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Model Scenery design King & Miranda

The “best seller” kitchen from Italy can be found at: Aplan Centre B’Kara Bypass B’Kara BKR 9037 Malta Tel: 00356 21 480590 Email: scavolini@aplan.com.mt Scavolini S.p.A. 61025 Montelabbate (PU) - Italia Tel. +39 0721443333 Fax: +39 0721443413 contact@scavolini.com www.scavolini.com

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System of Quality Management UNI EN ISO 9001 System of Environmental Management UNI EN ISO 14001 System of Health & Safety Management OHSAS 18001

Please download our general catalogue from www.scavolini.com

Scavolini uses only Idroleb panels fot the carcase of its kitchens: a water repellent V100 panel with the lowest formaldehyde content presently available in the world.

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The “best seller” kitchen from Italy can be found at: Aplan Centre B’Kara Bypass B’Kara BKR 9037 Malta Tel: 00356 21 480590 Email: scavolini@aplan.com.mt Scavolini S.p.A. 61025 Montelabbate (PU) - Italia Tel. +39 0721443333 Fax: +39 0721443413 contact@scavolini.com www.scavolini.com

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System of Quality Management UNI EN ISO 9001 System of Environmental Management UNI EN ISO 14001 System of Health & Safety Management OHSAS 18001

Please download our general catalogue from www.scavolini.com

Scavolini uses only Idroleb panels fot the carcase of its kitchens: a water repellent V100 panel with the lowest formaldehyde content presently available in the world.

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CLEVER CONFIGERATION BY ELISABETH CARDONA

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welcome to Welcome to the 36th issue of HOMEWORKS. As always, we are ever-enthusiastic to bring readers magnificent, to-die-for dream homes and this edition is no different. This month HOMEWORKS brings you four amazing apartments, complete with the comforts of the genre, as well as that highly desirable wow-factor. A design marvel, the Tower Road apartment on page 22 was designed from start to finish by Interior Designer Michele O’Reilly. Complete with beautiful finishings and a stunning view from every room, this is the ultimate apartment. Godwin Vella and Mark Pace design a duplex apartment with a serene, introverted interior where it’s easily possible to disconnect from the external world. The spare use of materials produces a calm unpretentious style that’s both visually simple yet rich in detail. (Page 30)

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A newcomer to HOMEWORKS, Architect Kevin Camilleri Burlo’ turns a semi-finished apartment into a seamless space with extraordinary finishes and effective architecture on page 38. Don’t miss the first of the much waited for HOMEWORKS Makeover Series on page 49. Learn how Interior Designer Kenneth Tanti turns a drab bedroom into a dazzling one. Interior Designers Penny Apap Brown and Anabel Caruana decorate the first finished apartment at Belmonte Heights De Luxe Apartments in Sliema. Check out their sophisticated style that’s sure to appeal to urban dwellers on page 58. Always a nuisance, mould can become a much more serious issue if not seen to. Lyndon Hadley-Coates explores how to catch, avoid and treat the grasps of the unsightly and unhealthy on page 71. Need to know where to find parquet flooring? HOMEWORKS features some of Malta’s top suppliers of both laminate and real wooden parquet flooring on page 82. We hope you enjoy exploring these truly stunning apartments – discover how living in one doesn’t necessarily mean living small. In a country where most of the best views are enjoyed from apartment windows, this is the way to go for painless, protected and plush living.

THE COMFORT ZONE BY GUY LAGUENS

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ISSUE 36.09

THIS EDITION:

HOMECOMPETITION

EDITOR LISA BORAIN

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!

PUBLICATION COORDINATOR TROIKA ZAMMIT

Forward your ideas outlining what you would like to see published within HOMEWORKS.

ART DIRECTOR MARC SPITERI

The person submitting the most interesting idea/concept will receive a red pouffe, courtesy of C. Fino + Sons Ltd., worth €250.

DESIGN CHRIS PSAILA MAS COMMUNICATIONS

Send your ideas to:

HOMEWORKS Feedback, Level 5, Airways House, High Street, Sliema SLM 1551 or email: info@writeon.com.mt

PHOTOGRAPHY MAS KURT ARRIGO ALAN CARVILLE CONTRIBUTORS ZILLAH BUGEJA ELISABETH CARDONA BILL HERMITAGE GUY LAGUENS GODWIN VELLA SALES & MARKETING MATTHEW SPITERI 2133 9999 PRE-PRESS AND PRINTING PROGRESS PRESS POSTAL ADDRESS / E-MAIL WRITEON LTD. AIRWAYS HOUSE, LEVEL 5, HIGH STREET, SLIEMA SLM 1551 MALTA info@writeon.com.mt

JOSETTE ZERAFA IS THE WINNER OF THE TWO LARGE HANDMADE CANDLEHOLDERS, WORTH €210, COURTESY OF MAROQUE JOSETTE wrote: Dear Editor,

“Every month I look forward to read and go through HOMEWORKS. I always find something interesting to learn. I have been living in my new home for the past three years. Unfortunately I am starting to experience the first traces of mould. I have some of the living room walls and the main bedroom with greenish, blackish ugly spots. Please HELP!! I desperately need your advice about this!!” JOSETTE ZERAFA

            

READERSWROTE “Thank you for the precious information and ideas you give us in every issue of HOMEWORKS. I think Maltese people are lucky to have big properties compared to the smaller dimensions of houses abroad. Almost all houses and top floor maisonettes have a room on the roof, usually neglected or just used as boxroom/laundry. Could you give us some ideas how to transform it into a comfortable place, such as a hobby room for example?” Jennifer Zarb

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“Another Sunday, another enjoyable afternoon leafing through the latest edition of HOMEWORKS. Thirty-five issues on and I still look forward to the next one – a DIY person through and through, I find your magazine truly inspirational. More articles like ‘Get Stoned’ please, and keep us informed about the availability of new materials on our market, specifically on flooring materials. The Editor’s news about the minimalist look was welcome indeed. Vintage and Shabby Chic are, I think, more suited to our Mediterranean character.” Salvina Louise Aquilina

NEEDSYOU! HOMEWORKS READERS are invited to submit interesting photographs and a brief description of their homes, which may be distinct in their architectural design. Of particular interest are homes that offer outstanding elements of both interior and exterior living spaces. HOMEWORKS will select the best submissions for future features. Send a photo and information to the attention of: The Editor, Writeon Ltd., Airways House, Level 5, High Street, Sliema SLM 1551 Malta or info@writeon.com.mt (photos will not be returned)

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HOMENEWS

M. DEMAJO TIMERS KAINDL FLOOR SURFACES

Laminate floors have a well sealed, duroplastic surface which practically prevents any allergens from sticking to it. Now available at M.Demajo Timbers, KAINDL floor surfaces are subject to continuous testing by the Institute for Foodstuff Analysis and are even certified as harmless towards foodstuffs.

DESIGNWORKS INTERIOR DESIGN AGENCY

In association with HOMEWORKS, DESIGNWORKS Interior Design Agency will soon be launched to offer homeowners and business owners the opportunity to view the portfolios of the best Interior Designers in Malta & Gozo. DESIGNWORKS allows clients to narrow down the precise style and budget for them. Online or face-to-face consultations will provide clients with a clear and insightful perspective on how they can achieve the best results for the best prices when doing up their home or business. A vast product section will be available for those who want to know what products are available on the market locally without having to visit shop to shop. No more guessing and settling for second best. Now it’s merely a matter of choosing.

THE TILE NEW KITCHEN TILES The latest stock of modern and classical kitchen tiles has just arrived. With various models and different sizes, Emilceramica has once again captured everyone’s tastes. Exclusively available at The Tile.

SPOT ON SUPPLIES OUTDOOR LIGHTING

The collection of outdoor lighting at Spot On Supplies of Paola has now increased with more modern corrosion- resistant products. These light fixtures are manufactured from high quality technopolymer material, which is ideal for Malta’s climate, as it is resistant to salty and high humidity environments, as well as proofed against high U.V. rays.

