Interior Design

Design Trends for 2022

By | Interior Design

We’ve been spending a lot of time at home recently, and increasingly we’re seeing people turn their attention to how their interiors are designed. When you live, work and play all in the same home, it’s important to create spaces that relax, inspire and help your family stay connected. Doing all those things at once can be a tall order. But, with the right mix of interior design elements, it’s possible to craft homes that look great, inspire your life and stand out from the crowd. To help get you started, we’ve put together this list of our top 5 design trends for 2022.

1. Connecting With Nature

Bringing the outdoors inside has always been a popular design trend, but it’s being taken to new heights for 2022. After spending the last few years cooped up in our home offices, it’s not surprising that we’re finding new ways to bring more touches of nature into the home.

For 2022, we’re seeing home designs that incorporate plenty of large windows and glass doors that connect our interiors to the great outdoors. All that fresh air and natural light is complemented by interior trends that favour natural materials like timber and stone. Timber cabinetry, concrete floors, stone benchtops, leather furniture and natural tiles all feature heavily, and they stand out all the more thanks to the rise in indoor plants and richly coloured interiors.

2. Slim Lines and Soft Curves

The lines that define your home play an important role in the flow of rooms and how lighting is used. In 2022 we’re enjoying a mix of defined straight lines and larger, swooping curves. Slim finger tiles are a popular choice in bathrooms and kitchen splashbacks, where they create the illusion of height and add texture. Elsewhere, fluted glass, moulded wall sheeting and sculptural furniture continue the use of geometric lines to draw the eye, capture light and create interior spaces that flow effortlessly.

3. Textured Surfaces

Along with the rise in natural materials and strong lines, designers are finding new ways to craft considered interior experiences with textured surfaces. Sculptural tiles, raw timber and stone, textured paints and moulded panelling are sprinkled throughout 2022’s best designs. These textured surfaces add interest and drama to any space, and they’re the perfect counterpoint to set off the less textured materials that are common with ever-popular minimalist design cues.

4. Bright Colours and Bold Hues

After spending years at the top of the interior design heap, the all-white look is finally on its way out! For some designers that means they finally have the freedom to work with more muted and natural colours, like browns, creams and greens. For our money though, the standout design trend of 2022 will be the increasing use of bright colours and bold hues throughout the home.

You can really let your imagination run wild here, but block colours like greens, blues and reds all feature heavily in our current design trends. Designers are now free to choose colours that offset other interior elements, like styling details and furnishings, and set the mood with striking colour choices.

5. Sustainable Design

Sustainability in design and home building has become a major issue in recent years, and it’s at the forefront of our minds for 2022. Sustainable interior design isn’t just about choosing products that have eco-friendly credentials, it’s about making a real difference with your designs. Every piece inside the modern home is a considered choice, and increasingly we’re buying with the long-term in mind. In 2022 the focus is on buying high quality and handmade goods that stand out for their bespoke design.

Craft Considered Interiors With a New Build From McCarthy Homes!

Creating a space that reflects your tastes and lifestyle is no small task. The best design trends for 2022 are all about crafting homes that are more welcoming and comfortable than ever, but it takes a deft hand to turn your vision into reality. If you’d like help with that, start a conversation with McCarthy Homes today! We’re a custom home builder operating throughout Southeast Queensland, and our expert team of designers and builders can put together a build you’ll be thrilled to come home to. We specialise in crafting homes that match our customers’ vision for their lives. Whether you have specific trends in mind or you’d like our team to take the lead, contact us today and start a conversation about your dream build with McCarthy Homes.

The Ultimate Hamptons Style Home In Australia

By | Architecture, Interior Design

The Hamptons trend has well and truly established itself as one of the most popular home design styles in the world. For those new to the Hamptons style design, the Hamptons to New Yorkers is like Bondi for Sydney-siders or Noosa for Queenslanders. It’s classy and by the water with open and airy interiors. 

Traditional Hamptons style homes feature crisp whites, beachy blues, natural accents and light and bright interiors. It’s coastal living in luxury and sophistication. So it’s easy to see why the Hamptons style has been especially popular in Australia, with our close proximity to beaches and a climate that’s well suited to open-plan, breezy houses. 

