Behind the Scenes – Interior Install at The Haven

The Haven showcases the finer details in a home, with a neutral colour palette and finding inspiration of ‘New Stone Cottage’. We…

The Haven showcases the finer details in a home, with a neutral colour palette and finding inspiration of ‘New Stone Cottage’.

We spoke to Heidi and Sarah from Eskay Design Interior at install day to speak about our newest display home and fourth one to open this year!

 

Q. Explain the overall interior design concept of The Haven?

A. The New Stone Cottage style of this home is to create a modern take on a somewhat traditional style.

 

Q. What’s your favourite feature of this home?

A. The Glosswood Cladding to the Kitchen and scullery ceiling is an absolute stand out – making the kitchen the focal point and hub of the home.

 

Q. Who would suit this home design?

A. Any family who love to entertain and have visitors or extended family stay.

 

Q. Explain the benefits of having a gust retreat upstairs in the home as The Haven does and how to style this space?

A. A couple can have their own separate space in this house upstairs, with plenty of privacy from the rest of the home. It is styled with a neutral colour palette, suitable for any age group.

 

Q. With the minor bedroom retreat and the activity area secluded off, what are some key tips to laying out and designing an activity area to make sure that it ‘grows as the kids grow’.

A. This space was designed with a growing family in mind – therefore there is a place to study, sit and relax and also ample space to play.

 

Q. What are some great tips to styling your alfresco area to entertain all year round?

A. Keep it simple, make sure there is a comfy place to just sit and relax. Side table and coffee tables are always a must for entertaining outside.

 

Q. The bar in the theatre layout is an unique inclusion in the home, describe the styling of this space and how it integrates with the theatre space?

A. The use of the feature tile in this bar was to make it a bit more fun. It is also a functional space with plenty of storage and shelves, therefore items can be left in there at all times.

 

Q. With a large and open living area, what are your tips to styling the family and dining areas without being too clunky with too much furniture and that both spaces flow to the kitchen and alfresco?

A. Sticking with a grounding colour scheme that can flow through all the areas is very important in such a space, so that all the elements are not competing against one another. We then have a couple of focal points – such as the green couch and the timber clad ceiling to make the space more interesting.

 

Q. What are your top tips for styling the perfect entry point and what have you done in The Haven to achieve this?

A. By adding in a simple bench seat into the entry with a few wall hooks, we have created a very inviting and functional space. You can throw down your bags onto the bench, or sit down to put your shoes on, on your way out or in.

 

To find out more information on The Haven and for display home opening hours, click here.

Why Luxury One Storey Homes are Back in Style

We’ve checked the Perth property market forecast and it’s official: Single storey home designs are back in trend. That’s right – you…

We’ve checked the Perth property market forecast and it’s official: Single storey home designs are back in trend. That’s right – you can still build your very own luxurious one storey home here in WA, so as long as you choose the right block, budget and builder. Read on to find out how you can build your very own single storey home with Perceptions.

The Benefits of Building a Single Storey Home in Perth

Single storey vs. double storey. It’s been one of the age-old debates in real estate for decades. So when deciding which design to go with, you need to think about your family’s needs both now and in the future. Here’s some of the mains factors to consider:

1. Affordability

The most obvious advantage of building a one storey home is that it’s generally cheaper than building a double storey home. With extra materials and additional labour time, building up can tend to be more expensive. So save yourself some time and money by choosing a single storey over a double.

When you choose to build a massive single storey home by Perceptions, you can rest assured we won’t steer away from costs when it comes to our choice of materials. As part of BGC, one of Australia’s largest building companies, we have direct access to top quality products and materials, which allows us to control the quality and build you a superior home while still remaining at an affordable price point.

This access to top quality BGC products and materials also ensures supply shortages and delays are avoided. That means you can get into your luxurious single storey home sooner. So with shorter construction times while still paying close attention to detail and affordability, it’s hard to look past a Perceptions single storey home.

2. Practicality

When it comes to a single storey, maintenance and general upkeep is usually easier. It can be challenging to maintain the exterior of upper storeys, so by choosing a single storey you can eliminate this obstacle altogether. With a single storey, simply access your home with a ladder and keep your home in tip-top shape all year round.

Another practical factor to consider is stairs. Stairs can be difficult and dangerous to navigate for many types of homebuyers such as the elderly and disabled who may have trouble moving around. They can also be a hazard for curious young children who want to go exploring. By sticking to one level, everyone is free to walk around the space with ease, making single storeys more inclusive to a wider age range.

