TIME TO REDESIGN
AUSBUILD’S floorplans, construction components, lot sizes and designs will change in 2016 as the builder and developer overhauls its innovation, research and development areas.
Joint managing director Matt Bell said there would be an increase in double-storey homes and a decrease in lot sizes in the new year.
“There’s been a gradual progression towards smaller blocks but mums and dads don’t want smaller homes on smaller blocks so we’re seeing the comeback of double-storey homes,” Mr Bell said.
“Double-storey homes have a much smaller footprint and in the next few years, we could see the number of double storeys rise from 25-30 per cent to 50 per cent or more.
“Terrace homes are also being incorporated a lot more into developments and people looking for a point of difference appreciate skillion roofs blended with flat roofs.”
With more families thinking ahead to what children require in different age brackets, single use spaces such as cinema rooms will be replaced with multifunctional areas.
“Theatre rooms are not being used,” Mr Bell said.
“We’re taking this into account and without pigeonholing rooms, we’re providing good sized multi-access rooms which can be used a playroom while kids are young and as a rumpus or billiard room later.”
Lightweight concrete panels are also being trialled by Ausbuild.
“CSR Hebel panels have been around for a while but used in combination with steel framing, they can be a good replacement for brickwork,” Mr Bell said.
“They have a rendered and painted finish but they have great thermal and insulative properties and the pricing is more efficient.
“We are testing the panels in two houses we’re building now and once we see the result of the trials, we could see them come to market in the second half of the year.”
BUILDING UP: Ausbuild has overhauled its designs and construction components to cater for the comeback of double-storey homes.