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If you have started looking for your brand new home, you will either be totally excited or totally daunted by the decisions you are facing. Where do I build? What do I build? What do I want to live in?

Deciding on the details of your home can be really difficult when you are trying to consider your family's comfort and lifestyle – especially when marrying the elements of their personalities to tangible things such as double or single storey, number of bedrooms, and location. Knowing what you want is not always an easy road to travel and can often be an overwhelming and isolating experience.

Thankfully, the home designs at Beechwood Homes offer a variety of alternatives to suit every family. Our homes offer ultimate flexibility with a range that accommodates single or double storey needs, narrow or expansive blocks, and a varying array of inclusions.

We also build in an extensive reach of locations including the central growth areas of the north and south coasts of NSW, the greater Sydney metropolitan area, the central west, and the Goulburn district. This choice of locations can also open up alternative lifestyle options for you and your family, especially those seeking a more relaxed and inclusive way to live.

It is easy to get too close to such huge decisions, making it impossible to always see the best solution to your needs. Our friendly staff are here to help when it comes to tackling your home choices head on. Beechwood Homes' staff have countless years of experience when it comes to building functional and comfortable homes so we can help with advice and a fresh set of eyes on everything from colour choices to layouts that suit your family.

If you are feeling daunted by deciding on your new home, drop into one of our display villages. The power of physically experiencing how a new home feels may just give you the inspiration you need to really understand what you want from your brand new home.

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A new home brings with it much more than brand new walls and floors. When building a new place to live, home owners can find themselves having to assess how much space they need for storage both now and into the future. What to keep and what to throw out? It isn't always as simple as two piles or out with the old in with the new. Add on top of that a growing family and all of a sudden that big home is starting to get a little bit crowded.

Making sure your new project home has enough storage for the many stages of your new life is the safest answer. An extra bedroom or guest room is a first step in the right direction, not to mention the many benefits of a two car garage. Other features such as extra storage built into busy family areas like the laundry and kitchen can be a god send over the years.

Beechwood Homes' Lakeview Grange Thirty One has a combined living area of over 270m2, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a generous spread of living, lounge and dining areas. The Lakeview Grange is a great home for big families that plan on getting bigger! To find out more about our Lakeview Range contact our team here.

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With the new calendar year well and truly started, thoughts turn to New Year resolutions and plans. The first few months of the year can be a great time to start planning your new home for 2016, with the time to visit display homes and go through plans and designs that will most suit your family and how you like to live.

Beechwood Homes are here to make the whole building process simple, from matching the right block to the floor plan, to the design and the construction of your new home, we are here every step of the way.

Building a new home doesn't have to be a year in the planning, however each step of the process can take time. The more planning and preparation you do in the lead up to construction means less delays waiting for decisions on things like fixtures, colours or tiles.

The summer break is a great time to sit down and start planning your new family home. Contact Beechwood Homes or visit one of our display villages across Sydney and NSW North and South Coast.

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Every family is different in its own way. Deciding on not only the current and short term needs of your family, but also the long term requirements you will have from your household is an important step of building a project home. A recent Multi-Generational Study by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute shows that one in five Australian households have adults from two or more generations living under one roof. The report shows that multi-generation living arrangements are highly-concentrated in and around suburban areas.

When planning your new home, it’s important to try and plan for your family’s future. For example, trends show that children are staying at home longer, so planning separate living areas and kid’s bedrooms that may become bedrooms for young adults at a later stage are part of the design and planning process. As parent’s age and retire, perhaps they will stay for extended periods or even become dependent.

Beechwood Homes understand that not all families operate under a traditional model and design and plan houses with this in mind. The award winning Asquith 36 single storey home is a great example of a floor plan designed for multi-generational living.  The Asquith 36 features a separate guest wing, complete with ensuite and robe as well as three separate living areas that can be used as a study, theatre room or traditional lounge room. The Asquith 36 home design recently won ‘Best exhibition/project home from $250,000-$300,000’ at the 2015 Master Builders Association of NSW Excellence in Housing Awards.

