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Coast given new life by its master builder-owner, Bryce Rogers. Bryce is known for his exceptional creative abilities as well as his building skill and his personal abode reflects his love of history, culture, travel and entertaining. Another project is that of Australian musician, Guy Sebastian, and his wife, Jules, who invited us into their holiday home on the New South Wales south coast. As creative types, both Guy and Jules took an active part in the home’s design and Guy even project managed the “full-on” renovation. If you’re looking to renovate an apartment, don’t miss our Reno’ Doctor’s advice this issue. Unlike houses, there are many implications and restrictions so it’s important to know what you’re getting into long before your start. Happy reading,

Kate St James, FDIA Editor-in-Chief

enovating can be such an exciting and life-changing experience. Pulling together all the elements of your project from the design to the finishes may take many months, but once the decisions are made, hopefully the rest is plain sailing. To help you with your choices, we have sourced a variety of exciting products and services this issue, starting with our news pages where we provide ideas to incorporate eco-friendly products, fabrics, outdoor furniture and the latest rug designs. Cherie Barber, our resident renovating guru, gives her top five tips for doing your research online and our seating feature showcases 20 beautiful chairs and stools to add personality to your home. Bathrooms are the second most important rooms in the house (after kitchens). This issue we’ve spoken to the experts to get the latest information on bathroom products, trends and designs, and we showcase some wonderful examples to inspire you. Another often-overlooked element of our homes is the lighting. Getting the right advice and using the correct fittings, whether for task or ambient light, is crucial to the success of your interiors and exteriors. With so many light fittings and styles available, your lighting need never look boring. Our guide looks at choosing the right lighting for both style and energy efficiency and our experts provide practical information to help you bring your ideas to life. Featured projects this issue include two very personal stories. One is of an old home on the Gold

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projects, products & ideas EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kate St James, FDIA FEATURES EDITOR Karsha Green EDITORIAL ASSISTANT April Ossington CONTRIBUTORS Cherie Barber, James Cleland, David Hallett, Alex Longstaff, Karen Miles SUB-EDITOR Karina Piddington DESIGNER Luba Bosch FLOOR PLANS Ian Cleland PUBLISHER Janice Williams ADVERTISING PRODUCTION Anna Cindric PUBLISHING MANAGER Emil Montibeler ADVERTISING SENIOR DESIGNER Martha Rubazewicz ADVERTISING Rob Jordan, TEL 02 9887 0359, MOB 0419 176 476,

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Design News


Andrew Waller Architects

Architect Prineas Amazing design results are achieved by thinking outside the square

Corner-S Architects Two top-floor apartments become one spectacular home


MM Architects A bright and breezy renovation showcases contemporary living at its best

A formerly dark residence is now light, bright and vital

Editor’s letter

Our selection of products, trends and design directions


An old home with historical charm is given a new lease on life



Ground Control


Jakin Constructions This period home reconnects with the past in the most delightful way

Renovation Insight Renovating for Profit’s top five reno research tips


20 Chairs Hot seats for cool interiors

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Bathroom Trends

Advice and ideas to get you started


Lighting How to choose the right lighting for your home


Building Basics Choosing the right materials for your project

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Roshills Construction


A revitalising renovation brings an old home into the 21st century


Our Way


At home with Guy and Jules Sebastian


Keeping everything in its place


Reno Doctor Advice on buying older apartments

The Essentials 126


Tile & Laminate Paint Simple solutions to revamp tired and dated kitchens and bathrooms


Suppliers & Stockists



Planet Ark

PROJECT DESIGN: Manfredini McCrae Architects PHOTOGRAPHY: Brian Steele COVER DESIGN: Kate Podger

The recipe for an ideal kitchen


Hitachi Tools of the trade


projects, products & ideas

Am-boss Access Ladders

celebrity kitchen makeover


How to gain easy access to your ceiling storage



Ikea Kitchen ideas for the Australian lifestyle

Handy Hints

Bathroom Solutions

Top tips for icky bathroom problems








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NEWS ECO Woven from abaca, the Basket pendant light from Sala Verde is made of ‘ribbons’ containing two fine wires that allow the pendant to be moulded to shape. Sizes are 60cm high by 30cm wide and custom sizes are also available.

TRUE TO NATURE We love eco design and with a plethora of gorgeous, sustainable products on the market, keeping your home beautiful and eco-friendly is easy BELOW These delightful cushions from Sala Verde are hand-made by a community of weavers in the Philippines using tinalak (woven abaca). Standard and customised sizes and colours are available. RIGHT Hand-made from white ash with black iron tubing, the Sphere floor lamp from TRVM Lighting resembles a sea shell and emits a warm glow that can be dimmed to match the required mood.

ABOVE Short of hanging space? These bamboo ladders from Eco Chic, available in brown, white and natural, are a unique touch for furnishings and are great for hanging extra towels or clothes. BELOW Renaza (Spanish for ‘reborn’) is a range of gorgeous, mosaic timber tiles, crafted from 100-year-old reclaimed hardwood. They are eco-friendly and a stunning addition to any interior — be it on the wall, ceiling or as a feature panel.

ABOVE Reminiscent of French Campaign furniture, the Schuster folding console table from TRVM Lighting is constructed in hardwood reclaimed from old houses and recycled iron that exudes an old character and charm. LEFT Change the look of your home or office in no time. Environmentally friendly shelving from Build can be stacked in a seemingly endless variety of configurations, either freestanding or wall-mounted, and the manufacturer promises “no instructions, no tools”. Build can also insulate food and it’s toxic-free, so you can even eat it — if you really want to.


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NEWS OUTDOOR WIRE Suitable for any outdoor occasion, the Volley Rocker from Tait will seat your guests in style and comfort.

WHIMSICAL WIRES Edited by Karsha Green

These wire designs will add colour and intrigue to your outdoor space

ABOVE A modern take on the traditional love seat, the Hexagon bench from Insitu Furniture is available in blue, white, black, red, light green and dark green.

BELOW Inspired by the winding curves created in the age-old Japanese art of raking sand, the Sekitei chair from Cult is minimalistic yet dramatic with its black finish. Also available in white.


ABOVE Available in various shapes, sizes and designs, the Jak chair and Jil table from Tait look fabulous together or apart. LEFT The vibrant orange of the Nook Iron Wire stool from Boyd Blue provides a striking contrast to surrounding foliage.

BELOW With simplicity and utility in mind, Goldsworthy designed this steel bench, available from Cult. It has a sturdy steel frame and an exquisite aesthetic.

LEFT Ideal for lounging in the sun, the Alieno lounge chair from Insitu Furniture has been moulded to provide the perfect angle for relaxing. BELOW Intriguing and diverse, the Family Chair range from Space Furniture has a chair to represent each member of the family. Made from steel, the chairs are elegant, lightweight and great for the outdoors.

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REDECORATE Tired of the same old furnishings? Get creative with these fun fabrics Edited by April Ossington


ABOVE LEFT In keeping with the prints trend in window furnishing, the Mississippi Collection from Maurice Kain is a Scandinavian-styled range of florals, stripes and geometrics. ABOVE Available at Elliot Clarke, the Indora Stripe fabric from Baker Lifestyle’s Homes & Gardens II collection was inspired by the simple motifs, clean lines and crisp colour combinations that characterise Scandinavian design. LEFT As part of the Chancellor collection from James Dunlop, the mosaic-inspired Clayton fabric is available at Mokum Textiles in Ebony, Indigo and Mustard.

ABOVE Available in a palette of dynamic and neutral colours, the Osborne & Little Iona indoor/outdoor collection of fabrics from Seneca Textiles are perfect for use in the garden, terrace or by the poolside. BELOW Sure to bring the wow factor to your interiors, Warwick’s Empire velvet collection features contemporary designs in bright, on-trend colours.






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Hand-knotted in a combination of subtle tones, the Melrose collection of rugs from Cadrys creates a luxe look with elegant patterns that are highlighted in bamboo silk.


More than just a cover for naked floors, contemporise your home with the latest rugs Edited by April Ossington RIGHT Part of Behruz Studio’s Rugstar collection, the Copper No.2 rug was designed by German artist Jurgen Dahlmanns. FAR RIGHT Designed in Sydney, the Granite rug from Ziga Rugs was hand-knotted in Nepal with Tibetan wool, Chinese silk and nettle. BELOW Inspired by Australian flora, the Everlasting rug from Jenny Jones Rugs’ Wildflower collection is hand-knotted using handspun Tibetan wool and silk. BELOW RIGHT The Parisian rug from Carpet Court’s SOHO collection is hand tufted and made from 100 per cent polyester pile that is low-shed and easy to clean.



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ONLINE RESEARCH TIPS When it comes to your next project, let your fingers do the walking old-style hunting condensed down to a few hours on the internet. But your online research shouldn’t stop there. Often just typing the address into a Google search will turn up interesting facts about the property, such as the last time it was up for sale or any controversy surrounding it. Signing up to sites like Real Estate Investor or RP Data will provide you with very detailed analysis of properties and suburbs, including demographics and complete sales history of any property. There are associated apps for most of these sites, so you can use your mobile to

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2. Get your head around the planning laws

1. Get the complete picture of any property

3. Check up on your tradie’s licences

Of course, everyone now uses the internet to look for property, with sites like and realestate. taking the slog out of property hunting. Zero in on suburbs and even streets of interest; narrow your search down to the precise style of property and number of bedrooms you’re after; and then use photos, videos, floorplans and Google’s Streetview and Satellite maps to filter down to the one or two worth a visit. That’s days of

This one is a no-brainer because it takes five minutes and instantly identifies the obvious cowboys – ie, unlicensed tradies or ones that have had a brush with the authorities or landed in court. The federal government licence recognition website ( authorities.aspx) can direct you to the relevant regulator in your state so you can look up the licence details on their website. It will state what the tradie’s licence is for,

aving been in the renovating game for more than 20 years, I’m constantly reminded how technology has revolutionised this business. I recall hours queuing at council and government counters, manually filling in paperwork (before downloadable forms on the internet); hanging on the landline for hours, virtually grounded (pre-mobile phones), and navigating traffic snarls with a street directory in lap (pre-GPS), trying to cram dozens of open for inspections into a single Saturday. There was the inevitable exasperation when a renovator’s delight proved nothing like the promising spiel in the real estate advertisement. Technology has certainly changed all that. But perhaps the single biggest gain is the ease with which everyone can research just about anything to do with property online. There’s very little excuse for not doing extensive due diligence before you buy, renovate or even hire a tradie. Here are my top five online research tips.


access information on the spot. The Australian Bureau of Statistics website ( is a great source of free information about the demographic trends of an area. By consolidating research from a variety of sources you get a rounded picture of any property – before you’ve even ventured out your front door.

