May 27 - June 2, 2012
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With shorter days and the mercury dipping, what’s better than curling up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire with a glass of red? We take a look at all things wintry in this issue, with some fantastic tips to prepare for the chilly season. Perth is definitely the luckiest state when it comes to weather, and there’s no reason why we can’t make full use of our alfresco areas throughout the year. A unique fireplace on wheels on Page 28 shows us how easy it is to keep things toasty outdoors, and we showcase some fantastic new heating products on Page 24.
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“Perth is a lucky city to experience such mild winters, which fortunately allow us to pretty much enjoy the indoor/outdoor lifestyle all year round,” Peter says. The house itself has been zoned to create dedicated areas for together time, kids’ time and adult time. “The entertaining areas are highly interactive so if the parents have a party they can utilise the kitchen, dining and living areas with direct access to the alfresco,” Peter says. “In many homes this would leave the kids no option but to play in their rooms, but upstairs there is a spacious sitting area joining all bedrooms so they still have space for themselves.” Peter says the scenario could also be reversed, with the adults enjoying cocktails on the balcony reached via double doors off the upstairs sitting room. The Sanctuary’s high-level specification includes finishing touches such as Essa Stone benchtops in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry, Miele cooking appliances and timber veneer to the kitchen cabinets,
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Shannon’s tip of the week Rather than using a heavy brush to lift lint from winter clothing, put your hand inside the leg of a pair of pantyhose and stroke it over the fabric with your fingers spread – this opens up the weave in the pantyhose and allows it to grab and pull at lint. Not only does the weave grab at the lint but the pantyhose becomes statically charged and removes the tiny particles as well.
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Q&A We have outdoor wicker furniture Q which is fading and becoming brittle from being out in the sun. Do you have any solutions to counteract this?
Place four cups of salt into a bucket of A warm water and wash the furniture down. Leave it to dry up to 24 hours before brushing away the salt crust with a soft, clean broom. Wipe the wicker over with a small amount of SPF 30-plus sunscreen on a soft cloth to prevent further damage. We moved into a new home that we Q built 18 months ago and I have been trying since then to get the strong paint smell out of the storage space below the stairs. Though it was designed as a cellar, it is used as a cubby for our daughter. I have tried leaving lemon juice, vanilla and rice in there, and burning fragrant candles all to no avail. Ventilation is poor and the smell just comes right on back. Any suggestions?
Chances are when the space was A originally painted, and because it is in a poorly ventilated area, the layers of paint were not completely dry before the next one was applied. This prevents the base layer of paint curing properly and it can fume for years. It is more important to note that this fume is toxic and is not something your child should be around. Rather than just trying to mask with fragrance, you would be better off heating the
Hi! Shannon here again to help you with your domestic disasters. area for a few days to speed up the curing process. Alternatively, you can use a wallpaper stripper – apply the steam heating pad directly to the wall – over the entire surface, then stand a fan in the opening to ventilate the moisture out for 24 hours. You will know you have been successful not only by the smell but by placing your wrist against the wall – it shouldn’t feel cold at all. While I realise that prevention is Q better than cure, in this case a cure is what I need! What should I do to get rid of that horrible damp smell from clothing and shoes after they have been accidentally left in the washing machine or at the bottom of someone’s bag for a while? Over the years, I have tried soaking the clothes in Napisan, leaving them on the line or using excessive amounts of fabric softener. While at first these solutions appeared to work, they are only masking the problem because as soon as the wearer’s body heats up the clothes, the smell returns.
Using too much soap in your washing machine will actually make the problem worse as protein-based smell is constantly being set into the fabric. Wipe the garments over with methylated spirits before placing them in the washing machine. Wash them on your normal cycle with just a quarter of the quantity of washing powder recommended for a top-
loader or one eighth for a front-loader, and add two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda. Place two tablespoons of white vinegar into the fabric conditioner slot. When they’re washed, dry them in the sunshine.
Thanks for all your great questions this week. Keep them coming and keep them specific. To work out how to remove a stain, I need three pieces of information. I need to know what the stain is made of; what surface it’s on (Is there a varnish? What is the topmost surface that the stain is affecting?); and what, if anything, you’ve already tried to remove it. Each thing you try changes the chemical composition of the stain. Include a photograph if you can. Photographs really help the stain diagnosis. Don’t forget, alternative recycling questions are also welcome.
