wow and inspire you.   1. Piano and Violin...
30
Apr

Are Solar Roof Tiles Worth It?

by Felton Constructions
[1] Solar roof tiles, also known as Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), are the next big thing in luxury home architecture, and will likely start popping up in Sydney homes in the near future. For those building a new house, replacing their roof or just looking to embrace an energy efficient lifestyle, there are some questions about solar roof tiles that require answers. Monier, a leader in Australian solar roofing, says, “Australia has more solar radiation energy available per square metre...
There are many ways to express identity. People do it every day through their clothes, accessories, hair and more, so why not also the spaces in which they live and work? Visual identity has been identified by interior design gurus as a major trend for 2019, and is a way of personalising spaces and increasing the variety of ways people express themselves.   Defining visual identity Pam Mamourian of Home With Alexis, says that “the trend for 2019 is all...
28
Feb
As much as the fashion runway is ever changing, trends for home design and architecture also circulate, leaving some out in the cold. In 2019 we say goodbye to some trends that have dominated the architectural and interior design world for quite a while now - some even over a decade. In order to make room for fresh and inspiring new trends, we must bid adieu to passé styles.   1. Industrial Style Characterised by copper pipes, exposed brickwork and...
[1] Ask most interiors experts to share their number one trade secret and invariably “Get your lighting right!” comes high on the list. Lighting makes a significant difference to any home and right now vintage and artisanal lighting are trending, with many people building houses from scratch or upgrading their current lighting to reflect more individual tastes. Whether a home is expansive or compact, heritage or modern, this creative and unique lighting can be used to suit any space. As...
Smart speakers have a lot to offer us in our home, but they do not come without controversy. The three leaders in this burgeoning market are Google Home, Amazon Echo (“Alexa”) and Apple’s HomePod (“Siri”). Their companies claim that they promote overall wellness and convenience, but at what cost? These artificial intelligence hubs are installed in your home and can be connected to many other devices you own, including smart light bulbs, TV and phone. Designed to make your life...