We are happy to announce that we now have our Deluxe Inclusions brochure online in the form of an e-brochure for your convenience!
The e-book version of our deluxe inclusions brochure lets you go through each stage of the build and view all of our quality suppliers so you can see exactly what you are paying for when you build with Virtue Homes. Plus you can also download the brochure as a pdf and easily print any pages as well.
We are proud to say that we are setting a new standard in building. Using high quality materials and products, combined with excellent craftsmanship, our homes are built to stand the test of time.
With suppliers such as Dahlsens, Colorbond, Dulux, CSR Bradford, Clipsal, Lockwood, Smeg and many more that we proudly use on all our homes, it is easy to see why a Virtue Home stands out from the crowd.
When walking through a completed home you can see all the quality finishes and fittings, but did you know there are hidden things we’ve gone above and beyond on to give you piece of mind when living in your home?
The frames and trusses are treated with a 25 year termite-free guarantee so you never have to get your home sprayed over that span. Your home is built on a waffle pod slab which is excellent for keeping your home at a comfortable temperate all year round so you can save on your heating and cooling costs. All our walls are buzzed and packed to make sure they are straight when the plaster goes on, and speaking of plaster, our ceilings are lined with plaster battens which help give a much nicer and more secure finish than sticking the plaster directly to your trusses.
We do all the 1 percenters to make sure your home is up to our highest standard. Now with our online brochure you can see exactly how good our standard is!
Are you looking at building in the Warragul/Drouin area? We understand that a lot of the blocks around this area can have steep fall across the land. At Virtue Homes we offer obligation free advice on purchasing blocks to help you get the best possible block for your budget and lifestyle. We will also estimate any potential site costs that you may need to allow for.
We have over 400 floor plans to choose from that we can change to fit your block. If you can’t decide or don’t see anything that appeals to you than we can create a custom home from a blank canvas. Tell us what’s important to you and our team of talented draftsmen will assist you in designing your dream home.
As seen on our facebook page, we are able to build extensive retaining walls that allow us to cut deep into the site allowing us to build on our thermally efficient 300mm waffle pods. This not only helps to significantly improve the star rating of the home, it will also save you money in the long run on heating and cooling costs.
So if you’re thinking about building in the Warragul/Drouin area come in and see the custom home specialists to discuss our House and Land Packages!
Out with the Old, in with the New
Have you got the perfect block, but maybe not the most perfect existing home? Virtue Homes now offers complete demolitions on existing homes! We are a one stop shop for demolishing your old home and building your brand new one. Contact us to discuss tearing down your old home and replacing it with an updated model.
Why is it important to meet the 6 star energy rating requirement?
In 2011 new regulatory requirements were introduced that increased the minimum star rating of a home from 5 to 6 stars. 6 star homes use 24 percent less energy through heating and cooling compared to 5 star homes. For home owners in Victoria this means potential saving of $100 or more on your energy bills.
The idea behind the 6 star requirement is that it keeps your home at a more comfortable temperature for longer periods of the year. A 6 star home will require less heating in winter and less cooling in summer, which will reduce your utility bills. 6 star homes are also more environmentally friendly, reducing your carbon footprint and greenhouse emissions.
At Virtue Homes we design your home around a few different factors, first and foremost are our clients’ needs and requirements. We then work with the orientation of your land to design a home that utilises the north sun, allowing plenty of natural light to enter your home. A well designed home should use the winter sun to warm your home, while being able to shade your home from the summer sun.
By choosing the right windows, you can reduce leaking air gaps in your home by 80%. Double glazed windows also greatly reduce the amount of heat transfer through the window. Not only do double glazed windows prevent heat transfer, they also reduce the amount of noise that enters your home.
Insulation is a key factor in determining how well your home will rate. As a standard we use Bradford R2.0 glasswool insulations batts in the wall, and R3.5 in the ceiling. A cost effective way to increase the energy rating is to increase the R value of the ceiling batts to give a greater resistance to heat transfer.
There are many factors than can contribute to a home’s energy rating, but our draftsmen work closely with our energy assessor to give our clients the best thermal performance at the best price.
Grey Street Netball Club
We are happy to announce that we are a proud sponsor of the Grey Street Netball Club. We supplied the girls with new uniforms this season and they will continue to wear them throughout the twilight season over this spring/summer. The dresses have given the girls a great sense of ownership to the Grey Street Netball Club, and has taught them responsibility as well as giving them more confidence when they hit the court.
The girls had some success this year winning four games for the year as well as developing some great skills and making great friendships along the way.
Congratulations to the Grey Street Netball Club on a great season, and good luck for the upcoming twilight season!
When selecting your block there are a few things that you should consider before you buy. We offer free consultation for choosing the right block that suits your needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind before buying.
Orientation – The orientation of your block will play the biggest role in helping design your new home. You should aim to have all open living on the north side of your home to make the most of the natural light.
Fall – The greater the fall across your block, the higher the cost will be to build on it. For concrete slabs we need to cut into the block to flatten out the site so that we can pour the slab. If there is too much fall a concrete slab may not be possible and you will need to build on stumps. High levels of fall could result in extras costs for a site cut or possible engineering if required.
Soil Test – We recommend getting a soil test completed on your block to see how strong your foundation is. A soil test will determine how much fill there is across your block. A lot of fill will require extras works to your slab to ensure that your new home doesn’t move on your block.
Easements – It is common for a block to have an easement around 2-3m wide on it. Easements are mostly located along the rear boundary or down the sides of a block along the fence line. Owners of the block are restricted from building on top of an easement.
