How is Covid-19 Influencing Home Design?

In this current climate, our homes are playing a huge role in dealing with the pandemic as we are now spending more time than ever,  inside. As a result, Covid-19 has brought about many changes and key trends when it comes to home design.

For that reason, Liona Constructions has come up with the following list of ways Covid-19 is influencing home design.

So, let’s check it out:

Ways Covid-19 is Influencing Home Design

Entertaining Space

Barbecues and dinner parties are probably the first two things you thought of when you read entertaining space. And, you’re right. The pandemic has made us turn our homes into our number one entertainment arena since there aren’t a lot of opportunities to go up and enjoy the theatre, movies, music, dance, or sport. Hence, a great number of home renovation projects at current, focus on creating a fun, spacious social space for entertainment.

Home Office

Due to the pandemic, lots of people are working from home or have more flexible working arrangements allowing them to work from home more frequently. In the short-term, the living room or the dining room may seem like a nice space to work from. However, if you work lots of hours or have to continue working from home, you’d better create a work-from-home space whether it is a separate home office or an office nook.

Holiday-Style Luxury

The pandemic has also forced us to postpone our travel plans for some time. But, that’s not a reason why shouldn’t take ‘the desired holiday’ at your home. Many residential builders say their customers are requesting resort like luxurious bathrooms, outdoor entertainment spaces with outdoor fireplaces and even spa baths.

Children’s Space

Another result of Covid-19 is having your children move back home, especially those from college. This means that more people will be spending time in the same space and this will therefore, change the dynamic of your home. To make the most of having all the family gathered, you may opt for additional bathrooms and additional entertaining spaces. If this sounds like something your family needs, contact Liona Constructions today!

Escape Nook

Finally, since offspring are returning to their nest, and everyones working from home, entertaining at home, and just simply trying to coexist, it can become quite challenging to constantly be around people. Everyone needs a bit of alone-time to relax and unwind. Luckily, if you’ve already put a spa-like bathroom on the list, it can also work as a sanctuary for relaxing. However, cosy nooks and secondary lounge areas can come in handy.

So, don’t hesitate – contact Liona Constructions today! We specialise in unique and individual quality new homes, knockdown rebuilds, complete Home Remodelling, and commercial projects throughout Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast.

 

Thinking of Building a Granny Flat?

Have you recently purchased a new block and you’re thinking about building a new home? If so, Liona Constructions recommends thinking about building a granny flat.

But first, let’s see what a granny flat exactly is:

Namely, a granny flat is a part of a house (either joined or separate) which is completely self-contained featuring a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, laundry, and often a living space which can comfortably accommodate two people. Plus, as an outdoor living space, there’s usually a patio or a deck added to it.

Also, when building a granny flat from scratch you can add bedrooms and choose your preferred style to either complement or contrast the main house. And, depending on the number of bedrooms and chosen home design, building a granny flat can easily fit into your budget.

Uses of a Granny Flat

In general, as its name suggests, a granny flat is typically used for elderly parent,s however, there are also several other uses including the following:

Starter Home

First and foremost, a granny flat is a great space for young adults who still live at home. This means that they are still close to their family, but can begin being independent by cooking, cleaning, and paying bills.

Investment Property

A granny flat can easily become an income-generator since it is a self-contained property. All you have to do is rent it out to either long-term tenants or visitors holidaying or passing through your city. And, once you need it for an elderly family member the granny flat will be instantly ready since you wouldn’t have to build it at that particular moment.

Guest Suite

Another great way to make use of a granny flat is by using it as a guest suite, especially if you often have guests over. The beauty of this, is being able to offer your guests their own private little space, and you being able to have your space as well.

Home Office

Finally, using a granny flat as a home office is certainly convenient, especially now when most people are working from home due to the pandemic. That way, you will get the peace required for performing tasks but will still be able to spend valuable time with your family and have meals together.