Ever since the established Hamptons style was introduced to Australians, we’ve been slowly adapting the design to our own tastes and environment. Nowadays, Australia is recognised as having our own Hamptons style, slightly different from the US version. In Australia, the ultimate Hamptons style home will include more modern building materials such as weatherboards and corrugated steel and expand on the afresco and outdoor entertaining areas by incorporating the addition of verandas, which are reminiscent of country homes and Queenslanders. 

At McCarthy Homes, we’re proud to be the Hampton home specialists in Queensland; offering a range of fresh, bright and breezy Hampton home designs to suit all tastes and budgets.

If you have a particular Hamptons design in mind our design team can create your dream with you. Alternatively if you don’t know what you’re looking for apart from a Hamptons style, then we recommend you explore our most popular Hamptons home design, the Fairhaven. 

A perfect blend of luxury and comfort, the Fairhaven boasts four spacious bedrooms and three living areas. Designed for effortless living, the open entryway flows into the downstairs entertaining areas, with the well-appointed kitchen and butler’s pantry making entertaining a breeze. If you’re seeking the ideal Hamtons style family home, then the Fairhaven is perfect for you. 

The Fairhaven: The Ultimate Hamptons Style Home In Australia

Our Fairhaven house design is our most loved Hamptons style home, to show you why we’ll talk you through just some of its design highlights.


The Fairhaven design includes a fully styled Hamptons kitchen complete with stone benches and a butler’s pantry. To create that Hamptons bright and airy feel, the kitchen blends into an open plan with the family living and dining areas. 


A Hamptons classic; our Fairhaven design features a walk-through laundry/mudroom that leads from the garage into the butler’s pantry. A very popular feature. 

Luxury Living 

In quintessential Hamptons style, your entire family can enjoy the peak of luxury living within our Fairhaven home design. Stonework pillars and a balcony above the garage display the Hamptons lifestyle with the option for an indoor fireplace for that ultimate Hamptons design.

To learn more about our Fairhaven design follow the link here to discover it’s floor plans and possible façades.

Our McCarthy Homes Home Design Team have helped hundreds of homeowners create the perfect Hamptons home design. Choose from Coastal Hampton styles to more Traditional styles and even a few unique Queenslander façade styles. We can help with unique floor plans and a stylish façade that will stand the test of time. To learn more about our Hamptons home designs or to design your own custom Hamptons home talk to our friendly sales team today. Call us on 07 3358 9704 or contact us online here

Emma & Andrew’s Hamptons-inspired Home

By | Interior Design

With a family of five, a Labrador puppy and a cat too, the Taylor’s were in need of some more space to live. They’d outgrown their current home and the search for somewhere else to live was proving difficult. Initially the family had considered re-buying into their area as they’d been living in Kedron for the last 14 years and loved the suburban family friendly area. Having three boys meant the proximity to great parks and still being in the inner city was the perfect combination. 

“We were looking at buying a bigger home in our same suburb when we realised a knock down rebuild was the perfect solution.”

The Taylors loved their block, it was still perfect for their family however they knew their house was too small. Because they only wanted to upgrade their home, not move , a knock down rebuild presented itself as the perfect solution. Utilising a building broker the Taylors were presented with multiple home plan options from some of the best builders in Queensland. For them, the McCarthy Homes open plan design with a spacious interior layout was love at first sight. 

From the initial designs, the Taylor family worked with McCarthy Homes to customise their house plans and create their new dream home. For inspiration they visited all of the McCarthy Homes display houses and quickly realised the Hamptons style was the fresh and impressive look that they wanted. When they then found McCarthy Homes’ popular Carrington house design they knew a combination of the two would be their dream home.

With a Hamptons façade on the Carrington 36 home design, the Taylor’s had the stunning and spacious family home they’d been dreaming of.

Because a knock down rebuild requires the existing home to be demolished, the Taylors needed temporary accommodation while their new home was being built. As an experienced builder, McCarthy Homes had the perfect solution and the Taylors were able to use McCarthy Homes’ very popular ‘We’ll Pay Your Rent’ promotion. While their house was being built the family moved into temporary accommodation located close by with little disruption to their daily lives. 

