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Buying your first home – Questions Answered. (It’s easier than you think)
Tired of living with Mum and Dad? Can’t stand living in a shared house with people who don’t clean? Are you sick of paying off someone else’s mortgage? Hate rent inspections? Or just want a place of your own? Whatever the reason, it’s time to start thinking of getting your own home. Don’t worry, it’s actually much easier than you think! Let’s look at the Top 5 reasons to buy rather than rent: • Renting is dead money. • Perth’s average rent is around $400 per week ($20k per year or $100k over 5 years!), that equates to borrowing around $320,000. • Interest rates are at a record low • The Perth Market is anticipating an upward trend (Kerry Stokes is on record as saying “Now’s the time to buy a house in WA”) • You can take advantage of government initiatives including the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) Financing your first home can be easy with a total outlay of as little as $3,500. Still, many people choose to rent because they don’t know how easy first home ownership can be.   Financing Your First Home   Do you work part time? Are you Self-employed? Do you do overtime? How much savings do you have? The reason I ask is because from my 15 years in the industry, I have never seen 2 clients have the same situation - everyone is different and there are so many options. It’s just a matter of finding the right solution for you.   First Home Buyers asking question   To help you make a start, together with our finance partners at V Homeloans*, I have put together a list of the top 5 questions I get asked about getting into your first home:   1) Do I have a deposit? How much deposit do I need? V Homeloans General Manager, Paul Bradley says that low deposit lenders usually require a minimum of 5% genuine savings as a deposit to purchase your first home. Savings are considered “genuine”, when you have the 5% deposit amount in your bank account for a period of time (usually about three months). This is a way to prove to your lender that you’re able to save! The good news is, we know that many of our clients are not always able to demonstrate genuine savings, or have the full 5% saved. That’s why V homeloans have access to an extensive panel of lenders, with access to a variety of different products that may allow you to get into your new home without genuine savings, or with less than the full 5% deposit if you are renting. Different banks have different policies so make sure you ASK FIRST!   2) What if I don’t have any or very little savings? In Perth we are extremely fortunate to have a State Government based financial institution called Keystart. First Home Buyers only require a 2% deposit, of which only 1% needs to be genuinely saved. A $350,000 House & Land Package = $3,500 savings (yep, that’s it!). We can also help with savings plans – just ask!   3) How much can I borrow? Again – everyone’s circumstance is different. To accurately determine how much you can borrow, I suggest speaking to one of our expert V Homeloans mortgage brokers who can give you a borrowing capacity based on your own personal situation. Different banks have different policies (e.g. the percentage of overtime they include) which can make a huge difference. If you’d like to learn more, I’d be happy to set up an appointment, or check out our loan calculator to find out how much you can borrow to build you home. Knowing how much you can borrow is important to also give you an idea of home loan repayments. There is also lots of other helpful information on the building and finance journey to help get you started.   4) What will my repayments be? This will depend on a few different factors; 1) Your borrowing amount 2) Interest rate 3) Loan term (a shorter loan term borrowing the same amount = higher payments) I’ve put together a rough guide on repayments below. What do you think you could afford? *These repayments are based on 4.5% over 30 years (some bank options have introductory rates starting from under 4%!)  
Borrowing Amount Repayments per week
$300,000 $351
$325,000 $380
$350,000 $409
$375,000 $439
$400,000 $467
$425,000 $497
$450,000 $526
$475,000 $555
$500,000 $585
  5) Do I have to make repayments during construction? House & Land Packages happen in stages, so payments are made to the bank in what the industry calls ‘progress claims’. The full Principal & Interest payments do not start until you get the keys. However, during construction you are responsible for making the interest payment on the amount of money that has been drawn down on the mortgage. Different banks have different rules, but some allow you to make extra payments during construction if you wish – all you have to do is ask! Keystart only require a minimum of $50 per week from settlement of the land until key handover – that’s it!   [caption id="attachment_24948" align="alignnone" width="600"]Brownstones Home Living Area Brownstones Range [/caption]   WANT TO LEARN MORE? BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME CAN BE MADE EASY! If you’d like to chat a little further give me a ring on 0422 122 142 or email and we can discuss your situation in more detail. I’ll put my considerable experience to work for you and find the help that’s most applicable to YOU. Senior Building Consultant - Express Two Storey   *V Homeloans - Corporate Credit Representative Number 495067 is authorised under Australian Credit Licence Number 389328. Lender credit criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply. Your full financial situation would need to be reviewed prior to acceptance of any offer or product.
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Interior Design Trends: What’s hot for 2018

If your house is in need of a refresh this year, make sure you keep reading to find out the interior trends to follow in 2018!

