Category

Architecture

Polaris Hamptons Facade

The Best McCarthy 5 Bedroom Home Designs

By | Architecture | No Comments

You don’t need to settle for less when you can have more! Our 5 bedroom home designs are perfect if you have a big family and even bigger dreams for your new home. In this article we’ll go through our best 5 bedroom home designs so you can pick your ideal layout!

Our architectural range of modern contemporary and Hampton style 5 bedroom home designs are testament that with a little creativity, anything is possible. With 2 story house designs or a layout all on the one level, you’ll have plenty of space for your dream home even on a narrow or small block.

We currently offer four options for 5 bedroom home designs, they are: Vogue, Whitehaven, Polaris and Carrington. Alternatively we can build custom 5 bedroom homes for clients with a singular vision of what they are looking for.

Each of our 5 bedroom home designs also come with upgradable inclusions for you to experience a new level of luxury. Whether you’re looking for a Hampton style or to customise your materials we can include these features in your new home.

Vogue

The Vogue is a 5 bedroom home design that caters to the needs of the whole family. With a deluxe master bedroom that some only dream of, and four living areas to choose from, it’s perfect for a growing family.

MAKE AN ENQUIRY

Whitehaven

Perfectly designed to suit narrow lot blocks, the Whitehaven boasts an open plan kitchen, family & dining area with a separate upstairs leisure room. The well-appointed kitchen and butler’s pantry will make entertaining on the spacious adjoining alfresco a breeze.

MAKE AN ENQUIRY

Polaris

This stunning 5 bedroom home design comes with a range of upgradable inclusions to transform this family home into a holiday retreat. The photo used here shows the Polaris with a Hamptons façade; giving you all the style and class of traditional Hamptons homes without the expensive Hamptons price tag.

The Polaris is popular for those who want a one-storey home design for their family. Its spacious floor plan is light-filled and airy with plenty of room to live and relax in. The fifth bedroom in this design is optional, switching between a study or a bedroom as you need.

The Polaris represents modern family living at its best. Meticulously designed, the open plan living area forms the social hub of the home, while secondary bedrooms are accessed via a separate hallway, forming a quiet sleep zone.

Key Features

  • Five sizeable bedrooms
  • Master suite with ensuite and walk-in robe
  • Open plan living, family, and kitchen area
  • Walk-in pantry
  • An expansive alfresco for entertaining
  • Double garage
MAKE AN ENQUIRY
Polaris Hamptons Facade

Carrington

The Carrington is our most popular 5 bedroom home design. Perfect for large families or those wanting the extra space, this stylish and open home offers a range of luxuries built within a clever design to utilise the land available, even on a small block.

The Carrington design offers open plan living, a separate study, lounge, and leisure area, giving a growing family plenty of room to relax. Four sizeable bedrooms are located on the upper level, with ensuite to master, bathroom and powder room to ground floor.

Key Features

  • Multiple spacious bedrooms
  • Master suite with double vanity ensuite and walk-in robe
  • Ensuite, bathroom and a powder room on the lower level
  • Three living areas – leisure, lounge and family
  • Open plan living family and kitchen area
  • Walk-in pantry and linen
  • An expansive alfresco for entertaining
  • Double garage
MAKE AN ENQUIRY

How to design your custom home in 2021

By | Architecture, Interior Design, Property News

How to design your custom home in 2021

 

We’re all individual. We all have unique needs and wants and ideas. It’s only natural then that we all have different ideas of what a dream home looks like. So how do you design your customer home in 2021?

The best news is, with McCarthy Homes you can bring your dream home to life.

You don’t have to be tied into designs, layouts, fixtures and features when you build with us. You can create a home as individual as you are.

Forget about boring template homes and say hello to fully customisable properties in 2021.

Here’s how…

 

Plan

 

A dream home starts with an idea. Over the years that idea is fuelled with the lifestyle likes and dislikes you develop as you observe and live in various houses.

The idea grows and you formulate a home in your mind that incorporates everything you appreciate, all the features that fit your needs. Whatever makes you comfortable is there. The floorplan matches your personality, the fittings reflect your desires.

