Update from ANSA Homes regarding COVID-19

ANSA Homes named finalist in NSW Excellence in Housing Awards

ANSA Homes’ Sierra display home at Marsden Park has been named a finalist in the display home category of the Master Builders Association of NSW’s Excellence in Housing Awards 2020.

The annual awards celebrate excellence in construction, innovation and quality in the building and construction industry in NSW. The Housing Awards showcases the very best in residential construction.

The event attracts a broad cross section of the residential building sector, including project home builders, contract builders, apartment constructors and contractors specialising in additions, alterations and renovations.

The Sierra is a four bedroom, three bathroom double-storey luxury family home. It is one of three ANSA Homes display homes at Homeworld Elara Marsden Park in Sydney’s north west.

Luxurious and spacious Sierra

The spacious Sierra provides generous living areas over two floors and plenty of features, such as a grand fireplace in the main living area and a mud room opposite the internal garage door.

The large open plan living/dining/kitchen area is one of the Sierra’s most popular features. The kitchen includes a marble island bench, large butler’s pantry and servery-style windows that open-up to an alfresco area on two sides.

The Sierra is designed to allow plenty of natural light [and] is best suited to a larger block.”

Downstairs includes a study and a media room, which could also be used as two ‘working from home’ zones to fit some of the post-COVID changes many families are now experiencing.

As well as the spacious master bedroom and three bedrooms upstairs, the Sierra design also incorporates an additional TV room or living area – depending on your family’s requirements.

The Sierra is designed to allow plenty of natural light – but also to balance the need to be cool in summer and warm in winter.

Sierra’s dimensions

The Sierra’s double-storey design is best suited to a larger block. It is 11.21 metres wide and 18.86 metres long, with a total size of 309.85 metres square (33.31 squares) and a 13.36 metre frontage.

Build your home with certainty

At ANSA Homes, we are guided by our Certainty Promise. When we work with clients on designs for new homes, we always incorporate smart storage ideas. Together, let’s create your dream home design – just the way you like it.

Display home at Marsden Park

Visit us at HomeWorld Elara Marsden Park and see the Sierra in person, or view the 3D walkthrough from the comfort of your home. For more information about our acclaimed Sierra design, call us on 1300 757 810 or submit an enquiry form online.

The new Australian suburbia and the rise of knock down and rebuilds

While the supply of land for housing in Greater Sydney is decreasing and lot sizes in general have been reducing in size for more than a decade, the suburbs themselves are currently on the cusp of revitalisation. It’s one of the many unexpected consequences of the COVID pandemic. We are seeing it in 2020, and we will continue to see it in our post-COVID world.

In a recent article in The Australian, demographer Bernard Salt noted that COVID is giving home owners more time to spend in their homes and their local communities.

“The great work-from-home social experiment is jolting into life the suburbs surrounding our biggest cities,” Salt writes. “And in the process, it is snatching time back from the commuting monster, returning it to those in Australia’s suburban heartland.”

Many experts are predicting that there will be a fundamental shift in the number of people working from home in the future even as we emerge from the pandemic. As a result, home owners are rethinking what they actually need in their home, and looking at ways to reimagine their existing home so it better suits how they now want to use it.

Knock down and rebuilds on the rise

Knock down rebuild projects have become increasingly popular since the early 2000s, following rapid increases in land prices alongside decreasing lot sizes in major cities.

With home owners spending more time at home, many are now reassessing their homes and what they want from it. For example, they’re realising that their homes are not well-equipped for working from home, especially if multiple family members are working from home. They’re realising that they want a dedicated home office room in their home, as well as other special use areas, such as a permanent home gym.

At ANSA Homes, in recent months we’ve seen an increase in inquiries from home owners in established suburbs across Greater Sydney looking to knock down their existing home and start afresh with a new design. They are telling us that they know, love, and want to stay in their local community, but their existing home no longer suits how they are now living. That’s why the idea of knocking down their existing home and building a new one on the same piece of land is so appealing.

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many home owners were seeing the idea of knocking down an existing home and rebuilding as an attractive option,” says ANSA Homes Founder and Managing Director Mark Maloney. “With the growing shortage of land in the capital cities, more people are opting to stay where they are. They are choosing to knock down and rebuild, replacing their tired old house with a great new home.

Knock down and rebuild versus renovation

Before choosing between a knock down and rebuild and a renovation, it’s important to understand the key differences between the two. The main difference comes down to predictability around total cost.

Renovation costs are difficult to predict, so builders need to build a contingency into the quote to cover unexpected expenses that may arise. This is partly because every renovation is a bespoke project that is time-consuming and labour intensive. 

In some cases, repairing major structural damage, sourcing the right kinds of materials, or modernising an old house to bring it up to date in terms of energy efficiency and overall quality has the potential to be very costly and time-consuming.