SPHINX SOLID BRICKS

33 Ltd. has now introduced unique solid glass bricks. These quality, designer glass bricks are available in a wide variety of colours, shapes and sizes. They are made of solid glass and are fire, scratch and compression resistant. Also included in the new selection are glass floor tiles.

CONTEMP WALLFIX Now available at Contemp Interiors, WallFix by Brabantia is the perfect spacesaving clothes dryer. It folds away in one single effortless movement and also includes an easy zipup cover. The WallFix has a total of 25 metres line and outer lines are 120cm long.

DOMESTICA KARTELL GHOST CHAIR

New to Domestica is the Kartell Ghost Chair. A comfortable chair in transparent and coloured polycarbonate in the Louis XV style, it’s the perfect example of baroque revisited to dazzle, excite and enchant. Louis ghost is stable and durable, shock, scratch and weather resistant. It brings a touch of elegance and irony to any style of home or public place. Kartell chairs are now available from the Domestica Showroom in Msida.

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HOMENEWS

MULTILIGHTS CANOVA

Just introduced is Canova Italian design at its perfection. A combination of silver grey metal and Murano glass to create a work of art, that fits in perfectly with classical or modern furnishings. The Canova range also includes, floor, wall and table lamps – only available at Multilights of Msida.

CORE BULTHAUP

core is once again pushing the envelope in contemporary kitchen furniture by introducing Bulthaup to the Maltese islands. Bulthaup has appointed core as its partner in Malta to guarantee the exceptional level of service associated with their kitchens all over the world. A state of the art Bulthaup kitchen will be displayed in the near future at the core showroom.

VALUE DIRECT

Spring brings the introduction of new main bedrooms in Walnut and the popular light Cherry. New sofa designs will also be added to the range at Value Direct, offering a variety of reclining and non-reclining sofas for comfort and pleasure.

DIS GROUP

IDEACASA PIANCA RANGE

Ideacasa is now hosting another top Italian brand, Pianca, in its extensive portfolio of innovative Italian brands. Pianca’s living room, bedroom and sofa collections are now on display at the Ideacasa showroom in Birkirkara.Pianca’s philosophy throughout its sixtyyear history has been that of “combining beauty and function”. Pianca’s collections give life to stylish projects, able to satisfy spatial requirements by offering creative and smart solutions.

DIS Group offers a wide variety of products and services, and are specialists in metal, stainless steel fabrication and erection, special protective coatings and surface preparations, offering blasting, galvanizing and spray-painting services, catering for all types of aluminium, glass, wood and other ancillary services. The Group has recently moved into its new showroom and factory premises in Paola.

BILL HERMITAGE QUALITY OF WINE

A new book showcasing the Quality Wine of Malta from the 2007 vintage has just been released by wine expert Bill Hermitage. This independent, informative pocket book THE 2009 COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE QUALITY WINES OF MALTA is the first of a yearly publication that concentrates solely on the D.O.K and I.G.T. wines from a single year. This very first 2009 edition showcases the wines from the historic 2007 vintage, which was the first ever vintage able to use the recently introduced Q.W.P.S.R. (Quality Wine Produced in a Specific Region) classification system. The book is now on sale at all leading bookshops and stationers.

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FINO & VENETA CUCINE

Fino, in close collaboration with Veneta Cucine, launched the opening of the new Kitchen Display area within the Fino Showroom. The newly refurbished display area boasts of 11 new modern kitchens where Veneta Cucine surpassed themselves with a superb selection of design and functionality. It was also the introduction of ‘walnut’ as a new finish for some of the models, as well as an innovative material in kitchen tops and splash backs called Stone-Glass, which is 25mm thick and available in 6 different colours.

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MODERN, CLASSIC AND AFFORDABLE KITCHENS

Carmelo Delia (1890) & Sons, The Strand, Gzira T: 2134 4675 F: 2131 4066 E: cdelia@bigbon.com.mt Open from: Mon to Sat from 9.30am till 7.30pm. Appointments are recommended

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HOMEIDEAS Whether looking for a sculptural living room divider or an elegant storage unit, Amari is the perfect choice with the extra thick paneling and geometrical lines giving a substantial and exclusive look - choose an open combination or go for the drawer units - available in black stained oak and lacquered white Price: €999. Bo Concept, San Gwann. www. boconcept.com.mt

Bulthaup’s b3 kitchen sets new standards in the integration of contemporary kitchen technology - the weightless appearance of bulthaup b3 is characterized by the seamlessness of its construction and the functional wall, which supports built-in appliances and kitchen elements made from the finest materials such as the apple island and sideboard featured. Price: upon request. core, Valley Road (on the way up to Mannarino Road), B’Kara. Tel: 2144 3449. www.bulthaup.com / www.core.com.mt

BoConcept has developed a new modular sofa concept, Celano, consisting of 15 different modules, giving many possibilities for an individual and unique sofa solution - providing spacious yet compact seating, while the stuffed armrests offer extra comfort when lounging on the sofa. Price: starting from €1599. Bo Concept, San Gwann. www.boconcept.com.mt

Be inspired by the different bed designs, knowing you can put them together using a selection of different bed frames, surfaces, leg designs and headboards. (Some select beds are not part of the modular system, but come as they are.) Price: starting from €799. Bo Concept, San Gwann. www.boconcept.com.mt

New stock of furnishing fabrics - B4 also offers a full service for making up curtains, Roman blinds and quilted throws including measuring and fixing. B4 Group, Fgura. Tel: 2180 3668. Mosta. Tel: 2142 0198. www.b4.com.mt

The new Lecco system is ultra flexible, giving you the option to create a completely new look for a wall system with a range of shelving lengths, fronts and colours to choose from. Price: upon request, according to width and height bracket). Bo Concept, San Gwann. www.boconcept.com.mt

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EXCEPT1ONAL NEW HOMES

Situated in an unrivalled location within a 30-acre car-free peninsula, T10 will offer future residents premium health and leisure facilities, onsite estate management, concierge services, site-wide access control and state-of-the-art security, fire detection and CCTV systems. The apartments are sold finished to exacting standards with superior interior specifications and innovative design solutions as well as a host of innovative features that remain truly unmatched on the local market. Designed by aoM Partnership, with Interiors by Pippa Toledo, the apartments include centralised comfort heating and air conditioning (HVAC) as standard, a built-in infrastructure for telephony and internet connectivity as well as the provision for Bose audio and Lutron lighting options. A varied mix, alongside favourable payment terms, provide a unique investment proposition and the opportunity to acquire a dream home in this unique, mixed-use development.

YOUR PERFECT BALANCE OF LEISURE AND LIVING

For further information call (+356) 2065 5510 email info@tignepoint.com or visit www.tignepoint.com or contact your preferred estate agent.

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HOMEIDEAS

The woven collection by BRINK & CAMPMAN is produced in the Netherlands according to a weaving technique which approaches the original knotting technique resulting in a cosy rich high-pile carpet which oozes elegance and sophistication. Price: starting from €110. core showroom (situated in the upper part of Valley Road leading to Mannarino Road), B’Kara. Tel: 2144 3449. www.core.com.mt

Chic from Carréblanc, a “tribal masculine” range that is ideal for youngsters – bedlinen, towels and beach towels to match, geometric shapes in blues, orange and yellow brighten up this style. Price: starting from €19. Biggie Best, Vjal ir-Rihan, Naxxar Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880.

Annabel by Carréblanc, a kiddie’s range consisting of cot quilts, bumpers, comforters and bibs for baby’s rooms, as well as sheets, duvet covers and bedspreads for girls - range also includes towels, bathrobes and beach towels to match in white, fuschia and orange. Price of a cot duvet cove: €58. Carréblanc at Biggie Best, Vjal ir-Rihan, Naxxar Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880.

The Otten range of motorized beds is simply the perfect sleep system for today’s growing demands - frames or fully upholstered beds are available in various sizes. Price: starting from €540 incl. VAT for 90cm x 190cm. Drapes, Naxxar Road, B’kara. Tel: 2144 0670.

