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Bushfire is a major challenge for our communities, and hot summers coupled with strong winds are a major concern each bushfire season.

When building on bushfire prone land, there are considerations that go into the design and construction of the home.

Given that many new estates are located near or adjacent to bush land, Beechwood Homes are knowledgeable in building in bushfire prone areas and work closely with qualified consultants to ensure that additional needs are factored into design and construction.

In the aftermath of the Black Saturday Victorian bushfires in 2009, all Australian states have committed to policies to ensure Australian homes are built from materials that have the best possible chance of withstanding moderate bushfire exposure.

Further regulations as part of the Australian Standard AS 3959 have imposed specific zonings, called Bushfire Attack Levels. The Bushfire Attack Levels, or BALs, are a set of distinct material, design and construction specifications for each area in Australia according to their inherent threat of bushfire. These standards take into account the potential for ignition caused by burning embers, radiant heat or flame generated by a bushfire as well as the expected intensity of the bushfire attack on the building. Each BAL has been designed in consideration of the extreme weather and natural phenomena consistently encountered throughout Australia's variable landscape.

As a general rule, the closer your home is to bush land, the greater the chance that additional requirements will be needed. It is first necessary to determine a 'Bushfire Attack Level' for new homes near bush land.

The building requirements for house design and construction vary according to the bush fire attack level that a development falls into. The building requirements for each BAL are set out in Australian Standard: 3959 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas 2009 (AS3959).

When building your new home with Beechwood Home, we work with consultants and local authorities to ensure your new home is being built to the correct BAL standard and will pass any complying requirements.

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Image shown above is the laundry in Beechwood Homes' Seacrest design, on display at Housing World Shell Cove.

One of the most important things to think about when designing any practical room such as a laundry or kitchen is the roles of form and function; making something look good, but still work well is the dream of every home designer.

Many people often forget about the humble laundry when planning their dream home, some compromise on space while others overlook the fundamental need for storage. It is definitely a difficult balance to strike! A good laundry rarely receives the praise it deserves, a good mixture of storage and bench spaces support the washing and drying appliances meaning that the chore of laundry is that little bit easier every time.

Some great possibilities include pull out folding tables and fold down ironing boards, as they make the folding and sorting of clothes a breeze. Ensuring there are adequate power points is a common after thought, so considering how many appliances will need power, plus any extras (sometimes you might want to charge a phone or plug in some music) is a good tip. Also, clothing racks that let you hang and air clothes are worth their weight in gold if the weather is a little damp out. These can be installed underneath a set of cupboards or over a folding bench.

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Big drawers that can hold baskets or built in laundry buckets are some more fantastic ways to keep the laundry area looking neat and tidy. Of course it won't always so a big sink for soaking whites and washing off mud is another handy feature.

There really are so many options when it comes to creating the perfect laundry for your dream home.

Beechwood Homes have a broad range of home designs, all of which provide an ideal amount of space for your laundry requirements. However it is always good to think of your own personal needs to ensure your newly built project home's laundry is tip top! Our FlexiBuild option means that all our designs can be tailored to suit your family's needs.

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Are you dreading your internal colours selection appointment, simply because you just don’t know what colours you want to use in your new Beechwood home? For some people, finding their own style can come easily, but for others, this part of the building process can be quite daunting.

A great place to start getting ideas for your colour palette is to visit one of Beechwood’s display homes across Sydney, and the New South Wales South and North Coasts. When Beechwood build a display home, our own colour consultants design the colour scheme for interior and exterior areas. They are experts at creating fantastic colour schemes that will match your vision for your new Beechwood Home.

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Another option is to do your research online, utilising sites like the Taubmans® Colour Tips website for inspiration. 

These tips introduce you to some of the colour basics to help you get started. Shayna Blaze, popular Interior Designer, TV Presenter and also an Ambassador for Taubmans® has provided her ‘10 Commandments of Colour’.

Getting yourself familiar with the basics and learning about warm and cool colours will assist you when trying to develop the colour combinations for your home.

If you still aren’t sure about the style you want your home to portray, take a look at the Taubmans® Colour Game. This creative tool gets you to choose a range of images and words that best fit your lifestyle to determine a colour palette that best reflects your personality.

The team at Beechwood Homes have fantastic colour consultants who are here to help you transform your Beechwood house into your very own “home”.

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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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One of the most asked about topics that often comes up when starting the planning process with Beechwood Homes’ is “What is the difference between a Development Application (DA) and a Complying Development Certificate (CDC)? 


It is important to note that before any work can commence on your new home, either a DA or CDC will need to be lodged and approved by your local council or a qualified certifier.

What are DAs and CDCs? And what is the difference between them?
A Development Application (otherwise known as a DA) is the application made to your local council seeking consent to carry out a development. A Complying Development Certificate (otherwise known as a CDC) is an alternative to a DA and can be known to some as a fast track approval process when dealing with a more straight-forward development.

The major difference between the two is that a CDC’s requirements for development approval are a more universal set of requirements and cannot be amended to suit the needs of your development. The requirements for a CDC are considered to be “black and white” and these requirements apply across the state of NSW. The requirements for a DA will vary between the local councils of NSW. Each local council have their own set of requirements specific to their regions, and whilst your local council may have similar requirements to that of a CDC, your local council are in a better position to assist you with a development approval for your project if your development needs are more complex.

How do I know which method is the most appropriate for my job?
Beechwood Homes have been building new homes, and facilitating knock-down rebuild projects for over 35 years. We have a knowledgeable team of drafts people who, when creating your initial tender, will review and assess the factors your site may contain and will recommend which method of development application is best suited for your new home.

When do I need to decide which path I will go down for my development application?
The decision for a development application will need to be finalised in the early stages of planning your development. Once you receive your plans and tender for review, the team at Beechwood Homes will then discuss with you our recommendations for your development application. Beechwood’s recommendation will be based on your job’s specific needs and requirements.

Is there anyone who can help me with my development application?
When you have opted to build a new home or conduct a knock-down rebuild with Beechwood Homes, the good news is we will guide you through the entire building process starting from the planning stage right through to construction and even maintenance stages, as seamless as possible. Our team have experienced, dedicated members who are happy to assist you in planning, and realising your dream home. We work in conjunction with your local council and reputable certifiers to ensure we stay up to date with all guidelines outlined for both DA and CDC applications.

If you find that you still have some questions regarding your development application, you can seek advice from your local council or an accredited certifier. The team at Beechwood Homes will be happy to go through any questions or concerns you may have and explain them further to you.

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