3. Floorplan

By eliminating a second level, single storey designs encourage families to spend more time together, rather than in separate upstairs and downstairs zones. You’ll also find in contemporary single storey homes that there’s always an open floor plan, which encourages further family togetherness.

Open plan living combines the living, kitchen and dining areas, also known as the “Family Triangle”. While older homes would box each of these rooms off with walls, modern single storey layouts are often designed to merge these three areas into one large, open space.

Single storeys also gives designers the chance to get creative, so you’ll find some fantastic design considerations like vaulted ceilings and expansive windows, which create comfortable and beautiful areas where the whole family will naturally want to congregate.

Building a Single Storey Home with Perceptions

When it comes to building a luxury single storey home, we believe design is all in the details. So when you choose a Perceptions one storey home, you can rest assured that nothing is overlooked. With our help, you’ll create the perfect design for you and your family that already feels like home before it’s built.

Intricate details are what elevates a good design to a spectacular one, so no detail is spared in the design of your new home. That’s why our luxury inclusions may seem like upgrades, but actually come as standard in every home we build. Our attention to detail extends to the finish and feel of every material we use and includes all premium fixtures and fittings, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Comprehensive range of Essastone engineered stone benchtops
  • Quality SMEG appliances
  • Caroma tapware
  • Excellent range of wall and floor tiles up to $44/sqm retail
  • Harmony Habitat concrete roof tiles
  • Colorbond slotted Federation gutters, fascia and downpipes
  • Acrylic texture coat render to front elevation
  • Double clay brick construction
  • Colour consultancy with Interior Designer
  • Iconic LED light switches
  • One-on-one interior design consultancy

Want to see for yourself? At Perceptions, we have an extensive portfolio of single storey homes that can all be customised to suit your lifestyle and budget. On top of that, we have luxury display homes across Perth.

Introducing The Aston!

With its daring floorplan and chic interior, The Aston screams luxury single storey living from every angle. Perfect for those who want a balance between space and functionality but are still after cutting-edge design, The Aston offers the ultimate lifestyle.

Featuring a free flowing living room with games room and dining on either side, a spacious alfresco area that allows easy access for entertaining guests, and a wide, open kitchen with all the latest inclusions, The Aston takes luxury living to a whole other level.

With the master bedroom located at the front of the home, with separate his and her ensuite vanities and walk-in robes, the design is inspired by resort luxury right here at home. And if space is a concern, no need to fear! There’s plenty of room for a study, garage, storeroom and 2 minor bedrooms and bathrooms.

In Focus:

  • Price Range: From $233,772*
  • Block Width: 15m
  • Total Sqm: 281m2
  • Living Sqm: 215m2
  • Bed: 3
  • Bath: 2
  • Garage: 2

Feeling inspired? A single storey home can still be luxurious, if you choose the right builder. Get in touch with the Perceptions team today about building your very own single storey home like The Aston in Perth.

Behind the Scenes of our Latest Two Storey Display Home, The Mead

The Mead brings ‘Sophisticated Scandinavian’ design to the home to create a clean, minimalistic feel, with timber accents and warm lighting while…

The Mead brings ‘Sophisticated Scandinavian’ design to the home to create a clean, minimalistic feel, with timber accents and warm lighting while ensuring it retains a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere. It’s elegant style is paired with functional design for comfort, luxury and easy of living.

We caught up with Sarah and Heidi from Eskay Design on install day to speak about Perceptions’ latest two storey display home in Perth.

 

Q. Describe the interior theme of Sophisticated Scandi and why it was chosen for the home?

A. We started with a ‘light Scandi’ feel and design, but then realised the home design called for more sophistication. We needed the interior to be more dramatic – and you can see this in the small darker touches that have been added (the tap ware, window frames). The darker touches were minimal to keep the interior warm and appealing but still made a statement.

 

Q. What are some of the key features of the kitchen styling?

A. A key point in the styling of the kitchen is we used a darker carcass to create a dark ‘finger rail’ look.

 

 

Q. Explain some of the furniture selections in the living area and why they were chosen

A. We selected the furniture based on creating a sleek and homely feel with a mixture of light and Scandinavian textures and tones.

 

Q. When looking at the master bedroom retreat, can you give some advice on how to lay out the room and select colours and furniture?