It’s probably about as exciting as reading the Yellow Pages, but spending a couple of hours on your local council website familiarising yourself with the planning and environmental controls of your target suburbs will pay huge dividends later. You’ll quickly become familiar with jargon like setbacks (how close you can build to the boundary); FSR (floor to space ratio: basically, how much you can increase the floor area of a building in ratio to the size of land it’s on); LEP (the local environment plan for your area), as well as dozens of other fact sheets, figures and guidelines in the ‘Building and Planning’ section of your local government website. It’s a compulsory starting point if you want a crash course in all the rules and regulations you need to be across as a renovator. You won’t be able to properly assess the potential of a property unless you know the limitations of what you can and can’t do with it.

when it expires and, in many cases, you can discover the results of any relevant disciplinary determinations and prosecutions, licence suspensions or penalty notices issued. All useful stuff to know if you’re considering using them on your reno.

4. Sift out businesses on the brink This one similarly only takes a few minutes but it could spare you the anguish of hiring a contractor in obvious financial strife. You can check insolvency notices on the Australian Securities & Investments Commission register ( Among other things, this will alert you to companies subject to a winding up application filed with an Australian court or companies to be deregistered. Imagine if you hired a builder who went bankrupt during the course of your reno and discovered later that all the warning signs were there on the ASIC register but you just hadn’t checked.

5. Compare prices online Just because something is advertised on eBay, Gumtree, GraysOnline, the Trading Post – or any website known for bargain shopping – it doesn’t automatically make it a bargain. In fact, plenty of people have paid more than recommended retail in a frenzy of online bidding simply because they didn’t know what the real price was. So before you go on any shopping sprees, research prices online for all your big-ticket items. Most retail stores now have an online presence, so it’s not difficult – and far easier than ringing around the stores and contending with timestrapped sales staff. The internet has certainly been one of the biggest game changers for property hunters and renovators, enabling any motivated layperson to gain the kind of expertise and knowledge that was once confined to a privileged few. So be sure to use its vast resources to your full advantage.

Cherie Barber is the director of Renovating For Profit (, a workshop-training provider that teaches everyday Aussies how to successfully renovate for a profit. Cherie is a full-time professional renovator, highly sought-after public speaker and a regular TV renovator for Channel 10’s lifestyle show, The Living Room




Whether you prefer style or comfort, or a bit of both, here are some hot seats for your interior Edited by Karsha Green


1 The textured seat of the Lavenham Executive by DePadova, available from de de ce, offers a minimalist aesthetic that still has a bit of character when you get up close.


2 The Bac One by Cappellini, available from Cult, is designed to be more flexible and less formal than its predecessor, the Bac. 3 Representing the simplicity and elegance of Scandinavian design, the Moller Chair #71 in oak, available from Great Dane Furniture, is made entirely out of raw materials. The stunning textured seat is made by weaving a single piece of cord.

4 Made with beautiful Italian materials, the Portofino chair by Cappellini and Licheri, available from Classique, has a distinctive cross-layered fold of soft leather, providing the utmost comfort and sophistication.

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5 Ottawa chairs by Karim Rashid for Boconcept are available in various beautiful fabrics and the aluminium legs come in a range of colours. They’re perfect for any modern interior.

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BAR STOOLS 6 The beautifully moulded seat is a standout feature of the Gotham bar stool and it’s perfectly complemented by a crafted beech frame. Available from Chairbiz. 7 Producers of sleek, contemporary designs, ANON&Co has made the Chuckel Bar 68 for a playful outdoor environment. However, it would look just as good at your breakfast bar.

8 8 Designbythem created the Partridge stools with a focus on clean joinery, balanced composition and aesthetic longevity. We certainly think the company has achieved just that with these gorgeous designs. 9 The Hinkley industrial-inspired bar stool from Boyd Blue flaunts a gorgeous distressed-wood seat and a swivelling option for functionality.


10 The Dove 77 bar stool from ANON&Co was inspired by the beauty and movement of a bird. Conveniently stackable, this stool is a great seating solution for any household.

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OUTDOOR 11 For a comfortable, fun and portable option, the Kalahari sun lounger from Furniture Runway ticks all the boxes.



12 Designed by Patricia Urquiola, the Canasta range is the perfect combination of form and function. The range features chairs with backs and sides in a smooth woven pattern, making them breathable yet sophisticated and the perfect texture for the outdoors. Available from Space Furniture.

13 For some real outdoor comfort, the Mirthe outdoor sofa from Cosh Living is a UV- and water-resistant option that will have you and your guests sitting in luxury. 14 Aptly named Rocker and Footstool, the rocking version of the Acapulco Chair is the perfect reading seat to set in the depths of your garden.


15 The Husk chair, designed by Patricia Urquiola and available from Space Furniture, celebrates the combination of hard and soft surfaces.

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16 A design classic, the Wassily chair by Knoll Studio features a seamless, tubular steel frame and trendy cowhide upholstery. It’s the perfect sidekick for a large, formal sofa. Available from de de ce. 17 It’s never harmful to have a bit of fun with your furniture and the Cutie armchair by Munna lets you do just that. The feminine furry seat, topped with gold-finished legs, makes this armchair fit for a queen. 18 A recent collaboration between Great Dane Furniture and Danish company OX has resulted in the chic September chair. The combination of OX’s signature use of bull leather with a mint-coloured steel frame makes this piece ideal for today’s modern, industrial style.

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19 Sporting a traditional design, the Harrison Armchair from Boyd Blue has gorgeous studding detail and a theatrical high back. The washed grey upholstery gives it a contemporary look.


20 Designed by Anthony Citterio for Flexform, and available from Fanuli Furniture, the ABC armchair is a clean, elegant design. It’s practical as well, with completely removable covers and a reclining system.



BATH TIME Looking to spruce up your bathroom? We have put together some advice from the experts, as well as a collection of the newest designs to get you started Edited by Alexandra Longstaff & Karsha Green





FEATURE BATHROOM TRENDS Etna Basins in red from Paco Jaanson.

BATHROOM FORECAST We asked the experts to dish out on the up-and-coming styles for the bathroom

Marc Reed, managing director of Candana Designs Solid surface materials such as Marblo, Dado, and Omvivo “Solid surface materials such as Corian and Marblo is definitely a leading trend. Due to its warm texture and moulding possibilities this is becoming an ever more popular texture that is being requested.”

Feature mosaic tiles “Tiles in different patterns and geometrics are definitely growing in popularity — especially Mosaic tiles. A major player in the current market is the mosaic tiles from SICIS, which we stock at Candana. Their designs and ranges transform beauty and art that represent the signs and languages of our time. It’s the mosaic tesserae that act as the interpreter, joined together in infinite chromatic and decorative combinations shaping the outlines of architectural and living spaces.”

Encaustic tiles “I have definitely seen a resurgence in encaustic tiles in the bathroom. These tiles are a unique way to add colourful accents to dismal bathrooms no matter their square footage.”

Heated towel rails Etna monoblock basin in black from Paco Jaanson.


“It is evident that one of the most depressing factors about winter are those cold chills that run up and down our body when stepping out of the shower, so it is only

second nature that heated towel racks are very much in right now. Brands such as Hydrotherm have the monopoly on the market. “Towel racks are perfect for new homes and renovations — the discreet wiring can be retro-fitted in any bathroom.”

Toilets with concealed cisterns “After working in the industry for 15 years or so now, I have noticed that minimalism is one aspect that everyone aims to achieve within their bathroom space and will more than likely always be on-trend. Bathware houses nowadays are creating products that allow you to hide the less aesthetically pleasing elements built into the wall to create a truly seamless space solution. “This is very much apparent in the build of toilet suites. Concealed cistern toilet suites are now very much ontrend as they maximise valuable floor space and bring the latest designer look to any bathroom. “A clutter-free bathroom looks more spacious and gives a fresh feeling.”

Special finished tap ware — bronze, brass, stainless steel, nickel and black “Coloured tap ware or special finishes, such as stainless steel, copper and satin nickel are quite the trend at the moment. “Special finishes are a great way to have your very own style with the use of timeless pieces such as tap ware.”



Axor WaterDream shower head by Front. Available from Hansgrohe.

Hydrotherm Swivel Series heated towel rack.

Ari Zorlu, managing director of Paco Jaanson “We are seeing many new trends emerge in the world of bathrooms in 2013 and 2014. Over the years, how we envision the bathroom environment has changed. Originally conceptualised as a mere utility area where one washes and bathes, there is now an increased focus towards creating a spa-like feeling in your bathroom environment; a personal and private space where you go to relax and unwind. Many of the bathroom trends emerging reflect this shift in mindset.

Kohler Escale wall hung cistern.

KOS Morphing freestanding bath tub by Zucchetti, available from Streamline.

“We are seeing many more people choosing to make their bathrooms bigger and including more freestanding products such as baths and basins in the design, as they are really key to creating a luxurious spa-like environment. Our Etna monoblock freestanding basin is like a sculpture for the bathroom and definitely adds a luxurious touch. “Bathroom furniture and accessories are also increasing in popularity, as they don’t have to be installed as a permanent part of the bathroom space. This greatly appeals to many consumers as it means they can be updated as trends and tastes change to keep your bathroom looking fresh. “We can also see a lot more colour in the bathroom on the horizon for 2013-14, both in tap ware and ceramic ware. Black and white will always be timeless choices and a great alternative to more traditional chrome tap ware. In both tap ware and ceramic ware we may also see more daring colours such as red, orange and blue livening up bathrooms this year. Paco Jaanson offers a selection of coloured tap ware such as the Batlo collection, which comes in red, turquoise and blue finishes. These colourful accessories are a great way to add a point of difference to your bathroom. I think we will see more complementary contrasts of colour and finish in bathroom design in the years to come.”

Sicis mosaic tile designs, available from Candana Designs.

Etna collection from Paco Jaanson.


FEATURE BATHROOM TRENDS Drayton bath from Victoria & Albert.

Marblo Mojo rectangle basin.

Customised polished concrete bathroom bench top from Concreate.

BATHING BEAUTIFULLY Ben Stevens, studio manager at Christiaan’s discusses the future of bath design


Le Cob bath by Christiaan’s.


p until recently, most houses had at least one bath in the house that would generally be of the rectangular built-in variety as generally this is a functional option for a practical bathroom. If it was a very small bathroom the bath could also double up as a shower recess as a space-saving option. The trend is now swinging away from the combined wash unit and more and more the bath is becoming a stand-alone fashion statement. To accommodate this, the bathroom has become larger and bath design more unique. The most popular trend is for a good quality composite quartz material in the form of an oval or egg shape with enough room to freely move around the bath, for example the Dado Moloko or Victoria & Albert ios. “There is also a range of Kaldewei heavy-duty porcelain enamel baths that are available as freestanding.

Moloko bath from Dado Australia. These baths have an added option of being available with a Bathe multifiller, which is an all–in–one pop-up waste, overflow and bath filler. This allows baths to look more streamlined, as there is no need for a more traditional looking bath filler. “As an alternative to having a stand-alone bath, another trend is to design a bath into a bath platform (very much like an underslung basin). This is an attractive option for smaller bathrooms, where you want the tiles or stone encompassing the bath to feature. The bathroom today is more than just a place to clean oneself; it is now seen as a Mecca of well–being, a place where you can go for privacy and relaxation. The bath is a vital element to creating this spa-like environment and current bath trends reflect this shift.”


