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This time of year we’re usually thinking about how much money we’ll get back from the taxman. But the new carbon tax kicks in today, so we need to start thinking about how this will affect us when it comes to both building and running our homes. We get some expert advice on the implications on Page 10. We have also included a Kitchens & Bathrooms special this week for those thinking about reworking those high-traffic areas of the house. Learn about the design trends from this year’s international design shows on Page 16, and check out a contemporary kitchen fit-out on Page 19.
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ROADWAY Homes has added another Hollywood legend to its collection of glamorous display homes. Just opened in Woodvale, the Taylor is a singlestorey stunner with double-storey style. It’s also the ﬁrst single-storey display home Broadway has opened for several years and marks a return to the builder’s early days. “Broadway, in earlier times, was renowned for high-end single-storey homes and we are renewing this with Taylor,” says Peter Gobetti, sales and marketing manager at Broadway. From the Qstone benchtops in the kitchen and bathrooms and the frameless glass door to the shower in the ensuite, to the European cooking appliances and designer tapware, the Taylor is both elegant and unpretentious. “The design brief for the Taylor was for a large family home to grow into, with clever zoning and versatility,” Peter says. Priced at just over $300,000, the home has an impressive line-up of standard features, including a fully rendered elevation with sections of stone cladding, commercial-grade Armani windows, waterfall ends to the kitchen island bench, gloss laminate cabinetry and 31-course-high ceilings throughout.
For buyers who want all the top-end ﬁxtures, ﬁttings and ﬁnishes as displayed, Broadway has drawn up a list of optional extras that include the tinted bifolding doors from the dining room to the alfresco, the streamlined outdoor kitchen, the stained cedar garage door and the extra wide cedar-lined eaves. Buyers can also choose to sink the family room, ﬁt out the walk-in wardrobe with custom-made storage and add a CCTV security system. The Taylor’s free-ﬂowing ﬂoor plan connects indoor and outdoor living spaces and provides the considered zoning that today’s families demand. Offering almost 300sq m of accommodation, it’s a generous four-bedroom home with a media room and a study. “This is the biggest single-storey design we could ﬁt on to the 534sq m block,” Peter says. There’s a sense of space from the outset, with double front doors opening up to a dedicated entry foyer with a recessed ceiling and an artwork niche. A short passageway off the foyer leads to the study, past a large walk-in storage cupboard. The media room has been tucked in behind the garage, giving a sense of separation that
will no doubt encourage movie buffs and sports fans to turn up the volume. A sleek glossy kitchen is the focal point of the everyday living area and illustrates a lightness of touch and attention to detail that will appeal to a range of design-conscious buyers. As well as ample cupboards, drawers and benchtops, there is a large walk-in pantry, wide stainless steel appliances and an extra deep island bench with a 40mm stone top and integrated breakfast bar. Concealing a short section of kitchen benchtop behind a wall has created a nifty spot for the toaster and coffee maker. In the master suite, soft golds and warm creams emphasise sophisticated styling, while the ensuite features a hob-free shower, two square above-counter vanity basins, an oval bath in a tiled hob and a Velux skylight to ensure the space is ﬂooded with light. With maximum versatility in mind, Broadway has drawn up plans for a smaller version of the Taylor and a second-storey version with a studio. The builder also offers optional elevations encompassing both traditional and modern looks. Paula Evans
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Shannon’s tip of the week Don’t store your cooking pots stacked inside one another from largest to smallest. This saves on space but it can become annoying when you have to unstack them each time you need a pot. Pots used regularly should be stored standing alone with their lids on top. The best place to store them is below waist height because they are heavy. This means if you drop them, the shorter distance to the floor means you are less likely to hurt yourself. Store them near the oven if possible to inhibit bugs.
Q&A My mother has given me a beautiful dress that she Q sewed for herself 40 years ago. I was devastated to find a stain on the top part (pictured), which was left there by a sticky name tag. I’m not sure what the exact fabric is, but it does feel synthetic. Can you please tell me how to remove the stain? This dress has great sentimental value.
adhesive on labels can vary chemically so in order AIf theThe to be precise I will give you a couple of alternatives. stain has yellowed and feels dry and crispy under the fingertips, you need to use lavender oil. Place a couple of drops of cheap lavender oil on to the stain with your fingertips and rub in circles. (Don’t buy expensive lavender oil as it is designed specifically for fragrance and does not contain as many of the volatile enzymes necessary for stain removal). Do not use any water. Once the stain starts to move you’ll see a sort of pasty sludge you can rinse out with a little dishwashing liquid and cold water. If, however, the stain is tacky, sticky and greyish brown in colour, you will need to use tea-tree oil in the same way, removing the excess with dishwashing liquid and cold water. Make sure you wash the entire garment afterwards to prevent water marks. We have a problem with mould in our kitchen Q cupboards from a leaking tap. We are having all the insides of the cupboards replaced as it is quite bad.
