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The Best McCarthy 5 Bedroom Home Designs

By | Architecture

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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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?

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Cost of house construction expected to rise in 2021

By | Property News

With housing prices set to rise in 2021, now is the time to build your dream home

 

If you’ve been thinking about building your new home, now is the time.

 

With property prices slated to increase in Brisbane and Queensland along with the rest of Australia, and the $25,000 Federal Government HomeBuilder grant set to finish at the end of March, it really is a great time to move from aspiration to action.

 

Other factors for you to consider when building your new home include the effects of COVID-19 and social distancing on site logistics, ongoing issues with supply chains and many other factors.

 

You need to look at all of the factors that could potentially affect the cost of building your new home as they all add up to considerable upward cost pressure on the building and construction industry.

 

It’s impossible to predict the future but many industry experts and a number of economic factors point to the price of building a new home continuing to increase over the course of 2021.

 

Why is now the right time to build?

 

The Federal Government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grant will come to an end as of March 31 this year. The government has indicated it will continue in a different form beyond that time but at a greatly reduced rate of $15,000.

 

Many experts including HSBC chief economist Paul Bloxham (as reported in the Australian Financial Review) are predicting Brisbane house prices are set to rise by as much as 5 per cent in 2021. So those getting into the market early in 2021 are set to see the most capital gains over the course of this year should this prediction play out.

 

More recently CBA economist Gareth Aird indicated lending rates had ramped up considerably at the start of 2021 with the price of a home in Brisbane forecast to increase by up to 16.6% over the next two years (as reported in the Urban Developer).

 

We are also in a market where interest rates are still extremely low, but it’s impossible to know if this will last or for how long.

 

Starting construction on the new home of your dreams right now definitely makes sense on a number of fronts.

 

Why are prices rising?

 

The cost of construction is set to rise in 2021 because of a combination of factors:

  • Interstate migration from New South Wales, Victoria and further afield is up.
  • The number of tradespeople allowed on site at any one time is harder to manage because of social distancing restrictions.
  • Supply chain management is more challenging than ever as is job site phasing
  • Trade restrictions and increasingly challenging global supply chains have led to increases in the cost of building materials across the board

 

How can I capitalise on the current market climate?

 

  • Speak with your financial advisor and/or accountant to get your finances in order
  • Start talking with your design and building partners
  • Act quickly before the HomeBuilder grant falls from $25,000 to $15,000 at the end of March
  • Act quickly before house, land and construction prices increase

 

Who should I talk to about building?

 

You will need to engage with a number of professionals in order to make your new dream a reality.

 

Designers, architects and structural engineers will need to be engaged, a builder chosen, finance sought, a block of land found… the list goes on.

 

At McCarthy homes the process is simple, you engage with our team and we can walk you through what it will take to build your new home from dreaming, to designing, throughout construction and through to handing over the keys.

 

Our team is your team and we look forward to being with you on your new home journey every step of the way.

 

What professional advice should I seek?

 

Always seek the advice of a professional before you make significant financial commitments, such as purchasing a home or arranging the construction of a new house. Independent financial and legal advice is essential when it comes to building a new home.

Looking to get a head start before the changes and turn your dream home into a reality? Why not contact McCarthy Homes today, and make a start on creating your little piece of paradise for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

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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!

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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.

 

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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?

 

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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

 

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