Some people sit on their idea for years. Some want to see it brought to life as soon as possible. Finances, relationships and personal situations all play a part in when you’re ready to launch your dream home journey.

When you are, it’s time to find the perfect partners to bring it to life. You need to choose custom home builders like McCarthy Homes, who complement your ideals and have the talent and skills to guide your dream into fruition.

 

Collaborate

 

Building your dream home is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so you really want to pick the right design and build team to collaborate with.

There are limitless decisions and considerations that go beyond simply having a good design in mind. Some of these include:

  • Helping choose a block of land that fits in with your ideas and wants and is located in a suitable spot for your family.
  • Deciding on a budget that fits with your finances while not compromising on your dream.
  • Does the design you have in mind suit the style of home you’re after?
  • Can all building work be done to council and Australian standards?
  • Does your design reflect any future changes in your family dynamic? For instance, do you really need that extra wing if the kids are about to leave home?

McCarthy Homes have built countless custom homes over the years. We know the right questions to ask, and we know how to guide you into choices that are sustainable and the right fit for your unique character. We speak the language of building and can facilitate this often-overwhelming process for you in a stress-free and seamless way.

 

Enjoy a Personalised Touch

 

Dedicated and creative, McCarthy Homes takes the time to really understand what you want from your custom house building experience. We sit down with you, absorb your ideas and present our solutions that will lead to your ideal home being constructed with us.

We treat our clients like family. Each and every one gets a personalised experience founded on knowledge, transparency and crystal-clear communications. From the initial bouncing around of ideas to the special moment when we handover your keys, we’ll be by your side every step of the way.

 

Experience the Rewards of Designing Your Own Home

 

It’s almost impossible to describe the pride you feel when you see your dream home manifest itself into reality. You’ve shaped your living space, the standout features were your idea, you chose all the fittings. Your vision has come to life and it’s an immensely satisfying feeling. There’s also something about living in a brand-new space that just feels good.

Whether you’re building in Ballina, the Sunshine Coast or any location in-between, McCarthy Homes can ensure your custom home journey is a smooth and enjoyable one. Our tailored solutions are here for you, whether you know exactly what you want or need guidance in getting started.

 

Above all, we’re confident that our industry-leading design and construction skills will lead to the home of your dreams. Why not contact us today and let’s take the first steps together?

Click here to contact us.

Or, call us on (07) 3358 9704

How to build your dream home on acreage

By | Architecture
Acreage home design by McCarthy Homes

Have you been thinking about living the acreage lifestyle? Basking in the space and privacy of rural living, where peace and quiet reign supreme?

You’re not alone.

More and more Australian families are opting for bigger blocks outside of urban centres. Not only is there beautiful scenery and swathes of space for kids and pets, there’s also the opportunity to build your own beautifully designed acreage home.

 

McCarthy acreage homes

 

At McCarthy Homes we know that building your dream home on acreage is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It can be a challenging process, especially if your plot is a little off the beaten path. Thanks to our experience and knowledge, we can make it a seamless, creative and fulfilling process for you.

Here’s a few things to think about when you’re planning how to build your dream home on acreage.

 

 

Move in or Knockdown and Rebuild?

 

There’s a chance there’ll already be an existing property built on the acreage you’re looking at. You have two options here: move in and update it, or knock it down and start from scratch. The last option means a pure, blank canvas to build your dream acreage home on, but ultimately the decision rests on your needs, desires and budget.

Check local council building codes

 

Building on acreage differs to urban construction in that there are more environmental factors to take into account. Local council will have strict guidelines for building in the area, taking into account water conservation, waste treatment and bushfire requirements. McCarthy Homes will take all of this into account when submitting applications to council, taking the pressure off you.

 

Set your budget

 

Before you enter the planning stages it’s important to have a budget set. We’ve all heard the horror stories of new build home budgets spiralling out of control. If you have the proper plans in place and a strict budget your professional builder will be able to stick to it. Putting a hard cap on expenses gives them the boundaries they need to work within.

