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May 2020

A case study in quality custom home builds

By | Architecture
custom home builders - questions to ask
Building a home is an enormous undertaking, particularly if it’s your first time going through the process. Sometimes, it can help to see what other people have been through and gain some learnings from that.

We sat down with Angela Vidler, one of our recent happy clients, to discuss the process of going through a home build and her experience working with McCarthy Homes. We’ve included some of our questions and Angela’s answers below.

 

Was this your first time building a custom home?

This was actually our second home build. The first time we built was in 2012. At that time we had no children and had always lived in an apartment. So we had very little idea of what we wanted in a house and built a very standard off the plan type of home.

The second time around we had a much clearer idea of what we wanted in our home. We now have two children and my husband and I also wanted to be set up to work from home. For us it was important that we had a very open plan living/dining space the flowed into our outdoor entertaining spaces and the pool.

The kitchen is also the centre of our home so we had a very clear idea of how we wanted the space designed.

Your home was a knock-down rebuild, how long was the process from initial purchase of the property to demolition stage?

It was actually 9 months from when we purchased the block and had the house removed. We had a bit of a false start and were a fair way down the design process with another builder when we came across McCarthy and realised they were the better fit for us.

Did you have any challenges with your block?

The removal of the old house was a little more challenging than we expected. We ended up advertising the old house on gumtree for someone to come and take away at no cost as long as they paid all removal costs. This saved us approximately $20,000. We had an incredible amount of interest which surprised us. In hindsight, it may have actually been easier to pay the money to have the house removed. We ended up having a fair amount of difficulty with the people that took the house and the house removal company they selected.

The block itself was incredibly flat and easy to get ready for build once the old house was removed.

What was the initial brief provided to McCarthy Homes?

Initially, we fell in love with the McCarthy display at Rochedale. Our initial brief was to do something similar in look and feel but with a very open living / dining / outdoor entertaining area. We also wanted to ensure there were separate living spaces for the kids. For us, it was important that the house felt warm and liveable.

 

How did you find the process working with McCarthy Homes to execute your brief?

Over time our design really evolved and the McCarthy team were wonderful at working with us through all the changes. The guys never made us feel like anything was ever too much trouble including adding a set of additional French doors when all walls were already up! We did end up with 15 or so variations…… The process was incredibly smooth and easy to follow.

How long did the build process take?

From the time the site was cleared to when we took handover was about 10 months.

What was your inspiration with your interior design?

The inspiration for the house really all started with the display at Rochedale! Throughout the process, it somehow evolved a little into a more Hamptons feels.

Did the final design differ much from what you originally wanted?

I think we ended up right where we wanted with the design in the end.

Why did you choose the Grange?

We chose the Grange because we loved the family nature of the area. The parks are wonderful for the kids. We also wanted to still be central to the city and the Valley where Matt and I have our main office.

Build your own home with McCarthy Homes

We have hundreds of happy stories just like this one. We’ve worked with families around South East Queensland to build the perfect “forever home”. Our specialties include:

Custom Homes

Knock Down Rebuilds

Hampton Homes

 

If you’d like to work with us, please get in touch.

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Or, call us on (07) 3358 9704

Australian Residential Property Outlook for 2021

By | Property News
The last few months have certainly been interesting. It is now apparent that we are operating in entirely different conditions, and that they are here to stay (for the near-term, at least). The coronavirus and associated restrictions on economic activity imposed by Australian governments have led to a dramatic reshaping of our entire economy. During this time, many business have had to close, causing many people to be without work lose, and the size of our economy will likely contract for the two consecutive quarters required to declare a recession. Avoiding this would be a herculean achievement and appears unlikely from even the most optimistic viewpoint.

With so much changing so quickly, every forward-looking projection made within the first few weeks of January for the property market in 2020 is not longer of any value. The entire game has changed, and everything you previously “knew” about shifts in the property market no longer applies. We keep our ear very close to the ground, because our livelihood depends on people building new homes. We have decided to summarise some of the arguments and predictions we saw in early January, and compare them to opinions in mid-April, a mere three months later.

 

January’s outlook for 2021

 

In January, the picture was rosy, albeit with some expectations of slowed growth throughout the year. Opinions varied, but generally speaking, economists and analysts expected early growth in the first two quarters of the calendar year, with a distinct slowdown as housing affordability began to move beyond the reach of most buyers. Lower interest rates were expected to drive renewed attention on the property market, particularly for investors as equities began to offer less attractive risk-return ratios and fewer opportunities to find genuine value.

Minor corrections across Sydney and Melbourne in the months leading up to the end of 2019 had many pundits predicting increased interest in the housing market in those cities driving prices upwards at a steady rate, with the tail-end of the year seeing a plateau or minor reduction, with a good chance of those markets achieving their all-time highs inside of 2020 or in 2021.

 

May’s outlook for 2021

 

Now that we are in May, things are looking decidedly different. The coronavirus has shaken the world, markets of every shape and size have taken a hit, and the hitherto unforeseen measures required to eliminate the coronavirus from the community (or at least slow its spread) have seen huge sectors of the economy shut down virtually overnight.

Despite significant reductions in interest rates, the JobKeeper program, and ongoing quantitative easing, the Australian economy as a whole will suffer significantly during this lockdown period and will take some time to rebound on the other side. However, it could be worse. This is not the GFC – this is an economic crisis caused (through necessity) by government intervention, not underlying issues in the housing market.

Many pundits are tipping a return to a solid, healthy property market by mid-2021, however, every prediction relies on how quickly we can alleviate the threat of coronavirus and return to an approximation of business as usual.

