Multigenerational living or dual occupancy is a living arrangement that sees multiple generations under the same roof, such as a married couple living with their parents or a full family with their grandparents.
Leaving home is a part of the cycle of life but sometimes the kid-ults put off flying the coop much longer. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics a third of everyone over 20 has yet to leave home with the number of young adults still living with their parents having grown by an amazing 50% in the last three decades.
Every family is different and whether this fact has impacted
social living positively or negatively varies to each individual situation. However, the multigenerational living trend is becoming more and more acceptable and married couples and families are also choosing to stay home with parents allowing them to save for a deposit for their own home.
Real more about Multigenerational Designs in the latest edition of Be Inspired. Download your free copy….
Temple & Webster have lots of amazing deals and a broad range of beautiful furniture and stylish homewares. Adenbrook Homes awarded the tender to Temple &
Webster’s Trade + Commercial team, to assist in the creation of the interior design of two of our display homes in Leppington.
Our Saxon display is of Mid-Century Modern styling, recognisable for its clean lines, a fusion of organic and man-made materials and a retro style. Their team combined muted tones and pops of colour in the interior styling to create a modern mix. Mid-century style is broadly described as architecture, furniture and design from the middle of the 20th century, and is known for juxtaposing sleek lines like skinny, peg legs on dressers and tables with organic shapes, in addition to using the latest materials and methods to reimagine traditional pieces.
Adenbrook Homes’ Modern Farmhouse styling of the Levi Display is a combination of two on-trend designs. Hamptons styling and modern farmhouse features, effortlessly integrated to create coastal serenity with rustic charm. Modern farmhouse is best defined as comfortable, relaxed and traditional farmhouse fashion with a modern touch of smooth lines, glossy accents and neutral colour schemes. Both designs are stylish and inviting, creating a sanctuary of relaxation and respite in comfort. Temple & Webster’s modern pieces of furniture, statement wall art and mirrors and home decor will have you showing off your personality in a stylish manner.
See more of Temple and Webster’s amazing styling ideas in the latest edition of Be Inspired. Download your free copy….
Soothing, earth-based hues of Dulux Opononi Double, New Penny and Finnegan bring refuge to homes.
Inviting warmth and a particular energy into your home can be a crucial first step to successfully transitioning to indoor living and entertaining during the winter months. To help you get there, why not integrate the latest colour trends to establish a welcoming, yet intimate atmosphere for all to enjoy.
Dulux’s Restore palette – one of three colour palettes from the 2022 Dulux Colour Forecast – is made up of the rich, soothing colours of Dulux New Penny, Hog Bristle® Half, Black Caviar and Natural Flora (amongst others), which evoke a feeling of comfort and warmth, often much needed to combat the winter blues that can accompany a seasonal change.
Download the lasted edition of Be Inspired Magazine to read more about the 2022 Dulux Colour Forecast…..
IMAGE CREDIT: DULUX WINTER FORECAST 2022 – RESTORE PALETTE
DULUX COLOUR FORECASTER & STYLIST: BREE LEECH
PHOTOGRAPHER: LISA COHEN
COLOUR: ACCENT WALL: DULUX FINNEGAN; WALL AND CEILING: DULUX TRANQUIL RETREAT
ARTWORK CREDIT: ‘UNTITLED’ BY HAYDEN JACKSON IA STUDIO GALLERY
Australians are outdoor people and even a little cold front won’t stop us from getting out there and enjoying a barbie or some toasted marshmallows.
Designing your home to suit your lifestyle is the best approach and when the backyard is your comfort zone you must ensure the area can be enjoyed for as much of the year as possible. Even if your state gets a little chilly don’t abandon the outdoor living vibe, just adopt features that will be the winter warmers you deserve.
If you’re building a new home (with Adenbrook Homes) or renovating and can include some big ideas, then real wood decking can provide a warm grounding. Also creating an outdoor space that is enclosed with a pergola to shelter you from the elements and help insulate the area will make your alfresco more enjoyable.
Outdoor blinds can be a great feature to protect you from the wind and create the perfect snug space to curl up with a `cuppa´ and enjoy your back yard view.
There are also several ways you can create a cosy outdoor alfresco space with smaller features. Firepits are becoming increasingly popular, and many retailers can provide you with a variety of sizes and designs to complement your alfresco area. Smaller firepits that are enclosed are a great way to warm up your alfresco area and create the perfect ambience for those cosy winter gatherings. Gas patio heaters and strip outdoor heaters are also fantastic ways to warm up the alfresco area.
