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Some of Perth’s emerging furniture designers are hoping their work will turn heads at this year’s The Edge competition, which kicks off in Sydney on Wednesday. Making it to the finals of the event, which is a key part of the annual Australian International Furniture Fair, has given our local talents a good chance of gaining national and international recognition. Check out their entries on Page 27. Planning to splash out on a new kitchen or bathroom? Then don’t miss HOME’s special kitchen and bathroom feature next Sunday. In addition to getting the lowdown on the latest products and trends, you could win a $10,000 Bosch kitchen appliance makeover thanks to Rick Hart’s Kitchen Headquarters.
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HE Leederville by Plunkett Homes has a wide contemporary frontage that gives no hint of its small-lot status. Perfect for many of today’s urban inﬁll sites, the home has been built on a 317sq m corner block on the edge of the city centre. With all the bedrooms on the upper ﬂoor and an open-plan kitchen and living area leading to an alfresco downstairs, it will appeal to trendy young couples, small families and prime-timers looking for an urban lifestyle. “The block we built the Leederville on is fairly typical of corner lots that have been subdivided,” says Jeremy Muir, group sales manager at Plunkett. “It’s that typical ‘half a block’.” The Leederville, which can be built from $259,500, certainly presents well from the street, with a wide balcony off the master suite and a two-colour design that combines rendered walls with contrasting bands. Black balustrading and timber decking set everything off for smart street appeal. “The Leederville not only demonstrates what
Plunkett Homes can do on a small lot, but it also shows that we can come up with solutions to address a short, wide block,” Jeremy says. The alfresco has been kept away from the street, leading off the kitchen via a glazed hinged door and off the dining room via a set of stacker doors. Jeremy says the door from the kitchen not only gives easy access to the outdoor dining table but also the clear glazing enhances the feeling of light and space. “The block has a less than perfect orientation but the house still feels nice and light,” he says. Ceilings are high to add volume and a bulkhead has been added over the kitchen where wide, stainless steel appliances combine with overhead cupboards, stone benchtops and a neutral colour palette for comfortable chic. With a view to keeping hardworking utility areas together, the Plunkett design team has positioned the laundry off the kitchen. A second set of stacker doors off the dining room opens to an elevated timber-decked terrace, perfect for watching the comings and goings in the street.
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Using a ﬁreplace recess to separate the dining room from the living room creates a welcoming feature without eating into space. Completing the ﬁrst ﬂoor layout are a powder room, a walk-in linen cupboard and a spacious foyer with double entry doors. Mindful that small lots usually offer little space to store items such as bikes and gardening equipment, the Leederville includes a sizeable store off the garage. About a third of the upper ﬂoor has been dedicated to the master bedroom with its sliding door to the balcony. There’s ample room to set up a retreat with a reading chair or two as part of the bedroom, which also includes a walk-in wardrobe, a recess for a dressing table and an ensuite with twin vanities and shower. “The main bedroom enjoys views towards the city and makes the most of the width of the block,” Jeremy says. A recent addition to Plunkett’s display portfolio, the Leederville enables homebuyers to see a small-lot home in an urban inﬁll setting. Paula Evans
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Q&A Shannon’s tip of the week Some plastic furniture is really well designed for outdoor use. As a rule, the darker the furniture, the less likely it will be affected by UV. When choosing plastic outdoor furniture, take the heaviest member of your family with you and have them sit in the chair. They need to feel comfortable in it. It’s best not to store plastic furniture outside because it breaks down in the sun. Keep spiders away from the underside of your outdoor furniture by occasionally wiping a couple of drops of lemon oil underneath your tables and chairs.
How do you clean a latex pillow? Can bed bugs still get into the latex? There has been a lot of talk about pillows on the TV lately saying you should throw your pillows out every so often. Latex pillows are too expensive to be replaced regularly.
I am so glad you mentioned this. A One of the reasons that people have been talking about throwing pillows out is that a lot of them do not wash their pillows anymore – eek! It is necessary to wash your pillows regularly. I use a pillow protector as well. It’s like a mattress cover, but designed for pillows. All of the pillows in my home get washed at least once every three months. Latex pillows are easy to wash. Simply place them in the washing machine – end to end around the drum – so that they can’t move about when the machine starts to agitate (so you will need to wash several pillows at once). Instead of using washing powder, use a couple of caps of very cheap hair shampoo (the cheaper the better as it doesn’t contain so many fruit oils) and turn the machine on to a gentle cycle with a warm wash and warm rinse or cold wash and a cold rinse. It is important that the water
Hi! Shannon here again to help you with your domestic disasters. temperature be the same for both wash and rinse. To dry your pillows, place a towel across the top of your clothes lines and peg it in place, forming a table. Lay the pillows on top of the towel to allow them to dry and turn them occasionally. This approach means they won’t compress and will dry evenly and stay fluffy.
Can you please tell me what I can use to clean my vinylwrap kitchen cupboards without scouring them? I used Jiff once, but am worried this will wear the vinyl off. Being in the kitchen, they do get a slightly greasy film on them. Any advice is appreciated.
I have vinyl-wrap cupboards A in my kitchen and I use a very simple solution. Put one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and one teaspoon of lavender oil into a litre of water and use it to fill a spray bottle. Lightly spray your cupboards with the solution. Then use a pair of pantyhose (rolled up into a soft ball) to wipe over your cupboards. It cuts through grease and is antibacterial. You’ll also be surprised how fast it is. If you prefer, you can just use white vinegar to clean them down, but I find my solution faster and more fragrant.
Thanks for all your great questions this week. Keep them coming and keep them specific. To work out how to remove a stain, I need three pieces of information. I need to know what the stain is made of; what surface it’s on (Is there a varnish? What is the topmost surface that the stain is affecting?); and what, if anything, you’ve already tried to remove it. Each thing you try changes the chemical composition of the stain. Include a photograph if you can. Photographs really help the stain diagnosis. Don’t forget, alternative recycling questions are also welcome.
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additional suburbs across Perth in the near future,” Clayton says. This new type of product adds another element to a market where homebuyers are predominantly looking at established properties, according to Clayton. “Many people think that buying an older, established home is the easier option, however the ready-built homes we now have on offer have plenty of beneﬁts, including a reduction in stamp duty for ﬁrst homebuyers and a lifetime structural warranty,” he says. WA Housing Centre’s ready-built homes come with ﬂoor coverings, window treatments, internal painting and landscaping so all you have to do is bring your furniture and move in. “With more and more people becoming increasingly time poor and some homebuyers working away on the mines, this kind of product is ideal because it takes all the work out of building a new home, but you still have the advantage of moving into a brand-new home,” Clayton says. “And if a ready-built home isn’t the right ﬁt for your lifestyle or budget, WA Housing Centre can also create a tailored home-andland package in one of over 50 suburbs across Perth and the South-West.”
