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kitchens Feast your eyes on an extraordinary kitchen that takes its style cues from a French chateau

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kitchens & bathrooms Today’s homeowners want their kitchens to be worthy of a winning MasterChef contestant and bathrooms that resemble day spas – and they are prepared to splash out big dollars in order to create them. This special issue of HOME is awash with inspirational ideas for your home’s wet areas. Whether you’re planning to embark on a significant renovation or building project or are just in the market for some new kitchen appliances, you’re bound to find a product or design that suits your needs.

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kitchens Prominent Perth chef David Coomer and local chocolatier Yuki Nakamura showcase their kitchens

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spending again in 2012/13. A recent report by the Housing Industry Association Economics Group predicts that Australians will increase their spending on kitchen installations in new homes by $147 million to $2.7 billion in 2012/13. After a predicted fall this financial year, the total value of bathroom installations in new homes is expected to jump by $196 million to reach $3.59 billion in 2012/13. With an ever-increasing range of new products and materials on the market and project builders creating lust-worthy kitchens and bathrooms in display homes large and small, it’s no wonder we have our sights set high. When it comes to kitchens, Leo says the increase in cooking shows on TV is also driving design decisions. “People want to create restaurant quality meals in their own homes. Homebuyers are therefore demanding restaurant quality kitchens,” he says. The look is sleek, smooth and seamless, with space enough for great storage as well as an e-nook for the iPad and a scullery-style area in lieu of the old walk-in pantry. Peter Gobetti, sales and marketing manager at Broadway Homes, says double ovens, steam ovens, integrated coffee machines and built-in

microwaves are just some of the products that are more affordable than ever. The new timber veneers are also making their mark, often in a high-gloss finish. “Kitchen designs are becoming sleek and seamless with a preference for floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinetry, concealed appliances and subtle handles or the push-to-open mechanism for handle-free doors and drawers,” Peter says. “Extended central benchtops are becoming larger to incorporate casual dining and seating.” Keeping kitchen clutter at bay has become a top priority so we’re looking for drawers for everything from pots and pans to cups and cutlery. Recycling products are also being built into modern kitchens, with stores such as Ikea selling waste-sorting systems alongside all its kitchens, as well as energy-saving LED light bulbs, water-saving taps, economical fridge/ freezers and energy efficient induction hobs. Mark Wells, managing director at Mark Wells Designs and Construction, says that homebuyers are also demanding easy-care kitchens. Stainless steel underslung sinks and shiny surfaces that are easy to wipe clean are being paired with stylish chrome flickmixer taps. In the bathroom, Mark says we’re opting


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for large-format tiles and minimal grout lines that are not only easier to look after, but look fabulous, too. “A freestanding bath with full-height tiling in a spacious room makes a very comfortable retreat with plenty of wow factor,” he says. “A window with a view is also very desirable.” While natural neutrals remain popular in bathrooms, Brook Leber, design manager at Residential Attitudes, says homebuyers are starting to be more daring. “Bold new colours and textures are now being introduced to bathrooms with more and more people branching away from the popular minimalist white bathrooms of the past,” he says. John Care, display and new product design manager at Dale Alcock Homes, says homebuyers are drawing inspiration from a variety of sources to create resort-inspired bathrooms. An outdoor shower is a relatively simple and cost-effective way to add a touch of the tropics, while outdoor bathtubs and spas are popular on a bigger budget. When it comes to the ensuite, the must-have shower is a large walk-in version that has no hob or shower screen and features a recess or plinth for storage and even a tiled seat. “For vanity tops, laminate is still a very good solution,” John says. “It’s all about the design of the cabinetry.” Paula Evans

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HE kitchen is the epicentre of family life in every home. It’s where each member gathers, eats and entertains. As a result, it is probably the one area of the house where we spend the most money. Before you make any firm plans about revamping your kitchen, draw up a list of likes and dislikes about your existing layout, looking closely at the space to see what does and doesn’t work. Your lifestyle will influence how you plan your kitchen and the appliances you choose. You need to think about what you want to achieve and what you want from your kitchen.

Ask yourself questions such as: ✱ How frequently do you entertain your friends

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what tools and appliances will you need? Nowadays kitchens can be built to include great features such as electric lift-up doors, clever storage solutions, LED lighting systems and curved cabinetry. These innovations can dramatically add to the cost of your kitchen. You will need to be realistic and review your budget.

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A good industry rule of thumb for a kitchen renovation is that your kitchen and appliances should represent approximately 7 per cent of the value of the property. This is only a guideline as individual needs, desires and requirements vary greatly. Once you are clear about your budget and what you are looking for, it is time to look for your designer and manufacturer. It is important that you visit kitchen showrooms so you can see and touch the different manufacturer’s product, research what services they offer and meet their designers. It is a good idea to find a kitchen company that can project-manage your kitchen’s redesign and organise your installation work. Once you have chosen your designer, discuss your budget with them. Do not be afraid to do this – they do not want to rip you off. The designer will ask you lots of questions about your lifestyle and will advise you what is available in your price range. Everyone wants to make the most of their budget. Benchtops are most prone to wear and tear in a kitchen. Choose durable and long-lasting surfaces such as granite, quartz composite, acrylic composite or stainless steel to add long-term value to your property.

Drawers maximise storage space, making it easy to access your kitchen’s darkest corners. However, drawers are more expensive than doors. If your budget is tight, you can place drawer banks in key places. For example, put your pots and pans near the cooking area and plates and cutlery near the dishwasher. Quality modern drawer systems have softclosing mechanisms and an amazing array of accessories for storage solutions. Standard modular sizing of the cabinets will allow for these items to fit without modification, so that they can be added at a later date – if your budget cannot stretch this far initially. If you’re after a kitchen where you can socialise with your family and friends, opt for an island bench that can be used as a preparation space and a spot where guests can linger with a glass of wine. Finally, choose the right layout. Every kitchen should be designed around the working triangle. This involves placing the main work areas – food storage/fridge, sink and oven/cooktop close to each other, positioned at the three points of the triangle. These activity zones should be placed no more than 3m apart, so that you can move easily between them.


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The conversation pit, cabana and putting green may not be included, but the stacker doors from the dining room and the games room are and it’s easy to see just how effective they are at bringing the outdoors in. With the games room part of the open-plan living area, entertainers can instantly create a vast indoor/outdoor party space. Connecting the master suite to the alfresco via sliding doors enhances the resort styling, which Jeremy says is “classy, yet casual”. Jarrah floorboards and dark timber shutters highlight the home’s relaxed vibe, while the ensuite bathroom has been kept open to the main bedroom for an extra touch of holidayat-home styling. “There’s a big luxurious bath, which is open to the bedroom where you can enjoy a view to the outdoor entertaining area,” Jeremy says.