 

Take local conditions into account

 

As acreage builders there are a number of factors McCarthy looks at before we design your home with you. These include where the sun rises and sets in relation to where you want to build, what the slope of the land is like and which direction the breeze comes from.

 

Design a home that suits your lifestyle

 

The beauty of building a dream acreage property is the available space means there’s no limit to what you can achieve. Write out your ‘wish list’ and see how much of it you can work into your budget. Items to discuss could be:

  • What style of home do you want to build? Hamptons? Queenslander? Lowset or double storey?
  • How expansive should your outdoor entertaining area be? Fire pit? Barbeque area? Pergola?
  • Can you afford to install a swimming pool now, or should a future swimming pool be accommodated in the plans?
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms in the home?
  • Will the kids have their own wing? Will extra play areas be included for them?
  • How much extra storage should we include in the design?
  • How many secure garage spaces should we include?

 

Decide on landscaping

 

Acreage properties obviously have a lot of area to tend to when it comes to landscaping. When planning your garden, a big factor to think about is how much time you want to spend maintaining it. If you’re an avid gardener, rolling green lawns and lush flower beds could fit the bill. If not, consider low maintenance gardens that rely on the natural beauty of local flora.

 

McCarthy Homes acreage home designs 

With builds perfectly tailored to you and your lifestyle, we’ll make sure your new house feels like home.

 

The Manor has been designed to suit larger blocks, with an open plan living area and a seperate lounge and study. Offering four sizeable bedrooms, it’s perfect for a larger family.

 

An acreage lot dream, the four bedroom Windermere design is ideal for the modern family. In addition to a large open plan living space and spacious alfresco, the design features a study and separate lounge, ensuring there is plenty of space for the whole family to unwind.

 

 

 

When you build your dream acreage property with McCarthy Homes, we provide a personal Client Service Manager who works with you through the entire process.

We guide you through every step, from conception to design to construction, and are there at the end to give you the keys and welcome you into your new home.

If it’s time to start turning your acreage dream home into a reality, why not contact McCarthy Homes today? We can’t wait to start creating your little piece of paradise for you!

Click here to contact us.

Or, call us on (07) 3358 9704

Building your Dream Home on a Narrow Lot

By | Architecture

Building your dream home on a narrow lot

 

As our urban centres grow, the scramble for inner city land also increases. The old quarter-acre blocks of yesteryear are as rare as hens’ teeth, with most already being subdivided and sold off.

 

Does a smaller block mean you should give up on your dream of a spacious, luxury inner-city lifestyle?

 

Absolutely not!

 

McCarthy Homes can help you design your dream home on a narrow block of land, without compromising on space or lifestyle.

 

 

Feature-rich designs

 

Our innovative designs are loaded with inclusions and all the essential elements of comfortable family living.

 

In some Australian inner cities, even a parking space is a commodity. Yet while your neighbours might be relying on street parking permits, your McCarthy narrow lot home, such as the Metropolitan 36, will have its own double lock-up garage.

 

Through clever design and utilisation of all the available space, we ensure your narrow lot property is as feature-rich as a property on a much larger block of land.

 

These features can include:

  • Dual-level living;
  • Four generous bedrooms on the top level;
  • Two bathrooms AND a powder room;
  • Expansive master suite with ensuite bathroom and walk-in-robe;
  • Outdoor alfresco entertaining area;
  • Open-plan family and kitchen space;
  • A swimming pool, if the block size permits.

 

How to make the most of a narrow lot when you build

 

McCarthy Homes have designed and built many homes on narrow lots over the years. We love how they force us to be creative so our homeowners get the most out of their block of land and can enjoy a comfortable, luxurious lifestyle.

 

Here are a five things to note when you’re designing a home on a smaller lot:

 

1. Build up and open up

 

Hampton style narrow lot Metropolitan display in Rochedale by McCarthy Homes

Due to the smaller footprint of land available, our narrow-lot designs incorporate a second level to maximise living space. On both levels we aim for a free flowing, open plan design to enhance a sense of roominess and spatial abundance.

