Building News WA South West

Catch up on our latest projects and initiatives

Whats the Correct Passive Solar Orientation for a New Home in Western Australia?
posted on 01 September 2020 12:17 PM

When you're thinking of building a new home in Western Australia the solar orientation needs to be considered to maximise energy efficiency. It would be a mistake to rely heavily on artificial heating and cooling sources for the home when correct orientation from the outset could have provided the home owner with hundreds of thousands of dollars in reduced energy costs over the life of the building. In the South West around Bunburry, Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River we can have some extremely cold winters and extra hot days in summer so planning solar orientation well is critical.The short answer to this question is - face the living areas to the North. If you can't face North, face North East. If you can't face North or North East, find another block! So why is this so critical? Firstly the sun is low in the northern sky in the winter, and that's when you want the light in the building. So facing to the North lets maximum winter sun onto your windows and external doors and thereby into the home. Secondly if you also face to the East it allows the morning sun into the building which is the time you are trying to warm up the home after a cold night and conversely keeps the hot summer afternoon sun out of the home.Obviously at M Sky Homes we include insulation in the walls and ceilings of the home as required to achieve the thermal performance star rating requirements of the local authorities but nothing can replace the benefits of natural light entering the home during the winter and keeping it out during the summer. Unfortunately the building industry have been slow adopters of these solar dwelling principles and you can drive around any suburb in Dunsborough and feel sorry for the occupants who didn't following the basic passive solar heating principles in their building practices. The orientation of the roof line is also an important part of building a smart home and this can be achieved by running the longest part of the ridge line directly east west in orientation. If the building envelope is aligned in this direction, again it creates the greatest potential for natural light to assist heat gain in the winter and reduce heat gain in the summer.

Textures and Layering in Your New M Sky Home
posted on 31 July 2020 08:40 AM

Your M Sky Homes Colours and finishesThe months of designing and building, and the hours of stressing over your new home are over… the keys have been handed to you and you are the King and Queen of your stunning M Sky Homes castle. Now comes the fun part of setting up your home to create a space that is cosy, comfortable and reflects your style. We love this part! Depending on what type of person or family you are, your home can be simply a place to hang your hat and eat your meals,  or it can be a place to have a lifestyle; to invite friends and family over and to create dreams in. We like to think of ourselves as the latter… a family who loves to create dreams and memories. A home, in essence, is the purified space to be yourself… to grow, to explore, to prosper.  Yes, we build homes, but we believe that by creating you a place that you love to come home to, we are also encouraging you to enjoy  a lifestyle where you will flourish.  Living in the South West of Western Australia, namely the Margaret River Region, this is definitely not to hard to do 😊So, let’s talk textures and layering…. What does Layering textures actually mean? We will start with the floor. All interior designers usually start with the floor.  Why? Because it forms a base to work from and makes it so much easier to build your colour scheme.The floor can be quite a few different looks… ranging from Timber, Vinyl Plank, Laminate, Carpet, through to tiles and polished concrete. All of the preceding finishes create a different look… so that is the first thing to decide. What is your look?Everything will flow from this decision. Next you choose the bathroom vanities, tapware and hardware, the kitchen finishes and colours, the wall colours, the trim colours, the blinds or curtain colours and styles. All items mentioned above are called your fixtures and fittings. They are the non-negotiables, the items that can’t easily be changed.So now we layer. We introduce soft furnishings to create texture and ambience to your space. Next big decision is your lounge and dining table.  But especially the lounge.  Careful choices here are important as this big ticket item will be with you for quite a few years.  So choose a lounge that has style,  but is also very comfortable to sit in,  or you will not be happy.  Trust me. Leather lounges are beautiful to look at, but don’t always provide a comfortable place to relax if you live in a hot humid climate.  Just something to consider.  Personally I love leather lounges.  They are classy, easy to clean and last a long time. Totally worth the extra dollars needed to invest in one. So what colour will you choose?  Again, this will depend on the look you are wanting to go for. There are so many beautiful colours and textures available in lounges now, that this is exciting and fun process. If you go for something neutral, you are more likely to love the look for a lot longer than if you got a lounge that is bright and super trendy…  my advice is to go with something that is either Tan, Chocolate, White, or any varying shade of grey. The same applies in your bedrooms,  bedheads or bed frames that are a neutral colour (in my world I prefer everything to be white) and then everything goes with it, no matter what the fashion at the time. Now you have the main fixtures and fittings, lounges and beds sorted, we move onto the layering and textures that you add to these to make it look like a display home,  or at least to make it look homey and comfortable… and to be the space that you can’t wait to sit in and enjoy. Cushions! Yes, and Throws. The perfect combination for comfort and style in your home. They come in various shapes, colours and styles, but essentially they add that finishing touch that makes a room look cosy and inviting, rather than stark and cold.  The colours are up to you and what you love, but I would put at least three cushions on each lounge… and depending on the type and size of the lounge, you can use up to 6 or 7 for a truly lovely look. 😊Bedrooms in your beautiful  M Sky Home are the same… using your doona cover and pillows as the back drop, use cushions to bring it to life … and change them up every so often for a different look. Other items of consideration for texture and layering are:  Wall hangings – the type and style. This can vary between paintings, prints, photographs, handmade ones, such as macramé or crochet…. So many amazing options!  The rule of thumb with these is to place them strategically around the room where you can enjoy them, or where they set off the style of your room. Another excellent way to decorate or make a space look great is to use mirrors… but we will talk about this in another blog. No matter what your style is,  be creative. With fashion and in this case, home styling, play with cushions and throws and easy chairs, until it feels right for you… until you feel confident that  it works together in some way.  Be Creative, have fun, and enjoy your M SKY HOME!

