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first homebuyers Industry experts are calling for new attitudes from banks and planning authorities to assist the recovery of the first homebuyer market

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master builders The MBA’s role and services has evolved over the 114 years since it was formed

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renovation: before & after A transformation to suit a coastal lifestyle

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Interior designers are no longer looking at the bedroom as just a place for sleep but rather a peaceful retreat

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Building a home that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical is a common goal among designers and their clients. This was certainly achieved by building designer Daniel Lomma, who met a family’s need for a visually accessible house to ensure the safety of their young children with a stunning Applecross residence. Take a look on Page 30. Interior stylist and decorator Samantha Stoveld, of Gallery Interiors, has had a longstanding passion to design and build her own home. Having finally realised her dream, she has turned her Karrinyup residence into a luxurious sanctuary both inside and out. Turn to Page 28 to see the amazing result.

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ALL ANGLES COVERED “The main family room has plenty of room to live and entertain comfortably,” Peter says. Three minor double bedrooms, the second bathroom and laundry form a separate bedroom wing, delivering the considered zoning that growing families demand. Paula Evans ✱ Broadway has developed versions of the Heston starting from $384,900.

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ONTEMPORARY luxury meets coastal living in the Heston by Broadway Homes. With its wide balcony, giant gable window and 40-degree raking roofline, this Jindalee display home is every bit the relaxed beach house, yet Broadway has introduced a level of fit-out that subtly reflects a more sophisticated style of living. There’s a glossy statement kitchen, a hotelworthy ensuite adjoining the master bedroom, a swish upstairs theatre room and an impressive line-up of finishing touches that includes designer tapware and integrated kitchen appliances. A range of feature ceilings, including raking, recessed, dropped, stepped and super-high, adds definition and interest throughout the home. “Our aim was to design a home with coastal street appeal using a combination of angular lines and a grand raking roofline,” says Peter Gobetti, sales and marketing manager at Broadway Homes. “Good zoning and versatility were also key, with the option to move the master bedroom upstairs, and to be able to design the home as a single-storey version.” Skinny windows to the theatre room emphasise the cubist contours of the facade to the left of the balcony, while at ground level the rendered walls of a pergola frame the doors leading from the master suite to the front garden. “The pergola is both a design feature to support the front elevation of the home and also a practical solution for those buyers who may wish to enclose a front courtyard off the master suite,” Peter says.

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OU have found the perfect block or you are considering demolishing your existing home. The question now is where do you begin? If you are thinking of building a new customdesigned home, there are really only two options worth considering – the traditional architect/design approach and tendering out to builders, or the option of going direct to the builder via a display home. Because our company, Scope, comprises architects, interior designers and builders, all working independently for the customer, we are often asked about the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative. Either approach can suit particular customer needs as long as everyone is working towards the same goal. There are certain merits to each alternative and a lot depends on the client’s budget, any potential site constraints and the customer’s design brief and styling. The builder-direct approach has certain advantages, such as being able to walk through a display home and being able to touch and feel the home/products you are looking to include in your design. If the customer knows what they want and a certain display home ticks all the boxes, the design is already determined and you need look no further. This can save a lot of time in searching for that perfect design. While many builders allow for tweaks and

changes to an existing display base model, and may also allow full custom-designed homes with in-house designers/architects, there are other builders who are not as flexible with their designs and selections and generally do not allow too much variance from the initial base model. Many builders have perfectly tailored their businesses to provide a complete one-shop stop for new customers with in-house selection areas, in-house interior designers, and the benefits of streamlined systems and processes. In this regard, the builder-direct approach will be of benefit to certain customers. The independent architect/designer approach also has advantages and disadvantages. One of the major advantages of going down this path is owning the copyright of the design, therefore allowing the customer to go into a competitive tendering situation where multiple quotes can be arranged. Another advantage with this approach is the originality of the design, flexibility in material choices and bespoke construction detailing. Consequently, this approach means that the customer has to have a certain trust and faith in the architect/designer, as without being able to touch and feel products and not having a display home to walk through, they are relying heavily on this person to guide them through the process. A common analogy with using architects/

designers is that there is always the propensity for budget blow-outs. While this can be the case in some instances, if the documentation is concise and the design is “buildable”, this barrier can be overcome. Having an architect or project manager represent the owners through the construction phase also has pros and cons. One advantage is that it allows an independent party to evaluate the works. This can be helpful for customers who are timepoor due to family constraints and business commitments, or even clients who spend a lot of their time abroad. Obviously, there are costs involved and these need to be factored into the budget. Another question we often get asked during the design stage is whether to spend the money on the areas and volumes or on the finishing items. If money was no option you would achieve both, but with a budget in mind our philosophy is to make sure that we get the zonings correct. It is all about getting the spaces, volumes and flow through the home to synergise perfectly. Only by designing with this philosophy in mind, in conjunction with the clients’ budget, construction detailing and prestart estimation/feasibility costs, can the design and construction of a new, custom luxury home be truly realised and afforded.