 

A seamless flow between living areas such as the kitchen, dining and family area without unnecessary walls makes them the social centre of the home. Entertainment becomes a more unified experience, while day-to-day living is simply easier and more pleasant.

 

2. Indoor/outdoor living

 

 

Wide sliding glass doors leading to an outdoor entertaining area are very effective at augmenting a spacious feel. In Australia we crave an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, and to be able to implement that in an inner-city, small block setting is very special indeed. If there is sufficient space for a swimming pool then you really can enjoy the ultimate urban lifestyle.

 

3. Let there be light

 

Hampton style narrow lot Metropolitan display in Rochedale by McCarthy Homes

 

Using natural light to your advantage increases the spacious feel of a property. Large windows placed in clever positions promote an airy and expansive feel. The use of skylights can also really assist in throwing light into normally dark places.

 

A mirror across the room from a window actually increases the natural light being spread around a room. Similarly, reflective and shiny ornaments and decorations help reflect sunlight around and brighten up the space.

 

4. Forward-thinking storage

 

This is often a concern when people are designing a home on a narrow lot. By being creative in the design phase, it’s amazing how much storage space you can include without reducing living space. McCarthy Homes would love to show you some of the design tricks we implement to maximise storage space.

 

5. Interior Colours

 

Hampton style narrow lot Metropolitan display in Rochedale by McCarthy Homes

When choosing your colour pallet for the interiors and furniture, remember darker colours make a room feel smaller. We’d recommend opting for lighter or neutral shades, as well as a minimalist approach avoiding lots of patterns or textures. Keep it classy and keep it simple.

 

Start your home building journey today

 

 

The lifestyle offered by a narrow block home doesn’t have to be restrictive in any way. Creative architectural designs can provide spacious comfort, while allowing you to inject your own unique character and flair into them.

 

McCarthy Homes would love to help you with the construction of your narrow block home. We have a client service manager who would be with you throughout the entire process, from design stages to handing you the keys to your new home.

 

To get the ball rolling, why not contact McCarthy Homes today and we can answer any questions you might have about building your dream home on a narrow block?

 

Click here to contact us.

Or, call us on (07) 3358 9704

The benefits of buying a display home

By | Architecture, Display Homes, Property News
banner image of McCarthy Homes
At some point in your homeowner journey you’ve no doubt walked into a display home and been completely blown away. The design, the specs, the location… it’s everything you want from a home.

A voice in your head whispers “If only this could be yours.”

Well, with McCarthy Homes, it can. Our display homes are available for purchase, and there are a bunch of reasons why you should consider one for your next property buy.

Here are a few of the benefits of buying a display home.

 

 

Leaseback options

 

When you buy a McCarthy display home, there’s no hunting around looking for the right tenant. We already have the perfect tenant lined up for you – us! We leaseback the home at an attractive predetermined rate, so you know exactly what your income from the property will be for the entirety of the lease. It’s regarded as one of the highest yielding investments you can get.

As well as guaranteed income, this saves you money on property management, inspection and letting fees. You can still claim on depreciation; your rent will always be paid and we’re not going to throw any wild parties. Now that sounds like a good investment.

When the leaseback finishes, you get the keys to your luxury turn-key home, ready to move into or rent out.

 

Pinnacle by McCarthy Homes at 4 Cardinal Crescent Newport 4020 QLD

 

 

Location

 

Your display home will often be within a display village, an area deemed to be more accessible, convenient and generally more desirable than other parts of the estate.  This already places your new display home at an advantage.

The display village will also consist of other top-of-the-range homes designed to show off the developers’ skills. You’re going to be surrounded by quality properties, and the streetscape of the will be established and maintained to a striking and appealing level.

Sometimes a display home is within a growing suburb, not an estate. Rest assured we have done our research and selected a sought-after street that’s convenient and easily accessed.

