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Welcome to the

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EDITOR Robert Wilson robert@capitalmagazinepublishing.com.au

Canberra has a vibrant and growing housing market. It also has some of the most talented designers, builders and tradespeople working in Australia. So it seems obvious that such an important sector as the homemaker market should have a dedictaed publication that showcases the combined efforts of all these amazing people and the wonderful homes and apartments they are creating in our beautiful city. As well as being distributed freely around Canberra, Canberra HOMEMAKER Magazine will be incorporated into its sister publication CAPITAL Magazine, and of course, I would encourage you to subscribe so you don’t miss a single issue.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Elizabeth Hawkes liz@capitalmagazinepublishing.com.au CONTRIBUTERS Sophie Kilmartin, Susan Parsons SUBSCRIPTIONS 1 year (6 issues) $39.60* 2 years (12 issues) $72.20* *Prices include GST and postage within Australia Subscribe online at www.capitalmagazinepublishing.com.au or telephone 02 6260 7177 ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Robert Wilson Tel 0411 744 813 robert@capitalmagazinepublishing.com.au

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Good reading. Robert Wilson

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Looking for the warmth of real timber in your kitchen and internal joinery? You won’t find glossy white kitchens here – inside or outside the cabinetry.

Built using traditional methods and materials with a 10 year warranty, we build them like “they used to” using a sustainable focus. Look through our photo gallery on the website.

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Durable, timeless, personal.

Seven time award winning builder Full Story page 24

Choosing a Better Builder Pages 24 - 29


Sourcing

Style

by Sophie Kilmartin

WHERE EAST MEETS WEST For something locally hand made for your home, these lovely Japanese inspired lamps by Vanessa Welham are made in Bungendore. For your convenience, you can see them on display from $120 each at the new Handmade Shop in City Walk.

NICE NAPERY I found it hard to find plastic coated tablecloths for those craft moments and messy mealtimes. This Little Elephant Tablecloth by Engel from Lark makes a midweek meal feel like a summery picnic, from $79.95 www.larkmade. com.au. These brand new tea towel sets from Dandi with their herringbone weave, will also freshen up your kitchen and table setting, $29.95 for a set of three. Available from the Cusacks Home Centre in Kingston.

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FURRY BED We all love an inviting coverlet on our beds and I have to admit it took me a long time to be convinced about faux fur for my boudoir. However, I have been converted. With soft lighting and the obligatory multiple of cushions, it does look inviting. Here is the Lurex coverlet, $249 from AURA by Tracie Ellis, available at Myer. If you want tactile but more traditional, try this velvet-striped coverlet in Teal also by Aura, $295 available from Domayne in Fyshwick.


Sourcing

Style

by Sophie Kilmartin

GOODNESS AT YOUR FEET At last good quality, contemporary, Fair Trade rugs made from all natural fibres. Armadillo rugs are all handmade on looms by traditional weavers in India and are guaranteed not to have had any child involved in its making. Armadillo&Co are involved in the weavers’ communities to ensure their returns are benefiting the families involved. Pictured here is the Band Stripe in wheat and white.

BRING JAMIE INSIDE Following the successful launch of The Rug Collection’s outdoor rug collaboration with gardening guru, Jamie Durie, the partnership is now bringing us the Garden Room indoor rug collection. Each of his six designs combine a sense of the outdoors and the colours of nature, which were inspired by Jamie’s own photographic images taken on his travels. Jamie is pictured with his Flannel Flowers design, call (03) 8555 0169 for our local stockist.

FUN WITH FONDUE What better way to spend a cold winter’s evening than to gather round dipping strawberries in Belgian (or locally made organic) chocolate or perhaps crudités into melted cheese. Or something more ambitious, like Steamboat. Here is a good starter set called the ‘Zen’ from Trudeau, $39.95 available from Wheel & Barrow in the Canberra Centre. . 8

WOOD FOR YOU Uneke furniture in Fyshwick has been custom making furniture here for 28 years. If you have a tricky spot to fill or a piece to match, or just enjoy the process of having something made especially for you, visit Uneke furniture in Barrier Street, Fyshwick


Creating your Domayne As the person responsible for design and product development, Jacqueline McMahon gives us an insight into what actually goes into a Domayne product before it reaches your home. Jacqueline graciously answered all the questions Canberra HOMEMAKER sent her, explaining what it is like to have one of the most responsible and rewarding jobs in the homemaker industry. How long have you being doing this type of work? How did you end up in this job? I started working for Katie Harvey in New Zealand in 1996 when I opened the first Harvey Norman store. After working in that business for almost three years Katie approached me to open the new concept back in Australia which turned out to be the Domayne. After opening the first store in Liverpool in Sydney, I was asked to take on the designing / product development role in a full time capacity due to the fact that we had established Domayne as a fashion forward business that then needed constant innovation and forward direction. Whilst doing this role, I have had many opportunities to travel and also set up satellite Harvey Norman Furniture & Bedding businesses in both Singapore as well as Slovenia in Eastern Europe. Most shapes in furniture have been around for many years and we use the medium of covers and finishes to change and reinvigorate products Although these businesses carry the Harvey Norman badging, they follow the Domayne Australia direction in terms of product , advertising and merchandising. Over the last five years I have been doing the product development role on a consultancy basis.

Jacqueline McMahon

Being a market leader requires that we incorporate innovation into the business. The key to success is getting the timing of its launch and the consumers understanding and acceptance of the product all in sync. Paramount to the success of any innovation is to make sure that it is practical and has functionality. Once the seasonality and trending is highlighted, I then look at ways to reinvent and regenerate existing models and shapes through the application of new leathers, fabrics or in the case of timber, new innovations in stain colours and finishes. Most shapes in furniture have been around for many years and we use the medium of covers and finishes to change and reinvigorate products. It is important to remember that we reinvent and change the total look of products by the way we apply the cover to the surface. There are models in our business that have been here since Domayne’s inception some 11 years ago.