New Home Builder Grants
posted on 20 July 2020 11:30 AM

Looking to build in 2020 with the introduction of both Federal and state New Home building grants you could have access to a potential of $55,000 of government grants to help you get into a new home. Have a look below at some of the facts to see if you are eligible for the new home builder grants. If you are looking to build with a builder who has the knowledge to help you please contact us.We service all areas from Perth, Dunsborough Including Busselton, Bunbury and of course the pristine Margaret River region New Home Building Grants State and federal Federal Grant The HomBuilder Grant is a time limited tax - free grant of $25,000 for those people building new homes or carrying out substantial renovations. Part of the criteria is you must sign Contracts between 4th June and 31st of December 2020.Eligible homeowners A Person over 18 years old (not a company)An Australian citizenIncome cap of $125,000 per annul for an individual or $200,000 per annul as a couple.Eligible ProjectsBuilding a new home as a principle residence, where the house and land do not exceed $750,000Purchase a House and Land package that does not exceed $750,000Major renovation to an existing home at your principal place of residence, at a value between $150,000 and $750,000, where the existing value of house and land is less than $1.5 million pre-renovation. West Australia new home construction grantTwo grants are available to promote the growth of the West Australian residential construction industry.A grant of $20,000 is available for eligible applicants.Proceed into a contract to build a new home on vacant land orThe contract must be entered into between the 4th of June 2020 and the 31st of December 2020 if you receive one of these grants you may still be eligible for the first homeowners grantThere is no cap on the value of contract 

Building on a Challenging or sloping site?
posted on 07 May 2020 12:54 PM

Did You know M Sky Homes have a large array of standard model homes that cater for challenging sites?Building a home on a sloping site?Building a home on a Challenging site?Do you know what options you have when building on a sloping or challenging site?Building large retaining wall is not always the best or cheapest solution to building on a sloping site, M Sky Homes has produced a large array of standard model home designs that can be placed on your challenging block.Have a look a the beautiful design above the Sierra 365 this home would suit most locations in Perth or the Southwest of WA especially Eagle Bay or Yallingup.We also have standard designs for sloping sites designed to be more cost effective take a look at the Alton 250 belowNo matter what you are looking for we have you covered. If you cannot find a design you like we will custom design a home that will suit all your needs.Click this link to download our free EbookCall us today to discuss how we can save you money on your next home design whether in's in Perth or the Southwest of WA like Dunsborough, Busselton, Margeret river or the Bunbury area we have got you covered.