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HERE’S nothing quite like a ﬂickering ﬁre to make us feel warm and cosy when the temperatures drop. From sleek modern heaters to traditional log-effect ﬁres, there’s something to match any decor or designer styling. In the Silk, on display in Piara Waters, builder Webb & Brown-Neaves has opted for a contemporary gas heater featuring long, lean lines and a granite plinth. Available as an optional extra, the heater in the family room is not only a practical addition for the winter months, but it also creates a strong focal point that can be appreciated from several different vantage points, including the kitchen and dining room. “Even if you’re outside in the alfresco you can look back to the ﬁreplace. It’s positioned so that it can be enjoyed from a number of different aspects,” says Rob Crawford, sales manager at W&B. “It’s also a demonstration of fireplaces making something homely, warm and cosy. We’re entering a part of the year where you’re instantly attracted to warmth. That ﬂickering ﬂame is a feature in itself.” The Silk is the larger of two single-storey display homes in the White Series from W&B. Offering homebuyers simple, ﬁxed design options, the White Series, which also includes two double-storey display homes, has been
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High ceilings in the everyday living area accentuate the feeling of space and light in this family home, while a bank of sliding doors connects the heart of the home to the alfresco. With the master bedroom at the front of the house and the three minor double bedrooms grouped together on the opposite side, the zoning works for a family that savours a little separation. A double-sized shower and double vanities in the ensuite off the master bedroom meet the demand from buyers for hotel-worthy bathrooms. “Again the design takes into account feedback from clients,” Rob says. “It’s driven by the need to look smart and fresh, and also be highly functional.” Paula Evans
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There is a nip in the air as the winter chill creeps up on us and it appears that some not-so-friendly household pests are also following suit, warns Jeff Hetherington of Mantis Pest Control
HE same way we feel the need to rug up and stay in a warm and cosy area, so do pests – rodents in particular – that attempt to share your home in winter. Rodent activity in your roof spaces can increase during the cold months due to the warm and comfortable spaces it offers compared with the outdoors. But, that said, rodent activity can generally occur all year round. There are a few telltale signs you can notice that you have rats or mice in your roof or in and around your home, with droppings being the most obvious. You may also hear them scratching within your roof space as they burrow under the insulation, and you may see stains on the plasterboard where they have urinated over a period of time. Rats and mice can cause damage to many
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a change in the behaviour of your pets. Most animals are territorial and sensitive to foreign odours and noises. Dogs may become excited with the intrusion of rats and mice, scratching and barking around areas they may be active. And with the average life expectancy of a rat or mouse sitting at about one year, the problem is certainly not going to ﬁx itself. So how do you make sure they don’t end up destroying your house? The most permanent method of rodent control would be to make alterations to your home to help eliminate any opportunity of entry into the dwelling. Potential entry points should be blocked, but not with timber or plastics as these can be gnawed through easily. It is also advisable not to have trees hanging over your house as they can use the branches as a direct route to the roof and gain entry
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Crisp white walls, the blues and greens of coastal artworks and the soft glow of timber ﬂoors combine for a look that is smartly contemporary yet still casually inviting. A glass splashback, wide appliances, stone benchtops and white cabinetry featuring a long, slim wine rack accentuate the up-to-date kitchen design. There are plenty of spaces for families to enjoy, including a den or study, a home theatre with recessed ceilings and a large activity room in the minor bedroom wing. Brian says the Bunker Bay is a big home ideal for a rural site, but it can easily be modiﬁed for buyers who don’t have acres to put it on. “It goes beautifully on properties,” Brian says. “People have put it overlooking dams and overlooking creeks, but we’ve also put it on standard blocks to take in any view.” Plunkett offers a version of the Bunker Bay called the Cape Mentelle. It is the same size as the Bunker Bay and has the same layout, but the features have been scaled back to knock approximately $100,000 off the price of the display home. Paula Evans
