Take the property plunge

Take the property plunge

You’ve saved your deposit and you’re ready to choose your first new home design. Your building budget is tight. So where do you start?

York Street, Port Macquarie, of course, where each Sovereign Hills Display Village builder’s design range includes exciting options for first home buyers.

In this month’s edition we explore some of these designs from Perry Homes, Rob Tate Family Homes and Hibbard Homes, and showcase how to inject your personality into the finished product, proving no matter your bank balance, you need not compromise on style.

Get your foot in the door with an entry level home

Perry Homes’ entry level design is the Carlton 22 (201.8m2). This functional 4-bedroom, 2-living, 2-garage design can be customised to suit your budget and block dimensions.

Their York Street display home features many standard inclusions, such as the brick exterior and tiled roof, Laminex benchtops and kitchen and vanity cupboards, with tiles to the living and wet areas, portico and alfresco.

This display home also showcases some neat upgrades, including the raised ceiling height (2590mm) which makes the home feel more spacious throughout, timber cladding to the façade - providing that all-important street presence - and ducted air-conditioning, bringing the build cost on a near level block of land to approximately $350,000 (as at August 2022).

Previous generations may question the need for a first home to feature more than two or three bedrooms, but if there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s the need for additional space and breakout zones in the event of a lockdown.

Perry Homes’ Carlton 22 offers a designated multi-purpose room and a master suite separated from the bedroom wing, which is located at the home’s rear.

The Carlton display home is open from Saturday to Wednesday from 10am – 4pm.

Double the options with a duplex design

It’s no secret the rising costs of living and building a new home has made it more difficult for prospective first homeowners.

Despite this, Rob Tate Family Homes has experienced unprecedented interest in its duplex designs, and it’s not just investors who are keen to build “two homes for the price of one”.

Cash positive “mum and dad” clients are enquiring about building this housing style to accommodate adult children in one dwelling (to give them a head start) and renters in the neighbouring property (to create a revenue stream).

This set up also gives the owners the flexibility to move in next door to be closer to their children (and grandchildren).

The Sanremo duplex design on York Street comprises two adjoining 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 2-garage designs, facing two separate streets, fitted out with standard and upgraded inclusions.

To view the Sanremo and learn more about how a duplex design can work for you, visit 16 York between Wednesday and Sunday.

Helping first home buyers get a foot on the property ladder

Hibbard HomesNova 219 on York Street, offers four bedrooms and three living areas with a layout that’s proving popular with first home buyers.

The Nova features the master suite at the front and separate bedroom wing at the rear, with the open plan living/kitchen/dining area overlooking the alfresco and backyard.

Hibbard’s turnkey price includes 20mm Essastone benchtops, stainless steel fittings and appliances in the kitchen, fencing and turf, as well as a simplified selections process.

“I tell people all they need to organise is the pizza and beer when they move in,” explained Home Consultant Bev Carroll.

Find the Nova display at 6 York Street, Port Macquarie - open from Saturday to Wednesday.

Add wow factor to your facade

Never underestimate the importance of street presence when choosing your home’s façade. The addition of vertical or horizontal cladding, or feature stone or timber (all optional with Hotondo Homes’ Tallis design) is a worthwhile investment which shouldn’t tip you over your budget if factored in from the beginning.

Each display village builder offers facade upgrades to add wow factor to your home design. Ask them about the options when you visit.

Create an anchor theme for smooth sailing later

Selecting your home’s colour palette presents one of the first big opportunities to stamp your personal style on your abode.

Tight budget? No worries… An endless budget doesn’t necessarily guarantee the best result, it’s what you do with it that counts.

In many cases, your builder’s interior stylist will guide you through the process of choosing everything from your paint shade, kitchen benchtops and cupboards, through to your exterior finish, roof and garage door colours - so you don’t have to go it alone.

A well-planned theme (illustrated with these mood boards examples from Adenbrook Homes’ in-house interior design expert Julie Borger) plays an essential role in your home’s anchor theme, ensuring a cohesive result down the line.

This consultation process will not only decide your home’s anchor theme, but keep your selections within budget.

This is the fun part… Once your beautiful new home is complete, it’s time to decorate your blank canvas...

- Choose an interior design style and stick with it. Will you choose Hamptons, modern, monochrome, sanctuary or something entirely different? The choice is yours
- Thoroughly research affordable décor alternatives before you buy, avoiding impulse purchases which don’t match your theme
- Add greenery. House plants can be grown from cuttings, and work wonders bringing vibrancy to all areas of the home
- Don’t be afraid to DIY. Upcycle pre-loved furniture items with a lick of paint
- Less is more. Try to avoid over-crowding your fresh space, ensuring your beautiful new home remains the star

Discover more at the Sovereign Hills Display Village - York Street, Port Macquarie. Open daily from 10am - 4pm.

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