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One Storey vs Two Storey Houses?

By | Property News

Building a new home comes with hundreds of decisions. One of the most important is deciding whether you want to build a one storey or a two storey house. Choosing between one and two storey floorplans can have a huge impact on how the home looks and how well it suits your family’s lifestyle. That means it’s important to balance your needs against your budget, the land you’ve chosen and the design aesthetic you want to achieve. To help get you started, we’ve got a few important things to think about when choosing between building a one storey or two storey home whether you’re looking at a knock down rebuild or a custom home project. 

Block Size and Location

Buying property is all about location, so most people go looking for a block of land that’s in just the right spot. You want good access to your work, the kids’ schools and the amenities around you. Finding a block of land that has everything you need can be a fun challenge, but don’t forget to spare a thought for the type of home you want to build. This is particularly important if you are looking at building a two story Hampton style house.

The footprint of the home is usually the biggest factor here. A single storey and a two storey floorplan with the same amount of living area can take up very different amounts of space on your block. If you’re building on acreage or a large plot, a sprawling single storey home might not be a problem. You can fit a large house on the land and still have room for a garden where the kids can play. On the other hand, if you’re buying in a newer development or an inner suburb, chances are you’ll need to consider building upwards to get the same amount of living space.

Maximising Your Property

The coast and countryside around Brisbane offer some of Australia’s best views. If your ideal block of land is one that overlooks your favourite part of the country, it’s worth building a home that lets you take full advantage of the property. The extra height on double storey homes allows your designer to craft a property that delivers the views you’re after.

But you don’t need a great view to make the best use of your land. Considering the block’s aspect will allow you to create a home that captures coastal breezes, cools passively and takes advantage of natural light. This can be done both with single and double storey homes – it just depends on your block of land and what you’re hoping to achieve with your build.

The Cost of the Build

Planning a custom home build is an exciting prospect, but budget is a major factor for many of us. The biggest difference between single and double storey homes is often in the cost, with double storey homes typically costing slightly more.

But, while a two storey build is likely to be more expensive on paper, multi-storey homes can help you save money on the cost of land. A more compact footprint means you can buy a smaller block without sacrificing the amount of living space you’re getting. Choosing to build a two storey home could even make it affordable to live in a more desirable suburb where block sizes are smaller. On the other hand, the money you save building a single storey home could go towards a larger block of land that’s more suitable for your family.

Your Family’s Needs

Lastly, you need to think about your family’s needs. One and two storey homes both have plenty to offer, you just need to choose the right design for your lifestyle.

For instance, families that like to entertain might prefer a lowset house with open-plan living spaces. Alternatively, families with young children might want to design a home that frees up yard space for the kids to play. The only challenge is matching your needs to the right home design. And don’t forget to plan ahead while you’re doing this. Your needs will change over time, so it’s worth considering how you’ll use the home in the future while you’re planning your current build.

Plan a Stunning Custom Home Build with the Team from McCarthy Homes!

Designing a new home build that offers all the features you want is a major task. You want to get everything just right, but the most important decision you can make is choosing between a one and two storey layout. Each type of home has plenty to offer, so it’s up to you to decide what’s important to your lifestyle. For any help you need planning your new build McCarthy Homes is happy to help!

We specialise in building new and custom homes in the Brisbane region. Our team of expert designers and home builders have been hard at work for decades, so we can offer all the advice and support you need throughout your home building journey. Talk to us today to find out more or visit our display homes today!

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How to Choose the Land for Your Home

By | Property News

Building a new home is an exciting journey. Whether you choose to build off-the-plan or design a custom project, the block of land you select can have a big impact on the final result. Choosing the right plot of land can transform your new home experience and deliver a property that you’ll love for years to come.

It can be difficult to settle on a block of land when so much is riding on the decision. While there is no such thing as the perfect property, we’ve put together our tips for choosing the right block of land for your home building project.

Review the Location and Amenities

You guessed it! Location is the biggest factor when choosing land to build on. We’d recommend making a list of all the features and amenities you want easy access to right at the start of your hunt for a new block. You can use this list to narrow down the suitable areas and select suburbs or regions you’re interested in.