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groundwater as non-drinking water sources for single households and new urban developments, and for irrigation of recreational areas. It also lays out supply options, approval requirements and planning considerations, and links to relevant policies and guidelines from other government agencies, water service providers and the water industry. “To go beyond a simple rainwater tank for the garden, there are a few steps you need to take, depending on your option, such as approval from your local government and in some cases approval from the Health Department,” Aaron says. “The kit provides information and links to resources such as the Department of Health Code of Practice for the reuse of greywater in WA and provides extensive information on greywater reuse on their website, as well as a list of all approved greywater systems.” Aaron said that people can also consider buying a home in a new residential estate that is waterwise. “New residential estates such as the Brighton development by the Satterley Property Group have won awards for their initiatives to encourage new homeowners to incorporate other waterwise practices into the design of their new homes,” he says. The Green at Brighton features a third pipe system
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AMERICAN RETREAT Thereâ€™s a typical Aussie barbecue in the backyard, but Bonnie Bullock likes to entertain in her front yard around the American-style fire pit while tucking into some sâ€™mores Spending quality time at home with her seven-year-old daughter, Madeleine, is one of Bonnieâ€™s favourite ways to unwind after the action-packed days she spends at the Saranac ofďŹ ce â€“ and the ďŹ re pit has added a new dimension to the mother-daughter bonding sessions. â€œMaddie really likes roasting marshmallows and talking around the ďŹ re. It encourages deep and meaningful conversations,â€? Bonnie says. In addition to roasting marshmallows, Bonnie has taught Maddie how to make the popular American campsite snack, sâ€™mores. â€œMaking sâ€™mores is a special childhood memory for many Americans. It was a camping treat when I was growing up and Maddie loves them too,â€? she says. â€œThe snack consists of roasted marshmallows and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. We donâ€™t have graham crackers here so I use Granita cookies as a substitute.â€? Maddie isnâ€™t the only one who gravitates to the ďŹ re pit in the hope of tucking into some sâ€™mores. â€œI always have chocolate, marshmallows and Granita cookies stocked in my pantry just in case there is an impromptu ďŹ re-pit party when friends drop in,â€? Bonnie says.
â€œIâ€™ve had some of Maddieâ€™s schoolfriends and their families over and even my book club has met around the pit. It has become the place to gather when people come over my house.â€? Bonnie commissioned Chris Carlyle, of Carlyle Landscapes, to transform her once desolate front yard into the North Americaninspired outdoor retreat she envisaged. While the ďŹ re pit and the limestone bench surrounding it topped her wish list, she also briefed Chris to open up the porch, plant a low-maintenance garden with â€œlots of green, a herb patch and no rosesâ€? and install some high-quality paving. â€œEven though the ďŹ re pit obviously doesnâ€™t get used during the summer months, itâ€™s still equally peaceful to sit on the porch or the limestone bench during a hot evening and enjoy a crisp white wine,â€? Bonnie says. Sandra Peterson
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HEN the chilly winter weather sets in, Perth-based public relations whiz Bonnie Bullock relishes the chance to light up the ďŹ re pit in her renovated front garden and relax with friends and family around its ďŹ‚ickering ďŹ‚ames. â€œItâ€™s just so cosy and welcoming on a cold, wintry evening,â€? she says. Bonnie, who hails from the US and named her boutique business Saranac PR after the Saranac Lake village in upstate New York, calls the new outdoor area her â€œAmerican retreatâ€?. â€œThe original space was unused and derelict, but I knew it could be transformed into another living area with a focus on yearround entertaining,â€? she says. â€œThe renovation has changed how we live in our house. The backyard is set up for your typical Aussie barbecue and is a great place for my border collie/kelpie cross dog to run around, but the front yard is my American retreat. â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to have a ďŹ re pit and itâ€™s just so relaxing to sit out there with friends during the winter months, light the ďŹ re and watch the world go by.â€?