He says the Cable Beach has been proving a popular home that creates a much more upmarket feel than the price tag of just under $290,000 would indicate. There are extra-high ceilings throughout the living areas, a coffered ceiling in the entry foyer, Essa Stone benchtops in the bathrooms as well as the kitchen and a smart elevation with sections of limestone-look render. The Cable Beach is also a design that appeals to a wide range of buyers. “This includes the whole spectrum of families, from those with little kids to those with teenagers, as the two-bedroom zones are very separate,” Jeremy says. Prime-timers and those downsizing will no doubt appreciate the space and sensible zoning when the grandkids come to stay. Paula Evans

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Shannon’s tip of the week Cleaning your bathroom in just 15 minutes isn’t that difficult. What you need: You will need a

vacuum cleaner; a clean soft kitchen broom; two pairs of pantyhose; a parmesan cheese shaker filled with bicarb soda; a spray bottle filled with white vinegar; a spray bottle filled with lavender solution (one teaspoon of lavender oil in one litre of water); oil of cloves spray (quarter of a teaspoon of oil of cloves in one litre of water); paper towels; clutter bucket (a large bucket or washing basket); a toilet brush; fresh towels – and music.

The process: Put on some great music, preferably something that has a good, fast beat. Not only can you dance to the music while you clean, but it gives you

something to pace yourself against and it notifies other people in the house that you are still cleaning. Take your clutter bucket and place everything that is not washable into the bucket (such as towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, shampoo bottles, etc) and place it outside the door of the bathroom. It’s much easier to clean a clear space. Vacuum the room to remove all loose dust. Don’t forget to use the brush attachment to brush down the ceiling. Clearing the dust with a vacuum cleaner rather than a broom prevents the dust forming mud with any liquid you use to clean. Stuff the head of your clean kitchen broom down the leg of a pair of pantyhose and tie the excess leg material around the handle to secure it. Place the plug in the sink and fill the sink with hot water, close the door on

the bathroom and leave the room to steam for a few minutes. This makes the walls, ceiling and all the surfaces damp and allows bicarb soda to stick to vertical surfaces. Once the walls are damp, unplug the sink and let the water drain out. Take your shaker filled with bicarb and lightly dust it on the walls, in the bath, the shower, toilet and the now empty sink. Take your spray bottle of vinegar in hand and choose one section of wall to give a light spray to. Sweep the area while it is fizzing and move along to the next area, section by section, until you have swept the entire wall, floor and ceiling (it is easier to spray the vinegar on to the broom head when you are cleaning the ceiling). Use the same process to clean the shower and bath. When it comes time to clean the toilet, the inside of the toilet should be cleaned

with a toilet brush once you have sprayed over the bicarb soda with white vinegar. Don’t forget to use pantyhose to wipe down the plumbing at the back of the toilet with the bicarb and vinegar mix (for some reason many people seem to spray this area with urine; that’s why it tends to go a bluey green colour on the chrome). For the sink, I also tend to use a rolled-up pair of pantyhose because it is easier to get around taps and into the base of the sink rather than using the broom. Put the plug in the bottom of the bath or sink and fill with a small amount of hot water. Dip your pantyhose-covered broom in the water to rinse it, shake off the excess water and sweep down over all of the surfaces to rinse them off. Use your lavender spray on a rolled-up pair of pantyhose to wipe fingermarks around switches and handles. Spray a little of the lavender spray around the clean toilet bowl. This makes the toilet smell

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EEVES the butler may not be part of the average Perth household, but the butler’s pantry – or scullery – is big news in kitchen design. Lifestyle Homes has included a scullery in its new Juniper display home in Baldivis, bringing what has become a popular trend in two-storey homes to the single-storey market. “This is the first time Lifestyle Homes has included a scullery in a single-storey display and we have had some really great feedback from clients,” says Peter Chellew, sales and marketing manager at Lifestyle Homes. “It provides the perfect area in which to prepare food away from the main living area, leaving the kitchen in pristine condition when entertaining guests.” NEED ADVICE? CALL US NOW... Regularly used appliances such as Developing a duplex or triplex isn’t complex the toaster and blender and even the when you enjoy the Developwest D experience. microwave can be tucked away in the scullery and it’s the perfect place to stash those items that just don’t fit easily in a standard kitchen cupboard. Complete with a second sink and plenty of benchtop and storage space, plus a recess www.developwest.com.au for the fridge/ Contact David on 9431 8113, 0413 994 246 or email davidtims@rossnorthhomes.com.au

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one of the minor bedrooms has added another dimension to this stylish family home. Not only does the design create a resortstyle parents’ retreat, but also the inclusion of sliding doors from the fourth bedroom to the alfresco reflects a growing awareness of design flexibility. “Increasing the number of rooms with access to the alfresco was a purposeful design decision to allow multiple options depending on the client’s particular stage in life,” Peter says. “The room can be used as a study in lieu of a fourth bedroom or as an activity area.” The Lifestyle designers have also highlighted some of the latest trends in bathroom design, particularly in the ensuite where the hob-free shower has been tucked behind the doublesized floating vanity unit. Soft-close drawers and doors, Kohler tapware, basins and bathroom accessories, and frameless pivot glass doors to the shower and the toilet illustrate the level of detail today’s buyers are expecting. “Clients are now afforded an abundance of choice and the expectation of changing trends,” Peter says. “In new homes, the ability to demonstrate change is never more prevalent than in kitchens and bathrooms.” Paula Evans


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He says the overall look of the master suite is reminiscent of many of our favourite holiday retreats, where the bedroom and bathroom merge together. “The ensuite is a big space and that’s quite deliberate because when you go into these resorts the bathrooms are luxurious,” he says. W&B has made extensive use of glass in the Pagoda to capture the essence of a luxury Bali villa with its open-style rooms, while remaining practical for the WA climate. As displayed, the Pagoda opens to the outdoors at three significant points. Not only does the display feature optional bifolding doors from the master suite, but buyers can also choose to add them to the dining room and the home office. “It helps create that Bali feel,” Rob says. “You walk out of your villa into a courtyard and there’s a plunge pool or a water feature. “The bifolds give us the ability to demonstrate that. We wanted to give the effect that the outside was in and the inside was out.” Bali may have been the overarching theme,

but the designers were mindful that the Pagoda still had to function as a four-bedroom, twobathroom home. This is especially apparent in the generously proportioned kitchen with its second prep area and adjoining laundry, which is actually hidden in the far corner. “The laundry is very much an ‘action station’, the same as the kitchen, so why not put the two together?” Rob says. “But it’s not obvious what the laundry is until you’re actually in it.” Positioned so that it overlooks the dining and living area and to the alfresco, the kitchen features cabin-style overhead cupboards with lift-up doors, wide stainless steel appliances, a double bowl under-mounted sink and long stretches of CaesarStone worktop. “Everybody talks about bench space and you can never have too much,” Rob says. By extending the kitchen into a second prep area, W&B has provided the ideal space in which to put what Rob describes as “things that you have out all the time but may not want to display”, such as the kettle and the toaster. There’s barely a handle in sight in this kitchen, while the absence of overhead cupboards either side of the range hood means buyers could add a big statement splashback in the form of full-height glass or a bold feature tile. Paula Evans

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With reality cooking programs on TV attracting youngsters to be budding chefs, Master Builders technical adviser Romina De Santis looks at kitchen design from a different angle