The bottom line is that a granny flat is so much more than a space for seniors. Apart from the above mentioned, you can also use a granny flat as a hobby studio, teenage retreat, or whatever best suits your families needs.

So, contact Liona Constructions now and make use of that space you have!

Key Advantages of Building a Duplex

Thinking about building your new dream house but not sure which style to choose? The decision is completely up to you. But, Liona Constructions – the ultimate residential builders and one of the best construction companies in Brisbane and the surrounding area – has decided to help you make up your mind.

For that reason, we have come up with the following list of advantages of building a duplex. Hence, let’s have a look at why you should build a duplex instead of a single storey, double storey, split level, or any other house style, especially when it comes to maximising investment and accommodating extended family.

But, what is a duplex actually?

Namely, a duplex is a residential building featuring two homes that have a shared central wall, or two houses on a single block of land which is also referred to as a house behind a house. Nearly all residential builders recommend this type of house because you will have different options if you decide to sell. Indeed, you can sell them together or subdivide the land and sell them separately.

Now, read on and find out what are the key advantages of building a duplex:

Advantages of Building a Duplex

  1. A Great Investment

As we’ve already mentioned, one of the major reasons for building a duplex is the fact that it is a great investment. Asking your builders to build you a duplex will certainly increase funds for your mortgage. There are several ways to make building a duplex a great investment including:

  • First, once your residential builders finish your duplex, you can subdivide it and ell each house separately and thus earn more than you’ve spent.
  • Then, you can also rent either one or both of the units in the duplex depending on whether you will live in one of them. Thus you will achieve a high return of 6% to 7% per annum.
  • Finally, you can earn even double by renting your houses through AirBnB compared to a standard one-year lease. Just make sure you check your options with your local council.
  1. Keep Ageing Parents Close

As we grow older, greater care and support are usually required by our closest family members, especially in case of a health issue. So, if you have ageing parents and want to have them close, building a duplex is what you should go for. By living in two separate units you will still be able to maintain your privacy and lifestyle but still be able to assist quickly when needed or just spend some time together without commuting.

As a bonus, if you have young children and need someone to take care of them while you’re at work, there’s no better choice than their grandparents. Plus, you won’t have to pay for childcare and thus you will again save money.

Still need convincing on building a duplex? Probably not. Now, all you need to do is hiring the best residential builders – Liona Constructions. So, call us today!

 

5 Features to Look For in a Farmhouse Design

Thinking about living in the country? – Then, you’d better build a farmhouse. People are usually easily drawn to the farmhouse design thanks to space, wonderful views, and tradition it represents. Whatever the reason, farmhouse designs suit well both in rural sites and in the suburbs. Plus, you can always find great modern touches to add to the traditional farmhouse-inspired design and make it even more idyllic.

Therefore, Liona Constructions – the best from the best professional residential builders and construction companies in Brisbane and the area – have decided to help you choose the perfect features to set the scene for a warm, inviting, and homely farmhouse design.

So, let’s find out which five major features to look for in a farmhouse design:

1. Wide Frontage

All residential builders and construction companies will tell you that the must-have feature of a farmhouse-inspired home is wide frontage. This long and low frontage should be anywhere from 25 metre to 35 metre wide and the longest side should obviously be at the side of the street or road. We know that wide frontage requires a big block of land, but, as soon as you see how stunning it looks, you’ll know it’s worth paying a little extra for land.

2. Low Roof Line

Since the farmhouse design has a wide frontage, it is logical that you won’t need a second storey home. Having all of the living space on one storey is quite convenient and the interiors look spacious and voluminous. But, this also implies that the roofline will be also long and low. And, to make the low roofline look higher, you can add a grand gabled porch or a skillion roof to make it more modern.