Each of us has unique requirements for our ideal plot, but here are a few things to keep an eye out for:

  • School catchments
  • Nearby main roads and motorways
  • Shops and commercial areas
  • Access to public transport
  • Commute times
  • How close you are to family and friends
  • Nearby venues or sports fields that cause congestion
  • Whether the land is in your builder’s build area

Choose the Right Block Size, Shape and Orientation

The physical attributes of a block don’t just impact the value of the land, they also affect the type of homes you can build. It’s important to select a piece of land that is large enough to suit your vision for the project. At the same time, you need to spare a thought for the shape of the block and how it’s oriented relative to your neighbours and the surrounding features. For instance, a north-facing block will get more sun exposure during the day, and that’s a great opportunity to design a home that takes advantage of the natural light and heating.

Look for Slopes and Land Features

The slope and features of a block can have a big impact on preparing the site and constructing your home. Sites with large slopes may require earthworks, or they can alter the type of foundation your home design uses. Similarly, features like trees, rocks, rivers and natural formations need to be taken into account. While land features and sloped blocks can present a challenge to your builders, they can also be a major asset to your home’s design. Incorporating natural features or taking advantage of a slope can turn your new home into a masterpiece that truly stands out.

Check Utilities Access

There’s no shortage of beautiful blocks of land around Brisbane. Whether you want to live by the water, in the city or out in the countryside, you’ll be able to find land that matches your wishlist. But, before you sign a contract, you need to find out which utilities are connected to the block.

Depending on where you buy, some blocks of land have limited access to utilities like gas, electricity, water, internet and waste. Not having access to some of the services you need isn’t the end of the world, but you may find yourself having to pay to install them.

Investigate Other Legal Considerations

Some blocks of land are subject to legal considerations that impact your ability to build and live on the property. These issues are usually easy to find out about through a conveyancer or your building company.

You’ll need to keep an eye out for three main types of legal restrictions:

  • Zoning. Zoning alters how you’re allowed to use a property. If you buy land in a rural, semi-rural or industrial area, you’ll likely need to apply to have the zoning altered.
  • Easements. Easements are a type of restriction that sets aside some of your land for use by other entities. The most common type of easements are for shared driveways on subdivided blocks, or easements that allow utilities companies to access their infrastructure.
  • Other requirements. The land you purchase can also be subject to other legal restrictions. For instance, a land developer might require you to begin building your home within 12-18 months of purchasing the block. Some properties can also be restricted by Covenants that prevent you from building certain types of homes.

Ready to Build a Custom Home on Your Dream Block? Contact McCarthy Homes Today!

Choosing the right block of land isn’t the only important decision you’ll need to make when building a new custom home. Especially if you’re building in a certain style like Hampton homes or a knock down rebuild, working with the right builder can transform the finished result. Especially if you’re building in a certain style like Hampton homes, working with the right builder can transform the finished result. McCarthy Homes is a custom home builder that works with clients from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales.

Our focus is on designing considered homes that exceed your expectations, ensuring your new property lives up to your vision for the project. Start a conversation with us today to work with our team on designing your new custom home build!

Monogram Residences Sunnybank Ground-Breaking Ceremony

By | Property News

McCarthy Homes was recently in Sunnybank, QLD for the Monogram Residences Sunnybank ground-breaking ceremony together with VIMG!

sunnybank townhouses project

Our newest construction project, “Monogram Residences Sunnybank”, is located in one of Brisbane’s largest Chinese communities on the south side of Brisbane. Only 15 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, this location is the perfect blend of city convenience and community living. 

Our exclusive new project comprises 20 of the finest townhouses; architecturally designed by renowned architect Modulus Architecture to reflect the peak of 21st century luxury living. With a site area of 4048sqm our 20 Brisbane adjacent townhouses will be a mixture of 3 bedroom homes and 4 bedroom homes. This new project is a perfect opportunity for growing families or business professionals looking for a community lifestyle in close proximity to Brisbane city. 

Monogram Residences Sunnybank is undoubtedly indicated to be the best opportunity for both residents and investors, providing the most superior living experience in Brisbane, and at the same time, benefiting investors with capital growth.

Currently, the project is in the construction stage with earth works complete. Construction will commence on site in June 2021 and the settlement is expected to be in July 2022.