Escale bath from Kohler.


Marblo Mojo Oval Bath.

Latis bath from Omvivo.

Kaldewei bath multifiller.

Etna basin from Paco Jaanson. Askew Lithocast rectangular freestanding bath from Kohler. Kohler Kallos Spun Glass basin.

Kaldewei Classic oval bath.

The Emily bath from Dado Australia.





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10 9 Soffione shower head from Devon & Devon. 10 Jubilee tap from Devon & Devon.

1 Axor WaterDream shower head by Nendo. Available from Hansgrohe.

6 The freestanding bath filler, designed by Marc Newson for Caroma.

2 Symbol tall basin mixer from Kohler.

7 The Gessi iSpa bathroom mixer from Candana.

3 Stillness floor mount bath filler from Kohler. 4 Milli Axon Hi Rise shower from Reece. 5 Milli Axon floor mounted bath mixer from Reece.





8 The Gessi Goccia ceiling mounted shower head available in four metal finishes (chrome, brushed chrome, white and black) from Candana.


11 Ram Yeva basin mixer from Reece. 12 Kludi Zenta basin mixer in deepest gloss black from Trade Link. 13 Kludi Balance basin mixer from Trade Link. 14 Hey Joe by Paco Jaanson. 15 Kohler Margaux tall basin mixer. 16 Fantini Lissoni basin mixer from Rogerseller.



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STYLISH SURROUNDS Lighting not only affects the way you perform your day-to-day tasks, it also influences the ambience of your interior. Here’s a guide to begin choosing the right lighting style for your home Edited by Karsha Green





eciding your home’s lighting layout could be a potential make or break for your interior. The right light will make your statement pieces pop, it will add colour and texture to your space and it will also ensure each room functions the way it was intended. Choosing your lighting style will inevitably shape the overall ambience of your home. A good place to start is ensuring that all your functional spaces, like the kitchen, bathroom and study, have the correct task lighting, including downlights, strip lighting and energy-efficient, long-lasting LED bulbs. Once all that is sorted, you can get on to the fun part — decorating with light. This is where your choice of lighting styles will really come into play. Choosing an industrial pendant to hang over your dining table will create a spotlight effect on the table itself, whereas a chandelier will make a statement and will cast the light across the room, creating texture and shading on surrounding surfaces. Choosing to put a side table with a lamp on top in your living room will provide a functional and aesthetically pleasing addition. However, a bright floor lamp might provide that splash of colour your interior needs. So next time you are looking at pendants and floor lamps, ask yourself where this particular light is going, what you want it to do and how you want it to look. We recommend sustainable designs that make a statement but also remember electrical lighting isn’t the only way to fill your space with light. Utilising skylights, windows, solar tubes and light wells are also very effective solutions for the best kind of illumination.



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PENDANTS 1 Edmond pendant from Boyd Blue. 2 Touch chandelier from Ross Gardam.

4 Aim pendant by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec from Euroluce.



5 Reed floor lamp by David Trubridge.

2 Miyake floor lamp by Arihiro Miyake for Moooi.

6 Floor Jewellery by Volker Haug.

3 Ktribe F2 floor Lamp by Phillipe Starck from Euroluce.

8 Milestone by Yellow Diva from Insitu Furniture.

4 Tripod floor lamp from St Barts.

9 Block 2 by Henry Pilcher.

9 Ribbed pendant light by Emily Johnson from Textura.


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FLOOR LAMPS 1 Circle lamp by De Padova from Dedece.

8 Nearco pendant by Karim Rashid from Artemide.

5 Red pendant from CULT.




7 Cymbidium chandelier by Jeremy Cole.

3 Stedman iron/blue glass 5L chandelier from Boyd Blue.


6 Heracleum small pendant by Bertjan Pot for Moooi.




7 Ethereal from Zaffero.








TABLE LAMPS 1 Reid desk lamp from Boyd Blue.

5 Rabbit lamp by Front for Moooi.

2 Cosy desk lamp by Harri Koskinen for Muuto.

6 Jana desk lamp from Boyd Blue.

3 Emperor table lamp by Neri & Hu for Moooi.

7 Swing VIP table lamp by Jørgen Gammelgaard from Carl Hansen.

4 Paloma table lamp from Amalfi.

8 Up lamp by Mattias Ståhlbom for Muuto.








WALL LIGHTS 1 Granny Wall Light from Insitu Furniture. 2 VIP by Jørgen Gammelgaard from Carl Hansen. 3 Base wall light by Tom Dixon from Dedece.


4 Angle wall light by Tom Dixon.

5 Rome Babe K wall light by Phillippe Starck from Euroluce.


6 Tip Top lamp by Jørgen Gammelgaard from Carl Hansen. 7 Ghibli Nero from Custom Lighting. 8 Cell wall light by Tom Dixon from Dedece.







Not only do they look great but they also benefit the environment. Opting for eco-friendly lighting is a small decision that will make a big dierence

3 5 Carolina Fontoura collects old bikes from junk yards and upcycles them to create exquisite and certainly unique chandeliers.


6 The Orb pendant light from Corkway Store is made of recycled cork, a material with immense value due to its ecological capabilities and environmental friendliness.


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1 Using timber dowels and a knotting and lashing technique commonly used in bamboo joinery, Christel Hadiwibawa created the adorable Trey lamps. 2 The Moth lamp from Studio Snowpuppe is made from one piece of special Butterfly paper like a piece of origami. studiosnowpuppe.n 3 & 10 Made from certified Tasmanian blackwood, the Genie Two grandelier from Who Did That represents the curvy Baobab tree and the Seed595 grandelier symbolises the importance of seed saving banks and food sovereignty. 4, 12 & 17 Nikki Lisle started Sala Verde in order to provide the community with honest, sustainable products. The Basket and Garlic pendants, as well as the Jellyfish table lamp are part of a mission to encourage consumers to think about where the products they buy come from.


7 Designed by Alex Kovatchev, the Wash lamp is an eco-friendly lighting solution made from a worn-out washing machine drum.




7 Reasons to go eco



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8 The six-watt dimmable LED E27 Teardrop Bulb from Edison Light Globes combines aesthetics with highly efficient LED technology. 9 Hand–made with all natural fibres of raffia, rattan, silk and cotton, the Paris Pendants, designed by Jil ian Middleton epitomise bohemian luxe. Available from Eco Chic.

By Eminè Mehmet, FDIA 1. The technology is pretty impressive — LED globes are compact, have lower heat output, are more energy efficient and last longer than a standard halogen globe. 2. Reduce CO2 emissions — changing a single halogen globe for a compact fluorescent globe will keep half a ton of CO2 gases out of the atmosphere over its lifetime. 3. Save money – it’s no secret you save money on electricity when you switch to eco-friendly globes. 4. Save time — longer lasting globes mean you don’t have to change them as often, taking up less of your time at home. 5. They look great! – it’s now easier to find decorative light fittings that are environmentally friendly and look good in your home. 6. Feels good – it feels great knowing you’re doing something good for the planet and future generations. 7. It’s the in thing – these days, you stand out more if you DON’T have eco-friendly lighting.

11 & 19 In every aspect of the business, from design to construction to packaging, David Trubridge aims to minimise their impact on the environment, people and future generations. The Flax and Nikau pendants are among the numerous designs by David, made from all natural materials. 12 & 17 Nikki Lisle started Sala Verde in order to provide the community with honest, sustainable products. The Basket and Garlic pendants, as well as the Jellyfish table lamp are part of a mission to encourage consumers to think about where the products they buy, come from.


13 The Bright Beads pendant from The Design Hunter is made from natural, handcrafted, Forest Stewardship Council-certified timbers. 14 These retro Bubble pendants from Weave Decor Design have been handcrafted from coiled bamboo and lacquered with 17 product. a natural

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15 The world’s first low energy, designer light bulb, the Plumen uses 80 per cent less energy and lasts eight times longer than incandescent bulbs. Available from Surrounding. 16 Lasting up to 70,000 hours, the D900 LED Curve downlight from Brightgreen is made from all eco-friendly materials and will be bought back from you when it expired for two bucks. 18 Spanish designer Raul Lauri came up with the innovative idea of using used coffee grinds to create homewares and lighting, such as the Decafe Kamaria suspension light, available from Textura.



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Just because lights are used for functional purposes, doesn’t mean they need to look unexciting. Conrad Johnsson from Yellow Goat Design explains why


n recent years, the simplicity and beauty of the naked bulb has made a comeback. Alternative light-sources have barely left their infancy, but as humans, our nostalgic connections to incandescent light make this a minimalist statement I’m sure most of us can relate to. A light bulb on its own is poetic and its warm light gives us a sense of security. However, most homes need more. Lighting is sculpture. Taming the light, directing it to do what you want is an art. And choosing what’s right for you is remarkably simple. Buying a light is the easiest but also the most effective way to completely transform a room. Don’t be afraid to choose a piece that demands a presence — think of the shadows it will cast and the mood it will create. Sparkles and refractions from a well-designed chandelier, suspended over a dinner table like a canopy embracing your dinner-guests, will be setting the scene for many nights of fulfilling conversation. Be adventurous in your choice of form. A cool and unusual modern chandelier greeting your guests on entry will tell a story of who you are. Be brave when it comes to colours and look at what lesser-known designers offer — if you buy something unique that you love, it will not date. Contrast creates atmosphere. An organic design will interact with and create interest in an otherwise angular room. A metallic light with



1 Fat Fuzzy Thing from Yellow Goat Design. 2 Unfold pendant lamp in purple by Form Us With Love, available from Muuto. 3 Lab De Stu Popper light in cobalt designed by André Hnatojko, available from Inadesignerhome. 4 Fireflies by Yellow Goat Design. 5 Dandelion floor lamp by Richard Hutten, available from Moooi.

6 Worvo Standard lamp from Form.Function.Style. 7 Tequila Sunrise handpainted lampshade from Seven Dandelions. 8 Shooting Stars by Yellow Goat Design. 9 Tailfeathers by Yellow Goat Design.

angular forms will create a sense of masculinity and danger in an environment inhabited with cushions and woods. A sculptural piece with a bold form and a beautiful shape will liven up your living space and welcome you home after a hard day in the office for years to come. So be brave and choose with your heart, go out there and brighten up your life with a work of illuminated art.”






IN THE NIGHT SKY Outdoor lighting can look fabulous. Here are some great examples to spruce up your garden 1 Perfect for a children’s play area in the garden or creating a unique functional feature in your outdoor entertaining space, Moodcubed colour-changing LED lights are an energyefficient option to spruce up your outdoors. 2 Designed by Erik Magnussen, the Ring from Carl Hansen is a multipurpose outdoor

fixture that can be used as a ceiling or wall light. Simplistic yet stylishly modern, the Ring will certainly do the trick.

