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June 2021

Corner Block House Designs

By | Architecture

Some blocks of land can require more creative planning than others. Corner blocks, like sloping blocks or narrow blocks, present a unique set of challenges and opportunities when it comes to your house design. At McCarthy Homes, we have a range of corner block house plans perfectly suited to make the most of corner blocks. We’ll combine our knowledge and expertise with your personal style to craft a high quality space that is tailored to you. And with over 20 years of experience behind us, you can rest assured that your new home is in good hands.

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Things To Consider When Looking For Corner Block Home Designs

If you have bought or are thinking about buying a corner block for your new home, here are some important factors to consider in corner block house designs from our experts here at McCarthy Homes.

Corner Homes Have Two Façades Instead Of One

Due to the positioning of a corner block you will have the opportunity to display two façades for your home. You’ll need to decide which façade you want to be the main entrance as it needs to take into account any other constraints such as the slope of your block, vehicle and foot traffic, the location of services and utilities, driveway, street trees and street lighting.

Be Aware Of Your Council Area Regulations

Depending on your area your local council may have specific regulations for corner blocks. For example some require a larger building setback along one of your street-facing boundaries, which can reduce the space available for your new home.

Some residential estates may also have regulations about setbacks, to help maintain consistency or character. These regulations, combined with the size, shape and slope of your block, will be the primary factors that need to be considered from the beginning of your planning.

Access Points For Corner Block Homes

Depending on local regulations, you may be able to choose where you want to place your driveway crossing, garage and front door, giving you greater flexibility in the design process. This flexibility can elevate the design of your home, especially if you have a sloping block of land.

Choose Your Views From Your Corner Block Home

In an ordinary block, your front-facing home will be bordered by houses on at least two sides which limits your options for windows. Corner block house designs do an amazing job of letting in as much light as possible, especially if your block of land is north facing. You can achieve even greater views if your corner block home is a double storey home as well.

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What to Look for in a Corner Block House Plan

When looking for a corner block house design you need to consider the size and orientation of the block and the way the floor plan is arranged to best fit into that. At McCarthy Homes we provide house designs that can be adjusted to suit your preferences and any other requirements needed to fit into the size and shape of your block, including sloping. 


Our Fairhaven house design is a perfect blend of luxury and comfort, it boasts four spacious bedrooms and three living areas. Designed for effortless living, the open entryway flows into the downstairs entertaining areas, with the well-appointed kitchen and butler’s pantry making entertaining a breeze. If you’re seeking the ideal corner block design for your family home, look no further.

Explore our Fairhaven corner block house design 


Our Patterson home is also perfect for corner block house designs. The upper level features its own living area and three bathrooms, ensuring everyone in the family has their own space.

Downstairs has an absolutely stunning outdoor entertaining and pool area that will easily entertain vibrant and energetic parties as well as allow for serene Sunday mornings. It’s easy to see why the Patterson is a perfect family home.

Explore our Patterson corner block house design 

Contact Us About Your Corner Block House Design

To learn more about our range of Corner Block House Designs why not take a virtual tour online? You’ll be able to get a feel for the home designs, facades, materials and finishes you like.

To get in touch with our friendly and experienced McCarthy Homes team about your corner block home design call us on 07 3358 9704 or send us a message online

Covid Has Reshaped How Australian Homes Are Designed

By | Property News
The way we design Australian homes has forever changed in the wake of Covid 19.

Beyond the DIY home schools and offices or social distancing spaces, this pandemic has permanently altered homeowners priorities. 

At McCarthy Homes, we’ve experienced these changes first hand. We watched the housing market slow and then explode, bringing new challenges and teachings. In particular, we saw the change in homeowner needs. 

Industry data showed us that 44% of home buyers changed their property preferences post Covid. This meant that our house designs also needed to change, to accommodate our home buyers’ new ideals.

From the beginning of 2021 home designs have had one main focus: quality of living. 

Throughout the pandemic people were spending more time inside their homes, what they needed more than anything was an uplifting environment. From that need, 5 main home design features quickly arose.

New Home Design Features Resulting From Covid

1. Multi-Use Spaces

As more Australians transitioned to working at home there became a need to design for the practicalities of our homes. Living spaces need to be flexible to enable homeowners some form of separation in the case of working or studying from home. Equally important is the creation of a mental space within homes to give people individual areas of personal calm.

Homeowners are now designing their houses with multiple purposes in mind. Thinking of layouts and furniture that serve multiple functions and can adapt to fast changing conditions.

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2. New Colours And Quality

New decorative style trends have been introduced in Covid. Calm colors, softer fabrics and more natural light have been used to create a tranquil space at home. 

At the other end of the spectrum, bold designs with dark accent walls and patterned wallpaper are also becoming popular. With travel and exploration restricted, people are using bold colours to bring excitement into their home environment.

Overall, as people are looking at spending more time in their homes, an investment in high-quality pieces of design is being seen as a better option to withstand heavy use and last for years.

3. Focus On Cleanliness And Health

Home features and materials that are antimicrobial and easy to clean are being prioritised over designs that fit the home owners personal style. 

Copper, brass and bronze are materials which have natural antimicrobial properties, and because of that, they are seeing a boost in popularity. Commonly used in doorknobs or kitchen cabinet handles, these materials kill germs and bacteria on their own without the need to constantly use chemical sprays and wipes.

4 . Prioritized Outdoor and Indoor Space

Social distancing and business closures pushed people outside, but public outdoor spaces quickly became crowded. Homeowners then turned to their own personal outdoor spaces to catch a breath in the calm outdoors. 

Our home designs integrate outdoor living with indoor by adding more courtyards and open plan leisure spaces. These layouts ensure there is plenty of space for the whole family to unwind and entertain both indoors and outdoors.

5. Property Prices

Initially forecasters anticipated house prices across the country would decline in response to the pandemic recession; instead, the housing industry has seen a boom. 

As many people found they no longer needed to go into the office every day, homeowners were able to make the move to regional areas or outer suburbs that offered them more space. The added time at home also allowed many people to undertake renovations or knock down rebuilds.

This shift has put significant pressure on homeowners to reduce their build costs. An increase has been seen in homeowners searching for promotions and cost effective ways to build their new home. McCarthy Homes currently offers a number of promotions to kick start our homeowners dream projects, and our builders can look for solutions in any budget.

These are only a few of the changes we’ve seen in the way Covid has shaped new home designs. Surely as the year continues more will arise and McCarthy Homes will be there to bring the best solutions and innovations to our new homeowners.

Talk to our friendly team today about creating your dream home, built perfectly to suit your household needs, whatever they may be.

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