Monogram Residences Sunnybank presents a sophisticated enclave of 20 luxurious 3 and 4 bedroom townhouses. Within close proximity to an abundance of lifestyle amenities including Sunnybank Plaza, Market Square, schools, Griffith University, sports clubs and two hospitals all delivering the ultimate home lifestyle.

Our project’s architecturally designed townhouses by renowned architect Modulus Architecture have been rendered into visual images to give an impression of the level of sophistication and luxury living they will provide.

As you can see below the 3 and 4 bedroom townhouses will feature industry leading designs, with possibilities including mono stringer stairs, SMEG appliances, communal areas and outdoor living spaces. 

McCarthy Homes has been Brisbane’s trusted townhouse builder for many years. We specialise not only in selling houses but in designing and building them too. From townhouses to large scale property developments, you can trust McCarthy Homes to provide high quality, luxury building services. 

To learn more about McCarthy Homes builders, contact our service team today on 07 3358 9704 or through our online contact page.

Covid Has Reshaped How Australian Homes Are Designed

By | Property News
The way we design Australian homes has forever changed in the wake of Covid 19.

Beyond the DIY home schools and offices or social distancing spaces, this pandemic has permanently altered homeowners priorities. 

At McCarthy Homes, we’ve experienced these changes first hand. We watched the housing market slow and then explode, bringing new challenges and teachings. In particular, we saw the change in homeowner needs. 

Industry data showed us that 44% of home buyers changed their property preferences post Covid. This meant that our house designs also needed to change, to accommodate our home buyers’ new ideals.

From the beginning of 2021 home designs have had one main focus: quality of living. 

Throughout the pandemic people were spending more time inside their homes, what they needed more than anything was an uplifting environment. From that need, 5 main home design features quickly arose.

New Home Design Features Resulting From Covid

1. Multi-Use Spaces

As more Australians transitioned to working at home there became a need to design for the practicalities of our homes. Living spaces need to be flexible to enable homeowners some form of separation in the case of working or studying from home. Equally important is the creation of a mental space within homes to give people individual areas of personal calm.

Homeowners are now designing their houses with multiple purposes in mind. Thinking of layouts and furniture that serve multiple functions and can adapt to fast changing conditions.

Study nook in a kitchen | McCarthy Homes
2. New Colours And Quality

New decorative style trends have been introduced in Covid. Calm colors, softer fabrics and more natural light have been used to create a tranquil space at home. 

At the other end of the spectrum, bold designs with dark accent walls and patterned wallpaper are also becoming popular. With travel and exploration restricted, people are using bold colours to bring excitement into their home environment.

Overall, as people are looking at spending more time in their homes, an investment in high-quality pieces of design is being seen as a better option to withstand heavy use and last for years.

3. Focus On Cleanliness And Health

Home features and materials that are antimicrobial and easy to clean are being prioritised over designs that fit the home owners personal style. 

Copper, brass and bronze are materials which have natural antimicrobial properties, and because of that, they are seeing a boost in popularity. Commonly used in doorknobs or kitchen cabinet handles, these materials kill germs and bacteria on their own without the need to constantly use chemical sprays and wipes.

4 . Prioritized Outdoor and Indoor Space

Social distancing and business closures pushed people outside, but public outdoor spaces quickly became crowded. Homeowners then turned to their own personal outdoor spaces to catch a breath in the calm outdoors. 

Our home designs integrate outdoor living with indoor by adding more courtyards and open plan leisure spaces. These layouts ensure there is plenty of space for the whole family to unwind and entertain both indoors and outdoors.

5. Property Prices

Initially forecasters anticipated house prices across the country would decline in response to the pandemic recession; instead, the housing industry has seen a boom. 

As many people found they no longer needed to go into the office every day, homeowners were able to make the move to regional areas or outer suburbs that offered them more space. The added time at home also allowed many people to undertake renovations or knock down rebuilds.

This shift has put significant pressure on homeowners to reduce their build costs. An increase has been seen in homeowners searching for promotions and cost effective ways to build their new home. McCarthy Homes currently offers a number of promotions to kick start our homeowners dream projects, and our builders can look for solutions in any budget.

