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Tips for starting your property development journey
posted on 17 October 2022 11:58 AM

Property development is a great option for people who are looking to invest in something that will give them a good return. It is a bit more risky than other investments, but the rewards are potentially great!For those considering entering the property development business, it is important to weigh the risks and rewards carefully before making any decisions. If you're hoping to find a site that has the potential to make you money, learning how to purchase the property with the most potential is the first step; you will want to be sure that you're getting a great return on investment. There are a few things to keep in mind. It is important to research and understand the market you are investing in. By researching the type of housing that is selling or is needed in the area, it ensures that you are able to develop properties that will appeal to the local market. What is the demand for the completed product? There are various build types you could do, these include; single or double storey options; duplex or dual occupancy; granny flats; home office; accessible housing design, and there are others. Are the options listed a possibility for the site you are looking at? Search for sites that are centrally located and have good accessibility. These sites will be more likely to attract tenants or buyers, and you'll be able to charge more for rent or sale prices. It's also a good idea to look for properties that are close to amenities like schools, hospitals, and shopping centres. You could have a large block or property that you could get approval for a second dwelling, or even potentially a knock down rebuild of your current home. Perhaps you could subdivide the existing property for the construction? You will need to establish a solid plan for what you want to do with the property. Will you build and sell? Or build and rent? The cost of construction is also important; if the site is too expensive to develop, i.e. costly site works: it may not be worth the effort, money and time you put into the project. Which builder will you engage for the work? How long will you be waiting for that builder to start the construction of the site? Do you have pre-approval from a bank or financial institution for your project? What is the availability of finance for the dwellings? What is the potential return on investment, after all the costs? Another great question to ask yourself is; if this property doesn't sell, or rent, is it a place your family could live? Talk to the local council to see what the wait times are for such a development, and what the other approvals are that are needed for the area. The risks of property development include: 1. The possibility of financial loss: If the project does not go as planned, or if the market changes unexpectedly, you could end up losing money. 2. The risk of legal problems: There are a lot of regulations involved in property development, and if you do not follow them carefully, you could face legal problems. After careful consideration of all the above, do you believe that property development is viable for you? It can be a very profitable endeavour and we believe is worthwhile, with the right timing, and in the right location. If you are a mum and dad investor, we specialise in helping you to plan, design and create the right investment that suits your budget and needs.

It's time to focus on climate-resilient housing
posted on 26 April 2022 10:17 AM

Tamworth and its surrounds are usually not known to experience heavy rains or storms, experienced heavy flooding recently. Recent extreme weather events around the world like catastrophic storms, floods, heatwaves, bushfires and other such phenomena suggest that we should not be so surprised! Because experts predict that these seemingly temporary freak events may quite possibly be recurrent. These calamities are the effects of a large-scale global climate change that has already caused serious damage to the ecosystem. Another grave issue is that the unpredictable weather can wreak havoc on our homes, causing repair and maintenance bills to explode! Therefore, new house constructions around Tamworth must be eco-friendly and extra resilient to withstand the heavy rains, winds, inundations, and flooding hazards in addition to being a cozy comfortable haven for your family. Home-owners should consider making their homes resilient and environmentally sustainable to avert becoming prey to the ever-changing weather. Additionally, builders have the responsibility, not only towards their clients but also towards the environment, to adopt robust construction methods to make the house strong and at the same time avoid causing harm to nature. For example, new constructions should be built to withstand above the average intensity of rainfall. We have been keeping a constant watch on the climate change phenomenon and innovative building techniques devised to nullify the effects of floods and storms on houses to make your homes resilient.Yes, we are one step ahead in building resilient homes for our customers!We believe that a contemporary builder must know how to minimise mould growth in buildings due to storms and floods. Proper airflow will reduce the harmful effects of rampant mould growth in unseen nooks and corners of your house and thereby promote the long-term health of the occupants. To achieve this, eave and roof ventilation systems need to be expertly designed as they are crucial elements that support airflow through the roof and wall cavities. As a building is exposed to extreme weather elements like heatwaves, storms and floods, it increases the emission of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases. For years, we have given top priority to the use of environmentally friendly building materials and green planning to minimise the emission of these greenhouse gases. So, if you are passionate about building a new eco-friendly and climate-resilient home or seek a reliable building partner for a resilient housing upgrade, Kareela Constructions is undoubtedly the right choice for you. Together let's build beautiful houses that can withstand the rapidly changing climate and help preserve the ecosystem.

6 steps to prepare you for your renovation
posted on 15 November 2021 12:56 PM

With an increase of people working from home and the progression of people now relocating from the city to rural and regional areas, home is no longer just a place separate from the office. With the increased time spent at home we are seeing an increase of value put into their homes and renovating or building in such a way to highlight unique personal and family values. Yet some people may find themselves reluctant and skeptical to go ahead with their dream of a renewed home because renovation seems like a daunting task. Here, we have given five steps to help you start your renovation.1. Collect your inspiration. The first step in planning your renovation is gathering ideas for your renovation. You could find your dream home designs realised on Pinterest boards or instagram posts. You could also have your own mood / dream board. After collecting all design ideas that appeal to you, you must go through them to prioritise what elements of design are the most important for you. It is so much easier to approach a builder or architect with a list of ideas in hand.2. Time to budget. After finalising your list of ideas, it’s time to start calculating the budget for your renovation. Seeking the assistance of a bank to map out your renovation budget may be your first step. Alternatively, you could approach experienced builders to get an estimate from them. Based on this estimate you can allocate or channel your financial resources to prioritise your renovation. Kareela Constructions has a fantastic reputation in Tamworth, with years of experience building and renovating houses in the region. Our services include estimating the cost of your renovation project in the most budget friendly way possible. 3. Consolidate your ideas A common mistake people make while planning home renovations is over-capitalising. Sometimes 'simple is better' when it comes to additions and renovations. If you plan properly and avoid unnecessary changes, your renovated house can become a model of timeless design. 4. Open communication with your builder One of the keys to creating a positive renovation experience is ensuring that all your ideas, values and priorities are communicated with your builder. If you are aware of or concerned about any issues that may come up during renovation, it is best to discuss it upfront with your builder. We aim to create a space where no questions are bad questions. Addressing concerns, thoughts and queries is important and we encourage all our clients to be as forthcoming as possible.  5. Set your timeline It is important to discuss the timeline in which you want the project to be completed during the initial stage of planning. Although every homeowner would prefer the work to be completed at the earliest, there may be delays due to bad weather and delay in availability of resources. So, we urge owners to share their desired timeline with us so that we can go over all the possibilities and get back to you with a realistic outlook on how early the project can be finished. 6. Find your BuilderWe know there could be more reasons why you are hesitant to start your renovation project, so why not call us today and start the conversation about why you want to renovate and what you feel the road blocks may be. We are always able to find practical solutions for every issue that owners bring up, thanks to our extensive experience renovating homes in the region. We can put your mind at ease and give you the motivation and support to realise your dream home. So, don't hesitate to talk to us if you have an inclination to upgrade your existing home. Call Tamworth’s most trusted renovation specialists today to make your dream of a comfy modern home a 074 578Instagram@kareelaconstructionsWebsite

Enjoy the Benefits of a Smart Home with the Smart Choice
posted on 25 October 2021 10:14 AM

Despite being priced slightly higher than regular homes, energy efficient homes are becoming more and more popular in the market. While there are those that believe it’s counter-intuitive and impractical to make such a costly purchase, there are those that remain fascinated with the idea of a home that will not only help them save money in the long run but also comes with the purpose of helping the environment, the economy, as well as an unmatched quality that will influence you live a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle.  Farm life especially benefits from having some extra items added to them in the way of sustainability to help during those times of power outages and other failures from mainstream sources.  Spending the money now to benefit for the years to come is certainly becoming more acceptable and actioned.  Benefits of Energy Efficient Homes Lower Electricity Cost - Although the construction cost of an energy efficient home is significantly more than a regular home, the cost to operate will be less than the majority of existing homes. The lower cost comes from energy efficient systems installed such as tested performance, improved HVAC systems, High performance windows, air infiltration, and water efficiency.Healthy Quality of Life - Energy efficient homes are crafted more carefully and individually for the purpose of reducing wasted energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and its demand for non-renewable energy resources. This commitment provides many benefits which includes providing you with healthier, cleaner living conditions. Improved Comfort - Although we all have different definitions as to what comfort is for us. Whatever it means for you, it is guaranteed to be given by an energy efficient home. In a green home, comfort is a combination of temperature, humidity, air movement. While there is no combination of temperatures that will be considered perfect for all potential occupants, Energy Smart Builders and their HVAC contractors believe that one key to comfort is "right-sizing" of the HVAC systems. Improved Resale Value - Your energy efficiency upgrades can not only lower your energy bill; they can also increase your home's value. Depending on how you utilise your home, it has the best chance of producing low energy bills that is 20% to 30% more efficient than homes built to 2006 International Energy Efficiency Code and significantly more efficient than virtually all homes built prior to that time. Once you decide to put your house up for sale, you can present your Efficiency Promise Certificate, it can provide a "third party verification" that the home has been designed, built, inspected and tested to perform to high standards.Positive Impact to the Environment - The benefits of energy efficient homes are as numerous as they are critical. These benefits go beyond jumping into the market trend of buying smart homes for aesthetic purposes. The purchase of an energy efficient home also means protecting our environment with cleaner, safer air and water, reduced waste streams, and the conservation and restoration of natural resources.  The Smart Choice For A Smart Home It has been established throughout this article that the construction of an energy efficient home is indeed significantly more costly than a regular home which is why you really have to weigh your options before you start your construction journey. Unlike regular houses, the process of building a smart home is dealt with more carefully to ensure that all the elements that must be included are meticulously incorporated to the structure so that it may effectively serve its purpose as a home designed to emanate positive environmental and economic impact. At Kareela Constructions, we are driven to provide our clients with energy efficient systems to absolute luxury custom designed homes. We are local builders based in Tamworth NSW with a team that is well known for attention to detail, ability to listen, to understand, and to guide our clients toward building your dream home. With the supervision of Craig Martin and his wife Mandy, our team will take care of your entire building or renovation project that will focus on the finer details. Backed by 30 years of experience, our local reputation speaks for itself. Craig and wife Mandy are the dream team for your home renovations with plenty of experience in small, single room renovations to major full home renovations, our team does the job on time, every time.✔😀Most of all, we are committed to communicate with our clients every step of the way and keep you updated with the entire process. The enormous wealth of knowledge and expertise of our team, led by Craig and Mandy will turn your envisioned smart home into a reality. Make the smart choice, build with us!

