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Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update as at 25 March 2020:   As mentioned in earlier correspondence, the wellbeing of our Team and the Community is our absolute priority, especially duringthese challenging times.   Following … Read More

Steps to Planning Your New Home Build

Looking for something to do during lockdown? What better time than this to plan for your new home build!

Our hectic days are usually over scheduled and leave us little time to plan and think about the choices we make. However, right now we can take advantage of this situation to slow down and spend time on making preparations. Read More

Architectural Features for Your New Home

Building your own home not only allows you to design a floorplan that suits your needs, you can also incorporate architectural features to make it a truly unique home of yours. You don’t even need to be an architect or have extensive building knowledge; all you need is a vision!

Our team at Hallmark Homes can assist you with the planning and designs. Read More

Quality is Not a Compromise. How We Keep Ours High…

The experience of buying a home is one of the largest purchases people make in a lifetime, especially if you are planning to build your own home. While we’re in an age where everyone is looking for value for money, quality should not be a compromise! At Headstart Homes, we aim to keep ours high, here’s how: Read More

Add to Your Living Space by Using the Outdoors

In recent years, one area of the home that has received a great deal of focus and attention is the Outdoor Living space. Once just a part of the backyard and garden, the outdoor area may have a barbeque and several pieces patio furniture. However, with modern designs that incorporate the outdoor space as an extension and addition of a living area, the potential is endless.

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4 Stand-Out Features that will Maximise Your Home

Building a custom home not only has many benefits, you get to also customise to suit your needs and include features to maximise your home.

Here are some features to consider when custom building which can be maximised to enhance your enjoyment in your new home: Read More

Why Choose Headstart by Hallmark to Build Your Home

As we are more than half way through the year, you might start to reflect on what you have set out to do, or haven’t yet had a chance to do. If you’ve been thinking about building your first home, it’s not too late at all! In fact, this is a great time to start planning as we head towards the end of the year.

When it comes to building your first home, choosing the right builder is key to a successful journey, so why should you choose Heastart Homes? Let us share our thoughts with you: Read More

Tricks for Dividing Open Plan Living Spaces

In recent years, open plan living has become a common feature of many modern homes. Open plan living allows you to create a spacious and multi-functional area that seamlessly fits within your home. Clever designing and styling can further enhance and maximise its utility, making it a purposeful overall room that your family and friends can enjoy to its fullest. Here are some ideas for making the most of your open plan living area: Read More

3 Ideas for Your Multi Purpose Garage

The humble garage in a home is often the ‘forgotten’ space that is under utilised except for parking your car or storing unwanted items (left there to be further ‘forgotten’!). However, there is much more to the garage than most people think. When it comes to building your own home, it is important to carefully consider the layout and inclusions of the garage. Start with the sizing to allow yourself more room to work with. For example, while a standard double garage can accommodate two cars, it leaves little space for other purposes. Adding a third or a half garage allows you the freedom to be more creative, you’ll be surprised at how much a difference a 3rd or even a 2.5 garage can make! Read More

Maximising the Storage Space in Your New Home

Floors cover your entire home and is often one of the most challenging choices new homeowners face when it comes to building their first home. Whilst it will mostly come down to personal preferences, with the wide and varied options available – from hard to soft, natural to synthetic – it can still feel rather overwhelming when it comes to decision time. Here are some tips for choosing the right flooring for your home: Read More

Building Your Home: Design for Now or Design for the Future?

Floors cover your entire home and is often one of the most challenging choices new homeowners face when it comes to building their first home. Whilst it will mostly come down to personal preferences, with the wide and varied options available – from hard to soft, natural to synthetic – it can still feel rather overwhelming when it comes to decision time. Here are some tips for choosing the right flooring for your home: Read More

Tips for Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Home

Floors cover your entire home and is often one of the most challenging choices new homeowners face when it comes to building their first home. Whilst it will mostly come down to personal preferences, with the wide and varied options available – from hard to soft, natural to synthetic – it can still feel rather overwhelming when it comes to decision time. Here are some tips for choosing the right flooring for your home: Read More

What is So Appealing about a New Home?

