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Knockdown and rebuild with Clarendon Homes

At Clarendon Homes, we’re always harping on about knocking down and rebuilding, and just how good it is and why. There’s a reason we got into this business and that’s because we love brand-new homes. They’re sort of our ‘thing’ and that’s why we shout it from Clarendon homes’ rooftops that we think everybody should jump on the KDR (that’s what we shorten it to, FYI) bandwagon.

We put together a list of reasons why knocking down and rebuilding could be the option for you…

-       Well, first of all, you don’t have to worry about inheriting other people’s problems, which is often the case with a previously lived-in home. When you build brand-new, your only problem is which colour scheme goes with your furniture and who gets which bedroom.

-       From the get-go, your home is tailored completely to you and your lifestyle in each and every detail. There’s just no feeling quite like having brand-new everything. We recommend it.

-       New homes are healthier, safer and greener than their older counterparts. In a Clarendon Homes home (well, any new home, really) you’ll get all-new plumbing, modern electrical systems, and there are no other nasties found in many older homes, like asbestos and lead paint. And now that new homes are required to leave a softer footprint on the earth, you’ll be closer to green than ever before.

-       Because of better insulation, window construction and new appliances, you’ll ultimately save on energy bills.

-       There are no ongoing repairs meaning no fuss. There’s no need to remodel, repaint or re-anything – you’re home is ready for you to enjoy the moment you move in.

-       Welcome to a new world of convenience. With smartly located laundries, walk-in pantries, spacious bathrooms, airy alfresco areas, and ample storage space, a Clarendon home never leaves you wanting more.

-       Knocking down and rebuilding can save you more than double on renovating. Yep. Double.

-       Because you get to choose your layout, colours, fixtures and fittings, you can truly tailor your home to you.

With all that said, it’s hard to see the point in reworking and oldie when there’s could be a brand-new home with your name all over it. Okay…not literally, but you get what we mean.

 

 

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We’re all part of the Clarendon Homes story

We’ve realised something around Clarendon Homes HQ, and that’s that we’ve got over 35 years of stories to share with you.

Just the other day we were talking with Peter Campbell (You know…founder, CEO and all-round legend of Clarendon Homes?) and he was telling us about his first home memories (there were a few – more on those in posts to come), the shenanigans he used to get up to when he was a kid, his first foray into architecture, and the advice that his first mentor gave him that he never forgot which inspired him to work toward where he is today.

Then we started thinking about our cadets onboard. Starting their career just like Peter did all those years ago. Where they’ve been, where they’re going, what inspired them to be where they are today.

There are also the stories behind our homes and what inspired their designs, the names, and just how they’ve evolved from some of Clarendon Homes’ original designs.

And then there are your stories, and we think these matter most. We’ve heard stories of your parents buying Clarendon homes and you following suit. We’ve heard about the home buying process and the post-moving in memory making. There are the ideas of what home should be being shaped for future generations, and there are older generations settling in to the mod cons that their childhood knew nothing of.

So, in the spirit of story telling, story sharing and the chance to just reflect, we’ve decided we’re going to share a Clarendon Homes’ story with you every week. We’ll start with Peter’s story and who knows where we’ll go from there. Whether it’s a showroom rep, a personal assistant, or one of our timber delivery guys, everyone here has a story and everyone here is a part of what makes us Clarendon Homes. Oh, and all of you, too.

 

 

 

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A little Clarendon Homes in your life

The other day at Clarendon Homes HQ, we were sitting around talking about homes. No surprises there. But it’s funny how much the idea of home differed from person to person – whether they’ve created their own idea of home as they got older, or their fondest memories of home stretch all the way back to childhood and mum’s cooking.

It made us wonder… what’s your idea of home? Is it a place that always smells of freshly baked cakes and joy? (Because if joy had a smell, it’d definitely be cake.)

Maybe it’s a place where the couches are old, the furniture doesn’t match, and there’s never any need for coasters on the coffee table. You know? The kind of place where guests sit down and feel immediately at home and if they happen to drop food on the floor, no one cares – “The dog’ll get it.”

No matter what your idea of home, at Clarendon Homes we give you the perfect canvas to turn it into whatever you want it to be.  Because we think it’s so much easier to create a home when everything just…works, and that’s what we’re all about.