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NCE thought not to be a place for children, our kitchens are now being invaded by our kids and teens, who have been inspired by the latest host of cooking shows, websites and cooking accessories on the market. Aspiring young cooks need a place where they can be involved in the social aspect of food preparation, or even “plate up” their own creations. And a well-planned kitchen can cater for every member of the household. Involving children in food preparation is proven to promote healthy eating habits that are carried through life, so making your kitchen more accessible for your children makes sense. There are some simple ideas that can be included in your new kitchen or renovation that won’t compromise style and design choices. Remember that kitchens are still high-risk areas for young children. Chemical storage, hot surfaces and sharp and breakable objects are just some of the potential hazards. As such, the many safety messages must not be ignored. Restricting access to kitchens with temporary gates for very young children is a good idea, as is safely positioning appliance cords and pot handles, and using guards and childproof latches to reduce the risk of accidents. This is all part of making a kitchen child-friendly. More information on child safety is available on the Kidsafe WA website, www.kidsafewa. com.au. Plan your kitchen’s design so that breakables and other hazards are placed in overhead cupboards or in spaces with childproof latches installed. Soft-closers on cabinet doors and drawers are a good idea to reduce injuries to hands

and fingers. Sharp corners or edges should be rounded or shielded. Many new appliances have better safety features, including gas shut-off and safety locks. Induction cooktops are cool to touch and provide a safer choice than other electric or gas hobs. Ovens are also available with cool-to-touch doors. If the oven you have selected does not have this feature, it should be installed at over-bench height. Choose durable surfaces that are less likely to scratch, dent and stain for benchtops and cabinets. Include an area with a lower height – this is practical for food preparation for adults and children and also as a snack or breakfast bar.

Keep hotplates and other hazards away from accessible areas. With so many no-go zones, include areas with items children can use independently such as a lunch-box station so they can assemble their lunch boxes or afternoon snacks, or a baking cupboard with bowls and utensils, cutters and rolling pins so they can set up for biscuit or cake making. These might be freestanding additions to your existing kitchen. Most importantly, look for things that are easy to clean. The downside of involving children in cooking is the resulting extra mess created. Cleaning up is something even the children themselves could do.

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A-Z BUILDING information Saving water is now a top priority and homeowners need to check Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards ratings when purchasing fixtures and fittings for their bathrooms

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ratings for bathroom fixtures and fittings, as well as washing machines and dishwashers. New homes built in WA are required to have efficient water-heating systems, pool blankets for all new pools, and showers, taps, and toilets with minimum 3-star to 4-star ratings. The Water Corporation has a new brochure (available on its website) that gives great advice about how to reduce water use. One tip is to check your home’s water pressure is optimal because high pressure contributes to poor water efficiency and contributes to pipe leakage and dripping taps. You may find that you need to install a pressure control

device to maintain your water pressure. Even if you are not considering a full renovation, the Water Corporation has two great offers to encourage efficient water use. The first is the Shower Swap Program where you can swap up to two of your old, inefficient showerheads for free water-saving showerheads. The other offer is that you can replace a single-flush toilet in your home or business with a dual-flush model at a discount up to 30 per cent (toilet and installation). This simple exercise can save up to 90 litres of water per day or 33,000 litres in a year. ✱ Visit www.watercorporation.com.au for more details.

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CHEF’S SHOWPIECE The kitchen takes pride of place in this enormous family home in Nedlands built by Mick and Greg Di Bucci, the father-and-son team behind award-winning builders A. Di Bucci & Son

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T may look super sculptural and uber stylish but the kitchen in this custom-built home in Nedlands is still the nerve centre for a busy young family. A white gloss and granite show stopper, it combines top-quality materials with meticulous attention to detail and everyday functionality. And it’s not just about what you see, either. The kitchen flows into a vast scullery space hidden behind a wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinetry containing a bank of shiny built-in appliances. Even the fridge and freezer have been integrated into the cabinetwork and there are two concealed dishwashers next to the kitchen sink. The centrepiece of the kitchen is a huge cylindrical stainless steel range hood that was custom-made to suit the extra-high ceilings. It appears to hover above the induction hob in the vast island bench, which has been topped with a single slab of granite. There’s a seemingly endless supply of drawers and extra storage has even been built into three sides of the 2.4m-long island bench. Appliances include an in-bench steamer, while the built-in outdoor kitchen in the alfresco includes a wok burner and a barbecue plate and grill. The owners, who have two young boys, also wanted a small desk area close to the main

kitchen and this has been cleverly incorpoA far cry from the tired old property that once rated as part of the cabinetry design. stood on the block and which the family lived The task of pulling all this detail together fell in for several years, the new house boasts a to builders Mick and Greg Di Bucci, the father- vast dining room with views to the pool on and-son team behind A. Di Bucci & Son who one side and to a pond with a water feature are well known for their unerring eye for detail on the other. and award-winning luxury homes. Donnybrook sandstone has been used to clad “The owners had a pretty strong idea of what a feature wall along the edge of the pool and to they wanted,” says Mick. “This included lots highlight the clean, horizontal lines and cedar of space and lots of storage.” joinery of the front elevation. Designed by R.M. Davey & Associates and The palette of neutral naturals continues built by A. Di Bucci & Son, the house is a inside, particularly in the ensuite off the master celebration of natural light, with walls of glass bedroom where a freestanding “champagne and big usable spaces. bubbles” bath takes pride of place. In the family room, big picture windows offer “Installing the bath was tricky,” Mick says. views to the sparkling blue pool. “The bath sits flush to the floor and all the The glass of the pool fencing has been kept plumbing had to be concealed beneath it.” completely frameless, while the tracks for the A wall of mirror-fronted cabinets and heaps bifolding doors from the living area to the of drawers ensure there is plenty of storage to alfresco have been recessed into the travertine keep the look neat and clutter-free. tiled floors for a smooth, seamless look. Paula Evans “We were also able to fit Aneeta sashless windows into the frames of the bifolding doors instead of having standard glass,” Mick says. entrant This offers the family great versatility, whether they want to merge the MASTER BUILDERS indoor living area with the alfresco or BANKWEST HOUSING simply open the house up to cooling EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2012 breezes.

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HEN the owners of this once drab, dark-green bathroom were looking to transform it into something a little more luxurious and airy, they contacted Sam Karkar, the director of Bathroom Renovations Perth. Sam says the aim of the project was to turn the upstairs master bedroom ensuite into “something a bit different” with finishes that closely resembled those of a hotel suite. “They were looking for something with a wow factor,” he says. With more than 10 years in the bathroom renovations trade, Sam says he works with his own tradesmen and oversees each project to ensure his clients only have to deal with one person. In this case, Sam had a lot of freedom when it came to the design. After getting a feel for what his clients’ tastes were, he was able to present them with a few different options to choose from and the project took off from there. Creating a 3D representation of what the project would look like on completion is a service Sam offers as part of the contract. In this case, the 3D image helped him show how one of the major changes that needed to take place was making the whole space “lighter, brighter and more vibrant”. The colour scheme of the bathroom was completely overhauled, taking it from darkgreen walls and floors to light creams, whites and browns throughout. Taupe-coloured travertine wall and floor tiles brightened up the space, while koala marble mosaic tiles were used to create a feature look.