Metropolitan by McCarthy Homes at 153 Splendour St, Rochedale 4123 QLD

 

Fittings and inclusions

 

A McCarthy display home is designed to impress, showcasing our best in design and our premium fixtures, fittings and features. It’s our chance to put our best foot forward and show buyers the high level of quality they can expect from us.

When you buy a display home from us, you’re getting the best available features at a reasonable price. We’re talking cutting-edge design where every aspect of the build has been considered, style elements that take your breath away, trend-setting fittings and chic fixtures.

When our lease ends, you get first option to purchase the display furniture we used, meaning you get a fully furnished home with premium art and furnishings.

Located at 4 Cardinal Crescent Newport 4020, the Pinnacle 29 Display home by McCarthy Homes.

 

Landscaping

 

A lot of new builds don’t have landscaping included in the cost. With a display home from McCarthy Homes, you’re going to get the best landscaping we can provide. Our architect-designed gardens and exceptional outdoor living spaces bring another level of liveability to a property. It’s all included when you purchase one of our display homes.

 

Maintenance

 

When you’ve got an investment property that you’re renting out, it’s a given that you pay for the maintenance. Problem with the plumbing? Electrics gone haywire? It comes out your pocket.

This isn’t the case when we lease the display home back from you. Maintenance is on us, because we want to keep the property in the best possible shape. So when a problem arises, we take care of it.

This doesn’t just extend to problems. We get cleaners in regularly to keep the property looking spick and span, and a landscape maintenance team keeps the gardens in top order.

 

 

The heavy lifting is done

 

Buying a new home or an investment property should be a stress-free process. It doesn’t get more seamless than when you buy a display home from McCarthy Homes. Forget about researching the latest in design and decorating trends. Forget about trying to figure out what the latest and best home features are.

We’ve done it all for you.

The floorplan is done, the inclusions are decided upon, the colour scheme is set. You simply walk in, fall in love with the home and we’ll get the ball rolling from there.

 

 

Current Opportunities 

 

Visit our Display Homes page to view our Display Homes that are currently for Sale. Discover each home today by taking a virtual tour, downloading the brochure, viewing the floor plan or reviewing the image galleries.

 

Explore Metropolitan

Located at 153 Splendour St, Rochedale 4123 QLD.

The Metropolitan is suited to narrow lots, and is ideal for those who love to entertain with a large open plan living area and deluxe alfresco. Four bedrooms ensure there is plenty of room for a growing family.

 

Metropolitan by McCarthy Homes at 153 Splendour St, Rochedale 4123 QLD

 

Discover Pinnacle.

Located at 4 Cardinal Crescent Newport 4020.

The Pinnacle captures the essence of exceptional contemporary design, expressed through the simplicity of strong, clean lines executed with precision.

Its purpose driven layout create ideal environments for modern living with seamless indoor to outdoor entertaining, multiple living zones, advantageous work spaces and relaxing sanctuaries – bathed in abundant natural light and fresh air.

The design has style and substance; combining eye-catching geometry and articulation in its facade with an extensive array of projections and an attractive arrangement of render and glazing.

The layout includes; a sun drenched open plan living area, glazed middle courtyard area, double garage, rear main bedroom suite adjourning a separate first floor Leisure area.

As with all exceptional contemporary designs, the Pinnacle’s lines are sleek allowing its integrity to shine through in unison with its functionality and purpose.

 

Located at 4 Cardinal Crescent Newport 4020, the Pinnacle 29 Display home by McCarthy Homes

 

Discover Brookhaven

Located at 151 Splendour St, Rochedale, QLD 4123.

The Brookhaven is classic luxury and style, sure to encapsulate your imagination and desire like no other.  With a blend of style and functionality, the open plan living encompasses a mid-positioned void, leading to a stunning alfresco and open area.  A widened staircase leads to a first floor vista of space and open views, all assisted by generous glazing and natural light.

Features of this premium home include; Galley style kitchen with Butler’s pantry, spacious open plan dining and family room, Guest bedroom with separate Ensuite, full sized master suite with separate robe-room, individual study area and convertible linen / wine cellar.