 

Colours 

The obsession with millennial pink continues this year along with the introduction of gentle, pastel colours mixed in with earthy colours such as mint greens combined with jades and sages. [caption id="attachment_24792" align="alignnone" width="600"] Pretty in Pink - The Avalon in Baldivis.[/caption]

Textures 

Expect to see the use of linen on furniture and bedding as well as luxurious and rich velvet tones on furniture as well. Velvet tones will pair perfectly with pastel colours! [caption id="attachment_24800" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Outlook Display Home - styled with a rich emerald velvet couch.[/caption]

Metals

The use of Brass will replace copper, which will bring fixtures to life with its warm colour and finish. [caption id="attachment_24802" align="alignnone" width="450"] Brass used in the light fixtures in the Waterside Display Home.[/caption]

Prints 

Oversize, dramatic wallpapers are making a comeback. Florals and geometric designs are hot picks, however may not necessarily be the right style for your home design so choose carefully with these statement pieces. [caption id="attachment_24806" align="alignnone" width="600"] An oversized wallpaper used to decorate the master bedroom in the Intrigue Display Home.[/caption]

Materials 

Dark wood is making its way onto the floors, walls, and furniture for 2018. Rosewood and Walnut are predicted to be the favourites. [caption id="attachment_24808" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Waterside Display Home features dark wood on the floors and kitchen cabinets.[/caption]

Decorating 

Large statement pieces of art and lots of greenery and pot plants are must haves when decorating your home this year. A simple and quick way to transform a blank wall or add some life to your home. [caption id="attachment_24810" align="alignnone" width="600"] Hanging pot plants as seen in the Outlook Display Home.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24811" align="alignnone" width="600"] A statement piece of artwork used to decorate the Waterside Display Home.[/caption]