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A-Z BUILDING information Thermal mass is often said to be important for passive-solar design, but what does it actually mean? Master Builders technical adviser Romina De Santis explains
HEN the building industry refers to thermal mass, it’s talking about a home’s ability to maintain a comfortable temperature inside, even if the mercury is ﬂuctuating outside, by trapping, storing and using collected thermal energy in the form of heat. Achieving thermal mass in WA homes is easier than you think, purely due to the materials we prefer to build with. The use of concrete ﬂoors and brick walls largely aid in the provision of thermal mass in our buildings, but we must also make sure that it works for us rather than against us. The performance of thermal mass elements of a home can be enhanced through ﬂoor
coverings, colours and even the textures you select. A matt, dark-coloured ﬂoor tile laid on a concrete ﬂoor is more effective than a lightcoloured carpet that insulates the concrete slab from the heat. The same goes for a dark paint colour on an internal brick wall that faces a window collecting the warmth of the sun – it is far more effective than a light or reﬂective colour in achieving maximum thermal performance. In winter, opening blinds and curtains will allow the ﬂoor and walls of your home to absorb the heat. As the outside temperatures fall at night, closing window treatments means the stored thermal energy in your walls and
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STORMY winter’s night or cold morning can highlight the beneﬁts of a home that captures and retains warmth. A well-designed house or addition should be properly located on a block to allow living areas to have north-facing windows. Family rooms, kitchens and outdoor entertaining areas should be designed to allow these rooms to beneﬁt from the light and heat of the northern sun. The north orientation will allow the sun in winter to heat the building’s thermal mass using the sun’s radiation. The thermal mass will then emit heat over a period of time to keep the home warm. With rapidly escalating energy bills, the correct orientation will save you money on heating costs every winter. So talk to your builder or designer to ensure that your new home or renovation can achieve the required northerly orientation. But correct orientation is not the only feature that can help keep your house warm. You will also need adequate insulation. You can have loose ﬁll, such as cellulose ﬁbre or mineral wool, simply pumped into the roof space, or sometimes a wall cavity. Since there’s no cutting, ﬁtting or stapling involved, it’s one of the fastest and easiest insulation methods to be used. You can also use bulk insulation products, usually supplied in prefabricated sizes, foil or rigid, pre-cut board. New homes will normally have good insulation levels due to the 6-star requirements that commenced on May 1, and you can ask your
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I’m just about to move into my new house, which my builder says is at “practical completion”, but there are lots of things not finished. Practical completion occurs when the house is “fit for habitation” or “fit for its intended purpose”. This is not to say that each and every job is 100 per cent complete. Upon practical completion, the final payment becomes due to the builder. Many people threaten to, or do, withhold part or all of this payment because of their mistaken view of what practical completion means. Failing to pay at the time you have agreed to exposes you to interest and penalties for late payment. Remember that the builder has a contractual obligation to complete the job that he has agreed to do. Upon handover, the builder or his supervisor will usually make a list of outstanding items to be completed. At practical completion, it’s important to ensure you have suitable house and contents insurance because at this time the builder’s insurance expires. Every new home has a maintenance or defects liability period (usually three or four months) during which you should make a list of any repairs that need doing or defects that emerge during your initial occupancy period. Many builders prefer this method rather than the expense and inefficient method of attending to each item as it occurs. Items such as cracking cornices, paint chips, grout replacement, cracking tiles and so on are common and should be noted. Under the new Building Act, a builder must complete a “Notice of Completion” and submit this to the permit authority within seven days of completing the work. This notice does not necessarily mean that practical completion has been achieved, only that all the terms and conditions of the building licence have been met. ✱ For more information on building, visit the
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ITH stunning views to one of WA’s most popular beaches, this Cottesloe home masters a blend of casual sophistication with clever technology to create a revolution in beach house design. The home, owned by Rick and Lindy Brine of R. K. Brine Master Builders, was designed with the idea of year-round outdoor entertaining in mind, set against the backdrop of the freeﬂowing coastal landscape. What they ended up with is a modern-day dwelling with light, airy spaces and great ﬂexibility. Intelligent elements were used within the building fabric to enable the occupants to control and adapt to weather conditions in order to achieve maximum comfort. “Being on Cottesloe Beach, there was a big requirement that the owners have a terrace overlooking the water,” says architect Tom Brooking, from Brooking Design Practice. “At the same time, there was a need for some level of protection from the elements and the ability to be able to control the wind.”
The solution the architect decided on was glass balustrades that could be raised or lowered to enclose the open area on the second ﬂoor. This innovative design uses vertical panels of glass on a motorised system that rise to close up the alfresco space, shielding the area from wind and wet weather. “Effectively it can become a room, a balcony or a terrace – it can shut out light and wind or it can be opened and become a beautiful area on a calm day,” says Tom. “And to control the sun, we have blinds that drop down – and they’re also motorised.” The list of the homes’s many features does not stop there. High-quality, durable surfaces and ﬁnishes were used throughout to make the products last longer against the harsh seaside conditions. “The entire roof is zinc, which is used extensively in Paris and Europe – a material which is designed to last hundreds of years,” Tom says. “And there are two piers with stone cladding and they form the signature features that run on the front and anchor the building.” According to Tom, the ﬁrst level of this
unique beach house is designed as a lock-upand-leave apartment, while the third storey is a roof deck to take in the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. And it is this roof deck that dictated the formal shape and style of the building, Tom explains. “It really let us push the building up to its maximum height,” he says. “And the neutral palette – such as soft seashell and off-whites – used in the home is inspired by the beach. “Everything we have done has been in response to the environment around the home.” Alyesha Anderson ✱ This home is an entrant in the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2012 WA Chapter Architecture Awards, Residential Architecture – Houses category. This Cottesloe home designed by Tom Brooking will be vying for an architecture award.