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The Homestead, which can be built from $220,889, may be a showcase of inspirational ideas and up-to-the-minute features, but many buyers have been drawn to this home simply because they love its zoning. “The zoning is quite deliberate, with the master suite, sunken home theatre and ofﬁce all at one end of the house,” Cameron says. “The minor bedrooms and the kids’ activity area are at the opposite end of the home, then you’ve got all your open-plan space in the middle so that everyone can come together.” An extra-high, extra-wide door leads through to the master suite, emphasising the generous proportions of this hotel-inspired bedroom space with its twin walk-in wardrobes. Features such as the double-sized hob-free showers, ﬁtted wardrobes, high ceilings, frameless shower screens, “white kote” glass sliding doors to the linen cupboard, a pull-out clothes basket in the laundry and a double pull-out bin in the kitchen ensure there’s little buyers need to add to the Homestead’s speciﬁcation. Paula Evans
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OMBINING the timeless look of limestone with face brick and a white-painted veranda, the Homestead by Dale Alcock Homes extends a warm holiday welcome. “The key brief for the Homestead was to provide a home that ﬁtted into the Swan Valley nicely, hence the more colonial-style elevation,” says Cameron Lade, sales and marketing manager at Dale Alcock Homes. The veranda was an essential feature for the builder, acknowledging a move towards more neighbourly estates. “A lot of developers want that sense of community within their estates and they encourage verandas so that people can sit out the front,” Cameron says. “It gives you an opportunity to socialise with the neighbours and I think that’s something that is really quite valid.” The feature elevation wraps around two sides of the house to address both street frontages, while the ﬂoor plan works with the corner location to create maximum outdoor living space. Based on the builder’s popular blueprint the Ambrose, which used to be on display in Southern River, the Homestead has a tried and tested layout that ﬂows well and really works, according to Cameron. As well as providing the alfresco to the rear, the Dale Alcock design team has added stacker doors to the side of the living area in the display home. These lead to a second outdoor living and entertaining space beneath an optional pergola. Stacker doors are growing in popularity as, unlike traditional sliding doors, they can stack back to create a large opening. “The ability to get that bit more open space between indoors and outdoors has been really
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ITH its extended alfresco, separate sun deck and private courtyard, the Eclipse by Aussie Living Homes recognises that outdoor living is here to stay. The builder has had lots of fun making full use of the backyard in this Alkimos display, even setting up a mini basketball court for the kids. Anthony Oldershaw, brand manager at Aussie Living Homes, says it’s not just the internal spaces in the home that illustrate well-thought-out zoning. “As well as a great alfresco and internal zoning, the Eclipse has a well-zoned garden, too,” he says. The design team have even created a garden bed with a raised entertaining podium that Anthony says could be used as a dance ﬂoor. It would be a simple change to add a door from the activity room to the basketball court, while the master suite can easily be opened into a private courtyard. “The relaxed lifestyle that we live and the ability to put up cafe-style blinds can give the outdoor feeling all year round,” Anthony says. He says the brief for the Eclipse was to design a four-bedroom family home that had wellzoned areas for parents, kids, indoor and outdoor entertaining, and everyday living. Wrapping the family and meals area around the alfresco makes both rooms feel connected to this key outdoor space. “The day-to-day living zone relates beautifully to the outdoor alfresco and garden area, giving the home a great feeling of space but with a practical layout,” Anthony says. Anchoring the design of the Eclipse is a central kitchen featuring overhead cupboards, stainless steel appliances, a recess for the fridge/ freezer and a breakfast bar built into the island bench. “Central kitchens are a great design feature in modern homes,” Anthony says. “They work particularly well as a central hub and also ensure that we can then separate the meals, living and alfresco areas so that they are not thoroughfares in the home.” Adding a built-in unit that doubles as a bar
in the dining room helps unify the spaces even further. Grouping the home theatre and main bedroom together at the front of the home has delivered a parents’ wing with its own entertaining space. The layout not only increases the sense of space in the entry hallway, where there is room for a console table on which to drop keys and mobile phones, but it also creates a foyer leading past the home theatre – or second sitting room – to the main bedroom. An open-style ensuite and big windows contribute to the sophisticated hotel-inspired presentation in the master suite. Fitting comfortably on to a 15m-wide block, the Eclipse has a warm and welcoming presence from the street. “The front elevation is a modern take on a Balinese bungalow with its clean lines, feature rendered surround to the window and its exposed timber beams,” Anthony says. “The frontage is classical and therefore will not date, but will work towards adding future value to the home when it comes to resale.” Paula Evans
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If Australia is the lucky country, then WA more than qualifies as the lucky state, says Master Builders director Michael McLean
HOSE of us who live in WA are pretty clear about why we believe that we live in one of the best places in the world. Our laid-back lifestyle, high standard of living, lack of trafﬁc congestion (except during peak hour), quality beaches and employment prospects regularly top most people’s lists. All these positives have an impact on our psyche and general level of conﬁdence and wellbeing. However, our economy is not immune to the impact of global ﬁnancial upheavals. Conﬁdence has taken another hit due to the economic problems being experienced in Europe. Despite two interest rate cuts, the lowest unemployment rate in the country and the highest population growth of any state, WA recently recorded its lowest level of building approvals for almost three years – about 30 per cent less than what the housing industry is capable of building in WA. All this is happening at a time when construction levels in the mining/resource sector are breaking new records, accompanied by high
wages (in that sector) and a tighter rental market, hence causing the so-called two-speed economy. Builders are offering many deals on new homes, quality trades are in good supply, and construction periods are excellent. Astute homebuyers and investors are capitalising on the opportunities the current housing market is offering. The renovation sector is doing well as a result of homeowners having difﬁculty in selling their homes at their preferred price. A number of builders and specialist contractors are moving to where the work is, which is in mining communities. This downturn is a great opportunity for the State Government to build more housing for the battlers, disabled and elderly.
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The taxpayers’ dollar would certainly get a brilliant return if the Department of Housing were to capitalise on builders’ excess capacity and competitive pricing. So what will it take to provide a boost to the state’s housing industry? A better international economic picture, another reduction in interest rates, fewer regulatory burdens on builders and developers, and more positive media coverage would be helpful. The release of more modest and affordable house-and-land packages for ﬁrst homebuyers will also be a welcome initiative to those wanting to enter the housing industry. WA is the lucky state. We all just need to be reminded of that from time to time and believe in it.
