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Five Bedroom Home Designs

In the unprecedented times we’re experiencing, designing a home able to support lifestyle changes for yourself and your family is fundamental. 

Five bedroom homes offer the luxury and flexibility of space to support your evolving home-life and family. From a multi-generational family arrangement or simply providing extra spaces for retreat, five-bedroom home plans can be customised and adapted with the future in mind.

For Your Family and Lifestyle

Multi-Generational Living

The phenomenon of multi-generation living continues to become more commonplace in Australia and beyond. Whether a product of family culture and financial practicality, intergenerational living requires a home to support the differing needs of each individual.

With increases in migration diversifying the Australian culture and the impacts of Covid, more families are currently embracing multi-generational living. 

Five bedroom home plans allow you to be mindful of your children’s or parents’ futures in your home design and employ a plan that works for you. 

The Benefits of Extra Space

Beyond multi-generational living, five-bedroom house plans offer all the benefits of extra space. With growing families, additional bedrooms offer more independence for the family as needed, ensuring each family member has access to their own space. 

Additional bedrooms equip you with the luxury of adapting spaces as needed, from extra bedrooms, guest rooms or multi-purpose spaces. Five bedroom house plans provide flexibility and functionality, easily pivoted to suit your family and lifestyle priorities.. 

Five Bedroom House Plans

Single Storey 

Single storey homes offer all the benefits of five-bedroom home plans on split levels without compromising space. Ideal for young families or ageing parents, a single storey home allows you to experience plentiful space at one level, serving both aesthetic and functional purposes.

G.J. Gardner Homes have embraced the single storey five-bedroom house plan in multiple home styles, easily customised and suited for you and your family. Explore all single storey bedroom plans. 

Somerset

The Somerset home styles provide the luxury of a five-bedroom house plan whilst maintaining a single storey structure to maximise convenience and space. With five bedrooms dispersed across its generous layout, the Somerset home has been built for entertaining with open plan family and dining areas, kids’ zones and ensuite guest rooms. 

With four living zones beyond just the bedrooms, the Somerset style provides a five-bedroom house plan with enough designated retreat areas and alfresco living for evolving families.

Rochedale

The Rochedale home style is synonymous with modern family living, featuring a five-bedroom house plan in a pod style. Beyond the additional bedrooms available, the Rochedale has been designed to harness large lifestyle blocks, offering separation and privacy through three distinct living zones.

The Rochedale is functional for growing families or intergenerational living with the five bedrooms separated across two wings. 

Wentworth

All Wentworth homes offer a five-bedroom house plan in a country style. Through considered design, the five bedrooms have been spaciously planned around the home, including an ensuite master and a guest room with a private bathroom. 

An open plan living area centres the home, with an office and games room seamlessly connected to provide additional space for entertaining or lifestyle changes. 

Double Storey

Double-storey homes can be an optimal way to utilise the space available whilst still maintaining the five-bedroom house plan. The additional storey allows for ultimate privacy and the clear separation of living and personal areas. 

G.J. Gardner Homes have reimagined the five-bedroom house plan over a double-storey home, with various design structures to support you and your family’s needs. Explore all double-storey bedroom plans. 

South Bank 

The South Bank design celebrates the five-bedroom home plan with luxury and prestige. Through the inclusion of a mezzanine floor, the home receives maximum natural light to create an airy and spacious living space. 

The double-storey layout has been mindfully designed to prioritise the lifestyles of evolving families, with plentiful entertainment spaces, offices and multipurpose rooms and bedrooms separated across the split levels. The inclusion of generous spaces beyond just the five bedrooms realistically understands the space required for large families or intergenerational living. 

Monterey Bay

The Monterey Bay home has been designed especially for the needs of intergenerational family homes. Through the inclusion of a master suite on each storey, the home provides spacious personal spaces for maximum privacy. 

With an open plan living, dining and entertaining space and an additional family zone living room, the Monterey Bay masterfully uses a double-storey layout wisely to foster privacy and coming together. 

Elwood

The Elwood home design embraces both form and function over its double storey. By separating the living and personal space, the Elwood maximises chances for entertaining and privacy for the family. 

The downstairs living space is centred by a generous family room, leading off to games rooms and seamlessly connected to alfresco spaces. Upstairs has been designed to offer a private family zone with its five bedrooms and an activity room. The split storey home design is a perfect layout for five-bedroom plans, optimising the purpose of each storey and maximising the property. 

Get in touch

Considering a five-bedroom house plan for your family’s needs and lifestyle? With over 36,000 quality, customised homes built over the past 35 years, we can find the perfect home for your lifestyle. Get in touch with a G.J. Gardner Homes consultant today.

How to Transcend Home Design Trends

Designing a home is one of the most exciting, yet challenging projects we choose to take on in our lives. But falling into the trap of designing your home with current trends is something the majority are guilty of doing. Choosing to design with seasonal trends in mind can end up being a costly mistake. As these elements fall out of fashion, you’re left investing to change your home’s style in a couple of years time. 

After building over 36,000 custom homes, we’ve picked up a thing or two on key design elements that can date a home. Below is our forecast of design trends we expect to go out of style in 2022. 

Bright Carpet Colours

While we’ve well and truly moved past the iconic 70’s orange shag carpets, some are still stuck in the past with coloured statement carpets. But this trend can take away from your home design. To prevent your home from looking dated (and saving yourself carpet installation costs), try incorporating neutral-coloured carpets. This could include grey, black, or cream. Darker colours also show less dirt and staining over the long term. Which makes them a great option in a children’s room or rumpus room. 

Alternatively, replace your carpets with tiles. They are simple to maintain and are more durable than carpeting, particularly in high traffic areas.

Old Cabinetry Colours

Another design trend that can age your home is your kitchen cabinet colour. Choosing bright colours, or orange-toned wooden cabinetry for example, can create a dated kitchen look. Instead, incorporate solid neutral colours such as white or black, or add a pop of colour to a section of cabinetry as an accent. This can help to modernise the space. It also enables you to add trends or coloured features through cabinetry hardware, which is a lot cheaper to change out as your style evolves. 