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The old spa bath that was set up against the window was removed and replaced with a more modern, light, freestanding bathtub with a long-neck tap. The old-fashioned venetian blinds were replaced with stone-coloured roman blinds to match the risotto brown Qstone top of the new custom-designed double vanity. “Rather than using a white gloss finish on the vanity we used a misty grey gloss finish to offset the travertine,” Sam says. In order to keep the overall look of the bathroom fairly special, Sam chose two round vanity basins. “The square inset vanity basins wouldn’t have looked as good because they are too plain and very common,” he says. Glass panelling was installed to ensure the toilet and shower retained their privacy. Nine downlights were also added to the room to brighten the area. “Prior to the renovation, there were only three lights in the room,” Sam says. “There are now two downlights above the bathtub with a dimmer so that you can have a romantic or relaxing night, whatever your mood.” Kristy Symonds

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FRENCH CONNECTION When the owners indicated that they wanted a kitchen that was out of the ordinary, they hardly expected to end up cooking their meals in a French chateau-style setting

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HE owners, who are “serious cooks”, were looking for something more than just an area to prepare meals in. The kitchen had to fit in with their vision for the overall look and feel of their home. What the young couple got was a French chateau-style showpiece. Simon Cox, design and sales manager at Western Cabinets, says the couple craved a stylish, traditional kitchen, but it also had to be practical. “They were also looking for high-end craftsmanship,” Simon says. “We achieved this by producing a very functional kitchen.” The kitchen was designed by Penka Kolevova and built by the team at Western Cabinets. Simon says the large, irregular shaped kitchen/dining space is exceptionally well laid out with minimal walking distances between the fridge/pantry area, cooking zone and the food preparation zone. Two sinks were incorporated into the kitchen – one on the island bench to help in preparation and a separate, deeper Lancaster Fireclay sink in the clean-up area. “This allows the couple to cook and prepare food at the same time,” Simon says. “With a fully integrated dishwasher, the main sink also doubles as the main clean-up zone.” Simon says a number of drawers provide ample space for storage in the kitchen for food, pots and pans and other appliances that need to be put away.

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“The kitchen is well appointed with the latest innovative storage solutions and accessories forming an extremely well-organised and practical kitchen to work in,” he says. A separate coffee preparation zone with a commercial coffee-making machine and grinder is close to the fridge and away from the cooking area. Practicality aside, the kitchen also looks stunning with a blend of natural materials used at the clients’ request. Solid american oak was chosen for the doors, mouldings and panelling for its durability and grain. The doors were then handpainted in pistachio green and gilded in real gold. “The gold was used as a finishing touch to give definition and a touch of luxury to the intricate doors and mouldings,” Simon says. Solid makore timber and veneer were used for the island bench and pot hanger, giving a richness that integrated well with the client’s dining table. “To complement the pistachio green and makore timber cabinets a pale and natural marble was chosen for the floors and benchtops, enhancing the feeling of light and space in the room,” Simon says. The island bench featured handcrafted areas, curved cabinetry ends, fishtail patterned detail to the sides and decorative wrought-iron hangers. The kitchen was certainly not short of special details, with energy efficient LED lighting

used in the glass display cabinet, the underside of cabinetry overheads and the rack for hanging pots. The traditional French-style sinks, taps and porcelain cabinetry handles were all imported from France. Simon says the finished product ticked all the boxes where the clients’ ideal kitchen space was concerned. “What the owners like best about the kitchen is that they can sit back and relax around the informal dining table while sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee and admiring the finer points of their dream kitchen,” he says. Kristy Symonds

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Miele DA 6290 W Lumen Range Hood

Bosch Induction Cooktop PIL875N14E Features ✱ ✱ ✱ ✱

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atmospheric lighting. The LED glass edge lighting is integrated into the range hood’s slimline canopy Select the light to come on at long or short intervals Range hood has three power settings plus an intensive setting Three halogen lights provide downlighting and illuminate the cooktop below Insulation mats reduce noise levels

80cm induction cooktop Four induction cooking zones Electronic touch controls Powerboost function

✱ Child lock $3599, from Bosch, for stockists phone: (03) 8551 1100 or visit www.bsh-group. com.au, and Rick Hart’s Kitchen Headquarters, Osborne Park

$3199, from Miele chartered agents, www.miele.com.au

ILVE Dual Fuel Gas and Induction 90cm Upright Oven Features ✱ Freestanding collection designed by the prestigious

Chef’s du Maison Union ✱ 90cm dual fuel gas and induction cooktop ✱ Two-zone tepanyaki induction hob creates

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instantaneous heat and immediate temperature control Sitting above the induction zone is the easily removable tepanyaki hot plate 110-litre capacity oven Oven features pizza, bread and pastry cooking settings, rotisserie and Quickstart preheating function Oven includes a catalytic cook-and-clean roof and interior

$8599, from selected retailers and Ilve showrooms, www.ilve.com.au

COOKING CLASS Australians are now entertaining and eating more at home, putting emphasis on spacious and well-designed kitchens equipped with modern appliances that complement one another

A Whirlpool 90CM IXELIUM Cooktop Features ✱ 90cm stainless-steel cooktop

with iXelium coating, which protects the product from scratching, staining or discolouring ✱ Quick and easy to clean ✱ Perfect appearance is guaranteed to last $1149, from Whirlpool, phone: 1300 363 344, www.whirlpool.com.au

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S kitchens have changed dramatically over the past few years, so too have the appliances within them. Ovens, range hoods and cooktops bear little resemblance to the cumbersome, functional appliances of old, with modern models being designed for simplicity, style and efficiency. “As today’s kitchen is often integrated within an open-plan living and entertainment area, the design of major kitchen appliances plays an increasingly important role,” says Thorsten Kissel, product manager, food and beverage preparation, at Miele Australia. “Homemakers are demanding that the total kitchen fit-out looks stylish, with all appliances complementing one another.” Lyndon Craig, senior design manager at Electrolux, agrees. “Open-plan living has required that we design and choose our products in different ways, because now they are always on show,” he says.