These are only a few of the changes we’ve seen in the way Covid has shaped new home designs. Surely as the year continues more will arise and McCarthy Homes will be there to bring the best solutions and innovations to our new homeowners.

Talk to our friendly team today about creating your dream home, built perfectly to suit your household needs, whatever they may be.

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Or, call us on (07) 3358 9704

Knock Down Rebuilds: Build Your New Home Without Moving!

By | Property News

If you’ve found yourself on this page then it might be because you’re looking for alternatives to buying new land to get your new home. With the real estate market being so competitive right now it can be difficult to lock down that dream home you’ve been desiring. 

Someone might have mentioned knock down rebuilds or knock down new builds as another option. Today we’ll explain what a knock down rebuild is and how it could be the solution to getting your brand new dream home without having to move your entire life. 

What Does Knock Down Rebuild mean?

Knock Down Rebuild is a common term in housing & building, it means to knock down the house on your land and rebuild a brand new one. Perfect for people who love their location but have an outdated house, or for families who are settled into their area but have outgrown the capacity of their home. 

Deciding to demolish not only raises the value of your new property and saves you from paying stamp duty and selling costs, it also gives you the added benefit of tailoring a new home suited to your block and your lifestyle.

If you’ve got the perfect block of land but need the house to match then a McCarthy knock down rebuild can breathe new life into your block with a brand new custom-designed home.

Rebuild or Renovate? 

Depending on how tailored you want your home to be to your lifestyle, sometimes a small renovation will be enough, while for others a comprehensive rebuild gives you precisely what you want in a home.

Advantages of a Knock Down Rebuild

More and more people are choosing to knock down and rebuild their homes because the cost can work out cheaper than renovation. In terms of dollars per square metre, Knock Down New Build’s are frequently a more cost-effective option. 

With a knock down rebuild project you can walk into a brand new home without going through the inconvenience of selling or the risks of renovating. Especially in competitive areas like Brisbane and the Gold Coast, a knock down rebuild can be the perfect solution.

  • Knock Down Rebuilds deliver a home that matches your desired lifestyle perfectly
  • The homeowner controls the project from start to finish without having to accommodate previous design features that no longer work for you
  • Your builder will know every detail of the construction process without having to make educated guesses about the quality or soundness of the original builder’s work
  • Budgeting can be managed thoroughly as every element of the project begins with the homeowner
  • Depending on the project it can also sometimes be faster to rebuild than to remodel an old home

McCarthy Homes are Knock Down Rebuild Specialists in Brisbane & Gold Coast

At McCarthy Homes we take pride in bringing a brand new home to our customers without them having to leave their existing land. Our team is known for providing one of the leading knock down rebuild services in Queensland; from start to finish you can rely on McCarthy Homes.

Especially in highly populated areas you can trust that your McCarthy Homes building site will operate with the highest standards in respect for your neighbours and community. Your build team will leave a clean site and implement their waste reduction policy for all home constructions. 

“It has been such a pleasant surprise to have McCarthy Homes build in my street. Your considerate policies to neighbours regarding no music, a clean site and general all-round courtesy have made what can’t help be a noisy operation as minimal an impact on the surroundings as possible. Your builders represent you at all times in a fantastic manner and demonstrate to me you are a company of character. I wouldn’t hesitate in placing you at the top of the queue to build my house in part due to this responsible policy.”

Simon Rowell, Wilson

What to look for in a builder who offers Knock Down Rebuilds

Unfortunately there are too many builders who will agree to a knock down rebuild without ever scoping the project or completing a site inspection. These steps are crucial to the proper planning of your project so that there aren’t any nasty or expensive surprises when it’s too late to turn back.

At McCarthy Homes we have years of experience with knock down rebuilds; working with homeowners throughout the entire project to present them with their dream home at the end.

We complete site inspections and project planning from the beginning to be sure that we can achieve your dream design on your existing block of land. As experts in the field for knock down rebuilds you can rest assured that our team will make the project smooth and hassle free to leave only the excitement of a new build in your mind. 

Whether your block is narrow, steep, on acreage or in town McCarthy will work with you to create your dream home right where you are so you don’t have to lose your fantastic views, great suburb or perfect street. 

