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A Luxury Home – Can you Afford NOT to Build One? | David Reid Homes

Why Build A Luxury Home?

David Reid Homes Luxury HomeThere are lots of reasons that people want to build a luxury home. Some would say that it goes without even considering that everyone wants to live in a luxury home. So why don’t people do it more often? Often when people are building their first homes, they are on a fairly tight budget. This doesn’t mean that they can’t have luxury homes. The interesting thing about building a first home is that many people assume that they will have to build a project or ‘cookie-cutter’ home from one of the mass-producing builders. We’re not going to name them here but you know the ones! They are easily identified because they will give you a list of plans and layouts which look great in the booklet, but you’re quite limited to what they have and they’ll have a price against each one which may look very attractive.

All is often not what it seems…

So you go and tour their display home. You walk through and compare it with the images in the booklet and it looks far better it person! It has high ceilings, a more luxurious bathroom with superior fittings, the kitchen has a chef’s oven, granite benchtop, top-of-the-line taps and plumbing, dishwasher, fashionable exhaust fan over the stove, ducted to the outside, extra windows, beautiful tiles, carpets, air conditioning, landscaping, fencing, and luxurious light fittings. The whole nine yards. luxury home needed for sloping blockThen you sit down with the salesperson and say, “I want to build this house on my block of land.” You show them the map and photographs of the block that you are so proud of and the salesperson says, “Yes of course we can build on that.” They don’t tell you that because your building site is fifty metres from the boundary or because you have a sloping block your building costs will be much higher. They don’t tell you that the fittings and accessories in the display home are top of the line… That they will cost you thousands of  dollars extra and way above the prices that are shown in the catalogue. They don’t tell you that it may be difficult to get subcontractors into your area, or that it will cost more to get them there because your block may be further out than where they normally build. That is of course unless you ask about all of these things. Many people who aren’t experienced in buying or building homes don’t know the correct questions to ask to get the full picture. You may be left with a false impression that you are going to get what appears to be a luxury home for a bargain price; that is until you are further down the track.

An expensive home is not a luxury homeAn expensive home is not a luxury home

Suddenly, you’re faced with a much more expensive home than you first expected and when it comes down to it you’re still getting that ‘cookie-cutter’ home that looks like thousands of others. Remember the song, “Little Boxes”? Assuming that you do get this house built, you will regularly be having people come to visit who say, “Our house is just like this! Is this the “XYZ” design from ABC builders?” And guess what? It certainly is! These same people can probably give you a list of half a dozen other people they know who have exactly the same house. So, here you are with one of the many “Little Boxes”. Just like in the song. And you know what? If you had come to David Reid Homes with the same total budget that this ‘cookie-cutter’ home cost you, you could have had a luxury home, unique to your family’s needs. Built for maximum use of the natural aspect and environment for economical and environmentally friendly passive climate control. Your David Reid Homes custom home builder would have considered the best design aspects to suit your particular needs and block and how your house will fit. Visitors will come to your David Reid Homes luxury home and say, “Wow! Your home is completely different. You’ve got fantastic views, passive solar and cross ventilation, and everything just looks and feels right. The lighting and fittings are really great quality. This home has your character written all over it! I wish I’d had David Reid Homes build my home.” So by all means, look at other builders. Check out exactly what you get for your money. And then when you’re sure what your house is really going to cost, call your local David Reid Homes luxury home builder. It may be the best building decision that you ever made.
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A Prime Prestige Home on Myler’s Sloping Block | David Reid Homes New England

Building on a Sloping Block Works!