Finding the Perfect Home that suits your budget in Northwest NSW
posted on 19 August 2021 02:48 PM

When it comes to home buying, everyone knows the most important rule to ALWAYS remember: never purchase a house that you can’t afford. Of course, this rule varies from one buyer to the other depending on the budget they have. It is important to note however that more than figuring out what you can and can’t afford, budgeting is actually a helpful way of effectively implementing smart spending and saving habits. These habits will eventually help you achieve your goals of building the house of your dreams.Homeownership is an ultimate dream of most Australians but it can quickly turn into a nightmare if you are not careful enough with your purchasing decisions. Especially for first-time buyers who can understandably get excited about their first time purchase and may prioritise their wants more than their needs. Your budget in house building plays a big and important role in the entire process. We’re here to help you figure it out and assess it to help you further reach your dream home in no time, stress-free and worry-free guaranteed.😉We’re here to show you homes that are sure to fit within your budget. ( obviously all of you will have varying budgets...) Big And Spacious If you’re looking for a house that’s bigger in space, we have it as well. If you’re planning to have a bigger family (or already have one), or simply wanting a big space to yourself, these houses will surely satisfy your needs. The size of these homes might be intimidating to your wallet at first glance but worry not, these will sure fit comfortably in your budget.Eden 229-60The Eden 229 is the ultimate family home,  and Dual Occupancy home, offering all the features to meet the needs of a growing or multi generational family at a great value price. It has 5 generous sized bedrooms, a Media room, a generous treat of 2 spacious living rooms, 2 kitchens, and 2 dining areas, plus a host of separately zoned entertainment areas that kids will most definitely love. This home design ticks all the boxes for an ideal home for all the members of the family.  Ashbourne 152   Ashbourne 152 is one of our narrow block designs requiring only a 10m wide frontage. With 4 generously sized bedrooms and two living areas, plus a spacious living area that extends to an equally spacious alfresco space, it indeed proves that a narrow block doesn't mean a small home. This simple yet timeless home design promotes practicality, having a much lower building cost due to the fact that it is taking up less land, the money saved can go towards more important things or specifications you want to be included in your home.  Jamberoo 406  Jamberoo 406  is only one of the many designs featured under acreage home design. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and double garage, plus a host of separately zoned entertainment areas such as a theatre, lounge, and a game room. Apart from the impressively generous indoor space, this design also boasts an Alfresco area that extends your living space outside, effectively adding more function and beauty to the home. Humble And Intimate If you’re a person looking for small, cozy houses, these houses are meant for you. These are perfect if you’re starting a small family or if you find comfort in living alone. These homes are complete with every necessity a home could ever have and might be the home of your dreams. Brighton 161  Brighton 161 falls under the fully customisable Coastal designs. With 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a double garage, plus a spacious kitchen and dining area that expertly flow towards an equally spacious living area, it proves how even a modest space can feel intimate yet expansive when executed right.  Trinity 145  Trinity 145 also falls under the fully customisable Coastal designs. This design has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a double garage, plus a sizable kitchen, dining room, and living area. Just like Brighton 161, it also proves that even a small space can be both roomy and functional, giving you the ample space that you need while maintaining that intimate living experience.  Tamarama 193   Tamarama 193   is one of our narrow block designs requiring only a 10.5m wide frontage. With 3 generously sized bedrooms and living area flowing onto the alfresco, a narrow block doesn't mean a small home. Perfect Home Materialising Planning ahead is vital with planning your future home and getting your builder involved early in the process is one of the wisest things to do. This will ensure that your budget will align to the ideas that you have in mind, making the journey to your future home a smooth one. If then thought of all of this stresses you out, don’t fret, that’s why Craig is here to do that for you. Let your ideas spill out into the world with no limitations because we will be doing our very best to make them happen. We will design according to the condition of your land, the environment of the area and your family’s lifestyle.You can be confident that you have the right team to help you with your ideas and designs, so let go of those worries because with Craig and Mandy, your dream home is only a few steps away. 

Relevant Renovations: A Home that grows with You
posted on 21 June 2021 03:08 PM

When you build your dream home, you pour your time, money, energy, and ideas into it. It becomes a setting that represents you. As the times are changing, so are your needs and preferences. You continually develop and grow as an individual, adapting to the different environments you are placed in, so we can’t see any reason why your house doesn't  do the same. Your dream home should be able to grow with you. 😉The mention of house remodelling and renovating may make some of you feel excited while the others might be apprehensive for such a challenging move. Whatever you are feeling towards the subject, you have to keep in mind that you are doing this to improve your house as well as your way of living and not just simply create a fresh new look for your home. A chic new look never hurt anyone!  If you are planning to make it happen but just need a little nudge, you’ve come to the right place. Save the Cost of Moving Renovating is always the cheaper option than selling it and buying a new property. Not only will buying a new home burden you with the costs, it will also be a source of endless paperwork and phone calls on your end not to mention the issues of buying someone else's problem!However, if you really feel like all the aspects of your home are no longer functional and do not fit your lifestyle, there are also knock down rebuild options. Basically, it is knocking down your existing home in order to build a more functional design. This option allows you to have complete control and flexibility over the floor plan, making sure that your preferences are taken into serious consideration. Most importantly, the knock rebuild option is also cost effective in comparison to most renovations.  Check out some of our great designs here Fix a Safety Issue A major reason that puts renovation as a serious concern in any home related conversations is addressing safety issues like roof leaks, wall cracks, and electrical problems. While leaks and cracks have temporary remedies, most of us are probably guilty of not paying attention to the rewiring situation of our homes because every time we turn on the light or use our ACs, it all just seems fine.Nowadays, depending on the age of the property, the outdated wiring system installed with the construction of the house does not meet the demands of modern living. Rewiring these days can be very expensive and laboursome, but consulting professionals like Craig from Kareela Constructions who knows how to renovate or tidy up your existing dwelling or build a new one that will  last can actually save you money in the long run.  Also, should you want to sell your house in the future, you can actually make more money for its improved safety features.Improve Functionality Sometimes our houses can be a little impractical. It could be due to a dysfunctional bathroom, a safety hazard kitchen, or it is simply getting small due to your growing brood. While bathroom and kitchen renovations may seem like a thing of luxury, what most people fail to realise is it is actually a necessity. Bathrooms and the kitchen are one of the most used spaces in the house. We spend a lot of our time in these areas so it is only reasonable that it gets an upgrade every once in a while. On the other hand, room extensions and adding a few extra rooms are probably the most common upgrades that people make in their homes. This is a great way of utilising unused spaces in your property and if executed well could even allow you to set up outdoor living spaces. Promote Sustainability Majority of the modern houses are built in a way that utilises renewable materials and optimises water and energy use. Practicing sustainability in your home will not only make it last longer but the efficiency will result in a lower energy bill. Increase Property Value Your house can get outdated if you don’t remodel and upgrade it every once in a while. An outdated home can also mean a lesser value in the market. By doing the necessary upgrades like changing the overall style and impression to adapt to a more timeless feel or rewiring to improve the safety features, can increase the value of your home on the market.Improve the Quality of Life The main priority when renovating a home should be comfort, safety, and security. If your home doesn’t offer you the solace you always wanted, take it as a sign to start the remodelling process. Connect With Us Renovating your dream home is not an easy feat. Whether you’re considering a complete design and construction service on your new parcel of land or you're ready to get started restoring your beloved home, it is important to note that you don’t have to do it alone. At Kareela Constructions, we are here and willing to help. 😊We are a team backed by an enormous wealth of knowledge and expertise to make your plans happen. Our team is known for our ability to listen and understand, and effectively guide our clients towards building their dream home.  