In a Clarendon Homes home, you won’t have to worry about dodgy plumping, crazy-scary ceiling fans, old wiring, or terrible kitchens. The Clarendon Homes brand has been one of Australia’s most-trusted building brands for over 35 years, and when we say the Aussie mandate ‘no worries’, we mean it.

Because our homes come brand new and tailored to you, it means that the only worry you’ll have is where to put your stuff, which kids get which rooms and friends may be popping round more often than before just to get their fill of your home and it’s this home that may just change their idea of home completely (and for the better).

We’re all part of the Clarendon Homes story

We’ve realised something around Clarendon Homes HQ, and that’s that we’ve got over 35 years of stories to share with you.

Just the other day we were talking with Peter Campbell (You know…founder, CEO and all-round legend of Clarendon Homes?) and he was telling us about his first home memories (there were a few – more on those in posts to come), the shenanigans he used to get up to when he was a kid, his first foray into architecture, and the advice that his first mentor gave him that he never forgot which inspired him to work toward where he is today.

Then we started thinking about our cadets onboard. Starting their career just like Peter did all those years ago. Where they’ve been, where they’re going, what inspired them to be where they are today.

There are also the stories behind our homes and what inspired their designs, the names, and just how they’ve evolved from some of Clarendon Homes’ original designs.

And then there are your stories, and we think these matter most. We’ve heard stories of your parents buying Clarendon homes and you following suit. We’ve heard about the home buying process and the post-moving in memory making. There are the ideas of what home should be being shaped for future generations, and there are older generations settling in to the mod cons that their childhood knew nothing of.

So, in the spirit of story telling, story sharing and the chance to just reflect, we’ve decided we’re going to share a Clarendon Homes’ story with you every week. We’ll start with Peter’s story and who knows where we’ll go from there. Whether it’s a showroom rep, a personal assistant, or one of our timber delivery guys, everyone here has a story and everyone here is a part of what makes us Clarendon Homes. Oh, and all of you, too.

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Top 10 tips of homeownership

It’s been over 35 years since Peter Campbell took his big dream and turned it into Clarendon Homes. Over this time, we’ve come to know a lot about the first home journey – from finding the right mortgage, to moving in, and all the crazy and awesome bits in between.

We know that just like every home, every situation is different and that, especially with first homes, the process can be a daunting task. We caught up with one of Clarendon Homes’ Tender Presenters, Joe Cruz. He’s an expert at this stuff and he’s given us his top 10 tips for first homebuyers. (But really, no matter how many times you’ve done the mortgage and home buying thing, there might be a tip few handy hints here that you could put to use.)

  1. Sort your finances out first. Get your loan pre-approved so you know how much you have to play with before you start looking. This means that if it’s love at first sight, you’re all ready to get the process started.
  2. Research all the government benefits you might be entitled to.
  3. Get to know the area you’re thinking you’d like to settle in. What are the land prices? It’s good to know so you have an idea of what you’re working with. If you’re looking to qualify for the First Home Owners Grant, your land contract and building contract will need to fall below $650,000.
  4. Block before home design is best. This way, you won’t fall in love with homes that won’t necessarily love your block.
  5. House & land packages are a good option if you’re after an easier process with a lot of the legwork already done for you.
  6. Remember: when it comes to builders, product and reputation are more important than offers and giveaways. Keep this in mind when choosing your builder.
  7. Be sure to consider hidden costs before choosing a builder, and try to choose one who offers fixed site costs.
  8. Experience, experience, experience. Choosing a building company with years of it is all-important.
  9. You can never ask too many questions. Make sure your builder knows their stuff. Also, a 170 – 180-day tender is best.
  10. Seek legal advice before you sign anything. It’s in the best interests of all involved.

Call 13 63 93 or visit your nearest display centre

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Clarendon Homes Summer of Free

At Clarendon Homes, we think some of life’s best bits come in summer. Things like happy days at the beach, cricket tests, big scoops of ice cream (though, let’s face it, that’s a year-round favourite), and long, fun-filled days.

It’s definitely our most-loved time of year and that’s why us at Clarendon Homes have decided to honour it in the best way that we can think of – by offering you eight premium upgrades, all for free. Yep, you pay nothing, nada, zip, zilch, zero, niente.