“One of the major trends really driving the design of kitchens and appliances is integration and minimalism. “Some appliances are coloured to match the kitchen cabinets so that they blend in better, while in some kitchens special cabinets are made with large sliding doors that totally hide your appliances when they are not being used. The aim is to create a harmonious, uncluttered environment.” The changes in kitchen appliances are also reflected in the growing tendency of Australians to eat and entertain at home. “As busy Australian families choose to meet and entertain at meal times, kitchens nationwide have transformed from a mere preparatory space into the heart of the Australian home,” says Caterina Slade, product manager cooking brand, at Whirlpool. “As a result, Aussies are opting for ergonomic kitchen designs that do away with clutter, are open and inviting and truly livable. “At the same time, consumers are also

considering more carefully how kitchen appliances fit into their lives and homes, with a product’s functionality, energy efficiency, use of technology and design all shaping consumer spending habits and choices.” According to Thorsten, there is an everincreasing interest in home cooking and, with this interest, an increase in the sophistication of cooking appliances. Modern Australian kitchens can be expected to incorporate four major innovations practically unheard of a decade ago – pyrolytic ovens, steam ovens, induction cooktops and designer range hoods. Pyrolytic ovens have a push-button cleaning process that superheats the oven to about 500C and burns off any deposits from baking, roasting and grilling into ash, which is then simply brushed or wiped away. “Australians are time-poor, but are cooking more at home than ever before, due to both economic factors and also the proliferation of cookbooks and cooking shows,” says Vanessa


Alba Cubo Range Hood

Electrolux Ebony Range Hood

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strong, stainless steel wires

✱ Three speeds ✱ Halogen lights

✱ Allows for flexible kitchen design ✱ Chimney kit ✱ Optional remote control

$1479, from Electrolux, phone: 1300 365 305, www.electrolux.com.au

$2898, from Elica, for stockists phone: 1800 805 300 or visit www.elica.com.au

De Dietrich 90cm Downdraft Range Hood Features ✱ Range hood retracts into the kitchen bench ✱ Doesn’t need to be fitted to an external wall, making it

perfect for island benches ✱ Touch control panel and digital display ✱ 10-minute delayed stop function, four speeds and an auto

switch off after four hours of continuous use $6499, from selected Harvey Norman outlets, Harvey Norman at Domayne,Winning Appliances and specialist cooking appliance retailers

Sinfonia Range Hood Features ✱ Vertical range hood with extremely

high airflow performance levels that are specifically aimed at large kitchens ✱ Utilising Perimeter airflow, an alternative airflow technology, the Sinfonia draws air around the outer edge of the hood, reducing energy consumption and noise

✱ Replacing the visible filter with steel or

glass panels makes cleaning easy ✱ Specially designed touch control ✱ Backlit control system ✱ Part of the Head Saver range of Elica

hoods ✱ Optional chimney kits available $2998, from Elica, for stockists phone: 1800 805 300 or visit www.elica.com.au

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Coussias, product manager cooking appliances, at Bosch. “Building appliances that satisfy the desire of the consumer to ‘cook from scratch’ but also save time is a big area of focus.” Induction cooking provides extremely accurate temperature control at an increased speed. Induction cooktops are also recognised to be more energy efficient than electric or gas cooktops because of the heat-up time and direct application of the energy. “Heat is created directly in the pan base, cutting out the intermediary step of having to heat up a hot plate to heat up the pot to then heat up the food, making it very efficient,” Thorsten says. “The time to bring one litre of water to the boil using an induction cooktop is more than twice as fast as with using electric or gas cooktops. Induction cooktops use approximately half the energy of gas and 65 per cent less than electric.” Steam cooking offers an extremely healthy

approach while retaining the natural flavour, nutrients and colour. “Steam cooking is proving to be increasingly popular, with more and more people enjoying this gentle way of cooking,” Thorsten says. “It operates with dry heat and moist steam separately or combined for specific cooking requirements, in a multitude of operating modes to make restaurant-quality results easy to achieve.” Finally, range hoods are becoming design pieces in their own right, many taking centrestage in the contemporary Australian kitchen. “While many appliances are becoming more minimalist and integrated, others are creating strong design statements,” Lyndon Craig says. “Choosing a range hood is one of the best opportunities to be expressive and bold in your kitchen design. They come in many shapes, colours, styles, and lighting effects. This gives you an opportunity to really show off your sense of style.” Lisa Shearon

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David Coomer preparing food at his property in Manjimup. Pictures: Daniel Wilkins

GOURMET GETAWAY It’s only a shed, but celebrity chef David Coomer and his family love driving down to Manjimup each week to spend quality time together and do “a lot more cooking than I do at home”

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EADING down south to spend quality family time at his property in Manjimup and cook up a storm in the large shed kitchen is one of the simple pleasures in life for celebrated chef David Coomer. David, who gained national prominence while at the helm of the now legendary Star Anise restaurant in Shenton Park, says he splits his time between his getaway down south and his home in Perth. These days David’s time in Perth is spent focusing on his latest restaurant, Pata Negra, in Nedlands. However, he says restaurants are the last thing on his mind when he’s in Manjimup. “It’s great fun,” David says. “It’s nice just to have a bit of space and be able to ride around on motorbikes.” Getting away from it all doesn’t mean the dedicated foodie stays away from the kitchen or stops trying to source fresh produce. “I have a tendency to cook a lot more when I am down there than I do at home,” David says. “There is such great produce down there, too, so we make sure we take advantage of that.” David says he and his family – his wife, Kareen, 19-year-old Jeremiah, 17-year-old Maddie and 13-year-old Isabella of Junior MasterChef fame – have a favourite market garden in Kirup where they buy fresh vegetables. They all also love spending time as a family in their large shed kitchen. “It’s just a really nice space to cook and the dining area is not far away,” David says. “Our kids usually get quite involved.”

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The kitchen features a combination of steel benchwork, mouse-proof storage and bits and pieces David has collected from his various restaurants. “It’s designed a bit like a restaurant kitchen so there is heaps of bench space, a big sink and it’s all quite easy to clean,” he says. According to David, functionality is key in the design and style of the kitchen. “We entertain a fair bit down here,” he says. “It was logical to have our kitchen in a big space that is easy to look after. The whole thing is more about functionality than aesthetics, but that suits the shed, I suppose.” A big ladder hanging from the roof, where David hangs all his pots and pans, is one of his favourite things in the space. Another special item Kareen adores is a French-style cupboard David gave her. “It sits in the kitchen and she loves that,” he says. David says a good set of knives, a vacuum pack machine to seal his biscuits and meat cuts, and a large flat-top Heatlie barbecue top his list of kitchen essentials. “It’s (the barbecue) just brilliant. You can cook enough bacon and eggs on that to feed 30 people and it’s really easy to clean,” he says. The family also got a large 18-seat jarrah dining setting for Christmas, which was made by a Manjimup local. David says the new furniture is a welcome addition because he regularly hosts long-table dining events with family and friends. The Coomers spend “a day or two” in

Manjimup each week to focus on farm work, which includes looking after their truffles. “I would live down there if I could,” David says. “We’ve also got marron in the dam, so we usually cook a few of those.” The family plans to build a house on the property in the future and the shed that they currently live in will revert to “just being a shed”. “Hopefully it will house a tractor,” David says. Kristy Symonds


SUCCESS IS SWEET The chocolates may look as if they have come straight off a factory line, but Yuki Nakamura’s handmade works of art are produced in a tiny kitchen in her rented home in Coolbellup