Read more and get heaps of inspiration in our latest Be Inspired Magazine
With electricity prices on the rise and climate change
breathing down our necks, it is increasingly popular to
make the move away from traditional hot water systems to
the latest technology, saving you money and benefiting the
In the past five to ten years the heat pump water heater
has become the new kid on the block and is fast becoming
a popular option, as the heating method of the 21st
century. Heat pump water heaters are amazingly effective,
being up to seven times more energy efficient than gas and
three-and-a-half times more efficient than electric water
This is achieved by not creating heat, and instead
moving heat from one place to another. If you’re still
wondering what this crazy magic is let’s look at the basic
1. External air is drawn into the heat pump system
into an evaporator by a fan. The evaporator contains a
special refrigerant in the piping called R134a, which is not
harmful to the ozone layer.
2. Uniquely, R134a refrigerant has a boiling point of
-26°C compared to water with a boiling point of 100°C.
So cooler temperatures are still warm enough for the
refrigerant to ‘boil’. The air sucked into the system is
warmer than the refrigerant turning it into a gas inside the
heat pumps pipes.
3. A compressor then pumps the now gas
refrigerant through a small valve which compresses it and
as result of the process creates a great deal of heat.
4. A heat exchanger then transfers the heat from the
refrigerant pipes to the tank where the water is stored.
As the heat is drawn away from the pipes the refrigerant
returns to its lower temperature and liquid state and then
the whole process begins again.
Read more about Heat Pump systems and the new Rheem Ambiheat HDC-270
in the latest edition of Be Inspired.
This spring, we are excited to share our personal collection of upcoming colour trends to prepare for new beginnings in 2022 and an inspirational gallery of styles in collaboration with some of our key suppliers.
Discover carbon neutral options for your home as we explore the stunning new ‘Sunlit Days’ collection from Silestone by Cosetino and introduce yourself to “Colours For A New Era” – an exciting array of newly released colour palettes from our friends at Dulux.
Immerse yourself with earthy warm hues from Laminex and delve into lifestyle choices, changing locations and how to best prepare yourself for choosing colours and fittings for your new home.
Be inspired – create your space with elements drawn from nature to bring a sense of tranquility and balance into your home, find out. Inject individual style and personality into your sanctuary. Every home tells a story, what is yours?
Click on the image below to download your copy of our “Be Inspired” Spring Magazine now.
Warm, grounded colours that speak of security and comfort are set to dominate winter decorating trends, according to Dulux trend forecasters. “The cooler months call for richer hues and cosy textures, and never more so than in a year when most people’s worlds have been turned upside down,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour and Communications Manager.
“There’s a collective yearning for reassurance and a return to simpler times. We want our homes to provide comfort, a sense of safety and to remind us of better days ahead. And this will be reflected in more than just colour in 2021 – expect to see a rise in plush, comfy seating, handcrafted furniture with an artisanal feel and a greater focus on ‘purposeful decorating’ rather than just decorating to make an aesthetic statement,” she says.
The Retreat palette – one of three trend colour palettes identified in the 2021 Dulux Colour Forecast – captures the mood of this coming Winter. “These earthy tones and muted colours are all drawn from nature – think oceanic blues, nourishing greens, soft greys and touches of mustard. They bring the outside in – ideal for a time when most of us are stuck indoors for long stretches – and plug into the growing movement for wellness in design.”
To give you ideas on how you can use these comforting hues in your own home, Dulux worked with stylist Bree Leech to re-energise a child’s bedroom using colours from the Retreat palette. “Light-filled and spacious, this bedroom ticked all the right boxes, however, the room needed some personality and tactile elements to create warmth. You want your child to love spending time in their room – it should be somewhere they can escape, relax, read and play. The quickest and easiest way to switch up the mood is with colour,” says Leech.
Leech kept the big-ticket items in the room – the bed, bedhead and solid-timber bedside table, and focused on updating the room with bold colour. She chose shades that worked with the neutral tones in the foundation pieces and added in plenty of textures to dial up the cosiness.
She started by adding deep blue, Dulux Wash&Wear in Winter Sea, to the walls and a gentle neutral, Dulux Vintage Linen to the ceiling and window detailing. “We opted for pale greige rather than a classic white for the ceiling and windows to soften the contrast with the blue. A sharp colour contrast can be very effective in a space, but in a room that’s all about relaxation, you want it to be a little less pronounced.
“Inky blue works well here – it’s cosy and timeless and sits beautifully alongside the natural materials in the room, such as the timber and woven-rattan. It also draws attention to and complements the artwork above the bed. I specified a matt paint finish to magnify the intensity of the blue”.