What we are most interested in is the process of how you go about sourcing products for the Domayne stores? The first consideration for products we will advertise will always be seasonality because like apparel, the furniture business is becoming more and more fashion driven following closely what is occurring on the fashion runways and on the streets in terms of colours and fabric designs. Following on from seasonality, trends are a very clear marker for where we take our directional pieces in the business. Trends can come in many formats like colour, shapes, finishes on surfaces and textures and patterns in fabrics and leather. Innovation is the final cog in the wheel and can take many forms.

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“Most shapes in furniture have been around for many years and we use the medium of covers and finishes to change and reinvigorate products�

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Who are the emerging designers? What trends do you see for the future?

At Domayne it is our job to inspire the customer to mix it up and really reflect their personality through their furniture selection. We have hundreds and hundreds of fabrics that a customer can select from. The only limits are your budget and your imagination.

Finally we are starting to see a resurgence of colour after many years of being lost in the wilderness with a theme of “Taupe”. These trends are closely linked to what is going on in the Fashion business. We are seeing beautiful shades of Fuschia, Aubergine, Rich Purple, Acid Yellow, Orange, Jewelled Reds, Chinese and Powder Blue and finished off with beautiful rich shades of bright fresh greens with a hint of citrus. We are also seeing an emergence of grey in all shades as the base colour on the canvas. The great thing about the emergence of this new colour palette is that we can still be adventurous and really announce who we are by the introduction of these great jewelled colours in the overall designs or by the addition of rich accent pieces to set off the canvas. Another trend we are starting to see is the emergence of lots of texture back into fabrics and finishes on leather. In leather we are starting to see overprinting of other animal design to the plain leather as well as metal finishes on the leather hide which give it a very luxurious look and feel. In terms of fabric we are seeing multi shades within the base cloth to create great dimension. The flat plain suedes are disappearing as they are very one dimensional. Rather than the plain flat base cloth we are seeing with all this newness an opportunity to stay with a colour but to add texture and dimension by adding different cloths and textures within the same palette on the same suite and topping it off with these beautiful new jewelled colours in accents. In our business we are seeing a very strong trend towards “Australian Made” products. The key factor behind this is that all products are hand made and this opportunity allows for our customers to have a larger input into the final product they receive. We are also seeing a trend back to solid timbers as the medium for dining, bedroom and case goods, I think due to the functionality of the medium as well as the natural beauty and features of timber. The beauty of our Australian manufacturing base is that they give our customers the opportunity to custom make products specific to their needs which allows them to put their signature and personality to the products that they select. We have also seen a large shift towards our custom made Australian timber goods as consumers have more say and input. When investing this level of money, the customer really wants to have more say in what the final product looks like. In terms of trends for shapes, it is almost anything goes. Now is a great time for the customer to really express themselves through a vast selection of looks being put together. For example, a sharp modern sofa can sit perfectly back with a traditional Bergerac hand carved chair and can be made look really modern with the cover they chose. Another example is you no longer need matching dining chairs with the solid timber dining table, you can add a clear Perspex chair or maybe a chrome armless modern shape.

How do your buying decisions reflect the type of store Domayne is? The Domayne philosophy is all about what we call “Lifestyle” and this is very personal and individual to each customer and is reflected in their own and individual attitude. This is not specific to a particular age group, demographic or socio economic group. At Domayne we reflect this by the width and depth of the offer we give to the market place. We cater from students straight out of home on a budget, through to first home buyers, right through to the baby boomers who are down sizing from the family home to the new apartment and who have the time, money and freedom to be who they want to be. Over recent years, we have seen a shift with consumers’ increasingly wanting COMFORT, COMFORT, COMFORT. We have gone from styling that was purely for looking good, sleek and modern to furniture that is extremely comfortable as well. At Domayne we believe firstly a product must have great eye candy and appeal, but the tell tale sign of a product’s true success is when the customer takes a seat and we hear that pleasurable sigh of approval. How much travel is involved in your work? Where do you go? Who do you meet? Is it a glamorous job? I travel overseas 12 – 14 weeks a year through Europe where styles and trends are collected. I then travel through Asia where some of these trends and ideas are developed and translated into products which then end up in the homes of our customers. In addition to Asia I also work very closely with Australian manufacturers to develop and specify products that can be engineered and tailored to the customer’s requirements. Whilst travelling for the business, I am very lucky to meet like minded people from many other countries from around the world. It is great to learn about other markets and what works in them which can also open up opportunities for products that are new and innovative for our market. I like to listen to what other trends and marketing ideas other retailers have had success with as it is another chance to learn opportunities for our business model. It is also a great way to listen and learn about different or modified ways to approach the retail business from a different set of eyes. Is it a glamorous job? I think I will answer this question by saying I am very lucky to be doing a job I absolutely love, one where I am inventing and creating at all times. No, it is not “glamorous” per se, but very, very rewarding. I get no bigger thrill than when I go to a factory with a concept and idea that they have never seen before and 24 hours later see my design perfectly finished waiting for me to review. The smile on everyone’s faces is priceless.

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a new standard in luxury town residences

Kingsgate The first of a kind in Canberra, Kingsgate is unique development of just 10 town residences fully enclosed from the outside world, creating a private and peaceful residential community in a beautifully landscaped setting. Once past the remote controlled entrance to the complex, the only thing you will encounter are friendly neighbours and invited guests. The unique design of Kingsgate offers the luxury and convenience of an ultra modern town residence without the need to downsize or compromise on privacy. With each home offering over 350m2 of living space, there is ample room for all the collected belongings of a lifetime. A versatile additional living area downstairs in eight of the residences is ideal for extended family or overnight guests, a home office or home theatre. Ensuite bathrooms to all bedrooms and secondary kitchens in six of the residences provide the ultimate in modern convenience. Your spacious interiors offer the rare combination of expansive views and a rare northerly aspect to all living areas to capture the afternoon warmth. Step out into your own landscaped private courtyard or exit the complex to find a smorgasbord of possibilities within easy reach. A unique residential proposition, the Kingsgate estate is destined to become a signature address with a reputation for accommodating every lifestyle need & desire. Min EER 5