The Asquith 36 is a single storey home and part of Beechwood’s popular Evolution series. You can view the Asquith 36 at Housing World, Shell Cove on the South Coast and also Hunter HomeWorld at Chisolm, Berry Park on the North Coast.

Beechwood Homes have a wide range of project building options to account for nearly every type of family model, meaning whatever your situation - everyone can be comfortably accounted for. 

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It is an undisputed fact that Beechwood Homes have been through some tumultuous times. This July 29 marked the 7 year anniversary of the current management taking over Beechwood. It is not our nature to dwell to past happenings, this is the opportunity to acknowledge that it has taken a lot of hard work and some patience, but we have re-emerged as a stronger, driven and more reliable building company across Sydney and NSW.

It is true that when we took control of Beechwood Homes back in 2008, we inherited a long list of issues to work through. It has been our solid commitment to our clients that has seen us honour existing contracts and strongly push ahead with new and exciting ventures.

In the 7 years since taking on Beechwood Homes, we have built over 3,500 affordable family homes. We have built 3,500 homes that families will relax in, enjoy their time together in, and will build their lives in.

Beechwood Homes have been instrumental in the development of not only metropolitan estates but also regional building centres in NSW. We have now expanded our building locations to areas such as the South Coast, the Central West, and as far North as Port Macquarie just to mention a few.

By making our family homes and services available to people in these regional areas, we are creating an opportunity for affordable housing and lifestyles for those who may not otherwise be able to get into the market. We are opening up Australia.

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Mortgage Insurance, or Lenders Mortgage Insurance, is generally payable by those who have an initial deposit of less than 20% of the total value of the loan. While this can be seen as an extra cost on top of the bank loan, it can also help people achieve the dream of home ownership earlier.

By protecting their loans, Lenders Mortgage Insurance from some lenders can allow you to borrow up to 95% of the purchase price of your home, with a lower deposit than is usually required.

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Traditionally, lenders require borrowers to have at least a 20% deposit. However by using Lenders Mortgage Insurance, lenders can offer lower deposit home loans. Lenders Mortgage Insurance protects the lender if a borrower is unable to meet their mortgage repayments.

Genworth, one of Australia’s largest Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance providers, has generated some ballpark calculations for the cost of Mortgage Insurance for a first home borrower in NSW, based on different deposit amounts. It also has an LMI calculator to narrow down the cost based on your finances.

 

Cost of Property

Cost of Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance

   
 

5% deposit

10% deposit

15% deposit

$400,000

$12,852

$6,474

$3,613

$500,000

$16,065

$8,092

$4,516

$600,000

$25,918

$12,304

$6,722

$700,000

$30,238

$14,355

$7,842

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^Quotes taken from Genworth LMI calculator, correct as at 1/1/2015

With the current low interest rates and highly active property market, many lenders are competing for your mortgage by offering loans which waive the cost of Mortgage Insurance for loans up to 85% loan to value ratio, meaning your deposit can be 15%, not the previous entry barrier of 20%.

Most importantly, be sure to speak with different lenders to ensure you get the best value mortgage for you.

 

 

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Choosing the right floor plan for you, sounds simple, but in fact can be one of the hardest decisions when deciding to build a new home because it requires a huge amount of imagination, planning and forward thinking.

When choosing floor plans, be sure to consider your family dynamics and lifestyle. It may sound like a cliché, but whilst a home may look pretty on display, you need to be able to imagine your family living in the home. And you need to plan for not only what you family looks like today, but also for extra kids that might come along in the next few years.

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If you are an entertainer, you will need plenty of living space and a perfect outdoor area. Older children often require larger bedrooms. If you are a collector or love scrapbooking, you will require plenty of storage space. If the in-laws will be staying over, you will need a guest space. But a word of warning – if your guest space is much nicer than their home, they might never leave! If you have younger children, choose a design that leaves you with plenty of outdoor space for them to run around. You will also need to consider how your proposed design will sit on your block of land and whether you would like a single storey or double storey house.

