June 24-30, 2012
If you’re planning to update your home, additions and alterations from the state’s top builders will give you plenty of inspiration. Plus check out the latest trends in wallpaper to give your interiors a style makeover. It’s all in our Renovations & Extensions special feature P21
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This week we look at some of the state’s most innovative alterations and additions, from a Gidgegannup homestead’s new party space on Page 22, to a stunning Cottesloe property with its own hot spring bath on Page 32. On Page 10, learn how to make sure that your dream renovation is also a sound investment, and we help you choose a builder for your next home improvement project on Page 18. And if you simply need some ideas to liven up your interiors, head straight to page 30 for some gorgeous wallpapers that wow.
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Shannon’s tip of the week When inclement weather forces you to use your dryer or a drying rack inside, it can either be annoyingly costly or timeconsuming. You can speed up your drying time quite easily by the addition of a towel. Place a large, dry towel in the dryer with your clothes or one over your rack under the clothes to spread the water out and give you a larger surface area to speed up your drying time.
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ENOVATORS who spend time and money at the front end of their project, creating a well-designed building that’s carefully costed and supervised throughout construction are the renovators who make a smart investment. When you build a new home or renovate an existing one, you invest a substantial amount of money, time and energy into what is invariably a complex project. Many homeowners or investors undertaking renovation projects – which can, on average, cost between $100,000 and $200,000 – will have no detailed knowledge of what is required or the risks involved in not having a plan to design, cost and manage their project. This can lead to waste of funds, budget blowouts and costly litigation if the project stalls or the results have major building faults.
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and arranging the purchase and supply of materials. Perhaps most importantly, all residential building work valued at more than $20,000 must be covered by home indemnity insurance. Owner-builders are also responsible for residential building work for a minimum of six years and require approval from the WA Building Commission before they can apply for a building permit for any work valued at more than $20,000. Owner-built homes or renovations valued at more than $20,000 cannot be sold within seven years of the building licence or permit issue date without home indemnity insurance. There is sometimes a misconception among consumers that a Builders Warranty Insurance will protect people in the event of faulty or poor quality building. Despite the intention, nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that the Builders Warranty Insurance can only be acted upon if the builder is deceased, disappears and cannot be found, or becomes insolvent. In all
other circumstances you are essentially on your own to sort out issues with your builder. So, though renovation is one of the major ways for people to improve the value of the property and enjoy a better living environment, in the end, how successful it is and whether it becomes a good experience depends on the level of upfront planning and careful management. ✱ For more information on renovations and a guide to the costs involved, visit www.archicentre.com.au.
It is vital to have an independent expert inspect your building work at key stages and assess its quality with reference to relevant standards and guidelines to make sure that you are receiving what you have paid for. A Construction Quality Assurance Inspection checks whether the building works comply with applicable quality standards, provides a detailed report and is available for each stage of the building process before you pay your builder. You can avoid costly building disputes, potential litigation and financial distress by
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HIS Floreat home was once described as a rabbit hutch, but it has been transformed into a picture-perfect family home made for entertaining. While the streetfront view still speaks of its modest Californian bungalow heritage, the interior and backyard successfully blend contemporary design with functionality. The owners of this four-bedroom, twobathroom home say the original home wasn’t practical for their lifestyle. They wanted an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area. Enter the experienced team at Addstyle Master Builders, who turned the house into a lively hub for the whole family. “The objectives of the owners were to add an ensuite and walk-in robe for the master bedroom utilising the existing study and wardrobe space, and create a new, generously proportioned kitchen, meals, and family room that ﬂowed out into a new alfresco area with a timber deck floor,” says Addstyle general manager Dominique Travers. Addstyle also transformed the
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Dominique adds: “Given that the concrete swimming pool was already in situ, we had to ensure we maximised the size of the pool house by building to the side and rear parapets. “The pool house and the surrounding area have exposed concrete aggregate ﬂooring with a honed ﬁnish that looks like sand and has a great texture.” Carolyn says the new design has improved the way she entertains and has made socialising with friends much easier. “The pool house is great – it’s easy for the kids to have friends over and it doesn’t interfere with us at all,” she says. “We really love everything. They did a really good job.” Alyesha Anderson
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A MODERNIST TWIST It was a typical 1920s home with tiny rooms and too many walls and architect Joe Chindarsi says the original layout posed the biggest challenge, but he was able to turn it into a showpiece
RIGINALLY built in the 1920s, this North Perth home, which is attached to a shop, was once a combination of disjointed styles. Not anymore. It’s now a striking architectural showpiece with a distinct look. The renovation, as dictated by owners Craig Kinder and Emma Van Dordrecht of f22 Photography, needed to fulﬁl the needs of a growing family and also retain the business area at the front. “The original dwelling attached to the shop was small and had been changed several times since its creation in the 1920s,” explains Craig. “It was OK, but unworkable in the way we wanted it, so our approach was to eliminate the many obstacles that had developed over the years – such as doorways that had been moved, rooms that had been changed or added – and to open up the space.”
