FELTON BLOG

09
Sep

Concrete Examples of Luxury Homes

by Felton Constructions
Concrete? Luxury? Really? Isn’t concrete usually the preserve of functional amenities such as public conveniences? Or brutalist architecture conveying the triumph of (un-beautiful) form over function? Well, no. Precast concrete is gaining ground as fantastic material for luxury home construction on many fronts, not least its capacity to create an almost unlimited range of beautiful visual effects, from moulded geometry, to rich colour, to textural or gleamingly polished! Take a beautiful specimen, the Marguerites (Daisies) Building in France (pictured below)....
[1] Architecture is more than simply the practice of designing and delivering buildings; it creates a space for connection and facilitates the making of memories. Essentially it’s a critical tool for creating experiences. It follows that those experiences should be as positive as possible, and they should also be available to the widest possible range of people. This is where inclusive architecture comes in, in both public and private spaces. So how does this apply to home design? While many...
28
Jun

Think Small: Tiny Luxury Houses

by Felton Constructions
[1] Television shows like HGTV’s Tiny Luxury and Tiny House Nation have created a stir about tiny houses, but what is all the fuss about? Are they a realistic idea and most importantly, why should homeowners choose little over big? After delving into the key questions around tiny houses, you could be surprised to find that a luxury tiny house may suit you after all.   Perks of going tiny [caption id="attachment_1786" align="aligncenter" width="2280"] [2][/caption]The arguments for a large sprawling...
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...
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,...
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...
29
Mar

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...
19
Mar
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...