Knock Down Rebuild Steps To Replace Your Old Home With A Brand New One

Choose your dream home design from our huge range, you can even custom design your home depending on the conditions of the lot! Our team will then complete a site check to determine if the house design and build will work on your existing block of land.

Foundation works and Estimate of Cost. Once you are ready to get started we will organise the necessary site tests and present you with itemised site costs, available upgrades and a detailed siting showing how your dream home design will be positioned on your block.

Our customers can also currently take advantage of the McCarthy Homes Stay Right Where You Are Offer which includes a $20,000 Demo Allowance, air conditioning system and True Core steel frame, all for the cost of $4999! 

Next you’ll review the costs and builder’s plans. We’ll go through all of the associated costs with your knock down rebuild and show you the intended positioning of your new home on your block. 

After the contract is signed you can get creative and choose the colours, finishes and fixtures for your new homes from our huge selection of home décor options. Use the assistance of our consultants & take inspiration from our display homes to ensure you get the best look possible. 

Demolition, contracts and permits. McCarthy Homes will organise everything from demolition to rebuild so the build progresses smoothly. From electrical & lighting layouts to the building contract and your building permit.

Watch your dream home come to life. It’ll start by pouring your concrete slab, then erecting the house frame before gaining ‘lock-up’ status and adding the interior and exterior finishes. McCarthy Homes will be with you every step of the way to advise on updates and answer any questions you may have.Handing over the keys to your brand new dream home. Together we’ll reach the end goal of every McCarthy Knock Down Rebuild; to give you, the homeowner, your dream home exactly the way you want it and on your own land.

Knock Down Rebuild Before and After

At McCarthy Homes you can select your dream home from our stunning range of designs or create your own custom design with guidance from our builders.

The end result is a home with every luxury you could ask for, that suits your lifestyle and is located right where you want it.

Knock Down and Rebuild Your New Dream Home With Confidence With McCarthy Homes.

From the Sunshine Coast to Ballina and anywhere in between, McCarthy Homes are the knock down rebuild specialists in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 

Talk to us today about your knockdown rebuild home. You can contact us on (07) 3358 9704 or submit an enquiry online now to find out how McCarthy Homes can help you!

New House and Land Packages in Brisbane & Moreton Bay!

By | Property News

McCarthy Homes is excited to launch new house and land packages in the Brisbane and Moreton Bay regions! 

Our prime locations in Rochedale and Newport are perfectly suited to all household sizes and lifestyles. Choose from our stunning range of home designs, purpose built for lots of all sizes, from small or narrow lots all the way to 5 bedroom family households. 

Contact us today and we can start tailoring a package for your dream home!

Newport House and Land Packages

Our Newport house and land packages are an unbeatable opportunity matched only by a premier location with everything you need at your doorstep. Whether you’re a growing family or retirees looking to relax, Newport has the superb liveability you’ve been searching for! 

This idyllic coastal location offers kilometres of endless beachside foreshore to be explored with the Scarborough precinct at your door. Take in exceptional ocean vistas along with café precincts, tapas bars and restaurants while listening to the gentle sound of lapping waves to soothe you into your evening. In Newport you’ll enjoy brilliant proximity to numerous boutique shops, lush parklands and superb schooling from early learning to senior education, you have plenty of options to choose from.

Our house and land packages in Newport can be tailored to suit your household needs. Whether it’s a design suited for a narrow lot or you need a 5 bedroom home built you can find your dream design with McCarthy Homes.

Rochedale House and Land Packages

The best location near Brisbane city! Our Rochedale house and land packages are prime lots with the CBD only 20kms away, it’s the place to be for aspiring new homeowners. 

Fresh and modern, the thriving community of Rochedale is the ideal place to build your new home. Perfectly positioned for travel in any direction, Rochedale offers the opportunity to live a great community lifestyle that’s close to the city and amenities. In Rochedale you can live on a street lined with lush, green trees and look across the panoramic views of the Brisbane skyline, this area has everything you need to work, live and play.

Rochedale is the perfect place for growing families and business professionals. With large lot options for 5 bedroom homes or designs tailored to narrow blocks that still give you room to grow. 

Browse through our selection of house designs to find your dream home and we’ll make it a reality.

Find your dream Rochedale home!

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?