Along with the ‘We’ll Pay Your Rent’ promotion the Taylors also took advantage of the ‘Must Have Collection’ which includes an Actron Air Ducted Air-Conditioner, Rendered AAC, a True Core Steel Frame, 6.5kw Solar Package and a kitchen pack. The combination of these promotions allowed the family to focus only on the excitement of their new build and the bonus features their upgrade was bringing them.

Throughout the build Emma & Andrew were delighted with the professionalism and fast work of the McCarthy Homes team. “The whole process was smooth & stress-free, McCarthy Homes were professional, organised and communicated well with us at every step.Andrea, our Customer Service Manager was always so helpful, and Ben, our Construction Supervisor did a beautiful job of the house. We were very impressed with the whole team.“

Having not built a new home before, the couple were glad they could rely on the McCarthy Homes team to guide them through the process without any difficulties. 

Since completion, the Taylors have been living in their new home and Emma and Andrew have been enjoying the spacious layout and how perfectly the Carrington 36 design works for their busy lifestyle with three boys. Emma loves the frontage, with the Hamptons façade while Andrew values the impeccable finish of the house. When asked if they would build again with McCarthy Homes the answer was “Definitely yes!”

If you want to learn more about knock down rebuilds or are interested in knocking down your home to start new, then follow this link. To discover the Carrington 36 design for yourself then follow the link here.

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butler's pantry designs

The Best Butler’s Pantry Designs To Plan Into Your New Home

By | Interior Design

A butler’s pantry has always been synonymous with luxury house designs. Originally, butler’s pantries were used to store silver, serving pieces and other kitchen related items which would be kept under lock and key. 

Nowadays butler’s pantries have become more of a kitchen extension. With homes becoming more open plan, our kitchens are more heavily integrated with our living areas and our butler’s pantries are designed to be put on display. 

A modern butler’s pantry is used to store appliances, prepare food and stow away a mess mid-dinner party. They can function as a small kitchen within your kitchen or have more focus on space and storage. Either way a butler’s pantry is a must have kitchen addition in your home and not to be left out of your designs. 

At McCarthy Homes we’ve designed many butler’s pantries for our clients’ new homes. If you’re looking for your next piece of kitchen inspiration then keep reading to find out four favorite butler’s pantry designs. 

White And Warm

These white and warm butler’s pantries are perfect for contemporary homes to add a cosy feeling in the kitchen. By being compact and simple they can fit into a niche space and still give you all the storage you need.

warm and white butler's pantry
warm and white butler's pantry

Contemporary And Sleek

This ultra-modern black and white kitchen features floating wood panels, adding a contemporary twist on the traditional showcasing. You can also design a butler’s pantry in an open hallway, adjacent to other rooms to create a functional transition space, complete with storage.

Contemporary And Sleek butler's pantry

With A View

This butler’s pantry was designed to create a pleasant space for food prep with a beautiful view of the outdoors. This design brought the nature outside into the interior space with lush plants and green styling.

With A View butler's pantry

Sophisticated Luxury

Warm lighting and wood surroundings can create a sense of comfort without compromising luxury. For a glamorous accent incorporate a stylish wine rack into your butler’s pantry design.

Sophisticated Luxury butler's pantry

Butler’s pantries are often overlooked when it comes to home designs, however they can be one of the most useful places for storage and functionality in your house. Tips to remember when designing your butler’s pantry include planning for power points for small appliances, a sink for extra service, plenty of drawers and bright lights. 

If you’d like to see more home designs, view our website gallery or if you’re feeling inspired to build your dream home then contact our friendly team today! Talk to us online or call us on 07 3358 9704.

How to design your custom home in 2021

By | Architecture, Interior Design, Property News

How to design your custom home in 2021


We’re all individual. We all have unique needs and wants and ideas. It’s only natural then that we all have different ideas of what a dream home looks like. So how do you design your customer home in 2021?

The best news is, with McCarthy Homes you can bring your dream home to life.

You don’t have to be tied into designs, layouts, fixtures and features when you build with us. You can create a home as individual as you are.

Forget about boring template homes and say hello to fully customisable properties in 2021.

Here’s how…




A dream home starts with an idea. Over the years that idea is fuelled with the lifestyle likes and dislikes you develop as you observe and live in various houses.

The idea grows and you formulate a home in your mind that incorporates everything you appreciate, all the features that fit your needs. Whatever makes you comfortable is there. The floorplan matches your personality, the fittings reflect your desires.