M Sky Homes Now Building New Homes in Perth
posted on 30 April 2020 12:18 PM

Exciting news M Sky Homes is set to branch out into the Perth area offering a large range of standard model new homes, we are still offering our full design and construction service catering for all challenging sites or any individual requirements that you may have on your block of land.We have been busy developing our business over the last 6 years to ensure we offer a streamlined service, where we can cater for clients with a specific criteria and don’t want to be another number in a large corporate company we are a small family business employing local tradesmen and women that are hand picked to carry out our work whilst under close supervision and guidance from our experienced team here at M Sky Homes.We will be building new homes in all areas of Perth catering for the second and third home builder or the savvy investor. We quote from existing plans if you already have something designed and wish us to provide you a quote, we will be more than happy to help you.Did you know that we pay a referral fee? Terms and conditions apply.Download our free Ebook 

Abbey Busselton Beach side Gem being built by M Sky Homes
posted on 29 April 2020 04:42 PM

Another beautiful home soon to be built by M Sky Homes for one of our clients who are based in Perth, their vision is currently coming together with one of our talented designers also based in Perth, This home is going to be located in Abbey a suburb just to the south of Busselton located within meters of the gorgeous turquoise water of Geographe Bay.This home is generously proportioned with wrap around Veranda’s to the front elevation and a fantastic Alfresco area coming straight of the main living areas. This home boasts 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms with separate Powder room, large open planned living, Dining and Kitchen area, with separate Lounge room. The Master bedroom consists with a separate walk in robe and a large resort style Ensuite. We are looking forward to seeing this home get built by our talented team at M Sky Homes this home is to be constructed right next door to one of our award winning homes M Sky Home built 5 years ago.Did you know that M Sky Homes are now building in Perth call us today to discuss your next build.  

M Sky Homes has a great Investment opportunity
posted on 28 April 2020 03:38 PM

M Sky Homes has a great Investment opportunity!Are you looking for a solid investment in Dunsborough?We are looking for an investor for an upcoming display home in Dunsborough. Invest in this magnificent home with two-year lease back at 7%.  M Sky Homes are renowned for quality-built homes here in Dunsborough, Busselton, Bunbury, Margaret River and the South West region of Western Australia. We are beginning a new phase of our business journey offering Predesigned homes and design and construction options for our clients catering for all their needs to ensure the building experience they have is a good one. All our homes are built with passion and integrity with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail. Keeping locals employed is a key factor for us at M Sky Homes we hand pick and use as many local tradesmen and tradeswomen as we possibly so we can to ensure quality construction. If you would like further information about this great investment opportunity please contact me directly 

Design Orientation New Homes
posted on 16 March 2020 06:12 PM

Here at M Sky Home we build a large range and style of different homes within the South West of WA from Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River, we focus on ensuring our new Home designs are custom-designed to suit the block. Orientation plays a major factor in good design, all our standard model homes can be custom-designed to suit the block and our clients needs, we also offer a full custom-design service so we can achieve maximum results. The below information is a basic guide for the west Australian climate zone.The Northern side of the home here in Western Australia should be maximised because of the position of the sun in summer and winter this makes these rooms a comfortable temperature all year, we try to ensure we place High use areas such as Kitchens, Family rooms and entertaining areas to this side of the home.The East and Western side of the home can become uncomfortable in summer, so we try and place less used areas to this side of the home such as the Laundry, Garage, Storerooms and Bathrooms.  The South side receives cool breezes in the summer and winter the placement of bedrooms to the southside is the best solution as it’s always nice to snuggle under the blanket. 

New Home Design Magazine
posted on 05 March 2020 01:44 PM

M Sky Homes has been working hard trying to make life easier for our client. In addition to the release of our standard model homes we have also created a 184-page Design magazine this magazine will guide you through the whole building process with explanations on the following terms and Processes 8 step processTips for buying landSurveys ExplainedGeotechnical Classification & Engineer’s RoleBuilding Contract Terms Explained: PossessionBuilding Contract Terms Explained: Prime Costs and Provisional SumsBuilding Contract Terms Explained: VariationsIn addition to this we have our range of standard designs Single Storey, Double Storey, Homestead/Rural, Split level/Steep site, Multi-purpose  This Magazine is free to download if you are looking to build a new home in the South West, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Busselton or Bunbury Please contact us to discuss how we can help. All our Standard Models can be customised to suit your needs.