3. Separated Zones

Besides wide frontage and low roofline, one of the major features to look for in a farmhouse design is zoning. In other words, the layout of a farmhouse-inspired home consists of two main wings. The kitchen and the living area are situated in the center while the two wings come on both sides. The master suite is usually separated in one of the wings, while the other bedrooms are on the other side to ensure maximum privacy. Plus, there’s usually a winter and summer room where you can either find shade on hooter days and sun on colder days accordingly.

4. Spacious Living Area

As we already mentioned, the kitchen and the living room are in the center between the two wings. And, since the kitchen is the heart of a farmhouse-style home, it is quite spacious featuring lots of worktop and storage and a great pantry. The kitchen flows naturally to the living space where you can find lots of sitting options for hosting great parties or family gatherings.

5. Grand Porch

Last but definitely not least, being located in the countryside, a farmhouse-inspired home features a grand porch to take advantage of the great outdoors and enjoy stunning views. The porch is usually sweeping across the front of the house, but optionally, you can also build a deck to enjoy your massive backyard. Whatever you choose, you will enjoy it for sure.

For any other further information, don’t hesitate and contact Liona Constructions today!

Getting the Best from Your Residential Builders

Thinking about building a new custom home? Or maybe embarking on a major house renovation or extension project? Looking for the right residential builders to make your dreams come true? If so, look no further than Liona Constructions.

We are a leading, family-run building company with over 35 years experience in the construction industry. We pride ourselves on offering a professional service with a personal touch.

To ensure you hire the ultimate residential builders, you first have to consider several factors. Luckily, Liona Constructions ticks all the boxes.

So, let’s see how you can get the best from your residential builders:

  1. Research

All highly reputable construction companies and residential builders should have a well-established digital footprint. Hence, researching the building company across several digital platforms and looking for the client’s reviews is crucial. Alternatively, you can ask the builders to provide you with copies of client testimonials. Plus, you can try Product Review – a digital tool that includes not only positive but negative reviews as well.

  1. Communication Process

At first sight, communication seems like a trivial thing. Yet, it has proven to be crucial. So, when choosing residential builders ask about who and where to turn to in case of unexpected issues. Are they available only during the working hours or can you contact them at any time? Or, maybe they have an online system where you can access them at any time.

  1. Know the Right Numbers

Building a home, and embarking on a major renovation project, is one of the largest investments people make in their lifetime. Hence, being aware of financials and costs is key throughout the entire building process. In other words, the right residential builders should give the client direct and honest information about the overall costs or potential costs that may arise. But, don’t forget that at the same time, you need to be honest too and inform your builders about your true budget.

  1. Be a Precise Decision-Maker

Every stage of the building process comes with a tonne of decision making. Hence, make sure that your residential builders can help you make precise and direct decisions to avoid delays or unexpected costs. Have a serious conversation before every stage and make the right decisions together. Any major changes in the middle of the process will push back your timeline and potentially cost you extra money.

  1. Trust their Experience

Last but not least, you have to trust their knowledge and experience especially when it comes to making tough decisions. The right residential builders will have long years of experience, like Liona Construction does, and be able to offer the best recommendations. Let their expertise and experience help you get the ultimate home.

The bottom line, finding the right residential builders may sound a bit challenging. But, when it comes to Liona Construction, you don’t have to worry about anything. All you need to do is contact us and get the best result possible.

Choosing the Right House Plan for Your Family

When building a new custom home you must consider how you plan to utilise the space, both now and in the future. Hence, choosing the right house plan design is key.

Now, many first time homeowners may be confused. But, no worries, Liona Construction – one of the best residential builders and construction companies in Brisbane and the surrounding area – is here to help you find a flexible home plan that will suit your needs for now and the years to come as your family grows bigger or smaller.

Here’s a brief list of the best tips on choosing the right house plan for your family:

Top Tips on Choosing the Right House Plan

  1. Number of Rooms

The first thing you should consider when building a home is the number of rooms your family will need, which depends on the number of people living in the house and the ages. You may want your children to have a separate room and a game room. So, for instance, if you have two kids it means that your dream home should have a minimum of three or four bedrooms and two living spaces.