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Peter Havey, writes via email, that he has several frangipani trees around the garden of his home in Ellenbrook, but they are not flowering. He has given them Seasol liquid solution. What is wrong? For a start, Seasol is a soil tonic – it is not a plant food or flower promoter and frangipanis will naturally flower if they are exposed to dry, extreme summer conditions. They tend to abort heavy flowering when there is lots of water and warm humid conditions, so keep them dry and try not to feed them unless you want to promote foliage growth. That should deliver outstanding results.
Naomi Gunders sends some questions, via email, about her oranges. The peel at the flower end of the fruit splits; it looks as if the skin is too tight and can’t cover the whole fruit. She wants to know the reason behind this and how can she solve the problem. This is usually a result of the fruit receiving extra water and nutrient after the fruit has set. Basically the fruit was designed to be a certain size at fruit set and this was determined by the tree’s nutrient and moisture availability. If the nutrient and moisture levels increased after fruit set, the tree will absorb it and pump it into the fruit with the final result being the fruit splits towards the point of ripening. The trick is to make sure you don’t add any extra food or water once the flowers have been fertilised. Trevor Cochrane
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SPILLING THE BEANS This is the time to uproot tomatoes, basil and other summer crops and put in beans, potatoes, carrots and root vegies such as parsnips and turnips for your winter dishes
ARDENING in winter is a wonderful opportunity to get a head start. Higher moisture levels in the soil activate microbial activity and these tiny micro-organisms bring soil to life. Adding organics now and boosting nutrition can turn lifeless sand to a great growing medium for most plants. If you haven’t done it already, now is the time to rip out old tomatoes, basil and other summer herbs and vegies, and replace them with winter vegies. In Perth, potatoes, beans, onions, carrots and other root vegies such as parsnips and turnips are great to add now. Adding crusifer vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliﬂower, mustard and kale will bring great results, too. You basically have a couple of weeks to get your brussels sprouts in while the soil is still relatively warm or else wait until September for a late crop. Citrus are coming into their own now and mandarins and oranges, along with some lemons, will be producing big crops of fruit.
Make sure you leave them on the tree until the last minute and then harvest at full colour. The extra ﬂavour and goodness this delivers is amazing. Immediately after harvest, give them a feed with an all-purpose plant food such as Osmocote Plus Organics for Citrus to get best results. We start spending a lot of time indoors now and this is a very important time to move warmer climate pot plants such as ﬁcus, dracaenas and spathiphyllums from shady spots outdoors to indoor positions. Bringing these plants in will save them from being set back through the coldest winter months and then taking a long time to recover afterwards. And, apparently, it’s also very good for you. There is a lot of science that says indoor plants act like an airconditioner, cleaning impurities out of the atmosphere and injecting it with all-important oxygen, which is especially useful now that we’re spending a
vast majority of our time indoors. So it makes sense to stock up the house with colour plants and foliage plants from June onwards. Orchids such as cymbidiums are now starting to ﬂower and a liquid plant food will keep them growing strongly. One of the other things you should do this time of the year is prune. Shaping shrubs and trees keeps the plants looking good and reduces the risk of branches breaking in storms. The plants you shouldn’t prune until they have ﬁnished ﬂowering are natives and winterﬂowering shrubs such as camellias and azaleas. One more task for this time of the year is splitting up clumping plants such as dianellas, kangaroo paw, agapanthus and day lilies. Do this now and you can quickly double their numbers in the garden, thereby doubling the impact of their spring and summer ﬂowering effect for nothing more than a little digging and splitting with a sharp spade. And don’t forget to turn off those sprinklers – if you haven’t already. Trevor Cochrane
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Bushland, by TR Homes, 3x2, pre-fab transportable home, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998
Colorado, by New Generation, S, 4x2, st, h/t, d/g, Nougat Cres, 9754 7247
Somerton, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Newmarket Pde, 6461 5297 Aspire, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st. alf, a/r, Newmarket Pde, 9333 0880
Albert Park, by Commodore Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, alf, Buffalo Ave, 9408 0273 Flemington, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4053
Kasbar, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, a/r, Millbridge Blvd, 9724 1318
Caversham Watershed, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Colorino Ave, 6461 5200 Waterside, by Summit, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, St Catherines Prom, 9390 3710
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 Mahogany, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, a/r, h/t, Isla Place, 9397 2413
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 Eagle Bay, by Ventura, S, 4x2, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4003
