Paul Millson is a director of Orbit Homes. The company constructs new homes in all Melbourne’s growth corridors and specialises in creating mid-range, affordable homes and cottage-style products.
Q: What is your background and how many homes do you build in greater Melbourne each year? How many family members are involved in your company?
A: Orbit Homes was commenced in 1979 by myself and my brother Craig. We were working as carpenters at the time. We constructed our first display home in 1985 in Greenvale and have continued from there on. The business developed steadily over the years with Orbit opening a Brisbane office in 1993. The latter still operates today in conjunction with the Melbourne office. Currently, we are building around 350 homes per year. Because we are a family business we can control the number of homes built. We are committed to maintain our level of customer service and a high level of quality homes. We have always strived towards these goals and we believe we continue to deliver on them.
Q: In your view, what should the modern home offer both small and large families?
A: The modern home is designed to deliver a product which offers a kitchen integrated with meals/family living areas. These, in turn, open on to a covered outdoor living area. Another key element is a main bedroom, which ideally should have a large walk-in robe and ensuite. This creates the desired hotel suite vibe. For larger families a separate bedroom area or wing with a multi-purpose zone for kids is a must.
Q: What are the most popular features of the contemporary home and why?
A: The kitchen/meals/every-day living zone is the most popular area of the home together with the outdoor living sector. Because families and couples tend to spend more leisure time at home this protected outdoor area has become more popular than ever.
Q: Generally speaking, are modern volume-built homes still good value for money?
A: Yes, the modern volume-built home offers the best value in the market place today. Compared with established homes or
custom-built homes, a volume-built home is streets ahead when it comes to value for money. Most builders offer attractive upgrade packages at cost or less. So buyers get a quality finished home at an affordable price.
Q: What is the volume-built house of say 2025 likely to look like and offer?
A: The floor plan layout and features are most likely not to change too much over the next 10 years. The introduction of innovative technology is where the most change will come from. Smart phones will be linked to smart TVs, heating, lighting etc. This is where we believe growth will come from once the costs of these features become more affordable.
By Andrew Brasier
Published in The Indian Weekly (First Weekly Indian news Magazine in Melbourne, Australia)