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3 Keirei means bow in Japanese, hence you can understand the shape of the Keirei garden lamp by Torremato, from LightCo. Made from glass and cast iron, the Keirei oozes a strong, aesthetic aura.

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4 Designed by Jorgen Gammelgaard, the Mini VIP from Carl Hansen is suitable for the outdoors and is an interesting

alternative to the traditional wall light. It also looks great in multiples.

5 Its sleek, clean lines and white Corian finish makes the twin garden light by Royal Botanice, available from LightCo, perfect for any modern garden. The Twin also uses the latest LED technology for a maintenance-free and energy-efficient light source. 6 The 3D series by Royal Botanica, from LightCo, is an elegant exterior floor lamp made from aluminium and a washable fabric shade. Gorgeous lights don’t only belong inside.


7 Available in a range of vibrant colours, the Hurricane Lantern from Country Culture has a thick cotton wick that can be lit for up to 20 hours using kerosene

or citronella, casting a tranquil flickering light over your garden. 8 Bitta by Torremato, available from LightCo, is an external lamp that draws inspiration from nautical bollards, providing a pathway to a destination without compromising on the aesthetic of the space around it. 9 An absolutely marvellous idea, the Bole light by Torremato, available from LightCo combines illumination and landscape. This flower pot gives light a whole new aesthetic and the LED light source is cold to ensure the plant growth is not effected — genius.


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HOUSES & APARTMENTS A showcase of outstanding renovation projects 45


This renovated 1940s workman's cottage is jam-packed with meaningful pieces collected by ownerbuilder Bryce Rogers




A PLACE TO CALL HOME An old home is given a new lease on life with modern comforts while retaining its historical charm and character Words James Cleland Photography Geoffrey Allen

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any of the projects featured in Renovate follow a familiar formula; architects, builders and designers undertaking projects to renovate homes for other people. While no less passionate about their work, it’s always nice to see someone in the industry taking on a personal project. This particular home is that of Bryce Rogers, a master builder and craftsman who has been in the industry for several decades. Bryce is a man of the world whose love of history, culture and travel is evident in the personalised pieces found within the home and also reflected by the desire to retain the style and presence of the home he originally purchased. The property began its life in the 1940s as a workman’s cottage that was part of a scheme to house war veterans and their families. Located on the sun-drenched Sunshine Coast, the


Bryce is a man of the world whose love of history, culture and travel is evident in the personalised pieces found within the home and also reflected by the desire to retain the style and presence of the home he originally purchased








Left Instead of knocking down this house, owner Bryce decided to reinstate the home


Above The perfect kitchen for this bachelor pad come gentleman's retreat

cottage was one of many that were erected during that time, and the style in which they were built went on to create a quintessential part of Australiana. The neighbourhoods formed by the housing scheme would be familiar to any who’ve seen them, with their fibro and timber construction in a typical Queenslander style, to the ever-present Aussie icon in the backyard: the Hills Hoist. These suburban landscapes have made a dramatic shift in the decades since the turn of the century. Developers have moved in and rampant redevelopment of these once sleepy neighbourhoods has seen many taken over by large-scale housing projects and townhouses, leading to many suburbs looking like Lego Land. While not all developing projects have led to negative outcomes, many suburbs have lost a sense of character and history in their rapid modernisation. This could have been the case with this very same home if it wasn’t for Bryce being taken by its authentic historic charm and well-kept integrity. Initially planned as a knock-down, several months of residence changed his mind. Curiosity about its past drove Bryce to interrogate anyone he could find in the






The reuse of original and second-hand materials show that a great home can be created without the need to pull down old structures and that historical inner-city suburbs don’t need to be knocked down and filled with modern apartments and townhouses Left The living space was redesigned to include a personal library and sitting room

Above Bryce managed to retain the house's old character by sourcing materials and furnishings from deceased estates

neighbourhood as to its history and previous residents. Upon uncovering the history from some long-lived locals, knocking down the home was out of the question. With its well-kept, yet old-fashioned interiors and solid design, the home became the foundation for Bryce’s very own bachelor pad and gentleman’s retreat. Using knowledge and skills learnt throughout his career he single-handedly set to work making his vision a reality. Interior renovations served to open up the internal space of the three-bedroom home. Its modest living, dining and rear verandah spaces would be totally transformed. A ‘master suite’, with bathroom and extensive walk-in-wardrobe would replace the spaces of the original bedrooms. The living space was redesigned to include a personal library and sitting room. The furnishings and decorative detailing have been sourced from around the globe and are testament to the well-travelled nature of their owner. Many pieces retain a sense of the old

colonial style and help to shape the home into a living space that Ernest Hemingway himself would be proud to live in. As previously stated, retention of the building’s original character was paramount to its new purpose. Non-level or plumb walls and details were kept in their original state and many newly acquired pieces in the home came from deceased estates to help maintain the old character. New paint was applied by hand to mimic the effect of the old lead paints of the original palette. The colours have been kept neutral and warm, with a splash of highlighting to make the details pop. This all serves Bryce’s desire to eschew the modern look and create a home that carries with it a sense of poise and history, each piece and detail carrying with it the essence of its past. The home, however, is not without new additions. An entry deck was designed and built to serve as a buffer between the front gardens and the main entrance into the home. The rear deck was resized and rebuilt into a grand summer living space, which opens up to the outside world with the aid of fold-out aluminium louvres. The ‘backyard’ has been replaced by English-style formal grounds; these serve as a verdant backdrop for the outside living room.



Above Bryce opted for an English-style formal back garden with clipped hedges and lush green lawns

Right An arborist was hired to trim the trees' upper canopies to allow dappled light to filter down below

The detailing of the grounds mirrors the masterfully crafted internal design with well-tended hedges and weathered colonial detailing. The trees of the rear grounds, which were destined to be removed due to excess canopy foliage, now serve as a centre point. Recruiting the aid of an arborist, Bryce removed the centre of each tree’s upper canopy allowing sunlight to filter through the foliage. Now their dappled shade and gnarled limbs emphasise the appeal of the natural green space. Along with being a place that its owner wants to live in, the home is testament to sustainable building. The reuse of original and second hand materials show that a great home can be created without the need to pull down old structures and that historical inner-city suburbs don’t need to be knocked down and filled with modern apartments and townhouses. This home with its Asiatic colonial flair and adaptive reuse of materials and furnishings has more character and class in its floorboards than the whole neighbourhood’s worth of ‘modern’ housing. It goes to show what a renovation can achieve with a little extra TLC and forethought.


LEGEND 1 Entry 2 Lounge Room 3 Dining Room 4 Library 5 Kitchen 6 Deck - summer lounge & dining 7 Entry to bedroom & WIR 8 Bedroom 9 Walk in robe 10 Bathroom 11 Office 12 Bathroom 13 Bedroom


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Project particulars This project was designed and built by: Bryce C Rogers of Ground Control PO Box 103, Main Beach Qld 4217 Tel: 07 5531 1575 Mob: 0407 993 460 Email: FLOORING Internal: Cypress pine with high-gloss finish WALLS External: Fibro and timber battens, finished in Resene Half Gravel Internal/ceiling: Hardwood panelling, finished with oil based high-gloss Dulux White Eaves & ceilings: Dulux Low Sheen Boarskin

KITCHEN Bench splashback: Tesselated mosaics Cabinetry: Dulux White painted cabinets and frames Ceiling: Matt Black FURNITURE/ACCESSORIES Fireplace: Masport Gas Log Fire Fans: Plain white, repainted with Porter's Instant Copper Library: IKEA components, framed with batterns and trims, sanded and aged

BEDROOM Wallpaper: Catherine Martin Mirror: Handmade by homeowner Floor coverings/linen: Versace OUTDOOR Tapered posts: Australian hardwood handmade to taper, finished in Dulux Red Clown Hedges: Feijoa Sellowiana, Murraya Panicalata, Buxus English Trees: Magnolia Grandiflora, Australian Natives

WINDOWS/COVERINGS Aluminium Shutters: Powder-coated Resene Half Gravel Trim & windows: Black high-gloss oil enamel


PROJECT ANDREW WALLER DESIGN A mainly white colour palette reflects light throughout this home, while the grey adds a touch of warmth to the interior


IN A NEW LIGHT Formerly dark and inwardly-focused, this residence is now brimming with light, life and vitality Words James Cleland Photography Maree Homer


ight plays an important role in the design and layout of a home, yet many residences still suer from design mistakes from previous eras where light was not a consideration. This has led to a multitude of homes that require substantial changes to their internal and external layout to provide a light, comfortable and desirable atmosphere for their inhabitants. This terrace located in Sydney’s eastern suburbs is no exception. The three-storey home was dark with an inwardly-focused interior. The highlights of this period home were simply relics of a bygone era, still mired in the building mistakes of the past. The owners of the property, having recently returned from the enlightened shores of the European continent, had been awestruck by the vitality and exuberance of the Parisian





Left An interesting combination of contemporary and period design styles has created a unique atmosphere in this home

Above The outdoor space is a perfect escape with a tranquil atmosphere created by the surrounding trees

cityscape. There, a harmonious integration of contemporary and period design has given birth to an eortless and evocative style that is distinct in its details and timeless in appearance. Hoping to evoke a similar feel to their own humble Aussie terrace, they set about enlisting the help of a design and construction team that could help them realise their newfound vision. Andrew Waller, the eponymous head of Andrew Waller Design, answered their call to action. With the aid of a great design team and

building firm Simon & Shasha, they took their first tentative steps down the path to their new home. One of the main negatives of the terrace space was the darkness of the interiors: dark timber floors, doors and windows. Absence of natural daylight within the core spaces of the house was immediately felt when one entered and remedying this was the core principle to its transformation. First steps saw removal of the existing timber balustrade and partition wall from the staircase, the original treads were carefully repaired and reused. Original features and finishes of the home had been painstakingly refurbished and repaired. Wooden floors and finishes were sanded back and re-stained, while cornicing,


ceilings, walls, windows and doorframes were painted white. The refurbished staircase and stairwell saw the addition of an overhead skylight, a robust side stringer configuration and a glass-panelled balustrade. A complete redesign of the bathroom was undertaken as well as modernisation of the kitchen. These changes had an instant eect on the home, uplifting the entire internal space of the residence. The stairwell/staircase created the most dramatic change to the internal spaces. The skylight created a portal for natural daylight to enter the home and, due to the new glass balustrade, light could penetrate into the internal spaces. The new white paint scheme coupled with the increase in available light creates bright and welcoming spaces within the



The skylight created a portal for natural daylight to enter the home and due to the new glass balustrade, light could deeply penetrate into the internal spaces


The kitchen was redesigned to create a modern, bright space. The mint splashback is a refreshing touch to the dark floors and cabinetry





Left Completely redesigned also was the bathroom with now has a luxurious, modern feel

Above The bathroom is now comfortable and bright as the furnishings make great use of the natural light

home and is delicately balanced with the darker stained floorboards and new timber joinery. Now with a contemporary feel, the home’s original 1880 detailing complements and

softens the impact of the modern additions. A brilliant example is the glass and steel staircase which still retains the sloped and worn steps of the original. Modestly sized, the house has been given a new lease on life. The ground floor, which is the main living space, stretches from entrance to rear deck. Each area, defined by careful implementation of joinery, is part


of a sculptural journey, poised upon the warm foundations of the original timber floorboards. This aesthetic is reflected throughout the home where a balance of modern techniques and old details create a warm and sophisticated internal layout and evoke a sense of historical presence while utilising modern design principles and methods.