“For me, a rug is an essential in a bedroom; the floor is the first thing you feel when you get out of bed, so it needs to be soft. A rug also helps anchor the bed in the space. This one has dusty blue and stone hues, the latter being reflected in the finish of the cupboard. “For the main artwork above the bed, we deliberately chose a piece that will work in the space as the child grows – a geometric abstract in various shades of blue. To personalise the bedroom, we framed and hung two of the child’s illustrations along with an artist’s fun print,” she says.
Leech created a place to read in a sunny spot by the window, complete with a velvet-upholstered armchair and a pair of side tables, perfect for keeping a book or two nearby. “Don’t be afraid to bring in pieces from another room, like this armchair, so long as they serve a purpose and fit with your colour palette,” she says. “If you’ve been all about white for as long as you can remember, get a taste of using stronger colours by starting with a single wall – say the wall behind the bed,” says Lucena-Orr. “It will not only make a feature of your bed, however, will create an opportunity for any artwork to pop. This can also stretch your new confidence into using colour elsewhere in your home.”
COPY AND IMAGERY SUPPLIED BY DULUX
STYLIST: Bree Leech
PHOTOGRAPHER: Lisa Cohen
ARTWORK CREDITS ABOVE | ‘Fast Forward’ By Liam Snootle NEXT PAGE | Long Doggie Print’ By Rachel Castle
SUPPLIERS: ‘Fast Forward’ By Liam Snootle – Studio Gallery Melbourne; Bedhead – Soft Studio; Stool, Tartan Cushion, Wall Hanging – Fenton and Fenton; Lamp – Monmouth Studios; Sheets, Pillowcase,
Quilt Cover – The Sheet Society; Tan Throw – A&C Homestore; Charcoal Throw, Artwork ‘Long Doggie Print’ – Rachel Castle; Ottoman – Arthur G; Cabinet – House Of Orange; Rug – The Rug Collection;
Chair – Modern Times.
To learn more about Dulux’s 2021 Colour Forecast visit www.dulux.com.au
Another milestone to celebrate across the Adenbrook Homes network is the first anniversary of the Brisbane North franchise, owned by Brendan Wekeem. Just over 12 months ago, Brendan joined Adenbrook Homes because of the reputation in the marketplace and their ability to help him grow his building business. Not traditionally a builder, instead Brendan has spent many years in sales and sales management roles, assisting and supporting people through their new home journey to handover and beyond.
With an eye for detail and extensive industry experience, Brendan is equipped to provide great insight to home buyers and has even run seminars to educate and teach people how to benefit from the build process in an investment context. His thorough understanding of behind the scenes coupled with his construction knowledge ensures clients that work with the Brisbane North team have access to an excellent source of knowledge that covers all aspects of the process.
Brendan launched his business and in no time at all, quickly started construction and will close out the financial year with a swag of happy clients that have moved into their Adenbrook Home in the suburban regions of north Brisbane. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing though with Brendan commencing operations right before Covid-19 hit our shores. It was a period of uncertainty, not knowing what implications the virus would have on a brand new building business. Fortunately for Brendan and many others in the building trade, the Federal Government introduced the HomeBuilder Scheme which has effectively ensured that the construction industry has not only survived but has actually ramped up. The market certainly felt a sudden pause across March and April of 2020, however by June confidence was back and it was back to business as usual (with social distancing rules, making it somewhat unusual). Brendan forged ahead with his business plan and has continued to recruit sales and support staff to manage the growing demand for the Adenbrook Homes experience in Brisbane North.
As such, the Brisbane North business continues to grow from strength to strength and Brendan relishes the opportunity to work alongside other franchise owners across the group and tap into their knowledge and experience, some spanning up to 12 years within the brand. It is this wealth of knowledge at Brendan’s fingertips that have made it easier to navigate challenging times and to come up with creative solutions for any challenges. Excitement now grows for Brendan and his team as plans for a display home in Stockland Newport display village unfold. We can’t say too much yet, but the home on display in the coastal suburb just north of the Redcliffe Peninsula and around 29 kilometres north of Brisbane City, will be impressive, suit the surrounding landscape and will introduce new product to the Adenbrook Homes design collection.
Congratulations to Brendan and his team for their success and achieving their milestone of their first anniversary in what seemed like the most disruptive year on record for business in Australia. Stay tuned for updates on the Stockland Newport display and we look forward to seeing even more success in the second year of business for Brisbane North.