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VERY one of Yuki Nakamura’s handcrafted chocolates is a work of art in its own right so it is almost impossible to imagine that the exquisite treats are produced in her tiny home kitchen. Yuki, an acclaimed chocolatier, says she has been crafting her edible artwork full-time from her Coolbellup home, which she’s been renting with her husband, Marlon Schoep, for the past 18 months. Living in a rental property has limited the changes the couple can make to the small kitchen, but they’ve become adept at finding plenty of extra shelving to house Yuki’s kitchen utensils. “We needed to improvise on a lot of things,” Yuki said. “My husband’s creativity kicked in and he built some things for it. With it being a small kitchen, we are always trying to be tidy and organised.” Yuki says one of the challenges of working from home is trying to make her workspace feel comfortable. “At 5.30 in the evening I have to pack up and try and make the kitchen accessible, “ she says. Marlon has put up curtains to divide the kitchen from the living area and Yuki says

she has tried to add “homey” elements. All of her chocolate making necessities are given prime space in the kitchen with the two special temperature-control fridges filled with her delicious treats given special preference. Yuki says her melting tank is one of the most important things to have on hand. “It keeps the chocolate in perfect condition,” she says. Yuki, who is originally from Japan, says her passion for food complements Marlon’s love of design. On top of his day job teaching English at a private school, Marlon does the design and administrative work for their chocolate company, Nakamura Chocolates. Yuki credits Marlon for giving her the push she needed to get into the chocolate making business. “Chocolate had always been a passion of mine, but I didn’t have the courage to go full-time,” she says. The pair aim to create treats that are “beautiful as well as tasty” and are constantly experimenting with colours and flavours. This creative streak flows from the food they make to their home,

which features splashes of colour throughout the kitchen and dining area. “Stainless steel is very practical, but I have tried to add colour to the kitchen,” Yuki says. Brightly coloured chairs in red, green and blue line the kitchen table and an unfinished artwork by Marlon hangs above it. A piano, which both Yuki and Marlon play, cookbooks and a ukulele dot the open-plan living/kitchen/dining area. Kristy Symonds ✱ Nakamura Chocolates are available from The Boatshed Markets in Cottesloe,The Herdsman in Churchlands,The Beaufort Street Merchant in Mount Lawley and Fresh Provisions stores.

Chocolatier Yuki Nakamura in her Coolbellup kitchen. Pictures: Bohdan Warchomij

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LAWN AND ORDER In the third of a four-part series on how a waterwise garden was built from the ground up in Kings Park, Trevor Cochrane focuses on the different types of lawn and the use of mulch

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FTER building walls and structure, installing irrigation and planting the gardens, it’s time to mulch. It’s important to think of mulch as a shade cover or sunscreen because it protects the soil from the direct sun, stopping the surface drying out. Coarse, irregular-size particle mulches are recommended by the Water Corporation and I believe that using an organic version of these is essential because they do eventually break down, further improving the soil’s health. We used more than 50cu m of mulch when revamping the gardens around Mount Eliza House in Kings Park and applied a 100mmdeep layer over the entire soil area. It’s interesting to note some experts suggest just 50mm to 75mm of mulch should be applied to the gardens, but the reality of any mulch is that as soon as it’s laid and watered it settles. How many times have you laid mulch out only to see bare patches of soil within weeks of applying it and feel as if the benefits are not being delivered? The week after we finished building this garden we received a record torrent of rain at the location – some 40mm in one night. The following day I took measurements of the mulch around the site and it was just 75mm deep at the deepest level. Within two weeks of the mulch being applied, it had subsided by 25mm and as much as 50mm in some places. My policy has always been more is better and this certainly confirmed it for me. Mount Eliza House is surrounded by a show

garden so the lawn shared equal billing with the gardens. The amount of lawn allocated here was huge, which suited the purpose of the garden’s use – this is a very important message for anyone designing a garden. Don’t lay lawn for the sake of it – lay it for the use it will get and its beauty. Some may say that a large expanse of lawn is not waterwise, but through the extensive soil preparation and hi-tech irrigation system, we were able to ensure this lawn used less water than the old lawn and because of the two varieties I selected, it looked so much better. The open sunny locations required a finer leaf lawn and I chose Empire Zoysia grass, a relatively new grass to Australia that looks absolutely magnificent when well kept. It has a slightly bluish tinge to it and has the added benefit of needing less water and requiring less maintenance to look fabulous. We sourced high-quality rolls from one of the state’s best turf growers – Westland Turf. My message in highlighting the quality of the turf used is to point out that professional growers do not have weed seeds or foreign grass species invading their product and their grass is healthy and strong. You can be sure that by selecting turf from an organisation such as Westland Turf, your lawn will be free of pests and diseases – something that is vitally important to its success. To lay it, we first carefully levelled the soil. The easiest way to get an almost perfect level is to use a coarse river sand or sandy loam. A thin layer and a carefully screeded surface ensures

the turf is perfectly flat and level once rolled out and compacted. The reality attached to adding so much organic material into the soil is we will be seeing some lumps and bumps appear with time as the organics decompose and shrink in size and we will apply a thin layer of fine sand at that point to maintain the levels. There was one area where using Empire Zoysia grass just did not work because it received less than 10 hours a day of direct sunlight. The question was: “Do we bother trying to grow grass here or just leave it?” The area, which is shaded by huge overhanging moreton bay fig branches, is perfect for photos to be taken for weddings, so we decided we needed to find a turf that performs in shaded positions and looks great. It wasn’t a hard decision to make. I have used Palmetto buffalo grass in similar circumstances in my own garden, as well as having seen it used in other shady garden positions to great effect. While some other buffalo varieties have a lot of advertising behind them, Palmetto is a grass that actually performs in sun or shade and its dark green foliage made it perfect for this position. From a mowing and care point of view, you treat it differently in shady spots to the way you would in sunny locations, but it will not let you down. The trick is to allow it to grow a little longer so that it maintains its thick, lush appearance. ✱ Next week: Feeding and maintaining your garden

Choosing the right type of grass helps to make your lawn waterwise. Pictures: Richard Polden

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Marie Gasper, of Kelmscott, has about 30 hippeastrums but not all of them flower. Why? She also has tuberoses (one of my favourite plants) and wonders why they are not flowering. Hippeastrums are triggered into flowering by several factors, but the most important is the maturity of the bulb, which is why there are always variances. The tuberoses should be flowering now and again. Light and maturity will have something to do with it. The next major flowering period will be autumn and applying some potash now may be of some help. I always found that liquid feeding mine got the best flower results.

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Fay Prunster, via email, has been losing citrus fruit to fruit fly attacks and has tried many remedies without success. What do I recommend? The best way to control fruit fly is using Yates Fruit Fly spray. This year has been bad and this is the best control. If you can’t bring yourself to spray, try using the old Vegemite lure with Fenthion as a poison to kill the flies. Another solution is to pop a paper bag over the fruit to stop the flies getting to it before it colours up. Trevor Cochrane

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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 housecalls@sundaytimes. newsltd.com.au 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.

✱ All readers whose gardening questions are published win a Hortex Ergonomic Garden Trowel, valued at $7.95.