Homewares

The number one homeware piece to own this year is a drink cart. Perfect for entertaining as well as showing off interesting cocktail and other glassware. There you have it, our picks for 2018. If you’d like to find your design inspo, Display Homes are a great place to start. Wander through, be inspired by the latest design trends, practical floorplans and innovative interiors. To browse more of our beautiful homes designs, view the full list of homes and locations here, or if you have any questions on any of our homes, get in touch with us today.
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DECLUTTERING 101
A popular new year’s resolution is to declutter and organise the home. We all know what an overwhelming task that can be so to ensure you welcome the year with a calm and welcoming home, make sure you follow your tips on how to banish the clutter in 2018! Start with a strategy: You are likely to feel overwhelmed very quickly if you just start cleaning aimlessly. Make a plan on how you plan to tackle each room and give yourself a time frame so the process doesn’t drag on forever. *HINT - Start with the large visible cleaning first, the stuff that's be lying there bugging you for ages! :) For the entryway or hallway [caption id="attachment_24710" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Pandora - 33 Painted Parkway, Alkimos Beach.[/caption]
  • Try to keep this area as minimal as possible.
  • All you really need is a console table or storage, a mirror and a few decorative items if you wish. *HINT, mirrors can help spaces feel larger!
  • Depending on the size of the area and or how minimal you want to keep it, other functional items to add include some seating, hooks or a shoe rack.
  • Make sure you clean the area regularly and keep the items to one side of the area only!
For the Kitchen           [caption id="attachment_24722" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Panorama - 21 Helios Street, Eglinton.[/caption]
  • Clear the benchtop of anything that doesn’t belong there and make sure only items used daily are placed there.
  • Get rid of any utensils you have excess of, expired food items and appliances you have no use for.
  • Purchase drawer divides, canisters and clear containers and label everything!
  • As a general rule, make sure everything has a home, items are categorised and the countertop is basically clear.
For the Bedroom [caption id="attachment_24727" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Avalon - 38 Key Avenue, Baldivis.[/caption]
  • Begin with clearing all surfaces, put away items piling up on your bedside table, clothes that can be hung up or in the wash and a crowded chest of drawers.
  • Approach your closet with the rule of: ‘If it hasn’t been worn in the past year or two, give it away’. Then you can organise the clothes you’re keeping into the appropriate category.
  • If you have any furniture items that are being used as a dumping ground rather than its purpose, it might be time to get rid of it if you don’t intend to clean it regularly.
For the Bathroom [caption id="attachment_24714" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Latitude - 14 Turquoise Chase St, Dayton. [/caption]
  • The vanity should only contain items you use daily and try to keep the items in one place or in a canister or bowl.
  • Throw away expired products and items that have been used in the last few months.
  • Organise your items into storage containers or baskets.
  • Use a shower caddy to try and get all your items in one place.
For the Living Room [caption id="attachment_24725" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Pandora - 33 Painted Parkway, Alkimos Beach.[/caption]
  • Make sure your living room isn’t over crowded by furniture. A right size couch, TV console, side tables and a lamp should cover it.
  • Create permanent storage solutions or spaces for regularly used items such as remote controls or books.
  • Tidy and de-clutter this space regularly. Make sure items are put away, surfaces are clear, and that cushions and blankets and are in the right spot.
These are some tips to get you started on all the general rooms, just remember when tackling the rest of your house:  Keep surfaces to the bare minimum! - Less is more!
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HELLO 2018! NEW YEAR, NEW YOU (AGAIN)
Well, it’s the start of another year, and a perfect time to de-clutter and organise yourself and your home to make it a clean and fresh start to 2018! It’s always good to be accountable for your goals, we recommend writing them down and ticking them off as you complete them! Otherwise they might just slip back under the radar for yet another year. Here is a list of some easy tips to help get you started on track for a successful and organised start to a fresh year! They will help save you money, and improve your lifestyle. GET ORGANISED  It’s always good to start the New Year fresh and get rid of all that clutter! Start by tackling a different room each day and a make plan on how you’re going to approach each room. Storage containers and labels will help you go a long way. You’ll be amazed how good you feel when your home is in order. Toy Storage Containers EVERY CENT COUNTS! Steps to take can be unplugging appliances when not in use, (like the toaster or kettle) use energy efficient light bulbs, and turning off heaters and coolers when you don’t need them. This is a great way to save money whilst at the same time reducing your carbon footprint. Unplug appliances when not in use ENTERTAIN MORE  Entertaining more at home allows for more quality time spent with family and friends, saves you a bit of money by staying home instead of going out for catch ups and gives you that extra dose of motivation to keep your home clean knowing you’re having people over! Endless benefits! CREATE A WEEKLY HOUSECLEANING SCHEDULE  If you started this year by decluttering and getting your home organised, make a plan to ensure it stays that way! Divide your workload into manageable portions and when making the plan, focus on what type of cleaning you want to complete. We found a great article to help you speed-clean your home here! HEALTHY KITCHEN  I’m sure after the Christmas blowouts many of us have made the vow to actually start eating healthy. Healthy eating starts in the kitchen, so a good tip would be to start organising your pantry and fridge by clearing out all the junk food and purchase some cookbooks to make the process easier.Meal planning and preparation is a must! Do a weekly shop so then you are set for the full week. (This helps with those impulse-chocolate purchasers at the register!) You can plan your meals in advance or do large cook-ups on the weekends and freeze other portions for during the week. Meal preparation does not have to be a slow and drawn out task, you just need a bit of thought and a plan! ELECTRONIC FREE ZONES  It’s important to get a good night’s rest. These days our lives are becoming absorbed by electronic devices!   Try to leave your phone, iPad, and laptop outside the bedroom and if the phone is your alarm,  try to refrain from checking it throughout the night or catching up on emails before you go to sleep!
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LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS DECORATING IDEAS

Christmas is just around the corner!