Some people sit on their idea for years. Some want to see it brought to life as soon as possible. Finances, relationships and personal situations all play a part in when you’re ready to launch your dream home journey.

When you are, it’s time to find the perfect partners to bring it to life. You need to choose custom home builders like McCarthy Homes, who complement your ideals and have the talent and skills to guide your dream into fruition.




Building your dream home is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so you really want to pick the right design and build team to collaborate with.

There are limitless decisions and considerations that go beyond simply having a good design in mind. Some of these include:

  • Helping choose a block of land that fits in with your ideas and wants and is located in a suitable spot for your family.
  • Deciding on a budget that fits with your finances while not compromising on your dream.
  • Does the design you have in mind suit the style of home you’re after?
  • Can all building work be done to council and Australian standards?
  • Does your design reflect any future changes in your family dynamic? For instance, do you really need that extra wing if the kids are about to leave home?

McCarthy Homes have built countless custom homes over the years. We know the right questions to ask, and we know how to guide you into choices that are sustainable and the right fit for your unique character. We speak the language of building and can facilitate this often-overwhelming process for you in a stress-free and seamless way.


Enjoy a Personalised Touch


Dedicated and creative, McCarthy Homes takes the time to really understand what you want from your custom house building experience. We sit down with you, absorb your ideas and present our solutions that will lead to your ideal home being constructed with us.

We treat our clients like family. Each and every one gets a personalised experience founded on knowledge, transparency and crystal-clear communications. From the initial bouncing around of ideas to the special moment when we handover your keys, we’ll be by your side every step of the way.


Experience the Rewards of Designing Your Own Home


It’s almost impossible to describe the pride you feel when you see your dream home manifest itself into reality. You’ve shaped your living space, the standout features were your idea, you chose all the fittings. Your vision has come to life and it’s an immensely satisfying feeling. There’s also something about living in a brand-new space that just feels good.

Whether you’re building in Ballina, the Sunshine Coast or any location in-between, McCarthy Homes can ensure your custom home journey is a smooth and enjoyable one. Our tailored solutions are here for you, whether you know exactly what you want or need guidance in getting started.


Above all, we’re confident that our industry-leading design and construction skills will lead to the home of your dreams. Why not contact us today and let’s take the first steps together?

Click here to contact us.

Or, call us on (07) 3358 9704

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Hamptons Style Kit Homes – Everything You Need to Know

By | Architecture, Interior Design
hamptons-style kit home
Hamptons style kit homes are a rarity in the kit home industry. While the ever-accelerating rise in popularity of Hamptons-style homes has seen a large number of home builders adapt their offering to include them, there are few options for those looking to build a kit home.

What is a Hamptons Style Home?

Hampton-style homes have a classic beach front appearance with a relaxed interior. They are inspired by homes built in The Hamptons on the East End of Long Island in New York. These homes, over time, developed their own style featuring columns, weatherboarding, boxed edges and muted colours, such as whites and greys.

A Hampton-style home is immediately identifiable by its appearance. A well-constructed Hampton-style home will exude an air of class and sophistication with a relaxed touch. It’s where luxury meets the beach. These homes are designed to be lived in yet retain their refined aura.

Is it even possible to buy a Hamptons Style Kit Home?

The nature of a Hampton-style home makes it difficult to translate into a kit home. Hampton-style homes by their very definition are supposed to represent quality and luxury. Although it is not always the case, as a general rule, kit homes have fewer finishing touches and diminished build quality compared to a traditionally built home.

While some providers may advertise Hampton-style kit homes, it’s difficult to truly label these as true Hampton-style homes due to the potential absence of high-quality work. A Hampton-style home is the intersection of luxury and easy comfort. Many kit homes lack the quality of work that is necessary for a true luxury label. For that reason, we recommend avoiding kit homes in favour of a traditional build.

Benefits of Kit Homes

There are plenty of benefits to kit homes:

  • Price: Many kit homes come in at a lower price point than traditional points, but you also need to be very wary of inclusions and the host of additional costs that come with building a kit home (such as site preparation, kit transport, labour to erect the home etc).
  • Ease: Kit homes are often viewed as an “easy” solution to home building. What you see is what you get, and if you like the kit home it’s simple enough to place an order.
  • Consistency of Product: A major benefit of kit homes is that the exact same home design has likely been erected before and had some chances to iron out any issues with its construction. As such, when you see an existing kit display home or images online, you know that you are likely going to get a similar outcome with your own kit.