In contrast, brand new homes can be built quickly, using proven systems that maximise efficiency and save time. As a result, our customers are favouring knock down rebuilds over renovations to create the home they want to live in in 2021 and beyond.

When you build with ANSA Homes, we don’t just build your new home, we build your new home just the way you like it. To explore your knock down and rebuild options with ANSA Homes, contact our team on 1300 757 810. 

Build beyond BASIX with ANSA Homes

All home builders in NSW must meet Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) requirements for new homes. Most builders choose not to go above and beyond the BASIX mandatory minimums, but ANSA Homes does because we are not just another home builder. Rather, at ANSA Homes we are driven to deliver certainty by designing and building new homes just the way our customers like them.

Through our experience and expertise in green home building, we know that many homebuyers today want to build sustainable features into their new home. The rising interest in sustainable home building is two-pronged. We have found that increasingly new home buyers are looking for effective ways to reduce their long-term impact on the environment, while also seeking innovative ways to add long-term value to their new home.

Offering the Bristile Solar roofing system

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ANSA Homes is one of very few builders in NSW that offers a full photovoltaic (P.V.) solar roofing and energy management system as part of our Pinnacle Inclusions package.

The innovative Bristile system doesn’t just enable you to meet BASIX requirements around renewable energy; it goes further by enabling you to tap into a rich source of solar power to offset the cost of powering your new home.

Considered one of the best solar roofing and energy management solutions for residential building, the Bristile Photovoltaic (P.V.) Solar energy system combines the latest in clean energy, solar and battery technology (battery only included with our Green Plus package), complete with a stylish and durable roof tile range.

There are four key components to the truly innovative smart energy saving solution that the Bristile Solar roofing and energy management system offers.

Solar cells

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Making the most of clean energy sources, our Pinnacle Inclusions package includes as standard the quality, high performing Bristile solar panels system that captures the natural energy from the sun. Traditional mounted solar panels are offered as standard, however stylish integrated tiles that seamlessly match your chosen roofing tiles are also available as a further upgrade, should you so wish.

The inverter

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Turning the captured clean energy into useable power, the inverter converts and delivers AC power to your power points, powering your various household devices without using power from the electricity grid.

Battery power storage (in the Green Plus package)

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Harnessing and storing your clean energy for when you most need it, the battery power storage unit enables you to store and use generated power for your home, rather than sending it back to the grid. The battery power storage system is available as part of the ANSA Homes Green Plus package.

Smartphone monitoring and communication

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Giving you greater energy management control, and the cherry on top for the Bristile Photovoltaic (P.V.) Solar roofing and energy management system, is a smartphone app. The Bristile app enables you to remotely view the amount of power generated by the system.

Future thinking with ANSA’s inclusions

The Bristile Solar roofing system available to all ANSA Homes customers through our Pinnacle Inclusions package comes with an extensive roof panel warranty that includes a 25-year performance warranty as well as a 12-year product warranty.

And with a 10-year inverter warranty as well, not only will you be adding additional, immediate value to your new home by enhancing its green credentials, but you’ll also be reducing the cost of living in your new home for years to come.

When you build with ANSA, we don’t just build your new home, we build your new home just the way you like it.

Download our Pinnacle Inclusions booklet now to see all that’s included in our luxury as standard Inclusions. Or speak with our team now to discuss our Green Plus package by calling 1300 757 810 or visiting one of our display home locations.

What new home buyers need to know about inclusions packages

The term “inclusions package” is synonymous with building a new home. In fact, you have to scroll to the bottom of the third page of search engine results before you find a website that isn’t from a new home builder.

As a new home buyer, you will study and pour over even the smallest details of inclusions packages when deciding which home builder to build with. While the floor plan or the façade is what gets you in the door, sometimes it’s the value in the inclusions packages that sways you to choose builder A over builder B, C, or D. And, what is and isn’t included in inclusions packages is also critically important, because anything that is not included will invariably cost you dearly further down the road.

Inclusions packages explained

The specifics of what’s included in a new home inclusions package will undoubtedly vary from home builder to home builder. Two builders might have the same item types in their inclusions packages, but it’s important to take a closer look, as builder A’s items may be of inferior quality than those of builder B.

The trick is to always look very closely for what is not included in your standard inclusions package, as that can be where large pricing increases happen. And when that happens, you’ll find that the true price of your dream home skyrockets – and may now be beyond your budget. When it comes to new home buying and inclusions packages, it’s important to make sure you’re comparing apples with apples to avoid disappointment.

Look for inclusions that go above and beyond

You may also find home builders that pack even more considered value into their standard inclusions packages. Value that will provide benefits to you both immediately and long into the future.