• High level security with remote-controlled entry gate, alarms and perimeter fencing • Beautifully landscaped complex with generous distances between homes for privacy • Choice of large, three or four bedroom residences with double-garage, most include additional downstairs living area, secondary kitchen and extra parking • Stylish interiors with polished timber floors, marble bench top in main ensuite, high ceilings & feature joinery

O’Malley – new release ‘KINGSGATE’, 15 DALMAN CRESCENT

Prices ranging from $1.6M - $1.95M

Albert Stavaruk 0418 628 641, Robert Westropp-Evans 0418 198 891

Peter Blackshaw Manuka 6295 2433

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Built to an exacting standard and offering the ultimate in sophisticated living, Pearl at

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Kingston Foreshore is a sanctuary of uncompromised quality in the heart of the Inner

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South’s prestigious cosmopolitan centre. Imagine living in an apartment where every aspect of your privacy has been thoughtfully taken care of. With just 46 apartments and only 2 apartments per lift, per floor. Commercial building principles have been applied to minimise

apartment living.

noise and future maintenance worries and with such a small number of residents, you won’t need to queue to use the on site resort style facilities such as the 25m pool and fully

starting from $870,000

equipped gym. Your comfort has been addressed in every way. Min EER 5

Pearl apartments include:

• Generous living areas up to 223m2 • Stunning expansive courtyards or terraces • Gaggenau appliances • Timber veneer joinery • Extensive use of marble and granite throughout • Spacious courtyards or granite-tiled balconies • Coded lift access and colour video intercom entry • Lock up basement garaging

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For more information or for a private viewing call: 6295 2433 or Albert Stavaruk 0418 628 641

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King of O’Malley Offering a new standard of luxury living, Kingsgate at O’Malley is destined to become one of South Canberra’s most highly sought after addresses.

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ighly suited to professional couples who love to entertain, families with younger children or teenagers, or retirees who love the size of their current homes but would like to have a lower maintenance block to look after; Kingsgate perfectly combines a prestigious location, space and quality with an exclusive, relaxed, low maintenance lifestyle. The first of its kind in Canberra, Kingsgate is a gated community of just 10 exclusive residences, providing its residents with a peaceful and private haven within a beautifully landscaped setting. Sitting high on the hill, each northerly aspected Kingsgate residence features sweeping vistas, with some encompassing the Brindabellas and Mount Stromlo out to the west, Black Mountain Tower to the north and Red Hill and Mount Mugga Mugga to the east. Once inside the high level security entry gate, you will feel like you are in a tranquil suburban cul-de-sac, with the quiet internal road framed by manicured gardens and an abundance of space between each of the free standing residences, which have been placed further apart than most traditional suburban

homes to ensure privacy and peace and quiet. These homes truly offer a complete sanctuary from the outside world, with no compromises having been made on the quality and space of each residence. Built to exacting standards by multi-award winning ‘Creative Building Services’, each home offers in excess of 350m2 of living area, with most of the dayto-day living and garages on one level, and guest bedrooms and bathrooms and/or rumpus rooms fully contained on upper or lower levels – ideal for extended families, overnight guests,

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home businesses or home theatres or gyms. The generous designs offer a choice of 3 or 4 bedrooms – most with their own walk-in robe and ensuite; spacious formal and informal living areas, some featuring 6m high ceilings; European stainless steel kitchen appliances; floor-to-ceiling bathroom tiling; solid timber floors and high quality carpeting throughout; ducted reverse-cycle heating and cooling; and gas feature fireplaces to create an elegant ambience. The sizeable outdoor terraces and balconies provide ample space for entertaining or just relaxing with a good book. With prices staring at $1.6m, inspect Kingsgate residences - including the tastefully furnished display residence - by contacting Albert Stavaruk from Peter Blackshaw Manuka on 0418 628 641


Time to

think about gas With winter approaching, ActewAGL’s natural gas campaign – Time to think about gas – promotes the benefits of natural gas as an energy source.

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ctewAGL Acting Manager Gas Networks Martin Lomé said, “Reducing your environmental footprint doesn’t always have to cost you money, in fact some initiatives can actually save you money. That’s why we wanted to promote the benefits of natural gas. “We encourage residents who are considering getting natural gas connected to talk to their energy supplier soon to arrange the installation of their gas meter and natural gas service, before the pre-winter rush. Now is certainly the time to think about gas.” For more information visit actewagl.com. au/thinkgas Maintain your gas appliances Natural gas appliances, such as hot water systems or heaters, should be checked and maintained at least annually by accredited gas appliance service personnel. Service checks in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines are necessary as a safety precaution and to ensure appliances are working in peak condition. Tips on choosing your gas appliances

Always ensure the appliance you choose is approved by an Australian certifier, such as the Australian Gas Association (AGA), and made by a reputable manufacturer. Check for a warranty period and look for built-in safety features such as: • anti-tilt switches • automatic ignition systems for fast, simple and safe lighting • a flame failure device to cut off the natural gas if the flame is accidentally extinguished • adjustable temperature control to reduce the chance of scalding. Reporting damaged gas infrastructure ActewAGL is encouraging Canberra residents to report damaged gas infrastructure. Damage to meters and pipes create a risk to public safety and can disrupt the gas supply. It is also very dangerous. Gas leaks can lead to explosions and they can also deplete the level of oxygen in enclosed areas. ActewAGL General Manager Networks Michael Charlton said, “If gas infrastructure is damaged the public can come into direct

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Damage to gas meters and underground pipes can create dangerous safety hazards and disrupt the gas supply

contact with high-pressure gas, which can be very dangerous. “If you smell gas or see damage to gas pipes or meters, evacuate the area, remove any ignition sources and report it immediately by calling 13 19 09. “ActewAGL is committed to protecting our community and our employees, and to ensuring the safe supply of natural gas.”


