Home Files Podcast Episode 2: Design the home YOU want

by Carlisle Homes


The second episode of the Home Files Podcast reveals what to consider when designing a home to suit your lifestyle!

Building a new home is a unique opportunity to create a house that’s perfectly tailored to your lifestyle. Whether you’re a young family looking for room to grow, or a downsizer seeking luxury and all the mod cons, you have the freedom to create a brand-new, bespoke home. 

In episode 2 of the Home Files Podcast, show hosts Caitlin and Anna speak to Rebeka Morgan from BuildHer Collective, and Senior Designer Ricky D'Alesio from Carlisle Homes, about what to consider when building your perfect home – along with some insider tips to ensure success. 

Listen to the episode here or read on for the highlights. 


Features to suit your life stage

If you plan to live in your new home for several years, it has to suit both your current and future needs. For example:

  • If your children are young, you may want family-friendly zones, appliances positioned out of reach, and a large, easy-access bath.
  • Those with teens may want separate study and living zones, an ensuite to every bedroom, and a theatre room.
  • If grandparents live with you, consider roomy secondary bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes and ensuites, plus a second living area.
  • Empty nesters might prioritise single-storey living, luxury finishes, a generous kitchen and guest accommodation.

Why consider a new build

If you love your current location but your existing house isn’t delivering on looks or functionality, a knockdown rebuild can be cheaper and less hassle than renovating. You get the house of your dreams – no compromises – and stay in the area you call home.

At Carlisle Homes, we’re the experts in knockdown rebuilds. Our dedicated Knockdown Rebuild team will guide you through the process, from assessing your site for suitability, choosing a home design, helping with permits and demolition, and assisting with colours and finishes – right until you move in.

No nasty surprises

When you build with Carlisle, our prices are upfront and transparent – we will prepare an in-depth quote for your peace of mind.

Our homes are built to last and come with an industry-leading structural warranty of 25 years, rather than the standard 15 years.

Sustainability & energy efficiency

If you build from scratch, your home will be cheaper, more efficient to run, and kinder to the environment.

All our homes are six-star energy-rated for thermal performance and come with a solar hot water system or rainwater tank. We offer the latest sustainable building materials, such as CSR Hebel panels which when selected have the advantage of providing a fully rendered home at no extra cost.

They optimise light and airflow with open-plan living spaces, generous glazing and seamless indoor-outdoor connection.

A style tailored for you

Worried that your new home will look like everyone else’s? Don’t be – we have a vast range of layouts, finishes, flooring styles, fixtures, and special features for you to choose from, and a wide selection of façade options.

Where to start

You’ll no doubt begin your search online but remember – nothing compares to seeing and experiencing a home for yourself.

At Carlisle Homes, we have over 60 display homes across Melbourne for you to visit. You’ll have the chance to see a variety of home styles and layouts and ask our expert team questions about knockdown rebuilds and designing your dream home.


Click here for Spotify     Click here for Apple Podcast     Click here for Google Podcast

Search ‘Home Files’ in your favourite listening app and hit ‘subscribe’ to catch each episode as soon as it drops.

Did you find this Home Files blog helpful?
Don't forget to bookmark it so you can revisit it later!

Considering a Knockdown Rebuild so you can build your dream home? You’ll pick up expert tips and insights in the Homes Files Podcast – Search ‘Home Files’ in your favourite listening app and hit ‘subscribe’ to catch each episode as soon as it drops or listen here.


Carlisle newsletter

Sign up to get the latest news from Carlisle Homes including exclusive offers, new home designs, and the latest trends and inspiration.