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he Sunshine Coast lifestyle lends itself to sun, surf and swimming, which is probably why it’s common in this region to frequently see pools in backyards. Residential swimming pools have more than one purpose. While they provide a space for families to exercise or cool off, they can also bring a unique landscaping element to a property. For those homeowners who don’t yet have a pool, but have plans in motion, I’m sure you will find this month’s outdoor feature helpful. The four-page article outlines current trends and design tips that will help you get on the right track with your project planning. Turn to page 24 to read the story. This month we feature renovation inspiration in our cover story, including the award-winning AD Williams Constructions home that features on the cover – isn’t it a lovely property! Plus, we explore the latest trend taking over home bathrooms – resort design. This stylish yet relaxed take on design will have you feeling like you’re on holidays without even leaving your home. Enjoy!
24 Cover story .............................4 Renovation inspiration
Bathroom....................................6 Resort bathrooms
Kitchen ...................................8 The butler’s pantry
Trends ........................................10 Summer love
Style............................................12 Summer paradise
Tips.............................................14 Planning, painting and pools
Expert advice............................18 With Cassandra Fenaughty
Expert advice............................20 With Emilia Johnston
Outdoors ...................................24 Pool planning
Finishing touches....................28 Tips, advice and style
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BEST PRACTICE Whether remodelling the existing footprint or planning a new addition to the home, the key to any good renovation is creating a functional space. Successful renovations take knowledge, understanding and inspiration. Here, we take a look inside some of the best of the best to provide renovators with inspiration.
PROJECT 1 Ayla Constructions HIA Sunshine Coast Renovation Project of the Year This contemporary low-maintenance family home blends in with existing gardens, the natural environment and boasts views to the ocean. Polished concrete features on the lower level of the build, with exposed aggregate externally. Rich blackbutt floors are laid throughout the home, while spotted gum timber has been used on the decks, which are perfect for entertaining. Other highlights include high ceilings, walk-in robes, granite benchtops throughout and a spacious laundry.
PROJECT 2 AD Williams Constructions HIA Sunshine Coast Renovations over $1 million winner This home boasts many stunning and functional elements. Entry is via an architectural-designed gate, which leads to a three-metre timber door. The home itself has a northerly aspect with high ceilings and well-placed windows and doors to capture the coastal breezes. The project included the renovation of the bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom (as pictured above) and garage with the addition of two new car bays. TIP: Paint can bring new life to a property. In this case it modernised the home (see image above.) The neutral colour and stone highlights set off the sleek timber features.
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STYLE & PRIVACY
Essential Residential HIA Queensland Home of the Year This Hervey Bay home is set high on a hill with sweeping views. It oozes timber features, including a stunning internal timber feature wall in American oak VJ, which has horizontal lining, studs, and shelving. The feature wall is complemented by American oak flooring that is secret nailed and finished in Whittle Wax to create a vibrant and light theme throughout this home where livability, as well as style, is key. All internal doors were custom made to special heights, with custom cavity-door frames individually made out of welded square, hollow steel. Secret nailed shiplap spotted gum was specifically chosen for the external walls of the sauna, finished in a smokey grey finish inducing a smooth ambience. External decking required select grade spotted gum hardwood coupled with slatted timber seating. Both are fixed with stainless steel spax screws, which is a clever way to maximise the effect of the surrounding views. A standout feature of the property is the polycarb wall. Situated on the northern end of the house, it creates a striking view of the property from the outset.
tip Seek inspiration from a range of sources and don’t limit yourself to renovated properties only. New homes such as this awardwinning property will also put you on the right track.
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This concept centres on the popular eco design theme. The interior features two narrow windows, green shrubbery, white tub and marble tile wall. It’s sustainability meets contemporary.
tip Focus on a few key elements, such as the bathtub, mirror, lighting and feature wall, and shape the rest of the design around these feature pieces.
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The butler’s pantry
Making room When designing the floorplan, speak to your architect about how you can make the extended pantry work. You don’t want to cut into your kitchen area too much, but you also need a pantry where it is easy to move and work. As a guide, the walkway should be at least 1000 millimetres and you will need to allow 600-700 millimetres for benchtops.
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Organise, organise, organise Once again, it’s easy to fall into the trap of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Don’t let your butler’s pantry become an eyesore. Take pleasure in organising the shelves and cupboards. You can find jars and containers of all shapes and sizes at pretty much any store that carries homeware products. Get to work and let your creative juices flow by designing pretty labels.