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Cost of house construction expected to rise in 2021

By | Property News

With housing prices set to rise in 2021, now is the time to build your dream home


If you’ve been thinking about building your new home, now is the time.


With property prices slated to increase in Brisbane and Queensland along with the rest of Australia, and the $25,000 Federal Government HomeBuilder grant set to finish at the end of March, it really is a great time to move from aspiration to action.


Other factors for you to consider when building your new home include the effects of COVID-19 and social distancing on site logistics, ongoing issues with supply chains and many other factors.


You need to look at all of the factors that could potentially affect the cost of building your new home as they all add up to considerable upward cost pressure on the building and construction industry.


It’s impossible to predict the future but many industry experts and a number of economic factors point to the price of building a new home continuing to increase over the course of 2021.


Why is now the right time to build?


The Federal Government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grant will come to an end as of March 31 this year. The government has indicated it will continue in a different form beyond that time but at a greatly reduced rate of $15,000.


Many experts including HSBC chief economist Paul Bloxham (as reported in the Australian Financial Review) are predicting Brisbane house prices are set to rise by as much as 5 per cent in 2021. So those getting into the market early in 2021 are set to see the most capital gains over the course of this year should this prediction play out.


More recently CBA economist Gareth Aird indicated lending rates had ramped up considerably at the start of 2021 with the price of a home in Brisbane forecast to increase by up to 16.6% over the next two years (as reported in the Urban Developer).


We are also in a market where interest rates are still extremely low, but it’s impossible to know if this will last or for how long.


Starting construction on the new home of your dreams right now definitely makes sense on a number of fronts.


Why are prices rising?


The cost of construction is set to rise in 2021 because of a combination of factors:

  • Interstate migration from New South Wales, Victoria and further afield is up.
  • The number of tradespeople allowed on site at any one time is harder to manage because of social distancing restrictions.
  • Supply chain management is more challenging than ever as is job site phasing
  • Trade restrictions and increasingly challenging global supply chains have led to increases in the cost of building materials across the board


How can I capitalise on the current market climate?


  • Speak with your financial advisor and/or accountant to get your finances in order
  • Start talking with your design and building partners
  • Act quickly before the HomeBuilder grant falls from $25,000 to $15,000 at the end of March
  • Act quickly before house, land and construction prices increase


Who should I talk to about building?


You will need to engage with a number of professionals in order to make your new dream a reality.


Designers, architects and structural engineers will need to be engaged, a builder chosen, finance sought, a block of land found… the list goes on.


At McCarthy homes the process is simple, you engage with our team and we can walk you through what it will take to build your new home from dreaming, to designing, throughout construction and through to handing over the keys.


Our team is your team and we look forward to being with you on your new home journey every step of the way.


What professional advice should I seek?


Always seek the advice of a professional before you make significant financial commitments, such as purchasing a home or arranging the construction of a new house. Independent financial and legal advice is essential when it comes to building a new home.

Looking to get a head start before the changes and turn your dream home into a reality? Why not contact McCarthy Homes today, and make a start on creating your little piece of paradise for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

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The benefits of buying a display home

By | Architecture, Display Homes, Property News
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At some point in your homeowner journey you’ve no doubt walked into a display home and been completely blown away. The design, the specs, the location… it’s everything you want from a home.

A voice in your head whispers “If only this could be yours.”

Well, with McCarthy Homes, it can. Our display homes are available for purchase, and there are a bunch of reasons why you should consider one for your next property buy.

Here are a few of the benefits of buying a display home.



Leaseback options


When you buy a McCarthy display home, there’s no hunting around looking for the right tenant. We already have the perfect tenant lined up for you – us! We leaseback the home at an attractive predetermined rate, so you know exactly what your income from the property will be for the entirety of the lease. It’s regarded as one of the highest yielding investments you can get.

As well as guaranteed income, this saves you money on property management, inspection and letting fees. You can still claim on depreciation; your rent will always be paid and we’re not going to throw any wild parties. Now that sounds like a good investment.

When the leaseback finishes, you get the keys to your luxury turn-key home, ready to move into or rent out.


Pinnacle by McCarthy Homes at 4 Cardinal Crescent Newport 4020 QLD





Your display home will often be within a display village, an area deemed to be more accessible, convenient and generally more desirable than other parts of the estate.  This already places your new display home at an advantage.