Time to think about gas? In our region, you really know it’s winter. To beat the chill, you can’t beat the comfort of natural gas heating. And while it’s looking after the climate inside your house, natural gas is also looking after the climate outside, with lower carbon emissions#. What’s more, natural gas is cheaper*, so you can breathe easy on that score as well. Whether you’re building, renovating or just replacing old appliances, choosing natural gas makes a lot of sense.

As compared to traditional coal-based electricity generation. *Natural gas provides more energy for your money than electricity. #

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Life at its most elevated With Canberra’s property market going from strength to strength in recent years, the Molonglo Group have answered the call to deliver high quality apartment living through the creation of a unique penthouse at NewActon.

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he forthcoming completion of the Apartments complex at NewActon has the Canberra property scene buzzing. But it is the building’s 17th floor penthouse that really has people talking as it is set to take the city’s property market to a level not seen before. Featuring 270-degree views encompassing Black Mountain, Lake Burley Griffin and all of Australia’s iconic national institutions, the $4.5 million penthouse will boast more than 600m2 of indoor and outdoor space. Uniquely for Canberra, the space will be sold as a shell to give the buyer an opportunity to customise everything to their taste, from the number of bedrooms to the fittings and finishes.

Molonglo Group Director Johnathan Efkarpidis describes the penthouse as living at its most elevated, saying the record-setting price tag will buy much more than just four walls and that amazing view. “There is no doubt that this penthouse will set a new standard in Canberra for quality design, materials and construction, but there is a lot more to it than just the physical space. “To start with, the penthouse is only a lift ride away from the exciting NewActon precinct with its diverse mix of restaurants, bars and cultural facilities, so it offers a quality of lifestyle that just isn’t available anywhere else,” Johnathan said “The buyer will also have the opportunity to work with world-renowned interior designers Hecker Phelan Guthrie and architects Fender Katsalidis to create a bespoke living environment that caters specifically to their tastes. “The draft plan of the penthouse includes boutique features such as a wine room, elevated dining pavilion and built-in Italian marble fireplace, but the eventual design will only be limited by the buyer’s tastes and imagination. So this represents a unique opportunity to create a living environment that really speak to who they are and what they desire,” he said. The entire Apartments complex has been built with the penthouse in mind, with a host of small details adding to the sense of

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individuality and distinction. For example, a special artwork has been commissioned which runs the length of the building’s lift shaft and can be viewed through a panel in the lift. Only the penthouse owner will ever get to see the artwork in its entirety when riding to their front door. “Art and design are incredibly important to this project and we wanted to create a special piece that people will encounter in an unexpected way,” Johnathan said. Other commissioned artworks are sprinkled throughout the Apartments complex and the wider NewActon precinct, including colourful and unique pieces by renowned artists such as Warren Langley and Arthur Wicks. They lend the precinct a distinctively cultured feel, which is backed up by an everchanging program of music, exhibitions and films sponsored by the Molonglo Group. “When you think about what enriches our lives, music, art, food and wine play a very important role and the fact that all of these things are available as part of a complete lifestyle package is what sets this project and the penthouse apart from other developments in Canberra,” Johnathan said. “We know more and more Canberrans are looking for a European style of living which combines the space and features of a large home with the convenience and culture of inner-city living without compromising on either, and that is what the Apartments are all about.”


State of Crace

‘Futuristic’ is not a word that describes the essence of Crace. Suburb of the future is more apt.

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ou may think you’re stepping into a little part of old Canberra with design features including wide, leafy streets, large landscaped parks and beautiful community open spaces, modern building designs reminiscent of those by Walter Burley Griffin or Frank Lloyd Wright, and a buzzing, vibrant urban heart like Bougainville Street in Manuka or Kennedy Street in Kingston. The reality is that Crace will provide all the best features of Canberra’s beautiful established suburbs but mix them up with a good dash of 21st century style to deliver the very latest in urban, environmental and architectural planning and design. Ian Dawkins, who oversees the Joint Venture between the Land Development Agency and Crace Developments Pty Ltd, a consortium led by CIC Australia, says Crace is unique in that it has been designed around a higher-density urban core that challenges the usual suburban design approach. “It harks back to the days when a buzzing urban heart was a feature of local communities, as it is in areas like Queen Street in Woollahra or Chapel Street in Prahran,” he says. “Overlaid on top of this thinking is the notion that to create beauty and synergy across the suburb, as you see in Canberra’s older areas, some control has to be maintained over the final aesthetic. “This doesn’t mean we want to constrain modern design approaches or thinking at Crace—exactly the opposite. What we do want is to ensure a quality aesthetic that enhances the entire suburb, that creates harmony between the homes and public spaces, and that continues to add value to Crace, both in terms of the financial investment residents make in their bricks and mortar, and the personal investment they make as part of this community.” Mr Dawkins says the concept for Crace has evolved from the ideas and input of some of Australia’s best architectural, design and planning professionals. “A coordinated and integrated approach has been essential to achieving the high standards of urban design that we have set for Crace,” he says. “There is a very deliberate design intent, and one that we won’t waiver from. We see it as critical to stay true to our aesthetic vision for Crace.” The result is a suburb that incorporates a strong, city-style urban centre or precinct that has been planned for higher density and high public amenity, surrounded by a defined suburban precinct that has been guided by the natural contours of the site. The urban precinct is characterised by its contemporary housing styles with significant use of landscaping, while the suburban

