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  • The Secret To Finding The Perfect Builder
    Lifestyle Blog Knowledge Blog How Interior Design Will Bring Life To Your Home How To Get Your Council s Approval Building For Green energy Travis Boak Build Stage 1 Travis Boak Signs With Serenity Stage 2 Travis Boak s Foundations Stage 3 Travis Boak s Steel Frames Stage 4 Travis Boak s Windows Stage 5 Travis Boak s Brickwork Stage 6 Travis Boak s Plasterboard Stage 7 Travis Boak s Tiles Serenity Homes Top 50 Blog Posts Building Lifestyles Building Lifestyles Edition 10 Building Lifestyles Edition 9 Building Lifestyles Edition 8 Building Lifestyles Edition 7 Building Lifestyles Edition 6 Building Lifestyles Edition 5 Building Lifestyles Edition 4 Building Lifestyles Edition 3 Building Lifestyles Edition 2 Building Lifestyles Edition 1 Contact Welcome to the Serenity Homes Knowledge Blog The latest and greatest news about all things Serenity Homes The Secret To Finding The Perfect Builder Posted on April 28 2016 Featuring topics like Insider Handy Information Restrictions Laws Builder building Tweet You ve seen the current affairs program exposés on unlicensed builders performing shoddy work and the havoc they wreak on the unsuspecting Fortunately they are far in the minority and the internet makes it very simple to check out your builder before you have any work done As Adelaide custom home builders we have years of experience we have compiled the following tips to keep you safe Licensing You should always seek a builder that complies with high standards for registration and licensing In South Australia the Office of Consumer and Business Services offers a free online license search to verify your builder is fully licensed and registered Professional Association Membership Professional associations are very active in the training and compliance standards for their members ensuring professional conduct and investigating any complaints regarding member conduct At Serenity Homes we are members of the Housing Industry Association HIA in South Australia Awards The HIA recognise the excellence of their members with annual awards These award recipients are recognised by their peers as providing innovative and exceptional solutions for their customers You can find out who sets the bar in the industry by having a look at recent recipients and nominations on the association websites Check out our awards here Custom Home Builders As Adelaide custom home builders we take particular pride in our work Each home is a piece of craftsmanship that we want to last a lifetime and we know that other custom home builders share our enthusiasm for the trade There is a gap between project home builders and custom home builders both in their approach and in their execution if you re seeking the best quality work we strongly recommend a custom home builder Click here for 6 reasons why you should build a custom home The housing industry is highly regulated and South Australian builders lead the way in innovative construction techniques and quality assurance practices Sleep easy knowing that you ve done your homework and selected a great builder to bring your dream home to life

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  • When is the Best Time to Build?
    How Interior Design Will Bring Life To Your Home How To Get Your Council s Approval Building For Green energy Travis Boak Build Stage 1 Travis Boak Signs With Serenity Stage 2 Travis Boak s Foundations Stage 3 Travis Boak s Steel Frames Stage 4 Travis Boak s Windows Stage 5 Travis Boak s Brickwork Stage 6 Travis Boak s Plasterboard Stage 7 Travis Boak s Tiles Serenity Homes Top 50 Blog Posts Building Lifestyles Building Lifestyles Edition 10 Building Lifestyles Edition 9 Building Lifestyles Edition 8 Building Lifestyles Edition 7 Building Lifestyles Edition 6 Building Lifestyles Edition 5 Building Lifestyles Edition 4 Building Lifestyles Edition 3 Building Lifestyles Edition 2 Building Lifestyles Edition 1 Contact Welcome to the Serenity Homes Knowledge Blog The latest and greatest news about all things Serenity Homes When is the Best Time to Build Posted on April 28 2016 Featuring topics like Insider Handy Information Builder Design building Weather Tweet When building a home there are always things that come up which can extend or halt the building process At Serenity Homes our team of Adelaide custom home builders do their best to ensure that all deliveries and construction timelines are met on time however some things are out of our control There are two are factors that can affect the building time of your new home quite severely These setbacks often come in the shape of council approval time or extreme weather conditions both can have a significant impact on the completion date of your home Council Approval Council approval can be a difficult goal to obtain if the designs of your desired home are not clear or if they don t adhere to the restrictions set in your local area This is taken into account when we are initially going through the plans and we aim to provide advice on how to avoid any unnecessary delays that may arise if the plans are disapproved At Serenity Homes we liaise with your council for you to learn more about what we do for you during the building process click here If you change the plans of your home after you have gotten council approval you will require the approval of these changes by the council again This will delay our ability to begin building your new home as all plans need to be cleared by your local council This process will also accrue further costs from the council this is why it s best to really think about what you want before we begin the design process Want to learn more about the 6 stages of the building process Click here Weather Conditions In regards to weather contrary to popular belief there is no perfect time to build While there may be rain in winter the heat waves in summer can prolong the build for just as long Pick the time that is best for you and try to roll with the punches the weather throws at you Both of these setbacks are