M Sky Homes Introduces a large range of standard designed new homes
posted on 26 February 2020 03:07 PM

We have been working hard for those people looking to build a new home in the south West of WA an alternative to building through a project builder. M Sky Homes has produced a large number of standard model homes giving our clients an option to choose a custom builder to build their new home in the Dunsborough, Busselton, Margaret River and Bunbury region of the South West of WA.One of the main reasons we have created these plans is so we can show you that M Sky Home can produce homes at an affordable price, we find most people are scared by the word custom they believe that they cannot afford to choose a custom builder. We have produced a large range of Standard Model homes from single storey to double storey including sloping site home on stumps as well as homes that are designed for multi residence (Air B&B) these are priced and ready to go. It's now no longer out of reach to build your home through a custom builder.We still offer a full customized service and all of our standard designed homes can be tailored to meet your needs.Have a look at our Standard Model Homes

5 Reasons to Choose a Custom Builder.
posted on 08 October 2019 12:00 AM

Martingale Drive DunsboroughOne of the most significant reasons to choose a Custom Builder is the flexibility of which dealing with a Custom Builder allows you to have. Giving you more input in the building process. Thus, allowing you to make more changes along the way and to help you achieve the outcome you truly pictured.Dealing with a Custom Home Builder usually means they have less projects on at any one time, allowing more time and resources to dedicate to your project and thus helping deliver a superior quality project.By engaging a Custom Builder, you will deal with only a couple of people during the whole process. Meaning that less discussions and items get lost in translation. This results in less mistakes and better communication.When dealing with a Custom Builder you are dealing directly with the Builder not a sales rep. By dealing directly with the Builder you are not paying the commission that you would be paying the sales rep. This could be as much as 3-4% of your contract value.Choosing a reputable Custom Builder gives you transparency in the costing and no hidden extras. When you receive a quote, ensure that all items have a fixed price and there are no provisional sum allowances. This isn’t always possible in the early stages; however this should be able to be achieved by contact stage. If you are getting more than one quote ensure you have full documentation, including a full set of working drawings, engineering and specifications including all selections. I understand this is a lot of work in the beginning, however, this is the only way to truly ascertain a like for like quote (Comparing apples with apples).Choosing a Builder is a tough decision and one not to be made lightly as this is one of the biggest investment that you will make take your time to get it right.Building a home should be a smooth happy journey!

M Sky Homes Wins 2 Awards at the 2019 HIA Housing Awards
posted on 02 October 2019 12:00 AM

M Sky Homes Wins 2 Awards at the 2019 HIA Housing AwardsAt the Prestigious HIA Housing Awards held on Saturday 21st of September 2019 at the Black Brewing Company 3517 Caves Road, Wilyabrup Margaret River.We were overjoyed to receive the following Awards for Our Two Projects Martingale Drive Dunsborough and Gunwale Elbow Geographe. The acknowledgment from our industry peers shows that we are on the right track of continuous improvement this is also testament to our valued Suppliers, Trades and our Wonderful Clients for trusting us with building their dream homes. Martingale Drive DunsboroughWinner Custom Built Home $450,001 $600,000Finalist Custom Home of the YearFinalist Framed Home $500,001 $800,000 Gunwale Elbow GeographeWinner Framed Home $500,001 $800,000Finalist Custom Built Home $600,001 $750,000Finalist Framed Home of the Year