The Brookhaven showcases McCarthy Home’s commitment to creating the best quality craftsmanship of enduring luxury family homes tailored for individual families.

 

Brookhaven 42 display by McCarthy Homes, 151 Splendour St, Rochedale, QLD 4123

 

 

Have you got any questions about how purchasing a display home from McCarthy Homes? Contact us today and we’ll gladly answer them for you.

Top ten tips to knock down and rebuild your dream home.

By | Architecture, Display Homes, Property News
What happens if you love where you live, but your family are growing out of the house? You belong in the neighbourhood, but you need more space?
Over the last ten years, homeowners are trusting McCarthy homes to knock down, design and rebuild their new homes from start to finish. It’s what we are known for and it’s why we have our best tips for you to consider before taking the magnificent leap to your dream space!

 

1) Out with the old, in with the new.

Knocking down a house needs careful planning. At McCarthy Homes, we have a rigorous step through process that keeps you informed every step of the way. We do it with you – from the first land checks, taking down your existing home to landscaping and handing over your new keys. All you need to do is come along with ideas, inspiration and be open to new possibilities.

 

2) Love the land you live on.

The first aspect we need to check is your land and whether it is suitable for a knockdown and rebuild? You will need planning information through your local council that outlines zoning and restrictions. We will guide you through this process.

 

3) Sunny side up for your home position.

The position of your new home is an exciting part of the design stage. When you wake up in the morning, do you want to be sunny side facing or enjoy sundown in your alfresco dining, poolside? Our designers create a land map to show you the options for an optimum position.

 

4) Get ready, move out, no stress.

Preparing to move out needs a timeline that works with your work and family. Relocating while we knock-down and build means finding a temporary home with minimum disruption. Our team are here to support the process that works with your family, from start to finish.

 

5) Dream big and design with us.

Building your dream home is usually a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It can feel overwhelming at the start. It begins with land mapping and building, and moves into the detail of tiles and décor. We like to see this as the fun part where you get to recreate a new space that will grow with you and your family.

We have many design elements for you to browse. We have designers that can show you how colours flow through your space, how granite, quartz and sandstone bench tops change the feel of a kitchen and how natural light determines how you furnish your master bedroom.

 

6) A pool with a view.

At McCarthy Homes we design pools that are an extension of your indoor living. Many families ask for pools to be visible from the open plan kitchen or your entertainment area.

We design swimming pools to flow seamlessly through the exterior land available and to the size you want. The safety fence and decking are part of the aspects that we can recommend with confidence.

 

7) Choose your style.

Our Hamptons homes and triple gabled Queenslanders are our most popular designs. With more than 50 design series, you can choose a style to suit your family.

Would you like a stunning Federation style kitchen featuring premium European kitchen appliances, butler’s pantry and cellar designed to bring out the inner chef in every family? We integrate with open dining and spacious entertainment area’s both inside and out, designing alfresco dining areas for celebrations to create great family memories.

Our homes feature bedrooms with beautifully designed ensuite’s, walk-in robes, study nook, leisure areas and open living spaces.There are many designs to choose from. Every design has a growing, dynamic family in mind.

 

8) Landscape for leisure and lazy days.

With busy lifestyles more of our homeowners are choosing styles that create a peaceful and tranquil ambience.

From your site measure to concept, we create plans and begin drawing until you can visualise your space coming to life.

 

9) Saving makes sense.

Demolishing and rebuilding capitalizes on your land value without paying stamp duty and agency fee’s of a sale.  We know there is less risk involved building a home, than a renovation or an extension.

 

10) The final countdown.

Your personal Client Service Manager will be with you through the knock down and rebuild process. You are one step closer to living your dream.

An on-site Construction Supervisor will keep you informed and consult with you through from start to finish:

  1. Commencement
  2. Base
  3. Frame
  4. Enclosed
  5. Fixing
  6. Handover
  7. Maintenance

We can’t wait for you to see the magic happen!

At McCarthy Homes,  we are the experts in knockdown and rebuild from Ballina to Noosa. Dream big and let us build for you!