Heavy  Window Coverings

One aging design element that we often see in homes is heavy window coverings that enclose the space. Styles such as a curtain valance or track panels can cheapen the overall look of the room. Additionally, coverings that do not fit the window panelling take away from the room’s look and feel. Instead, invest in quality curtains and window dressings that will stand the test of time. If you live in warmer climates, invest in block-out roller blinds. This can help to not only keep the light out but cool down your home during warmer days. 

Small Tiles

While long rectangular ‘kit-kat’ style tiles have recently made their way back into the inspo boards of home builders, small-format tiles can actually do more harm than good. Tiling your bathrooms with smaller tiles, particularly when covering entire floors or walls, can overpower the eye. Instead, a smaller accent wall can create a sense of dimension and texture. 

Staircase Balustrades

Another common aging design trend is choosing exorbitant or detailed balustrades that won’t stand the test of time. Staircase balustrades are going to be in your home for a long time and are costly to change out. Pick something simple that complements your home’s interior style and can evolve as you change out furniture pieces.

Common Design Mistakes

At G.J. Gardner Homes we understand the importance of a floorplan that suits your design, lifestyle needs and budget. Our New Home Consultants are experts in this field and have identified some common design mistakes people make when designing their homes:

Making Bathrooms Too Small

In home designs, clients want to maximise their floor space by leaving square footage to main living spaces and bedrooms. However, this typically results in bathrooms that are too small for their needs. 

When designing your home, consider carefully how each space is going to be used and who will be using the space. Bathrooms need enough vanity space and storage. As well as room for key appliances such as a bath, shower, and toilet. 

Formal Living Areas Are Under-Utilised 

While having a formal dining room is still a common feature in floorplans today, this is often under-utilized space. This additional room could be converted into a home office space or another bedroom. 

Laundry Rooms are Too Small 

Another room that is often neglected is the laundry. While this room can be smaller than other spaces, it is vital to consider the functionality. Ensure there is a big enough benchtop and sink space, room for the ironing board and appliances.

Use A Functional Floor Plan

The key to creating a timeless home design is to ensure your floor plan is functional. Consider each space, how you plan to use it and areas of high foot traffic. Additionally, the incorporation of open-plan living space with connected kitchen, dining and alfresco areas can help to create a flow between different zones. 

Also consider furniture placement and powerpoints in the room. This ensures there is enough room dedicated to each space, based on key furniture pieces and the room’s functionality. 

Light & Bright

One of the most underrated aspects of home design is natural light. Utilising passive design, make the most of your home’s positioning to include as much natural light as possible. If your block of land does not get a lot of sun exposure due to its orientation, be sure to install skylights. This creates the same illusion of a light, bright home design and provides a nice feel to your space. 

Neutral & Natural

Keeping the foundational elements of your room neutral can create a timeless and sophisticated look. This includes cool or warm white coloured walls and ceilings, plus neutral exterior colours. For pops of colour or seasonal styles, swap out artwork, wall décor, furniture and design accessories. 

Utilise natural materials like timber flooring or external stone cladding. While investing in these materials may not be as cost-effective, the quality and durability you will receive as a result will make it well worth it.  

Classic Interior Style

The modern farmhouse and contemporary coastal design styles are great interior design formats. They provide a modern and ageless feel to the space by incorporating simple stylistic elements.

Vertical Joints 

Vertical joints (aka VJ Lining) are a tongue and groove panelling solution that can be installed on top of plastered walls. It creates a timeless feel and adds texture by providing the illusion of Hamptons or Farmhouse inspired panelling.

Shaker Doors & Cabinetry

Another trend that will stand the test of time is shaker profile doors and cabinetry. This style features a flat centre panel with a square border around the edges. It is particularly popular in kitchens, as it creates a classic and dimensional look to your cabinetry.  

External Cladding

When choosing your home’s exterior finish, external cladding is a great solution. Ensure you choose a classic style that fits your personal style rather than the new products that are on-trend. 

Staying True To You (& Your Design Style):

While all these design tips are important to keep in mind when creating your dream home, the most important thing is to stay true to what you like and what elements speak to your personal style. Your individuality and sense of style is something that won’t date. By ensuring you choose quality pieces and designs that you truly love, regardless of trends, it will become a timeless part of your home. 

Another way to ensure you are staying true to yourself is to create a mood board for your home. Whether you are going old-school and create a collage or use Pinterest, this can help you stay focused. Rather than getting caught up in other people’s ideas and deviating from your own style.

Our top tip to not go overboard in home design is to live by the motto “less is more’. If you’re unsure about something, pair it back and go with your gut. 

Our last suggestion is to select finishes and products that are expensive to change in neutral tones or colours. Then add splashes of colour to smaller features that are cheaper to remove like furniture or splashbacks. Prioritise quality over quantity. 

And there you have it! We hope our guide to transcending home trends can help you elevate your home design and create a space that feels unique to you.  

Five Tapware Trends for 2022

Tapware and fixtures are a pivotal part of any new bathroom or design and can be the focal point of the room. Choosing the right tapware can elevate or even change the overall aesthetic of your home, so it’s essential to do your research and make considered choices when selecting tapware.  

With so many styles, colours and textures available on the market, it can be hard to know where to start, which is why we have outlined five of our favourite tapware trends to give you the best starting point possible. 

  1. Brass

Brass is one of the all-time favourite tapware materials and has never really gone out of style due to its versatile look and feel. 

For those looking for a vintage organic feel, a rustic style or a beachy aesthetic, then brass is the style for you. Often we see brass tapware paired with natural finishes like wood, marble and stone in both bathrooms and kitchens alike. Brass tapware can help warm cool-toned bathrooms and can be especially striking in both white and dark bathrooms. 

There are a few different finishes that are popular including polished, and satin brass.

Polished brass fixtures, while more expensive than other finishes, are easy to clean, easy to find, are durable and can easily be matched with other fixtures and accessories in your home to form a cohesive look. 

Satin brass has a smooth matte finish that is subtle yet bold. Satin brass fixtures work great in modern and contemporary rooms and add a little bit of class to any room. The matt finish prevents fingerprints and water spots from showing, great for any high traffic kitchens or bathrooms. However, it can be challenging to match satin brass with other fixtures in the home. 