A-Z BUILDING information It is very likely that many old homes have materials containing asbestos, so if you are thinking of renovating, you need to take care, says Master Builders technical adviser Romina De Santis
ESOTHELIOMA is one of a number of asbestos-related diseases resulting from exposure to asbestos ﬁbre through mining, manufacture and the installation of asbestos products. Although the main cause of mesothelioma remains occupational exposure, research in the
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If your home was built prior to 1988, it may contain asbestos products. It is only when these building components are disturbed or damaged that asbestos ﬁbres can be released. If you suspect asbestos is present in your home, refrain from drilling or cutting the material or in any way disturbing the material. If you think asbestos might be present in your home, it is important to note that a visual inspection of a building component cannot determine if it contains asbestos. A laboratory assessment is required to conﬁrm suspicious materials. The most likely materials that may contain asbestos include rooﬁng, fencing, wall cladding, water or ﬂue pipes, textured paints and backing materials on ﬂoor tiles and vinyl ﬂooring. When deciding to renovate an old home, consider the possible areas that might include asbestos and have necessary demolition work done by a licensed professional. This ensures the work is done safely, with the material transported from the site and disposed of correctly.
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I understand that there are new rules for owner-builders. Can you explain? Yes. Under the new Building Services (Registration) Act there are new, more stringent requirements if you are an owner-builder. Owner-building is a common feature of today’s building market, with about 10 per cent of all new dwellings being constructed this way. The new laws now require owner-builders to obtain a permit from the Building Commission before applying for a building licence with the local authority. Owner-builders will be required to show that they are fit and competent to engage in this activity. This will often mean completion of a course of study that is being developed. Owner-builders will also face tighter restrictions on their ability to circumvent the six-year restriction on engaging in this activity more than once. Under the new Building Act to commence in April, owner-builders will be required to obtain their neighbours’ written consent where their project affects other properties. Owner-builders will have the choice of using a private certifier or the local authority for BCA Certification of Class 1 and 10 buildings. There is also new paperwork to deal with – such as a Notice of Completion, which must be submitted to the permit authority within seven days. Owner-building can be a minefield for inexperienced persons looking to save a few dollars. Issues such as workers’ compensation, public liability, housing indemnity (on resale within seven years) and compliance with safety requirements must be considered if you are thinking about taking this path.
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AN EMPORIUM OF DELIGHTS From handmade buttons to vintage-style twine, all the items at WA artist Murray Gill’s outlet have got his stamp of approval
ELEBRATED WA artist Murray Gill and his equally talented wife, Juanita Gill-Hille, are expertly painting the town red now they’ve moved their popular homewares and art supplies store to bigger premises in Subiaco. In addition to selling a quirky mix of home decor and the ﬁnest art materials from Europe, the dynamic duo have opened a bespoke bar, aptly named Juanita’s, behind their shop. What better way to start – or ﬁnish – your retail therapy than by kicking back in the retro-inspired surrounds with a tapas plate and chilled glass of wine or beer? “We wanted a bigger store and we also wanted the chance to enliven Subiaco,” Murray says. “The people of Perth really appreciate it when you do something different.” Juanita’s funky ﬁt-out is already a big hit with the customers. “We were really lucky to ﬁnd the retro furniture,” Murray says.
“People keep coming in and wanting to buy it, but it’s not for sale.” Luckily, there are plenty of other goodies on offer in this “emporium of delights” to satiate savvy shoppers. Glassware sourced from a Danish design studio, handmade leather-bound journals, international lifestyle magazines and European linens are some of the best-sellers. “Each item is rather exquisite,” Murray says. “Stockists ﬁnd us – we very rarely search the net to ﬁnd them.” Murray’s sought-after artworks add brilliant pops of colour to the shop walls. The children’s books he’s written and illustrated brighten up some of the shelves, too, as does his fabulous range of cards. Handmade buttons, hand-poured candles, cotton tape, children’s toys and an amazing range of vintage-style twine from the UK have been other surprise successes with the clientele.
“I love all of the little things you can ﬁnd in the store, particularly the small gifts for kids,” Murray says. “I’m also big on items with beautiful packaging. Basically, anything Juanita and I like goes.” Even the local pooches have given Gill & Hille the paws up, thanks to the thoughtfully placed bowl of fresh water near the front door. Sandra Peterson
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EXTERIOR MOTIVES The outdoors are no longer areas where you have a few chairs and a table to enjoy a cup of coffee in the open. It is now an extension of the home with special furniture, features and lighting
ITH designated alfresco areas now de rigueur in the modern Australian home, more attention than ever is being paid to outdoor furnishings, lighting, appliances, shading and accessories. It’s not enough for these areas to simply be functional throughout the year – they now need to look the part, too. “Alfresco living has been one of the most signiﬁcant areas of change in the home over the past few years,” says Joel Bartfeld, Shine Group creative director and the man behind SunnyLife. “What was once an afterthought is now a key entertaining and living space. Almost all new homes have a conceived outdoor living space – be it courtyard, winter garden, terrace or even outdoor room. Australia’s climate, lifestyle and environment mean that people seek the outdoors and try to integrate that into their homes.” Bunnings leisure buyer Cameron Rist agrees that Australians are utilising their outdoor spaces more than ever before. “Many people see the alfresco area as ‘the ﬁfth room’, an extension of the indoor space
and somewhere they spend a good portion of the year,” he says. “More homes now include a sophisticated alfresco area equipped with removable shade structures, storage and elegant furnishings. Landscaping has also expanded into feature walls and water features, vegetable patches, and sophisticated lighting to create the ideal ambience.” To ensure alfresco areas are utilised all year round and not just in summer, Joel recommends creating an area that is shaded, heated and easy to clean. “That way it’s not just cleaned up come summertime, only to become cobwebbed when the weather turns,” he says. According to Cameron, shade, lighting and stylish furnishings are necessities in today’s outdoor living space. Throw rugs, cushions and pillows are a cost-effective way to add comfort and colour to your alfresco area. Outdoor lighting is especially important heading into the darker winter months. “In addition to standard ﬂoodlights and downlights, ambient lighting can help to alter the mood of alfresco living spaces,” Cameron says.