The renovated North Perth home with a new second storey added. Pictures: Emma Van Dordrecht, f22 Photography
Having enlisted the services of Joe Chindarsi of Chindarsi Architects, they threw the living areas wide open and created a much-needed separation between the personal spaces and the shopfront. The home’s original layout presented some of the biggest challenges in the redesign. “It was a typical little house with tiny rooms and too many walls,’’ Emma says. “It was hot in summer and cold in winter. “Human trafﬁc ﬂow improved by knocking out walls and relocating the kitchen and the bedrooms upstairs. “The temperature inside the house improved with insulation in all walls, good use of narrow windows to the east and west and also larger windows to the north. “The focal part of the home is, of course, the kitchen. It was moved from the west to the east side of the house and is now, literally, right at the centre.” Craig and Emma were on a budget and had to make compromises, but expense was certainly not spared when it came to the unique glass gutter between the house and the shop. “It’s really cool to look up and see the rain falling and not get wet,” Emma says.
According to architect Joe, the home is now very contemporary and demonstrates a huge transformation from the previous, fairly nondescript dwelling. “It was very plain,” Joe says. “We basically lifted the roof off it and put a second story on, which gives the house character. We also used the shop as direct inspiration for the home. “It now has a modernist and cubic appearance, however vertical cladding provides some softness to the facade.” The owners agree they couldn’t be happier with what the architect and the builder achieved collectively. “Exposed brick walls reveal old piping, and the unique character of the old bricks and wooden ﬂoors have combined with some quirky architectural features such as the glass gutter,” Craig says. Emma adds: “The process of changing our home made us deeply grateful for being able to do it and for choosing the right architect to help us.” Alyesha Anderson ✱ This home is an entrant in the WA Architecture Awards in the Residential Architecture – Houses – Alterations & Additions category.
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As the home renovation market continues to go from strength to strength, Master Builders director Michael McLean explains what to look out for Refurbishment and renovation work can improve the value and ultimate selling price of your home, so if you intend to embark on a project, make sure you do it well or you will pay the price of a dodgy job. It is therefore worth doing any improvement well. If the work involves specialist work such as restoration of an old home, exquisite detail or structural elements of your home, you should contact a Master Builder or specialist contractor for the best outcome. Your investment will be worthwhile and enhance your ﬁnished product many times over. Experienced builders know what they are doing, will do it safely and in accordance with the Building Code of Australia. Why take the risk on something as important as your own home? From May next year, all renovations in WA need to obtain a 6-star energy rating, which currently applies to all new homes.
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renovations or spoken to their clients? ✱ For a regional/remote project, has the builder
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person who is going to supervise your project and be your main contact point if you have any queries? ✱ When can your preferred builder start the job and how long will it take? Renovating your home is an exciting time in your life. As it is a major investment, spend the time at the outset checking details about your builder to enjoy the process ahead. Your dream renovation should be an enjoyable experience and having conﬁdence in your builder will enhance this and reduce the associated stress.
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A-Z BUILDING information There is a lot of paperwork involved in the submission of plans for a building permit and it is important to get everything right, says Master Builders technical adviser Romina De Santis
HEN applying for a building permit, the documents you submit need to be at a “ready for construction” standard. This means that your submissions should be able to detail the ﬁnalised speciﬁcations for the project. Care and precision in drafting these documents will allow the building work to be priced accurately. As many form part of the building contract, clarity in their preparation will allow the builder and subcontractors to proceed as required by the owner. This also means there is a minimum requirement when it comes to documentation for any building project.