 

Ready to get started? Contact us today!

How will the coronavirus influence new home designs?

By | Architecture

How will the coronavirus influence new home designs?

It’s an interesting concept – that home designs are being impacted by the global pandemic. But, it’s true.
At McCarthy Homes, we design with the needs and desires of people at the core of every new architectural development.We talk to families, individuals, empty nesters, first time homeowners and retirees. We understand the need for now, in order to design for the future. 

Working from home

Over the last few months homes have been turned into home-offices, home-schools and home-gyms. The transformation is not by design, it is under instruction. Stay at home orders are loud and clear.

The places we call our sanctuary, the places we return to for solace and comfort, have become the only haven for work, life and play. The lines and spaces for retreat, relaxation and respite have been forever blurred!

With this in mind, our new Hampton Homes focus on the individual needs of people working from home.

Here’s how we help you combine home & work efficiently:

 

  • A Study Nook

Our Fairhaven, Brookhaven and Metropolitan Hampton Style Display Homes feature a separate space dedicated for quiet time, zoom conferencing and creating an office with your own furnishings.

At McCarthy Homes we encourage a positive mindset by surrounding yourself with home comforts, while creating a working environment.

 

  • A Kitchen Cubby

For families, needing to stay close during working hours – and those who are adept at multi-skilling during culinary creations – the kitchen cubby allows for computers and tech to be safely nestled away from the main event. But close enough to stay connected to the outside world. The only thing you need to discern is where the ‘ping’ is coming from; microwave or laptop?!

 

Slow the spread of viruses at the door

 

Never before has the entrance to a home been more significant in halting the spread of infection. It has become commonplace for families to designate a sanitization area prior to entering the home. The new normal is often: shoes, coats, scarves, bags off, spray or wipe down all items, shower and back to the main living areas.

The McCarthy Homes design team develop each residence with new spaces that are now considered essential:

  • Wet room, Mudroom, Spray room

Our large closed off mudrooms provide peace of mind. Removing eternal items, disinfecting and sanitising before entering the family home has never been easier.

 

  • Delivery and pick-up

A place for non-contact with door services requires a safe entry point is often requested by service providers. Our homes can be modified to suit additional entry points.

 

  • Caring for a patient at home

Brookhaven 42 display by McCarthy Homes, 151 Splendour St, Rochedale, QLD 4123

Open plan living is one of our most sought-after home features. However the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted many people’s thinking about the way we use our home. It’s important that we be able to gather together so we can feel connected. The pandemic has shown us that we now also need to create an isolation space within the home. At McCarthy Homes we have inovative design ideas to accommodate the need for a private space within an open plan design for the purpose of caring for a patient.

  • A second living space

Both The Brookhaven and The Metropolitan have second living areas on the first floor, enabling sick family members to rest in comfort with ample living space.
  • Additional bedrooms

We tailor designs with you. Our second and third bedrooms have a separate ensuite bathroom and walk-in robe. During COVID-19, there have been many discussions around additional bedrooms being prepared with PPE and medical supplies – and toilet rolls, of course.
Forward planning for the unexpected has been top-of-mind with all of our new residents during the last few months.

Work, sweat and play.

 

With stay at home orders still in effect in many area’s of Australia, it has never been more important than finding ways to optimize health and wellbeing at home.

  • Take a dip

Our pools are one of the best ways to incorporate a daily 30 minute exercise routine into the work, home, life balance.

  • Gym junkies

Designed with entertainment spaces in mind, the outdoor and alfresco dining area’s provide ample floor space to include a yoga mat, cardio ball, treadmill, exercise bike and even a home gym.

 

Design your dream home.

 

When you think about designing your dream home, the space you create is personal to you. What features are nice-to-haves and which ones are must-haves? Here are some of the additional features that people have on their new home wish list:

 

  • Vege garden

Homegrown vegetable gardens have been increasingly incorporated into outdoor plans.

 

  • Water filtration systems

Installing water filters throughout a property with a focus on less chemicals in drinking water or de-risking contamination.