Drawbacks of Kit Homes

While kit homes may seem like a quick and easy solution to getting a home up, they do come with their drawbacks.

  • Build quality: Not all kit homes are created equally. Some kit homes suffer from poor build quality, low-quality parts and an overall feeling of cheapness.
  • Longevity: The build quality can also affect the longevity of a home. There are genuine concerns with many kit homes that over time, joints and waterproofing may start to show signs of breakdown.
  • Style: The simple fact is, many kit home designs lack a particular element of style and sophistication that you’re going to get in a traditional build.
  • Hidden costs: When you’re purchasing a kit home, you need to have a clear idea of the tradespeople you’ll need to set it up, exactly what furnishings and finishes you’re getting with the home, and any other utility connection costs or hidden expenses.
  • Finished Feel: There’s a lot to be said for a high quality finished feel to a home. Many kit homes simply lack that. 

The Bottom Line

If you absolutely need to build a home on a very low budget, a kit home on cheap land (although closely connected to utilities) is your best option. However, you need to walk into that purchase with open eyes and understand that the product you are getting may be low quality and that you may end up facing costs that you simply hadn’t planned for. Buying a kit home requires a lot of research and may end up requiring a lot of labour and effort on your own part.

Why a McCarthy Homes Hampton Home is Your Best Bet

At McCarthy Homes, quality comes before all else. We aren’t in the business of providing cheap, easy to erect kit homes. We are in the business of building rock-solid family homes that are built to last. Our homes are designed and constructed to last for generations. If that is the level of quality you are searching for in your home, then a McCarthy Homes Hampton home is your best bet.

Get the right advice

We’ve been through the process of building a new home with thousands of happy customers. If you need help or advice on any aspect of building your own Hampton-style home, we are happy to help.

Click here to contact us.

Office Nooks: Small but Stylish

By | Interior Design
The extra-large office with space for stacks of paperwork and overloaded bookshelves is fast becoming a thing of the past. Technology continues to drive us forward towards ever-smaller storage requirements for ever-increasing amounts of data. Today, it’s entirely possible to have everything you need to carry out a modern job at your fingertips, all inside a laptop.For that reason, we see many people looking for a smaller office space. Rather than dedicate an entire room to an office, when really all that is needed is a desk, people are instead finding other uses for that room and looking elsewhere for their workspace.

Enter the office nook (also known as a study nook) – a small, out of the way space for you to get your work done, without sacrificing a huge amount of floor space in your home. At McCarthy Homes, we are big fans of the office nook. We have incorporated them into a number of home designs and will continue to do so into the future – it’s an easy way to meet homeowners’ needs in an efficient way.


Sometimes everything is sacrificed in the name of efficiency, but that’s not the case with McCarthy Homes-designed office nooks. Like everything else in our homes, ageless sophistication leads the design process, with all else secondary. We don’t design just to save space, we design according to the lifestyle requirements of our homes’ residents.

The office nook is an extraordinarily efficient way of maximising floor space within your home while still maximising the use you can get out of your office space. Employing an office nook with overhead shelving in an out of the way place can help free up an entire room while ensuring you have the space you need to work effectively.

Space Saving

Many modern home designs seek to maximise the use of open space, and we are no exception. We always keep in mind the importance of family areas and communal spaces when we are designing homes. To this end, office nooks can be an excellent complementing factor. Just out of the way, but still contributing to an open plan, office nooks allow you to dive into your work while still remaining part of the household around you. Even when your home has plenty of space, an office nook can still add that extra bit of convenience without needlessly getting in the way.


Good design is the core of a great office nook. Simple additions, like a floating desk or recessed shelving, can really complement the stylishness of an office nook while maximising its efficiency in use of space. Understanding how design impacts both the appearance and usefulness of an office nook is an important factor to understand when building your own or working with a builder or designer to include one in a new home.