If you are finding the whole process of selecting a floor plan difficult, a suggestion would be to walk through as many display homes as possible (preferably Beechwood display homes!). Take some notes  of what you find appealing with each particular design. Also, stand back and watch your family inspect these homes. They might point out features that you may not have thought of.

After you have started to narrow down your selections, consider all the furnishings you would like to use in  your new home. Often people choose their floor plans without contemplating their furnishings, and then discover their furniture will not fit. Whilst ‘chunky’ comfortable lounges are great, they take up considerable space. You also need to consider how you get them into your house and whether door openings will be wide enough. It is a great idea to take a tape measure with you when inspecting.

Finally it is important to note, that our designs can be customised to suit your needs. If you have made your decision on a floor plan, but it still needs a bit of 'tweaking' to get it perfect, then speak to one of our friendly building and design team members, or alternatively click here to find out more.

We pride ourselves on trying to build the exact home that our clients want.

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Beechwood Homes staff member Jessica recently took her family to a trip to visit the range of Beechwood Homes on display at Housing World Shell Cove. The following is her experience while she was there.

When I first pulled up outside the sales office I was blown away by the four impressive homes that stood before me. I could not help but imagine what it would be like to pull into the street with the kids in tow, have us all pile out of the car and race through the front door at the end of a hard day’s work. With a smile on my face, we all proceeded through to inspect the homes.

I found myself standing back and watching my children explore the home. They were drawn to the large open living spaces, opening every door they could find and racing through the homes arguing which room would be theirs. My husband was more impressed with the theatre rooms and whilst getting comfortable on the lounge proceeded to tell me, “We need a room like this at home to be my ‘man cave’.”

I have to say I was most impressed by the kitchens and large pantry spaces, one home even had a butler’s pantry; something I would love to have in my own home. This was an affordable home design that offered something special to each of us.

Upon leaving, I stopped to talk to Matt Slee, one of the Building and Design team members at Beechwood Homes. He was extensively knowledgeable with each of the new designs on display. We got to talking about what inclusions come with these homes. I was surprised at the amount of quality inclusions that Beechwood offer as “Indulgence Packages”.

These Indulgence Packages include items that I had not expected, but with inclusions like carpet and tiles, 3 coat paint system and termite resistant frames, I walked away being genuinely impressed with Beechwood Homes.”

Beechwood Homes display houses at Housing World Shell Cove is open 7 Days, Sat to Thurs 10am - 5pm & Fri 10am - 4pm at the Corner of Apollo Drive & Clipper Avenue, Shell Cove.

Beechwood display homes at Shell Cove include Moscato Guest, Asquith Thirty Six, Seacrest Thirty Seven and the new Edgecliffe Vibe Thirty Seven.

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We are looking at some of the factors to consider when choosing a block of land to build on. Click here to read Part 1.

In addition to the block’s physical characteristics, there are several other factors to consider, including:

  • Neighbourhood – When buying a home, people are frequently looking to spend between the next 10 to 40 years of their life at that address. You need to ask yourself, is this where I want to live? As they say in the great Australian movie, The Castle – consider the vibe and how’s the serenity? Some suburbs feel right and some others don’t. Trust your instincts. You should also take into account how far away the block is away from your current address. Consider whether you and your children will become estranged by distance from your current friends and relatives or are you moving only a few kilometres away. You should always consider potential re-sale value in the future.

  • Nearby facilities – You should also consider nearby schools, local shops and regional shopping centres, doctors and hospitals, recreation, swimming centres, entertainment and transport. Questions to ask include will the kids be changing schools, is it further to get to work, will I get to work using the same method of transport, where can I buy milk and bread? Sounds simple, but many people make a giant leap without thinking through first. If looking to build in new estates, check out what facilities will be coming soon. Also imagine what that suburb will look like in 5 years and whether you would still be looking to live there.