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precinct has been inspired by ‘old Canberra’ with wider verges, tree-lined streets and lot sizes now uncommon in Canberra subdivisions of up to 800m2. The Crace ‘pattern book’ guides the suburb’s overarching aesthetic, and sets down what designs and design features will and won’t make the grade. It specifies everything from roofing pitches to the composition of façades and specifically rules out design elements such as dominant garages, federation style or monolithic structures. A panel of builders was established early in the planning process and more than 90 home designs that fit the Crace design intent have been developed. “The end result will be a suburb that is designed to look great, function and integrate well, and be a harmonious whole,” says Mr Dawkins. Architect Phillip Leeson is part of the architectural team which has been integral to establishing the suburb’s housing design principles and says Crace challenges the usual design approach applied to today’s typical suburb. “There is a clear vision for the evolution of Crace to depart from the anonymity of other recent developments in our outer suburbs,” he says. “The residential urban precinct will be developed to a higher density, with a range of terraces, semi-detached houses and smaller freestanding houses, which afford smaller front set-backs and create an urban atmosphere. “The suburban area will be quite different however, and is being designed with a clear and controlled vision to capture the spirit of Canberra’s early suburbs. It is a very interesting diversion from the standard design approach.” Architect Tony Trobe, also a member of the architectural team, says it is part of the Crace vision to create a high quality integrated


residential development with a distinctive urban feel. “What is really exciting about this development is that people who know about and understand design—the architects and urban designers—have been factored into the planning process from the very start,” he says. “Crace hasn’t been driven by a developer mentality, but rather one that recognises that it makes good planning sense, good business sense, to use quality architectural and urban design as the foundation. “It is a very innovative, different approach and one that I believe will pay good dividends in terms of the future desirability, liveability and vibrancy of the suburb.” One of Crace’s greatest achievements is its environmental credentials, which are recognised by the federal and ACT governments, as well as the Housing Industry Association. The suburb is one of only 15 GreenSmart estates in Australia thanks to its commitment to overall urban and sustainable design. Crace is also leading the residential development industry by tackling the carbon challenge across the suburb’s design and construction in partnership with Greening Australia. Measures have been implemented to reduce emissions from all bulk earthworks, road construction and infrastructure servicing. Any remaining emissions that are measurable and verifiable will be offset with Greenhouse Friendly accredited carbon sequestration. The partnership is the first such venture of its scale for Greening Australia in the urban development industry. “Crace will also achieve a 40 per cent reduction in potable water use when compared

to traditional suburbs,” Mr Dawkins says. A sophisticated stormwater system has been designed which incorporates wetlands and ponds to collect stormwater for use around the parks and playing fields, while bioretention rain gardens and special street tree pits collect stormwater run-off and will help keep the street plants and open spaces green and growing. “The market response has shown that we are ticking all the boxes in terms of what residents are looking for in a new suburb and a new home,” Mr Dawkins says. “Environment issues are certainly top of mind and our carbon offsetting program is one of the most innovative achievements in that sense.

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“Combining the best of old and new in the suburb’s planning and design is also a winner, and will ensure Crace continues to grow and mature to become like other sought after Canberra suburbs where there was the foresight to apply a similar design intent, such as Reid, Ainslie or Griffith.” The Crace panel of architects is just one of the innovations at Crace to ensure the best design solutions for the suburb are being considered right from the beginning of the design phase. The team includes Collins Caddaye, Order Architects, Philip Leeson and Associates, Cox Architects, Oztal Architects, DKO and TT Architecture.


COVER STORY

Choosing a

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Building a home is the biggest investment most people make in their lives and ranking among the highest stress-producing circumstances a person can experience, which makes choosing the right builder the most important decision you are going to make.

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uring the 1970s and 80s there were a lot of “shoddy” builders that gave the building industry a very bad name. Unfortunately, this negative image of the industry still persists with many people not realizing how much the industry has changed and how highly regulated it is now. There are different classes of building licences and depending on the licence your builder holds, dictates what they are allowed to build. Mandatory requirements of the industry now include having the necessary qualifications and experience to obtain a licence, relevant insurances, as well as attending courses during the year to keep abreast of changes in the law and the industry. Ivan Juric from Better Building Services has been involved in the building industry for

over half his life. His dad was a residential builder and Ivan helped him during the school holidays. Ivan’s love of the industry grew and when he left school he studied for a Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics at Canberra University. Ivan went into the commercial sector for a couple of years after completing his degree but his first love was residential building and he decided to leave the commercial sector and formed his own building company, Better Building Services. A lot of the practices and procedures that Ivan learnt in the commercial sector he carried over into his new company. Ivan felt that there was a gap in the market and he wanted his company to do more than just build homes, he wanted to help people realize their dreams, while making the whole building process as stress free for the client as possible.

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“We take the brunt of the millions of issues involved in building onto ourselves, so our clients can enjoy peace of mind and experience the positive joys of creating something beautiful,” says Ivan. Building a home is the biggest investment most people make in their lives, ranking among the highest stress-producing circumstances a person can experience. Ivan says this is why Better Building Services has developed the unique approach of managing the project from the initial design right through to completion. So how do you select the “right” builder? Prior to engaging a builder and signing a building contract, do some research. Here are some things that may help you get started with that research. Ensure that the builder has the right qualifications, a valid building licence. For example, Ivan has an “A” Class building


licence which means he is qualified to build all residential buildings and also multi-storey commercial buildings. You can check your builders licence details on the ACT Planning and Land Authority website which states whether there are any restrictions imposed on that licence. Check how long the builder has been in business, not just how long they have been working in the industry, but how long they have been running their own construction business. The builder is responsible for their work for a number of years, so it is in your best interest to make sure that your chosen builder will be around just in case something does go wrong. Check that your builder is a member of one (or preferably both) professional associations: MBA (Master Builders Association) and HIA (Housing Industry Association). Better Building Services has been a member of both these associations since 1994. Different types of builders specialize in different types of buildings. There are builders who specialize in the commercial area, some

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in project homes and some in custom made homes. Can a commercial builder build a custom home? Of course they can but are you, as the client, going to get the best result from a cost point of view, quality of workmanship or even the ease of management. Maybe or maybe not. For example why would you go and see an electrician when it is your plumbing you have a problem with? It can be very beneficial to select a builder that specializes in the type of construction that you are wanting to undertake. Better Building Services specialize in custom built homes and major renovation work. With years of industry experience, they have developed a number of excellent systems that ensure the complex process of designing and obtaining building approvals is as straightforward and timely as possible. Because their speciality is custom built homes, each home they have built is totally unique. Ivan says solving design and construction


challenges is a major part of the service Better Building provides. “We tackle the seemingly impossible everyday, we actually thrive on it!” Ivan is proud to point out that Better Building homes are characterized by an enduring, understated elegance in their design coupled with an immaculate attention to detail and finish. “We specialize in re-development sites, large family homes, executive homes and country homes with a difference.” Each design professional is carefully briefed to what clients wants to achieve so that all aspects of design and finishes are selected to reflect the client’s vision throughout their new home. Based on these plans and instructions, Better Building will then cost the project so the client is completely aware what the job will cost before they have to commit. “We guide our clients through the whole design process, architectural, interior and exterior finishes, bathroom, kitchen, lighting and landscape to create the perfect home for them and then we give them a detailed breakdown on the construction cost.”