At ANSA Homes, our Pinnacle Inclusions package contains a considered selection of inclusions that offers both immediate and long-lasting value to your new home. We believe that designer features should come as standard, to truly make sure that your new home not only stands the test of time, but is created just the way you like it.

Here are just two features of the ANSA Homes Pinnacle Inclusions value-adding highlights that many builders in NSW do not include or consider part of their standard inclusions packages.

1. A 3kw photovoltaic (PV) solar roofing system

Drawing on our experience and expertise in green home building, we include a truly value-adding photovoltaic (PV) solar roofing and energy management system complete with a 10 year warranty in our Pinnacle Inclusions package. Considered one of the best solar roofing and energy management solutions for residential building, the Bristile photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system combines the latest in clean energy, solar, and battery technology, complete with a stylish and durable roof tile range. ANSA Homes is one of very few builders in NSW that offers this truly value-adding feature to home buyers.

2. A full laundry fit-out

There’s nothing more disappointing than moving into your new home only to realise your laundry room is a great empty space with no shelving or storage. As part of our Pinnacle Plus Promotion, ANSA Homes provides you with a fully equipped and ready to use laundry from the day you move in. Featuring all the essentials a functional laundry needs, along with stylish and intuitive storage solutions. Simply bring your washing machine and we’ll bring the rest.

Reading between the lines on inclusions packages

Sometimes the true value – perceived or otherwise – of an inclusions package can be hard to determine. When perusing display homes or browsing through a homebuilder’s website, be sure to assess the finer details of the inclusions packages on offer.

It’s easy to be dazzled by beautiful images splashed across pages in a brochure. Instead, focus on what’s not being offered, and why. What is being left out that you’d like to see included? If you feel as if you’re being misdirected in any way or being led down a certain path that doesn’t feel quite right to you, simply take a step back and breathe. Don’t feel pressured into a decision that you’re not 110 per cent comfortable making.

Choose a builder with inclusions packages that feature the inclusions that are most relevant to you and that add legitimate, practical, and timeless value to your new home. And don’t forget, look for the items that are not included in the packages.

At ANSA Homes, our Pinnacle Inclusions package is jam packed with the best quality  inclusions as standard, adding true value where it makes your new home shine brightest. Download a copy of our inclusions brochure to find out more, or contact our team on 1300 757 810. At ANSA Homes, we want you to build your home just the way you like it.

Welcome to the post-COVID home design era

Social commentator Bernard Salt predicted a resurgence of the great Australian dream in a recent column in The Australian . “In post-corona suburbia, what matters is authenticity, reality, personal relationships, the home, and the community”.

He goes on to say that suburban Australia is springing to life as local retail strips are rediscovered, local businesses are being supported, bike paths and parks are being frequented – all injecting new life.

At the core of his premise is the fortressing of the Australian suburban home. Australian families are spending more time at home so they’re seeking numerous living areas that offer privacy, multi-purpose spaces, cosy alfresco areas, open-plan areas where the family can gather without being on top of each other, and media rooms for Friday night movies.

For a boutique home builder like ANSA Homes, this is music to our ears. We have a range of home designs and flexible floorplans to suit the needs of your family in a post-COVID world.

Post-COVID home design trends

Based on our many years of experience, post-COVID home design trends, and the queries we’re already getting from our clients, here are our four predictions for post-COVID home design.

Using our living spaces differently

When planning different spaces there will be more areas designated for a specific function. Modern open-plan living is popular for many reasons, but during this period we are realising it can be a hindrance when our work lives merge into our home lives. We predict a shift to more clearly defined spaces, allowing for distinct boundaries between home and work life.

At ANSA Homes our designs are focused on comfortable family living so even in open plan areas there’s enough space for the family to gather without being on top of each other. Most designs include multiple living areas making them very comfortable for several generations to live in one home.

More working from home

Experts predict that as a result of the huge numbers of office workers who worked from home during the pandemic, a percentage of those people will continue to do so, even on a part-time basis in the future. As a result, more homeowners will be factoring an efficient working from home set-up into their post-COVID home design, meaning innovative and spacious family home designs offered by ANSA will be in demand.

It will be important to have at least one clearly delineating space with access to the required technology. In the past, a study or office was a low priority for most, but in post-COVID home design, there will be more of a focus on an area that will increase productivity, balance, health, and pleasure.

Home offices need to be fully functional with proper seating, work surfaces, lighting, acoustics, and temperature control, and more than one area might be required if two or more household members work from home. An ideal space is a spare bedroom that could also double as a guest room.

Outdoor living options

Outdoor living zones have been growing in importance over the past decade, but the pandemic has shone a light on the merits of a great outdoor living area for families who are spending more time at home.

Designing alfresco areas will take on renewed importance in post-COVID home design as homeowners seek to carve out their own private outdoor oasis. They will need to consider whether the space will be used passively, as an area to look out upon from inside; or more actively, as a space to sit and have coffee, work, do recreational activities, work-out, and more.