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ROM the kitchen garden in a window box, to the study that converts into a third bedroom, the Inception by First Home Buyers Direct is giving visitors lots to think about. Built boundary to boundary on an 11m-wide block of just over 300sq m and with a display price of just under $180,000, it’s a great example of what can be achieved when space is at a premium and the dollars need to stretch as far as possible. With versions of the Inception starting at $139,885, there’s also plenty of scope for first homebuyers who need to work with a smaller building budget in order to get on to the property ladder. “It was important for us to design a home that was efficient with the space we had to work with, flowed well and didn’t feel tight or closed in due to the restrictive dimensions,” says Chris Pottier, general manager at FHBD. Views to a neighbouring park have been captured and there is space for outdoor entertaining surrounded by easy-care, lawn-free gardens. The home may be on a compact site, but it feels nicely balanced thanks to good proportions and an easygoing flow from one room to the next. “We didn’t have a lot to play with, so an

extra 100mm in one room meant we had to take it out of another,” Chris says. “It might not sound a lot but every little bit contributes to achieving a well-balanced home.” Although confident that the Inception’s twobedroom-plus-study format was a winner on a small lot, FHBD has still been pleasantly surprised at the positive feedback from buyers. Chris says there’s been a pretty even split between those opting for two bedrooms and a study and those choosing to enclose the study to create a third bedroom at no extra cost. “We think the study design works really well, which is why we went down that path in the first place, and once people see it as displayed many seem to agree,” he says. At the heart of the Inception is a showpiece kitchen that looks out across the living and meals area to the alfresco. Double-hung windows either side of the cooktop open up to window boxes planted with herbs and vegies. There’s an island bench with waterfall ends and an integrated breakfast bar, a built-in pantry, lots of drawers, 900mmwide cooking appliances and a recess for the fridge/freezer. “The kitchen is very generous in size, as well as packing in a lot of features,” Chris says. High ceilings add volume to the living areas, while sliding doors open up

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to the alfresco to provide that vital indoor/ outdoor connection. A separate lounge at the front of the home provides room for quiet relaxation or it could easily be turned into a studio or multifunctional space. Those all-important finishing touches that many buyers look for are again highlighted in the master suite where the designers have added double hanging rails to the walk-in wardrobe and double vanities and a doublesized shower to the ensuite. With energy efficiency and water conservation high on today’s priorities, the Inception illustrates passive-solar design principles and has been displayed with waterwise landscaping and subsurface reticulation. Paula Evans

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Shannon’s tip of the week HOW TO CLEAN MILDEW FROM CANVAS Add a kilogram of table salt to a bucket of water. Sweep it on with a broom, leave it to dry and then sweep it off with a stiff broom. Rinse with water, adding a couple of drops of oil of cloves to inhibit mould.

I bought this white windcheater Q (Picture 1), which is 94 per cent cotton and 6 per cent spandex with a black logo printed on it. I washed it separately because it was new and it was not until it was dry that I noticed several grey stains on the front, one on the sleeve and also one small mark on the hood. It appears they have come from the main print, however, that has not run at all. I have not ironed the top and have left it to get your advice on how to go about trying to get the stains out. As the more prominent one is on the front of the top, it has spoilt my new hoody. I am so glad you have not ironed it because this will make it so much easier to remove. There is a product called Colour Run Remover, which is made by Dylon. It comes in two forms, one for coloureds and one for whites. You will need the one for whites. Don’t follow the directions on the pack, I have a different and more effective way of using it. Mix one part Colour Run Remover to five parts water and stir it thoroughly.

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our very dirty wall oven. Now my wife keeps telling me that I scratched the enamel surface and the bare metal is showing. I have tried to buy touch-up paint from Westinghouse, Bunnings and appliance repair companies but they do not know of such a product. Do you know if you can buy touch-up paint for inside enamel ovens? The reason your cooktop is cloudy is because something you used contained bleach, which has etched the surface. You will need to use some jeweller’s rouge (it is available from the hardware store – it is a kind of very fine grade, red-coloured, cream cutting compound) and a woollen buff that you can place on your electric drill (the kind used polish your car). Apply a very thin layer of the jeweller’s rouge over the metal and then use your electric drill with the buff attached to bring it up to a high sheen. You can do it by hand but it’s a lot of elbow grease and unless the pressure is even you can end up with very shiny places and some not-so-shiny places. To prevent a recurrence of the problem,