Make your dream Acreage Home a reality with the right builder
posted on 21 April 2021 03:20 PM

With all encompassing peacefulness, natural serenity, open spaces, Australian bush surroundings and big blue skies, there is something divinely magnetic about an acreage lifestyle. Really where else would you want to live then around Tamworth and Gunnedah, NSW? The lifestyle it offers can be harsh, but it is also rewarding and addictive.Many North West NSW property owners are choosing from our many acreage home designs for a beautiful new expansive home as a retreat from the heat and flies in summer and the relentless work that is always required as part of the typical Australian Farmers lifestyle.Regardless of whether you drive in after a long day’s work, or work from your very own relaxing and peaceful home office, the benefits of living in a sprawling family home in the countryside surrounded by (at a distance of course?)  good neighbours and friendly farming families are many.An acreage home is the perfect setting for your kids to play and enjoy a wholesome and enriching Aussie outdoor childhood – full of backyard adventures.Moreover, in rural communities made up largely of farmers, people get easily acquainted and look out for each other as rural and semi-rural neighbourhoods tend to be quite close-knit.Acreage lots and of course expansive family farms, allow you to build spacious large family homes of any size, configuration and orientation. As you are generally not limited by space on acreage, you need a builder who is committed to helping you maximize your indoor and outdoor space. Your builder should be able to work with you to realize a home design that will make the most of available views, space and orientation, and at the same time ensure a layout compatible with seamless modern living.Building home on farms, and large acreage blocks can be remote; may require special access and/or be within high wind or bushfire zones. Therefore, your chosen builder also needs to be forward thinking, plan ahead, be very organised, and be  familiar with the special requirements of acreage lots, that typically is not even a consideration when building in town.  Things such a large rain water tanks, and the supply of water, as well as where the waste will go. Solar panels for those times when electricity may be cut off – often a common occurrence in rural communities around the Gunnedah and Tamworth region.Kareela Constructions has the support of a national network of suppliers and trades, our team work closely with a highly experienced team of traders and local suppliers, who together ensure that our acreage home design builds are processed, approved and built as quickly and seamlessly as possible.Our wide range of acreage designs have been cleverly crafted to maximize penetration of the morning and winter sun into the home, all the while blocking the harsh western sun and capturing the views. You’ll find beautifully styled wide-frontage acreage house designs in several styles including Coastal, Country, Classic, Modern or Hamptons.  The end result is really up to you though 😊 Why not complete your Tamworth or Gunnedah country home with a cleverly designed outdoor Alfresco  area or a well-planned and constructed backyard firepit space. Many regional Australian families have monthly or six monthly “meet-the-neighbours” nights,  or “get-together-for-a-yarn” night on their properties … fun times and great ways to build community and strength in your area. At Kareela Constructions, we understand your lifestyle, because we are part of it. We love where we live and we love the people we work for and with.  Community is everything! Maybe you already have a lovely farm house on your property,  but you need to update it from the classic 70s or 80s look that it is sporting right now.  Kareela Constructions can transform it into your dream house design through renovating to suit your modern lifestyle. Kareela Constructions undertake major renovations as well as minor renovations depending on what is needed, and of course, your budget. We have built and renovated beautiful acreage homes in and around Tamworth, Gunnedah, Manilla, Upper Manilla, Carroll and Boggabri. If you are looking for an experienced and local builder, with the  perfect home design for your dream acreage, contact us today.

To Renovate or Build a New Home, that is the Question!
posted on 21 December 2020 10:16 AM

And yes, it's a BIG question if you have an older style home especially. Renovating is not easy, especially if you plan on managing it yourself, or living in the home while you are renovating.Kareela Constructions has been doing renovations for the past 20 years, so we know a thing or two about how to do it, and how to do it well. We offer both solutions... renovations and New Home builds.Why would you choose to renovate rather than build a new home?There are actually lots of reasons.😉Renovating allows you to increase the value of your home, so can be a great option if you are in an area that you love to live and you want to stay there. By strategically improving your home with a stylish remodel, you are not only making it more desirable to live in yourself, you are also improving your options financially down to the track for resale value. It's a win-win situation. You may be emotionally attached to the home: it's where you have grown up, or perhaps it's where you have raised your children and there are too many fond memories to leave. If this is the case, then a renovation is definitely worth considering. Building a new custom designed home is not always in the budget either, but doing a renovation to the existing home to better meet your daily needs may be doable. Things that would add plenty of value to an existing home would be a new roof, a master bedroom suite with an added ensuite and walk in robe. A North facing deck where you can spend time outdoors eating or hanging out. More living space makes a big difference to the feel of the home and provides a space for the whole family to gather together. The kitchen is a huge part of this! Be it a substantial or a small renovation project done well, it is always going to have a great outcome, no matter what the reason you are doing it. Sometimes the home is not worth the hassle of renovating, because the structure is nothing like what you desire your home to be... the living spaces don't work, the bedrooms aren't big enough, the deck faces the wrong direction ... lots of reasons to completely knock down the existing home and rebuild.Kareela Constructions can help you with this. We have lots of done for you designs, or we can help you with Custom Designing a new home to suit your site.  Older homes are generally less cost effective because the appliances and connections are not energy efficient. There are far more energy efficient appliances available on the market nowadays then there were even ten years ago. LED lights compared to Halogen globes are a great example. Replacing things like this in your home can decrease your electricity bill significantly. Other times that you would choose to do a knockdown rebuild would be if the value of the land has gone up significantly. You are better off utilizing the full space by building a brand new home, duplex, or block of units to really add the value to the property for short and long term gain. This option helps with budgeting, and knowing what your costs are going to be. Renovating an old home, gutting it, and remodelling it can open up a can of worms when it comes to hidden costs. What about building a new home? When you choose to build a new home from scratch, the only hidden costs are potentially the ground or site works, or any additional upgrades from the original contract price that you add along the way. With a New Home build, you find a design you like, either one of our floor plans or a custom designed one that we can help you design that suits you and suits your budget, then you choose what inclusions, finishes and fixtures you want in the home. From there we give you a contract price, that includes everything that you want within that budget. The process is easy and pain free. The Colour Selection can be done at the beginning, so you can even go on holidays for 3-6 months and come back to a brand new completed home. The choice is yours. What will you decide? With the HomeBuilder grant still available until the 31st March 2021, you can still get some help from the Government to pursue your dreams. Contact us here for more information.

Kareela Constructions Home Builder Grant Update - How It Can Benefit You.
posted on 30 November 2020 03:10 PM

On the 29th November 2020, the Australian Government announced an extension to the HomeBuilder program for eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) . ( Great news for Australians who haven't taken up the generous offer as yet! )This initiative by the Government has been provided as a response to the Covid-19 crisis and assists the residential construction sector by encouraging the commencement of new builds and renovations.There are a few changes to the original scheme though, as pointed out on Sunday.The extension of program means that contracts signed between the 1st of January 2021 and 31st March 2021 will be eligible to receive $15,000. The construction of the property must commence within six months of the contract being signed.The current program still applies until the 31st December 2020, so the $25,000 is still available for contracts signed up until the end of the year.After that, it drops back to the $15,000.What a great reason to get those renovations, additions and things done around your Tamworth property...Kareela Constructions are getting very busy; however, we currently have the availability, and the ability to get your job started within the next six months, which is great news for the Home owner who needs to take advantage of this awesome offer. This could change though very quickly..😉 like many of the changes that have taken place this crazy year of 2020.The HomeBuilder Grant can only be accessed by contracting a licenced builder to your job.For more information go

Choosing a Home Design that works for you in Tamworth NSW
posted on 02 November 2020 12:57 PM

So how do you choose a home design that will be right for your family and lifestyle, living in a rural setting, or in town....  not to mention, budget? In todays world, it is much easier to work out what we like and don't like, because it is all online. We have access to literally thousands of designs and websites where plans, facades and heaps of other information is available to us.  Research for every topic has been made so much easier. You can find a building and design consultant easily,  and most sales people are super helpful and can even walk you through some of the processes to help you with the financial side of things.The question is,  who do you trust with one of the most important decisions of your life? A builder who is local, and who you know, or know of, is the best place to start. Sometimes builders will have a house and land package that has it all done for you.... the floor plan may look just perfect for your family so that makes the decision making easy, because it limits the choices.  You pay the package price for the block of land and the home, sign the contracts and you are under way. But let's say you already have the land component and you now need to find the right builder for you. It's a great idea if you have the opportunity, to visit the display homes in the area to walk through an existing space and get a feel for things.  Check the sizes of the rooms and how the furniture fits within the space. How much natural lighting is in the home and where it is coming from. What interior design do you like and how would your existing furniture fit in it,  or will you need to budget in a new household of furniture?Choosing an open living floor plan for people to gather within the larger spaces is a great way to encourage interaction and family connection.  Also including a workspace somewhere within that open area but not open to view the mess of a desk is a great idea, especially for families with younger children who might need supervising with homework and other computer useage. Other important features to explore and include in the home you design,  or the plan you choose are:1.  An indoor/outdoor area for meals and entertaining2.  A three way main bathroom - bath and shower in one space ( can include small vanity here if required ) and vanity in the centre of the three rooms, with a separate room for toilet.. this always works well, no matter what or who is living in the home. 3.  Consider individual ensuites if you have extended family or adult children living in the home. Kareela Constructions can help you custom design these things if needed.  Or you can start with one of our standard range of floor plans and change it to suit. 4.  Plenty of natural light throughout the home especially the living spaces5.  The home's orientation should face North or North East to ensure the above. 6.  If you want to look onto a lovely garden or pool, consider an L Shaped home such as our Noosa 462There are so many features that could be included here but that is six for now.  Finding the floor plan and home design to suit you exactly is a very individual thing but if you get most of it right, you will be sure to enjoy living in your home for years to come. 