We come home and are just happy to sit down here and chill for an hour

sloping block myler familyTeena was a bit reluctant at first when the real estate agent showed the Mylers a steeply sloping block in the bush just outside Inverell. But with encouragement from her husband Ron and the enthusiasm of their chosen builder David Reid Homes, she has not regretted building their dream home with the wonderful views over the distant ranges. Ten minutes from town they are now living in a stylish retreat they love returning to after a busy day’s work. “We come home and are just happy to sit down here and chill for an hour. It’s a 10-minute drive so there’s time to let go of the day’s stress. Once you get here you’re right,” says Ron. Teena and Ron are well known Inverell locals. Ron previously worked as an electrician for 15 years at Wilks Electrical and Teena worked in the State Bank and then the New England Credit Union for 10 or so years. They now run the popular MacIntyre Hot Bread Shop, having bought the business in 1999 from Ron’s father who established the shop 30 years ago.
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The couple have built up a thriving bakery business and Teena runs the ‘smoko van’ servicing the industrial area five days a week and local sporting and other events on the weekends.   “We started in the bakery with three cooks and two staff, we now have six cooks and 15 staff altogether… so it’s growing,” says Ron. Teena’s other interest is scrapbooking. She became a consultant six years ago and sells scrapbooking products as well. “I have the space here to hold classes and workshops so all the ladies come out and use my tools.” The couple are both very busy. This is the third house they have built and the Mylers knew what they wanted, a bush block larger than two acres that you have to mow every weekend. “Eight acres is just big enough to only have a house block to look after and leave the rest scrub. In 2010 there were no houses out here and only a dirt track.” They enlisted the assistance of friends Kylie and Dan Wilks from David Reid Homes, with extensive experience building on a sloping block.  

The sloping block was not a problem for David Reid Homes

sloping block david reid homes“We couldn’t see how anything could be done as it was quite a steep sloping block. We did three cuts and filled where the shed is, and down here,” says Ron. “Dan was really hands on. He helped us pick the best aspect. He brought out Blakey, his architect, and we all put our heads together.” What an achievement! Walking through the front door into the open plan living area is ‘wow’. High ceilings and large sliding doors overlooking the 12-metre pool and distant ranges enhance the sense of space. The skylight above the stairwell leading to a large downstairs rumpus room and Teena’s office and scrapbooking workroom adds even more light. The house is functional and practical and very down to earth. Teena wanted the interior to be fairly simple. White walls work well with the rock feature pillars at the entrance. She chose the green-tiled splashback in the kitchen and a big slab of Caesarstone for the bench tops. The open plan interior with large 10-metre wide sliding glass doors opening onto the balcony feels like living outdoors. sloping block david reid homes“The floor to ceiling doors are open nine months of the year,” says Ron. “We have lots of barbeques with friends and family and really enjoy sharing the relaxing views.” The earthiness of the interior is enhanced by the polished concrete floors on both levels. Teena loves how versatile and easily cleaned they are. “It’s different, it has quite an industrial feel to it. We wanted the really shiny gloss. We wanted the wow factor,” says Teena. “There’s enough space for our boys to just move the table to play handball or cricket inside.” The concrete flooring means the house is surprisingly warm during winter. “It could be five degrees outside in the middle of winter but if the sun’s shining we don’t need the gas heater till the sun goes down. If it’s overcast we turn the heater on,” comments Ron. “In summer the house is cooled by ceiling to floor louvres everywhere to enhance air flow.” Outside the rock pillars supporting the two-storey structure are an arresting feature. Teena stumbled across the ‘rocks’ on a Melbourne website. They are hand-made out of concrete about two inches thick and put together like a jigsaw puzzle, glued on to the brick wall behind them. “The rocks are called ‘Mt Hotham’. We had no idea why till we were skiing at Mount Hotham and that’s what the rocks look like there!” laughs Teena. “We deliberately put the garage on the first floor level and there’s no steps at the front door, so everything is accessible. As we get older it makes sense,” says Ron. This is using the sloping block to its best advantage. The Myler’s home was completed in 2010 and the garden is an ongoing process. They mulched and planted out the bank in front of the pool. “We just wanted something that was green and easy care.

It’s a whole new world up here, like floating. It’s a beautiful spot.”