Buying and owning a home is one of the biggest milestones in our lifetime. Most of us spend years dreaming of our own home and when it is time take the step, we are faced with buying either an existing home or building a new home. Not surprisingly, building a new home is increasingly popular in recent years, here are some reasons why it’s so appealing to have a new home: Read More

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How to Design a Kitchen to Suit You

The Kitchen is often referred to as “the Heart of the Home”. Not only is the kitchen a very practical and essential space for meal preparations, nowadays it is also a multifunctional and centrally located area that families and friends enjoy spending time in. Planning and designing a kitchen to suit will ensure that you will enjoy your new home to its fullest, and create the best memories for many years to come. Read More

Choosing a Floorplan to Suit Your Family

When it comes to building your new home, one of the most important decisions you’ll make in the early stages, is the design of the layout and Floorplan. This is especially the case if you are planning to grow your family and need to consider a house plan that fits with future needs. How should you go about choosing a Floorplan that will suit? Here are several key points to keep in mind: Read More

How to Maximise Your New Home’s Street Appeal

When we meet someone for the first time, you want to give a good “first impression”. Like people, our Homes can also give a first impression – this is also known as the “Street Appeal”. At first sight, you want your new home to impress, to have the ‘wow’ factor. So how do you go about maximising street appeal? Read More

How to Stay on Track and Avoid Budget Blow-Out

Building a new home is a substantial investment and therefore it’s vital you get it right! Unfortunately, the dream of home ownership can turn into a stressful and expensive nightmare if finances aren’t controlled carefully. Read More

Choosing the Right Home Design for a Narrow Block

Naturally, this is one of the first questions most people ask when looking at the option of building. The actual construction period for the average house takes between five to six months.

From the first meeting to move in day, the full build process with concept design, council consent & construction takes on average 9-12 months, however there are many varying factors that affect the length of time. These include:
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How to Dress the Interior of Your Home to Fit with Your Style

Naturally, this is one of the first questions most people ask when looking at the option of building. The actual construction period for the average house takes between five to six months.

From the first meeting to move in day, the full build process with concept design, council consent & construction takes on average 9-12 months, however there are many varying factors that affect the length of time. These include:
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6 Tips to Make Your Home as Good as It Can Be for Your Budget

A new home comes complete with a range of features and finishes that are included in the base price. These inclusions may differ from one builder to another and can vary depending on the design of each home. Headstart Homes’ standard inclusions provide new home buyers great value for money, without compromising on quality and lifestyle convenience. We also offer total flexibility to ensure clients can enhance specific features and inclusions in their home to meet their individual needs and budget. Read More

How long does it take to build a house?

Naturally, this is one of the first questions most people ask when looking at the option of building. The actual construction period for the average house takes between five to six months.

From the first meeting to move in day, the full build process with concept design, council consent & construction takes on average 9-12 months, however there are many varying factors that affect the length of time. These include:
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Choosing a Home Design that Best Suits Your Section

If you’ve already chosen a section in a perfect location, then the next step is to choose a design that best suits your section and meets all your lifestyle requirements.  Your section and floor plan should complement each other and Read More

What are the Characteristics of a Perfect House Design?

Has anyone said to you, “building a new home isn’t for the faint hearted” and then in contrast another says, “we’ve had an awesome build experience and are rapt with our new home.” So, how can one person’s experience be so different from another? Read More

The Benefits of Buying a Headstart House & Land Package

Has anyone said to you, “building a new home isn’t for the faint hearted” and then in contrast another says, “we’ve had an awesome build experience and are rapt with our new home.” So, how can one person’s experience be so different from another? Read More

Design Tips for Creating the Perfect Master Bedroom

Bedroom 1, Master Bedroom, Master Suite, Main Bedroom – whatever you’d like to call it. When designing your master bedroom, you want to make certain you create a comfortable private sanctuary where you can escape at the end of a hectic day, unwind and get a good night’s sleep. Read More

How to Choose the Right Builder

Has anyone said to you, “building a new home isn’t for the faint hearted” and then in contrast another says, “we’ve had an awesome build experience and are rapt with our new home.” So, how can one person’s experience be so different from another? Read More

Multi-Generational Living – times are changing!

Multi-generational living is becoming the new buzzword which defines numerous households today. For many extended families it makes perfect sense to live under the same roof for both financial and relationship reasons. Read More

Smart Home Technology – The reality of today!

The term ‘smart’ used to define one’s intelligence or how well they were dressed. However, in recent years we have seen a massive crossover from smart people to smart things. If you were around in the early 60s to 80s when the futuristic TV cartoon series screened “The Jetsons” you may be feeling a sense of déjà vu as we see ‘smart’ homes evolve from the realms of science-fiction to reality Read More

Let’s get a Headstart – The Building Process

When it comes to purchasing a new home many deliberate on whether to buy an existing home or build a brand new one. Finding an existing home that suits your needs can be tricky, however Headstart Homes are dedicated to helping you find the perfect new home uniquely tailored to fit your needs and budget. Read More

Building your first home - It's an exciting time!

Building your first home – It’s an exciting time!