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FERN-TASTIC RESULTS If you are planning on giving your bathroom a bit of a facelift with the use of plants, remember that varieties of ferns are ideally suited for the humid conditions

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HE bathroom is always an interesting place to have plants. The humid conditions make a bathroom the perfect place to grow ferns such as the maidenhair fern or, even better, the giant maidenhair fern, which has large fronds that look more robust and has a few variants including a form that produces reddish newfrond foliage. Foliage plants are also good to consider. In a rainforest these plants grow at forest-floor level and produce larger, greener leaves as they fight to get a piece of the 1 per cent of light that filters down from the tree canopy above. In a poor light situation – the typical bathroom conditions – these plants will do incredibly well. Varieties to look out for include aglaonema, known as the Chinese Evergreen, dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane), Devil’s Ivy and syngoniums to name just a few. More sensitive varieties include peperomias (often referred to as the radiator plant), fittonias (known as the nerve plant) and african violets, an old-fashioned plant making a comeback internationally. If you’re a little more sculptural in your plant tastes, dwarf sanseveria (snake plants) are great in small pots in groups of three or four. They have variations in foliage colours and are almost indestructible, surviving for weeks without water. Growing plants in the bathroom requires a special kind of pot to be used.

Self-watering pots are the preferred option here because they have a small waterwell in their base, allowing for moisture to be available to the roots for long periods of time. The kinds of plants that grow in bathrooms are usually from tropical rainforests so this moisture supply is very important. There are a lot of different self-watering pots, including plastic and ceramic options. The kind that use a wick are, in my mind, always the most successful because the wick draws moisture back into the soil mass, feeding the roots. The great thing about self-watering pots for bathrooms and even balconies and patios is the plants do have a constant supply of moisture. These kinds of plants are in very visual locations and you cannot afford to let them go “off” and look bad, as you will suffer with the visual impact as much as the plant does. Another group of plants worth considering are bromeliads and there are a lot of different species but the ones I’m referring to come from the genus called tillandsia, which are compact and incredibly colourful. Some members of this family are known as air plants – apparently not requiring soil to survive. They would naturally grow in trees feeding from moisture in the organic and moist bark and taking nutrients and moisture from the atmosphere. These specially adapted plants such as Spanish moss – or old man’s whiskers as it’s

sometimes known – are ideal if you have some space because some varieties will fill out and take up some room. Others such pink quill (Tillandsia cyanea) produce amazing blue flowers out of large pink bracts and make a stunning display for months on end from a small compact plant. This has to be one of my favourite plants of all time and it looks fantastic indoors. A strategy for those who want plants indoors, but struggle to keep them looking good is to buy two and swap them regularly. You will need a cool, shaded spot outdoors for the replacement. Another secret to success is buying a small watering can and keeping it in the bathroom cupboard. If it’s an ornamental can, it can be a feature on a window sill, but the important issue here is using it to water your indoor plants regularly. For larger bathrooms, you can use larger plants and possibly the best of all is the Chinese happy plant (Dracaena fragrans) with long strappy leaves that cascade down a long trunk. This plant loves bathrooms and it’s believed to bring luck to the owner. Lastly, but most importantly, remember that indoor plants like to be fed regularly. To ensure they have glossy, healthy looking foliage, take your plants out for a hose down every few months. A liquid feed over the foliage will do them wonders, too. Trevor Cochrane

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Harrisdale

Alkimos

Anchorage, by First Abode, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Rufous Lane, 9397 2342 Vertu, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9393 2019

Lakelands

Good Times, by Aussie Living, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/cp, Karridale Loop, 9523 1689 Seachange, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, a/r, alf, d/g, Cohen Vista, 9583 4280 Bremer, by WA Housing Centre, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Jasper Way, 9214 1111 Swanbourne, by Easystart, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Jasper Way, 9581 9406

Landsdale

Monaco, by Commodore, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Kingsway, 9303 4361 Lamont, by Impressions, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, Kingsway, 9302 6097 Coronade, by HomeStart, 4x2, h/t, g/r, alf, dc/p, Kingsway, 9231 4567 La Grange, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, d/g, alf, h/t, st, Kingsway, 9303 2019 Ambiance, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, Monticello Meander, 9333 0880

Cable Beach, by Easystart, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/c, Blackwood Meander, 9561 5648

$200,000 to $250,000

Australind Abbey View Resort, by WA Country Builders, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Lunar Ave, 9792 0100

Aveley Trump, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, Safford Ave, 9320 4920 Villa d’Este, by National, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, Safford Ave, 6296 7784

Madeley

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

Millbridge

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

Seville Grove

Corondale, by Complete, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Seville Rd, 9497 2919

Tapping

Riviera, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g,Tandara Fairway, 9302 4920

Wellard

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

Hammond Park

Chicago, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3399 Valencia, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, alf, d/g, Montreal St, 9405 6794

Landsdale

Majestic, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Monticello Meander, 6461 5297

Leederville

Strata Development, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, alf,d/g, Leicester St, 9242 9500

Maddington

Breakaway, by TR Homes, 4x2, pre-manufactured home, h/t, alf, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998 Peninsula, by TR Homes, 3x2, pre-manufactured home, st, alf, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998

Vdara, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Blackwood Meander, 9302 4920

Alkimos

Nautilus, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, s/t, alf, d/g, Point Link, 9562 5495 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

Australind

Pebble Beach, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, t/g, Luna Ave, 9792 0100

Baldivis

Austin, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, alf, d/g, Cape Meander, 9524 3082 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

Banksia Grove

Aston, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Botanic Ave, 6400 0535

Bunbury

Kasbar, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, alf, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, Millbridge Estate, 9724 1318

Busselton

Colorado, by New Generation, S, 4x2, st, h/t, d/g, Nougat Cres, 9754 7247

Butler

Vibe, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, st, h/t, dc/p, Impington Blvd, 9562 3383

Caversham

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

Ellenbrook

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

Coastal View, by Rural Building, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, c/r, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9792 0100

Dayton

Da Vinci, by Ross North Homes, 4x2, h/t, c/r, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 0413 758 404

Ellenbrook

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

Erskine

Olympus, by Summit, S,4x2, h/t, alf, g/r, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9534 8840

Forrestdale

Nautilus, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, cnr Isla Place/Highland Rise, 9242 9200

Hammond Park

Secret, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, dc/p, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3060

Harrisdale

Aveley

Newport, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, st, h/t, a/r, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9242 9200

Baldivis

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

Escape, by Ventura Homes, 4x2, alf, d/g, Safford Ave, 6296 7645 Baby Boomer Loft, by Baby Boomer Homes, loft, 3x2, st, d/g, Wesley Way, 9302 2250 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

Hocking

Jindalee

Cable Beach, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 9562 0786

Lakelands

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

Landsdale

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

Madeley

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Flemington, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4053

Queens Park

$250,000 to $300,000

Avonview, by Ross Squire Homes, S, 4x2, st, Bullarra Rd, 9294 3800 Coolgardie, by Ross Squire Homes, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, sc/p, Bullarra Rd, 9294 3800

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Meadow Springs

Monza, by Commodore Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 1639 Realm, by Domain, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, st, g/r, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 0576 Soto, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, a/r, h/t, Isla Place, 9397 2413 Cove, by Easystart, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Emerald Park, 9393 2094

Greenmount

Darlington, by MyGen, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 1800 806 803 Caversham, by Metrostyle, S, 3x2, alf, h/t, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 9202 9210

Enjoy a priceless experience with WA’s most experienced unit development builder.