Every morning we wake up and there’ll be kangaroos here. The dogs don’t worry about them now. We’ve kept the bush aspect,” says Teena. “Because the house is so high you are a part of the view, a part of the landscape. It’s a whole new world up here, like floating. It’s a beautiful spot.” The sloping block was not a problem after all.   Attribution: Reprinted from New England Home & Lifestyle magazine and attributes the writer Jen McMahon and photographer Mel Arnott.
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Franchisee of the Year 2014 | David Reid Homes New England

David Reid Homes Business Franchise Success

David Reid Homes Australasia Franchisee of the Year 2014

What makes a successful David Reid Homes building franchise owner? Dan Wilks, director of David Reid Homes New England has a passion for building and can truly say he loves his job! Among his excellent building skills and experience, he has constructed and repaired roofs of factories, terraces, churches, and many houses. Dan and Kylie have been highly successful in delivering the highest levels of both service and quality to the New England area. They have always focused on custom, high end residential new homes, and extensive renovations where “custom is detail”! With custom design and building, anything is possible and they work with you to produce a home that suits you and your lifestyle. This is the Wynella Oakwood home Inverell key to operating a highly successful Australian business franchise. Dan, Kylie, and their team have built a number of extensive homes in the New England area and are always looking for a challenge. They are able to achieve outstanding results on large, intricate renovations and new homes. By completing the HIA GreenSmart Professional Accreditation course, Dan has great knowledge of energy-efficient building. He also has exceptional project management skills and has built up great relationships with his team of local quality tradespeople and sub-contractors. “We are proud of the high-quality sub-contractors that work alongside our team” – Dan. David Reid Homes New England offers a service that guides you through the entire decision-making process and helps make the choices that can seem daunting when you build or renovate. As a premium building business franchise owner, we aim for satisfied and happy clients every time.

“From the initial portfolio and quotation, to the construction of the final piece of the jigsaw. Their expertise and attention to detail were exemplary…”

Kylie has tackled the operation of the building company with both hands. She enjoys it and being the daughter of a builder is thankful for the basic knowledge she has of a “building site and what goes on”. Having owned a picture framing business, Kylie has gained a flair for being creative and assists in the custom design side of David Reid Homes New England. Her colour knowledge, and interest in design and decorating has Kylie poring over the latest magazines and ideas keeping them both up to date with the latest products. Dan and Kylie support local businesses where ever they can, and with their three children Georgie, Dustin, and Jasmine live a very active life enjoying cycling, pilates, camping, water skiing, and spending time with family and friends. The powerhouse team already have a number of awards to their credit including but not limited to: Multi-award winners and finalists at the regional and state level in the HIA Housing Awards mud room David Reid Homes

Home of the Year Award

HIA Northern NSW Home of the Year 2011 HIA Northwest/New England Home of the Year 2008 HIA Northwest/New England Home of the Year 2003  

HIA Northern NSW Renovation & Addition of the Year

HIA Northern NSW Renovation & Addition of the Year 2010 HIA Northern NSW Renovation & Addition of the Year 2009  

Custom Built Home of the Year Award

HIA Northern NSW Custom Built Home of the Year 2011 HIA Northwest/New England Custom Built Home of the Year 2006 HIA Northern NSW Custom Built Home Project in Category 2011  

To see the full list of their awards and achievements CLICK HERE

Congratulations to Dan and Kylie, winners of the 2014 David Reid Homes Australasia Franchisee of the Year.

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A Sustainable Luxury Home | David Reid Homes New England