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 Trump Alfresco, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9302 4920
Frangipani, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Narla Place, 9242 9200
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
Equinox, by New Generation, S, 4x2, 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
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
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
Dayton Da Vinci, by Ross North Homes, 4x2, h/t, c/r, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 0413 758 404
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Coral Bay, by WA Housing Centre, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Caporn Turn, 9358 4762 Independence, by Aussie Living, S, 3x2, h/t, c/r, d/cp, Karridale Loop, 9523 1689
Corondale, by Complete, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Seville Rd, 9497 2919 Riviera, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g,Tandara Fairway, 9302 4920
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 Icon, by Aussie Living, 4x2, g/r, h/t, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 6212 7699
$200,000 to $250,000 Alkimos
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 Milano, by New Generation, S, 3x2, d/g, h/t, alf, Hollington Gdns, 9333 0880 Haven, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Leeway Loop, 6461 5200 Accolade, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, Leeway Loop, Alkimos, 9562 5599
Trump, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, Safford Ave, 9320 4920 Villa dâ€™Este, by National, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, Safford Ave, 6296 7784
Austin, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, alf, d/g, Cape Meander, 9524 3082
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
Eagle Bay, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4003
Lotus, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, 9725 2852
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 Silk, by W&B, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Wright Rd, 9397 0578
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
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
Lexia, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g,Adlington Way, 0438 691 037
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Sea Breeze, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, Orion Lane, 9722 0333
Carnival, by Essence Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, d/g, Orion Lane, 9792 0100
Wandi Sandalwood, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Bruny Meander, 6461 5297
Cincinnati, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 9296 6238 Centro, by Ventura Homes, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Elmridge Parkway, 6296 6649 Destiny, by New Generation,S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, a/r, Adlington Way, 9333 0880 Oasis, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 6296 6649 Luxor Games, by Affordable Living, 4x2, g/r, h/t, Ewens Pass, 9302 4920
Valencia, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, alf, d/g, Montreal St, 9405 6794
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 Salt, by W&B, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, st, d/g, Shipmaster Ave, 9562 3350
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
Chicago, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3399
Majestic, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Monticello Meander, 6461 5297 Lamont, by Impressions, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, Kingsway, 9302 6097
Breakaway, by TR Homes, 4x2, pre-manufactured home, h/t, alf, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998
Vasse, by WA Country Builders, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Bridgeview Entrance, 9792 0100
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, Bruny Ave, 9242 9200
Xanadu, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, t/g, alf, Orion Lane, 9796 1639
Abrolhos, by Easystart, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Onyx Lane, 9439 6866 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 Dynasty, 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
Stoneleigh, by Dale Alcock, D, 4x2, g/r, h/t, d/g, Monticello Meander, 9242 9200
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
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
Baldivis Elwood, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, st, d/g, Strathmore Close, 9242 9200
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
Olympus, by Summit, S,4x2, h/t, alf, g/r, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9534 8840
Nautilus, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, cnr Isla Place/Highland Rise, 9242 9200
Secret, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, dc/p, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3060
Newport, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, st, h/t, a/r, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9242 9200 Oslo, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, st, d/g, Greenlink Blvd, 9242 9200
Hollywood II, by Highbury, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Elliot Rd, 1800 214 864
Cable Beach, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 9562 0786
Kartika, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Jasper Way, 9583 4040 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
Monticello, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Monticello Meander, 0418 913 800
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