Bushland, by TR Homes, 3x2, pre-fab transportable home, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998

Piara Waters

West Swan

Hocking

Alkanta, by Content Living, S, 4x2, d/g, st, alf, h/t, Point Link, 9202 5222 Alexa, by MyGen Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Leeway Loop, 1800 806 803 Accolade, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, Leeway Loop, Alkimos, 9562 5599

Maddington

Kasbar, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, a/r, Millbridge Blvd, 9724 1318

Destiny, by New Generation,S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, a/r, Adlington Way, 9333 0880 Oasis, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 6296 6649 Alto, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 6296 6111 Luxor Games, by Affordable Living, 4x2, g/r, h/t, Ewens Pass, 9302 4920

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Madeley

Fullerton, by National, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, st, alf, Greylock Meander, 9408 0459 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

Meadow Springs

Eagle Bay, by Ventura, S, 4x2, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4003

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

Treendale

Equinox, by New Generation, S, 4x3, d/g, h/t, st, alf, a/r, Orion Lane, 9797 0682

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 Cosmopolitan, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Ruskin Brace, 0427 022 916 Rockeller, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, alf, Ruskin Brace, 0427 022 916 Toorak, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, c/r, d/g, Burlington Drive, 9366 0036

Bunbury Parkdale, by Dale Alcock, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Forrest Estate, 9792 0555

Busselton 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

Butler Seasons, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, alf, Newmarket Pde, 0409 869 910

Byford Ecco, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, a/r, d/g, Colesbrook Drive, 9242 9200

Caversham Homestead, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Domina Turn, 9242 9200

Dalyellup Jimbaran, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Colonna, 1800 227 161

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

Meadow Springs

Eagle Bay, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4003

Millbridge

Lotus, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, 9725 2852

Piara Waters

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

Southern River

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, 0418 954 658

South Yunderup

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 Amberley, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Bremer Way, 9537 7325

The Vines

Lexia, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g,Adlington Way, 0438 691 037

Treendale

Xanadu, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, t/g, alf, Orion Lane, 9796 1639

Vasse

Vasse, by WA Country Builders, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Bridgeview Entrance, 9792 0100

Wandi

Monaco, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, alf, t/g, Lyon Rd, 9410 2495 Wisteria, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Marmion Ave, 9242 9200

West Swan

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

Woodvale

Manhattan, by Dale Alcock, S, h/t, st d/g, Solia Loop, 9292 9200

over $300,000 Alkimos

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 Chateau, by Summit, S, 4x2, st, h/t, d/g, Altea Way, 0418 927 371

Australind

Homestead, by Dale Alcock SW, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, d/g, Orion Lane, 9792 0555

Aveley

Shoalwater, by Cedar Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Neary Blvd, 9240 2125

Baldivis

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

Iluka 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 Westmont, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Romano Cres, 9202 9202

Jindalee 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 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

Landsdale Elements, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, alf, Monticello Meander, 9303 2892

Booragoon

Leederville, by Plunkett, D, 3x2, alf, d/g, Byron St, 9366 0322

Aurora, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, c/r, d/g, Marmion Ave, 9242 9200

Burns Beach

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

Busselton

✱ 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

Lakelands

Belmont

Lincoln, by APG, D, 4x2, a/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Vaucluse Circuit, 1800 884 041

KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS

Leederville Margaret River Cape Skillion, by Rural Building Company, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Crellin Place, 9758 7058 Retro, by Summit, S. 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Crellin Place, 9757 9120

opening hours ✱ Display homes are usually open 1pm-

Melville

Lamont, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g,Almond Parkway, 9754 1609

Melville Waters, by Plunkett, D, 4x2, alf, st, d/g, Money Place, 9333 4003

Millbridge

From top:

Butler

Woodbridge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, a/r, h/t, d/g, Hatfield Way, 9724 1942

✱ $150,000 to $200,000 Eclipse by Aussie Living Homes in Alkimos.

Churchlands

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

Cottesloe

Lumiere, by RiverStone, D, 3x2, alf, Lillian St, 9436 9696

Dalyellup

Residence, by Dale Alcock, 4x2, a/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9792 0555 Karridale, by Rural Building, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Colonna St, 1800 643 800 Ku De Ta, by Summit, 4x2, g/r, st, t/g, alf, Colonna St, 9722 0300

Darch

Rose Bay, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, a/r, d/g, Monticello Meander, 0302 6417

Darlington

Argyle, by Rural Building, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, dc/p, Cnr Darlington and Coulston Rd, 1800 643 800

Dunsborough

Quindalup, by WA Country Builders, S, 3x3, st, d/g,Wentworth Loop, 1800 227 161

Ellenbrook

Avon Lodge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, a/r, d/g,Adlington Pass, 6296 6755

Erskine

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

Floreat

Toorak, by Peter Stannard, D, 4x2, st, d/g, Cnr Dunblane and Pearson, 0417 294 116

Hamilton Hill

Sienna, by Bellagio, D, 4x3, d/g, alf, Annean Lane, 9337 4500

Harrisdale

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

Hillarys

Bogart, by Broadway, D, 4x3, g/r, c/r, st, d/g, Seychelles Lane, 9302 6161

Hovea

Murchison, by Benlin, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Mueller Place, 9379 9220

North Coogee

✱ $200,000 to $250,000 Avonview by Ross Squire Homes in Greenmount.

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

Pictures: Adrian Lambert, Acorn Photo and Theo Fakos.

Provence

PREMIERE

Bunker Bay, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, a/r, h/t, d/g,Almond Parkway, 9751 2604

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Painting by David Gregson This was a wedding present to my husband and me. It’s a painting of a rehearsal of a play at WAAPA. We’ve always particularly loved it because we both work in that industry and also because it is a really beautiful study that captures the moment perfectly. MacBook Air This is my portable office and my life. It means that for travelling it’s very light and when going from meeting to meeting I can just put it in my handbag. It’s the perfect business tool for me and I wouldn’t be without it. The Foot Working in the theatre, particularly with long-running shows, it is great to have a souvenir. This is the Arthur Award, the famous Monty Python award for “Best Peasant� in Spamalot in which I was executive producer in Melbourne. Champagne My business partner, Bourby Webster, and I like to relax on the grass and have a glass of champagne and something to eat. This has inspired us to produce concerts such as Symphony by the Bay and the 2012 Leeuwin Concert Series. Leunig cartoon Leunig drew this cartoon for my husband when he was the fallen angel in a Leunig play at the Playhouse Theatre years ago. I had a drink with my (now) husband in the bar after the play. It was the first time we met. Backstage passes I tend to keep backstage passes from shows and concerts I have been involved in over

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