This season in particular, alfresco areas are all about relaxing and entertaining in style, says Frank Novembre, managing director of Domo Collections. “Outdoor furniture is about large feature dining tables that make a strong statement,” he says. “Lighter-coloured furniture and accessories are one of the key trends this summer, particularly neutral colours such as pale hazelnut, light greys and shades of white. “Modular outdoor furniture that is contemporary in its design also seems to be a popular choice.” Lisa Shearon
Mimosa timber cooler Features ✱ 34-litre cooler ✱ Made from FSC timber ✱ Keeps drinks cool for hours $149, from Bunnings, www.bunnings.com.au
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RELATIVE BENEFITS Designing and building a home to suit three generations of the same family is a challenge many would find ambitious, but Glenway Homes managing director John Woodford enjoyed it
COMBINATION of practicality and aesthetics is evident in this sleek Shenton Park home, which allows multiple generations to enjoy separate living spaces but still interact as a family. John Woodford, managing director of Glenway Homes, was given the challenging task of creating a home that provided universal access for three generations of one family and gave each occupant the ﬂexibility to live on all levels – if they so desired. The result is a modern and spacious family residence with a fully contained ﬁrst-ﬂoor apartment, including a kitchen, laundry and guest bedroom, for overseas relatives. The need for steps has been minimised through the use of a lift between the ﬁrst and ground ﬂoors, as well as a ramping path on the eastern side, which offers access to the home through the living area. Additionally, all external doors are ﬁtted with wheelchair access sills and the doorways have been widened. Glenway’s attention to the practicalities of
family life is also evident in the separate entry for two rear bedrooms on the ground ﬂoor, minimising the sometimes noisy comings and goings of younger family members. John says it was their job to address each aspect of the brief throughout the building process. “We identiﬁed the issues on-site and reconciled them from a technical point of view so the client was satisﬁed,” he says. This home is not only functional, but also tasteful and contemporary, with a largely white palette highlighted with brown and black tones that complement the numerous artworks on display. The open-plan living rooms face north and take advantage of the natural light. They also have good ventilation, which minimises the need for airconditioning. “It works really well and the clients are very happy with how the layout’s translated,” John says. The owners and builder both agree the home’s view of the park and lake opposite is one of its strongest features.
The ground level has unobstructed views of the park but still retains its privacy thanks to a screen wall in the landscaped courtyard below it. The top balcony also takes advantage of the amazing views but, again, it has been built at an angle that isolates it from the street and allows its occupants to enjoy their privacy. The residence is surrounded by a beautifully developed landscape. Green tones accentuate the detailed stonework of the front steps, which John says is another particular standout for him. “This home really makes the most of its views and utilises its highlights,” he says. Kate Dromey
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The Shenton Park home designed and built by Glenway Homes. Pictures: Ron Tan
TIME TO PARTY Amanda and Andrew Cox are big on entertaining and being part of Silk Constructions enabled them to design and build their new Floreat home to reflect their outgoing lifestyle
HEN thinking about the home they wanted to live in, Amanda and Andrew Cox had Perth’s outdoor lifestyle and their penchant for simplicity and open-plan living at the forefront of their minds. Andrew is a director at Silk Constructions and together with Gary Cooper, a consultant in the company, the Coxes have created a luxurious home in Floreat that fully capitalises on the beautiful Perth weather and their love of entertaining. “The whole house is built around the main entertaining area, which is huge,” Amanda says. “We do an enormous amount of entertaining and we wanted to bring the indoors out.” And they most certainly have. The impressive house sits on a 870sq m block and has a swimming pool in the back garden. Large, frameless-glass bifold doors open from
the home to the alfresco area. There’s an ease to this space that’s very calming, Amanda says. “When the doors open to the main alfresco, the ﬁrst thing you see is water. It’s a very Perth feel,” she says. The outdoor kitchen features a top-of-therange barbecue with a quartz glass dome and a DeLonghi fridge. The radiant quartz technology of the barbecue is extremely efﬁcient and prevents food from drying out. The spacious indoor kitchen is also beautifully designed and has been ﬁtted with Miele appliances. A separate scullery means there are plenty of spaces where meals can be prepared. It’s the best feature of the house, according to Amanda. Cooking and entertaining aside, the ﬁvebedroom, three-bathroom residence also has two extra powder rooms and luxurious built-in furniture. No expense has been spared on the materials
and ﬁttings, giving the house an opulent feel throughout. Bringing together stone, glass and wood, the natural building materials exude simplicity and elegance. “The house has a real casual feel even though it’s high-spec with top-class finishings,” Amanda says. “It’s very luxurious, but simple and natural looking, conducive to the Perth lifestyle.” CaesarStone is a prominent feature throughout, along with the American black walnut ﬂoorboards imported from Virginia. The bathrooms have Villeroy & Boch basins and high-quality Grohe taps. A Victoria + Albert bath is the crowning jewel in the resort-worthy master suite’s ensuite. The natural colour scheme of stone and whites is complemented by an eclectic mix of furniture chosen by Amanda. “The space isn’t sterile – rather warm and inviting,” she says. “It’s full of interesting pieces which I think is very important.” Aisling Lawless ✱ The house is open for inspection by appointment. Contact Andrew Cox, phone: 0411 639 751.
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Silk Constructions, phone: 0411 639 751, www.silkconstructions. com.au Stone: Casa Stoneworks, Bayswater, phone: 9371 9722 Bathroom fittings: Sea of White, Osborne Park, phone: 9344 1500, www. seaofwhite.com.au Furniture: Artisan Furniture Designs, Joondalup, phone: 9300 1985 Barbecue: Barbeques Galore, phone: 1300 227 237, www. barbequesgalore.com.au Cabinetry: Giltedge Cabinet Makers, Rockingham, phone: 9592 3188
The open-plan living area in the Floreat home designed and built by Silk Constructions. Pictures: Serena Pearce, Code Lime Photography
light touch SHED a whole new light on your home with one of these unique pieces. Adding a stylish and functional pendant, wall or desk light is the perfect way to brighten up a dull space. Kristy Symonds 9
6 5 Products: Sourced by Kristy Symonds / Pictures: Supplied 1. FLAI Edison mirror with LED lighting, $1375, from Ultimo Interiors, Osborne Park, www.ultimointeriors.com.au. 2. Block 2 light by Henry Pilcher, $1265, from Design Farm, Perth, www.designfarm.com.au. 3. Diesel with Foscarini Duii lamp, $845, from Space Furniture, (02) 8339 7588, www.spacefurniture.com.au. 4. Diesel with Foscarini Mysterio light, $405, from Space Furniture. 5. E-llum table lamp, $1900, from Contempo, Osborne Park, www.contempocollection.com.au. 6. Roll and Hill Agnes candelabra by Lindsey Adams Adelman, $2175, from Space Furniture. 7. Foscarini Planet light, grande $1300, piccola $860, from Space Furniture. 8. Mr. Cooper light, $560, from Design Farm. 9. Foscarini Allegretto Assai (gold), $4260, Foscarini Allegretto Vivace (bronze), $3290, Foscarini Allegretto Ritmico (silver), $3120, from Space Furniture.