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  • How to Build Your Dream Home Without Breaking The Bank
    Lifestyles Edition 9 Building Lifestyles Edition 8 Building Lifestyles Edition 7 Building Lifestyles Edition 6 Building Lifestyles Edition 5 Building Lifestyles Edition 4 Building Lifestyles Edition 3 Building Lifestyles Edition 2 Building Lifestyles Edition 1 Contact Welcome to the Serenity Homes Knowledge Blog The latest and greatest news about all things Serenity Homes How to Build Your Dream Home Without Breaking The Bank Posted on April 28 2016 Featuring topics like Handy Information building Finance Tweet You ve been dreaming of your new home for years and now you re ready to start the design process As the largest financial investment in your life it s natural to be anxious about sticking to the budget Our experienced team have the following advice and guidance for you to get the home you want at a price you can afford Be Realistic Your budget and your expectations need to be in sync you can t build a home that s the envy of the street on a shoestring budget Be honest with yourself about how much you can save and what you can afford to build keeping in mind that you may need to compromise on certain features of your home Your fundamental financial assumptions must be accurate or your decision making will be starting on a shaky foundation Design Process Your builder will be your best advisor during the design process Be upfront and honest with them about your budget as they have the experience and knowledge to provide alternative options that will suit your circumstances If you have a dream feature that you suspect is too expensive let them know anyway and they can discuss how it will fit into your budget or a different idea that would achieve the same effect Got a question Contact our friendly team of Adelaide custom home designers Cost Plus vs Competitive Bid There are two main contract types for building a new home The competitive bid is when your builder offers to build your home with the agreed design for a certain price The cost plus bid is when your builder provides an estimate of the cost for your new home and the final price is determined by the builder s actual costs plus a percentage margin on top There are pros and cons of each model the competitive bid will offer the most accurate picture of your final cost however this is dependent on keeping adjustments and changes to a minimum Click here to learn more about how much building an Adelaide custom home design will cost Allow Extra You should aim to sign a contract for less than the amount you can afford to pay This buffer idea is one you should be familiar with however the reason we suggest it may not be In our experience once construction has begun our clients often wish to make additions or modifications to the plan as they see their new home take shape Having already allowed for a buffer provides the flexibility and

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  • Striking the Perfect Balance Between Your Home and Suburb
    8 Building Lifestyles Edition 7 Building Lifestyles Edition 6 Building Lifestyles Edition 5 Building Lifestyles Edition 4 Building Lifestyles Edition 3 Building Lifestyles Edition 2 Building Lifestyles Edition 1 Contact Welcome to the Serenity Homes Knowledge Blog The latest and greatest news about all things Serenity Homes Striking the Perfect Balance Between Your Home and Suburb Posted on April 28 2016 Featuring topics like Handy Information Land Inspiration building Decor Tweet As Adelaide custom home designers we know that the decision to design your own home is a personal one as is the choice of area to live in With a fixed budget to work with an increase in land cost may mean compromising on your dream home design and vice versa You should think about the following factors when building your dream home in order to make the most of your suburb Choice of Suburb The choice of suburb to live in is perhaps the most important factor to consider When deciding where to build your new home you will want to consider many factors such as access to schools amenities public transport parks and commute time Finding an appropriate block of land on which to build may prove more troublesome in established suburbs if you have any questions or would like some help please feel free to contact our team of Adelaide custom home designers Be realistic about your budget and be patient once you have selected the area for your new home sometimes the right block of land takes time to secure Resale Value You should think about how important the resale value of your home is to you Will your new home be the last home you ever buy If so then your choice of area and fitting your home to match your lifestyle will be the biggest priority If there s a strong chance you could move in ten years time you should aim to match your home to the suburb Installing high end fittings into a home in a less desirable neighborhood doesn t make sense from a value perspective as the location of the home will dominate the price obtained at sale Click here to learn what makes a timeless kitchen Click here to discover the secrets to an outstanding bathroom Cost of Upgrading Fixtures at a Later Date It is much cheaper overall to install higher quality fixtures in a new construction than it is to select cheaper fixtures initially and upgrade at a later date Also consider the nuisance factor of renovating a kitchen or bathroom while living in the premises If you have a strong desire to live in a particular suburb now and can manage the renovation costs and disruptions at a later date then it may still be the best option for you As Adelaide luxury home builders we know the importance of a great interior Click here to discover how to transform your home with interior design Investment Property If you are building a property for investment