  1. Brushed Metals

Brushed metal tapware is one of the staple tapware trends for 2022. Brushed metal has a more handcrafted appearance, and the texture of the tapware allows more interplay of light and shadows. 

With a timeless look and feel, brushed tapware is a little bit glamorous while still having a contemporary feel depending on the style of your rooms. Popular brushed metal colours include brass, gold, nickel, copper, gum metal and more.  The right colour brushed metal tapware really depends on your desired aesthetic. Brush gold tapware work great in a monochromatic bathroom, while nickel and brass work in almost every type of kitchen and bathroom design.  

All brushed metal finishes hide fingerprints, water spots and smudges better than any other finish due to its textured nature, making it great for high traffic rooms. 

  1. Pastels

One of the newest and perhaps the most exciting tapware trends emerging in 2022 is pastel tapware. Pastels are changing the game when it comes to bathroom designs and twists away from the traditional metal and black tapware colour schemes.  

Pastel tapware is versatile and comes in a wide range of colours and finishes, which allows you to introduce soft pops of colours in your kitchen or bathroom. Dreamy blues, pinks and greens perfectly complement classic grey, white and black tones in your rooms and add some more character to any room. 

Pastels are also the perfect tones to mix and match with other accessories in your bathrooms and kitchens and work well with chromes, brushed nickels, mattes and more. 

  1. Matte Black 

Black tapware is here to stay for good. Black fittings, especially matte black taps and fixtures, offer style as well as substance. This style of tapware is one of the most versatile choices on the market as it works well with a vast array of styles, colour schemes and textures, enabling it to be a great foundation for a beautiful bathroom or kitchen.

Matte black tapware can be used to achieve an industrial, modern and contemporary theme for your kitchen and bathroom design. In neutral colour schemes, black tapware becomes a key focal point of the room but still works well with natural materials like stone, marble and timber.  Black tapware also pairs well with bolder bathroom designs, especially with teals, millennial pinks and pastel colours. 

If you already have a hero point in the room, matte black fittings are more likely to complement rather than overpower it, making it the perfect supporting colour.

Matte black is a wonderfully low-maintenance option as it does better than most colours at hiding watermarks, dust and stains.

  1. Textured Tapware

Much like beachy, earthy colours are becoming popular for interior paint colours; textured tapware is the newest trend hitting Australian shores. With a handcrafted look, textured tapware works well in both rustic and modern bathroom and kitchen designs. 

Serrated groves and knurled surfaces are becoming more and more popular, especially in chrome or gunmetal colours. Texture and patterns can add a playful and homely nature to any room and can create a point of difference in any neutral colour scheme. 

Still not sure what style of tapware to choose? Get in touch with your G.J. Gardner colour consultant to help select the right type for you.

How to Choose the Perfect Tiles for your Bathroom

If you’re embarking on your first home building journey, choosing the right tiling for your bathroom can often leave you with more questions than answers. 

This guide aims to provide a starting point for planning out your perfect bathroom. Complete with tips, tricks, and advice from some of our very own new home design experts, who know more than a thing or two about bathroom builds!

Tip #1: Preparation is Key

As the saying goes, preparation is key, and this applies to bathroom builds, too. Before setting foot into a showroom or tiling store, it’s important to get your game plan sorted first. Creating a mood board is a great place to start, and Pinterest will become your new best friend! 

A mood board can help you get a sense of the design style as well as specific elements you’d like within your space. It also lets you see how your bathroom’s look and feel can reflect the rest of your home, to create a consistent and cohesive flow between your spaces.  

At G.J. Gardner Homes, we have a Pinterest account with plenty of mood boards to get you into the styling spirit! Other places to find inspiration could include your favourite interior design Instagram accounts or tiling websites, lifestyle influencers and more. 

If you’re stuck on where to start, interactive quizzes are available online, so you can easily find your own tile style. This can give you the jumping board you need to dive into the other avenues of bathroom design inspiration. 

Tip #2: Choosing the Right Tile Style

When choosing the right tile material to go with, it’s important to remember function over form. Choosing a handmade tile might look beautiful, but it is essential to consider cleaning and wear and tear, especially in high traffic areas. So, let’s break down the different types of tiles:

Ceramic Tiles:

Ceramic tiles are dense and non-porous; they are super durable and are stain, fire and slip-resistant. They are great for bathrooms with light to moderate traffic. 

Porcelain Tiles:

Porcelain tiles are a hard and dense tile, even more so than ceramic tiles. They are great for higher traffic areas and pets. As they are easy to maintain, resistant to stains and scratches. 

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are also easier to lay down and don’t need regular sealing to protect the tiles. 

Stone & Handmade Tiles

Natural stones are more porous than other tiles, which means they require regular re-sealing to protect the material from corroding. Harsh cleaning chemicals can also damage or stain this tile. 

Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tiles are hard to clean and maintain due to the many grout lines it takes to lay them. They are also known to be more slippery when wet. So be sure to check the slip resistance standards for if the mosaic tile is suitable for your bathroom. 

However, this stunning tile would make a great backsplash or shower cavity accent for a pop of colour. 

Tip #3: Scale to the Size

A key consideration when choosing your bathroom tile is the size of the space. For smaller bathrooms, large format tiles can make the room appear bigger. While lighter and neutral colours can create a brighter and larger feeling to the space. Floor to ceiling tiles can also draw the eye upwards and add height to your bathroom if it’s on the smaller side. 

While accent tiles in larger bathrooms can be used to create different zones, adding a different feature tile to the shower cavity can visually separate the room into sections, creating a more purposeful design flow. 

Some mobile apps even allow you to plan out your space using AI and virtual reality. So you can try new colours with your bathroom’s size and dimensions in consideration. 

Tip #4: Choose Your Colours Carefully

Colour can also create an impact in your bathroom. While darker colours can add warmth, drama, and ambience, they can also enclose the space. On the other hand, light colours add a simple yet sophisticated touch. They also can make your bathroom appear more open and brighter. 

Tip #5: Shower Space & Drainage

Something that is not often thought about in the tiling picking process is drainage. Drainage points can break up the flow of your design. Large tiles will need more grout lines as they need to create a curve around a circular drain space while choosing a slip drain can create cleaner lines and is a more discrete option. 

