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Transforming houses into homes

December 18, 2020

Buying a house follows a logical process, turning that house into a home, however, is an intensely personal experience. Guiding new Halcyon homeowners through what can sometimes feel a daunting task is a team of Home Specialists with the empathy and know-how to turn solid and sturdy houses into warm and welcoming homes.

Halcyon’s Home Choices Gallery is a one-stop-shop for homebuyers to experience the range of high quality inclusions and additions that are part of Halcyon’s signature specifications and select the colours, fixtures and finishes that will put a personal stamp on their new home.

Senior Home Specialist Tanya Gilbert says it is a privilege to be trusted with turning a house into a home and an immense reward to see everything come together.

“We look after our homeowners all the way through the process, from buying their home to the first day they move in,” Tanya said.

“Once homeowners have chosen their colours and fittings and any modifications and additions, we keep them updated with  photos and accompany them on walk-through visits while their home is being constructed.”

Halcyon's Home Choices Gallery and Home Specialist services are currently available on all new homes being built. Homeowners can add their personal touches through the selection of exterior paint colour, internal colour schemes, flooring options, light fittings, cabinetry and fixtures. They can also modify their new home’s interior flow and functionality with a range of pre-designed upgrades.

“Depending on their house design and layout, homeowners can relocate or add extra power points, they can convert a walk-in linen closet to a walk-in pantry or a walk-in pantry to a butler’s pantry.

"They can change the bathroom layout, convert multipurpose rooms into dedicated media rooms and extend garages for extra storage,” Tanya said.

With so much choice, it is natural for some homeowners to feel a little overwhelmed. This is where Home Specialists can gently guide the process with understanding and skill.

“We often walk through existing display homes,” she said. “We even have homeowners willing to allow buyers into see the design decisions they’ve made.”

“We usually ask them what they don’t like first and eliminate that so we can narrow down the selection process.”

Tanya said they work from the outside of the house in, having them select the exterior paint first.

“There are four colours with light and dark options, so it’s a good place to start – then gently guide them through the interior selections,” she said.

Each interior scheme comes with the option of a Soft or Bold emphasis.

Coastal: A beachy feel with cool colour accents, such as mint green, and light timber features.

Rainforest: A rich, warm palette including olive and forest greens, with dark timber highlights.

Urban: A modern, contemporary aesthetic with industrial stylings including a monochromatic palette.

Country: A warm, homey palette of soft colours, such as grey and honey, with timber finishes