We come home and are just happy to sit down here and chill for an hour
Teena 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.
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
“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.
“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.
Reprinted from New England Home & Lifestyle magazine and attributes the writer Jen McMahon and photographer Mel Arnott.
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
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
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.
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.
A 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.
Dan’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.
Home Design Magazine volume 16, number 6 “The Summer Living Issue”
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:
reverse cycle heat n cool
NO EXTRA to build in NSW
no $10,000 for site costs
more than a top-shelf in robes
sliding doors on robes
termite treated timber frames and trusses
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.
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.
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.
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!
both family and community-focused and concentrate on creating custom-built homes for local folk, working alongside local tradespeople and suppliers.
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.
"David Reid Homes is a national building company specialising in unique designs and quality craftsmanship for luxury custom homes."
David Reid Homes is a national building company specialising in unique designs and quality craftsmanship for 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.