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...
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...
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...
30
Dec

Regulations and your luxury home

by Felton Constructions
With a myriad of regulations impeding every new homebuilder's dream, it’s an all too common tale of woe reported by Sydney home builders, that clients’ construction vision starts to blur amid a fog of clauses and standards. Put simply, you have a picture perfect visual which has remained in your mind for the months leading up to securing your new abode, only to be cut down when your builder advises you of certain troublesome rules. The best sydney home builders...
Architects of residential properties in the heart of Sydney are noting subtle changes in demand around the idea of the dream house and are increasingly responding to those changes. In particular, given the hot property market in the NSW, focus on resale value and ‘kerb appeal’ is more important than ever. No surprise then that builders in Sydney have also noticed growing interest in the design and construction of the front entrance and front of house area. Clients are starting...