Tip #6: Try Before You Buy

Once you understand your style, types of tiles, the right size for your space and colour, it’s time to shop for samples! 

When you first go into a showroom or trade store, you may be overwhelmed with options. This is where your mood board comes back into play! It will be a great reference point to show the staff when they ask what you’re after. 

Once you’ve come across a couple of different tile options, ask to grab a sample of the tile. This is great as you can get a sense of the tile’s size too. After shopping around different stores (which we recommend), take the tiles home to your space. Sit them on the floor or by the wall where you’re thinking about placing them in your design. 

Check-in on them throughout different times of the day to see how the colour and finish might change. Turn on your lights in the bathroom to test how this changes the look and feel of the tile. 

Tile Hack: You should choose no more than three different tiles to go into your bathroom. Any more than this, and the space can be overwhelming. 

Tip #7: Measure Twice, Buy Once

After choosing your tiles, measure your space with the size in mind … and then measure it all again. Once you’re sure you have got the correct measurements, then you can order your tiles. 

Below are some tiling trends we believe will continue well and truly into 2022:

  • Shelf Height Tiles: Taking the tile and continuing it from the floor to the vanity and shelf height has quickly become a top tiling trend. This creates a sense of purpose and style in the space. 
  • Shiplap Panelling: Using vertical shiplap panelling in your bathroom can help to create a modern farmhouse or coastal feel to your space. It is also a very seamless design element and blends into the bathroom easily. 
  • Let the tapware do the talking: Choosing an accent tapware colour such as brushed brass or bronze and pairing it with neutral tiling and colours can add a nice finishing touch to your space. 
  • Powder rooms: As this is a smaller space, it’s often a time people take risks. Whether it’s a bold patterned tile or wallpaper, it can create an intimate and stylish space. 

If you’ve read this far, you should be well on your way to creating your dream bathroom. Tiling is the perfect time to let your personality and sense of style shine through. So don’t be afraid to take a risk or two!

How To Build A Sustainable Home

Building a more sustainable home means making a contribution to improving the environment. But that’s not all. Eco-friendly home design can lower the cost of running your home, saving energy, water and maintenance on systems and appliances.

From orientation to building materials and solar power, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to building a sustainable house. This article will provide an overview of sustainable house features, along with ways to incorporate sustainable design elements into your new home build or renovation. 

What is a sustainable home? 

A sustainable home is designed in a way that respects natural resources by optimizing energy and water use; a home that includes quality systems that ensure durability and uses low-impact, high-performance materials that are efficient in terms of manufacturing, shipping and installing.

In the early stages of planning a new build, features such as location, size and orientation should be looked at closely. For example, a more sustainable design will take advantage of natural light and airflow to heat and cool the home naturally. This consideration will produce long term benefits for both the household and the environment by reducing the energy consumption of cooling and heating systems. 

The same applies to the size and layout of the home. Smaller homes are notably more efficient, use fewer materials to build and require less energy to run. Small homes aren’t the best option for all; however, when building a sustainable home, it’s important to respect your resources and think about how much space you actually need to live comfortably and not excessively. 

The benefits of building a sustainable house are ongoing and worthwhile if your aim is to reduce waste and improve your energy and water consumption. In addition to this, designing and building with a long-term mindset will help you to significantly increase the lifespan of your home. Durable, quality building materials and sustainable design features will ensure your sustainable home is built for the future.  

How do I incorporate sustainable design into my home?

More than just a trend, sustainable design is becoming the future for many homes in Australia, and rightfully so.  

Sustainable design, building materials and methods are crucial to the overall outcome of your home’s efficiency; however, there are other elements to consider when planning the details. 

Passive solar design

Passive design takes the existing environment into account to create more efficient spaces. Work with your orientation to take advantage of natural light and maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.

High-performance windows 

Windows are responsible for over 50% of lost energy in homes. When building a sustainable house, consider new technologies such as double glazing, special coatings and nonconductive frames. You can also tailor your window choice to the climate you live in. Low solar gain windows and double glazing are great for warmer climates, while insulated frames, triple-glazed windows and designs that eliminate drafts are best for colder climates. 

Energy-efficient appliances 

Think long term when furnishing your new sustainable home. Appliances with high energy ratings might be more expensive on the shop floor, however, they’ll save you a lot of money in the grand scheme of things. Pay close consideration to your kitchen and laundry appliances, and central heating.

A drip irrigation system for plants 

It’s no surprise that eco-friendly houses are surrounded by a greener landscape. However, could the upkeep be costing you and the environment more than it’s worth? Reap the benefits of a beautiful garden without the guilt, by integrating a drip irrigation system, which uses gravity to deliver water to plants through the roots. 

Using eco paints and water-based paints 

When painting your home, opt for a low VOC paint that is better for your home and the environment. Eco-paints are less toxic to manufacture and will improve the indoor air quality of your home. 

Renewable energy solutions

Talk to your energy supplier about renewable energy solutions. Rooftop solar panels are taking Australia by storm, and they could have huge benefits for your home and lifestyle. Your home could completely or partially operate off clean, renewable energy, which is positive for the planet and your power bill. 

Recycle and reuse construction waste

Recycle where possible during construction and consider what materials can be saved and used in the future. You can also sell building materials that have residual value instead of sending them straight to landfill. 

Install a cool roof 

Cool roofs reflect the sun’s heat rather than absorb it, which can have a great cooling effect on your home interior. 

Install a smart meter 

Smart home systems aren’t just convenient, they’re incredibly useful for energy efficiency. Smart meters can connect to and control your appliances to automate specific tasks such as turning devices on and off at certain times. 

Insulate your home properly with eco-friendly materials 

New home insulation is incredibly important and one of the major features of sustainable houses. Good insulation will keep hot air out in summer and warm air in during winter. This increases a home’s energy efficiency by reducing the need for air conditioning and heating. 

There is a common misconception that more sustainable homes are also more expensive to run and maintain. However, this isn’t the case! Eco-friendly houses benefit the environment, as well as your finances, and this applies to both the build and beyond. Sustainable design elements are easy to include in your new build and can put you on the path to living a greener lifestyle. 

When it comes to building a sustainable home, you’re building with the future in mind. Consider your energy use, location, insulation and building materials and how they can be used to create a home that will positively impact your lifestyle in the long run. 