Hi! Shannon here again to help you with your domestic disasters. the solution any stronger than what I suggest. Making this solution stronger can damage surfaces and will not kill mould any better. Place a quarter teaspoon of oil of cloves into a litre of water in a spray bottle and lightly mist over the surfaces; you do not need to soak the surfaces. Leave the spray in position for 24 to 48 hours before wiping over with a little more of the mixture on a cloth to remove any detritus. Often you will find that the mould simply falls away by itself as dead spore cannot grip.
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.
We will take off the cupboard doors while this is being done and was wondering what you would advise to do to totally get rid of the mould spores off the doors and out of the cupboards. We thought about washing the doors and putting them out in the sun for a few days but we’re guessing you have a better solution.
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Renowned Perth builder Ross Griffin Homes is bringing its experience and expertise in the trade to a new renovations division, which will help homeowners looking to revamp their properties
T’S a common problem faced by many people building in an urban inﬁll area. Do I bulldoze the old house and start from scratch or can I use the old house as a starting point for something fabulous? Builder Ross Grifﬁn Homes has recognised the dilemma and is preparing to help, whatever the decision. The company’s new renovation division, which will be launched this month, will help those who decide to revamp and extend, while the existing new homes business will continue to work with those who opt to demolish and rebuild. Either way, clients will get the contemporary design ﬂair and award-winning construction expertise that the family-run builder has become renowned for. They’ll also be able to take advantage of Ross Grifﬁn’s integrated solutions, from the design and speciﬁcation, right through to the pool and landscaping. Emma Benney, managing director at Ross Grifﬁn Homes, says the company regularly receives inquiries from clients who love the
Ross Grifﬁn design ethos and its display homes, but are weighing up the pros and cons of a new build or a renovation. “It seems crazy to send people away to other companies to explore the renovation/extension option when we have the design, drafting and construction expertise already in-house to fulﬁl the brief for them,” Emma says. What’s more, the builder specialises in providing solutions for buyers who are time poor and need a convenient “turnkey” solution that addresses their luxury building project in its entirety. “Increasingly, our clients are asking us to create a solution for their whole block of land, not just the house,” Emma says. “Building a home is one thing. Finishing it off is quite another.” Adding a sizeable contemporary extension to an existing structure needs even more project management and co-ordination than a new build. “We are equipped to help people, from the design and shire issues right through to the
point when they walk into their ﬁnished home and start entertaining,” Emma says. With town planning schemes varying from suburb to suburb, buyers also often encounter strict local government limitations that can inﬂuence their decision when it comes to renovating or rebuilding. “Town planning schemes and heritage agendas can often make it impractical to completely demolish and start from scratch,” Emma says. “Sometimes the smarter way to maintain the contemporary dream is to maintain the streetscape elements of the existing home and add a contemporary structure behind it. “This marries the local government’s desire to maintain the ‘feel’ of the suburb’s street appeal with the client’s desire for a new luxury home.” Would-be clients have the beneﬁt of being able to tour several Ross Grifﬁn display homes to check out the contemporary design and attention to detail they can expect from the new renovations division. Paula Evans
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With the carbon tax coming into effect today, Alex Bruce from eTool discusses its impact on homeowners and home builders
HE price on carbon has been kicked around as the favourite political football for some time now, and it is ﬁnally coming into play today. With information also being thrown in from all sides of industry, it is pretty hard to get an understanding of how it’s going to impact the average homeowner or builder. To begin with, there may be additional costs when it comes to building a home because of the carbon price on materials, transport and labour. Subsequently, we may also have to fork out more when it comes to running our homes because of the taxes being imposed on our energy providers. So how nasty is it really going to be and what can you do about it? Unfortunately, there’s no clear-cut answer as there are many variables that inﬂuence the cost of building. However, there is a lot you can do about it. In fact with a bit of intelligent design, you can achieve a cheaper build with lower ongoing costs and a reduced carbon impact.
Firstly, we need to understand how much carbon actually goes into building a new home and how much you will have to pay for it. There is a substantial amount of carbon attributed to manufacturing building materials, transporting them to site and assembling them. This is generally referred to as “embodied carbon”. Our research indicates that this sits at about 80 tonnes for the average Australian house and based on $23 a tonne, this would result in an increase of $1840 in costs. However, depending on which group you listen to, the stated impact of the carbon tax seems to vary between $0 to $6000 a house. Some groups suggest that due to all the shielding of manufacturing industries from initial carbon prices, the ﬂow of costs to consumers will be negligible. Others argue that not only will material costs go up but labour and services will also increase. The truth of it all is that it is pretty hard to predict how the industry will react.