Stainless steel clothes hangers in packs of 4. Price: €12 per pack. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116. info@contempinteriors.com

From Carréblanc comes the Kali range, described as “mariage ethnique”, a marriage of ethnic influences that decorate a range of bedspreads, duvet covers and sheets - towels, bathrobes and beach towels to match are also available in white, black, orange and bright pink/red. Price of a shower towel: €35. Biggie Best, Vjal ir-Rihan, Naxxar Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880.

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HOMETRENDS This season is all about funky and feminine. Bohemian meets Victorian. It’s a distinct style and not difficult to achieve: it’s all about items that strike a chord with the beholder....

CLAUDIO COLUCCI DESIGN AND LIGNE ROSET - MINI DADA FACE A FACE

09 “POP UP” BOTTLE OPENER BY GIOVANNI ALESSI ANGHINI FOR ALESSI

COLOURS THIS SEASON Spring traditionally evokes a sense of freshness and new beginnings, with sprouting shoots and blossoming flowers that inspire designers to break out of the winter doldrums. Bright colours return to the top 10 list for spring ’09, as designers incorporate vibrant pops into their collections, yet temper the vibrancy with deeper, translucent or neutral tones.

MOBIUS

NORI PLATE CHAIR BY LUCA NICHETTO

BCN STOOLS BY HARRY&CAMILA

SOFT TREE TRUNK STOOL BY ALISSIA MELKA-TEICHROEW & ILONA HUVENAARS

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“HAMELIN” BY ALESSANDRO MENDINI

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“PLOUF” BY MARC SADLER

MOBIUS OCCASIONAL TABLE BY LUCIDI PEVERE

“IT’S NOT ABOUT RETRO OR MODERN, IT’S ABOUT THIS NOTE OR THAT NOTE, WHICH SOUNDS BETTER?”

BCN STOOLS BY HARRY&CAMILA

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CLEVER CON INTERIOR DESIGNER MICHELE O’REILLY CREATES A WELCOMING HOME OUT OF A SEAFRONT APARTMENT WITH A SMART DESIGN THAT CREATES MAXIMUM IMPACT. COMPLETE WITH BEAUTIFUL FINISHINGS AND A STUNNING VIEW FROM EVERY ROOM, THIS IS THE ULTIMATE IN THE APARTMENT STAKES. PHOTOS: MAS WORDS: ELISABETH CARDONA INTERIOR DESIGN & STYLING: MICHELE O’REILLY

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NFIGURATION This space is all about zoning off areas without closing anything in. Every area is clearly designated for something, but it’s not obvious to the eye exactly what it is. Through clever design, spaces are sectioned off by the use of different materials and level variations. The apartment is clearly divided into two main areas – the owner’s private area and the entertaining area – through a change in floor height, as well as a wall of glass. Interior Designer Michele O’Reilly: “My client likes to entertain and is very generous in welcoming friends to his home at any time of day or night. However, this is on the understanding that he can retire to his ‘quarters’ whenever he wants to. Custom-built steel and glass sliding doors appear from between two gypsum walls to create his own little apartment. A glass wall divides his bedroom from the dining room, granting the space an open-plan feel during the day and at the push of a button, motorised blinds disappear and allow him to wake up to the stunning view of the sea. A walk-in wardrobe the size of his bedroom was a luxury my client could well afford. An ensuite bathroom right at the back of the apartment still has views of the sea straight through the custom-built aquarium.”

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Predominantly a monochrome colour scheme, a very interesting mix of materials was used that exude quality and comfort, as well as a seamless feel. Michele: “Whilst transforming the space into a welcoming home, the key here was to create an interior that was relatively simple in terms of pattern and colour and by giving it a monochrome look, an overall impact is achieved nonetheless.” A lot of black lacquered surfaces (in the kitchen, on the coffee table, on the plasma screen back board) give the space a masculine, modern feel with the feminine touches added with accessories, such as the pink and purple throw cushions on the sofa. Chunky blocks of teak are used for the hallways and private area floors, while a grey slightly metallic tile is used for the kitchen and living area, which holds the trendy look of concrete but appears far more sophisticated. Lots of glass is used throughout and two clear-as-air glass stairs link the split-levels. True to the owner’s lifestyle, the kitchen was made with ample storage space to hide all the clutter and mess. Since it is open plan, the idea was that the eye follows the lines and doesn’t get stuck on any one area. Large double black lacquered sliding doors conceal the fridge freezer, oven and microwave. The fish tank is the first thing visitors see upon entering. Built into the gypsum, the tank was used as another way to divide the private area from the entertainment area, simultaneously resulting in becoming a focal point of the apartment.

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“THE HOMEOWNER GOT WHAT THE HOMEOWNER ORDERED...”

The apartment is relatively large, but with the uncluttered shiny surfaces, clever zoning and open layout, it feels much bigger than it is. A few spatial tricks were used, such as the mirrored wall in the small two square metre guest bathroom and the custom made steel sliding doors from Italy, which offer a unique solution to space-saving. The homeowner got what the homeowner ordered: a welcoming home with a unique and simple interior with maximum impact. Complete with beautiful finishings and a stunning view from every room, this is the ultimate in the apartment stakes.

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Model: ETHICA

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Designed by Mark Pace and Godwin Vella, this duplex apartment displays a serene, introverted interior where the homeowner can relax and disconnect from the external world. The spare use of materials combines to produce a calm unpretentious style that is both visually simple yet rich in detail. Photography: Kurt Arrigo Words: Guy Laguens

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The daytime space consists of a large open-plan room that includes the kitchen and the living/ dining areas. A series of apertures along the south-facing wall allow the sunlight to cut deep through the room creating stripes of light and shade. The custom designed kitchen fixtures are a series of monolithic volumes placed in an ergomatic way. In this way storage, cleaning, food preparation and cooking activities are separated by distinctive ‘islands’ that together form the whole kitchen. All these elements are made from American walnut, a richly veined dark wood that adds a sense of permanence and warmth to the otherwise impervious space. This solidity is balanced on the other side of the room by two dark grey walls that enclose the sitting area. These walls are punctured by a gas fireplace and book shelving niches to further enhance the feeling of enclosure and intimacy.

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THESE WALLS ARE PUNCTURED BY A GLASS FIREPLACE AND BOOK SHELVING NICHES TO FURTHER ENHANCE THE FEELING OF ENCLOSURE AND INTIMACY... The bathrooms are clustered around a small internal yard and partitioned with wooden and glass walls. The clear or translucent qualities of glass are played upon to create abstract design patterns and to allow privacy or visibility as required. The bathroom fixtures and fittings are also custom designed where possible and where standard fixtures are used they are carefully chosen to integrate with the other designed elements.

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...A SENSE OF CONTINUITY AND FLUIDITY IS ACHIEVED AND ALL THE VARIOUS DESIGN ELEMENTS FALL EFFORTLESSLY INTO PLACE...

The cubic form of these elements echoes the kitchen design and the apartment architecture in general. In the same way the restrained palette of the materials keeps turning up in different guises throughout the residence. For example, the custom designed wash hand basin is made from the same stone as that of the kitchen and terrace flooring. In this way as one moves from room to room a sense of continuity and fluidity is achieved and all the various design elements fall effortlessly into place.

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ARCHITECT KURT CAMILLERI BURLO’ TURNS A SEMI-FINISHED APARTMENT INTO A SEAMLESS SPACE WITH EXTRAORDINARY FINISHES AND EFFECTIVE ARCHITECTURE.

The owners’ brief for the apartment, apart from their request for attention to practicality, flow and function, was to create an open plan living area and a large bathroom, as well as a separate area at the back for their visiting family. It became apparent from the beginning, that the owners are “total perfectionists”. Their eagerness to achieve a perfectly organised apartment was instrumental in enabling the architect to create storage function within a finely detailed, seamless, clean, low maintenance space. Their quest for accuracy in implementation could only be achieved through smart detailed architectural design. The front living area of the house was originally split into four rooms. The architect immediately proposed to open everything up, creating different zones through the stepped gypsum ceiling, which also serves as a concealer of the steel beams that had to support the open structure, as well as all the elaborate network of air-conditioning and electrical services. Entertainment was an important element to consider in the design of the front room, with the installation of a counter that could easily transform from a fully equipped desk to a seamless bar. High quality sustainable materials were used, such as quartz, zebrano wood veneer, glass, wenge and stainless steel.