Ivan says project management is the most important part of the building process. “Why would you pay someone to project manage your build and then try to recover this cost by choosing the cheapest tender? “It is not wise investing money and time into the non building part of the project and then cutting costs on the most important part of the project, the construction. Isn’t it all about the finished product - the bricks and mortar?” Ivan says you can have the best design team in the world, but if you go with a builder who cannot put that design together on site, you will end up with a disaster. “Why would you invest all your time and money on the design team and then try to cut costs on selecting just any builder to actually build your dream. It just doesn’t make any sense.” The other issue in the building industry is that both architects and clients try to push the boundaries of construction through complex design. As the years have gone by, the complexity of the structures has increased drastically. People no longer want to build just

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a simple box, they want things that are unique and special. The degree of difficulty of some of these homes is more complex than most commercial structures. You, as the client, need to make sure that your builder is capable of putting the project together and that he has access to, and is willing to engage the best engineers, contractors and other industry professionals to realize your dream? Can you work with him for the next year or so? Building a new home doesn’t have to be stressful, in fact it can be really exciting. With some research behind you, a positive attitude and an open mind and the right builder your dreams will come true.

Proven track record Since 1994 Better Building Services has been honoured by both the MBA and HIA, with over 60 local awards and seven National awards including National Residential Builder. This number of awards makes Better Building Services one of the most awarded builders in Canberra. Their new display home is expected to open in October 2010.

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Making

a house a home Four walls do not make a home, you need a beautiful garden like the one at Peter and Kate Gullett’s home as well. WORDS SUSAN PARSONS PHOTOGRAPHY ELIZABETH HAWKES

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eople and pets help to make a house a home but, for added style and originality, the place needs plants and garden art. So HOMEMAKER headed out to a Plant Fair at the historic property, Lambrigg near Tharwa, the home of Peter and Kate Gullett. We joined an enthusiastic throng of more than 3,500 visitors at the special event organized by Australia’s Open Garden Scheme. Lambrigg was built in the 1890s by William James Farrer, the wheat-breeder and

experimentalist known as ‘the father of the Australian wheat industry’ and his wife Nina de Salis who came from the nearby property Cuppacumbalong. The two-storey homestead, cut into the side of a ‘hill of lambs’, has wide verandahs with views of the hills and the Murrumbidgee River. Farrer was responsible for planting Himalayan cedars, pencil pine and English oak in the front garden and these 100-yearold trees remain. Henry (Jo) and Ruth Gullett purchased Lambrigg in 1949. He had served

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with the Australian Army and was awarded a Military Cross in 1943 and was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives in 1946. To develop a garden on the steep slope, they built a series of stone walls and created terraces which now provide a parkland which shelters Cornus capitata with its knobbly fruit and mauve autumn crocus. Open glades are dressed with urns and wooden benches, shady nooks veiled by vines and fountains, rolling lawns accenting ancient olive tree and eucalypts, and sunny spots have hedges of


lavender and rock gardens filled with cosmos, salvia, yellow pokers and daisies. These plantings provided inspiration on the open weekend. More than twenty stall holders were offering specialist drought hardy plants or sculptures for the landscape. Popular purchases were perovskia, agastache and euphorbias ‘Silver Swan’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Ascot Rainbow’ from the designer specialist Lambley Nursery of Ascot in Victoria; Antique Perennials of Kinglake had alpine and prairie plants, penstemon ‘Huskers Red’ and aquilegias; from Burwood Nursery at Pambula there were clivias; Obscure Bulb Collectors Garry and Sue Reid had moraea and tritonia; Tijara Iris Garden from Burra Creek sold tall bearded, median and miniature irises; and Post Office Farm Nursery offered hybrid and species hellebores. For homemakers, these plants are all smart choices for their foliage or flowers and suitability to pot, planter or plot. Gourmet gardeners found a magnificent range of dessert, cooking and dual purpose apples from Strzelecki Heritage Apples of Victoria. Their bare rooted trees are available during July and August – Cornish Aromatic, Laxton’s Superb, Peasgood Nonsuch and the delectable little Snow Apple. The Italian Gardener from Figtree had 180 varieties of heirloom vegetable and herb seed from

Owner of Lambrigg Kate Gullet

Artist Celia Gullet

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Franchi Sementi who have been growing since 1783 and the Gundaroo Tiller from Allsun Farm had punnets of organic Bumper Crop seedlings like broccoli and cauliflower. Then we met Ivan and Joy Colaric who had come in from Michelago especially to collect trees and shrubs from Don Teese of Yamina Rare Plants in Victoria. These included Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Alba’, the perennial hibiscus ‘Southern Belle Red’ and dwarf Fagus sylvatica. It was good to see the snowberry (Symphoricarpos rivularis) available as it is a hardy long time survivor. Australian native plants from Stocks Native Nursery at Harden lured Canberrans to buy their super tubes of eremophilas, melaleucas, grevilleas ‘White Wings’ and ‘Magnifica’, westringia, kunzea, and grasses poa and themeda. Cooramilla Nursery at Browns Creek had oriental poppies, helichrysums and, echoing the plantings at Lambrigg, arctotis ‘Cardinal Red’, geraniums and kniphofias. There were specimen vases of brightly hued dahlias, covering a dozen of the known cultivars, from the families of June Woodfield

and Daphne Davis, who were representing the Horticultural Society of Canberra. A highlight at the Plant Fair was the visit by Attila Kapitany from Succulent Plants in Victoria. His trays of cuttings from a huge range of succulents was tempting to those with green fingers. A favoured plant in the Kapitany garden is brachychiton – a beautiful tree for the Canberra district - and a variety Brachychiton ‘Bella Donna’ was available on the Yamina Rare Plants stall. Among the garden art were sculptures from Al Phemister of Yass who had large pears made from horseshoes; The Rusty Roof of Beckom had roosters, chickens, and lambs made from corrugated iron by Marg Bradley; rose rings and poppyhead plant supports came from Brock Metalcraft; there were the Vicious Bitches Wire Sculptures from Tilla Davis of Young and copper gum branches made by Jan Styles of Damselfly Designs in the Goobragandra Valley near Tumut. On the upstairs verandah of the homestead was Peter Gullett’s sister, Celia Gullett, who had grown up at Lambrigg. Her

