FELTON BLOG

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...
[1] “Minimalism is dead.” If you’re up to date with interior design dialogue, you may have heard this phrase. Of course, such claims need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Minimalism is still loved by some, but its dominance is definitely, let’s say dormant, rather than dead. It’s taken a long time, but many are finally growing weary of minimalist design’s stark surfaces and neutral palette, swinging back towards a newly adapted concept known as modern maximalism. Many...
[1] Modern and traditional style often seem to be in opposition to each other, but can they work together to create something more sophisticated, dynamic and timeless than any one style on its own? If so, how can it be done well? Despite no concrete rules, there are ideas that have worked well in terms of interior design. We have collected our five top tips to guide you in blending your favourite styles to create the home of your dreams,...
26
Sep
[1] Although our blog is usually dedicated to architecture and luxury home designs NSW, here is a current topic from the construction world that we thought would inspire and entertain our readers. Dubai has long been wowing the world with their impressive (some say over the top) mega-structures. The latest project announced is Dubai Square, a mega mall featuring cutting edge technology. [caption id="attachment_1582" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] [2][/caption]Commissioned and designed by Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties, with the UAE government’s cooperation,...
29
Aug
Throughout history, the concept of home has been studied, argued over and experienced by people from every walk of life. What does home mean to us, and why do we like the idea of building our own ‘forever’ home? Winston Churchill said, “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” Home grounds us, sends us into the world confident, and eventually draws us back.   Universal Design: dream or reality? The concept of the forever home inevitably engenders...
27
Jul

Forward focus: Interiors 2019

by Felton Constructions
Now that we’re past the mid-year mark, it’s time to cast our eyes towards the horizon, projecting into next year and conjuring the major directions that look set to influence Sydney home builders and interior designers  going forward. Trend forecasters have a wonderful way of distilling how the zeitgeist, or spirit of the times, subconsciously influences our design choices. Many are currently reflecting on a period of radical change, disruption and uncertainty, from fake news to Brexit, which has shaken...