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LEGEND Lower Ground Floor 1 Bathroom 2 Lounge Room 3 Bedroom Ground Floor 4 Kitchen 5 Dining room 6 Lounge room 7 Entry First Floor 8 Bathroom 9 Study 10 Master bedroom 11 Hall 12 Balcony



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project particulars This project was designed by: Andrew Waller Design First Floor, 722 Bourke Street Redfern NSW 2016 Tel: 0422 992 676 Email: Web: This project was built by: BFS Constructions Tallal Mostafa Tel: 0411 831 832 Licence Number: 80374C FLOORING Kitchen/dining/living/bedroom/stairs: Custom timber stain Outdoor: Refurbished timber deck, Sikkens deck oil PAINT INTERIOR Ceiling and cornicing: Dulux Flat White ceiling paint Architraves, skirting boards, door and window frames, internal face to front door shutters (living room and Bedroom): Dulux White (B) semi–gloss paint WALLS Kitchen/dining/living/bedroom/stairs: Dulux Whisper White PCWF6 wash and wear finish DINING Dining room cabinetry: Benchtop Caesarstone Raven 4120 KITCHEN Refurbished a couple of years earlier. The new renovation included some new overhead joinery and new appliances Appliances: Winning Appliances Cabinets: Hoffman’s Interiors BATHROOM FITTINGS Basin: Parisi Box 65 wall basin Floor tiles: Skheme SKM-12161B Wall Tiles: Skheme SKM-01241 Benchtop: Caesarstone 2141 20mm Vanity joinery: Hoffman’s Interiors Sanitary fixtures: Tropea in-wall pneumatic toilet, Tropea SS pneumatic push button Fixtures: Artizen toilet roll holder, Artizen towel rail single 650mm, Tranquillity Square On Square heated towel ladder rail, Artizen Soap Rack Bath: Sanilux 1700x730x430

Shower: Ram Tapware flush-mount ceiling shower, Minimalist shower mixer chrome LIGHTING Dining/living: George Nelson Bubble Light, Spence & Lyda WINDOWS Frames: Aluminium frame, natural aluminium finish (not powder-coated) Glass louvres: Opaque white to both bathrooms, clear to kitchen OUTDOOR Building render: Porter’s Paints Jaguar Matt outdoor finish Doors & Windows: Dulux Black PG1.A9 semi–gloss finish

FURNITURE Study desktop joinery: Formica Storm Joinery poly finish/colour: Porter’s Paints Rococo Bedhead and bedside joinery: Hoffman’s Interiors Ensemble bed base and mattress: Client’s existing Penthouse sofa: Equator Homewares Polo chair: Equator Homewares Saarinen side table: Knoll from de de ce Cushions and bedding: Jasmine Hall Dining table: Client’s own Rug: Cadrys Spindle back dining chairs: Auction find Timber farmhouse chest: Auction find Table lamps: Jason Mowen Loose chairs/desk chair: Auction find Artworks: Client’s own (new framing)


PROJECT ARCHITECT PRINEAS Floor-to-ceiling glass doors create a barrier between inside and out without compromising on natural light flow





From a rambling monster to a sleek and sophisticated modern terrace house, this project goes to show that even with limited space amazing results are possible if you think outside the proverbial square — or in this case — rectangle Words James Cleland Photography Brett Boardman


nsympathetic to the needs of contemporary homeowners, many inner-city terraces seem to suffer from the same plight; plagued by rooms that are either too small for their purpose or just awkward, ill-fitting and riddled with amenities that seem to have been an afterthought during the construction of the walls, with not a storage space in sight.

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Left White joinery, paintwork and furniture add to the light-filled ambience of the living room and kitchen. The room is warmed by the use of timber flooring


Above The living room connects to a newly landscaped courtyard. Louvre windows provide excellent cross-ventilation

Yet terrace homes can offer so much for their modest footprint. Inner-city life has its appeal and living close to the city centre shouldn’t mean one has to sacrifice all the comforts of a modern home. A downsize on space could be called a necessary compromise, though downsizing on common sense — when it comes to buildings — is asking too much. Here to gently wake their clients from a fitful slumber, design firm Architect Prineas prepared to welcome this terrace’s owners into a new glorious morning. Terrible to behold, the original form of this two-bedroom, single-storey terrace was ill conceived and poorly planned with a series of lean-to structures at the rear and an oddly proportioned living space. The longevity of the building as a modern residence was severely limited. The desired outcome was to remedy the maladies that riddled the structure and to refresh the residence so it resembled a modern inner-city home that any owner would be proud to live in. In this regard, the brief set the stage. Living spaces were redesigned to use all the available



Modern utilities and amenities of the new bathrooms, kitchen and laundry seal away the last remnants of the original home, making sure that any who enter know they’re in a fully realised modern home




Light-filled and spacious, the lower level living area has a contemporary feel

space that was in the property’s boundaries. To the rear of the open-plan living zone a renewed courtyard would allow interaction with the external environment and still allow access to the laneway located at the back of the property. Additionally, a new storey was constructed. This allowed the renovators to place the master bedroom on the new level and construct a new laundry and staircase in its original space. The reconfiguration allowed maximum usage of the building’s geography and created a better flow between internal spaces. An added bonus is the extra seclusion afforded the master bedroom suite, creating a much needed buffer between the private and public spaces. Considerations were needed when creating the exterior façade. Due to the rear laneway




Left Hilight windows allow natural light to flow into the bathroom Above Louvre windows in the bedroom provide

plenty of light and ventilation. Privacy is afforded via sandblasted glazing to sections of the lower windows

being part of a conservation area, the subtext of the home needed to be sympathetic to the surrounding urban environment. Awakened from its Dark Age slumber, the internal spaces of the terrace house were enlivened by a fresh, yet neutral colour palette. The choice of a crisp-white colour scheme for walls, ceiling and joinery was accentuated by the natural warmth of the Blackbutt timber flooring and kitchen benchtop. Addressing

the issues of limited storage and utility space, in-built furniture, intelligently implemented joinery and cleverly designed cabinetry allowed the design team to maximise usable space without impinging on the home’s already modest living areas. Another concern was the living space’s access to natural light. Bringing light inside required construction of a ‘lantern’ skylight, which was placed above the kitchen’s island bench, as well as installing floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the rear, granting access to the courtyard and additional external light. These two measures significantly increased the intake of natural light while also solving the need for passive ventilation.

The combination of a clean and fresh colour palette, a well-designed and comprehensive storage solution and copious amounts of natural light create a bright, airy and surprisingly spacious lower level, allowing the elongated footprint of the terrace to be used to its fullest extent. Modern utilities and amenities of the new bathrooms, kitchen and laundry seal away the last remnants of the original home, making sure any who enters know they’re in a fully realised modern home.


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project particulars This project was designed by: Architect Prineas Studio 504/19A Boundary Street, Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011 Tel: 02 9332 2006 Email: Web:

WALLS Kitchen/dining/living/bedroom/stairs: Dulux Vivid White Outdoor: Painted timber battens to barbecue joinery

Sanitary fixtures: Rogerseller Taps: Rogerseller Logic range WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Glass: AWS Semi Commercial

This project was built by: Out 'n' Up Tel: 0414 474 444

KITCHEN Benchtop: Caesarstone, snow and blackbutt timber Splashback: Clear mirror Cabinetry: Polyurethane paint finish, semi–gloss, Dulux Vivid White Appliances: Miele

FLOORING Kitchen/dining/living/bedroom/stairs: Blackbutt Timber from Precision Flooring Outdoor: Concrete pavers from Eco Concepts Other: Concrete pavers from Eco Concepts

BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry: Polyurethane paint finish, semi–gloss, Dulux Vivid White Basin: Rogerseller Tiles/walls and floor: Limestone from on site

OUTDOOR Roof: Colourbond Gull Grey Paving: Eco Concepts Landscaping: Effect Landscaping, David Cornell Interior furniture: Selected pieces from Great Dane and Living Edge

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LEGEND Ground Floor 1 Verandah 2 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 4 Kitchen 5 Dining room 6 Lounge room 7 Entertainment First Floor 8 Bedroom 9 Ensuite

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THE HIGH LIFE With spectacular views across Sydney Harbour, two top floor apartments join to become a singular contemporary abode with beautiful heritage features Words Alexandra Longstaff Photography Corner-S Architects


enovating a building with heritage features is always a tricky aair. Restoring and maintaining the property’s former beauty, while creating a modern and liveable home requires patience, skill and an eye for a finished product that combines traditional features with modern elements. This particular apartment is no exception to that rule. The property is located on the top floor of The Danmark, which is a salubrious spot in Point Piper.




Large bifold doors, glass balconies and mirrored pillars allow the view to extend throughout this home


Considered placement of mirrors in the living and dining areas such as on supporting poles and covering a full wall in the dining space also help to bring in the view while also giving more space and light to the rooms



Left LED downlights light up the comfortable living room which sits beside the kitchen. The space is exceptionally open-plan and bright


Above An entryway is formed through the use of a glass screen that provides sections within the large space

“The site was originally a grant to Captain John Piper in 1720,” says Warmy Lee of Corner-S Architects, who worked on this project. “It was constructed in 1906 for John Paul and named The Danmark after his homeland. The building is also associated with industrialist William John Smith of Australian Glass Manufacturers so the property is of social and historic significance.” In 1937, architects H. Agabiti and B. Millane converted the house into 14 apartments and

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Left The kitchen has been completely modernised to suit contemporary living

Above A glass wall in the dining room allows light and views to bounce through the space

major internal alterations were carried out. The current homeowners with the intention of converting them into a single, threebedroom residence then purchased the top two apartments. “These two one-bedroom apartments were formed out of a pair of upstairs bedrooms in the original Edwardian house, entered off the main stair,” explains Warmy.

“The existing apartments had a 4m-high heritage ceiling, but the apartment was dark and had little natural ventilation, as was accepted practice for the period, even though it had the potential for a panoramic view of the harbour. The existing balcony balustrade was corroded and not conforming to current Australian standards and the existing timber windows and doors were old and dysfunctional. As were the two enclosed kitchens — not at all suited to a contemporary lifestyle.”