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THE COLOUR PALETTE OF THE APARTMENT IS NEUTRAL, DUE TO THE HOMEOWNERS’ PREFERENCE OF A CLEAN, TIMELESS FEEL.

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Another major change was the extension of the main ensuite bathroom, which was originally relatively small. A few walls were knocked down to expand the space into a truly spectacular spa-like environment, complete with all the high-tech gadgets that make the experience of bathing and showering relaxing as much as reviving. This room truly sums up the architectural style of the space – a total attention to detail in order to ensure maximum comfort and form. The bathroom is equipped with intelligent lighting, a concealed air conditioner/heater, a music system and heated mirrors to avoid steam build-up. The mirror above the twin basins doubles up as the partition between the bedroom area and the bathroom while at the same time creating a featured backdrop to the bed. The lighting can change colour, creating various moods, depending on the whims of the owners at any given time. The uniform tiles that were used on the floor are also used on the walls in different sizes to confirm a sleek, seamless look prevalent throughout the design. The architects’ choice of a well balanced neutral colour palette originated from the owners’ preference for a clean, timeless feel. This neutral environment provides the ideal background for the carefully integrated coloured wall lighting and designer accessories that enhance the atmosphere of the space. Perhaps one of the most significant aspects of the seamless theme is the attention to smart, unobtrusive storage space. With such a large space, it could prove difficult to keep it looking so immaculate. Very large seamless storage spaces were built inconspicuously into the walls. Cupboards within the storage/ utility room stocked with shelves were customised to hold the carefully measured shoes, amongst other items. Even the fuse boxes of all the apartments’ air conditioning units, lighting and power sockets, were concealed by a large mirror at the entrance, which is free of knobs or handles.

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THE BATHROOM TRULY SUMS UP THE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE OF THE SPACE - A TOTAL ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN ORDER TO ENSURE MAXIMUM COMFORT AND FORM... The front part of the apartment is connected to the back, guest area, by means of a long corridor. The length was broken up through clever tricks, one of which is the sand blasted sliding doors to the bedrooms. Wall light fittings on one side of the wall are balanced by wooden cladding on the other side. Ceiling light fittings create even pools of light on the floor. A sand-blasted door divides, yet at the same time connects the living area to the sleeping quarters. A horizontal light box was fit into the gypsum wall feature in the first half of the hallway. Even the veneer wooden cladding above the sliding bedroom doors was detailed to cleverly hide the rails. The veneer was imported specifically to match the gres tile flooring. Once again, every attention to detail was made to achieve the desired results. Most of the furniture and joinery was custommade to specification. Homeowner: “The furniture was made by two absolutely brilliant guys, Joe and Italo Fino from Fino Futuro. Pierre and Mark from PM interiors also did a great job with the gypsum works. Their attention to the millimetrical detail specified in the architectural detail drawings was impressive and whatever was asked of them was delivered without hesitation so as to ensure the seamless design required by us and Kurt.� The homeowners, true to their perfectionist nature, were present during most of the work undertaken. Under the supervision of Architect Camilleri Burlo, it only took seven months to complete this truly seamless environment.

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HOMEWORKS MAKEOVER THE BEDROOM BY DESIGNER KENNETH TANTI

The HWTV team has brought viewers all the magic of HOMEWORKS through a series of fantastic makeovers that completely transformed the home. This issue, features Kenneth Tanti as he converts a boring bedroom into a spectacular one.

Kenneth: “I chose this room because I saw far more potential than obstacles when I walked in. It contained certain elements that really interested me; it had ample light, a large door and it was a nice, large square regular shape. It also contained its own courtyard at the back, which meant that it had privacy and could be a quiet haven, as a bedroom should be. “At first, the client was very hesitant to go for anything different. I listened to her input and fused it with my inspiration. On the whole, she liked the drawings I proposed to her, although she changed a few things. In these cases you just have to reach a compromise. Her brief was, “I like modern but not too modern, classic, but not too classic”, which left me a blank canvas, as I really enjoy mixing styles. “She had also mentioned that she wished to have parquet flooring. I was happy to stick to this idea and we went with walnut laminate from Satariano. I love the colour of walnut; it looks so rich, it’s not too light, not too dark...it’s a happy medium and goes well with the furniture as it picks up so many tones. Using light colour wood would have restricted us - I knew I was going to go on to earth tones at the end, using chocolate, a palatte of browns and metals.

Photos: Alan Carville, MAS

“The laminate parquet flooring gave the room warmth and also matched with the furniture, creating a unity between them. This allowed me to play around with different styles of furniture Asian, French classic, modern, antique, etc. instead of being restricted to one style. Playing around with styles like this is not always easy and in my experience takes a lot of trial and error. I think it’s a question of not trying too hard and also avoiding pieces that are too opposing. It still happens that sometimes I try something that works in my head but doesn’t work when it comes down to it. When the colours totally jar or when it just doesn’t look right, my advice is don’t try to convince yourself it’s either a yes or a no. If it’s a maybe, pull the item out.

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“ ...I think it’s a question of not trying too hard and also avoiding pieces that are too opposing...”

After Interior Design services, hanging light, all soft furnishings, French armchair, Moroccan lanterns, art work on walls and decorative items by Tanti Interiors. All joinery (bed, wardrobe, bed side tables, vanity and chest of drawers) by Vassallo Joiners. All gypsum works by Xuereb Installations. All painting works by Crown. Bed side table lamps, rug, chrome low bench and decorative clock by LSD. Laminate flooring and installation by Satariano. Sewing services, upholstery and curtain poles by CHYC Choice.

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“The furniture was all custom made walnut by Vassallo Joiners. The chest of drawers and the vanity were fused into one to save space, as well as to create a complete look. Everything was made freestanding so that the floor space could be seen, thus giving the impression of a more spacious room. “The room looked somewhat “flat” without the two bedside tables, which became focal points. We built a housing for the wardrobe, which was recessed into a gypsum area, rounding off at the side. On the main back-wall we created a large upholstered headboard, which not only became the feature to the room, but also gave the space more height. Above the bed we created a stepped down ceiling with a bulk head to give it more of a three dimensional feel. “The black shades created a really strong effect. A lot of people are so scared to use black because they feel that it’s overbearing, definitively masculine and makes rooms look small. This is not always the case. For instance, here we added a softer, feminine touch through the floral designs in the curtains and the armchair. Thus, the male and female energies were balanced out in the room. “I used a mixture of metals, which is not something I would ordinarily ever do. Here there is bronze, chrome and copper, which worked surprisingly well together. In this case, I had to make sure there was a way for the colours to pick up on one another - for instance, the sheen on the fabrics is picked up by the chrome and the mirror. This mixture balanced out with the warmth of the wood.“

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The colour “Gobi” from Crown Paints was used on the main walls to establish a neutral palatte for the room.

How It Was Done:

Kenneth’s initial 3D rendering of his plan for the room.

The colour of the laminate Walnut flooring from Satariano wasn’t too light nor too dark and also looks rich. It was a happy medium that went well with the furniture, as it picks up so many tones.

The bordeaux and matte metallic mustard cushions from Tanti Interiors added subtle colour to the otherwise brown-based neutral colour palatte.

Colours: A palatte of browns was used, along with with some richer colours to add subtle colour.

Since a mixture of bronze, chrome and copper were used, there had to be ways for them to tie in with the rest of the room. This pattern of this fabric is a perfect instance of how this was done.

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KENNETH’S NOTES: 1. This chair, even though a totally different design style, really brought the look together. The brown cushion tones down the bright of the white, so that it ties in with the rest of the room and espcially the curtains.