Obstacles – At the front of your property there may be things such as light poles, stormwater pits, NBN pits, fire hydrants, etc. These can all be very costly to move and often aren’t thought of until late in the building process. When designing the front of your home (including the driveway), make sure to take these into consideration or it could potentially set you back thousands of dollars.
BAL – Victoria has mapped bushfire prone areas. Any new homes in these bushfire prone areas require certain building materials and processes to help protect the home against possible bushfires. When building in a bushfire prone area make sure to allow for extra costs associated with the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) zoning.
Energy Saving Tips for Winter
Here are some tips to help you save on your bills this winter!
1 – The 21 Degree Rule
For each degree that you go over 21 on the thermostat, you can expect to add about 10% to your energy bill. So try to keep the thermostat between 18-21 degrees in winter and your wallet will thank you!
2 – Layer Up
The more layers you have on, the less you have to mechanically heat your home. Try a more natural approach by loading up on jumpers and jackets.
3 – Zoned Heating
Close off rooms in your home that are not being used. For example, during the day you could close of the bedrooms so these aren’t unnecessarily being heated. When everyone is in bed there is no need to have the family and living areas heated as this will result in wasted energy and money.
4 – Preventing Heat Loss
To prevent drafts and heat loss make sure all windows and doors are securely closed. You should also find any gaps and seal them up with weather stripping. Here
Virtue Homes are proud to announce a new partnership with Lebentech to bring our clients a complete and immersive home automation experience that is exclusive to Virtue Homes in the Gippsland area!
What is Home Automation?
Home automation gives homeowners to ability to control or automate different aspects of their home including; lighting, climate, security, audio and visual, appliances, and shading. All this can be organised from your phone, your computer, or a tablet!
Home Automation for the Family
Children are inquisitive and always eager to learn and try new things. They enjoy pressing buttons and playing with anything they can get their hands on. With just a few taps of your phone you can disable any switch or buttons that they can get their hands on.
Once it’s dark and time for bed your Lebentech system can sense when you get up and enter a room. Instead of leaving a bright light on for the kids, let your home automatically turn on a gentle light whenever you or your kids get up. Need to get up to go to the toilet in the middle of the night? Instead of flicking on the switch and being blinded by the light, your home will automatically turn on a gentle light that won’t burn your retinas but will still allow you to see where you are walking.
Zoned heating can be taken to the next level with home automation. You can set your heater to warm up the ensuite for you minutes before your alarm goes off. No more cold tiles on bare feet and not wanting to get out of the shower in the mornings. During the day you can set your main living areas to be a comfortable temperature without having to artificially heat/cool your bedrooms. This is sure to save money on your bills.
There is a “goodnight” function on the app that allows you to put your house into sleep mode. It shuts down all standby electronics, turns all the lights off, and can even replace the sound of the doorbell with a flashing light so that late guests don’t wake the sleeping kids. Instead of having to go around and turn off all appliances and lights, do it with the press of a button from the comfort of your bed!
Home Automation as Security
Our home automation system can help protect you and your family in multiple ways. A panic button can be installed next to your bed which sends all the lights in the home flashing brightly, the blinds open up and a loud siren will sound as well as an automatic call being made to the local police alerting them of an intruder. Your house will light up like the 4th of July and is sure to send any potential thieves running as fast as they can.
Your smart home is able to detect water leaks, flooding, fire, and high winds and storms. If you have roller shutters your home can automatically lower them in the event of a storm to prevent any damage occurring to your windows.
If you are away from your home, you can be immediately alerted to any windows or doors being opened by a potential burglar.
Thinking of going on holidays? Your smart home can replay the activity from your last week at home. It will turn on the same lights at the same time, open your blinds at the same time you did, and give your home the sense that someone is still living there.
Home Automation for your Lifestyle
By downloading the free app onto your phone, you can have complete control of your home without being there. Expecting a package? When the delivery man rings your doorbell your phone will be alerted, you can even use the video intercom at your door to see him and talk to him! Let him know that you’re raising the garage door a metre for him to put the package under and then after he drops it off simply lower the door back down and the house is locked up again!
Not only can you open the garage door from your phone, you can also unlock the front door too! If you have some guests come over and you’ve just quickly ducked out you can let them in while you’re on your way home.
Lighting plays a large part in setting the mood. With your smart home you are able to set up different lighting settings for different situations. Have one set for movie night, another for partying and entertaining guests, and another for a romantic dinner.
Music can also be controlled from the app, allowing for different music in every room depending the personal tastes of each occupant. For example you could wake up to the radio playing in the ensuite while you shower and start your day.
Home Automation Saving the Planet
Lebentech’s home automation system has the ability to reduce energy use throughout your home, saving not only the planet, but your wallet as well.
From your phone you have the ability to switch off all power-hungry stand by units which helps to reduce the running costs of your home.
There is a statistics feature on the app which allows you to see not only when you are using the most electricity, but what is using the most electricity. This feature can allow you to pinpoint unnecessary energy use and bring down your energy bill.
All our homes come with quality Dulux Wash & Wear paint, which keeps the house looking freshly painted for longer. Dulux Wash & Wear is a hardwearing paint with long last durability. We also use Smeg 900mm stainless steel appliances throughout the home. This includes a freestanding oven and cooktop, a washing machine, and a slide-out stainless steel rangehood.
We have recently added a black square tapware range to our stock which we now have on display in our showroom.
We’ve also noticed a trend rising in the amount of freestanding baths people are putting in their homes. We now have a supplier that offers a huge range of freestanding baths to suit any house!
Finally, we also have a new basin available for selection from our standard range. The new basin is sleek with a slim design that barely sits above the countertop.
If you would like to check out our new range of stock, feel free to come by our showroom at 14 Stratton Drive, Traralgon.