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hen it comes to planning a renovation, more often than not we focus on the interior design of our home. But the exterior, particularly the front facade, can be just as important, especially if you plan to flip the property. The front facade and the entrance of your home is the first thing people see, which means that it is worth investing in a makeover. This month, resident columnist and Sunshine Coast landscape architect Cassandra Fenaughty demonstrates exactly what a facade renovation can do for the value and appearance of your property. Ms Fenaughty has recently completed a renovation of her home and shares how a colour change, a feature mailbox, or even some low-maintenance planting can make all the difference. Turn to page 10 for the story. This month, we also focus on the ever-growing trend of green living. In our feature story we share ways to incorporate basic biophilic design principles. The story is on page six. Enjoy!
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GOING GREEN Vertical gardens are popular for a reason. They are aesthetically pleasing, create an interesting feature and inject a natural element into the home. Of course, they aren’t a cheap investment, and the scale of your living wall will likely depend on your budget. There are DIY kits that will help to keep the costs down, but for a large feature you will need to invest in a professional installer. Prices vary widely per square metre and it will come down to the quality of installation, hardware and plants. Do keep in mind that a living garden requires more than water to survive. Adequate light is integral to its health, and the larger the garden, the more it needs. Filtered sunlight may not provide enough light, but any landscape architect or green wall specialist will advise what type of specialised lighting you will require in the home.
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Part 3, the front facade After many months of hard work, My Renovation columnist Cassandra Fenaughty unveils her newly finished renovated home. Over the next couple of issues of the magazine she will take readers through the various stages of the Sunshine Coast project. This month we are excited to share our front facade renovation reveal. Front facades are all about the street appeal and often one of the most exciting stages of a renovation. The before and after shots of the front facade really prove that even with a simple colour update, a few small modifications, a driveway clean and some landscaping, a huge transformation can take place. Our aim for the front facade was to freshen up the look and provide more usable spaces. The first step was to undertake excavation and retaining wall works to build flat usable spaces on top of our block for additional car parking
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PRIVACY BY DESIGN It’s great to form a relationship with and feel close to your neighbours. However, you might be close to your neighbours in a different way. Perhaps close enough to hear them sneeze? “We had one project recently where the home’s front entrance ran between two tall buildings. Dwarfed by the imposing walls and windows, the home’s owners and guests felt exposed each time they entered or left the property. “The solution? We installed an arbour that ran down the front walkway. This guided the path to the front door, while keeping the eyeline lower and focused on where you’re going. The arbour was painted a dark charcoal colour, as to recede and not draw too much attention. Designed to encompass you as you walk to the front door, it drew focus away from the houses on either side. “By bringing focus back to the immediate property, we were able to create the feeling of sanctuary within the owner’s home. This clever design detail seamlessly brought privacy back to the property,” notes Matt.
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NO OUTDOOR SPACE IS TOO SMALL A common sentiment I hear from clients is the assumption that the space they have is too small to achieve the result they’ve been dreaming of. Don’t feel limited by your acreage. Any outdoor space has potential with the right mindset and design thinking. One previous Landart project in North Bondi had a notably small backyard. Although it packed a punch with a luxury plunge pool, relaxing lounge area and tall hedging that prioritised privacy, it easily could have felt boxed in by the limited spare space. By strategically placing mirrors on the stark white walls, the eyeline was guided beyond the edge of the space, creating an immediate sense of openness.
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DETAILS TO CONNECT THE INDOORS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD Creating cohesion and flow between the indoors and outdoors of your property is the ultimate end goal, but sometimes the two can be completely disjointed and have a very different feel. Landart worked on a Turimetta property where the house sat very high in relation to the surrounding landscape, heavy materials. Part of this design was to soften the transition from the house to the lower yard with the use of in built seating and tiering. To continue the distinct, stone paving into the garden would have been too harsh in contrast against the garden. In order to keep the space refined and inviting, the client wanted to seamlessly introduce natural elements. To achieve this goal and create an ideal flow and transition from built form to environment, mixed materials were experimented with “A set of steps were created that started off as a heavy stone and concrete (that could also play the dual role of a bench seat and retaining wall). They then transitioned into timber that was a more organic connection to the greenery and plantations of the garden. It was the detail of materials that solved the disjointed feeling between the house and the garden.
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PROJECT: TIMBER DECK With winter upon the Sunshine Coast, an outdoor deck might be the last place you want to spend your evenings. But now is the ideal time to prepare the perfect timber deck to ensure it’s ready and waiting for those warm spring evenings. Haymes’ Paint wood care expert Wendy Payne shares her top five tips to get you started. 1. QUALITY TIMBER It’s important to take your time and be conscious when sourcing timber for your deck. Make sure that you are purchasing from a reputable supplier. Where possible it is important to look for the FSC chain of custody certification label. This indicates your timber comes from well-managed forests, controlled sources, or reclaimed materials.
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4. CLEANING AND COATING Use the appropriate timber cleaner and quality brushes prior to coating. Preparation is key for penetration and adhesion of the timber finish. Calculate and use the correct amount required for the job as horizontal surfaces wear five times quicker than a vertical surfaces.
3. CHECK THE WEATHER Check, double-check and triple check the weather before you decide to start preparing your deck for coating. Ensure that no rain is expected for 48 hours and avoid applying on hot to-touch timber or in direct sunlight.
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3 GREAT GADGETS Technological advances are forging ahead like they never have before. Here are three gadgets that we could see making their way into our homes soon.
1. SAMSUNG TV giant Samsung has a new kind of TV in the works. It’s a hybrid between OLED and quantum dots called QD Display, cnet.com reports. Samsung Display ended production of LCD panels in 2021, moving to QD Display with the TVs hitting the market as early as this year. In brief, Samsung reports that “quantum dots that emit light by themselves can implement various and accurate colours at each level of light and dark, and are being used in next-generation large-scale displays due to their efficient use of light and a simple structure”. For more visit samsungdisplay.com
3. PROJECTOR WITH A DIFFERENCE Philips new Screeneo U4 home projector is breaking away from tradition. While other projectors aim to mimic cinema-size products, the Ultra Short Throw is positioned only a few inches from a wall and delivers a true full HD image up to 80 inches. It can connect with up to two pairs of speakers/ earphones through Dual Bluetooth tech. Visit philips.com.au
2. REVOLUTIONARY CLEANING The launch of Roborock’s new flagship product S7 MaxV Ultra is set to change home cleaning forever. The S7 MaxV Ultra is a fully robotic vacuum cleaner with three individual bins attached to the docking station. These include waste collected, clean water and dirty water reservoirs. The auto emptying function automatically empties the dust collected from the machine into the dock, allowing for up to seven weeks of maintenance free cleaning. The S7 MaxV Ultra easily picks up most rubbish or food spills with ease. The sonic vibration mopping allows the machine to use less water to clean the floor. The vacuum also features a specialised built-in sensor to detect carpet, allowing the machine to alternate back to vacuum mode in order to avoid wet carpets. The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is $2699 and is available from Godfreys and Harvey Norman.
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