Choose your Home finishes early
posted on 27 October 2020 04:32 PM

A bit like the mosquito's at Connemara (1 million acre property western Qld), an old bloke always said the mosquito's were that large at Connemara they sat on the cow rails picking their teeth with cow horns!!Your builder keeps asking you to clarify the finish you want for the kitchen or laundry or bathrooms and you feel like his questions are a lot like a mosquito buzzing around your ears. You continue to tell your builder that you will get around to the decisions shortly. A few days click by. “Yes, I know that it is going to take 3 weeks to manufacture the cupboards, but they are not needed for weeks yet. We have heaps of time as the wall and roof frame is not finished yet”. One week later: “Why is my builder still pushing for a decision on finishes more often now, the bricks and cladding are not finished yet.” The builder is just being annoying like a mosquito.Another week later and you receive a phone call from your builder: “You want me to meet on site on Monday morning to help mark out the power point and lighting locations? And the kitchen layout? And the side of the vanity drawers? Tile sizes and laying directions? What? If I do not have the finishes worked out by Monday, the building could be delayed?” I can’t work out all that over the weekend. Why didn't my builder tell me about these decisions earlier? “Do we really need to get all that decided by Monday morning?  The builder has not started the wall and ceiling linings, so they are just being annoying like a mosquito.” This is where the client has got it wrong, and I mean very wrong. The builder is not being a pest by constantly asking for decisions about the finishes. Even if the builder has been asking since before the contract was signed. Building is a management process, so if one link is weak (i.e. decisions on finishes), the whole process can become very disjointed.You have to remember, things move quickly on site once the wall framing starts. Very quickly the building has reached the locked-up milestone. Now the Plumber and Electrician need to know about every cupboard unit and position, so they can “rough in" the points correctly first time. Every change is a variation charge, so it is best to plan your home a lot earlier than the weekend before the rough in meeting.Joinery take at least 3 weeks to manufacture after the joinery drawings are signed off. So, add another 2 to 3 weeks for the sign off process. The joinery must be ready for installation in the first week after the plastering has finished.  This is typically 2-3 weeks after rough in commencing. Righto, you have raced out on the Saturday morning before the Monday deadline and chosen the best ceramic tiles you have ever seen before.  These tiles will make the contestants on the block look like amateurs. They will have to be ordered in, but that won't take long (you think/hope). You turn up on site Monday morning, sleep deprived (thanks kids) with an arm full of brochures and a heap of questions and not many answers. You give the builder the most/best answers you can, but really need to rely on their experience in designing the layout of your dream home. Now you must remember what was agreed before you sit down with the kitchen designer during you lunch break. This is when that little voice says "I wish I did this earlier and less rushed".Your heart falls when the builder contacts you to advise the last batch of your ceramic tiles was sold last week and the next batch is due to reach Australia in 8 weeks. The tiles are required to be ready for delivery in 3 weeks for the Tiler to start.Sounds like a horror story doesn't it? It can all be avoided if the buzzing requests from the builder are dealt with either before the contract was signed or before the slab was poured in new homes, or before the builder starts your renovation. Make your finishes decisions early and have time to enjoy the process.Oh yes, changes can be made with minimal impact, if you notify your builder in plenty of time. Remember, nothing derails a building project more than a last minute, “I want to change that, but I am unsure of what I really like.”

Hamptons Style or Classic Country ... What is your Style?
posted on 08 October 2020 02:38 PM

You live in the Tamworth region, and you are talking to your friends at a neighbourhood bbq...."What Style of home are you building?"The question always comes up in conversation when you are thinking and planning to build or renovate your new home. There are so many styles out there that often we get confused about what we actually love. People like to put things in a box. They like to sort stuff! Often what we actually like is a mix of styles, taken from all over the world.  Some of the styles that we love originated in the Hamptons, just north of New York, some from other American towns and cities, and others from Europe, Asia, or Africa. There's French Provincial, Country style, Hamptons style, Bohemian, Coastal Style,  Modern... the list goes on. We like the idea of coming up with a style, to give a concept more ground and to create a theme within your new home in Australia;  BUT,  we also encourage you to think about what exactly you need within your home, that works for yourself and your family within those living spaces. The climate and landscape where the home will be built will also be a huge consideration when you are planning your Australian home.  If you are living in a country region like the North West slopes and plains, or tablelands surrounding Tamworth you will need to consider things like: 1. How to screen the home for flies - so having bifolding doors opening to a big alfresco may not be a great solution.  Entertainer sliders with screens might be perfect. Or you might want to build an outdoor style room that is totally screened, ensuring that the alfresco is bug free. 2. Winters are cold, and summers are hot,  so your living room as well as your other rooms will need to have some type of heating, and cooling for summer.  A slow combustion fireplace is a lovely natural option, so you can use the firewood from your surrounding farm or area, it's cheap and easily sourced. 3. Do you need the garage to be attached to the home?  Many people on farms actually have a big shed to house their vehicles. This makes sense and cuts costs for the home build as you have less space under the roof.  If a garage is important to you, think about adding storage in there for things that you use often and need to get easily. They will stay cleaner and in better condition in a storage in the home rather than the shed. 4. Are high ceilings or raked ceilings important for bringing in natural light? No matter where you live around the world, you have access to sunlight, and breezes. Determine where your best aspect is, North East if you are in the Southern Hemisphere and use it to your advantage.  The style of your home doesn't matter in this case,  any style can have windows and doors, and high windows added for extra light. Skylights are another way of getting plenty of light into otherwise potentially dark spaces. 5. Insulation is important in most places but especially in climates that vary greatly in temperate between the seasons. James Hardies weatherboard cladding has high insulation properties and is also bush fire resistant which makes it the perfect external cladding. The colour can be changed in ten years time to give it a whole new look. How good is that?!How you create your home spaces can vary between lots of timeless styles and how you live your daily life here on earth using your home as your centre stage and place of primary residence. Your colour palette is one of the first choices that you make when you are embarking on a building project. Dulux paints have an incredible range of great colours available, with palettes of themed colours already done for you, which can really help with putting together the look you are going for.   What colours do you love? Personally, and professionally we say that White (and there is of course thousands of shades of white) is the most neutral and timeless colour there is.  If you build your home and use white paints (in varying shades) you are pretty much 100% guaranteed that in ten years time, your home will still be in vogue. White walls are classic. White shaker doors in your kitchen,  or white contemporary style flat doors, teamed with natural textures, stone benchtops and your favourite style of tapware and handles. All these things are determined by you, and don't have to follow an exact theme. We Aussies are good at changing up styles to suit ourselves aren't we... think about our slang words!  Other countries can't understand us, but we get us! Am I right? Of course! :) A common mistake that is made when people are considering their new home and the floor plan, is only thinking about what they need NOW.  It is important think about how the home will stand the test of time, with the modern family unit growing and changing.  Different ages of the children mean different needs. Things like Dual Occupancy options are something to consider.  Building an ensuite into the secondary bedrooms can make living with family easier especially as the children get older and perhaps bring their partners home to live. Something that seems to be a common upward trend as the cost of living increases. The stress of a mortgage or loan can be eased by families living within the one home, but perhaps with separate living areas. The best way to work out what you actually love is to create a mood board, or a Pinterest page where you can save your favourite styles and colour schemes, as well as the overall look you want for your new home or renovation.   Using that can really take the guess work out of what look you are going for and will help your builder create the home you desire. Kareela Constructions offers colour selection advice and can help you negotiate the Selection stage with ease. Contact us for more information. 