If you want to learn more about sustainable home design or you’re interested in building a sustainable house, get in touch with your local G.J. Gardner office today. 

COLORBOND Roofing Colours

 Over the past two years of confinement, our homes have become a time capsule of the many changes to our living styles. There is a renewed focus on our space with our homes becoming offices, workout spaces, our weekend away and our everyday.

We have come to love our homes as they are or have learnt what we need and would love our home’s to be. Walks around the neighbourhood have given us inspiration and let us appreciate the landscape we are surrounded by.

COLORBOND® steel gives you an opportunity to explore, design or build using a great range of colours – inspired by Australia. The landscape your house is surrounded by or the landscape you are inspired by is a great start for your colour palette and the most successful colour schemes offer synchronisation with the surroundings. 

New trends in colours, textures, building shapes and lines have all taken on a reference to our landscape. Not only using the corrugated profile we all know and love but there are new roofs with flatter, broader profiles, and stairways and walls with circular shapes, and matt surfaces which really answer to nature-based inspiration.

Looking at colours that have become so familiar on our interiors, we can see the transfer of the warm, organic colours onto our exterior materials. There’s always room for greys but there is also a new trend to paler colours. So how does this translate to our COLORBOND® steel colour range?

The change in colour trends starts at the roof. Greys are softer and warmer, reflecting the undertones of our native trees. Woodland Grey®, Wallaby®, Dune® and Evening Haze® are the new go-to’s.

Fresh coastal looks have become softer too; Surfmist® will always be a favourite but using warmer colours such as Dune® and Evening Haze® works beautifully with timber, natural stone and recycled bricks. Using the paler Shale Grey™ has always been a contemporary favourite and Windspray® gives us a neutral crispness.

With a retro use of colours like Manor Red®, Pale Eucalypt® and Ironstone® we are starting to see a new bolder look on some architectural builds. Darker schemes have become a little softer with Wallaby®, Basalt® and a timeless favourite Woodland Grey®.  

It has become so important to have a greater understanding of building for the long term, using building materials that may help in weather events. COLORBOND® steel with Thermatech® technology is designed to reflect more of the sun’s heat on hot sunny days, which can mean less dependence on air-conditioning. Results will depend on roof colour, level and location of insulation, type and location of building shape and function.

Thermatech® solar reflectance technology is incorporated into 21 out of the 22 colours in the COLORBOND® steel range including COLORBOND® Ultra steel and COLORBOND® steel Matt (except Night Sky®).

So why do people pick COLORBOND® steel roofs?

  • It’s durable and long lasting
  • Aesthetically pleasing and comes in a wide range of colours
  • COLORBOND® steel is a trusted and well-known brand 
  • Sleek appearance with street appeal 

The right choice of roof colour means you have a large part of your exterior colour scheme already worked out – letting the rest flow from the outside to in.

Remember to look to the amazing landscape we’re surrounded by for inspiration. The colour palette of Australia is so varied and vast, just as our choices in housing and materials are. 

How to Design a Coastal Home

Whether you’re after a year-round holiday feeling or a home design that compliments the climate; coastal style homes are a great option for new builds in Australia.

Beach house designs are the perfect match for our laidback way of life, and you don’t need to live a stone’s throw from the beach to enjoy this style of living. Coastal homes can also be adapted to suit your personal style, whether you prefer modern, classic, country or Hamptons. 

The G.J. Gardner team has an impressive portfolio of beach house floor plans and display homes. If you’re considering a coastal layout for your new build, take a look at the options below and learn more about what makes each design so livable. 

What makes a coastal home?

Before we launch into our designs, let’s take a look at the specific features that make up coastal homes. Open plan living, neutral and airy colours, natural materials and simplistic design are key to creating a truly coastal feel. 

Streamlined design

Simple lines and minimalist architectural features are commonly used in contemporary coastal home builds. Streamlined designs include waterfall benchtops, concealed cabinets, consistent material across the flooring and a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor areas. Less is definitely more in simple beach house designs.  

Natural materials, textures and tones

Coastal design elements should seek inspiration from seaside locations. This means incorporating natural tones and textures, and building with natural materials such as timber and stone. Interior design, decor and furnishings should also embrace neutral elements to create a cohesive and calming aesthetic. 

Open plan living

One of the main characteristics of coastal home designs is an open floor plan. Fewer walls mean less light-blocking, allowing sunshine to fill the room from every angle. Open plan designs are also great for natural airflow, utilising a fresh breeze as a natural way of cooling the home, making it less reliant on cooling systems in the summer.  Bigger windows and glass elements also complement open plan living, adding to the light and airy feeling. 

Our coastal home designs

Our expert team has designed a range of coastal homes, each with unique and impressive features that create a comfortable and laid back coastal living style.

Pine Rivers 239

Pine Rivers is an open plan design, with large double sliding doors merging interior and exterior entertaining areas. The resort-style master bedroom creates that year-round holiday feeling and the family areas are the perfect space to relax and unwind, any day of the week. 

Complete with a wood panelling exterior, an upstairs balcony and an Alfresco area; Pine Rivers is the perfect home for families looking to create a seaside oasis.

Banksia 225

Banksia is a simple and elegant design, ideal for growing families looking to combine a coastal feel with contemporary style. Neutral tones are combined with light coloured wooden accents throughout the home. A centrally located courtyard creates an airy interior, allowing natural light and breeze to flow through the living area. 

With ample space to relax and a large, covered Alfresco area; Banksia is a beautiful home for coastal living. 

Long Bay 301

Long Bay is a classic Hamptons style design with an open plan living space and an outdoor, covered Alfresco area. Large vertical windows and floor to ceiling glass sliding doors create an abundance of light throughout the entirety of the home. Cool, calming colours and textures are used to achieve a Hamptons look that’s the perfect balance of elegance and effortless style.  

Beachlands 270

Beachlands brings warmth and joy to family living through a flowing and spacious open plan layout. It features dedicated areas for entertaining, rest and rejuvenation, and precious family time. Natural colours and earthy textures are featured throughout to create a modern coastal aesthetic, while the layout ensures widespread natural light and airflow. If you’re looking to build a beach house, this exclusive design will create the coastal atmosphere you’re seeking. 

