Before you buy: know your suburb like a local

Advice for choosing the right suburb

As Australia’s sixth largest city, there are almost 80 suburbs on the Gold Coast, stretching from the Queensland/New South Wales border right to the boundary of Logan city approximately 50 kilometres north. Almost 600,000 people call this region home, but for those who are considering the move to Queensland’s lifestyle capital, choosing the right suburb to build or buy can be a challenging choice.

Dixon Homes build stunning new homes and offer turnkey ready house and land packages for property investors, retirees, couples and young families across the Gold Coast. When it comes to buying the right location research is essential. Below are our top tips for finding the right suburbs to buy. Continue reading

Metal or Timber Framing for New Homes – Which is Better?

One of the biggest questions homeowners are faced with when building a new home is deciding which material they should use as the home’s skeleton – timber or steel. There is a case to be made for each, and despite steel being preferred by many builders, and customers, timber homes have been constructed successfully for years and by some people are still preferred.

As local builders who can build with each, we explain the case for each in this post so you can make up for your own mind which option is best for you. Continue reading

Variable versus Fixed Rate Home Loans – How to Decide

It’s one of the biggest questions when seeking finance for a new home – do you fix or not? With interest rates at an all time low, it’s easy to see why many people are rushing to fix the interest rate of their home loan over a set period. However what people don’t often realise is that a variable home loan offers the flexibility that people prefer, and in many cases, require.

Our team at Dixon Homes can provide advice on some avenues to secure finance for your new home, and in this post we explain the major differences between fixed and variable home loans to help you decide which option is best for your situation.

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Open Plan Homes – The Ultimate in Flexible Living

There are more than just a few reasons why open plan living continues to be the benchmark when building new homes. An open plan home allows a flowing floor plan and flexible use of space. It also brings a more connected household and more light.

With more than 1600 unique floor plans, most of them comprising open plan living elements, our builders here on the Gold Coast find that open plan homes really do suit all lifestyles. Here’s why: Continue reading

Building Vacation Rentals on the Gold Coast

Dixon Homes recently completed an exciting waterfront holiday accommodation home right in the heart of the Gold Coast on Paradise Island.

The purpose built 7 bedroom home, overlooking the majestic skyline of Surfers Paradise has sleeping space for up to 20 adult guests and faces east, with plenty of outdoor entertaining areas – perfect for soaking up the beautiful east facing outlook and swimming pool. Continue reading

A Guide to Choosing Inclusions for Your New Home

There are a whole range of different inclusions and upgrades on offer when building a new home on the Gold Coast with Dixon Homes. Deciding which of these should include can be something of a challenge, especially for homeowners on a strict budget. We explain what inclusions to take into consideration at the building stage, and others that you may be able to add later, in this brief guide. Continue reading

Don’t Make These 5 Floor Plan Mistakes…

 

The devil is undoubtedly in the detail when building a new home. From the obvious to the less obvious every detail should be considered, and you should always think about how the home design you end up choosing will affect your lifestyle and the way you will use your home. If you neglect to properly consider these things you may end up making poor choices with your floor plan. We’ve put a list of floor plan mistakes commonly made to help you avoid repeating any of these when building your own new home. Continue reading

3 Ways to future proof your home

In real estate and property circles we hear a lot about protecting your investment and buying property that is ‘future proofed’. But what exactly does this mean? And more importantly what are some of the ways that this can be achieved?

We cater to first home buyers as well as property investors here at Dixon Homes and throughout our consultation process we always explain ways to help you home remain a strong investment now and into the future. We explain how some ways to future proof your new home to help it stand the test of time, and take advantage of technological developments. Continue reading

Living Areas – The Heart of any Home

As the area of the home you’ll spend all your relaxing and down time in, the design of your living room and living areas should always be considered with the lifestyle of you and your family in mind. Before choosing a home design we encourage all our customers to consider their lifestyle, the age of children and how they like to live. We share some considerations worth making in our latest post. Continue reading