Creating a Luxury Sustainable House

Creating this Luxurious Home – A Labour of Love

This passive-solar-designed sustainable house in the countryside is at one with nature. Located in a regional Northern New South Wales, this modern eco-friendly luxury home is far from your typical house. Built by Dan Wilks of David Reid Homes, creating this house was as much about building his dream home as it was about creating a structure that clearly defines what he is capable of as a David Reid luxury home builder. The dwelling displays the best of passive-solar design and ‘green’ building. Dan is passionate about eco-friendly construction and has completed his Housing Industry Association (HIA) Greensmart Course. This beautiful home became his way of proving the theory. Dan points out that the two most important aspects of building are orientation and insulation. Coupled with these are essential cross-flow ventilation, shading, and passive solar design for eco-friendly living. “The orientation aspect is a classic example in our case. We have positioned our house a little northeast,” says Dan’s wife. Kylie. “This is perfect for our passive design, but our view of the town is more to the east. Most people think that’s the direction your house should face but although our house is facing the town, it doesn’t mean we don’t get to enjoy a view of it,” she explains. The interiors are fresh and simple with a neutral theme of white, light and dark grey, complemented by browns from the timber elements. Occasional splashes of colour from furnishings and artwork. sustainable house ventilation to bathroomA simple colour palette allows the texture of different materials to become the feature,” says Kylie, adding that the block walls give the house a structural grounding. The north-facing 4 m x 12 m glass doors are another stunning feature and let the tranquil bush view flow into the open style design. The house has been custom designed to suit the family and, according to Kylie, “The design was about meeting different aspects of our life and future life. We can shut the door of the office and walk away,” says Kylie. The guest room, one of five bedrooms in the house, has its own separate access to the outside.

The Sustainable House and the Family

This sustainable house is open plan and spacious but with quiet areas, such as the library. For a family, the ease of access between the garage and indoors via a mudroom is important for making life more convenient. The positioning of the main bedroom means it has a stunning outlook of the peaceful countryside, it’s close to the living room of the house but retains privacy. “It’s well-planned spaces like these that make large houses feel like a home.” With free reign over the kitchen design, Kylie decided to create a space with small galley areas. “It certainly doesn’t look like a conventional set-out, but it works for how we live,” she says of the kitchen layout. The kitchen has two distinct areas – one for coffee, tea and breakfast; one for preparation and cooking. The island bench brings the room together and acts as a central space for catching up, serving meals and homework. Sustainable house beauty at nightDan’s favourite element of this dream sustainable home is the staircase. It’s a demonstration of excellent planning and workmanship. The result is simple and stunning. The passive design of this rural luxury home includes louvre windows to assist with excellent cross-flow ventilation, hydronic in-slab heating, reverse masonry walls, solar panels, extended eaves on the north side for protection from the summer heat, and extra insulation. The lawn is watered using a Biolytix waste management system and the western side of the house has an ornamental grapevine growing to assist in shielding the house from the sun in summer while allowing warm sunlight to penetrate during the winter when the vine’s leaves drop. Dan designed and handmade the home’s concrete panels, which act as a heat pack. “They conduct heat when the sun is long gone and work like magic!” Says Kylie. With its practical and stylish design, this beautiful sustainable house is energy-efficient and proof that passive eco-design is achievable. It’s no surprise then, that this stylish, contemporary family home was a finalist in the 2013 HIA northern New South Wales housing awards. Attribution to: Home Design Magazine volume 16, number 6 “The Summer Living Issue”
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Custom Home Builders, David Reid Homes Goulburn Valley and southern Riverina

So many home builders… BUT… Are you getting caught up in the price war ?? Do you actually know what has been left out or put in ?? Our list price includes:
  • Smeg Appliances
  • dishwasher
  • reverse cycle heat n cool
  • light fittings
  • NO EXTRA to build in NSW
  • no $10,000 for site costs
  • flyscreens
  • more than a top-shelf in robes
  • sliding doors on robes
  • termite treated timber frames and trusses

Steel Frames?

WE DO STEEL FRAMES too, Colourbond roof, remotes, and auto motor for your roller door. 20mm Caesar stone benchtops, ceiling battens laser leveled and clipped, (not direct screwed plaster to trusses) toilet roll holders, towel rails, the list goes on.  

But What About the “Hidden” Costs?

IT’S ALL INCLUDED in our standard inclusions, in our list price. So get past the “so-called price”. We actually let you customise your inclusion list to suit you. You can change any plan or get your own drawn. That’s why we are custom home builders. Do the Custom build experience, it’s not more expensive, it’s just all included in the first place. Check out our new Display Home at 78 Sanctuary drive Kialla lakes or our new Cobram Display centre at 1/16 Broadway court. David Reid Homes luxury home builders are always “raising the standard”. Our professional team of designers, custom home builders and interior decorators are passionate about luxury homes and will help you to design and build your dream luxury home on time and within budget. With offices throughout Australia, you can be assured of receiving a consistent level of superior service no matter where you choose to build your luxury home. At David Reid Homes we do things differently, and it is our people that make the difference.