Passive Solar Home design in the Greater Tamworth Region of NSW
posted on 01 September 2020 12:55 PM

Many Australians living around Gunnedah, Manilla, and Tamworth areas are thinking about Sustainability and a long term energy efficient way to live and operate their home. This is called Passive Solar Home Design. Passive Solar design has a few determining factors. Firstly, the definition, passive design uses natural energy flows (sun and wind) to maintain the most comfortable indoor environment possible for a building for the climate in which it’s located. In North Western NSW the orientation to always face your Eco friendly home is NORTH.  North East is ok, but North gives you the best outcome. Secondly, the terms ‘passive design’, ‘solar design’ and ‘passive solar design’ are generally used interchangeably.Thirdly, the parts: the design considerations required to achieve a passive solar building are:OrientationZoningThermal massShadingInsulationVentilationGlazingTraditionally these passive solar homes were designed to operate without mechanical cooling and often no heating either (depending on location).Using a variety of great building products to support this method of building is also key to creating a liveable home environment. The overall cost is higher to build but the ongoing costs are far less. Why would I build a Passive House in Tamworth?Year round thermal comfortHigh indoor air qualityIncreased resilience during heat waves (building takes much longer to heat up)Improved acousticsRidiculously low energy consumptionDust free, bug free interiorBlower door test guarantees I got what I paid for; i.e. construction qualityWhy would I not build a Passive House?I enjoy ‘feeling the seasons’ and being a bit too cool or hot doesn’t worry meI (almost) never close my doorsCurrently costs 3-8 percent more upfrontRequires more time and thought to design Why we know you should give Passive Solar Living a thought, and action. Kareela Constructions Tamworth is a local family owned business with many years experience in all aspects of building and construction, with Energy efficiency as one of the things that are close to our heart. We believe in building homes that are sustainable and homes that are here for the long haul. That’s why we have studied and achieved our Greensmart Certification. Kareela’s owner and builder, Craig Martin, has supervised and constructed many a Greensmart home, focusing on ensuring the environment and natural elements of the location are factored into the build.  Sometimes budget can be an issue in these situations, but together Kareela and the clients can work through any issues to create a home that has that passive solar sustainability and natural connection to the environment. To find out more about Passive Solar Home design and becoming more sustainable,  why not give Contact UsCraig Martin 0415 074 578

Calculating the Cost of Your Renovation
posted on 30 July 2020 01:04 PM

You're dreaming of renovating your home.The bathroom, the ensuite, a new laundry or kitchen. Maybe extending and opening up to get more use out of your back yard.There's hundreds of reasons to renovate! And why not!? Now is the perfect time with the HomeBuilder Grant.Working out how to calculate the starting point for your home renovation can be a daunting task.Here's a few ideas where to start.When it comes to renovating your home the biggest question, we all ask is, how exactly do we calculate how much your home renovation will cost? This question can be remarkably similar to “how long is a piece of string?” The big question should be, “Where does the renovation start and end?” Having a clear idea of how much your home renovation can cost will have a drastic impact on the scope and possibilities available to you during the renovation process. While there are plenty of areas in which you should focus on spending and saving on, it’s important to consider all the different elements that will affect your budget and the end capital value that the bank looks at. Before you call the bank, here are some key tips to keep in mind that will help you calculate your budget. What the Builders and Renovation Magazines advise and what the Renovation Builder prefers.   Prepare a Scope of Works  Essentially, this means writing a to-do list of everything that needs to be done in order to complete your renovation.Do not ignore anything, even if you think it's a low-cost item.If you need help, hire a renovation builder for advice.Do not expect them to work for free.Pay the designated fee and engage a builder to help you put a package together for your bank. Now, be realistic with your scope. Remember, renovations cost more per square metre than new homes. So, there is no point dreaming about adding the Taj Mahal onto the back of your home unless you truly believe you can source the funding.  Rule No 1, do not over-capitalise.  Is it really necessary to change the roof pitch because you don’t like it anymore?  Everyone expects a roof on a house they want to purchase, and very few people would pay you extra because you changed the roof pitch from 15 degrees to 22.5 degrees. At Kareela Constructions, we have been asked to design some realistic and some totally unrealistic homes.  Yes, a Grand Ballroom for a 3-bedroom fibro house has been requested but it didn’t get past the reality test.Another client was surprised, when told a massive kitchen with marble benchtops would cost a small fortune and was advised that it would overcapitalise the property. So, please be realistic. Your local Tamworth builder, Kareela Constructions can assist you with designs and costings. We have a number of experienced Building Designers in our team of consultants. If your budget is modest, so be it. We can work around that by designing your renovations to be built in affordable and flowing stages. Add on Moving Out and Rental Costs You might think you can live at home during major renovations and save money.  This is not always the case.Things to take into consideration here are1.  Dust,2.  No working kitchen,3.  Bathrooms pulled to pieces,4. No back walls on your house,5.  Windows and doors out,6.  Potentially the roof off....The possible disruptions are many, so factor in time you may need to move out – and because renovation times can blow out, allow a few weeks longer than you think you'll need to move out for. We have seen many  people regret that they have chosen to stay in the home during the  renovation. See the picture attached of the makeshift kitchen and port-a-loo at one of the renovations we have done.  Seriously consider moving out during the large renovation. Don’t consider paying rent is dead money, because we can renovate faster by working in multiple areas at once. This allows us to cut time and costs, thereby reducing the contract price. Get Tradie Quotes Once you have your scope of works you can break it down and determine which trades are required to do which bits. If you're sourcing your own materials for any part of the job, make sure you mention that to the Tradesman doing the quote.Your tradies will probably also add items and requirements to the scope that you hadn't considered. Sounds great, doesn't it? That's if you want to be an owner builder. You will be responsible for the co-ordination of materials and trades. Not to mention a huge learning curve of building regulations.By the way, banks love owner builders.Actually to be honest with you, No, they don’t. Owner builders are deemed to be risky. They want a contract, a HIA or MBA contract, with a good builder before they lend. But if you have saved the cash and can do it without the bank, go for it! If you have already engaged Kareela Constructions in a Preliminary Agreement, by now, we have already designed your renovation and given you an accurate estimate, subject to structural design. You have already met with the bank long before you would have completed the previous paragraph on your own. Lets Talk VariationsThis means costs for things that sometimes aren't included, such as skip bins, unforeseen structural surprises, and labour costs that may suddenly be required. Variations also include you upgrading or increasing things like lights, tiles, toilets, vanities, or kitchens. Add these onto your costings, even if you do not think you'll be requesting them. So, always, add a 10-15 per cent buffer on top of whatever your renovation cost comes to as a contingency plan. If you don’t use this contingency, great, put it on, or leave it in your mortgage. More Renovation Considerations Remember renovation building is more expensive per square metre than building a new home for several reasons.The Trades don’t always have a full day’s work on a renovation site, like they would on a large home site.The Trades sometimes have to come and go, instead of moving to another part of the house to work while waiting for another Trade to finish ie lost time traveling, setting up for a short while and packing up again.Some Trades spend almost as long on a renovation site as they would on a new build, due to smaller fiddly work or fixing old work to make it look new.Regularly Trades have to work out how to resolve issues with old work to make sure that it complies with current building codes, or try to  make that bent wall look straight.Throwing your arms in the air in confusion you say “Okay, I am now thinking of selling and buying another home”. Before you scrap your renovation plans, sit and think about the selling and purchasing costs. You could quite easily kiss goodbye to $50k in real estate, legal, mortgage and stamp duty fees.Now wouldn’t that money be better spent on improving your house, rather than others taking it? OK, now take a deep breath and keep moving forward. Add all your Costings Together …and try not to have a heart attack. Can you still afford to renovate? Is there anywhere you can cut back or stage for a bit later? Hey! On the bright side. If your renovations are over $150k, the Federal Government will chip in and give you $25k to contract your builder.  You have until the end of December 2020 to sign a contract though. After all the work and energy you have put into this dream, The magazines say, now's  the time to talk to your lender about your savings, and how your mortgage may be able to help finance the cost or make up the shortfall. If you follow that plan, you are back at square one. You may as well have used the old rule of thumb – come up with a figure and then double it, to be reasonably close. In reality, if you want to go to the bank with a professional design and costings how much the bank will need to lend you, then contact Kareela Constructions and we will make your renovation happen.

