SO MANY DESIGN OPTIONS ON OFFER
Consumers in Queensland are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a builder to construct or renovate their home.
Master Builders’ housing services manager Phil Breeze said the 2017 Master Builders Queensland Housing and Construction Awards were held recently and judges were amazed at the quality of workmanship and extraordinarily detailed finishes.
“This year, there were some very innovative design styles; this was especially true for the renovation market, where 20 to 30-year-old homes were transformed into contemporary masterpieces,” he said.
Mr Breeze highlighted open-plan designs as the current trend, with bifold doors incorporated into homes across all budgets – from those costing $200,000 up to $2 million.
“The doors have become popular because of their ability to allow air to circulate throughout the home and draw the outside in,” he said. “Also, once the purvey of expensive homes, butler’s pantries have now also entered the low-cost housing market, mainly down to lifestyle changes.
“People don’t always have time to do the washing up straight away and butler’s pantries provide somewhere to hide the dirty dishes.”
One thing that is not being hidden is the ensuite, which has now become a focal point of the main bedroom.
“Areas are being blurred so that doors, walls and even shower screens are dispensed with and spaces are opened – allowing people to walk between the functions of showering and sleeping; even walk-in wardrobes are set into hallways that act as a transition area to the bathroom,” Mr Breeze said.
He said judges for the awards also saw exceptionally large mirrors being used as decorative statement pieces in the entry hall.
“Large eye-catching pendant lights such as chandeliers are also popular in entry halls, adding a glamorous, luxurious feel to the space,” Mr Breeze said.
“Judges for our annual awards often find themselves in an enviable position; there’s such a high standard of work being completed by our members on their projects.”