Manhattan, by Dale Alcock, S, h/t, st d/g, Solia Loop, 9242 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 Pearl, by W&B, D, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Shipmaster Ave, 9562 3350
Homestead, by Dale Alcock SW, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, d/g, Orion Lane, 9792 0555
Shoalwater, by Cedar Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Neary Blvd, 9240 2125
Matrix, by Novus, D, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Makybe Drive, 9523 0231 Diva, by Highbury Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, c/r, Makybe Drive, 1800 214 864 Four Seasons, by Shelford, S, 4x2, st, a/r, dc/p,Wanderer Parkway, 0438 389 530 or 0419 929 961
Lincoln, by APG, D, 4x2, a/r, h/t, alf, d/g,Vaucluse Circuit, 1800 884 041
Aurora, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, c/r, d/g, Marmion Ave, 9242 9200
Sanctuary, by Peter Stannard, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Backwater Circle, 9304 9822 Asheville, by APG, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g, Backwater Cir, 9304 9562
Ready Built, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, d/g, Dania Way, 9242 9200
Viento, by Residential Attitudes, D, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, d/g, alf, Pinnata Mews, 1800 331 388 Luna, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Prionotes Cnr, 9202 9255
Onyx, by Novus, D, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Pinnata Mews, 9284 1282 Emporio, by APG, D, 4x2, st, alf, d/g, Pinnata Mews, 9284 9013
Lumiere, by RiverStone, D, 3x2, alf, Lillian St, 9436 9696
Archer, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Colonna St, 9795 6848 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
Rose Bay, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, a/r, d/g, Monticello Meander, 0302 6417
Argyle, by Rural Building, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, dc/p, Cnr Darlington and Coulston Rd, 1800 643 800
Naturaliste, by WA Country Builders, S, 3x2, st, d/g,Wentworth Loop, 1800 227 161
Avon Lodge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, a/r, d/g,Adlington Pass, 6296 6755
Plaza, by National Homes, S, 3x3, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9534 7053 Bay Breeze, by Highbury, D, 4x2, g/r, a/r, c/r, st d/g, Sticks Blvd, 1800 214 864
Toorak, by Peter Stannard, D, 4x2, st, d/g, Cnr Dunblane and Pearson, 0417 294 116
Sienna, by Bellagio, D, 4x3, d/g, alf, Annean Lane, 9337 4500
Colonnade, by APG, D, 4x2, alf, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9397 2439 Shangri-La, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Countess Circuit, 9537 8459 Vale, by Ultimate Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Foundry Turn, 0417 951 486 Liberty, by Lifestyle Homes, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9393 2544 Preston, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Dealy Elbow, 0418 935 289
Bogart, by Broadway, D, 4x3, g/r, c/r, st, d/g, Seychelles Lane, 9302 6161
Halcyon, by Residential Attitudes, D, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g, Arabella Lop, 1800 331 388
Piara Waters Quartz, by W&B, D, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Wright Rd, 9397 578
Provence Bunker Bay, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, a/r, h/t, d/g,Almond Parkway, 9751 2604 Lamont, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g,Almond Pky, 9754 9000
Southern River 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 Bletchley Loft, by Rural Building, L, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g, Martagon St, 1800 643 800
Stirling Stanford, by In-Vogue, D, 4x3, st, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, Lycium Quay, 9349 7554
Treendale Toorak, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Orion Lane, 9792 0100
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 Mirander, by APG Homes, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Bruny Meander, 9410 1308
Woodlands Riviera, by APG Homes, D, 4x2, t/g, alf, h/t, a/r, Granich Gardens, 9204 1843
Woodvale Taylor, by Broadway, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, a/r, Solaia Loop, 9302 6161
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 Panorama, by APG, D, 4x2, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Romano Cres, 9305 3948 Harlow, by Broadway, D, 4x3, h/t, Romano Cres, 9302 6161
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
Elements, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, alf, Monticello Meander, 9303 2892 Aspen, by APG, S, 4x2, a/r, c/r, alf, d/g, Monticello Meander, 0302 5219
Leederville, by Plunkett, D, 3x2, alf, d/g, Byron St, 9366 0322
Cape Skillion, by Rural Building Company, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Crellin Place, 9758 7058 Retro, by Summit, S. 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Crellin Place, 9757 9120
Melville Waters, by Plunkett, D, 4x2, alf, st, d/g, Money Place, 9333 4003
Woodbridge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, a/r, h/t, d/g, Hatfield Way, 9724 1942 Amari, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, t/g, Dutton Way, 9792 0555
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
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Builders Registration Number: 6378
Addstyle provides a complete and inclusive service from design to handover. We have a low supervisor to client ratio resulting in award winning attention to detail. * See our website for a detailed list of awards 75575(CB) acorndesign.com.au
Addstyle clients can be assured that the designers, building staff and trades working on their home are carefully chosen specialists in the area of renovations and additions.
2/511 Wanneroo Rd, Balcatta WA 6021
Tel: (08) 9345 2333