A. It is so important to keep maintaining the brief – light, neutral and sophisticated. Always look out for windows and have enough space for seating.

 

Q. Describe your favourite feature of the home

A. The staircase with wire balustrading and angled timber landing and the large window entry. But now in the middle of install day, the study and void are almost becoming our favourite too!

 

Q. Who would suit this design?

A. A couple with growing children or with overseas families – this design also has the space for great guest rooms.

 

Q. Explain the benefits of having the minor bedrooms sectioned off in the home.

A. Kids and guests have their own privacy and space and the rooms are sectioned off from the main living areas, perfect for when you have people over and have this area of the house untouched.

 

Q. How important has the full height windows throughout The Mead directed some of the interior design styling?

A. We can use slightly darker finishes as we know there will be a lot of beautiful natural light – and you can definitely see this in the study and also in the open plan living area.

 

Q. The void is a real statement with this home – can you comment on how to incorporate this in a floor plan design and ideas on how it can be used? (in this case, a study)

A. Voids create a new dimension to a space, so used in the right way, they can create such a statement. For this one, in particular, we wanted to make it even bolder by adding in a huge pendant light and dark paint as a backdrop!

 

The Mead is open Mondays and Wednesdays 2pm – 5pm, Saturdays 1pm – 5pm and Sundays 12pm – 5pm, located at 26 Cedarleaf Entrance, Treeby. View the two storey display home or enquire about the design today.

 

 

                           

The Mead – Grand Opening Event

Perceptions is excited to unveil our newest display home, The Mead on Thursday 19th July, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. A night filled with…

Perceptions is excited to unveil our newest display home, The Mead on Thursday 19th July, 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

A night filled with inspiration – be wined and dined throughout with a cooking demonstration from SMEG, interior design tips from Eskay Design and our team of Building and Design Consultants there to answer any of your questions and chat to you about custom designing your next home.

It’s all part of the Perceptions Difference and we would love to see you there.

 

Our team are currently working hard on the The Mead – with built in furniture to the living, Smeg appliances fitted in, cabinetry in our kitchen and scullery and our bathroom all looking great – see our progress photos below.

With a Sophisticated Scandi feel to the home, we have fallen in love with the black tap ware from Caroma, selected by Eskay Design.

For more information on our opening event, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

       

 

 

 

Front Page News – A Refreshing Perception

Perceptions featured on the front page of The New Homes Plus in The West Australian discussing what we call ‘The Perceptions Difference‘…

Perceptions featured on the front page of The New Homes Plus in The West Australian discussing what we call ‘The Perceptions Difference‘ and the five common principles that drive us to build the best looking house in the street inside and out – yours.

Read the full article below:

 

After 36 years of building luxury two-storey and single- storey homes in Perth, Perceptions is introducing a refreshed look that showcases its vast experience, quality workmanship and renowned service.

Since its inception in 1982, Perceptions has forged a reputation as a team of dedicated craftsmen with a simple down- to-earth, customer philosophy known as ‘the Perceptions difference’.

“When we talk about the Perceptions difference and our common principles, we want this to lead how the market views Perceptions and all the value-adds we can bring to them,” Perceptions Executive General Manager Troy Gorton said.

With a proud heritage spanning more than three decades, the Perceptions team has learnt not one project and not one client are ever the same, but all are equally important.

That’s why Perceptions approaches every new home as a custom build and invites each client to sit down with a building and design consultant to work out the specific design that will suit their individual vision, values and lifestyle.

Even if you want to demolish and build on your current lot, the Perceptions custom build process is the perfect way to upgrade to your dream home whilst staying in the suburb you love.

“The custom build process is something Perceptions really sets its brand foundations on,” Mr Gorton said. “Having 36 years of building experience under our belt has allowed us to be more creative with what we can do on a floor plan and bring our clients’ design vision to life.”

The Perceptions custom build process goes beyond the layout of your floor plan, according to Mr Gorton. Every client receives a complimentary one-on-one interior design consultation to ensure the selection of external and internal colour schemes, floor coverings and finishes reflect their unique style.

It’s all part of Perceptions’ attention to detail, which extends to its range of luxury inclusions that offer premium fixtures and fittings as standard in every home.

This commitment to quality is also demonstrated by the brands Perceptions partners with, including Smeg, Caroma and Essastone.

The Perceptions team can quickly and easily source top-quality products and materials because the company is backed by the strength of BGC, one of Australia’s largest building companies.