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his summer, interiors will focus on soft minimalism, with palettes featuring gentle colours, contrasting textures and dustings of mint and lemon coming to the fore. This is the message from the colour experts at Dulux. The summer palette – titled Wholeself – comprises muted shades of powdery pinks and warm neutrals brightened by touches of muted citrus and a minty blue-green. Dulux colour and communications manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr says powdery peach/pink has emerged as a key base colour, with the accents of clay, gold and blue-green adding a fresh, modern spin.
“This palette is a significant shift from the playful brights and rich, luxe tones of last year. “Rather than looking outward for inspiration, this season’s understated colours and intriguing textures draw you inwards and encourage moments of stillness and mindfulness. “Expect to see a paring back of the overdone or unnecessary; the idea is to surround yourself with furniture and accessories that serve a purpose and bring you happiness. Environmental awareness will be an important thread running through design in 2019; rather than discarding those pieces we no longer have a use for, we’ll be encouraged to re-purpose or re-imagine them in a new way,” she says.
tip When choosing colours from this trend palette, think about how they’ll work with your existing furniture, flooring and soft furnishings. You should also factor in the room type and any colours in adjoining spaces. One area this palette works particularly well is the bedroom. In this space it can create a calm and restful feel.
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Family processes My Renovation columnist Emilia Johnston says while it might seem to be a slow moving beast, the extent of your reno will ultimately determine how much upheaval your family will experience. To minimise stress levels it is best that you set up processes in the home that allow everyday activities to still function. Children rely on routine and structure so prevent stress by maintaining basic routines like still eating dinner and doing homework at the same time in a set place each day. If kids are unable to complete their homework in a suitable environment this then adds to their stress levels. The same applies to all other family processes such as daily laundering. Keeping aside an area that allows washing to still occur with baskets for all to use will ensure that everyday activities continue even if the space is compromised.
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s the temperature soars and holidays are upon us we find ourselves spending more time in the outdoors. You might feel like sprucing up an area ready for Christmas, or you might want to spend your days off transforming a zone in your backyard, here are some ideas to get you started.
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OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING Creating an inviting outdoor dining space can be as easy as placing an outdoor table under a shady tree on the lawn or as involved as purpose building an outdoor room. For a quick and economical fix, a beautifully crumpled linen tablecloth and your best dinnerware teamed with some fairy lights in an overhead tree or umbrella can really up the ambiance on a balmy evening. For a larger project, why not consider incorporating an outdoor kitchen bench
Above is the before backyard; left, is the photo-real renovation concept for the same space
with a built in barbecue, sink and even a bar fridge. Hardstand and weatherproof roofing is recommended to ensure your investment can be protected from the elements and to enable your family to enjoy it all year round. Marine-grade stainless steel fixtures and fittings and natural stone, concrete, tiles and solid timber are ideal materials to make sure it lasts for decades to come.
POOL AREAS If you have a pool, now is a great time to check and perfect your water quality. Pressure cleaning and sealing hardstand pool surrounds will make for no-fuss maintenance over the summer. It’s also really important to check your pool fence and gate is safe, compliant and in good working order. For a quick refresh on safe pool fencing visit qbcc.qld.gov.
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au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/ does-your-pool-comply. Do you cringe at the idea of having pool toys and towels everywhere over the holidays? An outdoor blanket box or timber storage box will do the trick, or if you have the space, you won’t regret adding a built-in seat with storage underneath poolside. An outdoor shower is also a great investment if you live close to the beach. If you don’t have a pool area, this is the best time to start planning for one as you will be able to take a good look at your areas of sun and shade during the season you will be using the pool the most. If you prefer your water a little warmer, consider a spot that gets a lot of sun and also look into fibreglass pools which are known to heat up faster than concrete and retain heat for longer. Fibreglass pools are also lower maintenance and easier to clean, well worth considering in the planning stages of a pool design.
A SERENE SPACE In the height of a hot summer, a cool and shady grassed area can be a haven. Built-in deck seating with throw cushions or an outdoor daybed can make for a lovely cool nook in your garden a space to laze for hours. Adding a water feature and some fragrant flowering plants nearby will add more zen. Great specie selections that flower in summer months and intensify in the evening include jasmine, gardenia, brunfelsia (commonly known as yesterday, today and tomorrow), murraya (mock orange) and frangipani. CONNECTING YOUR INDOORS AND OUTDOORS Perhaps you don’t use your backyard as much as you would like to because it’s hard to get to. The addition of sliding doors, French doors or bifolds onto an existing or new verandah, patio or grassed area can completely changed the way you live in your home. Building strategically-placed stairs or retaining
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walls and terracing can assist with access and usability. Sometimes simply removing a verandah railing and balustrade and adding stairs will open a home to the outdoors. Whatever changes you make this summer, be sure to top all the hard work off with some rest and relaxation to enjoy the space you’ve created!