If you’ve had no time for decorating this year, or need some last minute party prep, we’ve got you sorted!  We’ve compiled a list of our top 6  favourite ways to deck your home in style:
  1. LIGHTS
Lights don’t only belong on a tree or the front of the house. Try placing some string lights in different size lanterns or glass domes around the house or even woven through green garland would look beautiful! For more Christmas lights inspo read the full article here.
  1. ORNAMENTS
There are so many places to hang ornaments beyond a tree! Make the most out of all your decorations by hanging your decorations off some ribbon that matches your space from a bannister, a window or a doorway. We saw this one on Better Homes and Gardens.
  1. MASON JARS:
We know the decorating ideas for Mason Jars are endless, but our personal favourite are these Mason jar snow globes. Simply add a small tree (or snowman, or Santa or any small ornament) to the bottom with some glue and add in fake snow! So simple but so cute! Mason jars also make great candle holders and they are perfect for serving your favourite Christmas drinks!
  1. CHRISTMAS CARD DISPLAY
Display your Christmas greetings by hanging some wire or fairy lights on a free area in your home and attach the cards with small decorative pegs. – Not only do get a tidy place for all your Christmas cards, you also create an easy Christmas wall decor! It’s a win-win.
  1. LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE
It instantly feels like Christmas once the tree goes up. A small tree is perfect for those who don’t have the time or space for a big tree or if you want your home looking even more Christmassy! Small artificial trees are easy to find and decorate and can be placed almost anywhere in your home! You can even get really creative by hunting for twigs and sticks around your neighbourhood, rustic is so on trend this year!   
  1. CHRISTMAS BON BONS
Everyone loves a good Christmas bon bon – and this one’s a cracker! (see what we did there?) All you need for this one is left over Christmas wrapping paper, toilet rolls, ribbon and of course a prize! You can personalise these as much as you like with name tags, lollies, choccies, or toys – whatever you like. (You could even print off some Dad jokes to include, they are always fun to read around the table.)
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Live the Coastal Lifestyle at Eden Beach: House & Land Special
Spectacular houses and solid investments. What’s not to love about Eden Beach house and land packages? Whether you’re looking for a new home, down-sizing or investing in a property that is low maintenance and appealing to tenants, it’s worth taking a closer look into house and land packages. With shrinking lots in Perth’s new estates, Express Two Storey have carefully designed versatile double storey homes, which optimise every available space in narrow lots while catering to varying lifestyles. Single storey homes on a narrow lot can feel more like ground floor apartments than houses. By using innovative upper floor construction techniques, Express Two Storey homes maximise the space of narrow lots to make two storey living accessible for everyone. The versatile range of designs ensure you not only get the living space you need, but also accommodate for spacious outdoor entertaining areas. The Eden Beach House and Land Special These highly desirable and reasonably priced packages are conveniently situated in Perth’s exclusive northern suburbs, overlooking beautiful Eden Beach.With prices starting at $253 990, the Express Two Storey design “The Kensington” is popular with those who want the convenience of a downstairs master bedroom. The addition of two upstairs bedrooms with a second bathroom, allows ample room for growing families or functional privacy for the flow of visitors. Increasingly popular is the option to add a one bed apartment or “Fonzi flat” over the garage. This may come in handy as a separate private dwelling to establish ‘accessible distance’ from your hormonal teenager or simply to expand your housing potential for guests. Location Eden Beach Jindalee, recognised as one of Perth’s most sought after coastal suburbs, is synonymous with high quality infrastructure and convenient amenities. Real estate growth in the northern corridor has performed well in recent years, coupled with the extension of major transport links. This indicates that Eden Beach is destined for population growth in the future and suggests increased demand for short and long term rental properties. Eden Beach house and land packages are not only ideal for families craving all of the benefits of a beachside lifestyle, but also for those considering strategic property investments with high rental yield opportunities and uncapped potential for long term equity. Check out the range of Express Two Storey Living's latest double storey designs here, and make sure you visit our display home, The Tranquility, in Clarkson. [caption id="attachment_18043" align="alignnone" width="919"]Tranquility Display Home - Clarkson The Tranquility's Open Plan Living Room - Display Home in Clarkson[/caption]
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Living in Hilbert, The Avenue Estate