103 TABLE LAMP by Chris Vincent Chris is an aspiring designer who is studying at Central Institute of Technology. His 103 Table Lamp has a polypropylene shade and solid timber legs. It takes a standard screw-in globe. “It will be great to see if there’s interest in my lamp when it’s on display at the exhibition,” Chris says. “A lot of retailers attend The Edge to see what’s out there.”
HODGE PODGE STOOL by Faezeh Bassam Faezeh is an emerging designer with an engineering background. This design reuses factory offcuts and transforms them into an artistic, functional piece of furniture without the use of fixings.
FL@PAX WORKSTATION by Hanz Ain The FL@PAX workstation is an innovative, contemporary take on flat-pack furniture. It’s made of MDF that’s been laminated on both sides with melamine. Hanz has an interest in experimenting with new materials and technologies. He is passionate about designing furniture and objects that look interesting and have character. He has already signed an agreement with Scope Furniture Australia, which will be manufacturing and distributing his table in Australia and New Zealand. Pictures: Richard Polden and supplied
LAYA RECLINER by Stephen Deering After graduating in 1990, Stephen worked in industrial design in Sydney for two years. After returning to Perth, he worked in landscape design and later in environmental architecture. This piece is the first of six and the result of his background in conceptual design.
A recliner, stool, lamp and workstation – all created by WA designers – will compete for an Excellence in Design award at this year’s The Edge competition in Sydney this week
OUR WA designers are vying for top honours at this year’s prestigious The Edge competition, which is being held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre from Wednesday to Friday. Now in its ninth year, the leading international design competition is renowned for unearthing our next generation of furniture design talent. The hotly anticipated event, which is a highlight of the annual Australian International Furniture Fair, has received entries from 40 gifted designers from Australia, New Zealand
and Switzerland. Seating has emerged as a strong trend for 2012, with chairs, stools and recliners accounting for almost half of the 50 designs submitted in the Student, Commercial, Concept and Green categories. The Student Award is the leading category in The Edge 2012, boasting an impressive 27 out of the 50 competition entries. Designs have been entered from the Sydney College – Enmore Design Centre, Lidcombe TAFE in Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of NSW, Sturt School for Wood at Mittagong, NSW, the University of
South Australia, RMIT, Swinburne University in Melbourne and Perth’s Central Institute of Technology. The talented ﬁnalists will be competing for the competition’s four Awards for Excellence in Design, which will be presented on Wednesday. The award categories are: best new prototype designed by a tertiary student; best new prototype/concept designed by a professional designer; best new commercial release designed by a professional designer; and best new sustainable product.
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WATER’S THE ROOT OF IT In the second of a four-part series on how a waterwise garden was built from the ground up in Kings Park, Trevor Cochrane turns the spotlight on the need for a proper irrigation system
RRIGATION design is a specialist ﬁeld these days. It’s no longer just about joining pipes and understanding water pressure, but very much a science dedicated to delivering the basic requirements to the plants’ roots without waste. After developing an overall design brief to restore the historic gardens around Mount Eliza House in Kings Park, our client employed The WaterShed Water Systems – one of the state’s most decorated and respected irrigation companies – to design the system that would
best deliver water to the plants and turf we used in the gardens. The system designed used a state-of-the-art irrigation controller that allows for many different watering options to be used. It also includes a rain sensor, which ensures the system will not run if water is around in the form of heavy dew or rain. Any sign of moisture that could be used by the plants and this system shuts down, waiting until it’s dry enough again to start running. The water is delivered by two different
techniques. If this lawn was not going to be so heavily used by people wearing high heels or hammering in tent pegs, we would have used sub-surface lines with in-built emitters that slowly drip water directly to the roots, but due to the heavy-use nature of the location we carefully installed stream-throw sprinklers. These sprinklers provide precise and steady delivery of moisture to the lawn, but are not impacted by heavy winds like the old fashioned, cheap pop-up sprinklers are. The ability to adjust the stream of these sprinklers means you can also avoid the water running over pathways, reducing the amount of waste through watering materials that don’t need moisture. The garden beds do utilise sub-surface irrigation. This system runs off separate solenoid valves and has a ﬁlter system and ﬂushing system in place to ensure the emitters, which are buried under mulch directly above the plants’ roots, are not blocked or impeded in any way. These systems do require a bit more maintenance than the old-fashioned ones, but they save thousands of litres of precious water when installed and designed properly.
The greatest beneﬁt is the water is delivered under the mulch so there is no evaporation at all. Plants get the right amount of moisture delivered precisely to the root zones and because the water seeps into the soil, it encourages the plants’ root systems to grow deeply and follow the water down into the subsoil. These deeper roots mean the plants do not stress as badly on extremely hot days when you will often see shrubs suffering noticeably. This system costs a little more to install, but can be done as cheaply as $6.50/sq m as a DIY project, but a professionally installed system makes a world of a difference. Plant selection is a major area of importance. Selecting plants that can thrive in the garden aspect they are planted in is essential. This is where a professional designer and horticulturist come to the fore. How many times have you purchased a plant and placed it in the garden only to see it perish slowly over a few months? Many gardeners learn by experience, with the garden initially looking like a battleﬁeld, with similar carnage. Plants are my great passion and selecting the varieties to be used around Mount Eliza House required some historical research to ﬁnd out about the original plantings and placings and select the same or new improved forms of the species used. Hibiscus once featured heavily in these gardens as did ivy and ﬁshbone ferns, which held the bank together on the eastern side of the home. The ivy and ﬁshbone ferns have made a satisfactory living groundcover mulch under the enormous moreton bay ﬁgs, but we removed them from all other beds. A thick layer of organic mulch (100mm deep) was placed across the garden beds after planting so these water-consuming living mulches were not required. The shrubs we used are all listed on the Water Corporation’s website under “Waterwise Plants for WA” and each one offers colour and incredible hardiness. The original rose species were sourced from iconic rose grower Bob Melville, at Melville Nurseries in Carmel. All of his roses are grown on the rootstock fortuniana, which is renowned for its hardiness in dry climates and sandy soils. Roses grown and established on this rootstock can easily survive a summer without being watered and they are often found alive in demolition sites long after the residents have gone and the sprinklers have been turned off. The varieties themselves were selected (in
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consultation with me) by Bob’s son, Robbie Melville, who drives the rose specialist business these days, and he selected them for their hardiness and suitability to Perth gardens. At Melville Nurseries you can actually see the varieties you’re thinking about buying, growing in display gardens. This allows you to develop a complete understanding of how they will look and perform in your own garden. The ﬁnal planting list we came up with featured natives such as the bottlebrush “Kings Park Special” and hardenbergia “Happy Wanderer” to cascade out of tiered garden beds. Trees included chinese tallow and crepe myrtles, as well as rosewoods. The planting list also featured exotic, hardy plants such as the red cottonwood hibiscus, the pink-ﬂowering indian hawthorn and architectural feature plants such as the agave attenuata, a plant that is almost indestructible in our conditions. We required some retaining for the riverside of the block and decided to build a limestone wall where people could sit among beautiful gardens while admiring one of the most beautiful views on the planet. We used bevelled-edged reconstituted limestone blocks from Brikmakers. These retaining walls provide graduated tiering, terrific planting beds and a comfortable, clean surface at the right height to sit on. They also look fantastic.