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selection of still life paintings had been created especially for the plant fair but her work can be seen in Sydney where she is represented by Tim Olsen Gallery in Paddington. We strolled to the fenceline to gaze over paddocks where a Lone Pine, raised from an original tree at the Australian War Memorial, was protected from sheep by a sturdy frame, trees provided shade for cattle and a huge bull turned his back in disinterest. A granite column on the hilltop marks the graves of William Farrer and his wife Nina and a cairn erected by Nina in memory of her father Leopold Fane de Salis. Lambrigg is a site of significance linked to our rural past. Peter and Kate Gullett are generous hosts to share their secret places and open spaces with us. They loved the way people came to the garden and, many, stayed for hours just enjoying the environment – lolling around under the trees, reading, sleeping, having picnics. For readers who didn’t attend the Fair, we have email contacts and addresses for all the exhibitors contact: bodenparsons@bigpond.com


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REBUILD OR RENOVATE Take a drive through any of Canberra’s established inner suburbs and you will notice a housing regeneration taking place. Canberra’s original ex govvy is slowly disappearing to make way for new homes more suitable for meeting the high demands of today’s home owner. In the past more often than not original homes have been renovated and extended, however today an increasing number of homes are being demolished to make way for new design and construction. This trend is illustrated by the increasing demand for well located original and run down homes in the inner north, inner south and Woden valley. Peter Blackshaw real estate sales agent Shane Killalea states “some of our most outstanding sales results are for properties where the purchasers have no interest in the home but purely for the potential the block offers as a blank canvas for new development. Knock down rebuild specialists Blackett Homes have seen a huge rise in demand for their knock down/rebuild services. Sales manager Rick Meir states “Approximately 50% of our knock down/rebuild customers initially thought they would be financially better off to renovate and extend their existing homes. However, if the block has a regular shape, is relatively flat with no significant tree issues, knocking down to rebuild often represents far more value for money when compared to a major extension and renovation”. Recent changes to the approval process for knock down rebuilds in the ACT have also had a positive effect as approval times have now been significantly reduced. Today homes that comply with building and siting

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requirements can have approvals granted in a couple of weeks. Established in 1981 Blackett Homes is a family owned and operated business specialising in the construction of quality residential property within the Canberra region. Offering a large portfolio of project home designs, Blackett Homes can cater to all segments of the housing market including first home owners and investors through to those wishing to construct their dream home on the larger blocks found in Canberra’s more established suburbs. The majority of Blackett Homes staff and management have remained constant over the years with the only exception being due to the steady growth of the company and the requirement for additional staff. Our team of sub-contractors have been connected with the Company for many years and are therefore very aware of the high standard of workmanship we aim to achieve. Over the years Blackett Homes have been recognised for excellence with countless awards from both the HIA & MBA. In 2006 Blackett Homes was named the MBA National Residential Builder of the Year. For more information visit www. blacketthomes.com.au or contact Rick Meir on 0408 588 770.

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For the past 12 years, Pure Solar (formerly known as Green Frog Solar) has been providing solar electricity in the ACT. As the first accredited solar electricity installer in the ACT, Pure Solar is also proud to have completed the ActewAGL environmental house display in Watson, which introduced Canberra to grid connect solar electricity. Over the past 12 years, Pure Solar has seen a lot of changes in the solar industry through rebates and feed-intariffs. Now that there are more companies in the industry with varying degrees of experience, the influx of cheap, poor quality panels and equipment is an important reality that the general public should be aware of. Some of these poor quality panels are a serious problem and will prove detrimental to the industry in the long term. When choosing their solar energy provider, people should be very careful about the choice of panels and inverters the installers are using, as these systems are an investment and should be seen as a long-term proposition. Pure Solar specialises only in solar electricity and solar hot water systems, so for a quality installation using quality materials from Canberra’s most trusted company, contact Pure Solar on 6280 8883.


Custom furniture makers It's an industry that seems to be diminishing more and more every day. With the focus on furniture stores now on mass production, sale prices and an eternity of interest free terms, the idea of having something made locally just for the individual customer is becoming more of a myth or deemed too expensive to worry about. Then there is Uneke Furniture, the exception to the retailing rule. Established 28 years ago right here in the ACT, Uneke Furniture is not your normal furniture store. Covering every aspect from designing, manufacturing and retailing, they allow their customers the experience of having something made entirely special, individual and something to hand on for generations to come. Custom made in Bungendore, every piece, for every order. The idea sounds like a whole lot of hassle, but with the experienced staff, and the ability to speak directly face to face with the actual furniture makers on weekends, the thought of developing a customers ideas into something stylish, cost effective and practical become a reality every time. Whether it be just simply modifying a showroom design to fit in a particular area, making a particular piece styled to match your existing furniture, or developing a simple idea into something you can actually visualize, Uneke can accommodate every aspect. Specializing in Australian solid timbers and veneers, Uneke have a wide variety of suites and styles designed by their own award winning staff on display, as well as a select range of soft furnishings such as lounges and occasional chairs, manufactured by specialists in their own field, styled to match the timber pieces for every room in your home. Be it a beautiful display cabinet, a timber bedroom suite, a stylish contemporary lounge room setting, or just a special little entrance table for a particular position, Uneke have every aspect of the furnishing of your home covered, on display in their showroom. Offering a full 10 year guarantee on all their products, it's reassuring for people to know that if they purchase a particular piece, they can come back in the future and get something made up to match it perfectly. With a lead time of around six weeks, it is almost faster than waiting for an importer to bring in stock. For a surprising cost effective difference, the client is getting something made right here in Canberra, from quality Australian products, to every requirement they desire. Now you can also visit Uneke online at www unekefurniture.com

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Stylish and affordable. An example of a kitchen and bathroom in Village Building’s “The Hub” development in Bruce.