 

  • Air purification filters

There is increased interest from home builders for air conditioners that include advanced air purifier systems.

 

  • Ultraviolet lamps

Yes, people are beginning to consider new ways to fight infection with UV being a permanent fixture in homes at the design phase.

 

 

The question is, what does your dream home feel like?

 

At McCarthy Homes we pride ourselves in creating spaces together with you. We want you to LOVE your new home.

 

The first way to start is by talking to us. Our new Hampton Style Homes can be tailored with our internal designs team. Colours, textures and textiles, layouts and floorplans are ready for you to peruse and choose.

 

We would like to welcome to each and every one of our open display homes.

 

 

Call us: (07) 3358 9704

 

Take a Virtual Tour of our Brookhaven hampton style display home

 

Download the Fairhaven display home brochure

 

See our Metropolitan display home Floor Plans

 

Contact us via our enquiry page, and a McCarthy Homes consultant will be in touch with you shortly.

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.

Click here to visit our contact page.

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.

Coronavirus Operating Update from McCarthy Homes

By | Architecture, Display Homes, Property News
The impact of Covid19 continues to evolve across Queensland and the rest of Australia. We remain open for business, by appointment only and we are commited to keeping up to date with the latest safety requirements. 
Our hearts go out to anyone who’s been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly, and we are inspired and very grateful for the selfless healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to care for people in need.
We are commitment and ready to continue all our partnerships as we work to deliver every new home with minimal disruptions.
To all our valued customers: we want to ensure that you feel confident in our ability to create a safe environment and to provide innovative solutions to remedy any changes to our traditional new home journey.

Visiting McCarthy Homes Display Homes

All our Display Homes remain open by appointment only, and we have adopted safe practices to ensure all visits to our homes comply with the Australian Department of Health guidelines, which include:

  • personal hygiene
  • social distancing
  • regular surface cleaning

Alternatively, we are very happy to arrange virtual tours, and meetings via video conference using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype or Facetime etc.

Please contact us via phone or email and our friendly Sales team will work with you to arrange a suitable meeting option that you are comfortable with. You can also view our display homes via our virtual tours which are located on the ‘Display Home” section of our website.

Click here to visit our contact page.

Click here to visit the Display Home showcase.

We are Prepared and Ready

At McCarthy Homes we have a robust and comprehensive Business Continuity Plan in place which provides excellent contingency plans that will allow our staff to operate remotely if/when required.

For all our customers who are currently in the construction stage of their new home journey, we are continuing with construction as per each schedule. We have exceptional support from our suppliers and trade partners who have worked with us to conduct rigorous supply chain reviews, and as a result of these audits, we do not foresee any risk of shortages (short to medium term). We will continue to work together to ensure that long term supply is sustained.

Changes to Operations

To help maintain our staff and clients’ health and wellbeing, all office, sales and selection meetings will be offered via email & phone or video conferencing using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype or Facetime or other means.

If you do need to visit our office in-person we would ask that you contact us first and be aware that mandated social distancing rules will need to be maintained if an in-office meeting is agreed upon.

We will be vigilant in our face-to-face interactions with our clients, suppliers and contractors by following advice from the health professionals to apply social distancing and ensure that we adopt good hygiene practices. We would ask that you also follow this advice, and do not attend any sales, office/selections or on-site meetings should you or someone in your family or contact group be unwell. This will help to keep us all safe.

Please observe all guidelines and regulations put in place by the Queensland government during this time. They are the correct resource for determining how operations will continue in the future.

Questions or Concerns

It is understandable that you may have questions or concerns during this unprecedented period. We encourage you to contact us, through either our main office number, the website, or your Sales Consultant or Client Service Manager.

Please be assured that we have the resourcing, local knowledge, experienced staff and systems to partner with you to build your new home in these challenging times.

As we go forward, we’ll be sure to keep you updated, and know that we always value your questions, ideas and feedback.

Click here to visit our contact page.

Or, call us on (07) 3358 9704