The clients wanted to transform the home into an open-plan space that was suited to contemporary living. It was important to still pay respect to the heritage features such as the ceiling and fireplace, as well as the ornate details of the original design. Key to the overhaul was capitalising on the sought-after panoramic views of the harbour and modernising all the wet areas and the kitchen. “I was enthralled with the picture-postcard view and the 4m-high ceilings the first time I







visited the site, which led to the objective of being able to bring this view into the apartment and create a relationship between the new and the old while also creating flowing space between indoors and out,” says Warmy. “To achieve the concept, the layout of the Herringbone timber floor was arranged to point towards the view as if to coax the onlooker to look this way.” Structurally, fulfilling this brief required some drastic steps. Some of the supporting walls had to be removed and replaced with steel columns, and existing windows had to be replaced with new timber-framed windows and a couple of bifold doors. The builder had to take great care to remove the existing walls without damage to the timber floor structure and the existing timber roof structure. In addition, there were many existing double or triple internal brick walls. “We needed to remove these in order to create an open-plan living area,” explains Warmy. “To achieve this, we carefully removed the existing brick walls and replaced them Left Thanks to the glass structure in the corner of the master bedroom, it is a private yet well-lit room

Below Panoramic views from the apartment were capitalised on through opening up windows and doors and installing glass


Shutters allow for light to stream into the bathroom during the day while still providing privacy




with a new steel structure taking care not to damage the timber roof and floor structure. This was pertinent because this is a heritage building.� Heritage features such as the ceiling were restored and retained and the existing metal balustrade was removed and replaced with a frameless glass balustrade. Timber floors were installed throughout all living and dining areas and the entry foyer, kitchen and bathroom were tiled and lastly, the bedrooms were carpeted. To create a third bedroom with ensuite, one of the two kitchens was converted. There are some exceptional design features found throughout the space. Upon entry, a structural glass screen wall works to provide privacy as well as act as a room separator between the entryway and kitchen. The wonderful thing about this screen

is that its downdraft rangehoods still allow for the exceptional view as you come through the front door. Considered placement of mirrors in the living and dining areas such as on supporting poles and covering a full wall in the dining space also help to bring in the view while giving more space and light to the rooms. The resulting product is an extraordinary home. Light and sparkling reflections of the sea fill every nook and cranny yet heritage features still shine through. What was once two separate, dark, dank and old apartments is now a gleaming, fresh and contemporary three-bedroom oasis, complete with a million-dollar view of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.


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project particulars

Entry foyer: Multi Slate 600 x 300 tiles

This project was designed by: Corner-S Architects 61/2 Underdale Lane, Meadowbank NSW 2114 Tel: 0431 083 906 Email: Web:

WALLS Kitchen: Dulux Antique White USA for all walls Entry foyer: Structural glass screen

This project was built by: Mayce Constructions Tel: 0413 008 400 FLOORING Kitchen/dining/living: Herringbone Oak parquetry floors from Precision Flooring Bedroom: Carpet Balcony: Multi Slate 600 x 300 tiles

KITCHEN Benchtop/splashback: Caesarstone Frosty Carrina Cabinetry: two-pac by Aplan Appliances: Sirius Downdraft rangehood, Miele oven, gas cooktop, Bosch microwave, Fisher & Paykel Other: Wine cooler BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry: two-pac with Caesarstone benchtop

Basin: Studio Bagno Pitagora basin Floor tiles: Olara tiles Wall: Dauasco tile Featured wall: Cavestone Brown Scared Sanitary fixtures: Parisi Envy wall-hung pan, Grohe Cosmopolitan chrome Taps: HANSA Designo Neu basin mixer Shower/bath: Grohe Baucontemporary shower set, HANSA Designo Neu shower mixer LIGHTING: LED downlights, New Crystal pendant light, existing heritage-style pendant light used in bedrooms WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Frames: Timber window and timber bifold doorframe


The living space opens out to a beautiful backyard area complete with seating and barbecue area





This bright and breezy renovation on Sydney’s Northern Beaches showcases contemporary living at its best Words Alexandra Longstaff Photography Brian Steele Photography


f you want something done right, do it yourself they say. That’s exactly what architects and homeowners David and Luisa chose to do. They run their own architecture firm on the Northern Beaches and have worked

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David and Luisa wanted to restore the home so they could retain the historical integrity of the existing structure, while simultaneously creating a modern three-bedroom, two-bathroom home Left Bench seating in the dining and living areas makes the most of a long and thin room

Above White and light timbers used in the kitchen for the benchtop and cabinetries brighten the room

on projects from Manly to Maroubra, but this particular renovation holds a special place in their hearts. “It marks the first project we have completed from design to construction as a husband and wife architectural team, says David McCrae; one half of this dynamic duo, “and it is our first home together”. The renovated property started life as a rundown, cold and damp two-bedroom, timber

semi-detached structure that had been created from an original larger house. It had overgrown front and rear gardens and no relationship to the outdoors or to its northern elevation. David and Luisa wanted to restore the home so they could retain the historical integrity of the existing structure, while simultaneously creating a modern three-bedroom, two-bathroom home. Their plans included incorporating a bright, contemporary, open-plan living space complete with a usable courtyard for barbecuing or relaxing along with an overhaul of the front aspect. This frontal adjustment was integral to the redesign, as it was overgrown and





The front of the property is certainly striking with its light blue and white paint exterior and its open and welcoming structure, but the interior living spaces undoubtedly steal the show unkempt and blocked any view the property should have had. “The front yard was carved down and the fence was removed,” says David. “The driveway crossover was created and the front stairs were taken out to make way for a matching timber infill balustrade. Afterwards we got rid of the central brick pier and added a new beam to create parking and a new side entry.” Other aspects to this renovation included demolition of all internal walls, a completely new rear addition and the construction of a first floor. This first floor was approached carefully as the purpose of its construction was to allow for the front vista. The front of the property is certainly striking with its light blue and white paint exterior and its open and welcoming structure, but the interior living spaces undoubtedly steal the show. A large custom-made timber staircase winds up from the entry, mimicking the timber that flows on the floors. It connects beautifully to the kitchen area by appearing to stop-off at the first turn of the stairway, where stairs and benchtop meet. Both the flooring and the continuation of the benchtop encourage the eye to trace all the way down the kitchen, into the dining area, sitting room and out into the backyard in one flowing movement. This living space is a favourite spot for the happy homeowners who love it because it is “sunny, open and welcoming, and the staircase and kitchen bench is a major talking point with visitors,” David says. The kitchen features a Quantum Quartz benchtop in galaxy white paired with stainless– steel and natural white and Blackbutt cabinetry, which work beautifully to lighten the room. The dining room and living room share bench Left A spiral staircase is often cause for discussion with guests as it works effortlessly with the rest of the interior, especially the kitchen benchtop




Left The property now includes two bathrooms, one of which features a colourful green splashback

Above Space for a study has been created on the first floor. The high windows allow ample light to enter without sacrificing privacy

seating, which runs the full length of both areas working to create ample seating without compromising on space. When faced with a long, thin area this technique is exceptionally beneficial and also helps to keep all areas separate without cutting them off. Each of these living spaces contain furnishings that enhance the bright and breezy aspect of the renovation. Whites and light

timbers feature prominently, balancing out any darker shades. The glass sliding doors at the end of the living room recede entirely, creating a completely open aspect. A two-seater barbecue area can be seen right at the very end of the backyard, enhancing a great feeling of space and also creating a cosy spot to relax in. David and Luisa also considered environmental concerns. There are solar panels, rainwater tanks, low-E glazing windows and excellent insulation techniques installed in the floors, walls, ceilings and the roof, giving the home great energy efficiency. This is a consideration that is often overlooked but if installed from the start offers excellent benefits


to both the environment and the pocket. While this is the first project that David and Luisa have worked on as husband and wife, it is by no means their first architectural endeavour. Luisa recently renovated a home in Coogee, which turned out to be a fundamental inspiration for this home. Bright and breezy living spaces that open on to very liveable outdoor areas create beautiful contemporary living environments in both properties. A selection of key design tricks and a great eye for what works well in a space make this the perfect contemporary marriage between space and light, old and new, and architect and homeowner.


A rear addition to the property creates extra living room




LEGEND Ground Floor 1 Verandah 2 Bedroom 3 Ensuite 4 Porch 5 Entry 6 Lightwell 7 Kitchen 8 Laundry 9 Dining room 10 Lounge room 11 Deck First Floor 12 Bedroom 13 Study 14 Bathroom











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Tel: 02 9387 8755 Licence number: LC:193436c HIA:967513 FLOORING Kitchen/dining/living/bedroom/stairs/ outdoor: Blackbutt Other: Tiles to bathroom, Academy Tiles 62010 Black

before project particulars This project was designed by: Manfredini McCrae Architects 18a Thornton Street Fairlight NSW 2094 Tel: 02 9929 1279 Email: Web: This project was built by: Beaton Projects Australia

WALLS Kitchen: Plasterboard and polyurethane cabinetry Dining/living: Plasterboard Dulux Natural White Bedroom: Lamipanel cupboards in white by Fine Lines Cabinetry Stair: Blackbutt timber for stair treads, riser sand balustrade Outdoor: Painted and rendered blockwork Other: Lysaghts Mini orb Monument KITCHEN Benchtop: Quantum Quartz in Galaxy White and stainless–steel Splashback: Stainless–steel Cabinetry: Semi–gloss polyurethane in Natural White and blackbutt by Fine Lines Cabinetry Appliances: GEM gas cooker and a Bosch concealed dishwasher Sink: Abey Quadrato undermount with a Hansa Cuisine Sink Mixer (Retractable Spray)

BATHROOM FITTINGS: Cabinetry: Mirror cupboard doors by Fine Lines Cabinetry Pty Ltd Basin: Ideal Standard Acacia wall basin Tiles/walls and floor: 74442/White and 75348/ Green Sanitary fixtures: Ideal Standard Acacia toilet pan wall hung Taps: Hansa Vantis Pin Green cast basin mixer Shower/bath: Kaldewei EUROA 1500 x 700 white steel bath LIGHTING: Recessed silver downlights, LED lighting strips to study and bathroom, brass spike lighting to the garden areas and recessed silver brick lights to side path and carparking area WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS: Glass: Low E clear glass, semi opaque Frames: Painted timber casements and louvres from Nicco Joiners OUTDOOR: Roof: Customorb in Surfmist Paving: Granite Decking: Blackbutt Landscaping: Rendered brick retaining walls, treated pine planter box 8/6/2013 3:57:44 PM Screening: Treated pine


Sliding glass doors and celestory windows opened up the living space and brought in more natural light




SHAPE UP Functional family spaces, fused with stately charm, allow this Victorian period home to reconnect with the past in the most delightful way Words Alexandra Longstaff Photography Sue Stubbs Photography


beautiful renovation in Sydney’s salubrious suburb of Mosman called for demolition, re-build and extension. Jakin Constructions and the client's architect joined forces to revamp this rundown, single-level semi with very dilapidated features; opening it up and modernising it to make it an exciting and livable home. While the old houses commonly found in Sydney’s inner suburbs often have a certain grace and charm about them, they also feature an often not so desirable quality — darkness. Early last century in the days when many European–influenced homes sprang up, dingy



Every renovated room is an amalgamation of shapes and contours. The kitchen is blessed with a high ceiling, that is filled with beautiful and functional fittings and ingenious lighting solutions



Left and above The kitchen was part of the rebuild and is therefore all brand new. Stone and timber make the kitchen feel modern without creating too much of


a separation from the traditional features of the home

rooms, closed off by separating walls and low ceilings, helped keep the sun and heat out. Things have come a long way since then, though, and with today’s technology and building advancements, properties are able to enjoy the warmth and light without sacrificing comfort. This was exactly the situation with this recently completed project; it was dark and dilapidated and needed some love. Jakin Constructions pulled it all together by completely demolishing the rear of the house to make way for a new extension to the rear and a new first floor addition. A new kitchen, two new bathrooms and a new laundry were installed and the front of the home also needed extensive work. The existing front aspect was refurbished but many of its original features were kept and rejuvenated in a bid to pay respect to its former glory. Lastly, new off-street car parking was created and landscaping added the finishing touches.