Here is a list of paperwork you will need to provide when submitting your application: ✱ Drawings or plans: These describe visually
what will be built, where the building is situated,
the size of rooms and the relationship between each. They include the site plan, floor plans, elevations, electrical plan and a sectional cutthrough of the building. ✱ Specifications: This describes in words the types of materials and workmanship to be applied to each aspect of building work including a list of the relevant Australian Standards and Building Code references. This technical description might include addenda or similar sections that allow the parties to list selections for the building materials, including, for example, doors, tiles and paint colours. ✱ Technical certificates: These certificates of compliance – for example, for energy efficiency, termite management systems, engineering design or plans, site classification (such as soil type) – are required to support the plans and specifications. ✱ Building Permit forms (certified or uncertified): A certified application has been checked by a registered building surveyor and includes a Certificate of Design Compliance and all documents listed in that certificate with the submission for the building permit. An
uncertified application is assessed by the permit authority that also issues the Certificate of Design Compliance. A number of forms may also be required before you lodge the Building Permit form including, for example, a Septic Tank Application for non-sewered lots or even a crossover application for your driveway. An Application to Commence Development may also be required if your lot requires planning approval before a building permit can be issued. You can check if you need this with your approval authority. ✱ Notifications: There are a number of authorities that must be notified for building work. The main authorities are the Water Corporation and Western Power for residential developments. ✱ Other documents: Within each of these categories, a number of additional items may be necessary to better explain the proposed building work. The more complex the building, generally, the more details that are required.You may need a geo-technical report in unusual site conditions or an acoustic consultant report in areas affected by a flight path.
ITH new homes comprising less than 3 per cent of our total housing stock, it is not surprising that more and more dollars are being spent on upgrading and improving our established homes and units. Much of this expenditure is impossible to measure as we go about our day-to-day home improvements. These can range from simply painting one of the bedrooms, to building a pergola, brick paving an area for an extra vehicle or undertaking a landscaping makeover. It’s not surprising that with so many “little” things to improve around the house that home handyman stores have become a popular outlet, especially on weekends. The important thing to remember when contemplating these tasks is your capacity to be able to do them well and safely. In WA, any “building work” costing more than $20,000 needs to be done by a registered builder. And with more than 1500 registered and active builders in WA, there are a lot to choose from in most areas. Many of these actually specialise in the renovations and additions market. Home alterations and additions ofﬁcially approved in WA over the past 12 months were valued at $567 million. Although this ﬁgure might seem high, it clearly underestimates the true value of all renovations being carried out, which would be worth more than $2 billion each year.
Gavan Forster from Master Builders answers readers’ questions about home building issues.
Should I renovate my existing 1960s-style home or simply shift to another suburb? Renovation activity is booming at the moment in WA.
Clearly you have a choice, but here are a few thoughts that may help you decide what to do: ✱ Renovations do not involve any
“transaction costs” such as stamp duty payable on a new home and removal expenses. ✱ Renovations, which add to the value of a family home, are tax-free capital gains. ✱ A renovation allows you to remain in your existing home and local community, enhancing your lifestyle but retaining the advantages that you currently enjoy, such as proximity to parks, shops, schools, etc. However, a renovation job can be very inconvenient and intrusive, especially if you are still living in the home while the renovation is occurring. If you intend to reside elsewhere during the renovation, make sure that your rental agreement or other living arrangements are flexible enough to allow for any time delays that may occur during construction. Also check the “fine print” of your house and contents insurance policy. Many policies do not provide cover while a renovation is occurring. When renovating, it is also important not to overcapitalise your property. It may not be wise to spend $50,000 on a renovation only to find that this is not reflected in the resale price of the property. However, renovations are often made for non-financial reasons – such as a growing family, or the need for more leisure space or a home office. If you are happy in your current location, it may also be difficult to find another property that suits your needs. ✱ For more information on building, visit the Master Builders A-Z Building Information Directory at www.mbawa. com. If you have any questions about home building or purchase issues, email email@example.com