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  • Fit Your Custom Home to Your Style With These Important Tips
    Tiles Serenity Homes Top 50 Blog Posts Building Lifestyles Building Lifestyles Edition 10 Building Lifestyles Edition 9 Building Lifestyles Edition 8 Building Lifestyles Edition 7 Building Lifestyles Edition 6 Building Lifestyles Edition 5 Building Lifestyles Edition 4 Building Lifestyles Edition 3 Building Lifestyles Edition 2 Building Lifestyles Edition 1 Contact Welcome to the Serenity Homes Knowledge Blog The latest and greatest news about all things Serenity Homes Fit Your Custom Home to Your Style With These Important Tips Posted on April 28 2016 Featuring topics like Handy Information Design Inspiration Customize Decor Tweet It s the typical problem you see a fantastic pair of jeans on the rack only to find out that when you try them on they have a weird cut they re not flattering or the sizing is way off Imagine how much bigger a problem that would be if it were for the greatest investment of your life the new custom home you re having built It s very difficult to imagine a two dimensional floor plan from a 3D perspective How will the space work Fortunately there are ways you can get an accurate idea of your new home before you start the design process With decades of experience as custom home builders in Adelaide the team here at Serenity Homes have come up with the following advice Gather Decor Inspiration Often it can be useful to browse homeware retailers and look through the showrooms of the suppliers you will be using You can get a lot of inspiration for the various rooms in your home bathrooms kitchens living rooms etc from these sources which can help when you are trying to imagine your new home Look at Display Homes While custom home builders generally don t have display homes available there s nothing stopping you from checking out the competition Take a notepad with you and write down any alterations you would make to each home there are bound to be many and with your decision to have your new home custom built you can have it your way Open Inspections Scan your favourite real estate websites for open inspections for rental or sale of modern homes in your area You may pick up some great tips you had not even considered for your home and you will appreciate the individuality that every home offers Be inspired and make sure your home stands out from the crowd in a way that reflects your lifestyle Ask Your Builder Your builder may have an almost completed home that you can have a look at which is a great way to inspect the quality of their build and workmanship They can explain and demonstrate features which you are considering and you can get a very good feel for their overall design and construction philosophy from seeing the almost finished product firsthand Alternatively they may have clients that are willing to show you around their finished homes and answer any questions you may have about their personal experience

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  • 5 Ways To Future Proof Your Home
    Travis Boak s Plasterboard Stage 7 Travis Boak s Tiles Serenity Homes Top 50 Blog Posts Building Lifestyles Building Lifestyles Edition 10 Building Lifestyles Edition 9 Building Lifestyles Edition 8 Building Lifestyles Edition 7 Building Lifestyles Edition 6 Building Lifestyles Edition 5 Building Lifestyles Edition 4 Building Lifestyles Edition 3 Building Lifestyles Edition 2 Building Lifestyles Edition 1 Contact Welcome to the Serenity Homes Blog The latest and greatest news about all things Serenity Homes 5 Ways To Future Proof Your Home Posted on April 28 2016 Featuring topics like Handy Information Tweet Building your dream home only to see it drop dramatically in listing price over the years is a nightmare we would all rather avoid Unfortunately it tends to happen to a lot of people especially if they pay poor attention to vital factors that can make or break their home s future in the real estate market So have you done everything you can to ensure that your home retains its value Here are 5 features our Adelaide building experts recommend to maintain and grow your home s value Create Space Closed spaces can make even the biggest house feel small and that can seriously affect the price When designing your home plan for large spaces to give a wonderfully open and spacious feel to the room Open plan living is very popular for a reason and it ages very well Have a Gorgeous Garden Landscaping is a great way to build and maintain value for your home After all it s one of the first things that potential buyers will see when they look at your home and it can give it quite a big boost to its appearance Landscaping should be integral in the design stage of your home however it can be accounted for at a later time with relative ease Let There Be Light A sure fire way to bump up your home in the marketplace is to let in as much natural light as possible Not only will this make your home seem bigger it can also serve to make your home more energy efficient Double glazed windows are a great way to reduce your power bill while adding value learn more about their energy efficiency benefits here Go Green Going green will not only please mother nature it will please your future buyers too Environmental sustainability can be built into your home from the very beginning but it can also be introduced post build Solar panels grey water recycling facilities and Hebel panelling are just some of the ways you can go green learn more about them and how they can help reduce your utility bill here Have a Knockout Kitchen and Bathroom Real estate agents are constantly telling us that having an amazing kitchen and bathroom is a must and they re absolutely right Whether you re designing your home from scratch or looking to renovate it is essential that you place a high importance on the look and feel