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Elizabeth Robb, of Armadale, received a princettia and read the label that suggests six hours of sunshine a day is necessary for it to grow. I described it in one of my articles as a house plant and she is confused. House plants are varieties that will do well in the home environment. Princettias are a great example and can easily spend at least six weeks indoors. But all house plants do come from an outdoor environment, with most coming from shaded, under-canopy positions. This is not the case with princettias. They can handle full sun and will grow happily outdoors. If you keep it in a pot, then placing it in a spot where there is afternoon sun in winter and morning sun only in spring and summer is ideal.
The Garden Guru to the rescue For your chance to get the benefit of gardening advice from Trevor Cochrane, tell us in 100 words or less about your garden and its problems. Send an email to email@example.com or write to The Sunday Times, home Editor, GPO Box D174, Perth, WA 6840. Include your full name and address and a daytime phone number. Please do not send any soil samples or plant cuttings.
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Cape Cuvier, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, c/r, Wholly Rd, 9214 1111 Lodge, by Easystart, S, 4x2, g/r, d/g, Botanic Ave, 9333 0833 Caesars, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, d/g, Botanic Ave, 9302 4920 Freedom, by Aussie Living, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, dc/p,Woolly Rd, 6212 7699
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Strata Development, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, alf,d/g, Leicester St, 9242 9500
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Coral Bay, by WA Housing Centre, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Caporn Turn, 9358 4762 Independence, by Aussie Living, S, 3x2, h/t, c/r, d/cp, Karridale Loop, 9523 1689
Corondale, by Complete, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Seville Rd, 9497 2919
Riviera, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g,Tandara Fairway, 9302 4920
Abrolhos, by Easystart, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Onyx Lane, 0439 990 799 Capel, by WA Housing Centre, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9214 1111 Inception, First Home Buyers Direct S, 3x2, g, st, Onyx Lane, 9439 2525 Newmarket, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9439 5149 Portland, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9419 2574 Savoy, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, a/r, g/r, Esher Lane, 9419 6779 Strand, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, Gemstone Pde, 6461 5200
Executive, by Premiere, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Claret Ash Blvd, 0425 445 578 Cosmos, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, Ruskin Brace, 9333 0880 Infinity, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, c/r, Ruskin Brace, 9333 0880 Havana, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, g/r, st, alf, d/g, Claret Ash Blvd, 9523 0694
Aston, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Botanic Ave, 6400 0535
Madeley Fullerton, by National, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, st, alf, Greylock Meander, 9408 0459 Haven, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Buffalo Ave, 9409 2716 Madeley, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, BelCastro Way, 9408 1305 Ramada Retro, by Affordable Living, 4x2, g/r, h/t, s/t, Owen Link, 9302 4920 Treviso, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, d/g, Owen Link, 9408 1189
Mandurah Viena, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Jasper Way, 9200 5555
Eagle Bay, by Ventura, S, 4x2, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4003
Vibe, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, st, h/t, dc/p, Impington Blvd, 9562 3383
Watershed, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Colorino Ave, 6461 5200 Champion Lakes Waterside, by Summit, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, St Catherines Prom, 9390 3710
Cincinnati, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 9296 6238 Centro, by Ventura Homes, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Elmridge Parkway, 6296 6649 Destiny, by New Generation,S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, a/r, Adlington Way, 9333 0880
Nautilus, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, cnr Isla Place/Highland Rise, 9242 9200
Secret, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, dc/p, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3060
Newport, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, st, h/t, a/r, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9242 9200
Amari, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Elliot Rd, 9242 9200 Hollywood II, by Highbury, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Elliot Rd, 1800 214 864
Cable Beach, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 9562 0786
Kartika, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Jasper Way, 9583 4040 La Dolce Vita, by Shelford, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Cohen Vista, 0438 389 530 Sanctuary, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Cobaki Brace, 9242 9200 New Dimension, by Ventura, S, 4x2, g/r, st, d/g, Jasper Way, 9583 4516 Everest, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Cobaki Brace, 9581 6614
Palazzo, by National, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Kingsway Rd, 9303 2573 Monticello, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Monticello Meander, 0418 913 800 Lexington, by Lifestyle, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, d/g, Madeley Rise, 9409 4242 Rendezvous, by Ventura, 4x2, alf, h/t, s/t, d/g, Greylock Meander, 9408 0659
Kasbar, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, alf, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, Millbridge Estate, 9724 1318 Colorado, by New Generation, S, 4x2, st, h/t, d/g, Nougat Cres, 9754 7247
Olympus, by Summit, S,4x2, h/t, alf, g/r, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9534 8840
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Kasbar, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, a/r, Millbridge Blvd, 9724 1318
Monarch, by National, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Ewens Pass, 6296 6441 Willows, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g,Adlington Way, 9242 9200 Lexia, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, Adlington Way, 0438 691 037
Majestic, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Monticello Meander, 6461 5297
Flemington, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4053
Da Vinci, by Ross North Homes, 4x2, h/t, c/r, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 0413 758 404
Nautilus, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, s/t, alf, d/g, Point Link, 0403 260 404 Trinity, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Callosa Cres, 0423 398 220 Archipelago, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, st, t/g, Shipmaster Ave, 9242 9200 Cable Beach, Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, g/r, st, a/r, d/g, Shipmaster Ave, 9562 3984