The homeowners, being a young couple with a son, wanted to create a space they could really live in and enjoy. “It was very closed in with many small rooms and one room was completely unusable,” explains James Watkin of Jakin Constructions. “The brief was to create an openplan home filled with modern elegance and the renovation was done to maximise space.” Creating livable, functional and open spaces is key to a young family’s happiness and wellbeing, especially when you have busy working days and small children. For this family in particular, it was integral to create a home where they could entertain friends and make the most of large areas flowing out to the garden. Special design considerations make this home exceptional. A green living roof on the upper level, which is overlooked by the master bedroom, is a unique feature that Left With plenty of bench space, storage and a double oven, this kitchen is perfect for entertaining

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you don’t see often in an inner-city suburb of Sydney. “This rooftop garden is particularly special as, not only does it serve to look beautiful, but also it was used specifically over the rear extension for its thermal and acoustic insulation properties and to aid storm water retention,” says James. The use of a green roof adds an eco-friendly element to the design, which is also complemented by the energy efficient low E glass used in the glazing, the louvre Hi-Light windows implemented for cross ventilation and the rain water tanks for garden irrigation. The green roof, while energy-efficient, was also the biggest splurge throughout the project. A first in Mosman, it was also one of the more difficult elements to get through the council. “Clean lines and clever lighting, the exposed structural steel frame to the rear, the bi-fold doors and joinery that flows from interior to exterior seamlessly were all things that also required special design consideration,” says


James. But the link between the existing cottage and façade at the front to the modern extension at the rear and the rear open kitchen living room that flows effortlessly out to the back deck and barbecue are what make this home really special,” says James. Every renovated room is an amalgamation of shapes and contours. The kitchen is blessed with a high ceiling, which is filled with beautiful and functional fittings and ingenious lighting solutions. A high ceiling is a pendant light’s best friend and in this home the height has been filled perfectly with a number of industrial style pendants that grace the empty void above the kitchen benchtop and add intrigue. The bathroom is a beautifully designed space that combines dark, moody hues with sensual shapes to create the ultimate luxurious kick-back-and-relax room. Striking and elegant pendant lights hang in the corner and a showerhead that seems to mimic a water

Above The rooftop area makes the most of the location and large glass bifold doors allow for indoor and outdoor entertaining all year round

droplet floats in the room. While not the largest room, the bathroom cleverly incorporates a freestanding bath, shower and all the bathroom essentials without seeming cramped. The dark, dingy spaces have been opened up and modernised expertly. Large open areas and flowing, interconnected spaces make this home worthy of mention and are what enabled it to be nominated for the Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing Awards. Everywhere you turn there are eye-catching shapes that facilitate and enhance the entry of light. Skylights paired with windows in entryways allow natural light to stream through in an interesting and diverse manner and while there are many original features still within the home, they have been beautifully balanced out and highlighted by the contemporary additions.



LEGEND Ground Floor 1 Entry 2 Existing bedroom 3 Bathroom 4 Kitchen 5 Dining 6 Lounge 7 Deck 8 BBQ First Floor 9 Bedroom 10 Bathroom 11 Balcony 1 2 Tr a f f i c a b l e green roof














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project particulars This project was built by: Jakin Construction Group Tel: 02 9654 2979 Web: or Email: Licence number: 207082C This project was designed by: Axel Architecture FLOORING Kitchen: Roasted peat flooring from Nash Timbers Outdoor: Blackbutt decking

WALLS Kitchen: Double brick walls with direct stick plasterboard KITCHEN Benchtop: Corian (witch hazel) and stainless-steel Splashback: Toughened mirror Cabinetry: Maluna Joinery Appliances: V-Zug Other: Amerind BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry: Maluna Joinery Basin: Acrylic solid surface Sanitary fixtures: Reece bathroom life

LIGHTING: Various by owner WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Glass: Low E glass Frames: Powdercoated aluminium by AJ Aluminium OUTDOOR Roof: Suntech Power Australia Decking: Blackbutt Landscaping: By Jakin Pools & Landscaping Accessories: Barbecue and custom joinery by Jakin Construction Group

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PROJECT ROSHILLS CONSTRUCTIONS The indoor/outdoor living area of this new renovation is perfect for a young family, as it opens up the space and allows natural light to fill the home




MODERN-DAY HAVEN A revitalising renovation has resulted in a dynamic and spacious family home


inding that elusive ‘renovator’ in Sydney is like finding gold. However, that is exactly what Liz and Sandy found on Sydney’s Northern Beaches; a 1970s home that was hard to navigate and in desperate need of modernisation. Specialising in the construction of new homes, extensions and first-floor additions, Roshills Constructions was perfect for the job as the home required a complete refit. “The building was a typical 1970s home,” says John Rostirolla, director of Roshills Constructions. “It was dark and disconnected from modern living.” Wanting to bring the home into the 21st century, Liz and Sandy worked closely with their architect to come up with a design that allowed the internal areas to flow to the new outdoor space and swimming pool.

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The interior of the home now fits in with the surrounding urban landscape








Ensuring a home has a certain level of sustainability is expected these days and John and his team made sure their design incorporated some of this ethos Left The newly built kitchen is positioned so that young children can be safely observed in all areas of the home

Above The new outdoor area is spacious and comfortable, perfect for entertaining or relaxing

John and his team decided to tackle the downstairs area first by opening up all the rooms and creating a large kitchen, dining and living area. This expansive room leads to the fully enclosed outdoor kitchen and swimming pool area. Retractable glass bi-fold doors were installed. When fully open, the doors allow the surrounding outdoor area to come into the home. However, getting this look didn’t come without its challenges. “The structural steel in this project was very involved with many large open-plan living areas and large sliding and bi-fold doors throughout,” explains John. “We also had large quantities of stormwater to detain on site, which we cleverly hid under existing rooms with pool filter equipment.”


Ensuring a home has a certain level of sustainability is expected these days and John and his team made sure their design incorporated some of this ethos. “The home is comprehensively insulated with polyester batts throughout,” says John. “The entire first floor walls are clad with Unitex 75mm foam cladding, which has exceptional insulating qualities.” Taking a house with a bad floor plan and turning it into a modern-day home is all in a day’s work for John, but as long as he’s helping a family realise their dream home, he’s happy. “The house has no other project home to compete with in design and truly is a one-off original, birthed in the owners’ hearts,” says John. “It works beautifully for them and their family.”


PROJECT ROSHILLS CONSTRUCTIONS The large outdoor kitchen will be perfect for summer barbeques




Bi-fold doors act as a baracade between the indoor and outdoor spaces without compromising on the flow of natural light or the view into the pool

project particulars This project was designed by: H&C Design 50 Fuller Street Collaroy Plateau NSW 2097 Tel: 02 9944 0830

This project was built by: Roshills Constructions Tel: 02 9651 4882 Web: Licence number: 50587C


BIO 42 platinum and three gold music certifications • 17 ARIA awards • X-Factor judge and first winner on Australian Idol • Married to stylist Jules Egan • Proud dad to baby Hudson James Sebastian




Windows by Jeld-Wen frame the view

AT HOME WITH … GUY SEBASTIAN “I’m not afraid to build now. I think after doing this massive reno, I can jump into anything” — Guy Sebastian Words Karen Miles & Suzy Michael Photography Sue Stubbs


uy and Jules Sebastian got down and dirty when they knocked down walls, ripped out floors and completely renovated their new holiday home on the NSW South Coast. “I have all these pictures of me with a sledge hammer,” says Guy. “I started thinking I’ll probably just do a new kitchen or I might update one or two of the bathrooms. It ended up being every square inch of the house!

“Being on the coast, we made the house all about the view. When you walk in, you see the blue water immediately. When you’re not facing the view, you’ve got this intense black gloss reflecting the view back to you,” says Guy. So what’s this muso Dad’s secret to successful home renovation? “The kitchen design was tough and I was lucky to work with a talented designer at Freedom


“The reno was full-on. I was project managing one day and there were 18 tradies in the house” — Guy Sebastian


OUR WAY Kitchens. I told her exactly what I wanted and all of the problems that I’d encountered with the existing layout. I did some ‘ghetto drawings’ with a lead pencil, drew up all my measurements and gave her the dimensions. It was insane - I would draw with my lead pencil, then take a photo with my phone and send it to her, saying ‘this is what I want.’ She would come up with these 3D pictures of the room and I’m like ‘oh my god, I’m not sending you any more drawings!’ I felt like such a douche - but I was really proud that I had contributed to the whole process.” Jules’ background in fashion design and styling helped her decorate and coordinate her home with Guy to transform it into a chic and relaxed space. “Being a fashion stylist has influenced the design and decoration in my home. I feel like my personal style is like the iconic Coco Chanel

quote, ‘before you go out, always take something off ’. My style is very simple. I like comfort, clean lines, grey, no clutter,” says Jules. Aside from the family’s Christmas feast to ‘warm’ their new holiday home, how does Guy find coastal cooking? Turns out he’s a fabulous cook. “Guy sees a meal and pulls it together. I’ll go to the pantry and see beans on toast!” says Jules. “I love cooking,” says Guy. “And I love the kitchen. It’s amazing to cook in. We have this really cool spice drawer. You pull it out and you see everything in your drawer. Hettich designed it. The corner drawers are really cool too — it’s like a swivel thing, the shelves all flip out.


“For the benchtop, we chose really nice Caesarstone and had the bench cut into an L-shape. The main part where the stove is located is an off-white and there’s an almost-concrete colour as well. I chose all the colours. At the time, Jules was busy in babyland.” Skyrocketing careers, parenthood and renovating the great Australian dream. One can only imagine what’s next for this inspiring, talented duo.

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The essential part of the modern kitchen. Authorities throughout the world are encouraging residents to install InSinkErators. Why? Food waste accounts for 30% of all household waste, and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions when it’s dumped into landfill. So, an InSinkErator isn’t just the ideal way to keep kitchen surfaces free from food waste and the smells that go with it – it’s also the environmentally responsible thing to do.