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2. A touch of Marrakesh – my favourite place in the world. Looking at these lanterns and pottery containers brings back the nostalgia of walking through the narrow streets of the Medina. Again, these pieces work well when used in a modern backdrop. The clean straight lines of the woodwork against the captivating imperfections of the Moroccan artefacts creates a great effect. 3. The picture up against the wall was hung there to distract attention onto a new colour. In my opinion it balances out the neutral earth tones with a splash of the bright red. It is also brings in more variety to the styles used as this picture is actually an Asian piece of art, used in combination with this modern style bedroom. An upholstered head board definitely gives a sense of warmth and safety to the room. In Feng Shui terms it will translate as having a protection behind one’s head, thus creating a sense of security. Again, I opted to use the darkest earth tone to make sure it stands out as one of the strongest features.

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5. The curtains really give the room its fluidity. The curves and leafy patterns on the fabric allows this to come through. However, I have kept the colours on metallic coppers, to reflect the copper used on the Moroccan lanterns, again repeated in the curtain pole and also used on the curtain eyelets. Many are uncomfortable with mixing so many metals together; however, as one can see the combination of copper, bronze and chrome worked really well.

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All you ever wanted in a memo board - letter holder, key and mobile holder, magnetic note holder and clothes hooks - all these functions in such a little space. Price: €18. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116. info@contempinteriors.com

The KRUPS prep expert serie 9000 is one of the most powerful kitchen machines on the market with a powered motor up to 1200W and an exceptional level of silence – has an inbuilt scale, timer control and a heavy duty die-cast metal body, making for professional efficiency with traditional design and a modern touch. Price: upon request, inclusive of a 10 year warranty on the motor. A&A Mizzi Ltd. Tel: 2148 8168. www.krups.com

Dishwasher safe and designed by Angeletti Ruzza, the Guzzini Knife Sets consist of 5 knives with upright stand block, all in stainless steel with a choice of coloured handles, such as white, black, green, red, orange and yellow. Price: €120. Domestica Showroom in Msida. Tel. 2144 7604. www.domestica.com.mt

Silver and gold porcelain mugs, as well as espresso and capuccino cups and saucers in same design - mix and match or choose your preferred colour. Price: starting from €4. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116. info@contempinteriors.com

The Domestica Wine Cabinet TDO Model is the ultimate accessory for wine lovers – dedicated 52 bottle capacity wine coolers will keep wine in optimum condition with precisely the right temperature and humidity. Price: €299. Domestica Showroom in Msida. Tel. 2144 7604. www.domestica.com.mt

Handles Art by Mariani – Model ARTE available in a variety of finishes, including in the newest colour: brushed matt bronze (as shown). Price: €73.50. Protrade Limited, Triq is-Sebh, Qormi. Tel: 2148 7644 / 2148 5203.

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INTERIOR DESIGNERS PENNY APAP BROWN AND ANNABEL CARUANA HAVE DECORATED THE FIRST FINISHEDAPARTMENT AT BELMONTE HEIGHTS DE LUXE APARTMENTS, SLIEMA IN A SOPHISTICATED STYLE SURE TO APPEAL TO URBAN DWELLERS. HOMEWORKS TAKES THE FIRST GLIMPSE.

Designers Penny Apap Brown and Annabel Caruana chose a chic colour scheme of sand and black as the basis for the apartment, playfully spiking the monochrome with vibrant elements of red, featured in accessories, achieving a striking balance between formality and warmth. Penny Apap Brown: “Formal black wallpaper with a subtle, classic pattern covers one wall of the open plan living area defining the dining space. A modern black lacquered dining table and sideboard provide the perfect backdrop to display a gleaming table setting.“ The seating and television area open up into a wider space with cream walls and a large, supremely comfortable L shaped leather sofa.  Red area rugs warm up the cream high gloss floor.  The black lacquered wall unit, black coffee table and large feather filled cushions in black velvet, red and sand silk compliment the formal dining theme and colour scheme without compromising the comfort and simple contemporary shape of the sofa.  Penny: “Walls behind the sideboard are completely mirrored to make the dining area appear wider and to reflect natural daylight from the two dining room windows.  The red oriental grasses pattern on the large ceiling shades provide more pockets of light when needed. Halogen down-lighters in the bulkhead provide abundant light, but direct it onto the details of the unusual picture on the side wall.  A second large overhead ceiling shade above the sofa matches a similar one in the dining area to create continuity.”

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The modern kitchen is in a vanilla and black high gloss finish with the larder and fridge freezer located behind the mirrored walls of the dining area, bridged with a black glass and steel raised breakfast bar, which backs seamlessly into the sideboard. This bar provides a breakfast area that looks out towards the dining room.  A recessed area off the dining room provides a comfortable space for a small study area.  A multi functional table provides adequate space for a laptop and telephone, but also opens out to double the size, should the need arise to set up a bar or buffet area.   Penny: “Belmonte Heights apartments are spacious with three double sized bedrooms and two good sized bathrooms. Unlike many Maltese apartments, which have the ubiquitous, long dark corridors, the corridor and rear hall are wide with plenty of daylight in these apartments.”

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“...THE CORRIDOR AND REAR HALL ARE WIDE WITH PLENTY OF DAYLIGHT IN THESE APARTMENTS...”

The modern kitchen is in a vanilla and black high gloss finish with the larder and fridge freezer located behind the mirrored walls of the dining area, bridged with a black glass and steel raised breakfast bar, which backs seamlessly into the sideboard. This bar provides a breakfast area that looks out towards the dining room. A recessed area off the dining room provides a comfortable space for a small study area. A multi-functional table provides adequate space for a lap-top and telephone, but also opens out to double the size, should the need arise to set up a bar or buffet area.   Penny: “Belmonte Heights apartments are spacious with three double sized bedrooms and two good sized bathrooms. Unlike many Maltese apartments, which have the ubiquitous, long dark corridors, the corridor and rear hall are wide with plenty of daylight in these apartments.”

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The master bedroom, complete with an ensuite shower room, is classically decorated and features striking wallpaper with taupe patterns on a white background. The headboard, bedbase and quilted bedspread incorporate a taupe, matt silk and cotton weave fabric with a velvet and silk spot design. Elegant mirrored bedside tables, side lamps and a chest of drawers create an unstructured arrangement and the white lacquered and mirrored corner wardrobe unobtrusively allows for a clutter free room. Patterned black and beige border tiles run vertically with narrow mirror strips up either side of the door to the terrace, while two full height mirrors add light and grandeur to the room.   The space is a perfect example of how to incorporate elegant taste with functionality. Duo Designers have taken in mind the profile of the sophisticated urban dweller that desires both comfort and convenience in the home.

Sofa black wall unit, curtain poles and Roman blinds by B4 Textiles. Lounge & dining curtains by Orienta. Red shades custom made by Stem Interiors for Duo Designers Candlesticks, place name holders, cake stand, silver dishes by One Two One Interiors. Dinner service, Dining table and sideboard by Form Ltd., Dining chairs by Kare. Red rugs by Duo Designers. Red & chrome Bugatti toaster in the kitchen provided by Cleland & Souchet. Bedrooms by Swiss Manufacturer HASENA collection sold in Malta through DUO DESIGNERS. Apartment at Belmonte Heights, Sliema: www.belmonteheights.com

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Mdina Glass produces a large variety of vases and bowls, which are both functional and decorative. Price: starting from €10. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.net

The fusion method allows Mdina Glass to create custom-made items to satisfy just about any request. Price: starting from €10. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.net

Cast glass blocks are infused with colour and swirling patterns to add something different and inspiring to any living space - can be used creatively in a partition, frame in wood, stainless steel or other medium. Price: starting from €35. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.net

Mdina Glass produces lampshades as stand-alone pieces or as part of a matching set with other items, which light from within the surrounding glass, providing a wonderful atmosphere and casting colourful shadows on walls. Price: starting from €190. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.net

Any painting or real life scene, for that truly personal touch, can be recreated and vividly brought to life thanks to the qualities that only glass can bring. Mdina Glass Price: starting from €30. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.net

