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How Damian and Alison created their dream home with McCarthy Homes

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Combining Manhattan warehouse vibes with an eclectic design style, discover how Damian and Alison created their dream home on Queensland’s beautiful Hope Island.

The Location

Gold Coast, Queensland

We had a pretty good idea of what we wanted and like to think we have a knack for design. We couldn’t afford a waterfront block so we purchased an vacant block 90 metres from the canal where we later purchased a pontoon and have our little boat stationed there. We really enjoy the privacy of a dry block and have used bamboo to enhance this privacy.”

The Build

Narrow lot build

“Considering we only had a 12-metre wide block we used 3 and 4-metre ceiling heights with soaring voids to create the feeling of light and space. We used polished concrete as we just love it and went for a slightly smokey wall paint colour because a stark white may have seemed a bit cold in such a voluminous area. We both really like mood lighting and used hand-picked feature wall lighting and pendants throughout to achieve this.”

“We went with an open plan living concept as we don’t feel that a theatre room would have been used, so we bought a big TV that you can watch from kitchen whilst cooking, dining and just relaxing on the couch. The design is perfect for our lifestyle – there are basically six zones in one space! It’s just so relaxing!”

Design

“We had a pretty loose direction with interior design. We purchased a lot of old chairs and furniture on Gumtree and restored them by sanding and liming them. We just kept collecting over a three-year period, selecting items that we both liked and thought would look good in our new home one day. We picked all of the plants and pots too. Alison’s favourite thing is the veggie/herb garden she has made on the northern boundary and we use this daily as we both love cooking. Our kitchen was carefully designed and the walk-in pantry is fully stocked with spices and herbs as we love spicy food.

We did everything design and decorating wise by ourselves and we are really proud of what we have achieved.

Damian and Alison enjoyed the building process with McCarthy Homes so much that they now work for us as sales consultants in our Helensvale display!

Ready to discuss building your dream home? Get in touch with us today.

Hear from Damian and Alison about their journey with McCarthy Homes.

Brand New Display Home Awaits Its New Owner

Brand New Display Home Awaits Its New Owner

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Brand New Display Home Awaits Its New Owner
Officially opened just last month, one of the latest display homes to be built by McCarthy Homes is now available to purchase. Boasting a deluxe master suite, three indoor living spaces, a teppenyaki bar, four secondary bedrooms, and a stylish under stair wine storage area; it’s no wonder the Carrington is such a popular display home.

We spoke with David Farrer, Director of McCarthy Homes, about what the new owners can expect.

Who do you feel this home would be suited to?
It’s a real family home! It’s especially suited to families with children who are looking to have their own private spaces away from Mum and Dad. The bedrooms are generous and include walk-in robes and built in desks, which you won’t often find in secondary bedrooms. Parents are also treated to a luxury master suite with a deluxe walk-in robe and double vanity ensuite.

What design considerations were made when designing this home?
When this home design was being crafted by our Head Designer, he really considered how much space the modern family needs in between bedrooms, and the ideal number of separate living spaces throughout the home. When you walk through the home, you’ll see this come into play.

What will the new owner’s think of the fittings and finishes in this home?
Once you walk into this home, you don’t only see the quality, you feel it. We’ve worked with a team of perfectionist tradesmen and sourced fixtures and fittings from only the best suppliers. It’s the same standard you’ll find in any of our builds, paired with a few extra options to really boost the wow factor for its new owners.

What has the feedback been from people who explore the Carrington?
We’ve had exceptional feedback – people love the under stair wine storage area. It’s both aesthetically pleasing and great for those who love to entertain. We’re hearing a lot of people say how much they love the open plan design and clever separation of living spaces, and how the home feels significantly bigger than it is. The Carrington is now one of our top sellers.

Which is your favourite room in the Carrington and why?
The kitchen and dining area is definitely a favourite. There’s so much storage space in the kitchen, with the added bonus of the butler’s pantry, plus the 900mm appliances – it’s a budding chef’s dream!

When can the new owner’s move in, and why is it a great idea to buy a display home?
There’s quite a few perks that come with purchasing a display home. Firstly, we lease the home back to its owner until they can move in, in approximately two years. We clean the property weekly to ensure it stays in immaculate condition, our maintenance team looks after it inside and out, and lastly – you know exactly what you’re getting in your new home!

Expressions of interest from purchasers are now being considered. Explore the home yourself at 26 Clover Way, The Surrounds display village, Helensvale.

Call (07) 3358 9704 or submit an enquiry via our contact us page.

How to Beautify Your New Home’s Backyard

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With a little bit of extra effort, your backyard can be an additional living space. It can be an area that you and your family use and enjoy for several activities, from playing to relaxing and of course drinking and dining. Use these tips to maximise the living space in your backyard.