Located south of the river, Hilbert is a newly established suburb surrounded by nature. With easy access to Tonkin Highway and Kwinana Freeway, Hilbert is just 30 minutes southeast of Perth’s CBD with Fremantle and Cockburn even closer. Offering residents a relaxed and peaceful lifestyle, Hilbert has a vast choice of schools, shops, medical, entertainment, community and sporting facilities nearby. Its new private estate The Avenue is located just north of Byford and minutes from the centre of Armadale. With an environmentally-sensitive urban design project, residents of The Avenue Estate will be able to enjoy modern streetscapes and landscaped parks, as well as benefit from Armadale’s city centre with its shops and train station just 6km away. In addition to The Avenue, Hilbert also houses the Sienna Woods Estate, which is nestled at the foot of the Darling Hills, with the Wungong River gently winding its way through the community. This exciting new community has been designed to offer residents views to the hills and a feeling of open space. Both new Estates are surrounded by nearby schools to ensure the very best for your children’s education, and a range of sports and recreation facilities to keep you and yours entertained, including Armadale Aquatic Centre and Armadale Arena. [caption id="attachment_16498" align="alignnone" width="807"]Hilbert is surrounded by intimate parks and grassed areas, perfect to to run and play with the kids, walk the dog or catch up with friends. Hilbert is surrounded by intimate parks and grassed areas, perfect to run and play with the kids, walk the dog or catch up with friends.[/caption]   If you are looking for more tips on living local, find out “how you can build an affordable two storey home” in the location you desire. Looking to get the most out of your small block? Check out our “How to get a backyard on a small block in the location you want” & “5 things to do in your new two storey living backyard”.
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4 Tips for Building an Energy-Efficient Two Storey Home
When it comes to building a new home or renovating, it's smart to think about ways to increase energy efficiency, which will benefit the environment and your pocket. Building an energy-efficient two storey home is one of the most practical investments you can make. However, if you're not sure where to start, see our 4 Tips for Building an Energy-Efficient Two Storey Home. 1. Consider your floor plan carefully Choosing a layout that utilises the best of your environmental conditions can save you a lot on electricity bills. Living areas can benefit greatly from sunlight, so building your home in a fashion that uses the most natural light possible throughout the day is a great way to stay energy-efficient. [caption id="attachment_15738" align="alignnone" width="900"]Open plan living in The Ascari Display Home. The large windows allow a lot of natural light coming in, helping to reduce the use or artificial light. Open plan living area in The Ascari Display Home. The large windows allow a lot of natural light to come in, helping to reduce the use of artificial light.[/caption] 2. Invest in double glazed windows Double glazed windows contribute greatly to energy savings, whilst also providing thermal insulation and noise reduction. It helps prevent unwanted heat coming into the house during summer and reduce the amount of heat escaping in winter, keeping your home at a more comfortable temperature. This is a one-time investment that rewards for years to come. 3. Optimise the use of air conditioning and heating systems Selecting an efficient heating and cooling system that best suit your home layout and its occupants is the most efficient way of saving on your energy footprint. During the building process, your builder and air conditioning supplier will recommend the ideal system based on floor size, room volumes and thermal design. For your heating systems, consider using solar energy panels. They are the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to make your two storey home energy-efficient. 4. Maximise the efficiency of your insulation Most heat entering the house comes in via the roof and ceiling. In two storey homes, investing in roof insulation and between floors will make sure that rate of heat flowing out of the house in winter and into the house during summer, is low. It will also help you reduce the use of heating and cooling systems, save money on energy bills and improve the comfort level in your home.   For more tips on building a two storey home, check out our “How to choose your perfect two storey home design”.
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3 Ways to Accessorise your Upstairs Retreat
Whether your building, moving into your new two storey living design or feel your second storey needs an overhaul, the following 3 Ways to Accessorise your Upstairs Retreat will ensure your space is optimised to the highest potential. 1. Home Office If you work from home or you like to keep your books organised, then a home office is the perfect way to accessorise your upstairs retreat. A desk, computer or laptop are all you need to get your home office up and running. Dependent on the space, you can even add a filing cabinet, book case and lounge chair if you have more than one working in the area at a time, or if there's two of you, another desk will work wonders. [caption id="attachment_15691" align="alignnone" width="919"]home office retreat A home office in your upstairs retreat is a great way of staying organised[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15692" align="alignnone" width="919"]office retreat Or if you prefer a clean and compact design, keep your accessories to a minimum[/caption] 2. Activity Area If you have children - or even if you don't, an upstairs activity area can be a great space to chill out and unwind in your own company, or the company of your family. This area of your home can be full of children's games for those who have young one's or can be made into a fun space for adults too. Whether it's full of kids toys, or you add in your own home bar and arcade machines or pool tables, the options are endless. 3. Relaxing Retreat The most simple, yet effective option of accessorising your upstairs retreat is to keep it clean and basic. Utilise this space by adding a chair and a book case, and use it as the name suggests. [caption id="attachment_15689" align="alignnone" width="919"]Ascari retreat The relaxing retreat inside The Ascari by Express Two Storey Living[/caption] If you're interested in looking at a two storey home design in your desired location that won't break the budget, visit Express Two Storey Living, or The Ascari. Learn more about The Future of Building Double Storey.
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Living in Karnup, Vista Estate