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from alfresco dining to relaxing on a comfortable sofa with a coffee and the Sunday paper. Neat and stylish, the kitchen features a walk-in pantry, space for the fridge/freezer and an island bench that does double duty as a breakfast bar. An opening leads off the living area to the minor bedroom wing, where the designers have grouped together three double bedrooms, the second bathroom and the laundry with its walk-in linen cupboard. To the front of the home is the master suite with its corner window, walk-in wardrobe and good-sized ensuite featuring twin vanities and a large shower. Stuart says the Nicholson is a home that makes intelligent use of space on today’s narrow lots. “Offering all the modern features for any family, this design appeals to homebuyers looking for an affordable and low-maintenance option,” he says. Priced at less than $170,000 for the display version, the home comes with many of the features savvy first homebuyers and discerning prime-timers look for. These include 900mm Westinghouse stainless steel appliances and CaesarStone benchtops in the kitchen and chic above-counter vanity basins and semi-frameless glass shower doors in the bathrooms as standard. Celebration Homes has given the Nicholson cool street style using a panel of feature tiling, rendered walls and a Colorbond roof. Paula Evans

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of entertaining, as it’s open to both the dining area and the home theatre,” Ken says. There are stacker doors opening up the kitchen and living area to the alfresco where there is enough room for a dining table, barbecue kitchen and lounge. Stacked-stone feature walls make it even harder to tell where the indoors stops and the outdoors starts, while other design ideas on display include the timber slats that have been used to partially enclose one end of the alfresco. Responding to our love of cooking and entertaining, the Alkimos boasts a wow-factor kitchen with wide stainless steel appliances, Essa Stone benchtops, aluminium-framed doors to the overhead cupboards, a wine rack and a double-door pantry. Deliberately keeping the vast island bench free of cooktops and sinks has delivered a highly versatile work area that is also sure to prove a popular gathering point for friends and family. Kids of all ages will appreciate having their own space in the minor bedroom wing where there are three double bedrooms and a computer nook. The laundry and the second bathroom with its large shower are also in this part of the home. A separate study has been placed just off the entry hallway. It would make a great home office for work-at-home entrepreneurs.

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BANKING ON RECOVERY The rebounding of the housing market in WA will hinge on the major banks making loans more accessible and local authorities following the eastern states with regard to building regulations, say the experts

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provide affordable homes partly depends on the willingness of local authorities to adopt more flexible approaches to building setbacks and site coverage. Housing industry leader Dale Alcock says new generations of homebuyers will benefit if the state follows Victoria’s more generous allowances for site coverage and reduced housing setbacks. Dale, managing director of the ABN Housing Group, says regulations for housing setbacks from a side boundary should be reduced from a 1.5m minimum in WA to match Melbourne’s minimum requirement of 1.2m. He says Perth homebuyers will also benefit if regulations for building coverage on land match those of Melbourne’s. In Melbourne, site coverage is 70 per cent for single-storey homes while in WA the standard is 50 per cent. “Our regulations mean that in WA we are having to purchase more land to fit the equivalent size home on a block,” Dale says. “I cannot believe that the land development industry in WA has not pushed for this to be addressed.” Dale says he welcomes the April 2012 introduction of private certification for WA – a development allowing builders to use private assessors to certify their building applications

rather than wait in long local government queues. However, he says it is likely that a lot of residential developments will still need council approval. This contrasts with regulations in Melbourne where private certification has been in effect for more than a decade and a builder can check compliance with a private certifier and then be on site within a week. “At this stage it looks like private certification will be of more value to commercial rather than residential builders,” Dale says. Urban Development Institute of Australia WA chief executive Debra Goostrey says although improvements are being made for planning approvals in WA, there is still a long way to go. Debra says all levels of government must contribute to affordability by eliminating delays, which translate into additional costs. She says there has been a massive 28,000 “under-build” of homes in WA over the past decade and continued effort is needed to supply affordable housing. Debra says the most recent report of the National Housing Supply Council shows only 22.4 per cent of homes in WA are affordable to low and moderate-income households. She says the housing industry has developed entry-level homes that cost less than $300,000.

From top: Sean Quartermaine; Debra Goostrey; Dale Alcock; and Nigel Satterley.

With First Home Owner Grant applications now at their highest since the end of the boost and only 4 per cent down on the 10-year average, Debra says there are signs confidence is returning. However, the increasingly risk-averse attitudes of banks towards home lending are continuing to hurt the residential property industry. “The National Housing Supply Council’s latest report showed WA had the lowest proportion of low-income households in mortgage stress of any mainland state, potentially indicating the opportunity for more flexibility in finance,” Debra says. Satterley Property Group chief executive Nigel Satterley says a change in attitude among lenders will come as competition increases in the lending market. Nigel says second-tier lenders are now becoming increasingly active in pursuing home lending business, a move which will make it easier for more first homebuyers to obtain finance. He says some local authorities still take too long to approve developments, but he is hopeful the introduction of private certification will bring greater efficiencies. Evelyn Duffy


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The MBA’s role and services have evolved over the past 114 years to remain contemporary and relevant to its members, says director Michael McLean

Gavan Forster from Master Builders answers readers’ questions about home building issues.