 Harness the Power of Light

It’s incredible how much a bit of outdoor lighting can transform a space. Lighting allows you to direct focus to specific areas of your backyard while on the other hand, obscuring others. This is the easiest way to highlight your backyards strong points, like the pool or decking, while hiding poorer aspects, like the garden bed you can’t be bothered weeding. Filling your backyard with light also extends the time where you can use your garden. There’s no point in decorating your yard if it can’t be used after the sun goes down. Turn your backyard into a 24-hour space of usage.

Use Paths

The mistake most people make with their backyard is failing to create points of contrasts and division. Paths are the best way to do this as they perform the dual purpose of giving everyone easy-access through your backyard while allowing you to make the divisions that are so important in creating a visually exciting area. The best material to use for anyone wanting a durable and low-maintenance option is concrete, and you can make it look exactly like brick, tile or natural stone without paying for these materials.

Running Out of Space?

Homes are getting smaller, which means backyards are also getting smaller. Not many of us will have enough room to have huge garden beds, so why not use the walls of your home as spaces for vegetation. Vertical gardens and green walls are becoming a mainstay in backyards, particularly in urban areas. By incorporating this form of gardening in your yard, you will add visual interest to bare walls, while also providing better insulation to your home so you can cut energy costs.

Don’t Forget a Deck

No matter how big your backyard is, a timber deck is the best way to give you a whole new living space. A deck performs two purposes. Firstly, it gives you a space for dining, drinking and relaxing, and secondly, it gives your yard a focal point that you can design around. Decks are also a sure-fire way to add value to your property because nothing sells like a beautiful hardwood deck. This is just a sample of what you can do with your backyard. The elements you include aren’t as important as your commitment to invest in this critical part of your property. Whether it’s a long-term family home or a short-term money-spinner, you sell your property short by ignoring the backyard.

Take a read of these handy tips for packing fragile items when moving or going into storage.

How to Pack Fragile Items for Storage

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Most of our household items hold a significant monetary or sentimental value. This is especially the case with fragile items. So, when attempting to pack away these delicate possessions, preparation is key.

After 70 years in the removals and storage industry, Kent Relocation Group has developed a step-by-step system that will teach you the tips and tricks that come in handy during this kind of process. Following this guide will allow your treasures to stay safe, ensuring they return to you in the exact same state as you left them.

Step 1: Use High Quality Packing Materials
When packing fragile items, many make the mistake of skimping on the process. While it may seem like a tempting money-saving technique it can actually cause you more time and money in the long run. Invest in sturdy moving boxes and materials, avoiding the allure of re-using boxes or newspaper when packing fragile items.

Instead of old cardboard and paper scraps, utilize a superior quality, double-corrugated boxes and plenty of bubble wrap. These are far better protection options than newspaper: firstly because it is thicker, but it also won’t leave ink stains or transfer marks on precious items.

After arming yourself with all the materials you need, set yourself up on a large, clean table.

Step 2:  Line Your Boxes
Creating a sturdy base for each box is an important step in securing it. To ensure a solid foundation is created, line the bottom of the cardboard with packing paper or double wrap. This will re-enforce the box and also create a soft, cushioned base in which your valuables can rest, protecting them from any potential movement or bumps along the way.

Step 3: Wrap Your Items
When you pick out an item to pack, individually wrap it in bubble wrap. While it may be tempting to cut corners and wrap multiple items together, this can create a space where they rub together, resulting in breakages or imperfections. When maneuvering your bubble wrap, ensure that thin areas of your valuables are also protected: places such as the arms on vases or stems on a wine glass.

Step 4: Pack Strategically
Packing a moving box is like a hard game of Tetris. And packing delicate items is an even harder game of Tetris. Simply throwing together bits and pieces and hoping for the best, is not packing. Placing items purposefully is packing. Ensure you are placing the heaviest items in the bottom, using sections of cardboard to provide extra protection, and to divide your box into sections. For empty space within the box, fill it with paper or excess bubble wrap, allowing you to avoid excess movement.

Step 5: Label, Label, Label
When you have completed the packing process, label every box carefully to indicate exactly what it contains. If you have sought the help of a removals company to move and pack your fragile items, ensure they are aware of which boxes need to be handled with extra care. This can be done by giving your removalists a quick briefing when they arrive, and by marking specific boxes as ‘Fragile’, also drawing an arrow to show which way up the box needs to be handled.

There you have it – whether you’re storing your household items long-term, or just for a couple of weeks, if you follow these tips, even your most fragile belongings will remain safe and sound.

 Consider Kent Relocation Group for removals, storage and relocation in Brisbane – visit http://www.kentrelocationgroup.com

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