If you are familiar with McCarthy Homes you’re already well aware of the importance we place on good design,  When it comes to office nooks, this really comes to light. Elegant, efficient, and perfectly comfortable for everyone in the family, our office nooks are the perfect addition to a home.

McCarthy Homes Office Nooks

We’re a big fan of the office nook. It serves the same purpose as a larger office while maximising efficient use of space, freeing up floor space and rooms elsewhere in the home for a wider range of use. Many of our most popular home designs feature office nooks, and we often receive requests when designing custom homes to include an office nook within the build. Below are just a couple of our current display homes that feature office nooks.

Riviera 38

The Riviera is a beautiful four bedroom home. Designed for comfortable living, it features a large walk-in pantry, and alfresco area and four separate living areas. It’s the type of home that encourages relaxation and enjoying watching the world go by. An office nook is right at home in the Riviera, adding extra convenience in an accessible place. In a home filled with living areas, an open and inviting office nook is the perfect addition.

Click here to see more of Riviera.

Fairhaven 42

Fairhaven is the ideal family home. Like all McCarthy Homes, it seamlessly blends luxury and comfort in an easy going, flowing architectural style that encourages effortless living. The office nook at Fairhaven possibly goes a little further than most office nooks, but we believe it still qualifies because it’s not quite technically an office, and it follows all the standard design principles of a good office nook.

Case study – custom home design

By | Interior Design
Location: Hope Island, Gold Coast Qld.

Combining Manhattan warehouse vibes with an eclectic design style, discover how Damian and Alison created their dream home on Queensland’s beautiful Hope Island.

The Build

The client only had a 12-metre wide block so used 3 and 4-metre ceiling heights with soaring voids to create the feeling of light and space.  Polished concrete floors were selected and a slightly smokey wall paint colour because a stark white may have seemed a bit cold in such a voluminous area.

An open plan living concept was top of the priority list, as the client wanted to be able to watch TV from kitchen whilst cooking, dining and just relaxing on the couch.

The Design

The client had a pretty loose direction with interior design. They collected furniture over a three-year period, selecting items they liked and thought would look good in their new home one day.

View the full gallery of images below.

Case study – knock down rebuild

By | Interior Design
Location: Grange, Brisbane Qld.

Situated in the leafy inner city suburb of Grange, the clients chose the area for its family nature and its close proximity to the city.

They purchased the block with the intention of knocking down the existing property and rebuilding with their dream home.

McCarthy Homes Hampton style
The Brief

Taking inspiration from the Provincial display home in Rochedale, the client went into the build process with a very clear vision of what their dream home looked like “for us it was important that we had a very open plan living and dining space that flowed into our outdoor entertaining area and the pool.” Also high on the priority list were separate living spaces for the kids and creating a home that felt warm and liveable.

The Build

Being a knockdown rebuild the client’s first step was to have the old house removed. They advertised the old house on Gumtree free of charge – this saved them approximately $20,000.

Once the old home was removed it was smooth sailing from there, with the process taking 10 months until the client had the keys to their brand new dream home.

View the full gallery of images below.

Spotlight on pendant lighting

By | Interior Design
Some great examples of how pendant lighting can be used as a design feature to enhance any space.
Provincial display home Rochedale
Lighting: Marcel pendant – Beacon lighting 
Aquaris display home Helensvale
Lighting: Peal oval chandelier – Brave Agencies
Carrington Display Home Helensvale
Lighting: Dr spinner – Dowel Jones  

Riviera display home Newport
Sculpt pendant – Lucci Decor

Client home
Lighting: selected by client
Aquaris display home Helensvale
Lighting: Bright beads Aztek pendant – Marz
Mango Hill display home (closed)
Lighting: Lab 1 pendant, beaker shade – Beacon Lighting
Affinity display home Newport
Lighting: Husk pendant in matt black/ash – Lucci Decor
Carrington display home Helensvale
Lighting: Zupello light strawberry cream – Didier
Hope Island display home (closed)
Cayman wreath pendant – Beacon Lighting
Carrington display home Helensvale
Explosion chandelier brass – Pottery Barn
Aquaris display home Helensvale
Bamboo cloche pendant – Koskella
Riviera display home Newport
Kooper pendant in copper – Lucci Decor
Affinity display home Newport
Reuben cage pendant in ash/black – Lucci Decor