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aking time out to renovate should also mean taking time to evaluate and improve the environmental sustainability of your property. It is imperative as we try to reduce energy costs and minimise negative environmental impact that we look at how we can do this as part of our renovation. According to the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), buildings use 40 per cent of the world’s energy, emit 40 per cent of the world’s carbon and use 20 per cent of the world’s available drinking water. A four-bedroom house with two adults and two children, for instance, can produce CO2 emissions of 5.65 tonnes per year. Everything we do in our home contributes to this tally so it is worthwhile prior to renovating to understand your home’s impact on the
environment either through energy use, carbon emissions, water consumption, and waste produced. While there is usually an upfront cost to improve the sustainability of your property, this should always be prioritised in your design and budget over a fancy piece of marble, for instance. For those renovating to sell, assets such as insulation, solar power and additional rainwater storage can be attractive to potential buyers. The ABS has found that a one-star improvement in the NABERS rating of a home equates to three per cent of value increase so, not only do you increase the value of your home, you also reduce your energy expenses and contribute to a healthier environment. For those renovating their dream home it makes good sense both environmentally and economically to incorporate sustainable solutions into the project.
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Give your Concrete a that best suits our climate. Study your electricity bills and see if you spend more on heating in winter or cooling in summer to help plan your orientation. Keep in mind that temperatures are likely to climb higher in future years. On the Sunny Coast you should achieve good passive solar heating in winter if your daytime living areas are north facing and flow onto outdoor areas. Passive cooling can be achieved if you have windows or louvers to capture easterly breezes. We also need to avoid the sun at the hottest part of the day, which comes from the west. To do this it is best to minimise glazing, avoid west-facing bedrooms and living areas, and instead place utility areas of bathrooms, garages and laundries to the west. With simple design solutions like ensuring your home’s orientation and glazing is not overly exposed to the west, and adding in windows or louvers to maximise cooling breezes to the east,
you will make positive energy gains in your renovation. Another way to limit energy loss is by installing insulation or using materials to maximise natural heating and cooling. A renovation is a good time to install quality insulation if you don’t already have it. Adding insulation to existing properties is more cumbersome than including in new builds but well worth the effort. Always ensure that your fitter observes all safety regulations. Educate yourself on the type of insulation and reflective lining to use, as well as any electrical requirements. The use of downlights increases fire risk in ceiling cavities so ensure all safe distances are maintained and inverters are not covered. A home with insulation will not only make living more comfortable, it will also save an average $450 on your energy bill in a year, thereby reducing your home’s carbon footprint.
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Consider long-term costs Owning a swimming pool can be quite affordable. Upkeep, especially if you take a few energy-saving steps, can literally cost pennies a day. But, it’s best to have an idea of what those costs are. Factor in how much water it will take to keep your swimming pool full, cleaning and water maintenance costs, and any accessories (pool covers, filters, toys) you’ll need to purchase.
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Don’t forget about insurance When establishing a budget, don’t forget to think long term. Contact your insurance carrier and find out if owning a swimming pool affects your homeowner’s policy—no one likes to be surprised.
Don’t skimp Yes, we told you to stick to your budget, but it is also important to have the pool design you have been dreaming about. Retrofitting a swimming pool is never as easy as the initial install. So, if your pool design dream includes the slide or the cascading waterfall over the slab of granite, then go for it. If it busts the budget, ask your pool builder where you might be able to save elsewhere. You never want the swimming pool that’s “almost perfect”.
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Be energy efficient It’s easier than ever to save on the swimming pool’s energy costs. Enclosures, pool covers, pumps and lighting timers can all pay for themselves in energy savings in a short amount of time. In cold climates, it can sometimes pay to shut your swimming pool down for the winter, rather than heat it.
Go green Some shy away from swimming pools for fear of the environmental impact, but the industry has worked hard in the past few years to make pools eco-friendly. Today’s pool heaters can be heated almost entirely using solar energy. There are even swimming pools filtered using natural methods – an attached pond does all the work – and other alternatives that can now replace many chemical water treatments. Swimming pool covers also help with water lost in evaporation, saving you time and money.
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