Renovation Timeline : How to Plan your Reno
posted on 14 July 2020 02:28 PM

Organising your renovation is a giant task even before your Builder and trades pick up the tools, so here's how you should plan your timeline.Where on earth do you start when planning a kitchen or bathroom renovation? When do you book your trades, order your tiles, call in the painters? Here's how to make sure your project comes together in the right order, with no double handling.12 months before: compile a moodboardInclude absolutely everything you can think of as inspiration – your favourite colours, flowers, landscapes, the Balinese sunset from your last holiday, food – you name it. It will create an idea of the ambience you're after. You will very quickly find there is a theme of likes and don’t likes.6-12 months before: visit showrooms and price up ideasNail down what you love and take note of the prices and lead times attached. It's better to go with the worst-case-scenario price, rather than trying to be conservative – it'll save any nasty financial surprises later.6 months before: set your budget, call the bank about loans (if required)Work out what amount of money is feasible, and where you'll be able to trim back if necessary. Work out how much cash you have access to, and whether you'll need to apply for a loan. ImageSet aside a contingency sum, because the unforeseen can be just under the surface. Like the old bathroom we demolished and found the floor tiles laid on compacted soil instead of a floor slab and all the old plumbing was leaking underground.5 months before: make appointments with kitchen and/or bathroom specialists for concepts and guideline costingsIt's better to have any designers come to your home for your first meeting, to give them an accurate idea of the space you're working with. Now is the time to ask for their ideas, suggestions, material recommendations and quotes.Are you starting to feel overwhelmed with all the knowledge you have to gain and the pitfalls to pour/lose money into? You will have to coordinate trades from work or give up your holidays. Now is a good time start having second thoughts about managing the reno yourself and start thinking about engaging a renovation Builder to manage the whole process.4-5 months before: decide whether to use separate contractors or a bathroom/kitchen specialistIf you're still thinking of managing the reno yourself, before you start anything, book in a marriage counsellor, because you will need one before you’re finished. If you ever finish. :/ Using separate contractors will enable you to be a lot more hands on. Many clients have advised me that “hands on” is very overrated and was not a cost saving as thought.So by choosing to go with a kitchen or bathroom building specialist, you can pass on the worry, dealing with trades, sorting out building issues and the physical hard work to them, as they'll essentially project manage the entire reno from start to finish.  Now that you have decided to get a Builder to carry out your renovation, which one do I choose? Firstly, your builder must be:1. Licenced to carry out all the work i.e. Fully Licenced2. HBCF insurance accredited. Without this, your renovation won’t have” Home Owner’s Warranty”.  All building work valued over $20,000 must be insured. So, don’t be talked into supplying the materials to keep the contract under $20,0003. Willing to enter into a building contract for work over $5,000.4.Experienced in renovations. Renovations are much trickier than building new homes, so experience is required.You have read this far and are probably groaning under the weight of information, so I will give you a big tip to save you a headache. Call Craig Martin at Kareela Constructions. We are fully licenced, HBCF insured, have 30 years building experience and use HIA or MBA contracts for all our work. We will design and get approval your renovation or extension to suite your lifestyle, your land and budget. I have the experience to note most building issues and have planned how to overcome them before we even start.We will introduce you to our preferred suppliers to help you choose your finishes and stay with the contract budget. They will prevent you chasing after “shinies” that will not coordinate with everything else and probably blow your budget.3 months before: finalise start/finish dateNow that you've contracted your renovation specialist builder, we will make a commitment to start and finish dates. Bear in mind that completion dates can be blown out due to unforeseen delays such as the bank is slow in approving your loan, material shortages, illness among the tradies, unexpected discovery of dampness, structural issues or termites, the list goes on.2-3 months before: choose your finishes, such as your splashback and tilesThey may seem like small details, but a statement splashback can change the entire look of your kitchen, and a feature tile in the bathroom can take your reno to a whole new level. Sometimes your tiles need to be ordered from abroad, that can take time, so plan with your builder accordingly.  Our preferred suppliers work with us to take delivery of materials on time, if they have been decided on, in time.2 months before: finalise fittings, fixtures and appliancesAfter confirming with your builder that the appliances are appropriate and will fit, go and get 'em! This goes for any new fridges, dishwashers, bathroom towels and those vintage nick knacks you've had your eye on. Make sure your appliances are available and held in the store. Not a good conversation when you find your fridge was discontinued and you need a larger opening after the kitchen has been installed.1 month before: organise paintersIf you’re still managing the reno yourself, give the painter a month's notice to ensure their availability – that way, you won't be waiting for that finishing paint touch long after the other tradies have packed up and left.Oh yes, we have contracted Kareela Constructions for our renovation, so we don’t have to worry about booking and checking on Waterproofing, Tilers or Painters.  You beauty! We get to keep our sanity.1-2 weeks before hand over: book carpet and house cleanersYou can never underestimate the amount of dust even the smallest bathroom reno can make and all the crevices that dust will find its way into. Do yourself – and your sanity – a favour and call in the experts for a proper deep clean.  A few hours of their hard work will feel like walking into a new home.2 weeks after completion: complete your snag listUnder a standard building contract, you have a 13 week defects liability period window to highlight any problems to your builder. So, if you've discovered that the cutlery drawer jams shut, or that the bathroom mixer has a bit of a wobble, let us know right away. We will send out one of our tradies out to fix problems quickly. For the minor items, send a list towards the end of the defect period and the tradies will only have to drop in once.Conclusion:The ball is in your court. Do you contract Kareela Constructions to design, manage and build your renovation, or do you go out and manage the process yourself? Ask yourself do you have:⦁ An experienced design team?⦁ 30 years building experience in planning and solving building problems?⦁ A team of qualified and experienced trades that will look after your home?⦁ A list of experienced and friendly suppliers?⦁ Knowledge of a Building Consultant?⦁ HIA or MBA building contractsIf you can’t say yes to these points, contact Craig Martin at Kareela Constructions and let’s get started on your renovation.

Dust and Your Home Renovation
posted on 17 June 2020 05:05 PM

A thick layer of dust is inevitable during the renovating and building process.🤔 Read on to discover our four expert tips for minimising the damage.When it comes to renovating, your home will inevitably become cloaked in a thick layer of dust and debris, no matter how meticulous our tradies and planning may be. To help you keep your home neat and tidy through the build, Tamworth builder, Craig Martin of Kareela Constructions shares his top tips for a dust free home renovation. Trades don’t go out of their way to create mess, but it does happen, just like this bathroom make over quickly developed into full demolition and rebuild. People always underestimate the amount of dust that is generated during any sort of building or renovation work. Depending on the amount of demolition, there'll be brick or plasterboard dust in the air, sawdust on the floor and plenty of general construction debris lying around. All this could affect the air quality, scratch surfaces and hardwood floors, and cause a big mess.  The short answer to the question of how to avoid this is, you cannot.😒  So, get over it. 😉 Make your peace with the fact that for however long the build takes, you'll be wondering where it all comes from.  But take heart, neat freaks!  There are a few things you can do to limit the effects. 😁                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Here are Craig’s top four tips for ensuring a dust-free home renovation... 1. Remove itTry to make the area surrounding the site as empty as possible. This protects your furniture, special pieces and home wares and creates a safe work zone for your builder and trades.  Nothing is worse than the oops moment when something has been knocked and possibly broken.  Place all the electronic devices into a safe sealed place, assuming you have a room or two that isn’t being touched by the building work, put things that you can't easily wipe clean – soft furnishings especially – in there. If you don’t have the space, hire it. You won’t regret it. Wondering what you'll sit on? Lock up your couches and sit on milk crates or camping chairs for a month if you have to. If you can’t live without your screen time. Put your TV, computers and electrical devices away and out of potential dust every morning before the trades arrive and start work. Cover itCover everything in the isolation ward in sheeting and plastic. If you have wooden floors you should put sheeting down under your stuff as well, as dust comes up through the gaps.  Except for demolition, our tradies will do the bulk of the dust-creating work, such as sawing, outside where possible. Seal itIf possible, we will try to seal off the room with polythene sheeting and run tape around the doors. This does work best in door openings that trades are not using very often. You can also buy zipped plastic sheeting if you need to get in and out of the area of your house not being renovated.  Clean itAt the end of each day, we give a quick sweep clean, to help reduce dust spread, as part of the renovation service.  In the meantime, during the works, you can keep on top of the worst of it by vacuuming at the end of each day. But don't get over excited and start reinstating all your stuff too soon after hand over, because the dust can still magically reappear for a week or so even after the final clean. us :Facebook ~ ~ @KareelaConstructions

Let’s talk White Kitchens
posted on 12 May 2020 12:00 AM

No matter what people suggest the current trends and colours for kitchens are, we personally know that a white kitchen literally never has, and will never, go out of style. Big statement, but hear us out.  😉Why do people love white kitchens?  The cabinetry is always light, bright and extremely popular because it stays fresh and clean looking. It brightens the space that would otherwise seem darker. White cabinets continue to be extremely popular in 2020 simply because they go with any texture and any style…including the many super popular styles including farmhouse kitchen designs, and Hampton’s style, as well as the ultra modern looks.White cabinetry allows you to be creative with your benchtops, while permitting the use of different finishes and styles. For example; timber on the island bench and granite or engineered stone on the surrounding benches. If you love the stainless steel look, or simply need it because it is the best high-use surface for what you do; this goes perfectly with White cabinetry and doors as well.  White also allows for those yearly colour trends to be incorporated into your home and your kitchen, no matter what colour or texture they are, if the style suits, then the colour will also work perfectly.Why do we think that White kitchens are here to stay? Because kitchens with white cabinetry have a lot of flexibility with their design, and are easily dressed up for a high-end look, or more rustic fora countryside kitchen. The doors can be textured, grooved, shaker style…. There’s many options out there, but they are best in white.  To make any space look larger, Let loose with the white paint! It reflects light, and makes everything feel open and airy. If you think of your home as a white canvas, then anything is possible as your moods,ideas and the trends change.  Do we think you should consider a white kitchen in your new project?  Without a doubt! That would be our first choice, every time!  