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  • Easy Ways To Warm Up This Winter
    Brickwork Stage 6 Travis Boak s Plasterboard Stage 7 Travis Boak s Tiles Serenity Homes Top 50 Blog Posts Building Lifestyles Building Lifestyles Edition 10 Building Lifestyles Edition 9 Building Lifestyles Edition 8 Building Lifestyles Edition 7 Building Lifestyles Edition 6 Building Lifestyles Edition 5 Building Lifestyles Edition 4 Building Lifestyles Edition 3 Building Lifestyles Edition 2 Building Lifestyles Edition 1 Contact Welcome to the Serenity Homes Blog The latest and greatest news about all things Serenity Homes Easy Ways To Warm Up This Winter Posted on April 28 2016 Tweet If there is anyone who knows a thing of two about keeping warm in the winter months it s the Scandinavians Over the years they have perfected the art of creating warmth within their homes despite freezing temperatures Though we have a much warmer climate here in Australia their wise ways still translate Here are our 5 favourite ways they have mastered to battle the colder months Capture the Light Natural light is few and far between in the depths of winter for our Scandinavian friends so maximising what they do get is vital Obviously large floor to ceiling windows are the most ideal way to let lots of natural light in but ensuring your home is situated on the land in a way to maximise the sunshine throughout the day is equally if not more important This is more relevant in the home design process rather than construct or finish phase If you re in a Federation Home skylights and cleverly placed smaller windows throughout can help increase the natural light through the darker months If putting a hole in the wall isn t an option try mirrors they are great at reflecting naturally occurring light and making a space look far bigger Add Natural Materials Natural wood and other natural materials can add a lovely warmth to a home as they act as a natural insulator to retain heat Try adding lighter coloured woods in your furniture floorboards or benchtops to create a toasty ambience To learn more about some eco friendly materials to put into your home click here Mix up Textures and Colours Typically the use of earthy colours and textures is used very sparingly in Scandinavian design making way for all things white and light However the use of a faux fur rug near a fireplace or a deep maroon feature wall can really make your home feel more inviting Keeping in mind that plenty of us are renting or unable to make grand alterations to our abode using texture and colour is an easy way to warm your space Candles for Effect By adding candles to your home you can instantly brighten up a room The warm light they bestow can transform the atmosphere from dark and cold to light and warm in an instant Clustering candles together can be a nice way to liven up a window frame or coffee table as well as infusing a wonderful warming scent to the room

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  • The Secrets to an Outstanding Bathroom
    Design Will Bring Life To Your Home How To Get Your Council s Approval Building For Green energy Travis Boak Build Stage 1 Travis Boak Signs With Serenity Stage 2 Travis Boak s Foundations Stage 3 Travis Boak s Steel Frames Stage 4 Travis Boak s Windows Stage 5 Travis Boak s Brickwork Stage 6 Travis Boak s Plasterboard Stage 7 Travis Boak s Tiles Serenity Homes Top 50 Blog Posts Building Lifestyles Building Lifestyles Edition 10 Building Lifestyles Edition 9 Building Lifestyles Edition 8 Building Lifestyles Edition 7 Building Lifestyles Edition 6 Building Lifestyles Edition 5 Building Lifestyles Edition 4 Building Lifestyles Edition 3 Building Lifestyles Edition 2 Building Lifestyles Edition 1 Contact Welcome to the Serenity Homes Blog The latest and greatest news about all things Serenity Homes The Secrets to an Outstanding Bathroom Posted on April 28 2016 Featuring topics like Bathrooms Tweet A bathroom has a lot of power over the look and feel of the rest of the home We re sure many of you have walked into a bathroom and felt how it can change your entire mood or feeling towards the house you are in More than putting off your guests having a bad bathroom can devalue your house To help you to get your beautiful bathroom here are 5 key things that make for an outstanding bathroom Have a Stylish Bath It seems simple but it s enormously effective It turns your regular bathroom into a luxurious retreat and makes for a fantastic relaxation zone Use Your Space Wisely You don t need a giant room to make the bathroom feel spacious and you don t need a tiny one to make it feel cramped and uncomfortable Suit your fittings and amenities to your space not the other way around Ensuites are Fantastic Having incredible ensuites can add a huge amount of value to your home They re also really handy and allow for extra privacy Top tip put in two sinks and plenty of storage space you will end up with a spacious and lavish look that isn t marred by a thousand bits and pieces Rich Colours to Bring Warmth Having your bathroom all in white can look amazing but it s easy for it to become cold and unwelcoming Mixing it up with some feature cabinets or walls in rich dark colours not only makes for a warm atmosphere but they will make your white pieces even more dazzling Use Glass You can achieve lots of different styles by using glass in your bathroom You can use a lot of it ending up with a sleek modernistic bathroom or you can use it in a very minimalistic way perhaps having one stunning feature basin to draw the eye and be the feature piece of the room Either way glass is a great addition Bathrooms are an essential part of your home and tend to put pressure on you during the designing process but by heeding these 5 simple tips

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