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I am debating with my builder about who has to pay for a stolen water meter. Me, the Water Corporation or the builder? Stolen water meters are a significant annoyance to all parties involved in the construction process. This crime is blamed on either organized gangs or petty thieves who onsell the metal to scrap merchants. Alternatively, the culprits can be individuals who use the stolen meter for their own water-consumption purposes. Our estimate is that about 700 incidents occur every year – and at an average cost of about $200, the total cost of the theft is not insignificant. Industry groups are working with the Water Corporation to seek a solution to this problem. A number of possible solutions have been canvassed, including use of plastic materials, installation of meter locks or reducing the amount of saleable metal in the meter. Liability for the cost of stolen water meters will depend on the contract documentation in place. The Water Corporation insists that documentation specifies that they are not liable for the cost of stolen meters and that the cost must be met by the builder or the owner. This is despite the fact that the Water Corporation owns the infrastructure. Builders will either pass the cost on to their client or bear the cost themselves. Usually the item is too small to claim on the builder’s insurance policy as the excess is usually higher than the replacement cost. Clearly the solution lies in overcoming the cause of the problem rather than the symptoms.

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elected to the Master Builders WA Board of Management: George Allingame of Pindan Constructions/ Pindan Homes; Simon Birkhead of Celebration Homes; David Crothers of Crothers Construction; Sean Gavin of Gavin Construction; Malcolm Goode of Artique Homes; Chris Lillis of Cachet Homes; Dan Perkins of Perkins Builders; Jack Pleiter of Gemmill Homes; Adrian Ridderhof of Built Environs; John Ripp of EMCO Building; and Rob Spadaccini of Spadaccini Homes.

With so many complex and emerging issues to deal with, the Master Builders Board is in for another busy year. Some

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Housing affordability and land supply Apprentice training to maintain skill levels Energy rating levels for new homes The carbon tax The new Building Act and private certification of new homes

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HE Master Builders Association was formed in 1898, primarily as a builders’ organisation to represent the interests of its members in their dealings with governments, statutory authorities, unions and the general public. As a membership-based organisation, the Master Builders Association relies on representative groups of dedicated members – primarily builders – to guide its direction. These groups form committees and meet regularly, including in major regional centres, to discuss topical issues that are relevant to the industry. A majority of members of the MBA work in the residential sector, across a diverse range of housing styles, including the growing renovation and transportable homes sectors. The rest work in the commercial, industrial and civil engineering sectors. The association is headed by a president and the peak decision-making body is the Board of Management. Robert Shaw, a director with building company Daly & Shaw, has been re-elected for a second year as the president. Robert is also the representative on the MBA’s National Residential Builders Council, which comprises each of the states and territories. This year, the following builders were

The Master Builders board meets monthly, generally at the association’s head office in West Perth. Plans are already being made to host national and state board meetings in Karratha in August 2012.

A-Z BUILDING information Break-ins and home invasions have emphasised the need for proper security at home, says technical adviser Romina De Santis

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NFORTUNATELY the time when we would leave our cars and homes unlocked and sleep on the front veranda on a warm summer night are now part of the stories grandparents tell their grandchildren about the “old days”. Our need for security seems to increase as we age and when we feel vulnerable in our home. There are some key areas to think about when reviewing the security of your home. The weakest points of a home are doors and windows. Quality window locks and deadlocks to doors restrict access, as do security screens. Perimeter fencing should be a balance between security and surveillance. Maintaining visibility from the street is as important as providing a secure perimeter. A property with high walls all around may

look secure, but once a person has breached the perimeter, they can wander around without raising the alarm of neighbours. Motion sensors on exterior lighting are good for security and are also an efficient way of providing lighting when it is needed for safe movement around the exterior of your home. A security alarm also gives people a higher level of comfort – in particular, if it is monitored. Alarms can be room sensors that detect movement or detect perimeter breaches when sensors are installed to doors and windows. Surveillance cameras and intercoms for visitors are also increasing in popularity. Keep bikes and other valuable items out of sight, doors and windows bolted and your storage shed locked at all times. Being vigilant with security is required for the