Hamptons is one of the coastal styles requested often by our...
posted on 06 April 2020 12:00 AM

In recent years Hamptons has become increasingly popular in Australia, but just as we Aussies do with so many other styles we've put our own spin on it to create a very unique 'Australian Hamptons' style. Hamptons is a style inspired by the luxury Holiday Homes in the sea-side communities along the Eastern Beaches of upstate New York, Long Island. It’s all about luxury, generosity and grandeur paired with comfortable living - nautical themes, and creating inviting spaces which are designed for easy living.The traditional exterior Hamptons colour palette is varying shades of greys, blues, and sandy colours, with trims always a lovely contrasting white. Internally, the traditional Hamptons colour theme is the same… White is the most dominant colour, and it uses nautical colours - blues and sandy tones, along with navy’s and whites to finish the theme - The Hamptons style is big on layering patterns in textiles to create cosy and inviting spaces. Australian home owners and builders tend to change the traditional style to suit our locality, our lifestyle and our budget.We aren’t so big into the layering of patterns, we like it simple, elegant and stylish; we use linens, and different textures rather than lots of patterns… we tend to like things more plain and neutral.Internally, with fixtures and fittings, you’ll often see timber floors, marble splash backs and bench tops, chrome or brass tap ware and plenty of shiplap cabinetry. The Shaker style doors on the kitchen cabinetry and bathrooms are also very popular. It makes for a fresh and breezy and comforting setting.Mostly the base palette for kitchens and bathrooms is all white , but colour in lower wet area cabinetry has taken off in Australian Hampton style interiors; in particular, charcoal, black, green and navy. Along with coloured cabinetry, we’re using traditional Hampton’s moulding, marble bench tops and farmhouse sinks, paired with contemporary tapware against white backdrops. We love indoor plants too! Always great for decorating, and also great for our health. There is something about creating a resort style sanctuary inside our homes that gets us all excited about designing, and building these homes for our valuable clients. Kareela Constructions have lots of beautiful designs already done for you…We have embraced many of the characteristics of the traditional Hamptons style, but of course, it’s up to you as the buyer and home-owner to make your own version of the style come to reality. That’s what is so great about design and construct. It’s what we do best. We build throughout the Tamworth region of New South Wales.Come and talk to us about your new home. Let us help you design a home that you are proud of and that reflects your own Hamptons Aussie style!For more information ~~ us :Facebook ~ ~ @KareelaConstructions

How to Meet your Budget with your Builder
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

It’s important to be flexible with your budget, but it’s also essential for your builder to respect the expectations you have for your investment. This means that your design needs to align within the allotted time frame, as well as the design materials and details. When you engage a builder early, the chances of staying within budget are multiplied tenfold.Your builder can flag any potential challenges with your project and find cost-effective solutions that won’t compromise your design, expectations or vision.

The Beauty of Eco-Friendly Homes
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

Creating eco-friendly homes is our biggest passion. From sun-drenched homes, to incorporating solar passive designs, there’s nothing more rewarding than creating a beautiful, light, and eco-friendly home. With the current climate of people becoming more and more uneasy about relying on the Government resources, both locally and nationally,  it is a trend that is not going away very quickly.  We think it is here to stay!  Why not talk to us about your options when you contact us about your new home, or renovation project. 

Don’t Wait Until your Design is Complete
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

Building your dream home is an exciting affair – but it can easily turn sideways… Waiting after the design process to hire the right builder is a common mistake that many well-meaning homeowners make. The reality is, there’s only everything to gain when you engage a builder early. Aside from capturing your vision perfectly, doing this allows you to stay within budget and meet deadlines. To learn more email us at ~ [email protected]

Our Answer to Stress-Free Building
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

We’ve got the secret in achieving a no-fuss, stress-free building project…and the answer is easier than you think. Engaging a builder early in your building project will ensure that your expectations are met in the design, budget and timeline. The right builder has expertise in your area and the kind of home you want to build, allowing you to create a better design, packed with affordable ways to get the features you and your family want and need. There are multiple benefits in engaging with a local builder early. To learn more email us at ~ [email protected]

Let There Be Light!
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

Let there be light ☀️. Incorporating as much natural light is one of the things that we try to apply in our designs. Not only does it look good, but it is also a holistic way to add eco-friendly elements into your home. More natural light + less use of energy = massive savings on your next electricity bill. And you’ve got to admit…it looks amazing! 

We Don't Skimp on the Details
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

When it comes to our building and design approach…we NEVER skimp on the details ☝️.  For instance, a little panelling can change EVERYTHING in a home… The look and feel of this entryway is completely elevated, just by adding a little panelling detail…  If this is what you envision for your next project, get in touch with our team. To learn more, book a Building consultation today ~

Great Service from Start to Finish
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

Proof that from start to finish, our team delivers. Check out Jillian’s full review below ⬇️. "I recently engaged Kareela Constructions and director, Craig arrived very promptly and provided a most competitive quote. Craig cleaned up all dust and debris and followed up to ensure I was happy with the service. I would thoroughly recommend Kareela Constructions and Craig for his efficient manner and professionalism.“– Jillian

That Eye for Design
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

It takes a real eye for design to achieve a layout like this one. Luckily, our team has someone who can make this happen 😎. Kareela Constructions is proud to offer Design and Construct Services to our valued clients. Craig and Mandy are our builder + designer dream-team and can bring your existing designs to life.We also have the ability to take care of your project, end-to-end. To learn more, book a building consultation today ~

Make the Most out of your Building Experience
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

We understand that it takes time to dive into a project like building a custom home… After all, it takes research, contemplation and planning to ensure that your project is achieved seamlessly and with ease… Want to make the most out of the experience?There are a multitude of benefits when you engage a builder early in the game… Aside from saving you more time, it will also provide incredible value and ensures that the process remains as stress-free as possible…To learn more email us at ~ [email protected]

An Example of Good Design Looks Like This...
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

A quick example of what we mean by good and well-thought-out design 👌. Maximising the amount of natural light is a fantastic and holistic way to incorporate eco-friendly practices…Adding large wall-to-wall windows in an Eastern facing room can fill the space with so much natural light, minimising your use of energy and electricity. Imagine waking up and greeting the day in this sun-drenched breakfast area 😍.

Simple & Sweet
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

A few simple words that make our week. Thank you for the kind review, Ninna! Read the full review ⬇️.“Craig did a fantastic job at our place. Would highly recommend him. Fast and very reliable!”– Ninna

A Great Review of our Renovation Services
posted on 29 January 2020 12:00 AM

A great review from Anthony about a renovation we completed for him and his family ⬇️.“Craig carried out some major renovations on our house. He provided a competitive quote, was an excellent communicator and did an outstanding job. Everything you look for in a builder. Definitely will be using Kareela Construction again.”– Anthony

How to get the Perfect View
posted on 04 September 2019 12:00 AM

A lot of our clients refer to their exterior views as “make or break” elements of their dream home. Work with your building team and establish a sense of serenity and calm by framing your views just how you want them.

What goes into a Project like this One?
posted on 25 August 2019 12:00 AM

A beautiful lay out like this one takes a lot of careful contemplation and precision to achieve. We bring care and expert knowledge into our work and take it on like it’s our own. If you’re embarking on a comprehensive building project, trust the local experts to make it happen! To learn more, drop us an email on [email protected]

The Right Amount of Detail
posted on 21 August 2019 12:00 AM

Sometimes it’s worth zooming right in, so you can see the amount of detail we put into our work.

We work with the Climate
posted on 11 August 2019 12:00 AM

No matter what the local climate has in store, we know how to build a comfortable and efficient home that reflects your family’s lifestyle. To learn more, drop us an email on [email protected]

The Right Choice is in your Hands
posted on 07 August 2019 12:00 AM

MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE WITH YOUR PROJECTEmbarking on a building project is no casual feat. There’s a lot of time, money and effort that goes into building a home that is timeless, modern and speaks directly to your lifestyle.It’s important to engage a builder who is able approach your project with transparency, integrity and realness. Work with a team that embodies these in everything that they do, while incorporating stunning and beautiful styles like this one. To learn more about us, drop us an email on [email protected]

Client design brief on site taking in the view and weather...
posted on 03 August 2019 12:00 AM

Client design brief on site taking in the view and weather conditions. This is how we understand what you like and want in your design and construction packages. #design #designandconstruct #tamworthnewhomedesigns #tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthdesignandconstruct #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthbuilder #Armidalebuilder #quirindi #quirindibuilder (at Quirindi, New South Wales)

Taking care of your Project
posted on 28 July 2019 12:00 AM

From energy efficient systems to absolute luxury, we take care of your entire building or renovation project. Enjoy the beauty of sleek, elegant designs and expert craftsmanship. To learn more about our services, drop us an email on [email protected]

Moving or removing walls in an older style house that...
posted on 23 July 2019 12:00 AM

Moving or removing walls in an older style house that don’t have roof trusses? Not a problem for experienced Builders with span tables and years on the tools. We can turn your idea into reality.#tamworthdesignandconstruct #tamworthdesign #tamworthrenovations #tamworthnewhomedesigns #tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthbuilder #tamworthnewhomebuilder #carpentry #tamworth(at Tamworth, New South Wales)

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, ladt week, we...
posted on 21 July 2019 12:00 AM

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, ladt week, we visited the Dish in between catching up with family. I remember watching the landing on telly as a kid. Now our kids have seen where it all happened in Australia.#goodweekend #tamworthnewhomedesigns #design

A chilly start in East Tamworth this morning with ice on the saw...
posted on 17 July 2019 12:00 AM

A chilly start in East Tamworth this morning with ice on the saw stool. #Tamworthkitchenrenovations #tamworthnewhomedesigns #design #Tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthhouseandlandpackages #tamworthdesign (at Tamworth, New South Wales)

Beautiful, Both Inside AND Out!
posted on 14 July 2019 12:00 AM

Enjoy living spaces that look beautiful both inside and out. Together, we’ll design and refresh your living spaces so that they reflect your current and long-term lifestyle. To learn more, drop us an email on [email protected]

Being Eco-Smart
posted on 10 July 2019 12:00 AM

BE ECO-SMART WITH YOUR HOMEWeather conditions can be harsh in the Tamworth region, but we know how to make the most out of it with our GreenSmart designs and eco-friendly approach. To learn more about our work, drop us an email on [email protected]