From start to finish, Perceptions will go out of its way to make building your new home an exciting and smooth experience, according to Mr Gorton.

Quality workmanship is paramount and everything is checked and double-checked by a senior site supervisor to ensure superior quality control.

“Our quality workmanship can be seen in all our completed homes,” he said.

“We aim to bring everyone that little bit of wow factor – whatever that means to each client. It can be a grand kitchen, a statement entry and void, a firepit outdoors or simply making the elevation something everyone goes ‘wow’ at when they walk down the street.”

During the past 36 years, lifestyles in Western Australia have changed dramatically and Perceptions has continually evolved its innovative homes to cater for today’s modern way of living, with on-trend designs, clever floor plans and striking wow factors.

This can be seen across Perceptions’ growing display home program. While other builders are selling off their display homes, Perceptions is doubling its number of displays to showcase its commitment to building quality, affordable luxury homes.

“With our display homes, we don’t just want to showcase the quality of our construction and floor plans, but from a design perspective and interior design, Perceptions does think of everything and we are the people you should be talking to and drawing inspiration from to build your next home,” Mr Gorton said.

How To Create A Living Room Focal Point

When you walk into a room the first thing you notice is its focal point. This may be some attractive feature like…

When you walk into a room the first thing you notice is its focal point. This may be some attractive feature like a nice view from a window, fireplace or artwork. It can also be something less than desirable like an unsightly looking TV or a drab, blank wall. Often the most used room in the house (especially when entertaining guests) having a living room with a strong, appealing focal point is a great way to make a positive statement and will set up the people to view the rest of the house in a positive light.

Making the Most of What You’ve Got

When it comes to design, it’s always best to work with the architecture and features you have rather than fight against them. If you already have a strong, visually appealing element in the room – like a window full of natural light & a good view, a fireplace or strong architectural detail like an exposed brick wall – then there’s no point trying to reinvent the wheel. Make the most of what you’ve got and use other design elements in the room to accentuate it.

Making Something From Nothing

Some rooms won’t have a natural focal point, so in these cases you’ll have to create one yourself. There are lots of different options that can catch the eye – adding a feature wall, covering unsightly windows with boldly printed curtains, utilizing a brightly coloured item of furniture or intelligently positioning ornate shelving or vintage items like a record players. What you should choose depends on both your sense of style and the space you’re working with.

Don’t Be Afraid To Go Bold

If you’re working with a room that lacks focus, employing bold colours can be a great way of achieving your desired effect. For example, painting your ceiling a deep red and framing with with dark moulding will certainly draw the eye. However, when highlighting individual elements like this it’s also important to keep other colours and patterns in the room to a minimum so that they don’t compete too much. You don’t want people feeling overwhelmed when they walk in.

Less Is More

As tempting as it can be to “go big”, a well designed room should definitely only ever have one focal point. More than this sets up an unhealthy competition for visual attention and makes the room feel uncomfortable. Just. Don’t. Do. It! Looking for more design and style tips to include into your new house build? Get in touch with us today!

7 Stylish Kitchen Design Ideas

Designing your kitchen can be very exciting but before you get too far into Pinterest, check out these 7 tips that keep…

Image of kitchen in The Avondale display home by Perceptions in Dayton

Designing your kitchen can be very exciting but before you get too far into Pinterest, check out these 7 tips that keep both function and design in mind.

Think Ahead
Your new kitchen will end up being the heart of your home. So when it comes time to design, put function first. For instance, make room for storage. Pots, pans, tupperware containers and utensils. Your kitchen needs to store them all so be cautious to give yourself enough storage for everything. Remember: a practical kitchen will make your life much easier.

Styling
Dark colours shrink spaces and may leave your new kitchen feeling small and uninviting. Use light colours to make your kitchen feel fresh, bright and welcoming. Pick one area to be the focal point. Shiny bench tops with loud splashbacks are very distracting to the eye – just pick one, eye catching point for everyone to enjoy.

Eliminate wasted steps
Think about where and how things will be used. Keep dishes and cutlery near the sink and dish washer to ease the never-ending loading and unloading. You can think about your current kitchen and determine what works and doesn’t.

Directing Traffic
If you have kids you don’t want them near the cooktop, knocking over pans or hurting themself so keep the cook top out of the general walkway. With the fridge, it needs to be accessible to people passing by for a quick snack and for when you’re working in the kitchen.