Location, by Aussie Living, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Greylock Meander, 9408 1743 Quest, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, alf, Buffaloe Ave, 9409 5010 Albert Park, by Commodore Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, alf, Buffalo Ave, 9408 0273
Chicago, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3399
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Coastal View, by Rural Building, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, c/r, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9792 0100
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Meadow Springs Piara Waters Colorado, by New Generation, S, 4x2, st, h/t, d/g, alf, g/r, Highland Rise, 9397 1266 Hacienda, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, g, Ditton Cnr, 9419 2104 Resort, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, a/r, st, d/g, Isla Place, 9397 2741 Trump Alfresco, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9302 4920
Queens Park Frangipani, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Narla Place, 9242 9200
South Yunderup Riverbank, by Ventura, S, 3x2, st, d/g, Countess Circuit, 9537 8459 Amberley, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Bremer Way, 9537 7325
Reflection, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, alf, g, Cape Meander, Settlers Hills, 9242 9200 Elwood, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, st, d/g, Strathmore Close, 9242 9200 Strathmore, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, d/g, Strathmore Cl, 0419 048 401 Rendezvous, by National, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Cape Meander, 9523 0210 Leeuwin, by Ventura Homes 4x2, h/t, d/g, alf, Cape Meander, 9241 1400 Quay Resort, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, d/g, alf, Cape Meander, 9524 2644 Toorak, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, c/r, d/g, Burlington Drive, 9366 0036
Eagle Bay, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4003
Lotus, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, 9725 2852
Minara, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, c/r, Mina Close, 9397 2244 Bellagio, by National, S, 4x2, h/t, s/t, alf, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 1643 Prestige, by Ventura, 4x2, alf, h/t, s/t, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 1489
Archer, by Dale Alcock Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g,Trumpet St, 9242 9200 Geisha, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, Michigan Turn, 9333 0888
Boulevard, by Dale Alcock Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Byron Drive, 9242 9200 Daintree, by Plunkett Homes, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, a/r, d/g, Countess Circuit, 9537 7428 Astor, by Summit Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, t/g, Bremer Way, 9537 8481 Amberley, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Bremer Way, 9537 7325
Lexia, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g,Adlington Way, 0438 691 037
Parkdale, by Dale Alcock, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Forrest Estate, 9792 0555
Envy, by Summit, S, 4x2, g/r, a/r, alf, d/g, Nougat Cres, 9754 7134 Newport, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g,Almond Parkway, 9792 0555
Ecco, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, a/r, d/g, Colesbrook Drive, 9242 9200
Monaco, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, alf, t/g, Lyon Rd, 0412 575 336 Wisteria, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Marmion Ave, 9242 9200
Homestead, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Domina Turn, 9242 9200
Luxxe, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, 9795 7167 Jimbaran, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Colonna, 1800 227 161
Vasse, by WA Country Builders, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Bridgeview Entrance, 9792 0100
Kilimanjaro, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, alf, d/g, Montreal St, 9206 5276
Da Vinci, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, g, St Leonards Blvd, 0413 758 404 Kingston, by Rural Building, S, 3x2, a/r, st, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 1800 643 800
Essence, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 9250 2422
Westmont, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Romano Cres, 9202 9202
Manhattan, by Dale Alcock, S, h/t, st d/g, Solia Loop, 9292 9200
Connecticut, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, h/t a/r, st, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 0417 981 911 Integra, by Novus, D, 4x2, h/t, st, t/g, alf, Jindalee Blvd, 9562 5581 Lamont, by APG, D, 4x3, a/r, st, d/g, Santa Barbara Pde, 9562 1155 Heston, by Broadway, D, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 9302 6161
over $300,000 Alkimos, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g,Topsail Loop, 0401 836 616 Alkimos, by In-Vogue, D, 4x3, alf, h/t, d/g, Shipmaster Ave, 9202 9200 Homestead, by Dale Alcock SW, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, d/g, Orion Lane, 9792 0555
Shoalwater, by Cedar Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Neary Blvd, 9240 2125
Savana, by APG, D, 4x2, a/r, c/r, g, Cobaki Brace, 9583 3387 Lexington, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, alf, h/t, g/r, d/g, Cobaki Brace, 9202 9200 Berkley, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Jasper Way, 0429 939 576
Sinatra, by Broadway, D, 4x2, Makybe Drive, 9302 6161 Matrix, by Novus, D, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Makybe Drive, 9523 0231 Rochdale, by APG, D, 4x2, t/g, Makybe Drive, 9523 0555 Diva, by Highbury Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, c/r, Makybe Drive, 1800 214 864 Four Seasons, by Shelford, S, 4x2, st, a/r, dc/p,Wanderer Parkway, 0438 389 530 or 0419 929 961
Lincoln, by APG, D, 4x2, a/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Vaucluse Circuit, 1800 884 041 Aurora, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, c/r, d/g, Marmion Ave, 9242 9200
Sanctuary, by Peter Stannard, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Backwater Circle, 9304 9822 Asheville, by APG, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g, Backwater Cir, 9304 9562
Lamont, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g,Almond Parkway, 9754 1609
Ready Built, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, d/g, Dania Way, 9242 9200
Viento, by Residential Attitudes, D, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, d/g, alf, Pinnata Mews, 1800 331 388 Luna, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Prionotes Cnr, 9202 9255 Onyx, by Novus, D, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Pinnata Mews, 9284 1282 Emporio, by APG, D, 4x2, st, alf, d/g, Pinnata Mews, 9284 9013
Lumiere, by RiverStone, D, 3x2, alf, Lillian St, 9436 9696
Residence, by Dale Alcock, 4x2, a/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9792 0555
Rose Bay, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, a/r, d/g, Monticello Meander, 0302 6417
Argyle, by Rural Building, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, dc/p, Cnr Darlington and Coulston Rd, 1800 643 800
Avon Lodge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, a/r, d/g,Adlington Pass, 6296 6755
Plaza, by National Homes, S, 3x3, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9534 7053 Bay Breeze, by Highbury, D, 4x2, g/r, a/r, c/r, st d/g, Sticks Blvd, 1800 214 864