One thing that is for certain, though, is that when compared with other existing impacts such as increasing labour costs, material shortages, increased design speciﬁcations and increases in average building size, the price on carbon will be pretty insigniﬁcant. To put this in perspective, houses have grown 40 per cent in size in the past 20 years and at the same time we have 10 per cent fewer people living in them. Therefore, even with a worst-case analysis of carbon costs, we are looking at only a 2.5 per cent increase in building costs. Another thing to consider is that houses are lucky to reach their 40th birthday in Australia, not because they fall over but because we push them over for redevelopment. So it’s not unreasonable to expect to be able to double this life span and get twice the value out of your home, thereby reducing the impact of this price on carbon by about 50 per cent. When it comes to actually running your home, it is predicted that the price on carbon
will increase your energy bill by about 10 per cent. This is about the same cost of having that second beer fridge running in the garage, setting the thermostat at 25 degrees in winter instead of 18 degrees, or about the cost of one cup of coffee per week. I know we’d all probably still like to be able to afford that weekly cuppa – and the good news is that you can.
Here are some very simple and costeffective improvements you can make to reduce the impact of the carbon tax on your new home: ✱ Focus on quality not quantity: The more
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high-gloss design features plenty of drawers, overhead cupboards and wide stainless steel appliances. Part of the kitchen has been slipped neatly behind a section of wall with slim cut-outs to the living area. This effectively keeps the sink and oven out of sight but makes a feature of a long section of benchtop around which friends and family can gather. A ﬁreplace has been integrated into the wall on the living room side and there is space for a wall-mounted television. Sliding doors connect the dining room to the alfresco, which Impressions has dressed to impress with a sleek outdoor kitchen, available as an optional extra. “The Serenity showcases how the alfresco can act as an outdoor room and an extension of the house,” Laurie says. “This allows for seamless indoor/outdoor interaction.” Also opening out to the alfresco is the fourth bedroom, which has been set up in the display home as a versatile study or playroom. By using full-height bifolding louvred doors to separate the room from the living space in the display, Impressions has cleverly shown buyers how to add an extra layer of ﬂexibility to the ﬂoor plan. An ideal playroom when the kids are small, this versatile room can instantly
be sectioned off and converted into a study or bedroom when needs change. Placing the master suite at the rear of the home has given the Impressions designers the opportunity to create a private resort-style courtyard that leads off the main bedroom. “Featuring a luxurious ensuite with twin vanities and a walk-in wardrobe complete with a stylish ﬁt-out, plus a sliding door to your own outdoor area, the master suite adds a resort-style feel to the home,” Laurie says. Traditional elements have been given a modern twist when it comes to the front elevation. The designers have married a sandﬁnish render with distinctive brickwork and a projected rendered band. “As an environmentally conscious home builder, Impressions was also mindful to produce a home design that embraces GreenSmart principles,” Laurie says. The Serenity includes energy-saving features, scores an 8-star energy rating and maximises accessibility. Paula Evans
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Mixed signals are being sent out with regard to the true state of the WA economy and this is having an adverse effect on the building industry, says Master Builders director Michael McLean
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EADING the headlines in The Sunday Times and tuning into other media outlets, you would have picked up the following information about our state’s economy: ✱ WA has experienced 7.8 per cent growth and
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the lowest in the country ✱ More than 1000 people are relocating to WA
each week from the eastern states or overseas workers to alleviate critical skills shortages ✱ Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier is organising a delegation to NSW and Victoria in October to entice skilled workers to relocate to WA because the state could be 76,000 workers short by 2015 With this information in hand, it would be logical to conclude that everything is rosy in WA and we simply need more labour. But the recent decision by the Reserve Bank to reduce interest rates by 0.5 percentage points to their lowest level since the Global Financial Crisis – making it 1.25 percentage points since November last year – starts to paint a different picture. The Reserve Bank identiﬁed an uncertain outlook for the international economy, highlighted a sovereign debt crisis in several European countries and noted a slowing down in China. All of these developments have adversely impacted on consumer conﬁdence
that has contributed to fewer people buying new homes than expected. Consumer confidence is an extremely dynamic and volatile factor in everyone’s decision-making process. It’s like listening to the daily weather reports and adjusting your clothing before you step out of your door. Negative news seems to be dominating the airwaves, which is having the same effect on the housing industry. And this is in spite of all the strong economic conditions and WA Premier Colin Barnett describing current times as a “golden decade”. What builders and others would like to know is what will it take to turn things around? Will more interest rate reductions do the trick? Will sorting out Greece and other European countries improve consumer conﬁdence? Will it take a federal election and a majority government to settle things? The psyche of individuals becomes allimportant when buying a home. Unless you
