What are Display Homes?

Display homes showcase striking and innovative features in modern home design and are an attractive investment for those looking to reap from the latest in lifestyle functionality and sustainable building design.

Benefits of buying a display home

A display home is a greater investment than a standard property. Most builders pay a premium lease-back figure in excess of normal rental rates for the use of the home for one to two years. The builder also repaints and makes good where necessary for the home to be handed over looking brand new. Rarely does the home suffer from tenant wear-and-tear and the cleaning and landscaping are carried out by expert contractors.

Examining a display home

Look for cutting-edge design, composite building materials, and modern energy-saving appliances. Buyers today are also looking for clever and eye-catching features not present in normal homes. High on your shortlist should be energy efficiency, LED lighting, water saving measures, the speed of construction, and passive design.

Kookaburra Home Builders often have display homes set up to appeal to buyers of all types. Be sure to check them out if you’d like more ideas on the different type of display homes out there – they specialise in custom built homes and generally know how to showcase their best work.

Trends in the home building industry

The building industry is slow to accept change and struggling to meet minimum energy ratings. In most states, a 6-star energy rating is the least standard. Modular systems achieve a 7.5 to 9.5-star rating, which is a challenge for a traditional concrete block or brick veneer construction.

New innovations and designs present in a display home

  • Cutting-edge passive ventilation design
  • Solar powered air conditioning systems
  • Walk-in cool rooms with full-length chest freezers
  • Engineered building systems which are independently rated
  • Tinted remote-controlled louvre windows with moisture-sensing switches to close once rain is detected
  • Eco-friendly solar hot water systems that cost almost zero annually to run

Environmental considerations

More and more people are going green and asking for sustainable housing design. Since display homes are built using modular construction techniques, no trees are cut down. The modules used are bushfire retardant, termite-proof and storm resistant. Everything is built in a factory, leaving little environmental impact on the construction site.

‘Green’ aspects incorporated into a display home

  • Steel roof trusses
  • Low-flow water saving shower heads
  • Grey water recycling and water harvesting tanks
  • Tinted glass with 900mm eave overhangs to reduce energy consumption
  • Louvre windows to provide passive heating-and-cooling when used in conjunction with 2700mm ceiling heights

How energy ratings work

Most states have agreed on an energy star rating system like the one you see on electronic appliances. The higher the star rating, the less energy is used yearly. All buildings are rated by an independent company. A brick veneer home with no ceiling batts and no wall insulation will be lucky to register a 2-star rating. Modular homes achieve a minimum of a 7.5 energy star rating.

What to look for in a display home regarding its energy rating

  • High energy star rating in writing
  • Grid-connected solar power systems
  • R 3.5 rated ceiling batts
  • A minimum of 600mm eave overhangs
  • LED low-energy lighting throughout the home
  • Solar hot water systems to reduce annual power bills
  • Tinted windows with louvres and highlight windows for cross-flow ventilation
  • The ‘Green Tick’ which signifies the home has been independently assessed and has met certain criteria

5 Tips To Keep Residential Construction Cost Low

Every prospective homeowner is confined within a budget. More often than not, that budget constricts the homeowner to the kind of house that can be built. To have a great house at the least expense is already a dream come true. Anyone would love to build that dream house without shelling out a great deal of money. Below are some suggestions on how to keep residential construction cost low to make the dream of building the house of one’s dreams a reality.

Keep design and structure simple

The shape and size of the house can affect the construction cost in direct proportion. The more angles and corners there are and the larger the house, the more expensive it will be. A rectangular or box shape home is more or less economical. A house with even-number dimensions is also suggested, since it facilitates a more efficient utilization of materials, thus, less wastage. Sometimes a two-story home is more practical than a single-story home with the same square footage. That is because the two-story home would only require a smaller roof and foundation. In addition, the plumbing and ventilation systems are more compressed in the two-story home.

A design that is well-suited to the land is also better. Not only will the home be in harmony with the natural elements around it, but costs to adapt the house to environmental conditions would be lesser or none at all.

Quality versus Cost of Construction Materials

The quality of materials used for construction will also matter expenditure-wise. Best-quality materials will tend to cost more than their low-end counterparts. A balance between cost and quality must be made when selecting materials for one’s home. Fixtures and construction materials that work together aesthetically can be easily procured. The more decorative types, on the other hand, tend to be more expensive.

Type of Heating/Cooling System

Indoor temperature regulation takes up a considerable portion of household expenses. A cost-effective and efficient heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system will not only cut residence construction costs but future electricity bills, as well. A centralized HVAC system that ventilates and regulates the temperature of the entire home is more practical than unit heating and cooling that normalizes only selected areas in the house. Fireplaces may cost the most in construction materials and labor.

Green Building

Going green in building homes apparently not only promotes a healthier environment but also helps homeowners cut residence construction costs. Recycled materials are definitely more inexpensive than recently made ones. Materials from antique shops and architectural specialty shops are some good sources of recycled materials that can be used for residential construction.

Sustainable products in building and design are also beginning to emerge in the market. Green building may also mean the incorporation of the natural surroundings into the design of the house. Surrounding trees can help cool the house in summers and become windbreak in the winter. The entire orientation and location of the house can be adjusted to utilize natural sunlight for indoor thermal regulation, for example.

Seek Professional Opinion

It would also be best to involve an expert in the field to evaluate residential construction decisions. An architect or builder can look into the preliminary designs and gauge their feasibility, or help define the space and land actually needed or desired and to draft a preliminary budget for the project. The professional can help determine what is only actually necessary in construction as to eliminate superfluous expenses stemming from an inefficient design.

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