HOMES NOW BUILT WITH WIDER CHOICES FOR BUYERS
WESTERN Australians are embracing different styles of living and new construction techniques, according to Myareebased builder Summit Homes Group.
Managing director David Simpson said while double-brick construction remained popular in the new homes industry, the biggest design trend over the past 30 years was the acceptance of modular construction techniques, already prevalent in WA’s commercial sector and housing interstate.
“We can deliver a second-storey extension in literally a matter of hours,” Mr Simpson said.
“You can go to work in the morning and return later that day to see a second storey as you pull into the driveway.”
Mr Simpson said 30 years ago, many people built a relatively small home with boxy rooms on a large block.
In 1985, the most popular design was a three-bedroom, onebathroom home with just over 104sq m of living area that was priced at about $24,000.
“The design was so popular that we were literally building entire streets of this one design, one after the other and the other,” Mr Simpson said.
“The only thing that really changed was the colour of the brickwork on the elevation to offer a point of difference.”
Today, Summit Homes’ most popular design is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home from $166,194 that features open-plan integrated living areas, a study, home theatre room, double garage and alfresco area.
“The great Aussie dream of home ownership is definitely still alive and well but people are opting for modern living solutions like narrow lots, townhouses, two-storey homes, granny flats and modular construction,” he said.
The introduction of design guidelines and Detailed Area Plans by local councils and developers means homes are tailored to satisfy clients’ unique requirements, and laws.
While the decision to build is still a big one, the difference is that customers now choose materials, Mr Simpson said.
Summit started 37 years ago in a small Myaree office with about 30 employees. Today it operates with 400 staff working under managing director David Simpson from a 26,000sq m headquarters, which includes a research and development facility. Using modular construction, Summit builds homes ready for transporting to a client’s block.