feel conﬁdent about the future, you will tend to keep your hands in your pockets as you walk through display homes. Unfortunately, this turns into a “herd mentality” and a selffulﬁlling prophecy of doom. It takes courage to go against the ﬂow. More than 20,000 West Australians will commit to building a new home in the next 12 months. They realise you can’t put off forever a decision to build. There will always be something that might hold you back. But, at the moment, there are a lot of things in your favour if you are thinking about building or renovating your home. The value you place on WA’s economic strength, your future job prospects and the beneﬁts of building now versus uncertainty on the overseas front could have a bearing on your ﬁnal decision. Being positive is a state of mind that each of us is able to control without the aid of weather forecasts. Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
A-Z BUILDING information Keeping steel components in your home protected against corrosion is a requirement by law if you are living close to the ocean, warns Master Builders technical adviser Romina De Santis
UR love of the ocean and urban creep along the coast means we are exposing ourselves to more than just the sound of lapping waves. The National Construction Code states that corrosion protection is required for buildings constructed within 1km of breaking surf and other exposure environments. Breaking surf refers to any body of saltwater in which waves break on an average of at least four days a week, but does not include white caps or choppy water. Breaking surf normally occurs in areas exposed to the open sea, and does not
normally occur in sheltered areas, such as the Swan River and similar locations. For example, because of the Swan River’s brackish water, wind direction and topography, the Building Code of Australia has classiﬁed the Perth metropolitan area in the medium/mild to steep corrosion level. Corrosion protection requirements are applicable to wire ties and structural steel beams as well as other building elements, such as roof sheeting, lintels, etc, and your builder is responsible for the suitability of the materials selected. But as the client and owner of the building,
you need to know about the maintenance requirements for your home. Keep steel components – in particular structural components – protected from corrosion in areas subject to more severe conditions. Wash down walls and the roof, inspect all the parts of your building for any signs of rust, and treat immediately. Paint protects the timber and steel used in your building so if it starts to show signs of cracking, bubbling or peeling, it is time for a repaint. There are also components of your home the NCC does not require corrosion protection for, and these are usually non-structural elements.
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Should I use pine timber or steel for my roof frame? I am very worried about termites. This is an interesting question. Over the past 10 years or so there has been an increasing use of steel in roofs, although untreated pine has a substantial market share still. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Supporters of steel roofs, which are being used nowadays by a number of major builders, argue that it is more environmentally friendly, firesafe and termite-proof. However, the timber industry rejects these arguments, stressing the high level of embodied energy used in steel roof manufacture, and the fallacy of the fire and termite arguments. Proponents of timber argue that the use of plantation pine is a renewable resource and that there are various effective termite prevention methods available in the marketplace. Even concerns about the European house borer may be a non-issue with the use of treated pine. Products such as Wespine Blue are promoted as effective against infestation. There is also an ongoing debate over the relative strength of steel versus wood. Timber is of course lighter than steel and is easy to work with. From a builder’s point of view, steel provides an opportunity for wider ceiling spans, which is important with the popularity of open areas in new homes, straighter ceilings and screwbased rather than nail fixing. Steel roofs are prefabricated rather than constructed on-site and perhaps reduce the chances of human error. Such “supply and fix” arrangements free the builder from supervising the work of on-site roof carpenters. Some people argue that steel roofs are much noisier due to expansion and contraction as the air temperature rises and falls. However, owners of steelroofed houses tell me that their homes are whisper quiet.
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FROM WARM TO HOT Gone are the days when the kichen was purely a place for food preparation and the bathroom was there to help us get cleaned up. Both these areas have now become showpieces in the modern home
WO of the most functional rooms in the home – the kitchen and bathroom – are in the midst of a design revolution. What were once considered clinical, sterile spaces are being transformed into personal sanctuaries, packed with state-of-the-art ﬁxtures and ﬁttings. Nowhere was this more in evidence than at this year’s EuroCucina International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition, held biennially at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Pernilla Johansson, Electrolux’s design director of major appliances for Asia Paciﬁc, says the use of recycled and reclaimed wood was a big theme at EuroCucina this year, in addition to the use of new composite stone materials and more ecological cement surfaces. Retreat Design’s Steve Johnson, who also visited Milan, agrees. “There have been several shifts in designs and ﬁnishes for both kitchens and bathrooms in 2012,” he says.