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To see this home turn to Page 32 Renovation by Craig Steere Architects in Cottesloe. Picture: Lee Griffith
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FINDING THE GROOVE It began with Green-Shore Builders being called in to give the ensuite in the master bedroom a modern makeover. They ended up revamping the entire Gidgegannup homestead
ADE for the entertainers in the family, this Gidgegannup homestead renovation has all the bells and whistles needed to host big parties and bigger celebrations. The original property wasn’t that old – it was built in the mid to late-’90s – but the owners felt it was in need of a bit of an update. Before long, neighbours in the area introduced them to Green-Shore Builders, who took on the task initially of just revamping the ensuite bathroom. “We ended up doing the whole house,” says Green-Shore director Quentin Green. “We did three bathrooms, the laundry, the kitchen and the outdoor area. Once that was ﬁnished, and the owners had a bit of a break over Christmas, we started on the gazebo.” The owners had a small Balinese-style wooden structure with an outdoor barbecue where they used to entertain, but it had outgrown its usefulness. “Obviously it served a purpose when it was ﬁrst built but as time went on they wanted it to become a more usable part of their home,” Quentin explains. “We’ve now replaced it and it has a full commercial kitchen, with stone benchtops and stone splashbacks, and a pizza oven. “The owners tend to entertain quite regularly so it’s just somewhere more comfortable for their guests and where they can make full use of the pool. They’ve already had a 60th birthday, a 21st and a Christmas party there.” The home features travertine ﬂooring, marble tiling in the bathrooms and some very unique features in the master ensuite. “We went with full stone on the ﬂoor and walls,” Quentin says. “We went to the stone
supplier with computer-generated images of the bathroom so we could source the right pieces to match the stone in order to ﬁt the wall exactly.” Green-Shore also employed several other design techniques, one of which allowed the original roof line to remain unchanged. “It was quite difﬁcult, especially when you start opening things out,” Quentin says. “For example, in the alfresco areas we had to take all the posts out and put in beams, because it had the old Victorian style where the veranda went all the way around the home, but now you can look out from the living and kitchen area on to the pool and the gazebo.” According to Quentin, all the trouble taken was worth it because Green-Shore was able to give the owners exactly what they asked for. “They’re deﬁnitely happy with the project,” he says. “They say they found us to be very accommodating. We always did things to make it work for them on a day-to-day basis while they were living there during the renovation. “When you build with us we try to be ﬂexible. We don’t have procedures that clients have to stick by and we’re always open to suggestions.” Quentin says Green-Shore Builders has started working on high-end and luxury projects, including homes in Shenton Park, Como and Woodlands, and is looking to take on bigger and more exciting projects. “Obviously we’re willing to work in all areas. We’ve done this home in Gidegegannup and we’ve completed others in Henley Brook and Chittering,” he says. “We provide a one-on-one service and are happy to work with anyone.” Arylene Westlake
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The new gazebo has become a focal point of this Gidgegannup homestead. Pictures: Supplied
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NEW LEASE OF LIFE Having been in the business for 35 years, Brian Stanley knows a thing or two about successful renovations, and he’s turned a once cramped, dark and dingy home into the light and airy “downsizer” he and his wife have always wanted
RIAN Stanley knows how to bring out the best in a property. The sales and marketing manager at Summit Home Improvements has been in the renovation game for 35 years, helping to breathe new life into tired old homes. So when he came across a daggy rear duplex in Claremont eight years ago, his instincts told him it could become the “downsizer” he and his wife, Natalie, wanted once their four daughters had all left home. Several weddings, six grandchildren and an extensive renovation and extension project later, Brian and Natalie are now enjoying a lowmaintenance home with just enough garden, plus parking for their off-road camper van. What’s more important is that there’s plenty of space for the whole family to still get together. “It was important that the whole family could come over – and stay – if they wanted to. There’s plenty of room for everybody,” Brian says. “It’s also a house that we can live in as we get older because we’ve made it age-friendly and the lower level is self-contained so that we don’t need to go upstairs.”