Coastal Homes At G.J. Gardner Homes

Feeling inspired by one of our display homes? View each of our completed coastal homes to learn more about the design details and features.  

Can you feel the breeze in your hair and the sand between your toes? Build a beach house that transports you to a place of serenity. Enjoy all the aspects of a laid back Australian lifestyle in your dream home. 

If you’re considering a coastal home for your new build, our G.J. Gardner design consultants will happily talk you through our extensive range of beach house floor plans. Our expert knowledge and exclusive home designs will help you build a space that reflects your own personal style. 

Looking to update your current home to a coastal design? Take a look at our inspiration section for styling ideas and easy ways to give your space a refresh. 

If you’re ready to take your home design ideas coastal, talk to your local G.J. Gardner office to get started.

FAQs

What is a coastal style house?

A coastal style house is one that helps you to achieve a laid back and relaxing lifestyle. The floor plan of a coastal style home is carefully considered to ensure an abundance of natural light and cool coastal breezes, and natural building materials such as timber or stone are often used. 

How are coastal homes built?

Coastal homes are built with close consideration to location, orientation, layout and the overall flow of the house. Depending on how close your home is to the coast; builders may choose materials that are more durable in coastal conditions, and likely to better withstand the elements over time. 

What are the elements of coastal design?

Coastal or beach house designs are characterised by a number of features, including floorplan, materials and colours, natural lighting and plenty of airflow. Furnishing and interior decorating also play a big role in creating an overall coastal atmosphere. Neutral colours, natural textures and minimalist styling are all key in achieving your desired look.

Get in touch with your G.J. Homes builder today!

Kitchen Backsplash Trends

There are so many decisions to make when it comes to designing and building your new kitchen, choosing a backsplash can often be put on the back burner. While it’s first and foremost a kitchen practicality, a backsplash (or splashback) is also an important element in the overall aesthetic of your space. 

The kitchen design experts at G.J. Gardner Homes have explored the latest trends and gathered the best splashback ideas for kitchens in Australia. Whether your style is contemporary, classic or somewhere in between, we’ll help you decide on the perfect backsplash option for your kitchen.

Trend One: Tile

Tiles are crowd pleasers when it comes to kitchen splashback ideas, and there are no surprises why. Practical, easy to clean and available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours; tiles are a great option that can be adapted to suit almost any style of kitchen. 

Mosaic tiles

A mosaic tile design can be a show-stopper in the kitchen. Generally made from porcelain, ceramic or clay, mosaics can be used to create interesting patterns that will become the focal point of the room. 

Subway tiles

Subway tiles are popularly staggered in a brick-like pattern and can be used as either a minimalist backsplash option or a bold statement, depending on the chosen colour. Plain white creates a clean and simple finish; however, if you’d like to be a little more adventurous when exploring splashback ideas, opt for subway tiles in a bright colour. 

Textured tiles

If your kitchen colour palette is neutral, texture is the key to creating interest. There’s a huge variety of patterned and textured tiles available in designs that are suited to every aesthetic. However, you can still embrace the textured trend if colour plays a strong part in your kitchen design. Create contrast with colour and texture for a modern finish. 

Handcrafted tiles 

We love handcrafted tiles for their raw, authentic characteristics. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and handcrafted details can help it to live up to the name. Handmade tiles come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours; and will give your kitchen a unique and personal finish.

Trend Two: Window

A window splashback is a great way to bring the outdoors in. Plus, it lets in natural light and helps to make the space feel bigger. A window splashback is a relatively new trend when it comes to kitchen design, and is an excellent choice if your outdoor area offers a scenic view or lush greenery. 

There are a few options to choose from when installing a window splashback. Cut-out windows can be measured to fit the size of your area; otherwise, a benchtop to ceiling style window can be installed to make your kitchen a truly breathtaking space. 

Trend Three: Stone

If you’re not completely sold on tiles, a stone splashback is a great alternative. Stone is a natural material that we love to use in kitchens. It’s durable, long-lasting and very forgiving when it comes to splashes of all sorts. 

Sandstone is best suited in cool, coastal homes, whereas naturally darker stone like slate is complementary to a modern style home. 

If your kitchen countertops are stone, you’ll have the option to extend them up the wall to create a cohesive look. However, if you’ve used another material for your countertops, stone can be used to create a dramatic effect in your kitchen, thanks to its unique grain and texture.

Trend Four: Glass and Mirror 

Similarly to a window splashback, glass and mirror options are an excellent choice for creating the illusion of space or brightening a kitchen. They offer a smooth, reflective surface that bounces light around the room and are free from grout lines or textures. 

Choose from white glass, black glass or a completely reflective mirror to create your desired finish. Glass kitchen splashback ideas are minimal and ideal if your aim is to design a light-filled, contemporary kitchen.

We also love glass and mirrors for their ease in cleaning! A simple wipe down will remove any grime or watermarks, and you don’t need to worry about grout. 

Trend Five: Marble

If a luxe kitchen is more your style, a marble splashback is a must-have. Marble is timeless and sophisticated, durable and long-lasting. 

Marble splashbacks come in several designs, including classic white and black, inverse black and white, or coloured marble. Pink marble is a major modern trend in new builds.

A word of warning from our design team – there is such a thing as too much marble. If you’ve opted for marble benchtops, we recommend exploring alternative kitchen splashback ideas such as glass or windows. 

How to Pick the Perfect Backsplash 

We’ve taken you through the trends; now it’s time to pick the perfect backsplash. Before you make the all-important decision on what material to use, there are a few key points to consider.

Measure your space

How much space in your kitchen requires a backsplash? Each section above the counters should also be measured, and remember to measure each space between power outlets separately. 

Your space’s size will also help determine which design trend is best suited to your kitchen. Benchtop to ceiling style windows are beautiful in a big kitchen with higher ceilings, whereas mosaic tiles or bright-coloured subway tiles are better suited on a small surface area.   

Consider your countertops

If you’re at the stage of exploring splashback ideas for kitchens, you should have already decided on your countertop material. In most cases, a splashback will meet your counter, so they need to work well together in terms of colour and texture. 