5 Custom Home Trends for 2018
posted on 21 November 2017 12:00 AM

As Home Builders in WA, we understand trends come and go but it’s always good to know what’s ‘in’ this season. If you’re custom building a house, it’s good to know the types of features that are easily available to you. Let’s go through some luxury home trends.Here’s Five of The Top Design Principles That Are Trending:1. Earthy coloursThere are lots of warm and earthy colours being introduced into new custom home designs. While the white, minimalist look is still popular, colours like rust and tan are being used to add life to bedroom walls, as well as on furniture and décor. These tones aren’t harsh and they add a certain style to a room. In bathrooms, colours like soft plum, dusty blue, dark green, beige, and charcoal are popular.2. Geometric patternsTo achieve interesting accents, geometric patterns are coming into today’s house designs. This could be in the form of a feature wallpaper or tiles – making up a small part of a big room. Even just a dozen geometric tiles grouped together with plain, white tiles surrounding it can bring a new dimension to a space.3. Brass & metallicFlick through home décor magazines and chances are, you’ll see metallic or brass in the design. Think metallic coffee tables, dining room suites, wall art, and even metallic cushion fabric. There’s lots you can do with it. Brass is found in new kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms.4. PlantsWhile adding more greenery isn’t necessarily a trend that’s unique to 2018, it’s more popular than ever. Plants have been proven to increase positivity and help keep air fresh, so the greener the better. Add a vase or two in your kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Hanging plants add a stylish touch, especially to kitchens and entertaining areas.5. WoodWhile the rise in technology has opened up a world of possibilities when it comes to house design, it also has us craving for what once was. There’s a resurgence of wood, in its most natural form. We’re starting to see wood in unexpected places such as accent walls and ceilings. And it’s in the finer details, too. Instead of plastic fruit bowls, you’ll see hand-carved wood bowls.If you like the idea of any of these trends, talk to us. Being Home Builders in WA, there’s nothing we can’t do.Want More Information on Luxury Home Trends?Get in touch with us, M Sky Homes. We’re luxury Dunsborough builders in Western Australia. We’ll sit down with you as you’re starting to think about building your dream home. The exploration stage is extremely important in custom home builds.This is the house you’ve envisioned in your mind for years. Sometimes, our clients need a little bit of help getting those ideas out of their heads and onto paper – to achieve that perfect design.Familiarise yourself with the trends, yes, but follow your gut. Remember, you only build your dream home once.

6 Point Summer Maintenance Checklist For Your Custom Home
posted on 07 November 2017 12:00 AM

Summer is nearly around the corner. As we welcome a new season, why not give your house a new look, too. Whether you live in a custom home or you’re planning to build one (and you’re still in your first house), taking care of it is essential.December to March are the months when we’re entertaining the most. The warm weather makes us want to enjoy more time outside, with friends and family. Make sure your house is looking fab with these six tips.Tidy up your backyard After the winter months, your entertaining area probably needs some attention. Pull out the hose and spray your deck (if you have one), and wipe down the BBQ and any furniture. See if there’s been any damage caused by strong winds. Check the lights work and look for opportunities to decorate the space to add new life this season.Inspect plumbing & clear gutters Winter is unforgiving on your gutters and roof. Hire a team of roof cleaners to make sure your structure is in a good condition. Clearing away leaves and other debris will tidy up its look and prevent any fire risk – this is extremely important during hot summers. If you’ve noticed any water leaks, now is the time to get it fixed.Check your air conditioner Unless your air conditioner doubles as a heater, you probably haven’t used the system for months. Check that your air conditioner is working efficiently and not producing an odd smell (or noise).Clean the bathroom & kitchen grout Prolong the life of your tiled surfaces by cleaning the grout. You can do this yourself or hire a professional carpet cleaning company to help you. They have the correct equipment to complete this efficiently. Even if you’re entertaining outdoors, your guests will come inside to use the bathroom. Make sure it’s ready by giving your floors a ‘facelift.’Minimise chemicals – avoid deodorisers While it’s tempting to walk through your home and simply freshen up your home by spraying deodorizers, many of these products are full of nasty chemicals. Avoid these products by opening up your windows and doors. Let the fresh air in and keep your home as natural as possible. It’s a simple ‘maintenance’ tip that so many people forget. Make it a habit and reach for the door handle instead of the spray.To keep your home looking great and performing well, invest in routine maintenance – especially before the start of the season. Every quarter brings new opportunities to maximise your home.Build a custom homeOutgrown your current home? Want to enter the property market by custom building your new house? No matter what your situation is, talk to us about designing your new house. Our company prides itself on offering affordable custom builds, so you don’t have to wait decades to live in your dream house.Let’s bring that vision to life, on paper first.