Once cramped, dark and dingy, the 1980s property is now light, bright and contemporary. A timber-framed second-storey addition has given extra bedroom space and a sitting room with a kitchenette, while the open-plan indoor/outdoor design downstairs means the everyday living space can expand into the alfresco. “The bifolding doors fold right back and this opens the area up beautifully,” Brian says. The inside of the house was completely gutted to make way for a totally new layout that includes a large master bedroom with his-and-hers wardrobes and a contemporary ensuite. “Previously you could barely squeeze between the bed and the wall in the tiny master suite and you had to walk through the kitchen to get to the bedrooms,” Brian says. With easy access in mind, Brian made sure the new shower was a good size and had no hob or door. There’s also room to add a support rail alongside the toilet and the shower taps can be reached without having to step into the shower. Brian’s attention to detail is apparent
throughout the house, from the wire baskets for clothes in the laundry, to the understairs cupboard that can be easily reached from outside the house. “I’ve tried to do little things that just make it work better,” he says. Relaxed, warm and welcoming, the home brings together modern style and a mix of family treasures. A picture gallery takes pride of place on the wall in the dining room that was once two tiny bedrooms. The casually arranged images capture moments from weddings, family holidays, smiling grandchildren and even the old grocery store Brian’s father used to run in Maddington. An old Singer sewing table is also laden with family snapshots while a timber chest and a mirror carved by Natalie’s grandmother sit happily alongside a well-stocked wine rack and a canvas print of a Beatles photograph that Brian found in Milan last year. “This is still a family home – even though our children have moved out,” Brian says. The couple splurged on a gorgeous leather lounge suite for their new family room and
opted for crisp white cabinetry and a superlong island bench in the kitchen. French doors open to a courtyard at the front of the house where Brian has showcased a huge piece of exotic natural quartz from Brazil. “I like it because it reminds me of the Bungle Bungles,” he says. Paula Evans
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HREWD property owners are ﬁnding ways to improve their homes without having to spend a fortune – and that doesn’t just mean doing it themselves. Many are calling in a professional builder to tackle the structural work and then lining up their own trades to complete the ﬁt-out. Liza Hutton, general manager at Australian Renovation Group, says it’s a good way to keep the dollars in check while still getting the professional home improvement you deserve. “Homeowners want to improve their homes but also want to save money,” she says. Liza says there are several big beneﬁts to employing a professional builder to look after the structural work. “The construction is under the builder’s warranty, you are dealing with experts, it’s faster than doing it yourself and you have peace of mind knowing that you’ve used a professional,” she says. ARG offers complete renovation packages, from design and approvals to ﬁxtures and ﬁttings, but regularly works with clients who are happy to look after the ﬁnal phases of their home improvement project. “Using a professional builder with speciﬁc experience and expertise in renovations for the
key elements of your project may seem expensive but you will get better results and get them faster than if you do it yourself,” Liza says. Liza says overhauling a home in stages can also work well as homeowners can undertake projects as they can afford them, although it may prove more expensive in the long run. “It is becoming quite common for us to complete an overall additions and alterations plan, complete the internal refurbishment such as a bathroom or kitchen renovation, and then build the planned addition at a later stage,” Liza says. ARG has noticed that more and more property owners are adding an extension or separate “granny ﬂat” to accommodate older relatives or independent offspring, while others simply don’t want to pay out thousands of dollars in stamp duty and fees in order to move. There’s also been a growing number of “blended families” renovating an existing home to give them the space they need. But it’s not all about kitchens, bathrooms and more bedrooms. Liza says minor upgrades such as alfresco areas and carports can really make a difference to a home when done well. When it comes to design, the advice is to consult a builder early in the planning process.