All ANSA Homes’ designs incorporate at least one alfresco area, and in some designs, there are multiple spaces.

Working out at home

With gyms closed for months, many people have turned to at-home workout routines. Companies selling home gym equipment have had a sales boom over the past few months, so in post-COVID home design, gyms will become almost as important as the home office.

Traditionally the car has been moved out to make way for a garage home gym set-up, but there are many other options for an efficient home workout set-up and ANSA Homes can help. If you choose a spacious design from ANSA Homes, there will be options to set up a home gym in a spare bedroom or a second living area.

Build your post-COVID home with certainty

At ANSA Homes, we are guided by our Certainty Promise. When we work with clients on designs for new homes, as well as knock down rebuild projects we always incorporate smart storage ideas. But the decluttering trend heralds a major change of priorities for homebuyers in 2020 and beyond. Together, let’s create your dream new home or dream knock down rebuild home for the post-COVID era of Australian suburbia – just the way you like it.

Call us on 1300 757 810 or send us an online enquiry and our specialist team will work with you to design and bring to life your post-COVID home design ideas.

Understanding Basix regulations for your new home

As our collective focus on sustainability grows, designing and building homes that are smarter and better for the environment is becoming more important than ever.

Since they were introduced by the NSW Government in 2004, Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) requirements have set the standard minimum in sustainable planning measures for all new residential dwellings and renovations in NSW costing more than $50,000.

What is BASIX?

BASIX requirements were introduced to encourage sustainable residential development as part of the NSW Government’s Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. The mandated BASIX certificate does three important things:

  • ensures that NSW has more resilient and sustainable housing options.
  • reduces greenhouse gases and water consumption in new and renovated homes.
  • reduces the cost of living due to using less water and electricity.

Not only is a BASIX certificate part of the development application process in NSW, it is also one of the strongest sustainable planning measures for residential building in Australia.

BASIX’s mission is to reduce our reliance on non-renewable resources to make our homes comfortable. Targets were set at a 40% reduction in water usage and up to 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Key BASIX focus areas

There are three areas that BASIX focuses on to meet the minimum requirements for delivering a sustainable home.

Energy

When submitting your BASIX application for building your new home, a target of 50% reduction in energy usage needs to be met. If a home has not yet been built, how is this determined? Targets vary but are based on assessing the type of home you are building, and which Energy Target Zone you are building in.

Water

Australia is a country of extremes and water is one of the most valuable resources we have. The benchmark (maximum) set by the Department of Planning & Environment is 90,340 litres of water per person per year (or 247 litres per person per day), which was the average (medium) potable water consumption of a pre-BASIX home.

Depending on the Water Target Zone you are building in, your water reduction target can range  from 40% to 0%. All new home builds with ANSA Homes have a water reduction target of 40%. Read more about BASIX water requirements.

Things to consider around BASIX and water usage include:

  • Landscaping;
  • Fittings and fixtures;
  • Alternative water sources (and their uses); and
  • Pools and outdoor spas.

Targets are based on data provided by state and federal water utilities, as well as data from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Thermal comfort

BASIX thermal comfort requirements define the level of comfort occupants can expect without the use of heating and cooling appliances. The aim is to reduce greenhouse emissions from artificial heating and cooling appliances through efficient building design and the use of appropriate construction materials.

To complete the thermal comfort portion of your BASIX, ANSA uses the Simulation Method  . This is detailed method uses NatHERS accredited software and can simulate a wide range of construction methods and materials.

Beyond BASIX with ANSA Homes

With sustainability becoming more and more of a priority, in 2020 many homebuyers are moving beyond BASIX when thinking about what they want from their new home.

While BASIX sets the mandated minimum in sustainable planning measures, there are many other sustainable initiatives that you can invest in that will make your new home truly green. Your site conditions and the aspect of your new home have the biggest impact on the efficiency of your new home, so getting these two details right is essential.

Find out all about ANSA green homes now

ANSA Homes is the only builder who can deliver a Certified Future Friendly home for your family’s health, wellbeing and comfort for years to come. On average, our homes can reduce standard energy use by 83%, water usage by 22% and CO2 emissions by 34%. They truly are homes designed for you and built for the planet. 

At ANSA Homes we can show you how your new green home will be future proofed in terms of acoustic comfort, thermal comfort, health, sustainability. So not only will you be able to cost-effectively live in comfort, you’ll be contributing to the wellbeing of our planet year after year after year while increasing the sale value of your new home.

Keen to go green?

Talk to ANSA Homes today to find out how we can design your new home to be even more comfortable, cost-efficient, and sustainable. Call us on 1300 757 810 or visit us in person to get started.

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