Mdina Glass tableware adds an original presentation of shapes and colours to your dining experience, all available from Mdina Glass production lines or made to any given design or colour scheme. Price: starting from €10. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.net

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1. Linesse by Quick-Step - trendy, fine parquet strips by a subtle groove, with an optical effect making it look as though there are 6 different lengths, without the cross-joints coinciding. Price: Average sized room approx. €600, installation included. R Living. info@rliving.com.mt  / www.quick-step-com 2. Portelli & Brincat. Tel: 2169 1029 - Fgura. 2143 3975 - Mosta. 2137 3103 - San Gwann. 2124 0001 - St. Venera. www.portelliandbrincat.com.mt 3.Transforming normal rooms into a truly living experience with African Zebrano in the Witex Laminate flooring. Price: starting from €12 per square metre. Parquet Warehouse, 230, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel:7949 5575. 4. Wide range of over 50 designs to choose from, including wenge, oak, teak, walnut, coloured and other exotic woods. Price: starting from €8.95 per square metre. Link Projects Ltd., 70, Ta’Xbiex Seafront, Msida. Tel: 2133 4145 / 2131 2772 / 7933 3333. sales@linkmalta.com / www.linkmalta.com

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5. Grifée / Panga Panga in Wengé by Florian Parchetti - brushed natural varnished oil effect, available in 7 different colours. Price: €120 per square metre, including installation. C. Fino + Sons Ltd - Fino Buildings, Notabile Road, Mriehel Tel:2144 0735. www.fino.com.mt 6. Impressive quality, a huge selection of parquet and laminate products to choose from, simple installation, easy maintenance and attractive prices make the international market leader Hamberger from Germany a first choice. Satariano, 122, Valley Road B’Kara. Tel: 2149 2149. 7. Wide range of solid and pre-engineered parquet, suitable for indoors as well as solid and composite decking for the outdoors. Price: very attractive prices, available on request. Link Projects, 70, Ta’Xbiex Seafront, Msida. Tel: 2133 4145 / 2131 2772 / 7933 3333. sales@linkmalta.com / www.linkmalta.com 8. Nothing beats the feel of real wood – a true heaven at your feet with the Walnut Parquet. Price: starting from €36 per square metre. Parquet Warehouse, 230, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 7949 5575.

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Monster Mould MOULD CAN BE A DOMESTIC PROBLEM ALL YEAR ROUND, BUT WINTERS IN MALTA ARE ITS PLAYGROUND. A LITTLE BIT OF MOULD CAN BECOME A MUCH MORE SERIOUS ISSUE IF NOT SEEN TO. HOMEWORKS EXPLORES HOW TO CATCH, AVOID AND TREAT THE GRASPS OF THIS UNSIGHTLY AND UNHEALTHY INVADER. Words: Lyndon Hadley-Coates

They are unsightly; they cause actual damage and may represent a health problem for some individuals. The spores of mould are fungi just like mushrooms, which enter the house from outdoors and find the damp areas of your home to grow on walls, in carpets, on clothing - in fact, just about anywhere. Dust mites, which feed on the moulds and even the spores themselves, are likely to cause reactions in those with respiratory illnesses, asthma and allergic responses. It must be highlighted that moisture is the root of the problem. It is worthwhile looking at the sources of where the damp is coming from and thereby formulating some strategies for keeping it to a minimum. The atmosphere already contains water vapour and any activity in the home, which increases it, is going to contribute to the problem. Boiling water whilst cooking, the gas used by your cooker or heater, fish tanks, water features, showers and so on all add to the dilemma. Our breath contributes more than we would expect and more importantly, gas heaters will produce (depending on the exact composition of the gas), approximately 80kg of water vapour (that’s 80 litres), about 18 gallons of water and 69kg of carbon dioxide every time you burn 50kg of bottled gas. Dry air can carry a maximum amount of water vapour at any given temperature. If it contains its maximum we say it is saturated and the humidity of that particular sample will be 100%. For instance, an average sized room will contain about 1kg of water vapour. If the temperature falls, water vapour is rejected and it condenses to the liquid form. Cold surfaces will promote this condensation process; hence dripping windows after a cold night.

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Condensation forms in two ways: firstly by formation of a film that coats the surface, which then protects it from further condensation. Secondly by a drop mechanism, which means that the condensing fluid agglomerates to droplets leaving the surface clear to condense yet more vapour. Rough surfaces promote the film mechanism and smooth shiny surfaces promote drop condensation. Of course, prevention is the best cure. The key is to keep the amount of free moisture lurking in your home to a minimum and to use whatever techniques and strategies are available to attack the moulds directly. The moisture problem may be related to dampness from ground water or from water finding its way into your home through fissures in the walls, ceilings, etc. Ventilation is an absolute must and the condensation created overnight that remains on the windows should be wiped away. A surface painted with a gloss finish will encourage drop condensation, which can be removed regularly and therefore will help in damp areas like the kitchen for instance. Tiles or stainless steel cladding have the same effect.

“...THINK THAT A 1KW HUMIDIFIER WOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO TEN 100W LIGHT BULBS!”

A forced draft from a fan or open apertures will help to dry damp walls covered by a film of moisture by reducing the stagnant layer of air at the wall surface, which prevents the drying process. Don’t forget the chimney effect either. Warm air rises and an open window at ground floor level will communicate with another higher up in the house to carry away the moist air. Natural convection is effective and inexpensive. Properly installed under-floor heating is a good idea, as the form of heating is a dry heat and does not generate large volumes of wet combustion gases. Electric heating is dry heat but expensive. De-humidifiers are very helpful, but check on the running costs before you buy. As a reference point, think of a 100W light bulb (which is very bright) and that a 1kW, (1000W) heater/de-humidifier would be equivalent to ten 100W light bulbs! The direct approach to dealing with moulds is the weed killer method. These toxic substances can be added to your paint or sprayed on and wiped away on a regular basis. You may be familiar with these substances in bathroom products that are used to clean the mould in the grout. Removing mould providing it hasn’t become too well established is not too difficult and the general and very effective approach is to wash well with warm water and a mild detergent. Adding bleach will not significantly help prevent reoccurrence. Some moulds are actually toxic - black mould is a typical example - so it’s always a good idea to wear protective clothing, especially a mask, since spores will always be released into the atmosphere when they are disturbed. Some people are seriously affected by their presence in the air we breathe. Mould becomes more of a problem when not dealt with early, since it may penetrate the fabric feeding on the cellulose of wood for example, creating serious damage below the immediate surface. After the cosmetic effects of the mould on the surface are washed away, the areas should be dried and painted again. Remember that the key to limiting mould is ventilation and above all preventing condensation. Keeping warm and dry and keeping the mould at bay is quite an art but it can be achieved - you only need to be aware of it.

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Nextime clock “Banusq” glass & metal 35x35cm - new collection just arrived. Price: starting from €34. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116. info@contempinteriors.com

Collage frames are back at Gifts&More, this time in a larger variety of styles and sizes - this particular multi wall composition of eclectic frames holds 1 x (20 cmx 25cm), 2 x (13cm x 18cm) 2 x (10cm x 15cm) and 1 x (13x13cm), covering a total wall space of 72 cm x 72 cm. Price: €115. Gifts & More, Topline - St. Andrew’s & Cornerstone - Mosta Tel: 2137 2256. www.giftsandmore.com.mt

A full range of stylish faux leather home accessories now available, including magazine racks, chest of drawers, nest of tables, frames and much more. Price of functional and elegant moc- c roc side table/ tray: €139. Pouffe /storage: €130. Gifts & More, Topline – St. Andrew’s and Cornerstone, Mosta. Tel: 2137 2256. www.giftsandmore.com.mt

Hand crafted, black leather look aluminum armchairs and tables - light weight, weather resistant and modern design with a choice of square or round tables sized 80cm and armchairs complete with 4cm padded Ecru cushion. Price: starting from €650, now €550 + free delivery. Tabone Enterprises Malta Ltd, Zona Industrijali, Triq L-Imprendituri, Mriehel, Tel: 2144 3193. www.tabonedirect.com

De Giovanni armchairs offer a range of reclining lift armchairs which offer the solution to your total control and comfort at a simple touch of a button. Available in different leather or micro fibre finishes, price for manual armchairs in full leather is Lm195 €454 with free delivery and 2 years guarantee. Value Direct, 185, September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2825 / 9949 9337

Volare L shaped sofa available in left or right versions - a variety of best selling sofa set models with or without recliners now available in top cow leather. Price: €1220 / Lm515. Value Direct, 185, September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2825 / 9949 9337.