It is time to celebrate for the Greater Sydney and Wollongong teams as they achieve a very special milestone in the form of their 10th Anniversary. The business has come a long way since humble beginnings when business owner, Daniel Galea decided to take his business to the next level and shift from a small renovations and custom builder to join the reputable Adenbrook Homes franchise network.
Daniel’s career had humble beginnings, leaving school after completing his school certificate at almost 16 years old and with much excitement and anticipation starting an apprenticeship as a carpenter where he predominantly built frames and eaves. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Daniel spent several years contracting his carpentry services where he was able to gain great experience, further his knowledge of the mechanics of building a home and overall honing his craft and building his own business. It was 11 years ago that Daniel felt the frustration of having all the practical knowledge but not having the systems and processes in place to really execute on site what his clients wanted in terms of communications and outcomes.
Around this time of frustration and uncertainty, Daniel remembers discussions he had with a mate of his, John Castellano who was working for a market leading land developer at the time. John encouraged him to pursue support for the administration and systems side of the business leaving Daniel empowered to focus on what he does best which was the construction function. Ironically, many years later John joined Daniel’s business in partnership to expand into the Wollongong region.
It was around this time of frustration that Daniel came across Adenbrook Homes, a franchise network that offered franchisees systems, processes, support and a network of like-minded professionals that could enhance your overall business functionality while not taking away the hands on building experience. Upon meeting with the leadership team from Adenbrook Homes, Daniel was confident that this was the opportunity he was looking for and took that leap of faith to join the network.
Since that time 10 years ago, Daniel has built an empire across the Greater Sydney and Wollongong regions, building over 100 homes per year and employing over 30 staff members and providing employment to many contractors across the region. Daniel and John alongside Shanaka De Silva work together to provide clients with a superior customer experience, a high quality build that represents great value for money while always focusing on how they can improve their business to exceed customer expectations.
Congratulations to the Greater Sydney and Wollongong team on your 10 Year Anniversary and we look forward to watching your business continue to go from strength to strength over the next decade.
We all know there are builders out there that offer a quick, short, sharp guaranteed build time, but at Adenbrook Homes we do not compromise quality for a quick turnaround. We would rather spend the time to get your home right, ensure the quality remains a focus and that your home is built to last. While we certainly do not dawdle or potter around our builds, we understand your homes is likely one of the largest assets you will purchase in your lifetime and we feel no need to rush the process and risk the outcome.
With that in mind, the current building industry is certainly being pushed to the limit and there will inevitably be delays that our outside of our control. The supply shortages for building products like timber, trusses, gutters, roof tiles, PVC, appliances alongside a shortage of trades to complete the work are certainly going to prove challenging. Add in seasonal wet weather to the mix and we understand we are facing challenges that we will overcome as quickly as possible to ensure build times are managed effectively.
Housing Industry Association, Chief Economist Tim Reardon has acknowledged that the record level of demand for building materials, as well as constraints placed due to COVID, restrictions on global freight and shipping containers and on global demand for materials particularly timber will definitely place constraints on the housing market in Australia. *
The HIA actually forecast that there will be 130,000 new homes being built across the country this year, which is up from the previous peak of 120,000 in 2017.* This spike undoubtedly off the back of the HomeBuilder Scheme delivered by the Federal Government as an incentive to maintain the construction industry activity during COVID-19.
Additionally to the incredible demand levels, Australia has experienced natural disasters that are also impacting the industry including bushfires that damaged plantations of timber when in fact Australia relies on producing 80% of timber demand in Australia while only importing 20%. This will obviously be challenging without local supply and slowed distribution networks. Natural disasters have also impacted the availability of trades with bushfires and floods increasing demand on home repairs while South East Queensland have an extreme shortage of roofers due to the hailstorms that swept through the region including hardest hit Springfield Lakes in October 2020.
These are all factors that are outside of the control of your builder, however at Adenbrook Homes, we have outstanding reputable suppliers and trades teams that will do their best to overcome shortages and ensure we are looked after to the highest level possible, perpetuating the value of the big brand associated with the local builder that makes up one of the cornerstones of Adenbrook Homes.
Our local teams are fully trained to effectively schedule each build to maximise productivity on site and to coordinate effective delivery of building products throughout the process. The communication from our local team members is aimed to provide you with peace of mind during your build and to ensure you that you are getting the best quality build in the fastest time possible, even if there are some delays.
We cannot control the weather, the supply chains the availability of trades, but we can work with you to keep you informed and we can work with our suppliers and trades to ensure your home remains a priority. The bright side to anticipated build delays is that you are in good hands, you have time to plan ahead knowing that the impact is being felt globally and that you have the support of a big brand and your local builder.