FELTON BLOG

23
Jan
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...
28
Nov

Inside out: kitchen confidential

by Felton Constructions
With Australians now entering that time of year known as the silly season or, for traditionalists - Christmas, luxury home builders Sydney report that thoughts for many to that central hub of any home; the kitchen. “This time of year seems to bring up questions about the ideal kitchen like no other season,” says one Sydney builder. “Homeowners either want an instant re-vamp or, if they’re looking to build from scratch, Christmas will remind them of all the things they...
With temperatures soaring at the time of writing, particularly in Melbourne, which for the month of November is witnessing its most drastic heatwave for years, many Australians are considering how to incorporate green principles into their modern luxury homes. Quality home builders commenting on this space confirm interest in green luxury is on the rise. As one put it: “It’s often thought that here in Australia we’re a land of hefty air conditioning users, but as energy prices continue to...
16
Oct

Back in the black

by Felton Constructions
Renewed interest in the western world’s traditional colour of loss, mourning and death is turning into a trend gain, with luxury home builders reporting jet, ebony, and ink tones appearing everywhere from architectural exteriors to kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and bedrooms. Renowned architects are taking black to new heights. In one example, FFAT House in Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal is deliberately designed like a black fortress by Arquitectos Anonimos to defend inhabitants against neighbours in too-close proximity. The dark facade...
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...