  1. Lifestyle Needs

Next, your lifestyle can seriously affect the type of house plan you choose. Here are some lifestyles aspects you might like to think about: how much time you and your family spend outdoors, how often you gather friends and family for dinner parties or BBQs, whether you make use of an additional dining room or you prefer to eat in the kitchen, etc.

  1. Future Plans

Building a home is one of the biggest lifetime investments. Therefore, when deciding on the ideal house plan you should also consider the future and not only the present. Ensure you consider whether your home will suit your needs in 5 or 10 years, will it be just big enough, or too big? Choosing a flexible house plan will ensure you are able to stay in your dream home as your stages of life change.

  1. Room Size

One of the biggest decisions you can make when choosing your ideal house plan is whether you prefer bigger bedrooms or bigger entertaining areas, or both. To help you make the right choice, think about how you’re using these spaces. For example, do you use your bedroom for sleeping only or does it serve as an office or study too? If so, you may want to choose a bigger one. On the contrary, you’d better have a large living and entertaining area to fit your growing family.

  1. Number of Storeys

Last in order but definitely not least in importance, families, in general, tend to have living and entertaining areas on one level and bedrooms on another. Yet, every family is unique and hence you have to think about yours when choosing the house plan. Your kids are maybe teenagers and you’d like to have them on a different storey to maximize privacy. Or, perhaps having a master suite storey has always been your dream. So, go ahead, choose whatever suits your family.

And, finally, if you want your house plan to be flawless and the entire home to be perfect, contact Liona Construction today!

5 Qualities to Look for When Choosing the Right Residential Builders

Thinking about renovating your old home or maybe building a new one? Before you even begin the entire process you have to make the biggest decision – choosing the right residential builder.

So, you may be asking yourself ‘Are there any experienced builders near me? How do I make sure I choose the best from the many residential construction companies?’ After all, you must feel confident that your dream home will be built on time and just the way you wanted. For that reason, choosing a team that can deliver is crucial.

Luckily, Liona Constructions – one of the most professional and experienced home builders and construction companies in Brisbane – is here to help you make the right decision.

If you’re looking for the best of the best, beyond any doubt, you should go for Liona Constructions. We offer a complete construction service and provide assistance with all stages of the development process. Our close relationships with several experienced design and planning consultants mean we can assist you with initial concept development, through to finished custom design and construction of your dream home project.

Plus, we provide you with the following list of 5 qualities to look for when choosing the right residential builders:

 

1. Outstanding Track Record

Having an excellent track record is the first thing to look for when trying to find the perfect home builders. We at Liona Constructions are a leading, family-run building company with over 35 years of experience in the construction industry. Just have a look at our projects to see our extraordinary track record.

2. Local Knowledge

Liona Constructions is comprised of a skilled team of local builders with exceptional knowledge and experience offering professional services throughout Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast. Each member of the team prides themselves on completing all stages of the construction process efficiently and successfully.

3. We Care about Sustainability

The next quality the right residential builder should have is the ability to design for sustainability and use environmentally-friendly practices. In other words, they should respect resources and optimize energy and water use which will lead to reduced bills and thus save you money in the long run.

4. Excellent Design Choice

No matter the type of home you want to build, big or small, modern or traditional, single-family or multigenerational homes, a farm, or a beach house, we can deliver anything you wish for. We work with you to design and build a home that reflects your lifestyle and budget while maximizing the potential of your block and surrounding location.

5. Solid Guarantee

Last but definitely not least, professional construction companies will offer a solid structural guarantee and stand by their word. As a member of both the QLD Master Builders Association and the Housing Industry Australia, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your project is in the hands of a fully insured and industry accredited professional residential builders company – Liona Constructions.