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A kitchen renovation by the team at Western Cabinets. Pictures: Joel Barbitta, D-Max Photography
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SMART STEP UP When Ken and Fran Sims thought of downsizing they decided it was best to spend their money on improving the house they loved
EN and Fran Sims had no plans to renovate the Nedlands home they had lived in for more than 35 years. In fact, they’d looked at every option but renovating. With downsizing in mind, they’d discovered that subdividing their quarter acre block wasn’t possible, while the costs associated with buying a new place in the area made moving very unappealing. It wasn’t until they decided to stay put and spend the money on the home they loved that their renovation plans started to take shape. The idea of replacing their old driveway turned into talk of a new carport, which soon led to plans to rebuild their old family room with its ﬂat roof and low ceilings. “The plan evolved,” Ken says. “We’d always thought about raising the ceiling in the family room. It was a lovely room, but with lower ceilings than the rest of the house it felt enclosed. “Once we started on the plan to knock down the carport it all blended in from there.” Ken and Fran teamed up with Dale Alcock Home Improvement to rebuild the back of their 1930s home, creating a new family room, laundry, toilet and carport. The revamp included building a new alfresco roof over a large UrbanStone patio the couple
had added eight years ago, making it part of the house rather than an add-on. Bigger windows and a set of french doors open the new family room up to the outdoor entertaining area and the landscaped gardens. “We replaced what we had before, but in a really professional ﬁnish,” Ken says. “We’re so thrilled with what’s been done. It’s given us a lovely family room with big windows that look out over the same patio that we had before but we’ve got a full alfresco roof over that now.” The old ﬂoor tiles in the family room have been replaced with polished ﬂoorboards, while skirting boards, deep cornices and window shutters add classic detail. Ken says it made sense to spend the money on the home they loved and had looked after over the years. “The house itself is so comfortable and nice and we’ve always kept up with the maintenance on it, so the new addition just blended in beautifully,” Ken says. Bringing the new family room, carport and alfresco under the main roof meant the Dale Alcock team had to make sure the new roof tiles matched the old ones. “You would not know it wasn’t original. They all match and it looks beautiful,” Ken says. Paula Evans
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STUNNING REVIVAL The cottage may have been dated, but it had good bones and when Craig Steere Architects turned it into an elegant, lock-up-and-leave beach house, the owners could hardly believe it was the same home
SING the shell of an original ’90s Cottesloe cottage, Craig Steere Architects took advantage of the iconic beachside location to inspire the look of this modern and luxurious renovation. “The design was also intended to represent a strong, defensive structure to shelter from winter storms blowing direct from the nearby coastline,” says Craig Steere’s architectural practice manager Kellie McGivern. “The client’s existing dwelling had become dated and he wanted a clean, modern, lowmaintenance solution for his Perth-based weekend home without the cost and time associated with rebuilding. “And because of the solid shell of the existing residence, it was preferable to revamp and recycle the house rather than rebuild.” As a result, the project was cleverly designed around the concept for a lock-up-and-leave beach house. Integral to the design concept, and at the request of the owner, the new structure was built to bring more light into the house and increase the connection between the living areas and the outdoors. “This was achieved by removing the existing french doors, cutting back existing brickwork and inserting new, larger aluminium-framed glass sliders,” Kellie says. “An area where this is most effective is on the
north facade, where natural light now spills into living spaces that were previously dark and uninviting.” The owner also wanted a larger bathroom to replace the robe and ensuite combination he previously had. “The ensuite incorporates a Japanese-inspired onsen, which is a hot spring, that looks over a stone-tiled plunge pool and water feature to the elegantly revamped courtyard,” Kellie says. The stylish abode also plays a big role at family gatherings and entertaining guests and for this reason the dining room was opened up and a selection of architectural features were incorporated. The most captivating of these is the front pavilion space, which has been designed with built-in seats where guests can sit back and relax with a cuppa. This part of the property is below street level and the pavilion has been designed with a generous raking ceiling, evoking a sense of grandeur without imposing on the street, according to Kellie. “The form also serves to disguise the existing hipped roof, giving new life to the cottage by providing it with a new architectural identity that sits comfortably within the streetscape,” she says. Kellie says the natural materials and ﬁnishes that have been used in the revamp add to the tactile nature of the house.
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HE launch of Masters Home Improvement warehouses in WA has been welcomed with open arms by DIY novices as well as experts in the trade. The superstores come to WA with a reputation for offering a wide range of DIY products, sound advice and a friendly retail experience. With the hardware sector enjoying boom times, Masters opened its ﬁrst store in Baldivis in February and a second in Forrestdale in May. The newest store will open its doors in Bibra Lake on Wednesday and will be led by an experienced team of 200 staff. Store manager Rachael Mollgaard, however, is quick to point out that Masters isn’t aiming to cater to just the Australian DIY lovers. “From ﬁrst-time renovators to professional tradesmen, Masters will have something for everyone,” she says. “Each Masters store stocks more than 35,000 different product lines, and our products are sourced from the best manufacturers from around the world to ensure customers are getting the best quality and value. “Shoppers can pick up anything, from
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HERE are so many ﬂowers, foliage plants, fruit and vegies that get me excited in my garden in springtime and, after all, that’s what gardening is all about – happiness and sharing sharing.