Microwave location
With a new kitchen, you longer have to keep the microwave on valuable bench space. Instead, you can find the right microwave height. Your family needs will dictate where your microwave will be placed. If you want children to be able to use the microwave place it just under the bench. If it will be mostly used by adults, 40 cm above counter with the overhead cabinetry is ideal.

Plan your workspace
Give yourself enough space on either side of the cooktop. This is your workspace, keep it open so you can get creative (or messy) in the kitchen!

Keeping clean
Keep a rubbish bin close to your preparation area by dedicating a spot that’s made for one. That way, the bin is always close by and you can keep your workspace clear.

Contact Perceptions today to talk to our team about designing your kitchen in your new home.

Project Build vs Custom Build

Deciding whether to choose a custom build home design or project build (standard home designs) all depends on your individual needs. Some home…

Outdoor area of Perceptions two storey home with swimming pool

Deciding whether to choose a custom build home design or project build (standard home designs) all depends on your individual needs. Some home builders only work with project builds, whilst others only create one-off home designs. Here at Perceptions we have the knowledge and expertise to handle both custom and project builds.

So that you can make the best decision for yourself and your family, we’ve highlighted some pro’s and con’s for both custom and project builds.

PROJECT BUILDS

Pros
The most common factor for people going with a project build is cost. Projects builds can save you a lot of money. This is usually a deciding factor for first home buyers or young families. The price is set from the beginning and there aren’t usually any surprises that could throw your expected cost out. These homes have been built many times and the process is tried and tested.

Time is another element that often affects the decision to go with a project build. You can often get a house built a lot quicker than if you went with a custom build.

Cons 
Typically, project builds don’t take into consideration which way your house is facing which affects elements like natural light. Plus, many of these designs won’t take full advantage of odd shaped blocks. If you already have land then a project build might not work for you and what you require.

CUSTOM BUILDS

Pros
If you have a block of land that is a funny shape or slopes, a custom build is most likely the way to go. It is rare for a project builder to have floor plans that will work outside the usual shapes and sizes. Custom builds are good in this regard because they are able to be flexible and moulded into essentially whatever you desire. If you have a unique flair for design, style or your family has certain needs then a custom home is for you. The options open right up when going down this path.

Cons 
Building a custom home means that you won’t know what the final design will look like until it finished. This is a benefit of a project home as they have display homes of the exact plan that you are buying.

Weigh up what is important to you and make your decision based on that. At Perceptions we offer a range of homes from value-for-money to luxury custom. Click here to view our standard range or contact us today to create your dream home.

Wish List Ticked

Perceptions single storey homes come with all the luxury inclusions you could want as standard. Outdoor kitchen? Tick! Games room? Tick! A…

Interior image of The Aston living room home design by Perceptions

Perceptions single storey homes come with all the luxury inclusions you could want as standard. Outdoor kitchen? Tick! Games room? Tick! A soaring, raked, timber- lined ceiling that flows from the living area to the alfresco? Big, big tick!
All of our single-storey homes come with these luxury inclusions:

  • Feature front elevation
  • European Smeg 900mm appliances
  • SMEG VIP dining experience
  • Essatone solid benchtops throughout
  • Caroma Quatro solid mixer tapware throughout
  • Caroma Carboni seamless basins
  • Inset laundry trough and cabinet
  • Comprehensive consultation with a qualified Interior Designer

We offer a range of single storey homes from value-for-money to luxury custom. Click here to view our standard range or contact us today to create your dream home.

Dream a Little Larger

For those who dream a little larger, you can discover next level luxury with Perceptions two storey homes. You’ll find luxuries you…

Interior entry way into The Paragon two storey display home by Perceptions in Hammond Park

For those who dream a little larger, you can discover next level luxury with Perceptions two storey homes.

You’ll find luxuries you would expect in a large home like a scullery, home theatre and alfresco, and some you might not like a glass elevator or a mezzanine walkway. Our craftsmanship perfected over 35 years of building experience is on display in every home we build.

We have a large range of two storey home designs starting from under $250,000. Click here to view our portfolio.

All of our two-storey homes come with these luxury inclusions:

  • Feature front elevation
  • European Smeg 900mm appliances and a SMEG VIP dining experience
  • Essatone solid benchtops throughout
  • Caroma Quatro solid mixer tapware throughout
  • Caroma Carboni seamless basins
  • Inset laundry trough and cabinet
  • Comprehensive consultation with a qualified Interior Designer

Experience it for yourself: View our Display Homes today.