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HE owners of this character Swanbourne residence yearned for a more spacious and brighter home to help them to get even more out of their coastal lifestyle, so they commissioned building designer Mario Tascone, of Tascone Design Team, and the Australian Renovation Group to combine their skills to deliver what was required. One part of the project involved building an addition to one side of the property containing a new study and laundry, while an existing toilet was converted to an access hallway for these areas. The house is built on a sloping block and the original laundry was in an undercroft and was cramped and difficult to access. The new laundry is light and spacious, providing plenty of storage space for the family’s wetsuits, surfboards and bicycles that go with their beach lifestyle. Similarly, the large and airy family study has ample cupboards and pin-up-board space

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Replacing a pillar and remodelling the front veranda and brickwork were all designed to match the home’s Californian bungalow style and flow through to the interior. “They look as if they’ve always been there,” Liza says. Australian Renovation Group’s focus on continuity between the old and new elements of the house is also evident in the extra tiling that covers the additions to the bathroom. Liza says the tiles were sourced to provide a match that was as close as possible to the original product and they decided to tile a greater area than originally planned in order to guarantee a seamless join. “We aimed to tie the new in with the existing to achieve the best possible finish,” she says. The additions and alterations also ensure the family home is “on the right scale” compared with the rest of the street. Liza says the owners wanted to make sure the house wasn’t “swamped” by big neighbouring properties on either side.

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concept for bedrooms, which is stylish yet functional,” says Les. According to Adrian, a bed frame that offers practicality without compromising design is a must-have in the bedroom. “Good design incorporates practical needs such as storage,” he says. Ikea Perth interior designer Chantelle Penny believes the secret of a successful bedroom is organisation and good storage. “Keeping the bedroom clutter-free will help to create a relaxing environment. Maximise the use of space with smart solutions that come with built-in storage,” Chantelle says. “You can also make use of space under the bed with storage drawers or a storage box.” Those in the industry believe 2012 will see the return of luxurious bedding and textiles, as people strive to create a comfortable hideaway. “I think we’ll see a return to the light and romantic style with the soft layering of textiles and the use of a bright blue, white and soft grey colour palette,” Chantelle says. Lisa Shearon

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products and they are telling a story with every design they have,” Yvonne says. The store will play host to the designers from Funkle next week when they travel from Norway to take part in a special promotion and talk about their new design, Gullfuglen, and Norwegian trends. Yvonne says she also loves the cutlery sets by Skaugum and its use of teak wood. The set she has on display in the store is a gift her parents received on their wedding day in 1971. Customers can place orders in the store for their own set. According to Yvonne, she began bringing Norwegian products back to Australia when her father was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer in 2007 and she spent a lot of time travelling back and forth to Norway to see him. She intends contributing part of her profits from Scandinavian Exposure to the charity Thyroid WA. Yvonne says she is now keeping up to date with the current Norwegian trends by looking at Norwegian blogs, talking to designers and keeping a close eye on their websites.

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PASSION BEARS FRUIT Gallery Interiors director Samantha Stoveld always wanted to design and build her own home and when the time came for her to realise her dream she put into practice what she preached

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AVING spent many years harbouring a passion to design and build her own home, interior stylist and decorator Samantha Stoveld can now unequivocally say that she loves everything about her double-storey Karrinyup residence. The director of Gallery Interiors says she began her project after buying a block of land, demolishing an old duplex, subdividing the lot and keeping a 380sq m portion for herself to build on. “Being a small block and an odd shape, I wanted to make use of the entire block in the best way possible,” Sam says. “I am very fortunate that my partner is Claude D’Alonzo of D’Alonzo Developments who built the home.” Knowing this would not be her “home forever”, Sam says she wanted to ensure that she used all the features necessary to build a

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home with a flexible design that would suit more than one demographic. The main living and entertaining areas of the home wrap around a rear courtyard that houses a plunge pool and a cabana, which shelters the area from the strong afternoon sun. “Everyone comments on the layout,” says Sam, who had a hand in the overall house design. The master bedroom is located on the ground floor, along with a sitting room/study area that overlooks the front courtyard. The master bedroom also opens to the back courtyard, which Sam says makes her feel as though she is “on holiday” every morning when she wakes up. “It makes it hard to leave the house to go to work,” she says.