As promised, here are 10 more varieties that could be planted now for a colourful spring. ✱ Primula: They are one of the most understated
of all spring flowers. There are several different types and the lollipop primula are one of the best winter-spring flowering colour plants a gardener can have. ✱ Freesia: Possibly the most suited bulb for dry
garden conditions but this makes them a weed when they escape the confines of your garden and get into bushland. That in no way detracts from their great beauty and adding them to the floor of mature garden beds will result in winter foliage and early spring fragrance as the colourful flowers appear. ✱ Leptospermum tea-tree: They lost popularity
at some stage in the past decade, but they grow incredibly well in heavier soil, producing incredible coloured flower combinations. These moistureloving plants will grow well if they have a reliable irrigation system in the summer months. Picture: iStockphoto.com/Maliketh and BasieB
✱ Leptospermum “Cardwell”: This is one
✱ White wisteria (Wisteria sinensis alba): It is
of my favourite natives. The weeping habit and mass production of pure white flowers make it a terrific feature plant and it attracts honeyeaters from far and wide bringing fauna within arm’s reach in some cases. Plant close to the house windows or porch for best results. ✱ Flowering cherry, almond, peach and plum trees: Launch spring in home gardens by adding one of these trees. It will cause a riot of colour and adding more will result in jaw-dropping displays. Choosing which one is best suited to your environment will be something your local garden centre can help with. ✱ Ornamental flowering pears: Capital and snow pears are prolific spring machines but also have stunning foliage through the summer and then put on a winter foliage display, often turning coppery colours before falling. There are a lot of new varieties emerging and its well worth checking out Fleming’s Nurseries’ Fruit & Ornamental Tree Guide to see the latest options. ✱ Snowball tree (Viburnum opulus): This is without doubt a ripper for both cooler environments and drier, hotter climates. Hills regions generally feature this large shrub that produces hundreds – sometimes thousands – of large pom-pom-like flowers all over the 3m to 4m-high shrub.
hard to go past this when it comes to flowering climbers in spring. I’ve suggested the white version here because its pendulous flower racemes are spectacular, but there are a number of options you should consider such as pink or the hardy blue. ✱ Rudbeckia: This is an unusual selection because rudbeckia really hits its peak in summer, but if you live in a hot, dry climate such as Perth, it’s going to flower in spring and the large sunflower/daisy-like flowers are bright and colourful. These plants must have free-draining soil, but the new forms are perfect for Australian gardens. ✱ Euphorbia “Lipstick”: It’s another unusual choice but for people in warmer, dry conditions this is a winner. Garden beds that are blasted by the sun are perfect for this very large flowering form. These are just 20 of my favourites plants and I recommend that you use it as a checklist when you look through your garden centre. It’s a small offering to whet your appetite for the exciting new, and sometimes old, plants you can ﬁnd and plant out in your garden this season. Trevor Cochrane
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Michele Forkin writes, via email, that she has had one disaster after another over the years with her frangipani bushes. She’s had six plants die, and in some cases, they had been established for years. The stalks appear alright, then they wither up and die and the inside appears hollow. She wonders if it could it be a fungus and mentions that there is a lot of limestone in the area. The frangipanis she still has have spouted their leaves very late this year but so far they have not flowered at all. Alkalinity shouldn’t be an issue for the frangipanis. I suspect it is more likely a drainage or root fungal situation. Recently, a friend told me of the results of a recent mulching of her garden with green waste tree prunings that hadn’t been composted. The garden suddenly had several losses and, after some research and testing, it was discovered the tree prunings had introduced a disease much like jarrah dieback into her garden. This is a real and serious problem for gardens that use this uncomposted waste material.
