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...

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...

All About Neuroarchitecture

by Felton Constructions
Possibly even the most high end purveyors of home designs in NSW wouldn’t use the term neuroarchitecture, which is really a fancy way of describing how design affects our physiological state, physical health and general well-being. However, taking a look at what neuroarchitecture means might certainly be of use to buyers of homes in Sydney, particularly at the high end of the market; considering many Australians spend 90 per cent of their time indoors, a truly healthy home is a worthwhile...

Passive Solar Design Unpacked

by Felton Constructions
Increased awareness of the ways in which a home’s design can enhance energy efficiency is becoming evident in many home designs NSW. NSW home builders are frequently asked to include solar panels, water conservation measures, easy transitions between indoors and outdoors and even the option to install Tesla batteries to home designs, but one of the most significant steps forward in this area is in passive solar design. Passive solar design is all about using the sun’s energy for the...

Felton case study: Bellevue beauty

by Felton Constructions
At Felton Constructions we’re often inspired to share global trends and inspirations with readers, but occasionally a special project of our own deserves a mention; like this gem among Sydney homes, which demonstrates a typical brief for the home designs NSW clients are currently requesting. As with leading edge designs created by many NSW home builders, the key driver for this new house in the Sydney suburb of Bellevue Hill was to maximise natural light and ventilation in the living...

Creative concrete

by Felton Constructions
While many display homes in the Sydney market still demonstrate the finest of traditional materials, particularly those houses built in a more classical style, home builders NSW report growing interest in the use of concrete in the home designs NSW clients currently favour. According to NSW home builders, concrete has unique benefits that make it an ideal product for today’s market; not least cost effectiveness. One company among the leading duplex builders Sydney had this to say: “So a buyer...
Ask many home builders in NSW what clients are most focused on and the answer currently seems to centre around health and wellbeing; homes that not only feel like luxury resorts, but actually act as antidotes to modern stresses are high on wish lists at the moment, and it’s a sentiment is echoed by global trend watchers. The wide reaching concept of “wellness architecture” is now a thing; already making the rounds in 2017, it is being plugged as one...
Award winning architects Sydney are currently fielding enquiries from luxury home clients for on trend décor schemes and appliances, layout plans and systems that will be easy to live with while at the same time offering promising re-sale value. Any number of display homes Sydney will showcase a widespread use of timber and the use of extreme dark and light stains, and even designs that mix the two. Floorboards are also being executed in wide widths, wide planks up to...
As we head into 2018, now is a good time to take a look at a couple of long term future trends for the year and beyond, as demonstrated by the renowned trend hub known as the ‘Theme Park’ at world-leading home textile fair Heimtextil, which took place in Frankfurt, Germany in early January. While this is strictly a textile fair, the trends unveiled at Heimtextil draw inspiration from major lifestyle and demographic movements or ‘megatrends’, which in turn influence...
Following on from our previous post on kitchens, this post looks at a very critical kitchen adjunct. You’d think that bigger is always better in the luxury market, but according to many of the best builders in Sydney, there’s one small room that’s getting a large amount of attention these days; the butler’s pantry. And again, Christmas seems to have caused a spike in already surging interest. Luxury home clients are getting inspired by examples they’ve seen amongst award winning...