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...
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...
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...
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...