Affordable style Village Building, with over twenty years experience in developing award-winning residential communities in the ACT, NSW and QLD, know that affordable housing doesn’t need to compromise on style. Each master-planned community has a careful blend of housing styles and exterior colours to ensure streetscapes are interesting and create welcome environments. Each home includes landscaping using native plants and grasses which are environmentally sustainable and practical to maintain. From luxury apartments on the mid north coast, to family homes in Brisbane and Wollongong’s northern suburbs, or apartments, townhouses and homes in and around Canberra, Village Building prides itself on providing quality residential products predominantly in the affordable housing market The key to maintaining their affordability is through careful and thorough planning and design and the successful use of economies of scale. In order to do this, Village Building have implemented several measures aimed at reducing the price of each home. When designing a house, room dimensions are planned to conform to multiples of

the dimensions of the products used in construction, including the height and width of a standard piece of plasterboard, the width of a role of carpet and the size of tiles and amount in a pallet. In order to achieve these goals, Village Building utilise the services of a number of key specialised contractors, including architects OZTAL and Cox Humphries Moss, interior design firm Sanctum, civil contractors Browns and construction firm Project Coordination. For each housing development, four colour schemes are chosen to provide purchasers with a choice of internal finishes. Principal Designer at Sanctum Interior Design, Karen Ligdopoulos said: “Selecting interior finishes for any client can be challenging at times. I try to incorporate white, grey, beige and brown undertones for the base shades and add feature colours from there.” Village Building say that purchasers are usually able to find a selection they like within the schemes offered. The colours are all quite neutral allowing home owners to add their own personality to the finished home. “I guess the message conveyed in all our interior finish selections is that affordable doesn’t have to be boring, a stylish and modern interior can be created with any budget,” said Karen.

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Peter Radovanovic is a master craftsman. He has been a certified kitchen designer for 16 years and a qualified cabinet maker for 29 years. With this amount of experience it is no wonder that Signature Kitchens in Fyshwick has earned a reputation as one of Canberra’s most professional kitchen and bathroom designers and manufacturing companies. “No two Signature Kitchens are the same,” Peter explains. “Everything we do is custom designed for our clients individual requirements. Then we custom make all the cabinetsfor that particular design.” Peter says the secret to Signature Kitchens’ success over the years has been a total commitment to customer service, and the hands-on attention to personal service with each job being project managed from design through to completion. “We pride ourselves on delivering each job we do on budget and on time, and seeing that everyone of our clients is completely happy with the finished job,” Peter said. You can contact Peter at Signature Kitchens on 6239 3434.


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A place to relax and unwind ProStyle Building Group was formed in 1997 with the merger of two of Canberra’s home extension specialists, David Fogg and Craig McGovern. David and Craig have since extended their building business starting ProStyle Bathrooms seven years ago. They have been creating

beautiful bathrooms ever since, winning the 2003 HIA ACT Bathroom of the year and in 2004 the HIA Australian Bathroom of the year. David says he and Craig are passionate about three things – getting the work done efficiently, on time and on budget. “We can create a bathroom to suit your needs, taste and style from the simple renovation to the sophisticated remodel, our commitment is to making the investment in your home one you’ll be proud of for years to come.” David says a bathroom renovation should not be a stressful project to undertake. “We try and make the whole experience as pleasant as possible. After all, when you’re extending or renovating someone’s house, you become a big part of their lives and they have to feel comfortable with the whole process.” David and Craig believe the most important strength of their business is excellent communication with clients. “We always sit down with clients beforehand and tell them what to expect from the renovating process and make sure they enter into the process with their eyes open.”

Select Custom Joinery Situated on the outskirts of rural Hall, a few hundred metres from the Murrumbidgee River, Select Custom Joinery is a boutique cabinetmaking and joinery workshop owned and operated by Gino and Robyn Monteleone. This year the business celebrates its 10th birthday. Select Custom Joinery specialises in solid timber work using sustainable materials. The work going through varies from kitchens, to

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As well as bathrooms, ProStyle do residential renovations, extensions, and build new homes in existing suburbs – knock down and rebuilds. So if you want to turn your bathroom into your private getaway where the worries of the world are washed away, visit www. prostylebuilding.com.au, where you will find the inspiration you are looking for.

entire joinery fitouts in houses to furniture and commercial work, but regardless, the theme is the same – solid timber and sustainable materials. While most cabinetmakers use MDF, laminates and melamines as a matter of course, Gino prefers to work with solid timber and more recently, solid bamboo plywood. Another important part of the business is Gino’s preference for using sustainable materials. “I prefer to use recycled timbers. Some makers believe the rarer and the more exotic the timber they work with is, the better their work is. I prefer to use Australian recycled timbers and leave the old growth trees to continue growing in our native forests. Australian recycled timbers have their own unique character about them and also bring a piece of history into the work,” Gino said.


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The ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects held a cocktail party recently to introduced new chapter president Shelia Hughes, while saying farewell to outgoing president, David Flannery.

Katharine Campbell and Obelia Tait

Ric Butt and Peter Overton.

Eric Martin and Elaina Wood

John Miller, Sheila Hughes and Gary Beck

Trevor Lee and Brett Odgers

Dom Pelle and Marcus Trimble.

Paul Millwood, Bill Szydlik and Rodney Moss

Colin Stewart and Annabelle Pegrum

Rachel Jackson, Martin Rowney and Amy Guthrie

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