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A few home truths about building a home and all that surrounds it.

Home and Style Trends


Trends come and go in food, fashion and music, and home building is no different.

We have put together a list of the style and building trends that have shaped Australian homes this year, and which will continue into 2021.
Contrasting building materials for a design edge
Mixing up materials to achieve interesting textural finishes and geometric shapes has taken off this year. External render and brick will bring a façade to life, and it is something you’ll see in a lot of our designs. Earthy, neutral tones in mixed materials are also popular both inside and outside the home.  

Many customers are mixing up colours in the kitchen, choosing contrasting shades for overhead and base cupboards, which brings a modern, edgy look to your home.

Kitchens for liveability
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and we’ve never cooked at home as much as we did this year! A Butler’s pantry is a trend that started a few years ago, which has become a must in almost every kitchen. You don’t need a huge house to incorporate a Butler’s pantry. We can do clever things with space, and you’ll be surprised how much room you can create.
Multifunctional spaces for a new normal
A home office or study nook has moved up the trend list this year as many Australians continue to work from home. Even as we resume a sense of normal life, many of our customers have said they will continue to work from home at least a couple of days a week. A study nook is something that can work for the whole family and gives a nice flow to an open plan home.
Retro Colour Revival
Pantone recently unveiled its colour of the year, classic blue. This colour is perfect for a feature wall in a Hamptons style bedroom, or a movie room. Looking ahead to next year, we’ll see more earthy tones and warm neutrals such as mustard, terracotta and rust.
Blend vintage and new pieces to create a space that reflects your lifestyle and tastes.
Sustainable upgrades
Research shows that 40% of heat in the home escapes via the windows. Double glazing can decrease heat loss by almost 30%, but better energy efficiency will reduce reliance on artificial climate controls. Taps and showerheads that reduce water consumption, along with zoned heating and cooling can reduce your energy bills as well as your carbon footprint.  Burbank has a range of sustainable upgrades to choose from that will help reduce your energy bill.

Outdoor focus
With property sizes decreasing, make the most of what you have! From vertical gardens to built-in furniture and water features, there are numerous ways to create an exceptional outdoor area.
Whether your focus is relaxing, entertaining or playing, there’s plenty you can do to maximise your outdoor space. We have plenty of plans that include beautiful alfresco designs, bringing the great outdoors into your new home.
If you’re planning to build your dream home next year, there’s also plenty of inspiration online. Or pop into one of our many display homes for the latest in style and design, and experience everything for yourself.