The remainder of the floor houses the living, dining and kitchen areas, plus the laundry. Upstairs, there are three large bedrooms, one of which Sam uses as an office but she says the design of the room is flexible enough that it could even be used as a home theatre sometime in the future. There is also a sitting area/retreat with a TV and a lounge which, along with two of the front bedrooms, opens to a balcony. Sam says that in the future the home can easily be zoned to suit different types of owners, such as a family with teenage children who can use the upper level as their retreat. With her love for interior design and decorating being the driving force of the project, Sam says she has decked out her home by evolving her own version of “modern glamour” and introducing decorative items

such as wallpaper, curtains, fabrics, rugs and lighting. Some of her favourite decorative pieces include the red chandelier that hangs over the dining table, the mirror in her bedroom, the Carrera marble vanity and glass mosaics in her ensuite, the panel screen in the staircase and the black and silver wallpaper. “I love decorative pieces. I start with a neutral canvas and build from there,” Sam says. The exterior design is Sam’s take on “a Balinese or European villa”, with features such as an existing frangipani on the block transplanted to the front courtyard and a brick water feature sitting behind the cabana. “My clients often visit my home and I like showing them that I practise what I preach,” she says. “I love everything about this house.” Kristy Symonds


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Samantha Stoveld , left, in the Karrinyup home designed by her.

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EASY ON THE EYE An open-plan layout and glass doors enabled building designer Daniel Lomma to create a home where the owners could monitor the movements of their young children

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With the father of one of Daniel’s clients owning a winery in Margaret River, a cellar was an important feature in the design to allow the owners to store and share fine wines with family and friends. There is a special viewing window in the cellar that provides an underwater vantage point to view the pool and also lets some natural light into the area. The home’s alfresco area, with its mosaic tile feature wall, wood-fire pizza oven and barbecue hotplate, can be closed off from the weather and used all year round. “The alfresco area can be used in winter as the bifold doors can be closed to retain the heat in the area,” Daniel says. The entry area is designed to obscure views through to the rest of the home, but the lightfilled foyer has full-height windows through which you can see out to the pool. “It all comes down to privacy. They wanted to be able to open the door without people looking into the entire house,” he says. “The full-height windows and double-storey glass in the home add a lot of natural light, keep it bright and modern and, most importantly, give a sense of space.” A double-storey stone feature wall with a built-in fireplace and television is one of the highlights of the home, according to Daniel. There is guest bedroom on the lower floor near the entrance to the home, but the other

four bedrooms are all on the upper floor so the owners can be close to their children. The children’s bedrooms are set towards the front and the parents’ retreat, with the master suite and balcony, are across a walkway at the back to give a feeling of separate zones. Daniel says it was important to his clients that the street view of the home did not appear too extravagant, so simple rendered brickwork and an uncomplicated facade form the understated street presence. “They wanted something understated – something that didn’t look over the top in terms of the wow factor,” he says. Kristy Symonds ✱ This home was an entrant in the Single Residences over 450sq m category in the Building Designers Australia WA 2011 Building Design Awards.


The open-plan layout of the Applecross home designed by Daniel Lomma. Pictures: Ron Tan

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Sally Tubb, of Augusta, is looking for help for a fern that has a fluffy small insect in mass populations. She’s tried Eco-Oil without luck and recently Folimat, which proved effective to some extent, but she is reticent to use it because of its toxicity. What should she do? Try spraying it with Defender MaxGuard. It’s a new pesticide that is low-toxicity and incredibly effective against mealybug (the pest you are describing here) in direct contact and in the roots where the plague will be emerging from. It’s relatively safe to use (always read the instructions) and you should only need to spray twice to control the pest. Your fern will need a feed with a liquid plant food over the foliage. I’d recommend using a fish-based fertiliser for best results.

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Wally Walter writes that he has four woolly bushes coming into their third summer and they don’t look as thick as he’d like them to be. The good news is that you can get them to thicken up by gently trimming them regularly. Feed them with Osmocote for natives and trim regularly and they will be bushy by this time next year. Trevor Cochrane

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ROPICAL plants such as frangipanis, hibiscus, the canna lily and climbers, including the Purple Wreath vine, can make a stunning addition to any garden in the coming months. If you love tropical plants, the next couple of months will be an absolute treat. Right now the princess of tropical trees – the frangipani – is in full bloom and these days there is an amazing choice of colours to select from. It’s worth noting that the best fragrance comes from the flowers that are white with a yellow centre but pretty much all forms have a fragrance of some sort. Some people believe that exotic plants cannot be waterwise but nothing could be further from the truth and the frangipani is a classic example. These trees will tolerate poor quality sandy soils, an occasional water in summer and survive better than most trees. They will grow much faster and develop quickly if watered two or three times a week, depending on what your water supply and watering roster allows. But don’t feel guilty if you’re growing one of these trees. They are tough, hardy, smallgrowing features and this year seems to be one of the best in memory for them to flower in Perth. Growing them is also easy and cuttings taken in winter when they are dormant are the best way to go. The branches are heavy and cutting off pieces about 60cm long is the ideal way. It’s best to avoid the sap touching your skin. Once your cuttings have been removed, lay them in a dry place for a day to let the sap dry and harden. This is one plant that doesn’t need a special propagation mixture. It will drop roots perfectly well in a 200mm pot filled with potting mix. It’s also the perfect plant to test your greenfinger skills as it’s almost impossible to fail with. Every cutting should drop roots into