According to Steve, we can expect to see more wood veneer, cement and acrylic ﬁnishes in both kitchens and bathrooms, complementing matt white cabinetry. He says there’s been a deﬁnitive move away from gloss, with matt lacquer the kitchen and bathroom door ﬁnish of choice. “Most exhibits at EuroCucina this year used the same colour palette with a variation of white, beige, brown and black,” Pernilla adds. “The tones are warm and often tone on tone. “There is an increase of black, however, and white as a base colour is still more commonly seen, though white would be mixed with other materials and rarely used by itself. The all-white kitchen is out. “Often, darker tones are used inside lighter cabinets or sometimes the other way around. More importantly, the use of multiple material, colour and texture experiences is coming through everywhere.” In the last few months, Cosentino has exhibited at EuroCucina, Milan Design Week and Sydney’s DesignEX. Gary Isherwood, country manager of Cosentino Australia, has noted some distinct trends for both kitchen and bathroom design. “We’ve noticed a desire for ultra-thin benchtops in both the kitchen and bathroom,” he says. “This return to thinner benchtops has come about to balance the bulky cabinets below.”
David Noakes, Blum’s director of sales and marketing, saw the sharp angles of the past being replaced in many of the designs at EuroCucina. “There weren’t many differences in function, however softer lines and curves complemented the natural visual impact of wood grains and neutrals,” he says. In the kitchen, integration continues to be king. “Seamless integration in the kitchen makes the space feel less like an area for household chores and more an extension of the living space,” says Lisa Sutcliffe, Asko sales and marketing executive. “Items such as fully integrated dishwashers and concealed range hoods help create this feel.” Steve Johnson adds: “Electrical appliances are still being integrated to assist in creating the feeling of simplicity and clean lines. Retractable doors are here to stay. “Emerging technologies that allow for the clever use of space are continuing to grow. At EuroCucina I saw a spectacular sliding breakfast bar that slid over the hotplate and sink when not in use. This was coupled with a retractable tap. “And over the last few years, we have seen bathroom vanities being increasingly hung off the wall. This design trend is now emerging in kitchens. Kitchen cabinetry is trending towards having no plinths and instead being
wall-hung. This assists to create a sense of simplicity and clean, functional design.” According to Steve, range hoods are still used to create a feature with a big and bold hood when on a kitchen island. However, there is a move back to simple, hidden hoods when they are on a wall in a kitchen. Pernilla Johansson says handles are almost entirely absent in modern kitchens. “If they are there, they consist of ﬂatly angled grips, perfectly integrated with the base material, such as wood-on-wood or glass-on-glass,’’ she says. “The most premium kitchens continue to build on the trend of motorised doors and drawers, with solutions for more types of cabinet and cupboards. These include extremely large sliding doors which can conceal an entire work area.” In the bathroom, we’re moving away from the notion of the “wet room” and towards the concept of the bathroom as a luxury retreat. “The bathroom provides us with a wealth of opportunities for creating our own personal space for wellbeing in everyday life,” says
Philippe Grohe, head of the Axor brand at Hansgrohe. “Therefore, it makes sense to ask ourselves what we really need in the bathroom functionally and emotionally, what gives us pleasure, and how we want to handle and experience water.” Tanya Sharpe, senior marketing executive at Rogerseller, agrees. “Enjoying the beneﬁts of wellness therapy in your own home is a major trend in luxury bathrooms,” she says. “Whether it’s a steam room in your shower, a sauna or spa, the variety of products to deliver a relaxing and therapeutic experience is expanding.” Gary Isherwood has also noticed more Australians turning their personal bathrooms into a house spa and relaxing room. “With this, we’re seeing a desire for natural colours like whites and beiges, which help to give the room a fresh and soothing feeling,” he says. The trend for the bathroom as a sanctuary will see the freestanding bathtub become a must-have. “In the last few years we have seen the Continued on Page 18
1. Philippe Starck’s Salon d’Eau – a living space with water – for Axor at Hansgrohe, www.hansgrohe.com.au. 2. Cubo Doccia LED showerhead, from $1677, from Candana, www.candana.com.au. 3. Retreat Design recently completed this bathroom in Subiaco, which shows off the trend for lineal design and long, slim-line cabinetry. 4. The use of recycled and reclaimed wood was a big theme at EuroCucina, in addition to the use of new composite stone materials. 5. Thin Silestone work tops, distributed by Cosentino through Galvin Hardware, phone: 9441 8588. 6. New from Blum is Servo-Drive, an electrical opening system for cupboards.