We don’t do price wars, we do value wars.

From David Reid Homes, Goulburn Valley, and Southern Riverina.

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Spectacular Luxury Home by David Reid Homes Hervey Bay

The housing market on the Fraser Coast has been enriched with the opening of a stunning new David Reid Homes Fraser Coast Display Home! The stylish new display in Hervey Bay offers a generous four-bedroom home with a spacious open and airy feel. “There is a very strong zonal design approach in this home with the parent’s retreat set away from the formal and informal living areas”. David Reid Homes Hervey Bay director Tony Stallard said. The secondary bedrooms and main bathroom are located in a separate wing, which connects with the communal living areas. The unique design is to be expected from luxury builders of the caliber of Tony and his team. Once you enter the home through a covered porch area, there is a large open entry which creates a sense of occasion on arrival. From this entry, you walk through to an open living area, kitchen, and dining and takes in views of the spacious outdoor alfresco area.
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Fraser Coast Display Lounge Room
Fraser Coast Display Living Room

These zones have an easy flow throughout

The zones are not rigid spaces but rather have an easy flow throughout right down to the multipurpose room. This flow extends to the outdoor living area which is ideally suited to the bay-side lifestyle. “People live differently today and no longer feel the need to have separate rooms cut off from each other. There has been a huge shift to open plan living in recent years as people’s lifestyles have changed and become much busier,” Tony said. Sometimes offering people less actually gives them a lot more. By removing the unnecessary walls throughout the home we have created a spacious, easy living custom built home.
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Luxury Home Builders take a Different Approach

Our design approach is to think about how people live day-to-day and then incorporate features into a home. The beauty of being custom home builders is that we can build what best suits the owners and their families. The ‘Barwon’ is a prestigious home design from our extensive range of homes on offer by David Reid Homes. The range of designs is extensive, featuring homes designed to suit people building their first home through to large luxurious designs! The kitchen, living, dining, and alfresco areas are the hub of the ‘Barwon’. Externally, the combination of earthy tones and painted texture finish, combined with Colorbond roofing creates a very strong street presence.

Tony Stallard has certainly made an impact on the Central Coast with this stunning new Display Home!

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David Reid Homes is a custom home builder company, specialising in building unique designs with quality craftsmanship for luxury homes. With offices throughout Australia, you can rest assured you are receiving a consistent level of superior service no matter where you choose to build your dream home. At David Reid Homes, we like to do things differently. It’s our people that make the difference. Our professional team of designers, custom home builders, and interior decorators are passionate about luxury custom homes. They will help you to design and build your dream home on time and within budget.

We Raise the Standard

Our motto “Raising the Standard”, award-winning Display Homes, and many satisfied clients are a testament to our proven ability to deliver every time! It takes skill, vision, and determination to see a building project from beginning to end. For the team at David Reid Homes, these attributes have seen the company expand nationally. David Reid Homes are custom home builders dedicated to creating beautiful homes for clients all over the country. The company’s philosophy, “To continually raise the standard of design, innovation, quality, service, and value to levels which others can only attempt to aspire to.” Resonates throughout every department. In certain situations, clients prefer to draw inspiration from existing designs. David Reid Homes has an extensive portfolio of concept designs to help homeowners envisage and understand how our builders can turn their dream home to reality. Our range of concept designs have been expertly created so that you can see how our innovation, custom designs, materials, and technology can make a unique custom-built, luxury home. From ideas to architecture, our close-knit team of builders work tirelessly to create the perfect home for every client. This dedication to its art has seen the company receive many awards throughout Australia.

Click here to see our exciting range of display homes.