The suburb of Karnup is located in Vista Estate, an established area in close proximity to the stunning Singleton Beach. Located north of Mandurah, Karnup is a short distance from Secret Harbour Golf Course and a range of sports amenities, including tennis and basketball courts. If you enjoy being active, you will love Living in Karnup. Located within the City of Rockingham, Karnup has a large sporting ground and future plans for a Primary School, making it the perfect location to raise a family. The Mandurah rail line is only a few minutes away, making transport a breeze, with access to Kwinana Freeway only a short 5 minute drive. Located throughout the estate are outdoor exercise stations, so you can stay active with friends and family, or even on your own. There's also great surf for beach goers at Secret Harbour. So for the lifestyle you've been dreaming of, visit Karnup, Vista Estate. [caption id="attachment_15575" align="alignnone" width="919"]beach Singleton Beach - Only 1.5km from Vista Estate [/caption] The Barichello, a stunning 4 bedroom home by Express Two Storey Living will be on sale in Vista Estate this year. Designed to optimise space and allow enough room for a backyard, Express Two Storey Living believe in delivering a convenient way to build a new home in Perth; designed to give you more choice and more room. Keep an eye out for our Display Homes Coming Soon and Find out why you should build Two Storey with Express. Interested in building two storey? See 5 things to do in your new two storey living backyard.
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Hello Hamptons!
Making Waves in Perth Hamptons Style are so perfectly tailored to our laid-back beachy WA lifestyle so it just made sense to bring a little Hamptons style to our Display range! Why so popular? 1. Beautifully proportioned, well detailed, fresh, bright and breezy, a Hamptons home brings together traditional architecture and sophisticated coastal style. 2. Hamptons-inspired living spaces are easy, relaxed and beautiful. Forget sleek modernism, this look is all about comfortable furniture that looks stylish, too. 3. Breezy, casual seaside living, the style shows neutral colours, lots of natural light, spacious living areas, natural textures and high ceilings. 4. Its adaptable and suits a variety of areas, not just beachfront properties. 5. You don’t have to live by the sea to appreciate coastal vibes which is #soperth! [caption id="attachment_25387" align="alignnone" width="700"] The open plan living area bathed in an abundance of natural light[/caption] Style & Design The Long Island – Effortlessly elegant with relaxed coastal style The Long Island proves why Hamptons-style design wins hearts year after year. A free flowing four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with open plan living, bathed in an abundance of natural light. Its decorated in white creams, linen tones, greys and blues make timeless coastal design that will never date. The Long Island has all the design inclusions of a well-considered family home, with style! Our fave features: 1. The entrance of this home sits adjacent to a cleverly positioned private study which is separate from the distractions of the living zones. 2. The free-flowing, open plan living area is bathed in an abundance of natural light 3. The beautifully appointed central kitchen overlooks the living, dining, and alfresco areas. 4. At the peaceful rear of the ground floor lies an indulgent master suite wing with a generous walk-in robe/dressing room and resort style ensuite with double vanities and an oversized shower. 5. Upstairs features a separate area for the kids with three generous secondary bedrooms complete with a full bathroom. Separate spacious powder room and a home theatre. [caption id="attachment_25390" align="alignnone" width="700"] Central kitchen overlooking the living, dining and alfresco areas[/caption] [caption id="attachment_25391" align="alignnone" width="700"] The staircase and private study sit adjacent to the entrance of the home[/caption] How to make Hamptons work in your home: • The more natural light and space the better! Keep your windows exposed or as minimal as possible and make sure your open plan living areas are spacious and free flowing. • Work around a netural colour palette and incorporate white creams, linen tones, greys and blues for a timeless colour scheme and a coastal feel. • Compliment your colour palette with natural stones and timber for a refreshing and neutral aesthetic. • Consider adding horizontal cladding to your home – the Hampton’s hallmark look and provides a classic an relaxed coastal charm • Decorate and furnish your home with beach-inspired furniture such as linen upholstery or wicker or opt for more statement pieces such as chandeliers and marble. [caption id="attachment_25392" align="alignnone" width="700"] The bathroom is elegantly finished with marble[/caption] [caption id="attachment_25393" align="alignnone" width="700"] The Hampton's hallmark horizontal cladding[/caption] Want to learn more? Come and see why Hamptons wins hearts all year around! Visit us at 9 Barrack Way Bushmead Estate. Our Hamptons-inspired Long Island Display Home is open on Monday and Wednesday from 2 – 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 5pm. Learn more about the Long Island here, or view our full range of home designs here.                                   A two storey home allows you to have a bigger yard and more space for that beautiful alfresco area you have always wanted. – At Express we are committed to bringing back the backyard, if you’d like to walk through this stunning home design, pop in and see Shane at the Display Home. Shane is a specialist in customising perfect homes designs for his clients and would happy to have a chat to you about designing your dream home! To view The Waterside Home Design or any of our home designs visit: https://expresstwostorey.com.au/home-designs/    
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