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1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Feedback on Facade pls?

Cottage pane windows, sash if possible, more traditional style front door painted a contrasting colour to the rest of the house. Eg grey house, white trims, glossy black door. Garage…

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2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

jsmi, could you leave everything as is except reduce the length of the shower, and use that space for a bookshelf in the study?
Or…

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2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Is this a crazy idea?

Oh yes, ditch it- there’s no natural light source for it to do make-up anyway

2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Best floorplans using swimming pool as the feature?

Hi HFBMPC, we are designing an “H” shaped house with the pool in one hollow of the H and the alfresco in the other if that makes sense. Running through…

2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Is this a crazy idea?

I think the reduced setback would be my first port of call too. But if that fails then I’m all for moving the laundry to the garage for all the…

2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Our Design

Also, how about replacing the door to the toilet with a cavity slider, and adding a small basin in there. It’ll come in handy when your 17 yr old is…

2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Our Design

Hello! Your living and dining might be a little dark as the only external window will be shaded by the outdoor living? Which way is north?

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Dual living plan - what do you think

Is this a custom design? The smaller dwelling is South facing and will be quite dark, unless you’re planning to have something like clerestory windows to pull in north light…

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

Hi Adelaide88, not sure if I just can’t see it on the plan, which way is north?

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Need suggestions and advice on an odd shaped north facing bl

I can see why you’ve designed the house this way, as the wider end of your block is to the front. I agree with Arcadelt and stealing light, so…

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Canberra custom KDR

Following, very interested in your passive solar design. We put a lot of thought into that for our design too, but unfortunately still had issues with NATHERS due to the…

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Opinion hydronic slab heating with engineered floorboards

Hi mboy, these stone based engineered boards sound intriguing. I googled them (heatboard) but couldn't find a price. Any idea how the cost compares to normal engineered boards?

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
What the hell is "Hamptons Style"

Very true. The first three pics you've got there, label them hamptons in Aust and no one would disagree.

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
What the hell is "Hamptons Style"

Arcadelt, the volume builders seem to give a nod to this style by adding weatherboard cladding to upper floors, using colonial windows, adding maybe one forward facing gable and painting…

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
What the hell is "Hamptons Style"

We made it to 33 degrees before we hit height restrictions!

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3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
What the hell is "Hamptons Style"

To me, the Australian definition of a Hamptons facade seems to be a cross between American Arts and Craft, and American Coastal. I don't think Hamptons architecture as a definition…

4 months4 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Floor plan feedback HGWA - Vienna

Agree with suggestion of sink in WC. And if you didn't want to sacrifice the study nook in bed2, you could change the WC door to a cavity slider instead.

5 months5 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
First home, house plan. What do you think? Awkward block sha

Hi Skippy, I was also struck by how narrow your parents' powder room door is. Maybe you could change it to a cavity slider and have a wider opening? I…

5 months5 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
My little abode - Custom Blueprint Build

Nicely compact design, love the non-McMansion-ness of it!
I too would seriously reconsider the orientation of the house on the block. Would be such a shame to waste the north light.…

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6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom Beach House / Family Home

Definitely the provision for a lift is a great idea. We are working on our design currently (up to thermal assessment stage) and age/mobility proofing at least a section of…

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom Beach House / Family Home

Alex, I think your house is going to be amazing! I mean, that entrance, is that a boardwalk over the pond?! And is that a roof terrace?! And a lift!…

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Phase Change Materials - anyone used this?

I'll be contacting the BioPCM guys to speak to them directly. There's a couple of videos on their website that explained things nicely and answered quite a few of my…

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Phase Change Materials - anyone used this?

I read through that entire site when I first started to look at building, it's been incredibly helpful!
PCM cost is around $115m2, and relatively low installation cost since it comes…

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Phase Change Materials - anyone used this?

Thanks for your reply alexp79. Interesting about the cost - I had intended to go reverse brick veneer for the ground floor, but it turns out it would cost around…

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Phase Change Materials - anyone used this?

You're right ddarroch. We are in Sydney and we would use the recommended BioPCM version for the optimal temp range (can't remember which off the top of my head). …

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Phase Change Materials - anyone used this?

Looking to use this as an alternative to brick for thermal mass on the second storey of our build. Interested in anyone's experiences of BioPCM or similar.

7 months7 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

Nice! That wide corridor will make it feel very spacious.
Did you want feedback? Maybe a small hand basin in the main toilet for hand washing if someone else is…

7 months7 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

Hi Jess
I have exactly the same issue re orientation, with front of block facing north (plans are a few posts back). So I'm glad to see we've got a…

8 months8 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom House Build - Concord NSW

Nice plans! Will be following

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