Toorak, by Peter Stannard, D, 4x2, st, d/g, Cnr Dunblane and Pearson, 0417 294 116
Leederville, by Plunkett, D, 3x2, alf, d/g, Byron St, 9366 0322
Cape Skillion, by Rural Building Company, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Crellin Place, 9758 7058
Melville Waters, by Plunkett, D, 4x2, alf, st, d/g, Money Place, 9333 4003 Woodbridge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, a/r, h/t, d/g, Hatfield Way, 9724 1942 Studio 78, by Platinum Homes, D/L, 3x3, s/t, h/t, dc/p, Mewstone Cres, 0415 406 820 The Look, by Ross Griffin, D, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Orsino Blvd, 9444 7965 Horizon, by Highbury, D, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Orsino Blvd, 1800 214 864 Korda, by Renowned Collection, D, 4x2, alf, st, h/t, d/g, Draper St, 9202 9255 Halcyon, by Residential Attitudes, D, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g, Arabella Lop, 1800 331 388
Bunker Bay, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, a/r, h/t, d/g,Almond Parkway, 9751 2604
Michigan, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Aldenham Drive, 9394 0437 Churchill, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, a/r, Trumpet St, 0411 455 566 Monroe, by Broadway, D, 4x3, h/t, a/r, d/g, Harlequin Pass, 9302 6161 Arcadia, by Vision One, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Michigan Turn, 9398 2883 Bletchley Park, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, st, d/g, Michigan Turn, 9394 0720 Ashford, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, alf, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Aldenham Drive, 9202 9202
Stanford, by In-Vogue, D, 4x3, st, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, Lycium Quay, 9349 7554
Nautilus, by Dale Alcock, 4x2, st, h/t, alf, t/g, Bridgeview Entrance, 9792 0555
Honeywood, by Ross North, S, 4x2, c/r, alf, d/g, Fortis Pass, 0435 081 699 Woodlands, by Lifestyle, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st. g/r, alf, t/g, Lyons Rd, 0419 049 609 Australis, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, g/r, st, d/g, Fortis Pass, 9366 0028
Riviera, by APG Homes, D, 4x2, t/g, alf, h/t, a/r, Granich Gardens, 9204 1843
Sorrento, by Rural Building, D, 3x2, dc/p, Beachhaven Drive, 1800 643 800
Sienna, by Bellagio, D, 4x3, d/g, alf, Annean Lane, 9337 4500
Colonnade, by APG, D, 4x2, alf, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9397 2439 Shangri-La, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Countess Circuit, 9537 8459 Vale, by Ultimate Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Foundry Turn, 0417 951 486 Liberty, by Lifestyle Homes, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9393 2544 Avonlea, by Peter Stannard, D, 4x2, st, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9397 2454
Bogart, by Broadway, D, 4x3, g/r, c/r, st, d/g, Seychelles Lane, 9302 6161
Murchison, by Benlin, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Mueller Place, 9379 9220
Notre Dame, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Burns Beach Rd, 0418 943 549 Cove, by W&B, S, 4x2, g/r, d/g, Burns Beach Rd, 1800 802 636 Sunsets, by Lifestyle Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, alf, st, d/g, Romano Cres, 9305 4151 Limelight II, by Highbury, D, 6x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Romano Cres, 9304 0549
KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS ✱ S: single storey ✱ D: double storey ✱ L: loft ✱ 3x2: 3 bed, 2 bath ✱ 4x2: 4 bed, 2 bath ✱ g/r: games room ✱ h/t: home theatre ✱ a/r: activity room
✱ c/r: computer room ✱ st: study or home office ✱ alf: alfresco ✱ sc/p: single carport ✱ dc/p: double carport ✱ g: garage ✱ d/g: double garage ✱ t/g: triple garage
opening hours ✱ Display homes are usually open 1pm-5pm on Sunday, 2pm-5pm on Monday and Wednesday, and 1pm-5pm on Saturday and public holidays. Please ring the builder to confirm. ✱ Price categories are correct at time of publication. Please check with the builder as to what specifications are included in the advertised price.
✱ $150,000 to $200,000 Miami by First Abode in Alkimos. ✱ $200,000 to $250,000 Hacienda by Affordable Living in Piara Waters. ✱ $250,000 to $300,000 Cable Beach by Plunkett Homes in Alkimos. ✱ over $300,000 Sunsets by Lifestyle Homes in Iluka. Pictures: Joel Barbitta, D-Max Photography and supplied.
The cake stylist and director of Cupid’s Delight cake shop and Cake Artists Australia shows Lisa Shearon her favourites 1
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Picture: Will Russell
My family My husband, Rob, six-year-old son, Anthony, and five-year-old daughter, Alessia, are everything to me. They are what drive me and I love them to bits. I love to bring Anthony and Alessia joy and my cakes always bring a smile to their faces. Cakes It’s not really about making the cakes. It’s about the celebration and being a part of that. My inspiration comes from the clients. It’s not work for me – I go beyond the work aspect and get personal. Every cake I make is different from the last one. Cupid’s Delight The shop is where it all started back in 2002. Now there are 10 of us at Cupid’s Delight and it’s a really good team, I couldn’t do it all without them. They’re like my family, too, and have the same passion for cakes. Cooking and recipes My ancestry is French, and we’re all foodies, the whole family. Monzu’ is my maiden name and the Monzu’s were known for fusing French and Italian cuisine. Learning about Italian food from my mum and my grandmothers has given me skills that no training could ever provide. I treasure the recipes that have been handed down, particularly the ones in my dad’s grandma’s recipe book. Cake Artists Australia This is a network that offers training, seminars and workshops through its website and the Everything Baking Exhibition. My main focus is to show the world the talent there really is in Australia. Giving to others If I’ve got a spare cake left over at work, I’d rather give it to someone than throw it away. It’s just about giving back. I love making other people happy.
My kitchen and scullery The kitchen is the heart of the home and it brings everyone together. It’s my favourite part of the house, but I couldn’t live without the scullery. It’s great because I can close it off and contain all the mess and clutter. I do all my work in there.
I’m thankful every day for my life. I’m grateful for everything that I have and the opportunities that I get. You get one chance to make the most of every day. I do work hard, but I also love my family and enjoy being with them every minute that I can.
My laptop has absolutely everything on it – recipes, pictures of cakes, my whole cake collection from goodness knows when and all the photos of my kids. Don’t worry, it’s all backed up!
10 Buddy Valastro, star of Cake Boss When I first saw Buddy on TV, there was something about him that I really liked. Perhaps it’s because he’s Italian and there’s a family aspect to his work, which I can really relate to. I first spoke to him about a year ago when I was assisting a Perth radio station to help a terminally ill Perth woman speak to Buddy, her idol. Since then I’ve persuaded Buddy to visit Australia to meet all his fans and to be part of a larger baking event. He’s a very, very nice guy.
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