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freestanding bath rapidly become a statement piece in Australian bathrooms,” says Belinda Geels, Reece Bathroom marketing manager. “Thanks to the vast options in shape, size, material and price point, it is clear to see why these options are overtaking inset bath sales.” Jonathan Carter from Victoria + Albert says: “Having a beautiful freestanding bath to relax in within the home seems to be a definite musthave with consumers. Moreover, we are seeing a trend towards the bathroom space becoming more adventurous with a movement towards installing the freestanding bath within the bedroom for a more luxurious, indulgent feel.” Freestanding showers have also emerged as one of the hottest trends this year. “People want their bathrooms to be a peaceful and soothing sanctuary rather than a functional space now,” says Paco Jaanson Australia director Ari Zorlu. “This year we are seeing more shower changeovers than any other product in the bathroom. The freestanding shower is a serene fixture, which many consider the most important facet in the room today. “Right now they are a vital selection for customers who are considering a mini-makeover in their room to bring out that R&R aspect.”
Bathroom fixtures brand Raymor reports a growing trend towards the “outdoor” bathroom. The company says homeowners are opting to install floor-to-ceiling windows and louvres, through which to view foliage and shrubs, or in the case of major renovations, positioning the shower cubicle outside the exterior line of the house in order to create a sense of “enclosure” by foliage. Along with this trend, according to Raymor, is a preference for clean, organic shapes in the bathroom such as curved baths, soft edges to toilets and tapware and generally an earthy, natural palette in wall and floor finishes and accessories. Belinda Geels adds: “Gentle, sweeping curves are emerging in tapware as the trend of organic shapes continues to grow. The contrast of sleek chrome and soft curves is becoming ever-more desirable.” Steve Johnson believes that softer and muted colour palettes are being used in bathrooms to create the sense of a sanctuary within the home. “Bathroom cabinetry is more lineal with long and integrated sinks fitting into slim-line cabinetry,” he says. Lisa Shearon
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kitchens & BATHROOMS The ensuite bathroom and kitchen in the Bicton home after the Western Cabinets makeover. Pictures: Joel Barbitta, D-Max Photography
DREAM REMEDY The team at Western Cabinets were given a free hand to transform the kitchen and bathrooms in this Bicton home into contemporary areas and the owners say they are now a dream to use
HEN the owners of this new Bicton abode wanted a functional kitchen that would form the hub of the family home, they found their knights in shining armour in the team at Western Cabinets. The busy family – a professional couple and their two teenage children – were looking for a clean and contemporary kitchen that complemented the rest of the home. In addition to the kitchen, the owners also wanted Western Cabinets to redesign their ensuite and guest bathroom. They gave Western Cabinets designer Debbie Ferguson a free hand in coming up with a concept and immediately fell in love with the designs created, according to the ﬁrm’s design and sales manager Simon Cox. “The obvious choice to create the clean lines was to do away with handles for the
contemporary style of cabinetry,” Simon says. “A strong European inﬂuence is also evident in the kitchen with the modular cabinetry and the way the island bench is suspended by the use of stainless steel legs and a low-height drawer unit.” Through the careful selection of products and ﬁnishes, the same sleek look was achieved throughout the rest of the wet areas. “Doors in Navlam grey oak veneer in a sandblasted ﬁnish were chosen to complement the travertine marble ﬂoor and wall tiles of the ensuite and bathroom,” Simon says. “The ﬂoor tiles were followed through to the living areas and kitchen and the veneer was repeated in the kitchen to create a feature to the island bench and storage cabinetry. “High-gloss acrylic doors were used in most of the kitchen cabinetry to contrast with the textural, matt effect of the sand-blasted
veneer, and white CaesarStone has been used with a negative detail to the underside of the benchtop. “The CaesarStone was also used in the bathroom and ensuite and complements the bold patterns of the wall and ﬂoor tiles.” A large, freestanding, composite stone bathtub bought by the owners on a recent trip to Indonesia completes the ensuite. Simon says that when redesigning kitchens, attention should be paid to its role as the “epicentre and engine room” of the home. “Most families spend a lot of time there and it is important that the kitchen is tailor-made to suit you, your lifestyle and your family’s needs,” he says. “The owners say the kitchen and bathrooms are a dream to use. They now love to invite their friends over to entertain.” Alyesha Anderson
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HIS South Perth home was originally bought as an investment property to be refurbished and then sold on, but the owners fell so much in love with its old-world charm that they decided to make it their family home. “We think it’s really lovely and in keeping with the South Perth landscape, which is a mixture of very modern homes and some older-style houses,” says homeowner Fiona. “The house has quite an old style. It’s well known and is a bit of a landmark for the people in the area. “In deciding to renovate, we wanted to maintain its historic background.” To help them transform the house into the perfect family residence, the owners sought the assistance of the team at Dale Alcock Home Improvement. “We now really see our house as being our permanent home, so we wanted it to be a place where we could grow into as a family,” says Fiona. “We wanted our kids to grow with it, so we
wanted separate living zones, bigger bedrooms and a modern kitchen and wet areas.” To create the extra space needed, the team at Dale Alcock Home Improvement added a second storey, using similar ﬁxtures and ﬁttings to avoid a stark contrast between the original facade and the new addition. “We were worried that the second storey might look added on,” Fiona admits, “but many people have told us that it looks as if it has always been there. “It was a colonial-style Australian home, but since we have had it renovated we have been told it now has more of a Hamptonstype look.” One of Fiona’s favourite features is the balcony, which she says looks beautiful from both the front and side of the residence and is a spot where she enjoys hosting guests. The other entertainment hub is the large kitchen – one of the main items on Fiona’s must-have list. “I needed a lovely new kitchen and I got it,” she says.