  • What lies below – The soil conditions below your block of land play a huge part in what home design you will be able to build and its cost. As a general rule of thumb, it is very expensive to excavate in rock. However, light and sandy soils often require reinforcement and extra costs can often be incurred due to extra piering to the foundations of the house. Additional excavation and tipping costs may be incurred in removing certain thick clays from your block (as these are often not stable to build on). It might then be necessary to import suitable soil to maintain proposed levels at additional cost. Worse still, you need to know whether your block has been exposed to soil contamination or has artefacts that will prevent construction, or is subject to ground water.

  • Block Services – You need to consider where connections to services (such as water, sewer, electricity, phone) are located. Some could be located on your block and be easements (which can restrict what can be built over and adjacent to them), while others may be located on the other side of the street, which could lead to additional connection costs.  

  • Conditions and fine print – When buying a block of land, you should obtain the advice of a solicitor or licenced conveyancer. Indeed, you should seek their advice before committing to buy. A good solicitor or conveyancer should be able to tell you about the zoning of your proposed block, any restrictions on what you can do and where and what you can build, developer requirements, such as certain driveways, fencing, landscaping requirements. A solicitor or conveyancer should check the Certificate of Title for the land as well as indicate people from Council or other relevant bodies and authorities you need to talk with to make sure that you can do what you want. The person selling you the block of land may not tell you about any problems, but they are often forced to disclose certain information in the fine print.

  • Bushfire requirements – Given many new estates are located near or adjacent to bush land, you need to consider any additional requirements that may be imposed on your proposed home due to this. It is necessary to determine a ‘Bushfire Attack Level’ for new homes near bush land. As a general rule, the closer your home is to bush land, the greater the chance that additional requirements will be imposed on the type of construction to your home. These can include having to use certain materials that are more capable of withstanding fire. The problem is, these can be very expensive as well as not necessarily be the look that you are after.

  • Unregistered land – Many developers of new estates are selling blocks of land that are not registered (as they still need to be subdivided etc). You are not allowed to build until the land is registered. There are also often delays with planning requirements (ie Council approvals) until the land is registered. Whilst this normally eventually happens, if you buy the wrong block, you could be forced to wait up to 18 months before you can start construction. You may have to pay extra rent during this waiting period.

Talk to a builder first. Whilst it is exciting to go off and buy a block of land, you do not have to do it alone and nor should you. Speak with a reputable home builder (like Beechwood Homes!) about the block you are considering buying. Because of our many years experience, we can often point out some of the potential pitfalls in a certain block or estate before you have made any commitment. Remember, buying a block of land and building a home upon it is likely to be the largest financial investment you will make in your lifetime. Ask questions, research, double check and trust your instincts. It might sound attractive that a developer is offering a $10,000 discount on a block of land, but if your extra site costs, BASIX and bushfire requirements significantly exceed this (and can often do so), you might not be getting the bargain you thought you were.

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Here at Beechwood Homes, we are often asked, how do I choose a good block of land?

The difficulty with answering this question is that it is very subjective and there is normally no right or wrong answer. However, there are several block characteristics to look out for. These include:

  • Block Size – Unfortunately, the blocks of land becoming available in new estates are frequently becoming smaller. You need to consider whether your proposed home will physically fit on the block. You also need to take into account things like Council setbacks and other restrictions such as Floor Space Ratio, which is the is the ratio of the floor area of a building to its site area. You should also consider whether you will have any backyard, and possibly room for a pool. The days of the quarter acre block are long gone. Many people are deciding to buy blocks of land in established suburbs and opting for a knock down rebuild on an existing run down dwelling instead of moving into a new housing estate. Beechwood Homes can accomodate for both new housing developments and knock down rebuild projects. Size really does matter.