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Manhattan, by Dale Alcock, S, h/t, st d/g, Solia Loop, 9242 9200
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Ellenbrook Cincinnati, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 9296 6238 Centro, by Ventura Homes, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Elmridge Parkway, 6296 6649 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
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 Valencia, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, alf, d/g, Montreal St, 9405 6794
Landsdale Majestic, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Monticello Meander, 6461 5297 Lamont, by Impressions, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, Kingsway, 9302 6097
Maddington Breakaway, by TR Homes, 4x2, pre-manufactured home, h/t, alf, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998 Peninsula, by TR Homes, 3x2, pre-manufactured home, st, alf, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998
Sandalwood, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Bruny Meander, 6461 5297
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
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 Salt, by W&B, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, st, d/g, Shipmaster Ave, 9562 3350
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
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
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 Oslo, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, st, d/g, Greenlink Blvd, 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
Hollywood II, by Highbury, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Elliot Rd, 1800 214 864
Aurora, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, c/r, d/g, Marmion Ave, 9242 9200
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 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 Monticello, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Monticello Meander, 0418 913 800 Stoneleigh, by Dale Alcock, D, 4x2, g/r, h/t, d/g, Monticello Meander, 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
Kalimna, by Australand, S, 3x2, st, d/c, New Haven Pde, 13 38 38
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
Metro, by Australand, D, 3x2, d/g, Ladera Way, 13 38 38
Lumiere, by RiverStone, D, 3x2, alf, Lillian St, 9436 9696
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
Argyle, by Rural Building, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, dc/p, Cnr Darlington and Coulston Rd, 1800 643 800
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
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, st, a/r, d/g, Monticello Meander, 9302 6417
Naturaliste, by WA Country Builders, S, 3x2, st, d/g,Wentworth Loop, 1800 227 161
Stanford, by In-Vogue, D, 4x3, st, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, Lycium Quay, 9349 7554
Avon Lodge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, a/r, d/g,Adlington Pass, 6296 5815
Toorak, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Orion Lane, 9792 0100
Plaza, by National Homes, S, 3x3, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9534 7053
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
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, a/r, g/r, st, d/g, Fortis Pass, 9366 0028 Mirander, by APG Homes, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Bruny Meander, 9410 1406
Woodlands Riviera, by APG Homes, D, 4x2, t/g, alf, h/t, a/r, Granich Gardens, 9204 1843
Taylor, by Broadway, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, a/r, Solaia Loop, 9302 6161 Chittering Lodge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, g/r, h/t, st, d/g, Solaia Loop, 9366 0025
Bogart, by Broadway, D, 4x3, g/r, c/r, st, d/g, Seychelles Lane, 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
Santorini Square, by Australand, D, 3x2, h/t, a/r, dc/p,Wyperfeld St, 13 38 38 Santorini Square, by Australand, S, 3x2, dc/p, Nullarbor Ave, 13 38 38
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
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 Halcyon, by Residential Attitudes, D, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g, Arabella Lop, 1800 331 388
Quartz, by W&B, D, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Wright Rd, 9397 578
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
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The Million Dollar Makeovers CEO shows Alyesha Anderson her favourites 1
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My favourite designers are Kelly Hoppen (Britain) and Candice Olson (Canada). I take inspiration from some of the world’s top designers, so design books are strewn around my home and showroom to act as inspiration to my team of talented designers. Blender I make a “green” smoothie every morning with spinach, celery leaves, juice, and either green apples, pear, mango or banana, and finish it with lemon and ginger. It makes you feel automatically healthy and if you have one of these every day, you are off to a good start! All your greens in one glass. I add protein for muscle repair after boxing. Perfume I collect perfumes and have hundreds of them. A woman needs to be sexy and it makes you feel great walking out of the house feeling and smelling like a million dollars. Just like my business, I like everyone to get the million-dollar feeling. Shoes I’m a shoe girl. I have Versaces and also shoes collected from all around the world. I’m having an entire room full of shoe racks designed to house them all. My nickname is Imelda. Boxing gloves I go boxing four times a week. I love it. It’s my favourite form of exercise as it gives a brilliant workout as well as stress relief, and I feel powerful and strong like a welloiled machine when I box.
2011 Telstra Business Women’s Award I won this for the most innovative business and
it’s very special because it shows that women in a male-dominated industry can make changes and show these boys a thing or two. But, of course, we always knew that. 7
My daughter, Georgia She is the love of
my life and the apple of my eye, a real angel. I could not have been more blessed with this amazing and very beautiful girl. 8 My dad I love my dad so much. He has been my inspiration, and he taught me the saying I live by: “There are three types of people in this world, those that make it happen, those that watch it happen, and those that wonder what happened.” I’m a make-it-happen girl! 9 My freestanding bath This is where I unwind on the weekend. I jump in when it’s filled with bubbles and bath salts, with a champers in hand. 10 Charlie Brown pom-pom dress I’m an interior designer so style and dress sense are critical in my business. Charlie Brown as a designer has some original and unique patterns and everywhere I go wearing her trademark dresses, I get great comments.They really stand out.
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