We are receiving a couple of light showers of rain. Hopefully...
posted on 08 July 2019 12:00 AM

We are receiving a couple of light showers of rain. Hopefully they are widespread and consistent all day (at Tamworth, New South Wales)

Is this what you Envision for your Next Building Project?
posted on 30 June 2019 12:00 AM

Enjoy beautiful, fresh and open spaces like this one with the help of our team at Kareela Constructions. To learn more about our work, drop us an email on [email protected]

These two critics keeping an eye on me finishing off the...
posted on 26 June 2019 12:00 AM

These two critics keeping an eye on me finishing off the polycarbonate roof sheets on the new pergola at our Daruka job. They were good company, except for the regular stop and pat me breaks. Lunch was interesting with two extra pairs of eyes on my sandwiches.#Tamworth #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthrenovations #Armidalebuilders #design #renovations #renovation #tamworthrenovationbuilder #Gunnedah #Gunnedahbuilders #Armidale (at Tamworth, New South Wales)

A beautiful Sunday afternoon in Tamworth looking for a block of...
posted on 09 June 2019 12:00 AM

A beautiful Sunday afternoon in Tamworth looking for a block of land to call ours. Follow our journey #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthrenovations #Armidalebuilders #design #renovations #renovation #tamworthrenovationbuilder#Gunnedah #Gunnedahbuilders #Armidale

Our 3 bedroom design is a great way to get into the property...
posted on 04 June 2019 12:00 AM

Our 3 bedroom design is a great way to get into the property ladder as it can be extended to a 4 bedroom and rumpus room when the time comes. The Sandy has all the necessary inclusions to make your own haven for years to come. Speak to us about our design or others we have shown on our website. #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthnewhomedesigns #tamworthrenovations #tamworthdesign #tamworthdesignandconstruct #Gunnedah #gunnedahbuilders #Armidalebuilder #armidale (at Tamworth, New South Wales)

The new kitchen has been installed. Very custom design as we...
posted on 30 May 2019 12:00 AM

The new kitchen has been installed. Very custom design as we spent a few weeks making sure everything was correct before commencing work. Begin the plumbing tiling and electrical fit off now. Call to arrange your new kitchen renovation #Tamworth #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthrenovations #Tamworthkitchenrenovations #tamworthbuilder #Kitchen #kitchenrenovation #design #tamworthrenovations #tamworthrenovationbuilder

A new designer kitchen being installed by Simmonds Kitchens at...
posted on 29 May 2019 12:00 AM

A new designer kitchen being installed by Simmonds Kitchens at our renovation site in Daruka. There has been a lot of planning to get to this stage. Our client is looking forward to a new and functional kitchen in the next few days. #Tamworth #tamworthdesign #tamworthnewhomedesigns #Tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthbuilder #tamworthhouseandlandpackages #tamworthrenovations #manillabuilder #gunnedahbuilder #armidalebuilder

Do you want to have a home that is cutting edge in design. Our...
posted on 06 May 2019 12:00 AM

Do you want to have a home that is cutting edge in design. Our Bondi is 358sqm of luxury home. 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bathroom and a double garage. Watch the footy on a big screen in the theater. Out of sight dinner preparing in the large butlers pantry. As we design and construct, all our plans can be modified to suit your needs. We listen and provide solutions. Deal with a family owned Tamworth builder that always utilise local trades and suppliers.#tamworthnewhomedesigns #tamworthknockdownandrebuild #tamworthhouseandlandpackages #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthbuilder #tamworthrenovations #Gunnedah #Gunnedahbuilders #Armidale #customhomebuilder #Tamworth #tamworthdesign #tamworthdesignandconstruct #design

Big day out at the Sydney HIA Home Show over the weekend. A lot...
posted on 07 April 2019 12:00 AM

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kareela Constructions (@kareelaconstructions) on Apr 7, 2019 at 4:41pm PDTBig day out at the Sydney HIA Home Show over the weekend. A lot of ideas and products on display #tamworthnewhomedesigns #tamworthbuilders #Tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthhouseandlandpackages #Tamworth #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthknockdownandrebuild #gunnedahbuilder #Gunnedah #Armidale #armidalebuilder

We had a good drop of rain over Tamworth on Saturday morning....
posted on 31 March 2019 12:00 AM

We had a good drop of rain over Tamworth on Saturday morning. Hey Huey, lets have some more.Hello EveryoneYou have received this letter because we have contacted each other by email and we have each other’s address.It’s been a while since we have sent out our monthly email letter. Last year I injured myself and was off work for a lot of the year. So here we are back into 2019 and back into our monthly newsletter about property opportunities, regional information, building information and updates on what we are building or enjoying. If you don’t want to receive these letters? No hard feelings. Just click the unsubscribe link that is at the bottom of the page. As simple as that

This is a great way to extend a room and bring the outdoors in....
posted on 31 March 2019 12:00 AM

This is a great way to extend a room and bring the outdoors in. An extension with out seriously extending. This will also add street appeal. #tamworthbuilder #tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthknockdownandrebuild #tamworthnewhomedesigns #gunnedahbuilder #quirindi #armidalebuilder #duplexbuilder #Tamworthcarpentry

Looking for a 4 bed home with extra garage storage? We have the...
posted on 31 March 2019 12:00 AM

Looking for a 4 bed home with extra garage storage? We have the Casuarina 356 for your extra needsThe Casuarina is luxurious, functional and modern looking 4 bedroom home with a Rumpus room near the Kid’s bedrooms to keep the noise away from the Living and Dining areas. Also included is an Study and a separate Master Study for serious work. Don’t forget the 6.0m of storage in the garage.If the modern look is not for you, we can modify the fascade to suit your brief.All this fits on a 20.4m wide x 32.3m deep block of land. Sloping blocks wouldn’t be a problem with this design.#tamworthbuilder #tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthknockdownandrebuild #tamworthnewhomedesigns #duplexbuilder #duplex #gunnedahbuilder #quirindi #armidalebuilder #lampada #moorecreek #theoutlookestate #redbankestate

The drought is punishing some older houses as well as the farms...
posted on 29 March 2019 12:00 AM

The drought is punishing some older houses as well as the farms and the people. This beautiful old house had some cracks before the lady purchased it, but nature has created some significant damage. We will be working closely with the Engineer and the owner to restore this home. #armidalebuilder #renovations #renovationbuilders #Tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthbuilder

A kitchen renovation that we are really excited about. The walls...
posted on 29 March 2019 12:00 AM

A kitchen renovation that we are really excited about. The walls and floor were in poor condition and required a lot of work to level up and straighten for the clean crisp lines of this new kitchen. #Tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthbuilders #Tamworthrenovation #Armidale #armidalebuilder #gunnedahbuilder #tamworthnewhomebuilder

This 4 bedroom home is the Frenchmans 292 and is perfect for an...
posted on 30 August 2018 12:00 AM

This 4 bedroom home is the Frenchmans 292 and is perfect for an acreage block. The large alfresco is the full width of the living area, creating great views of your yard. Triple garage, media room and office included. #tamworthbuilder #tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthknockdownandrebuild #tamworthnewhomedesigns #duplexbuilder #duplex #gunnedahbuilder #quirindi #armidalebuilder #lampada #moorecreek (at Tamworth, New South Wales)

Are you looking at a large block of land in Forest Hills or...
posted on 15 August 2018 12:00 AM

Are you looking at a large block of land in Forest Hills or Moore Creek and want a county style home to live in? Look no further than our Thornton 377 country house. Wrap around veranda. 5 bedrooms and an office. The largest butlers pantry in the market. Consider Kareela Constructions and deal directly with your builder for your home to be how you want it. #tamworthbuilder #tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthknockdownandrebuild #tamworthnewhomedesigns #duplexbuilder #duplex #gunnedahbuilder #quirindi #armidalebuilder #lampada #moorecreek (at Kareela Constructions)

The Noosa 4 bedroom home is 462m of style. Built around your new...
posted on 03 July 2018 12:00 AM

The Noosa 4 bedroom home is 462m of style. Built around your new pool or outdoor living area. The L shape will give privacy or protection from the prevailing wind. Sounds like your home? Give me a call to arrange a meeting time. Remember, at Kareela Constructions you will deal with the builder from start to finish, giving you peace of mind through the building process. #tamworthbuilder #tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthknockdownandrebuild #tamworthnewhomedesigns #duplexbuilder #duplex #gunnedahbuilder #quirindi #quirindibuilder #armidale #armidalebuilder (at Tamworth, New South Wales)

Here is the Balmoral 190 from our 3 bedroom home range. Ideal...
posted on 24 June 2018 12:00 AM

Here is the Balmoral 190 from our 3 bedroom home range. Ideal for the family that doesn’t want the size of a 4 bedroom home. We can build on your block of land in Tamworth, Gunnedah or Quirindi. For personalised service contact us now. #tamworthbuilder #tamworthrenovationbuilder #tamworthnewhomebuilder #tamworthknockdownandrebuild #tamworthnewhomedesigns #gunnedahbuilder #quirindi #Tamworthcarpentry #Tamworth (at Kareela Constructions)