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“I wanted a large kitchen with an island bench without a sink – somewhere where we could have our casual meals and the kids could do their homework.” Fiona admits she had moments when she thought, “What have I done?”, especially after some demolition work had taken place. But though she says it was a jarring experience, she is very happy with the ﬁnal result. “We were really pleased with how fast it was all done,” says Fiona. “It was completed in six months and we had no issues with the builder. They were fantastic, very customer-focused and kept us happy. “And we really did pay a lot of attention to detail such as soundprooﬁng, matching details, and I think that has really played a part in the ﬁnal outcome.” Alyesha Anderson
The South Perth home with the new second storey. Pictures: Joel Barbitta, D-Max Photography
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TREVOR COCHRANE the garden guru
Margaret Thompson writes, via email, that she has a camellia showing all the signs of iron deficiency. Despite applying iron sulphate three to four times in the past 18 months, she’s not seeing any improvement. Iron chelate will deliver faster more noticeable results if it is iron your camellia is deficient in. I’d prefer to see you adding trace elements now, at the end of October, the end of February and again at the end of May next year as it’s more likely a combination of trace elements the plant is lacking. Camellias are prolific flower producers and feeding with a rich source of complex nutrients is the best choice a gardener can make to sustain that growth and flower output.
This is a good time to grab a spade and do some digging in the garden to ensure your soil is healthy – and if you find dry patches, using a wetting agent can help growth in spring Soil Solver claims to have minerals and silts as well as clay. While I’m not privy to its exact make-up, the one thing my landscape team and I are sure of is that at 10kg/sq m, it completely changes soil structure. What’s even more interesting is the change is permanent – the investment might seem high initially but this is a lasting ﬁx. Also, my personal experience is that adding humus into the amended sand transforms it into a highly productive growing medium that is hard to beat. I’ve always used BioWise soil conditioner – its high level of organic humus acts as a food source for the microbes we so desperately crave in WA’s barren soil and this in turn delivers a long-term supply of nutrients to the roots. The ﬁnal soil improvement that most people fail to realise the beneﬁts from in winter is mulching. Now with some rains, your mulch is probably just starting to break down and it’s a very good time to replenish it. While the summer months have you tossing up between the different waterwise mulches,
winter is all about using mulch to smother weeds and to feed the soil. Adding a lupin, lucerne or pea straw mulch now will boost the soil’s nitrogen levels and encourage a boom in worm activity. These mulches are fantastic for highly productive gardens, but if you are into natives try the new Droughtbreaker mulch from Biowise. The ﬁne version of this makes a fantastic cover and a depth of 100 to 150mm for the straw mulches or 100mm for Droughtbreaker ﬁne mulch will ensure amazing soil health, no weeds and very happy plants. Trevor Cochrane
Jenny McGinley writes, via email, that she planted two redcapped gums or illyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys) four years ago in the poor quality sands of Baldivis. The sand was improved with humus and with some native plant food but the trees haven’t grown and one recently died. The illyarrie is a mallee gum that needs to establish a deep root system first, and the Baldivis area presents some interesting challenges. The soils tend to be dry and almost chalky in summer there but during winter it can be waterlogged. While the illyarrie is no shrinking violet in these conditions, which are not too dissimilar to its native Wheatbelt and Geraldton sandplains environment, it does take longer to establish in the heavier, denser soils of Baldivis. Ideally, illyarrie should be planted in free-draining soil so if your soil is slightly heavy, adding gypsum now into the top soil will open it up. If you’re in the pocket where you’re getting very deep, yellow sands, then the problem is probably nutrient deficiency. In this case, adding a controlled-release plant food such as Osmocote for Natives will do wonders.