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David Reid Homes Central West

both family and community-focused and concentrate on creating custom-built homes for local folk, working alongside local tradespeople and suppliers. Lounge room design David Reid Homes Central West is owned and operated by a local mum and dad team, Cobey and Kasey Byrne in Orange NSW. They are They’re not just custom home builders in Orange of course. David Reid Homes Central West covers the area including Bathurst, Cowra, Forbes, Mudgee, Orange and Parkes, and everywhere in between!

About Cobey and Kasey

Cobey has lived in Orange his whole life and served out his apprenticeship with a large local building company. He then started his own building company ‘Byrne Built’ in 2009, building residential homes in the area. Kasey, Cobey’s partner of 11 years is also a local. Kasey grew up around the building industry and has always been involved in Cobey’s ventures! She is currently teaching in a local high school but also plays an integral role in David Reid Homes Central West. Cobey and Kasey are both very family and community orientated and use local trades and suppliers of the region as much as possible, supporting local sporting associations and are keen fundraisers for local causes.

Why David Reid Homes?

David Reid Homes’ motto is ‘Raising The Standard’. This is why Cobey joined the group. He knew that David Reid Homes Custom Home Builders would assist him in raising the standard of his homes to a new level.

Being members of the David Reid Homes team gives David Reid Homes Central West access to the professional team of designers, home builders and interior decorators who all share a passion for custom-built luxury homes.

Together they will help design and build your dream luxury home within your time and financial budgets!

They are your custom home builders and luxury home builders for the Central West area of New South Wales.
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An Energy-Efficient Luxury Home for your Future | David Reid Homes

Safer, Warmer, Healthier

An Energy-Efficient Luxury Home for your Future

custom home builders future proof homes Looking for your own custom-built luxury home? As Australia’s premier custom home builders, David Reid Homes is a pioneer in the building industry’s efforts to deliver homes that are safer, warmer, healthier, and more energy-efficient. We’ll collaborate with you to find the solutions that work best for you and your family to improve your home’s comfort and value for many years to come. Here is a checklist to consider for a future proof luxury home by Australia’s Custom Home Builders, David Reid Homes.
  • Passive solar design – thermal mass, north-facing glass with shading systems
  • Use recycled content (e.g. GB slag blend) for concrete slabs
  • Use materials with low embodied energy
  • Plantation or recycled timber only
  • LED lighting. Use motion-sensitive switches to activate and turn off where appropriate
  • Skylights
  • Shading with adjustable louvers for seasonal variation
  • Energy generation: Solar panels, solar water heating
  • Rainwater collection system and tanks
  • Safe paints and floor finishes
  • Insulation – roof, wall, and floor
  • Energy-efficient appliances – 5 stars or better (dishwasher, fridge, stove, air conditioner if fitted)
  • Crossflow ventilation
  • Ceiling fans
  • Grey water treatment system
  • Drought tolerant garden
  • Vegetable and herb garden
  • Fruit trees
  • “Solar chimney” incorporated in the design to naturally vent hot air
  • Appropriate sizing of rooms and overall building
  • Multi-level/split level configuration to minimise the footprint
Visit our custom home plans design page at http://davidreidhomes.com.au/house-plans/  
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Custom Home Builders | David Reid Homes

David Reid Homes is a national building company specialising in unique custom designs. David Reid Homes are custom home builders of luxury homes. With offices throughout Australia, you can be assured of receiving a consistent level of superior service no matter where you choose to build your luxury home. At David Reid Homes we do things differently and it is our people that make the difference. Our professional team of designers, custom home builders and interior decorators are passionate about luxury homes and will help you to design and build your dream luxury home on time and within budget. Our motto is Raising the Standard and our award winning display Homes and numerous satisfied clients are testament to our proven ability to deliver time and time again. In certain situations, clients prefer to draw inspiration from existing designs; David Reid Homes has an extensive portfolio of concept custom home designs to help homeowners make the right decision. “Our suite of concept designs has been exclusively created so you can see how design, aesthetics, materials and technology can make a difference in your new home,” We would love the opportunity to meet with you and with the help of our expert luxury home builders, create your dream luxury home. – Managing Director, David Reid Homes Ken Beissel. David Reid Homes custom home builders

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