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Semi suspended light fittings coming soon to VCT Ltd., ideal for different spaces. Price: starting from €180. VCT Ltd. Light & Design, Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186. www.vct.com.mt

Miss K, designed by Philip Starck, is a table lamp, which provides diffused light – available in 3 different colours: silver, black and red - Brilliant, Tower Road, Sliema. Price: €211.

WAN is a wall and ceiling fixture that provides direct lighting - aluminum body, available in chrome, shiny white, enameled green and shiny black finishes, low glare shield - also available as a suspended fixture. Flos collection, Brilliant, Tower Road, Sliema. Price: €102.

Made to measure blinds - roller, vertical, micro and Roman – specialising in large roller blind sizes, manual or electric operated, in a wide selection of fabrics and textures. Price: Upon request. B4 Group Fgura. Tel: 2180 3668. Mosta. Tel: 2142 0198. www.b4.com.mt

Suspended light fittings which take powerful energy saving lamps, ideal for the kitchen, dining and living rooms – energy saving wrapped in glass, coming soon to VCT Ltd. Price: starting from €150. VCT Ltd. Light & Design, Ponsomby Street, Mosta.Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186. www.vct.com.mt

The new range of Lumi Lite led light fittings are the most effective and cost efficient power saving light system available - no re-wiring necessary when replacing and available in day or warm light. Tabone Enterprises Malta Ltd, Mriehel. Tel: 2144 3193. www.tabonedirect.com/energy_saving.htm

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German Quality and Design.

New Stock Now In

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A special touch has been given to the Visa thanks to the subtle line of light that divides the 2 sides of the body. A light that is binding the fixture together, taking care of a creative light play. Price: upon request. Elektra Ltd., Mill Street, Qormi. Tel: 2546 3000. www.elektra.com.mt / info@elektra.com.mt

Jwell Handles are the latest addition to the large selection of stainless steel, chrome, brass and bronze door handles, in satin and chrome finish. Price: €24.95 + free delivery to everywhere in Malta & Gozo. Tal-Mudell, Fortunato Mizzi Str., Victoria, Gozo. Tel: 2155 4131. www.tal-mudell.com  

A unique range of indoor/ outdoor chairs and tables available in a variety of colours - these nonscratchable items can be used in the home, garden or for commercial use - lightweight, stackable and UV protected. Price: €189. Stem Interiors, Hughes Hallett Street, Sliema (opposite Lady Di Pub). Tel: 2133 2019.

This is a rare early Victorial Burr Walnut inlaid side cabinet - large stock of fine antiques now in. Price: upon request. C. Azzopardi Antiques, Shop No. 1, The Westin Dragonara Resort, Dragonara Road, St. Julians. Tel: 21381839 or St. Anne’s Street, Floriana. Tel: 21236827

Fine Georgian Mahogany bureau bookcase with inlaid motifs. Price: upon request. C. Azzopardi Antiques, Shop No. 1, The Westin Dragonara Resort, Dragonara Road, St. Julians. Tel: 21381839 or St. Anne’s Street, Floriana. Tel: 21236827

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THE LACK OF GARDEN SPACE DOESN’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO MEAN THE LACK OF A GARDEN. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT ANTOINE GATT EXPLORES GREEN ROOFS AND ROOF GARDENS, HIGHLIGHTING THE BENEFITS OF BOTH. Words: Antoine Gatt, Landscape Architect Photos: MAS

With more people living in apartments, roof gardens are becoming a practical alternative to the traditional garden. Most of the roof gardens we see are limited to potted plants neatly arranged to complement the space created. On our island, it is very rare to come across a fully-fledged roof garden (green roof) where the growing medium (and relative drainage layers) is directly laid over the roofing slab. Well-constructed and planted roof gardens not only provide a feature of aesthetic beauty but also lower indoor and outdoor ambient temperatures. This has the added benefit of saving on energy costs.

This garden featured: Architectural Designer: George Chetcuti Landscape Designer: Melina Scodanibbio, Calamatta Landscapes Ltd.

These characteristics are particularly suited for the Maltese context. It is a fact that green areas within the urban fabric are rapidly declining. The current practice of maximising for profit the number of units within a plot has unfortunately sacrificed those areas previously devoted to gardens. We now see far less gardens in our towns and cities. Such practice has negative implications affecting both humans and wildlife alike. The increased hard surfaces (buildings, paving, roads, etc.) are contributing to hydrological related issues and rising temperatures in urban areas (heat island). Temperature readings within urban areas are often a couple of degrees higher than in rural areas.

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Consequently, roof gardens have a place within our towns. Some homeowners may be hesitant to build such gardens due to the idea of high initial costs, as well as the fear of possible leaks. The proper selection of waterproofing materials and the assurance of the highest quality of workmanship possible, guarantees against any possible leaks. The cost of building such a garden is related to the type of garden created and the design complexity. Roof gardens are divided between the extensive and intensive type: most of us are more familiar with the latter type. These have deeper soils so as to support a full-scale garden. They rely heavily on an irrigation system and maintenance is equivalent to a normal ground level garden. On the other hand, extensive roof gardens are composed of a shallow growing medium, normally less than 15cm. Plants such as succulents and sedums are normally utilised here, as they have a shallow root system. Irrigation, as well as maintenance varies, depending on the type of plants used.

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THE SELECTED VEGETATION PROVIDES AN AESTHETICALLY PLEASING AREA AND HAS A POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT ON PEOPLE LIVING OR WORKING AROUND THEM... Green roofs even if of the extensive type, offer measurable benefits not only to its owner/s but also to society in general. They have the ability to mitigate water run-off problems associated with urban growth and development. Planted roofs have the ability of absorbing air borne particles and sequester carbon dioxide, as well as other pollutants purifying the air, returning moisture and coolness to the atmosphere through evapotranspiration (the evaporation of water from plants and topsoil). The increased insulation of the building, evapotranspiration and shading by plants has a cooling effect on the building reducing the need of air conditioners. The selected vegetation provides an aesthetically pleasing area and has a positive psychological impact on people living or working around them with the added benefit of providing habitat and feeding ground for birds and insects, such as butterflies. Two major issues for successfully constructing a roof garden are the load-bearing capability of the structure to accommodate the garden and the right choice of plants used in the design.

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ROOFS ARE OFTEN MORE OPEN TO THE ELEMENTS, WHICH MEANS THAT PLANTS SHOULD BE PURPOSELY SELECTED TO WITHSTAND THE WIND AND SUN... Unless the building is yet to be constructed, (where the load-bearing capability of the roof can be engineered accordingly), existing structures will have to be certified as structurally capable of supporting such loads. If not, alterations have to be carried out to the roof slab to support the required load. Roofs are often more open to the elements, which means that plants should be purposely selected to withstand the increased exposure to both wind and sun. Both of these factors can have a detrimental effect on the successful establishment of the selected vegetation. Roof gardens or green roofs offer an alternative to traditional gardening, albeit with minor differences. They can be located not only on rooftops, but also on terraces and other structures. They brighten up what would otherwise be a dull and useless space.

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honest to goodness

With Emmanuel Delicata Winery This year HOMEWORKS, in collaboration with Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker bring you recipes from well-established, family dining restaurants that have stood the test of time and are synonymous with value-for-money. Check out these three family favourite recipes chosen by La Stalla Restaurant in Bugibba. Bill Hermitage chooses wines from Delicata to accompany each dish, highlighting precisely why they make the best accompaniments.