Stone benchtops and splashbacks are a perfect combination for a clean, seamless finish. When in doubt, choose tiles – they suit just about every type of kitchen countertop material. 

Determine your budget 

Your budget will also play a part in your backsplash choice. Glass and marble are up there with the most costly options, whereas tile and stone are available in various price ranges. Your choice of backsplash can also add some real value to your kitchen, so consider this if you’re renovating or building an investment property. 

Be practical 

Lastly, but certainly not least, consider your lifestyle. Are you a gourmet chef, do your kids run the kitchen, or do you entertain guests in the kitchen often? 

If you’re a messy cook or cleaning isn’t on the top of your to-do list, try to avoid porous materials or anything with grout. If you’re clean or the kitchen isn’t used as often, you can be a little more adventurous with your selection. 

A backsplash is an exciting addition to the kitchen that should be considered carefully! We recommend doing your research and seeking design advice if you’re unsure which material, colour, and finish best suits your space.

If you’re building a new home, connect with a G.J. Gardner home design consultant. Our experienced team can collaborate with you to make your dream kitchen a reality. If you’re simply looking to refresh your existing kitchen, take a look at our inspiration hub for home design and styling ideas. 

If you’re ready to incorporate backsplash into your home design, get in touch with your local G.J. Gardner office to learn more. 

FAQs

What’s the easiest backsplash to install?

If you’re considering a DIY backsplash project, tiling is the easiest option to install in your kitchen. Before you begin, follow our guide to picking the perfect backsplash and ensure you’ve accurately measured the surface area you’ll be tiling. 

Do you have to match your backsplash to your countertop?

It’s important to consider your countertops when choosing the perfect backsplash for your kitchen. Consider colour and texture when exploring your options and ensure your kitchen design is cohesive and considerate of all design elements in the space. 

How high is a standard kitchen backsplash? 

In Australia, the standard height of kitchen backsplash is 600mm for electric cooktops and 700mm for gas cooktops. These standards are important for fire safety reasons and are the minimum requirement. You are able to adjust the height of your backsplash; however, it needs to meet the minimum requirements. 

How to Choose the Right Colours for Your Interior

Why is choosing an interior colour scheme so important?

When you walk into a house, and you feel a sense of “home”, it’s because there is harmony & balance. The space just “feels right”, and everything works together.

The repetition of colours, materials & textures helps create a sense of cohesion in a home and paint colour plays a massive role in this.

The right paint will enhance a style or create a mood. It will create flow, allowing the transition of each room to feel seamless and breathe life into a space. 

Why is colour selection difficult for homeowners?

The idea of being asked to select a paint colour for a feature wall, a whole room or even worse, your entire home can be a daunting experience. It’s one of the main items, along with exterior colours, that causes the most anxiety for home builders and renovators. 

It is crucial to get interior paint colours right; however, it’s hard to imagine how your selections will look just by looking at a paint brochure. And with so many options to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start. 

Tone, tint, shade, gloss, where do you begin? We’ve put together our guide on choosing your interior colour scheme to help you on your journey.

How to choose an interior paint colour scheme?

  1. Find Your Style

The most important thing about creating an aesthetically pleasing home is to pick a theme or style for your home. Being cohesive with your façade and entire interior style, including kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, right down to the little details of doors, cornices, and skirtings, all help with the overall look of your home. 

With so many styles of houses available, from Hamptons, to coastal and minimalist, it can be hard to narrow down what style you’d like your home to be and what paints are used to create that style.  

You can find inspiration by walking through display homes, on apps such as Pinterest, Houzz & Instagram and in magazines. 

Even if you don’t know how to define your style, your G.J. Colour Consultant can help walk you through this process and piece together the look that you are going for. 

  1. Find Inspiration 

A mood board can help get your ideas organised and on the right path from the start. Pulling together inspiring images and colours can help form a visual for your home and will pull all of your ideas together. It will show your style, provide clarity and give you an overall feel for your space. 

Some apps to get you started include: 

  • Canva 
  • Pinterest 
  • Olioboard 
  • Corkulous 
  • Moodboard (Gomoodboard) 
  • Springpad
  1. Think of the House as a Whole

Every room doesn’t need to look the same, but you want to ensure that there is a common theme and style throughout your home so that your rooms feel seamless.

Limit the number of different paint colours to three or four (you can use varying shades of these) to ensure you help create an effortless flow. You don’t need to be boring; you can still experiment with textures and tones.

  1. Keep it Personal

Designers, influencers, and colour consultants can produce beautiful colour palettes, but it won’t feel like home unless this palette represents your style.

Keep true to your own style, and don’t be overly influenced by today’s trends – as they will likely change in a couple of years. 

Our Expert Tips For Choosing Paint Colours

Keep it simple

Stick to neutral colours on your walls and introduce your personality to the room with colour & style in your accessories, throws, cushions, rugs & artwork. That way, you can easily change your look when trends or your taste change.

Choosing a small number of colours and working with cohesive tones are the best way to form a working colour scheme. 

Find inspiration

Do your homework and find your style. Pinterest is a really good place to start as you can create a board for each room and start pinning homes or rooms that you like the look of. 

You’ll soon see what colour trends you are leaning towards. The more inspiration you can bring to your colour appointment with your G.J. Gardner Homes Colour Consultant, the more we can help you find the perfect colours for your home.

Obtain colour samples

It’s hard to get a good idea of what a paint colour will really look like from a small colour swatch. Use sample pots of your colour choices on a white A4 sheet of paper to test your chosen colours. Remember to use three coats, reapplying only after each has fully dried.

Test Paint Samples

Test your paint samples in different light areas and against furniture, flooring and fabrics you are thinking of using in your room.

To see an undertone of a paint, compare swatches next to each other. You will soon see the undertone of a colour you are looking at.

If you need a helping hand to further see what your home will look like with certain paints, Dulux has created a Colour App for you to virtually paint your room. It is the ideal tool to help see how colour can create impact, softness or transform a space in your home before you even lift a brush.

Have Fun

This will be one of the best experiences you will have in your new home building journey. Always remember to find joy in the process. You will have experts to guide you along the way to take the stress out of the selection process.

What is the colour selection process at G.J. Gardners Homes?

