FELTON BLOG

With all the media talk of urban growth and major Australian cities bursting at the seams due to mushrooming populations, it follows that even custom designed homes are beginning to slim down, particularly if clients are city-slickers favouring the bright lights and instant amenity offered by metropolitan locations. Some quarters of the market for luxury modern homes are jumping on the narrow-block bandwagon with cleverly designed homes that offer a distinctively urban kind of luxury. Sometimes these luxury house plans...
28
Aug
“Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. And with support for multiple users, it can distinguish your voice from others in your home so you get a more personalised experience.” Sounds like an excerpt from one of those Hollywood blockbusters of AI / Automata fame, right? Well, it’s actually a tagline from an ad for Google Home which is of course the ‘next big thing’ in home technology and therefore another key consideration for anyone in the market for...
Windows play a crucial role in the design of modern luxury homes for very good reason. Firstly, for the exterior of the home, they literally create the ‘facial’ balance that natural aesthetics require. The correct placement of windows on an exterior façade gives it a natural harmony, while the opposite results in visual discord. From an interior point of view, new custom home builders believe windows’ orientation is key to optimising natural light and ventilation, while also (and this is...
Gleaming, elegant luxury home designs replete with polished timber, high shine glazing, marble tiling, brushed metal finishes, you name it - they tap into our current obsession with minimalist chic and period exoticism alike. They also present a wonderful visual feast for the eye. But it’s important to note that, unless handled with care, they can result in a serious assault on the ear, significantly diminishing their luxury pulling power. Enter the new specialism in luxury modern homes – acoustic...
29
May
We’ve talked a lot about trends in our 2017 blogs, but it’s also worth noting that there are also longer term shifts or mega trends at play that aren’t so much about fashion or visual appeal, but more about changing demographics and how these will influence luxury homes of the future. Here are some of the mega trends we think will be the most influential going forward.   Luxury downsizing An Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) survey recently found that 43 per...
04
Apr
Given how influenced we are by worldwide travel, for the typical client of today’s home builder, the brief for the perfect dream home often amounts to replicating the feel of an international luxury resort in one’s own abode. So, think six star hotel rated kitchens, enticing swimming pools and a stand out home entertainment zone. It’s perhaps not surprising then that many luxury home architects are citing the birth of the luxury home spa as the next big thing in...
21
Mar
Talk to high end home builders or anyone in the business of creating luxury designer homes and you may be surprised to learn that the conversation will quickly turn to high end shading solutions. Gone are the days of simply slapping an awning or a shade sail over your outdoor space; today’s shading solutions are an integral part of most custom designed homes and you can be sure they will rank fairly high on any homeowner’s wish list. There’s one...
20
Feb

Luxury Homes News Digest

by Felton Constructions
For those currently scoping out their luxury house plans – there are a number of factors from market trends to interior design and technology options to consider. Here’s a round-up of the latest news affecting the million dollar homes sector. Peaking prices All indications show that Sydney’s booming real estate market has peaked and price growth will ease in 2017, according to a housing outlook by QBE Insurance Australia and forecaster BIS Shrapnel. While many of the world’s prime real...
30
Jan
While we’re still in the early part of the year, this is an opportune moment in which to take another look at trends, this time with a view to longer term predictions. Changes in technology and social evolution mean many elements currently considered staples of modern luxury homes may not be relevant within the next 10 years. While we’re not suggesting that new home builders should do away with these completely, it’s worth considering how they might be designed now...
18
Jan

2017 trends in luxury homes

by Felton Constructions
Every January sees the home décor and fashion media spilling over with trend predictions, so here at Felton we thought we’d distil these into some of our top picks. It’s important to note that, like wave patterns that gradually change the shape of the landmass, trends move at different paces and impact on the home front at different rates and in different ways. As a result, it’s best not to let your luxury house plans be overly dictated by each...