The display village will also consist of other top-of-the-range homes designed to show off the developers’ skills. You’re going to be surrounded by quality properties, and the streetscape of the will be established and maintained to a striking and appealing level.

Sometimes a display home is within a growing suburb, not an estate. Rest assured we have done our research and selected a sought-after street that’s convenient and easily accessed.

Metropolitan by McCarthy Homes at 153 Splendour St, Rochedale 4123 QLD


Fittings and inclusions


A McCarthy display home is designed to impress, showcasing our best in design and our premium fixtures, fittings and features. It’s our chance to put our best foot forward and show buyers the high level of quality they can expect from us.

When you buy a display home from us, you’re getting the best available features at a reasonable price. We’re talking cutting-edge design where every aspect of the build has been considered, style elements that take your breath away, trend-setting fittings and chic fixtures.

When our lease ends, you get first option to purchase the display furniture we used, meaning you get a fully furnished home with premium art and furnishings.

Located at 4 Cardinal Crescent Newport 4020, the Pinnacle 29 Display home by McCarthy Homes.




A lot of new builds don’t have landscaping included in the cost. With a display home from McCarthy Homes, you’re going to get the best landscaping we can provide. Our architect-designed gardens and exceptional outdoor living spaces bring another level of liveability to a property. It’s all included when you purchase one of our display homes.




When you’ve got an investment property that you’re renting out, it’s a given that you pay for the maintenance. Problem with the plumbing? Electrics gone haywire? It comes out your pocket.

This isn’t the case when we lease the display home back from you. Maintenance is on us, because we want to keep the property in the best possible shape. So when a problem arises, we take care of it.

This doesn’t just extend to problems. We get cleaners in regularly to keep the property looking spick and span, and a landscape maintenance team keeps the gardens in top order.



The heavy lifting is done


Buying a new home or an investment property should be a stress-free process. It doesn’t get more seamless than when you buy a display home from McCarthy Homes. Forget about researching the latest in design and decorating trends. Forget about trying to figure out what the latest and best home features are.

We’ve done it all for you.

The floorplan is done, the inclusions are decided upon, the colour scheme is set. You simply walk in, fall in love with the home and we’ll get the ball rolling from there.



Current Opportunities 


Visit our Display Homes page to view our Display Homes that are currently for Sale. Discover each home today by taking a virtual tour, downloading the brochure, viewing the floor plan or reviewing the image galleries.


Explore Metropolitan

Located at 153 Splendour St, Rochedale 4123 QLD.

The Metropolitan is suited to narrow lots, and is ideal for those who love to entertain with a large open plan living area and deluxe alfresco. Four bedrooms ensure there is plenty of room for a growing family.


Metropolitan by McCarthy Homes at 153 Splendour St, Rochedale 4123 QLD


Discover Pinnacle.

Located at 4 Cardinal Crescent Newport 4020.

The Pinnacle captures the essence of exceptional contemporary design, expressed through the simplicity of strong, clean lines executed with precision.

Its purpose driven layout create ideal environments for modern living with seamless indoor to outdoor entertaining, multiple living zones, advantageous work spaces and relaxing sanctuaries – bathed in abundant natural light and fresh air.

The design has style and substance; combining eye-catching geometry and articulation in its facade with an extensive array of projections and an attractive arrangement of render and glazing.

The layout includes; a sun drenched open plan living area, glazed middle courtyard area, double garage, rear main bedroom suite adjourning a separate first floor Leisure area.

As with all exceptional contemporary designs, the Pinnacle’s lines are sleek allowing its integrity to shine through in unison with its functionality and purpose.


Located at 4 Cardinal Crescent Newport 4020, the Pinnacle 29 Display home by McCarthy Homes


Discover Brookhaven

Located at 151 Splendour St, Rochedale, QLD 4123.

The Brookhaven is classic luxury and style, sure to encapsulate your imagination and desire like no other.  With a blend of style and functionality, the open plan living encompasses a mid-positioned void, leading to a stunning alfresco and open area.  A widened staircase leads to a first floor vista of space and open views, all assisted by generous glazing and natural light.