HERE’S a lot of talk about what sort of jobs should be undertaken in the garden this time of the year and, when asked, I always say the most important thing is to work on your soil. The ground should be nice and moist by now and adding supplements can make a world of a difference to the health of your garden later in the year. Here’s how I recommend you start – check that your soil is wet. Grab a spade and turn over some soil in ﬁve or six places around the garden. If the soil is saturated through, you’re ready to go. If you ﬁnd dry patches and pockets under the soil’s surface, it’s critical you apply a wetting agent. My personal favourites here are concentrate liquids and Seasol’s seaweed-infused wetting agent, which not only wets the soil but boosts the amino acid and microbe content as well. This is very important in establishing a healthy root system, particularly in plants that have struggled through a stressful summer. Sandy soils beneﬁt enormously from additives this time of the year as well. Clay additives have become all the rage and the most cost-effective claying agent currently available in WA is undoubtedly Soil Solver. A trailer load mixed into the top 200mm of sand in your garden will turn your sand into a loam, which will deliver amazing growth results come spring.
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Busselton Colorado, by New Generation, S, 4x2, st, h/t, d/g, Nougat Cres, 9754 7247
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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
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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
Hocking Hollywood II, by Highbury, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Elliot Rd, 1800 214 864
Jindalee Cable Beach, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 9562 0786
Lakelands Kartika, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Jasper Way, 9583 4040 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
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
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
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
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
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 5815
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
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
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
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 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
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Stanford, by In-Vogue, D, 4x3, st, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, Lycium Quay, 9349 7554
Douglas, by Broadway, D, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Birrigon Loop, 9302 6161
Toorak, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Orion Lane, 9792 0100
Nautilus, by Dale Alcock, 4x2, st, h/t, alf, t/g, Bridgeview Entrance, 9792 0555
Honeywood, by Ross North, S, 4x2, c/r, alf, d/g, Fortis Pass, 0435 081 699 Woodlands, by Lifestyle, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st. g/r, alf, t/g, Lyons Rd, 0419 049 609 Australis, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, alf, h/t, 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 Riviera, by Shelford, D, 4x2, st, ht, a/r, dg, Bruny Meander, 0438 389 530 or 0419 929 961
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
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
• 31c Ceilings to Entry/ Living/Dining & Kitchen. • Large Kitchen with Walkin Pantry. • Large En-suite with Double Basins. • Multi-Functional Activity Room. • Massive Double Shower to En-suite. • Large Alfresco with 28c Ceilings. • Large Robes to all Bedrooms.
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 self-taught Australian artist shows Alyesha Anderson his favourites 1
Old pond yachts As a boy I’d go to the local pond where people would sail their beloved toy yachts. I was actually more interested in the sort of pedantic attachment people had with their pride and joy and their body language – like they were a sea captain or something. Harp A friend got this for me at an Adelaide auction house. It seems to have quite crude, almost giant fishing line attached instead of strings, but it looks great, though. I also have a very old and weathered cello that is falling to bits. Michael Pugh I’ve collected his works since I was a young potter in the ’80s and I would save to buy a pot or two from Michael. I once thought on the way home that a piece of pottery I had bought from him with my last cent was my most treasured object, only to drop it and see it smash in front of my eyes the very night I bought it. Sandcastles I designed this sandcastle lighthouse and a fella I got to know, who does sandcastles around the world, made it. It’s a lot of fun – my kids are dying to knock it down. Palettes I have an absolute passion for palettes. When I think of the masterpieces around the world and through history that have been painted on the humble palette, it makes me think, “Wow”. Old Russian piano This is great to play Chopsticks on. I’ve got a couple of old, worn-out Russian grand pianos in
my garden in Byron Bay. I chucked one outside for Brian Cadd to play while I painted under a palm tree. We tried tuning it for hours and hours but it was going out of tune the next second. Brian, in my eyes, played like a magic man, but he was mortified by the clunky notes. 7 Skulls I made the skull mirror and while I think it’s embarrassing to include something that you made as one of your favourites here, I am doing it. I like collecting skulls in general. 8 My paintbrushes Like the palettes, they have a history and story to tell. Even as a naughty kid at school I loved when, at the beginning of the year, you got new pencils, rulers and so on. I still adore the purchase of brushes and painting materials. 9 Tools Curiously, the only things that I have from both my father and my brother – apart from the best memories a person could hope for and a lasting love – were their tools, which I was left when they died. I think of them both every time I see them. They are my link with them and I can feel their essence when I pick them up. Old tools are so wonderful. 10 Featherston chairs I love them and bought them years ago when people said they’re weird. I think they are up there with the most fabulous Australian designs and would hold their own against any world designs as well.
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