 

How McCarthy Homes is helping

 

We know it’s tough for a lot of people. We’ve spoken with people who have had to push back their dream of building their first home for several years – they’ve lost their job, they’re chewing through savings and they’ve watched their super and other investments tank. We cannot help everyone, but we can help a few. For a limited time, we will pay your rent if you build a new home with McCarthy Homes – up to $25,000. We want to see as many people as possible achieve their dream of owning their forever home, regardless of economic conditions.

 

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Our Build Options

 

Explore our build options below and determine what works for you – we are very flexible, and always happy to help homeowners get into a house.Housing bounced 0.8 points to 50.8, in growth territory rather than contraction. Of the four construction sectors measured, housing shows the strongest signs of stability and potential growth. Australia has seen the housing boom maintained for over a decade. While there have been plenty of small blips, that long upwards trend has proven quite resilient.

 

Knock-Down Rebuild

House and Land Packages

Custom Homes

Home Designs

Hampton Homes

Home Inclusions

 

Where we build homes

 

McCarthy Homes builds homes across South East Queensland and the northern coastline of New South Wales.

Click here to see our build areas.

 

Work with McCarthy Homes

 

McCarthy Homes have been building high quality custom homes for over two decades. During that time, we have helped dozens of happy first homeowners step into their dream homes. Our approach to home building centres around the element of timeless sophistication. Every aspect of our building process is designed to deliver a luxurious forever home.

Working with McCarthy Homes gives you the benefit of working with experts in all fields. From our project managers through our lead designer and carpenters on every site – when you work with McCarthy Homes, you work with the best. We’ll ensure that you understand the entire process of building your home, from design to handover. Flexibility, transparency and superior finishes are our trademark and we stand by it.

Click here to learn more about McCarthy Homes.

 

Contact McCarthy Homes

 

If you’d like to discuss your new home plans with us, get in touch. We are always happy to guide you through the process and determine what we can do to get you into your dream home. We can help you with planning and design, site selection, knock down and rebuild, and more.

Click here to contact us.

Or, call us on (07) 3358 9704

Landscaping and Backyard Design Tips

By | Architecture
We have been building homes across southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales for the last twenty years. During that time, we have had plenty of exposure to creative landscaping solutions for yards and outside areas of all shapes and sizes. We have put together a few of our favourite landscaping suggestions below.
Tarps and weed fabric are your best friend

 

If you are just getting started with landscaping your property, you will quickly discover that there are a couple of tools that you will need in your arsenal. Tarps are very handy for shifting bulk amounts of lighter materials. If you are weeding garden beds, lay a tarp down and throw all your refuse into it – it will make it far easier to unload into your bin.

 

Weed fabric has its place, but if you know anything about weeds, you know that they can live anywhere. We recommend utilising weed fabric under gravel beds, or individually placed pavers, but not in gardens themselves. It will not take long for weeds to take root on any soil or potting mix you have placed over the fabric, and it can get in the way of the plants you are actually trying to grow.

 

Mix up your edges

 

When you use concrete or pavers around your entire garden bed as edging for your gardens, you are putting yourself in the unenviable position of needing to maintain those edges in order to prevent your garden appearing unkempt. Instead of hard straight lines, use some ground cover or small bushes as edges in some areas – let them flow over where it makes sense. Ground cover can be let go for weeks or months without immediately looking as uncared-for as a few plants growing over a concrete runner.

 

Buy in bulk

 

If you are undertaking a larger scale landscaping project around your home, consider buying your soil and potting mix in bulk. It will be much cheaper, and if you plan on getting everything done over a weekend, there will not be any harm to the underlying grass or surface wherever you choose to dump the load. This is another situation where a tarp comes in handy – lay one down for your soil delivery, and then easily remove whatever you don’t use.

 

Get the right tools, the first time

 

Once you have set up your beautiful garden, you will want to maintain it. If you develop a green thumb, over time cheap tools will continue to break down and frustrate you. Spend the money and get the right tools upfront. A few basic things, like a trench shovel, a good pair of clippers and a solid metal rake are a good start to your repertoire of gardening tools.

 

Use pots as a garden

 

Many people love a good garden bed with deep, well-tilled soil and lively plants. However, if you want a slightly lower level of maintenance, consider using a variety of pots on a tiled bed instead of just soil. It can be easier to care for and helps to add some variety to the appearance of your garden. It also provides the added benefit of making it far easier to move plants around as the seasons change, or as your landscaping ideas develop.

 

Everscapes Landscaping

 

We were recently featured on Instagram by one of our favourite Brisbane-based landscaping providers, Everscapes Landscaping. Founded in 2002, we have trusted Everscapes Landscaping to assist us with landscaping several of our display homes. Their recent work was on our two display homes at Rochedale, the Metropolitan 36 and the Brookhaven 42.

 

@everscapes_landscaping

 

 

Brookhaven landscaping photo by everscapes

 

 

Work with McCarthy Homes
McCarthy Homes have been building high quality custom homes for over two decades. During that time, we have helped many happy first homeowners step into their dream homes. Our approach to home building centres around the element of timeless sophistication. Every aspect of our building process is designed to deliver a luxurious forever home.
Working with McCarthy Homes gives you the benefit of working with experts in all fields. When you work with the McCarthy Homes team, you work with the best. We will ensure that you understand the entire process of building your home, from design to handover. Communication, transparency and superior finishes are our trademark and we stand by it.

 

Contact McCarthy Homes

 

If you would like to discuss your new home plans with us, get in touch. We are always happy to guide you through the process and determine what we can do to get you into your dream home. We can help you with planning and design, site selection, knock down and rebuild, and more.

 

Click here to contact us.