  • Block Shape – Many people look to pick up the largest block when new land releases, but rarely consider the shape or orientation of that block. Regular rectangle blocks are often the best, but depending on your tastes, a large battle axe block might be great or could be a dud. You should have a proposed home design in mind before buying your block of land. Some odd shaped blocks might give you extra room for a pool with the right home design or that space may be wasted as it can’t be put to any productive use. You should also consider ongoing maintenance of your block.

  • Block Slope – The slope of your block is important. Consider the front to back slope (or vice versa) as well as any slope from side to side. On a sloping site, unless you choose a split level design, you are going to have a level building platform and you will need to ‘cut and fill’ around it. You may need retaining walls, which are an added expense. As a general rule, steeply sloping sites are much more expensive to build on as your builder will charge ‘site costs’ to accommodate for various irregularities. You will also need to consider matters such as driveway gradients, that is the slope of your driveway from your garage to the street. Also consider where other houses will be positioned relative to yours. Will your neighbours be looking over your fence because their building platform will be much higher.
  • Block Orientation – Your block’s exposure to sun and rain will affect if and how your proposed design can be placed on your proposed block. New homes must comply with BASIX requirements, which relate to energy efficiency and water efficiency. Various BASIX requirements are imposed to reduce your energy use through specific design strategies for lighting, heating, cooling, and ventilation. It is a lot more complicated than rain water tanks and roof solar panels. Buying a block of land with the wrong orientation could mean that you will be unable to build your dream home.

    Click here to read Part 2.
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BEECHWOOD HOMES is thrilled to announce three new display homes will be built, in Orange and are scheduled to open later on this year. The new display homes will show case Beechwood’s current range of innovative designs, which focus on comfort, luxury and affordability.

These display homes will showcase the very latest in architectural style.

“Beechwood has countless designs and styles to choose from, all of which can be tailored and customised to suit your family’s unique needs,” explains Scott Hanley, Beechwood’s Central West Manager. “Whether you’re building on an existing block, or purchasing one of our home and land packages, a Beechwood home will always be built to maximise space, giving you options for flexible living.”

For more information, contact local man Scott Hanley from the Central West Business Centre on (02) 6361 1046 

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Beechwood Homes is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Beaumont Tiles as a tile supplier.

Beaumont Tiles is one of Australia’s leading tile suppliers and has recently supplied the contestants on Channel 9’s popular renovation program, “The Block”.

Some of the tile designs you see on The Block may now be available as an upgrade to your new Beechwood family home.

Beechwood’s Managing Director, Vic Cavasinni, said “We are delighted to be teaming up with Beaumont Tiles. The people at Beaumonts believe in the same values as we do, and it seems to be a natural fit for Beechwood to team up with another Australian owned and managed company that strives for excellence”.

Beaumont Tiles has over 20 display centres throughout NSW.

Beechwood and Beaumont have worked together to create a great range of tiles included as part of our popular Genesis and Evolution Indulgence packages. But now, Beechwood’s customers will have the option to upgrade to wall or floor tiles as seen on The Block.

The Beaumont range will be available for projects where first tenders are provided after 28 February 2015.

For further information, please contact our representatives at your nearest display centre.

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Don’t inherit someone else’s home plans. Building a new home empowers you with choice – creating your own space and design that matches your family’s way of living. Beechwood has countless designs and styles for you to choose from, all of which can be tailored and customised to suit your family.

With Beechwood , choose from our range of designs and customise them to suit your lifestyle – your choice. Building a new home gives you more control on the design and how your house is laid out; creating a space that is specifically designed for you and your family.

Other benefits of building your brand new home with Beechwood Homes include

  • You have more control over the building materials used and can customise it all to suits your needs.
  • New homes are designed to meet building standards that reduce your water and energy consumption meaning longer term lower costs of living.

Modern homes are fitted with the latest technology and building materials makes it easy to maintain the comfortable lifestyle and living environment you want. Building a brand new home with Beechwood means you can create your own style and character, putting your own unique stamp on your new home and all its finishing touches.

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