The bottom line, Liona Constructions prides itself on having all of the above-listed qualities that all professional and well-experienced construction companies should offer. Hence, don’t hesitate and contact us! We don’t build houses, we build dream homes!

Adding Summer Vibes to Your Home

Have you finished your renovation project and want to redecorate for the summer season? In QLD, we don’t experience much of a Winter, so decorating for summer is ideal. Make sure your new decorations suit well with warm weather, evening breezes, and blue skies. With winter in full “swing”, it’ll be nice to add a warm and bright atmosphere to your home.

As always the team at Liona Construction is here to share our experience and knowledge.  Liona Construction specialises in unique and individual quality new homes, knock down rebuilds, complete Home Remodelling, and commercial projects throughout the Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast regions.

So, once you’ve finished renovating, here’s our tips on how to add summer vibes to your home:

 

1. Create a Resort Style Vibe

In general, people tend to spend more time outside during the summer. So, why not bring the outdoors in and create a resort-style vibe? To do so, make sure the interior features items made of natural materials like cane furniture, bamboo chairs, and ceramic stools – all of which are very trendy at the moment.

2. Include Light Fabrics

Light fabrics are always a good idea, even in winter. Anything light in colour makes a space appear larger, brightens the room and makes it more inviting. Use light fabrics and natural fibres like linen and cotton. Not to mention white is the perfect colour as it serves as a base that you can easily decorate with textured items and natural fibres or anything that you please!

3. Add Colours

Adding colour to a plain room isn’t as simple as it sounds. However, you can achieve a summery look by using two colours: one as a base (usually light neutral tones) and the other (cool and bright colours) as an accent. And, if you want to go bold, feel free to incorporate yellow, green, coral, and aqua, but make sure you avoid colour overload.

4. Go Green

Summertime and freshness go together perfectly, which is why there’s no better way to add summer vibes to your home than adding lots of greenery. Indoor plants aren’t only good for the eyes but also provide other benefits like emitting oxygen while drawing carbon dioxide out of the air and improving mood.

5. Get Nautical

Recreating that beach house ambiance is also one of the best ways to add summer vibes to your home that all home builders recommend. A nautical theme, using stripes, anchors, seashells, starfish, ship steering wheels, will certainly transform your home into a mini getaway. In terms of colours, use white as a base with a splash of blue and orange.

6. Try the Rustic Look

If you want to go rustic, all home designers and home builders will encourage you to use terracotta. Of course, you don’t have to use terracotta flooring to achieve this rustic look. Incorporating terracotta planters, floated wood or whitewashed timber furniture will be enough. By doing so, you will add a fresh and kind of an outdoorsy feel to your home.

7. Add Floral Accessories

Finally, adding floral accessories is one of the simplest ways to add summer vibes to your home. Hence, pick some flowers from your garden and make a colourful bouquet for your living room. Another option is to match flowers with some fresh fruit to make any room welcoming and vibrant. Plus, is there a more beautiful scent than a flower bouquet? We say no!

So, don’t hesitate – contact Liona Constructions! Our professional team together with highly-experienced design and planning consultants will transform your house into a dream home!

Key Advantages of a Knock Down and Rebuild

Has your family outgrown the home you live in? So, what to do now? In general, people tend to hire residential builders and renovate their homes by adding extensions. Or, they simply sell and get a new, bigger, more suitable property.

However, renovating or selling isn’t always the best option. There’s actually a third option, known among construction companies as knock down and rebuild. Namely, data from the Housing Industry of Australia show that a third of all new detached houses fit in this rebuild category.

So, to help you make up your mind, we at Liona Constructions have come up with the following list of the top advantages of a knock down and rebuild:

1. Keep Your Perfect Location

Location – a crucial part of any real estate decision. Luckily, with a knock down and rebuild you can keep your current location and stay in the neighbourhood you love, with all the amenities/streets you’re used to. Hence, if you already live in a location you love but have outgrown your home, Knock Down and Rebuild might be a great choice for you.