Fresh Fish Soup (Aljotta) Ingredients 200g 2

fresh fish cuts fish stock tomato purée onions fresh herbs

Method: Boil the fish for 65 minutes to obtain a purée, then drain through a fine sieve. Chop the onions and then fry in the olive oil and herbs for few minutes. Add the tomato paste and carry on cooking while adding the fish stock. Simmer for 6 hours. Add rice and garnish to taste. BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT: DOLCINO ROSÉ “I’ve opted for a Rosé wine here because invariably there will be alternating flavours because of the fresh fish cuts chosen or on hand at the time. Rosé wines are a great all-rounder, especially as in this instance the chef used prawns in the stock and to garnish – prawns and rosé wines go well together. The sweetness of the prawns and the medium dry flavour of the Dolcino are very complementary. The use of tomato purée is another reason why rosé wines make a good choice.”

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Maltese Octopus with Garlic and Pimentos Ingredients 150g 15 g

octopus fresh pimentos, sliced fresh garlic olive oil

Method: Boil the octopus for 40 minutes. Allow to cool and then drain. Fry in the olive oil for 3 minutes, adding pimentos, garlic and seasoning to taste. BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT: 2007 MEDINA GIRGENTINA CHARDONNAY I.G.T. MALTESE ISLANDS “Due to the clean seafoody flavours of the octopus and the combination of the strong flavoured garlic and pimentos I have chosen a crisp, clean flavoured dry white wine, which has good refreshing acidity to accompany this dish. I wanted something that would cleanse the palate of the strong flavours but at the same time have enough flavour to accompany the octopus but not overpower it. The Medina Girgentina Chardonnay will do just that. The acidity will cut through the strong flavours and refresh, whilst the flavours of the 2007 wine will complement the octopus perfectly.”

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Argentinean Rib Eye Steak La Stalla Ingredients: 300g 1/2 20g 4 200ml 100ml

fresh Argentinean rib-eye steak onion, chopped bacon, minced mushrooms demi glace port wine

Method: Pan-fry the rib-eye in butter to seal it and continue roasting at 175C for 8 minutes (accordingly). Fry the onions and bacon in butter in a saucepan, adding the sliced mushrooms. Add the port wine, allow to reduce and then add the demi glace and allow to simmer. BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT: 2007 GRAND VIN DE HAUTEVILLE SHIRAZ CABERNET D.O.K.MALTA “A nice chunky steak of beef and a full bodied red made from two great grape varieties like Shiraz (Syrah) and Cabernet Sauvignon doesn’t need a lot of contemplation, other than opening up the wine at least an hour before you are going to drink it. The fruit and spiciness of the Maltese Shiraz and the weight and structure of the Cabernet will go perfectly with the juicy red meat, the smoky flavour of the bacon and the sweet richness of the Port reduction.”

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A TO Z OF SUPPLIERS AIR CONDITIONING April 200 x 135.pdf

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A TO Z OF SUPPLIERS BATHROOMS DECORATIVE FINISHES

Gypsum

Parquet Flooring

Decking

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Windows

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Special Offers on Real Wood Flooring... GRF Limited. Bellavista Court, Bellavista Street, San Gwann SGN 2698, Malta Tel: +356 2137 7378 Mob: +356 7942 4422 Fax: +356 2137 3543

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A TO Z OF SUPPLIERS

Adoremore offers a vast selection of Designer Doors and Quality Blinds for your home and office. Our range of doors are made from the most precious timbers. We offer also the possibility to combine wood with innovative materials such as aluminium, glass, leather, stainless steel, mosaics made of coconut shells and now also swarovski cristals.

DOORS, BLINDS & ACCESSORIES

www.puertassanrafael.com

■ Over 3,000 doors ■ 20 different wood veneers ■ FREE handle with every door ordered Contact us for a FREE quote on site –addiem, Rabat - Malta Vjal Il-H Tel: +356 21 456 570 Fax: +356 21 456 570 Email: sales@adoremore.eu

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A TO Z OF SUPPLIERS HOME DECOR HOME DECOR

Are you looking for tAbles & chAirs for outside entertAining? the AsiA Arts should be your first visit.

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Asia Arts, 39, Abate Rigord Street, Ta’ Xbiex Tel: 2133 5688 Mob: 7982 2785 THE SLIEMA SHOP IN HIGH STR, HAS MORE ITEMS TO CHOOSE FROM. Tel: 2133 4564

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A TO Z OF SUPPLIERS HOME INSURANCE

25% discount * on Home Contents Premium

* Conditions may apply.

Home Insurance

234 30300

www.elmogroup.com

home@elmogroup.com

Elmo Insurance Ltd., Abate Rigord Street, Ta’ Xbiex, XBX 1111, Tel: 234 30000 Fax: 21 345 037, Website: www.elmogroup.com Elmo Insurance Ltd. is authorised to carry out general insurance business and is regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority.

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A TO Z OF SUPPLIERS KITCHEN APPLIANCES MARBLE & GRANITE WORKS

the best things are made to last Distinctive marble & granite works.

Meli Bugeja Ltd. mill street, mriehel by-pass, qormi qrm 3102 t. 21 444 348 / 21 485 801 f. 2010 6310 e. info@melibugeja.com

STAIRS • INTERIOR & EXTERIOR FLOORING • CLADDING KITCHENS • FIREPLACES • WINDOW & DOOR SILLS SKIRTING • VANITY & TABLE TOPS BATHROOMS • POOL FLOORING

www.melibugeja.com

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A TO Z OF SUPPLIERS OUTDOOR FURNITURE

OUTDOORCOLLECTIONS

A vast range of outdoor furniture available in various colours resistant to the Maltese climate. Can be bought individually or in complete sets. Full range can be seen at the Renova Showroom Mriehel

RENOVA Continental Quality

Tel: 21448174

Email: renova@maltanet.net

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Paint Sigma Coatings aim to research, develop and manufacture the finest products in the demanding market, gaining an international reputation for reliability of both products and services in market, which every year are subject to more environmental and legislative constraints and tougher economical challenges. We believe Sigma Coatings have the products, attitude and infrastructure in place that guarantee success for our customers and their projects. Available from all leading Iron mongers.

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POOLS NEW! Salt Chlorination Systems - uses common table salt to produce all the chlorine your pool needs, right in your pool - safely, effectively, and automatically. Same sanitation performance as manual chlorine addition without the drawbacks. No need to buy, transport and store expensive chlorine compounds. No more odour, stinging eyes, irritated skin and bleached out swimsuits Approx. 90 % of new pools in Australia are equipped with Salt Chlorination Systems

Specialising in Pool & Spa Construction, Finishing & Repairs. Roof Top or In-ground Pools o o o o o

PENTAIR Pool Equipment REVIGLASS Mosaic glass Copings & Tiles – Marble or Ceramic Salt Chlorination Systems HIDROTEN Pool Fittings

Phone: 2157 4658 Fax: 2158 6242 Mob: 9947 1148/ 7925 8227 email: pools@muscatpools.com

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Model Scenery design King & Miranda

The “best seller” kitchen from Italy can be found at: Aplan Centre B’Kara Bypass B’Kara BKR 9037 Malta Tel: 00356 21 480590 Email: scavolini@aplan.com.mt Scavolini S.p.A. 61025 Montelabbate (PU) - Italia Tel. +39 0721443333 Fax: +39 0721443413 contact@scavolini.com www.scavolini.com

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System of Quality Management UNI EN ISO 9001 System of Environmental Management UNI EN ISO 14001 System of Health & Safety Management OHSAS 18001

Please download our general catalogue from www.scavolini.com

Scavolini uses only Idroleb panels fot the carcase of its kitchens: a water repellent V100 panel with the lowest formaldehyde content presently available in the world.

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HOMEWORKS 36  

Welcome to the 36th issue of HOMEWORKS. As always, we are ever-enthusiastic to bring readers magnificent, to-die-for dream homes and this ed...