the potting mix and an all-round prune of a tree could produce hundreds of cuttings and new plants. Other feature plants worth looking at right now are hibiscus and the ever-reliable canna lily, which moves into heavy flowering mode in March and gets better and better as we move towards winter. Hibiscus is an old favourite of mine, as a result of spending many years working for prominent breeder Alby Passmore and seeing him grow these hardy beauties. These days, some of the more exotic-looking varieties are becoming rare to find, with few growers producing them, but they are worth hunting down and collecting as the flowers produced by these hardy shrubs are spectacular. The canna lily is one that lost a bit of popularity as a virus impacted many plants in the 1970s and ’80s, reducing the size of the plant and the flower displays. But newer varieties such as the Tropicanna have been introduced that are virus-free and look amazing, in flower or not. Climbers are always important in a tropical garden and there are some stunners you should look for when visiting your local garden centre. The Purple Wreath vine is an amazing feature flower in its own right with long panicles of mauve and purple flowers and bracts, which are truly lovely. It is rare and you are going to have to hunt it down, but it’s worth the chase. Another tropical beauty that I love is the Rangoon Creeper often known by its genus name of Quisqualis. This red-flowering climber takes a while to establish, but once it does it produces masses of clusters of red flowers that are exotically perfumed in a very pleasant way. The flower’s oils, which generate the perfume, are released late in the day and the fragrance is almost intoxicating on a balmy night. If it’s drought-hardy brilliant colours you are looking for, then bougainvillea is the way to go. These hardy woody climbers do best when planted now and if you are looking for growth, watering regularly and feeding heavily now will see strong growth by early autumn. If you are looking for masses of colour and no excess growth, turn the sprinklers off and let your bougainvillea dry out. The plant will produce incredible colour displays when stressed and this is the time of the year to do it. Trevor Cochrane

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Glendower, by HomeStart, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, dc/p, Botanic Ave, 9231 4567

Butler

Kuta Beach, by Aussie Living, S, 3x2, dc/p, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 5574

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Everglade, by HomeStart, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, dc/p, Mead St, 9231 4567

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Haven, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Leeway Loop, 6461 5200 Eclipse, by Aussie Living, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, dc/p, Leeway Loop, 6212 7650 Miami, by First Abode, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Altea Way, 1800 500 799

Australind

Palladian, by Domain, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, a/r, d/g, Orion Lane, 9797 0981

Aveley

Armada, by HomeStart, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, dc/p, Pallarup Cres, 9231 4567 Castle, by Aussie Living, 4x2, h/t, g/r, a/r, dc/p, Ewen Pass, 6296 6114 Mojo, by Aussie Living, 3x2, c/r, dc/p, Elmridge Parkway, 6212 7699 Silverstone, by Commodore, 4x2, h/t, alf, st, d/g, Ewens Pass, 6296 6345 Bonneville, by Commodore, S, 3x3, alf, st, h/t, d/g, Pallarup Cres, 1800 266 663 Imperial Retro, Affordable Living, 3x2, alf, h/t, dc/p, Elmridge Parkway, 9302 4920

Erskine

Quantum, by Domain, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9583 5708

Hammond Park

Onyx, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, st, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3688 Ramada, by Affordable Living, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9302 4920

Caulfield, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, st, d/g, Safford Ave, 6296 6476 Broome, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Safford Ave, 9297 4863

Harrisdale

Baldivis

Lakelands

Leeuwin, by Ventura, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g, Cape Meander, 9241 1715 Muiron, by WA Housing Centre, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Cape Meander, 9523 0213 Bayview, by Easystart, S, 4x2, st, h/t, a/r, alf, dc/p, Ruskin Brace, 9333 0833 Echo Beach, by Easystart, S, 3x2, st, h/t, alf, dc/p, Ruskin Brace, 9333 0833 Sandown, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Cape Meander, 9523 0241 Aspire, by Impressions, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, Jerboa Green, 9523 0087 Ritz, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Pemberton Blvd, 9302 4920

Banksia Grove

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

Butler

New York, by Impressions, S, 3x2, h/t, st, a/r, g/r, alf, d/g, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 5371 Boston, by First Abode, S, 4x2, st, a/r, alf, dc/p, Impington St, 0411 444 808 Floreat, by Easystart Homes, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 4368 Alkimos, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, st, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 5358 Sands, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Impington Rd, 9302 4920