One of the most exciting times leading up to building your new home is the colour selection process. It’s the final stage before your new home construction begins and is a time where you will feel like your new home journey is becoming very real.

Once plans have been finalised for submission to the council, the internal colour selection process can begin. You can rest with the knowledge that a team of experts in assisting you through every part of this process, so you are not alone. You will have expert guidance from our Colour Consultants. Our team draws from the latest trends and matches them with your personal preferences to ensure we create a home where you love to live.

Along with all internal paint selections, you will be guided by the G.J. team to select kitchen cabinets, bathrooms tiles, flooring, stairs, electrical layouts – pretty much anything that relates to the look and feel of your home’s interior.

Generally, this is a two-day process, and we will put together a flat lay of your chosen colours to see how all your selections work together.

Any items you choose will be priced for your review. You will be asked to sign off on your colour selections, and your new home build can commence!

Designing An Outdoor Entertaining Area

Entertaining in Australia usually means one thing – the outdoors. No matter the season, time of the day or size of the outdoor area, we tend to naturally congregate outside when gathering with family or friends. 

If you’re especially fond of hosting backyard barbecues, afternoon drinks or dinner parties, your home outdoor entertaining area should provide the ultimate atmosphere for you and your guests. 

Whether you’d like to create an extension to your indoor living space, an alfresco dining area or a simple space for backyard seating, we’ve gathered the top outdoor entertainment area ideas in Australia. 

Before you dive into designing your new space, let’s explore the key points you need to consider.  

Let’s pick the layout

When deciding on a layout, it’s important to first think about the main purpose of your outdoor entertaining area. Do you mostly barbecue, gourmet brunch or shake cocktails? You’ll want to design a space that compliments your entertaining style with a layout that’s suited to your needs. 

If an outdoor kitchen or barbecuing area is a must, create a multipurpose layout by dividing your space into zones separated for cooking, eating and drinking, and relaxing. Encourage flow throughout the space by keeping an open area in the centre. 

If you’re limited by space or your entertaining style is a little more laidback, you can create an intimate layout with a few small seating areas for leisurely lounging. 

Mapping out the materials

You can build a modern outdoor living space with materials such as timber, stone and concrete, which can also be weatherproofed to withstand the elements. 

If your outdoor entertainment area is going to be an extension of your home, use the same materials to create architectural cohesion. For more inspiration, read our blog on connecting indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Say goodbye to overgrown grass or unsightly pavement and introduce durable and functional flooring that compliments your interior style. Timber decking can add natural style and warmth to your space, or if you’re looking for durable, low maintenance alternatives, consider polished concrete or stone. For an eco-friendly option, ask your builder about using reclaimed timber or recycled wood.

Picking the right plants

Impress your guests with a beautifully planed garden. Greenery will not only create a calming atmosphere, but it will allow you to create a true outdoor experience. 

If you don’t plan on dedicating your weekend to landscaping, or you aren’t the most promising plant parent, opt for native plants. Australian natives are truly breathtaking and will naturally thrive in your backyard- no special treatment required. 

Trending vertical gardens are also easy to maintain and can have an impressive effect on your outdoor entertaining area. You can start with a few simple climbers or completely cover a wall in foliage. If you’d prefer to keep things simple, potted plants are a stylish option. Incorporating potted plants into your landscaping makes a yard not only more low-maintenance but also more versatile. Potted plants are an easy way to add colour to different parts of a yard and can be moved as necessary. Why not plant a few of your favourite herbs for a green finish that’s both fragrant and functional. 

Talking Tech

We’ve come a long way with outdoor entertainment area designs, and they’ll now, more often than not, include tech features to enhance the comfort and functionality of the space. 

Lighting, audio, fans and wifi can transform your space into the ultimate entertaining area. Include fans or heating if you entertain in every season, install an outdoor theatre if you stream sporting events and be sure to extend your wifi to the outdoor area for an uninterrupted connection. 

Smart home technology can add even more value to your entertaining area with automation and energy-saving features. If your garden is your pride and joy, you might want to invest in a smart sprinkler system to schedule your watering. 

Start designing your dream outdoor area

There’s no better space to relax, unwind and entertain than in the great outdoors. Build a seriously great outdoor entertaining area by considering the layout, materials, greenery and tech features. If you’re interested in building your dream outdoor space, team up with one of our new home design consultants, who are experts in collaborating with clients to design and build their dream homes. 

If you’re simply looking to upgrade your existing area, take a look at the outdoor entertaining area ideas on our inspiration page. 

Contact your local G.J. Gardner office to learn more or to get started on adding an outdoor entertaining area to your home design.

FAQs

How much does it cost to build an outdoor entertaining area?

The cost of an outdoor entertaining area will depend largely on the size of the space, whether you’re upgrading an existing area or starting from scratch. You will need to consider the cost of materials, labour, landscaping and any additional tech features you want to include to enhance the space. Speak to your local G.J. Gardner office to organise a personalised quote. 

How do I style my outdoor area?

Your outdoor area should be an extension of your interior design. Choose furniture that’s suited to the size of your space, consider comfort and views when positioning and opt for long-lasting materials and textured fabrics that are suited to outdoor living. 

Mimic your indoor colour scheme and decor to create a cohesive look, and use plants to make your space calm and inviting. 

How can I make an outdoor area more inviting?

Outdoor entertainment designs can be made more inviting with various building and decorating elements. 

Use materials like timber for natural warmth or install a fireplace or pit for cosiness in winter. Colour and pattern, lighting and comfortable furniture can also help to create a welcoming space. 

Try to avoid clutter with furniture that doesn’t suit the size of your space. Choose chairs and tables that allow the area to flow and don’t block entries or pathways.

What makes a great outdoor space? 

Great outdoor entertainment areas are defined by functionality, comfort and style. Your dream space will be one that’s perfectly suited to your lifestyle. It should include all the features that are important to you and should align with your entertaining style. 

Ensuring that your outdoor space suits your lifestyle will allow you to make the most of the outdoor space available. Consider how you want to use the space, is the focus entertaining large groups for a Sunday BBQ that would require a large dining table? Or will the area be used for sunbathing, lounging and afternoon drinks? 

A G.J. Gardner consultant can collaborate with you to come up with design ideas that are best for your home and lifestyle.