It’s called the Summer of Free and if you’re wondering why we’d do something so huge, well, it’s probably because that’s how much we love summer (and seeing those big smiles on your faces). Either that, or all the sun and salt water have gone to our heads. Whatever the reason, embrace it, because summer can’t last forever and neither can this.

You can expect free fully ducted air conditioning, free upgraded ceiling height, and a free COLORBOND® steel roof, as well as five other premium upgrades – you guessed it – free.

We think that if you don’t already love summer (though we’re not quite sure how that’s possible), you will now with this big bunch of freebies with love from us at Clarendon Homes.

Call 13 63 93 or visit your nearest display centre

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Choosing your Clarendon Homes package

When thinking about our Clarendon Homes designs, we always keep in mind that everyone is different and therefore their homes should be too. Everybody’s place should reflect them perfectly, and that’s what we set out to achieve when working with all of our customers.

Not only do we have over 50 beautiful designs for you to choose from, our three exclusive Clarendon Homes’ Inclusions packages make it even easier for you to cater your home to you and to stand out from the rest.

Let’s start with our introductory package – the Ruby Inclusions specification. Perfect for budget conscious new families and first homeowners, this package provides true quality and functionality throughout the home.

For families and those of you not willing to sacrifice style in your home, the Clarendon Homes’ Sapphire Inclusions are the perfect accompaniment to your perfect home, with exceptionally stylish fixtures, fittings and finishes.

Lastly, there is our pinnacle Diamond Inclusions. This is the ideal choice for those who are unwilling to settle for anything less than the best of the best. With luxurious and sophisticated products and touches included, this package is the ultimate in excellence, ensuring your home beautifully suits your tasteful lifestyle, from the inside out.

So which inclusions range are you? Come see at at our Clarendon Homes Colour Studio and help us choose a package that best suits not just your style, but your lifestyle too.

Call 13 63 93 or visit your nearest display centre

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Come home to Clarendon

At Clarendon Homes, we don’t just build homes for the whole family; we build them for friends, relatives and acquaintances too.

You see, we’ve been doing this for 35 years so naturally, over time, word has got around and we’ve built up a tight knit family of happy Clarendon Homes’ customers.

After 25,000 homes (and counting), we’ve received our fair share of happy home stories and it’s these bits of happiness that make it all worthwhile.

From people whose parents have built with Clarendon Homes and them following in their footsteps, to first home owners who built brand new and haven’t looked back, and those moving on and stepping up to something a little more suitable to their lifestyle, we build homes designed for life and all that comes with it.

Each and every one of our designs is inspired by the everyday lives of everyday people. From their lifestyles to their tastes and evolving styles, we factor all of this into our thinking and in the end you get a home that really is your home.

Visit one of our display centres today and let us show you just what it’d be like to come home to Clarendon.

Call 13 63 93 or visit your nearest display centre

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Your Clarendon Home in 6 Steps

The best things take a little time and here at Clarendon Homes we think that a brand new home is one of the best things in the world. We savour the good few months we get to spend with you from beginning to the end of your home building process and we’ve broken it all down into six steps for you here, just so you know what to expect and when…

1: The Site Inspection

We start with a land assessment to ensure your home will meet all the necessary regulations. This step includes a site inspection, a soil test and a thorough block survey.

2: The Tender

This is the part where you can discuss with us any changes you might want and we can work with you to cater your home fully to you. We will finalise the new home tender and go through how you envision the interior and exterior of your home to be.

3: The Building Contract

By this stage, the home tender has been accepted and we can get down to working on the architectural drawings and the building contract. This is also when your loan approvals and final structural changes will need to be in order.

4: Colour Selections

Catch up with our Clarendon Colour Studio team to sort out all the fixtures and finishes of your home, inside and out – from the kitchen to the bathrooms and the paint job to the staircase.

5: Expert Reports and Lodgements

We’re getting there! All signed documents are due by now and this includes reports to the Council, developer or certifier to support your application. We’ll also give you a bank pack that will get you on your way to finalising your construction loan.

6: Building Approval and Site Start

This is the part where we go over every detail and ensure everything is perfect before going ahead. This includes the final approval, finance and demolition approval (if it’s a knockdown/rebuild). Once this is all done, your home can get underway!

So there you go. Six little steps and you’re practically home.

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