Features of this premium home include; Galley style kitchen with Butler’s pantry, spacious open plan dining and family room, Guest bedroom with separate Ensuite, full sized master suite with separate robe-room, individual study area and convertible linen / wine cellar.

The Brookhaven showcases McCarthy Home’s commitment to creating the best quality craftsmanship of enduring luxury family homes tailored for individual families.


Brookhaven 42 display by McCarthy Homes, 151 Splendour St, Rochedale, QLD 4123



Have you got any questions about how purchasing a display home from McCarthy Homes? Contact us today and we’ll gladly answer them for you.

Top ten tips to knock down and rebuild your dream home.

By | Architecture, Display Homes, Property News
What happens if you love where you live, but your family are growing out of the house? You belong in the neighbourhood, but you need more space?
Over the last ten years, homeowners are trusting McCarthy homes to knock down, design and rebuild their new homes from start to finish. It’s what we are known for and it’s why we have our best tips for you to consider before taking the magnificent leap to your dream space!


1) Out with the old, in with the new.

Knocking down a house needs careful planning. At McCarthy Homes, we have a rigorous step through process that keeps you informed every step of the way. We do it with you – from the first land checks, taking down your existing home to landscaping and handing over your new keys. All you need to do is come along with ideas, inspiration and be open to new possibilities.


2) Love the land you live on.

The first aspect we need to check is your land and whether it is suitable for a knockdown and rebuild? You will need planning information through your local council that outlines zoning and restrictions. We will guide you through this process.


3) Sunny side up for your home position.

The position of your new home is an exciting part of the design stage. When you wake up in the morning, do you want to be sunny side facing or enjoy sundown in your alfresco dining, poolside? Our designers create a land map to show you the options for an optimum position.


4) Get ready, move out, no stress.

Preparing to move out needs a timeline that works with your work and family. Relocating while we knock-down and build means finding a temporary home with minimum disruption. Our team are here to support the process that works with your family, from start to finish.


5) Dream big and design with us.

Building your dream home is usually a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It can feel overwhelming at the start. It begins with land mapping and building, and moves into the detail of tiles and décor. We like to see this as the fun part where you get to recreate a new space that will grow with you and your family.

We have many design elements for you to browse. We have designers that can show you how colours flow through your space, how granite, quartz and sandstone bench tops change the feel of a kitchen and how natural light determines how you furnish your master bedroom.


6) A pool with a view.

At McCarthy Homes we design pools that are an extension of your indoor living. Many families ask for pools to be visible from the open plan kitchen or your entertainment area.

We design swimming pools to flow seamlessly through the exterior land available and to the size you want. The safety fence and decking are part of the aspects that we can recommend with confidence.


7) Choose your style.

Our Hamptons homes and triple gabled Queenslanders are our most popular designs. With more than 50 design series, you can choose a style to suit your family.

Would you like a stunning Federation style kitchen featuring premium European kitchen appliances, butler’s pantry and cellar designed to bring out the inner chef in every family? We integrate with open dining and spacious entertainment area’s both inside and out, designing alfresco dining areas for celebrations to create great family memories.

Our homes feature bedrooms with beautifully designed ensuite’s, walk-in robes, study nook, leisure areas and open living spaces.There are many designs to choose from. Every design has a growing, dynamic family in mind.


8) Landscape for leisure and lazy days.

With busy lifestyles more of our homeowners are choosing styles that create a peaceful and tranquil ambience.

From your site measure to concept, we create plans and begin drawing until you can visualise your space coming to life.


9) Saving makes sense.

Demolishing and rebuilding capitalizes on your land value without paying stamp duty and agency fee’s of a sale.  We know there is less risk involved building a home, than a renovation or an extension.


10) The final countdown.

Your personal Client Service Manager will be with you through the knock down and rebuild process. You are one step closer to living your dream.

An on-site Construction Supervisor will keep you informed and consult with you through from start to finish:

  1. Commencement
  2. Base
  3. Frame
  4. Enclosed
  5. Fixing
  6. Handover
  7. Maintenance

We can’t wait for you to see the magic happen!

At McCarthy Homes,  we are the experts in knockdown and rebuild from Ballina to Noosa. Dream big and let us build for you!


Ready to get started? Contact us today!