Byford

Coogee, by Easystart Homes, S, 3x2, d/g, Mead St, 9526 2318 Bathurst, by Commodore, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, t/g, Colesbrook Drive, 9525 1379 Oxford, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, Mead St, 9525 0726 Denver, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Colesbrook Drive, 9526 2806 Point Samson, by WA Housing Centre, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Warrington Rd, 9214 1111 Ashton, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, c/r, h/t, Warrington Rd, 9525 0873 Bugatti, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Millard Way, 9525 0801

Caversham

Watershed, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, st, Colorino Ave, 6461 5200

Champion Lakes

Chessell Cottage, by Summit, S, 3x2, d/g, St Catherines Prom, 9390 3761

Dalyellup

Amari, by New Generation, S, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9795 4870

Ellenbrook

Metropolis, by Easystart, S, 3x2, d/g, st, h/t, alf,Adlington Way, 93333 0833 Florence, by Impressions, S, 3x2, h/t, st, g, Brigalow Bend, 6296 6172 Hamelin, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, alf, a/r, Elmridge Parkway, 6296 6086 Kimberley, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, alf, h/t, d/g, Pallarup Cres, 9214 1111 HOME

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 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

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 Zone, by Aussie Living, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, dc/p, Ditton Corner, 9419 1881

West Swan

Tribute, by Domain, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, st, d/g, St Leonards, Blvd, 9250 1840 Chandon, by New Generation, S, 3x2, d/g, h/t, alf, St Leonards Blvd, 9250 7632 Plantation, by Content Living, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, st, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 9202 5222

Yanchep

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

$200,000 to $250,000 Alkimos

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 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

Greenmount

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

Hammond Park

Chicago, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3399

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

Valencia, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, alf, d/g, Montreal St, 9405 6794

Australind

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

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

Landsdale

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

Leederville

Maddington

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

Treendale

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

West Swan

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

Yanchep

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

$250,000 to $300,000 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 Kayana, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Altea Way, 9242 9100 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

Aveley

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

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

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Maddington

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

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Meadow Springs

Villa d’Este, by National, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, Safford Ave, 6296 7784

Millbridge

Baldivis

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

Queens Park

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

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

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

Hocking

Hollywood II, by Highbury, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Elliot Rd, 1800 214 864

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

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

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

Piara Waters

Jimbaran, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Colonna, 1800 227 161 Coastal View, by Rural Building, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, c/r, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9792 0100

Madeley

Madeley

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

Dalyellup

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

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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

Peninsula, by TR Homes, 3x2, pre-manufactured home, st, alf, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998

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

Baldivis

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 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

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

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

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

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

Baldivis

Lakelands

Australind

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

Aveley

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

Belmont

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

Booragoon

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

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

Butler

Ready Built, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, d/g, Dania Way, 9242 9200

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

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

Leederville

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

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

Melville

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

Millbridge

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

North Coogee

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

Provence

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

Southern River

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

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

Darlington

Stirling

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

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

Stanford, by In-Vogue, D, 4x3, st, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, Lycium Quay, 9349 7554

Vasse

Nautilus, by Dale Alcock, 4x2, st, h/t, alf, t/g, Bridgeview Entrance, 9792 0555

Wandi

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

Woodlands

Riviera, by APG Homes, D, 4x2, t/g, alf, h/t, a/r, Granich Gardens, 9204 1843

Yanchep

Sorrento, by Rural Building, D, 3x2, dc/p, Beachhaven Drive, 1800 643 800

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

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.

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✱ $150,000 to $200,000 Kimberley by WA Housing Centre in Ellenbrook. ✱ $200,000 to $250,000 Vdara by Affordable Living in Yanchep ✱ $250,000 to $300,000 Da Vinci by Ross North Homes in West Swan. ✱ over $300,000 Leederville by Plunkett Homes in Leederville. Pictures: Joel Barbitta, D-Max Photography and supplied.

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camping and as we’ve grown we wanted to be able to travel around Australia together. We use the caravan as often as we can.The last trip we took was to Hoffman’s Mill, which is a favourite spot of ours. 7 Wedding dress Nick and I have been married for 10 years, come April, and this is my special memento from the day. I’ll keep it forever. 8 Kids’ artwork I just love showing my kids’ artwork. I hang it up in their playroom in the house. They work hard to make them and they like seeing them up on the wall as well. As they get older, they’ll look back at how they used to draw things and see how far they’ve come. 9 Thermomix This is an amazing kitchen appliance. It makes really healthy meals. It can make anything from dips to sorbets and even chicken curries. My signature dish is a delicious mango sorbet. 10 Photo with Kevin This is a picture of Kevin and myself from Excess Baggage in the Kimberley. I’m glad I’ve got a partner who is very cool and calm. I think we make a good team.There isn’t much fast-paced yelling and screaming. I’m a big Britney fan, but I don’t like to prod Kevin with questions about it as that’s his personal life.

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