2. More Cost-Effective than Renovating

Surprising but true, the second advantage of a knock down rebuild is that it can be a more cost-effective option than renovating or extending your current home. This is especially true when comparing the costs based on square metres. This is so due to the fact that renovations are so time-consuming and there’s a lot of rectification before you even start any of the work.

3. Freedom of Design

Being able to start from scratch is also one of the top reasons why construction companies and homeowners are choosing to knock down and rebuild. Compared to renovating or extending which only allows you to work around existing structures, knock down and rebuild gives you complete freedom of design. In other words, you have the flexibility to choose exactly what you want from floorplan to fittings and fixtures, without having to compromise on anything.

4. Less Unforeseen Problems

The truth is, when renovating or extending your home, many surprises like faulty wiring or leaky pipes can arise that lead to increased costs, usually exceeding the original budget. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about budget blowouts when building a new home. In general, your contingency budget doesn’t have to be as big when you opt to knock down and rebuild, because you’re working from a blank canvas, thus, you’re far less likely to come across any unexpected issues.

5. Build a Sustainable Home

Last but not least, when choosing to start from scratch, you have the ability to build a sustainable home which wouldn’t be possible if you were to renovate or extend. For instance, you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint and energy spend by optimizing the orientation and layout of your home to maximize sun exposure among many other things. Also, another key factor that residential builders usually emphasise on, is the ability to use sustainable and eco-friendly materials.

Now that you know the key advantages of a knock down and rebuild, it’s time to contact us and build your dream home! The Team at Liona Constructions are experienced and able to assist in all stages of your project, including organising and managing your existing residence.

Top 5 Benefits of Building a New Home In 2020

Looking to move house? Can’t decide between renovating, building new or buying an existing home? Don’t worry. Liona Constructions is here to help you make the right decision! Being one of the best residential builders and construction companies in Brisbane, we have the experience and knowledge to tell you that building a new home is the best option in 2020.

Here’s a brief list of the top 7 benefits of building a new home in 2020:

1. The feel of new

Without a shadow of a doubt, nothing can beat the feeling of new. New car, new clothes, new shoes, new boat, anything new is a real treat. Just imagine, new floors, carpets, tiles, kitchen, etc. that no one has used before. Everything is just yours and the quality level you’ve always wanted!

2. Your style and choice

Not only will everything be brand new, but also everything will be your style and taste. Building a new home means that you won’t live in someone else’s dream house but instead, you’ll have a blank canvas to create exactly what you’ve always desired. Starting from scratch, you will choose everything from the floorplan to fixtures and finishes. In the end, you will live in a home that will reflect your lifestyle. In saying this, this isn’t always everyone’s cup of tea. There’s a lot of time, and effort that goes into designing and building a brand new home, and for some people this is too stressful to comprehend.

3. High-tech home

Living in the 21st century, the integration of new technology is a must. So, if you were to build your own you could include control lighting, data points, integrated music, and similar technology that encourages your home to do all the thinking for you.

4. Sustainable home

Building a sustainable home has become a huge trend among new homeowners in recent years. This means that your home will be low-impact, built from high-performance materials, in a way that optimises energy and water use. Building an eco-friendly and cost-effective home is certainly a trend that is here to stay. Looking after the environment is something that is super important, and when you’re building your very own home from the ground up, it’s the perfect opportunity to focus on a sustainable lifestyle.

5. Low Maintenance

Once you’ve finished building your home, it will be brand new, so opposed to buying an existing home, maintenance costs will be much much less. For example you can rest assured that the air conditioning system will work flawlessly and that all of the appliances will serve you well for years. Older houses are more expensive to maintain due to the common leaks, plumbing, heating, or pest issues.

If you’re seeking professionalism, integrity, craftsmanship, and a respectful relationship with your residential builders that will exceed expectations, then get in touch with the family team at Liona Constructions today and arrange a no-obligation consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!