Our team at Headstart Homes appreciates that building a home is one of the biggest and most exciting purchases you will make in your lifetime. We have been building quality master-built homes in the Canterbury region for well over 30 years and can assure you that your building experience will not only be enjoyable, but the outcome will exceed your dreams! Read More

Lighting – a key factor in home design

Good lighting is an essential element in the design of your new home. It impacts on functionality and can make a huge difference to the overall ambience and style of your home, providing a sense of warmth and comfort for you and your family. Read More

Kitchen Design – What’s Trending in 2018?

Designing and building master built quality homes is our passion, with liveability and stylish functionality being our main design focus. As the kitchen is primarily the heart of the home and the social hub… Read More

How to successfully plan for your new home build

Are you about to embark on the exciting journey of building a new home? Whether you have built before or you are building for the first time, it can seem a daunting process for some; particularly when it comes to all the decisions… Read More

GET INTO YOUR NEW HOME SOONER THAN YOU THOUGHT!

At the start of a brand-new year, it’s often a time to reflect on last year – the good and the not so good too. However, it’s also a time to focus on the coming year and set some goals that you want to achieve. Dare I say, loose a few pounds and get more active. We all do it and it typically works out harder than we’d like. But, if you want it hard enough you will make it happen. You just need to dig a little deeper. Read More

Landscaping – It’s Integral to Outdoor Liveability

Our Kiwi lifestyle is indicative of our love of nature and the outdoors. This is also reflected in today’s contemporary home designs featuring expansive outdoor alfresco areas, which are perfect for entertaining family and friends year-round. Read More

The Humble Garage – An Integral ‘Room’ in the House

The humble garage has certainly evolved over the years, from being a place to park the car with dad’s workbench crammed in at the back, covered with jars full of nails and screws, tools hanging on makeshift hooks and garden implements crammed up against the wall. Read More

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HOME FLOORING TRENDS

As flooring is a key design element in creating atmosphere and style for your new home, choosing the right floor coverings can be a challenge. The first step involves deciding what look and feel you want throughout, plus it’s important to consider the function of each room and your budget. Read More

Taking the Confusion Out Of Heating Your Home

So, which is your preferred heating source? Radiant or Convective heat? And which is best for your new home? Let us explain.

When it comes to Home Heating, there are two broad types of Heating.

1. Radiant:
The sun is the best example and it’s free. Read More

VENTILATION – THE SOLUTION TO A HEALTHY HOME

One of the challenges with a modern home is that they’re so well sealed they can’t breathe. Result? Damp walls, wet windows and mould

As we breathe, we’re expelling moisture. Cooking, showers and baths produce even more moisture, so you end up with a very damp, unhealthy home if it’s not sufficiently ventilated. So, how do you make that horrible window condensation go away? How do you make mould build up in bathrooms go away? What can you do in a home to turn it into a healthy home? Read More

A warm Healthy Energy Efficient Home

The key to creating a warm energy efficient healthy home starts with your plans; using passive design principles to make the most of the sun’s free natural warmth.
The aspect (orientation and position) of your home in relation to the sun, is a critical factor as to how well your home will absorb heat in the winter. The ideal building site for a warm, energy efficient home gets plenty of sun, has a northly aspect and is sheltered from prevailing winds. Read More

Home is Where the Heart is

Mother’s Day has come and gone, but it is still a reminder to celebrate our mothers and personally thank them for their love and the positive influence they have had on our lives, and families to come. Read More

Changing the perception of storage… Can we do it?

When I hear the word “storage”, the first thing that comes to mind is: BORING …. Next! I much prefer to focus on the wow factor elements like the kitchen, ensuite and the most amazing outdoor area I have planned – who’s with me?
Reality is, every home needs a decent amount of storage. Read More

Communication is the Key

Building a new home is an unfamiliar process for new home-owners, as well as experienced home owners. At Hallmark Homes, we understand, and acknowledge the fears, concerns and worries of every client, by being accessible to you, online, 24/7, in order to ensure a smooth and enjoyable process to building your dream home. Read More

DELIVERING UNIQUE FEATURES FOR YOUR CUSTOM HOME

Are you looking for unique features to your home?
Look no further than Hallmark Homes to deliver for you.
You don’t have to have the “same old same old” look of every other home in your suburb.
Take a look at these stunning kitchen and home photo’s. The classic look of earlier generations with all todays latest technology and building techniques. Read More

Nailing the specification of your new home

Building a new home is a journey that needs to take into account:

1, Choosing a design that maximises your section and its aspect.
2, Your budget, i.e. what you can afford.
3, Design features you really NEED – i.e. 4 Bedroom/Ensuite/Level entry shower?
4, Design features that would be NICE if budget allows. Read More

Introducing the “Nevis”

Our brand new showhome “The Nevis” is open for business. After years of planning, you’ll be able to view another exceptional home built by Hallmark Homes encompassing innovative design, technology rich features with top quality attention to detail. Read More