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Building BLOCKS To ensure the big bad wolf doesn’t blow your house down, use quality foundations that you know will work for your structure and the surrounding environment. Here’s our reference guide to get you started

Words Karsha Green


I think it is safe to say that your roof gets the hardest time, therefore durability is essential

Above left Zinc develops

a protective layer (zinc hydroxyl-carbonate) that, once formed, blocks moisture and chemicals from penetrating the zinc beneath. If the surface of zinc does get scratched, the hydroxylcarbonate layer will re-form over time. A great roofing choice for the environment, zinc’s low toxicity levels and recyclability also make it a smart choice for homeowners. Available from Metalclad.

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centuries, terracotta roofing has certainly proved its longevity. Terracotta also has very efficient thermal properties and can hold its colour and shape extremely well against harsh climates. Bristile Roofing’s new Vienna range of La Escandella roof tiles showcases a range of pastel colours and sleek design, ideal for modern architecture.

Left Concrete is another material used for roofing. With all the benefits of the other materials mentioned, concrete is simply chosen by architects for its modern aesthetic. Boral’s Vogue range of flat, concrete roof tiles are sleek and crisp in their appearance with a functionality to match.

Above Another gorgeous terracotta tile is the Monier Nouveau. With a modern, streamlined design that comes in a gorgeous, sleek onyx finish, the Nouveau is weather-, rust- and salt-resistant. The terracotta is also acoustic insulated, keeping out all unwanted sound. It’s a trendy roofing solution that doesn’t compromise on functionality.


Right Popular in the past, a

copper roof, able to last for more than 100 years, needs little to no maintenance over its lifetime and is extremely flexible and lightweight. Copper won’t crack or break and is fire-, wind-, mould-, hail- and water-resistant, making it perfect for homes that experience harsher than normal weather conditions. Copper’s old-world charm is also very attractive and suits sharp, modern architecture.

Above Aluminium products of today are attractive, durable, cost–effective and energy efficient. Aluminium roofing does not crack, warp, rust or burn and, unlike steel, it is extremely corrosion-resistant. Lasting up to 50 years, aluminium roofing will reflect heat, so can stand unprotected when it is the focus of aggressive weather. Not to mention that it is 90 per cent recyclable.


Left PGH’s newest range of designer bricks is the Seascape collection. With a Hamptons-style pastel colour palette, Seascape offers a calm and sophisticated aesthetic that is perfect for the Australian indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Stackable stones Its tradition dates back centuries, yet modern architecture calls for a sleeker, sophisticated aesthetic. But now, with new brick designs, you don’t need to compromise — Kathy Demos from PGH explains


ricks are the original earthbased building material. They have a value even beyond their excellent thermal and acoustic properties, their sustainability and low maintenance. Bricks are embedded in our sentiments as representing all that is good in building — natural warmth, strength and reliability. It’s no wonder that brick remains

AboveThe Indulgence range by Austral Bricks has been developed with the contemporary builder and homeowner in mind, embracing textured, neutral tones. Available in three colours, Biscotti, Truffle, and Praline, this range


provides a new look in contemporary brickwork and is ideally suited to modern composite designs.

Below The rustic charm of the Opaline clay brick from Boral exudes a traditional comfort. The terracotta, red and brown palette highlights the beauty and variation of the clay. Reduced exposure to oxygen in the manufacturing process means no two bricks are the same, adding to the character of this heritage-style brick.

the measure against which all other building materials are judged. “Bricks are so raw and basic that you can craft them by hand and many people do just that. But there are developments in the design and manufacture of bricks that take them from the raw to the refined. The finish of a glazed brick is like the surface of a still, reflective pond which can take on a wonderful palette of colour. Metallic effects and patterns are the next steps in a journey that will bring bricks back inside the house. “My favourite is the sandstock. It looks like it has just been pulled out of the earth. Roughtextured, slightly misshapen and full of character, the sandstock is the brick for an architecture that connects us directly to the rich foundations of this earth.” Left A minimalist brick that has maximum impact, the Blackstone from Australia Bricks’ Expressions range is stunning. Inspiring homeowners to be bold and daring with their exteriors’ aesthetics, the Blackstone brick is exciting yet sophisticated at the same time.

Right For those of you

who are a little more adventurous, the Vibrant range of lacquered bricks from PGH will turn your interiors or exterior in to something worth showing off. The palette is bright and unique, and is sure to leave a lasting impression,


FEATURE BUILDING BASICS Left & far left Boral’s Australian Hardwood Timber decking is a beautiful and extremely functional material for the ultimate entertainer’s backyard. Available in a variety of species, including Blackbutt, which is great for fire- and termite-prone environments, timber is durable and its natural aesthetic will make it easy to coordinate with your outdoor furniture.

Backyard blitz

There are several applications for backyard designs. Deciding on how you want your yard to function will be the determining factor on whether decking, paving or turf is best

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According to Feast Watson, the newest trends in outdoor decking finishes are moving away from natural timber aesthetics, and more towards creating a unique statement and impressive base for outdoor entertaining. Feast Watsons’ newest timber finishes are the Wet Look Deck and the Grey Look Deck. Both are low odour, water-based products that will add an extra something to your summer celebrations.


Right & far right Paving

is a great way to play with colours and textures in your yard. Adbri Masonry predicts the outdoor trends for the coming seasons are contrast and in-built furniture pieces, such as seating. Adbri Masonry has some gorgeous, textured pavers that will add dimension and character to your space.

Below This landscape

design by Daniel Tyrrell Landscapes, shows the natural beauty of grass. Not only does it offer a rich, green colour, grass is also extremely efficient for households with pets. Also, turf reduces heat in your outdoor space. It makes your surrounding environment cooler and increases the cooling capacity of your home. Photography by Patrick Redmond.



Right Make an interesting addition to your existing door with Zakkia’s quirky door knobs. The Crackle Ceramic, Vintage Glass and Check Mate Ceramic handles are an easy way to quickly add a unique touch to your doorways. Left Striking new designs in the Infinity range are available in narrow door sizes and also the wider pivot style. As wider-style doors become increasingly popular in modern homes, Corinthian presents beautiful new additions to its pivot range to suit a variety of entryway designs. All Corinthian Infinity doors can also be painted in your preferred colour. Right Glass is an increasingly popular option in many applications across the home. Corinthian has opted to use glazing in new and different ways with Bhava internal semi-frameless doors, an innovation featuring no top or bottom rail.

Open up

Left Perfect for the spring

and summer months and easy to change when necessary, these oval coral ceramic cutout door knobs from Amber Trading are a great way to add a little boost of colour to your entryway.

As a first impression for anyone visiting your home, your front door needs to be inviting and will inevitably set the tone for what will be found on the inside

Left Corinthian’s highpressure Aurora laminate skin provides a high-end gloss finish unique to the new internal door range, enabling homeowners to turn their doors into a design element, while also eliminating the need for paint or stain. Currently, there’s a real trend in building to mix many finishes and textures in the home and Aurora gives the homeowner another option for making their space truly unique and individual.

Below Constantly creating innovative surfaces products with metal, concrete, glass and timber, Axolotl has some amazing door designs, such as the Arabesque door in pewter and the Meccano door in zinc smooth. Generating texture and intrigue, these entrances are certainly an expression of door design in the modern environment.

Below left Gainsborough Hardware Industries, with global door hardware group ECO-Schulte, has launched the new ECO Newton Door Closer. The door closer system has been designed to meet the practical and aesthetic demands of modern architecture. Functionality is key in this award-winning system, which uses stepped gear spring force to make the door easier to open, while providing a smooth, controlled and secure closing action due to the ECOvalve technology.



Hidden behind the shades

As a natural source of light and darkness, windows and coverings are more of an asset than we give them credit for. Here are some alternatives for your consideration

Above Breezway’s Altair

louvre windows are perfect for homeowners who want to take advantage of light and airflow.

Below Sheer curtains are a beautiful way to dress your windows and create

Above top Careful window

selection and placement is rightly viewed as a means of reducing demand for artificial light and climate control. Timber is an ideal material when considering these aspects. It meets thermal, acoustic and design requirements. Paarhammer windows are made from a sustainable, renewable material and are ideal for any structure.


Above The right windows and doors can make a dramatic difference to your year-round living comfort. Stegbar Siteline windows offer design flexibility, ease of construction and low maintenance. The range fuses timber and aluminium so it looks great and delivers superior six-star energy performance, is acoustically efficient compared with other solid timber windows and is compliant with Australian Standard 3959, including Bushfire Attack Level 29 certification.

Above left Duette Architella

Above right Well known

Above centre The addition of clerestory windows here allows for sunlight to be accessible all day long. Window placement prevents the full force of the summer sun from hitting the home while still permitting the lower-angled winter sun to penetrate the interior. Designed by McNally Architects.

Below Viridian’s SmartGlass is a high performance glass that offers excellent home energy benefits. Designed specifically for the residential market, SmartGlass is an affordable Australian, Low-E single-glazed range of energy efficient glass.

Shades are one of the most energy-efficient window coverings available in the Luxaflex range. The revolutionary cell-withina-cell construction forms three distinct air pockets, trapping the air and acting as an insulation barrier for the window. These shades can reduce heat transfer by 83 per cent, greatly reducing the need for air-conditioning year-round.

light and airy designs in any room. Depending upon the amount of fabric used, a high level of privacy can be obtained while still allowing light to enter. Nina Campbell’s Woodsford collection is a transparent sheer option and is available from Seneca.

Above A walk-in wardrobe stores and protects your clothing. This robe was designed by Melbourne Contemporary Kitchens, which brings the best of orderly kitchen design to the bedroom Right Organised drawers are the secret to kitchen bliss, especially those that appear almost invisible when closed Achieve a good amount of natural light and airflow with Hanlon Windows. Its wide range of timber and aluminium windows and doors are all highly rated by the Australian Window Association’s WERS energy rating scheme.

for their durable, energyefficient glass, as well as stylish timber framing, Fakro skylights have now released their signature windows with a self-cleaning mechanism. The specially formulated coating on the external glass reacts to ultra violet exposure and biodegrades leaf litter or other organic material that it comes into contact with, leaving a clean, streak-free finish for clear sky views and maximum daylight exposure.



Left Constantly pushing the boundaries, Yellow Goat Designs’ latest innovation is the Modula Wall. Comprised of high-pressure compact laminate and laid out in a tile format, the look is only limited by your imagination. And it’s right on trend, thanks to the monochrome palette and geometric design created with extremely accurate cutting techniques. Right Terraçade TN takes

Outside the box

the tried-and-tested characteristics of terracotta and gives it a modern look. A highly-sustainable building product, it’s made from natural and some recycled materials. The Terraçade tile is re-usable and can be recycled by being ground down and put to use in another part of the manufacturing process. It’s available in several finishes and pictured here in the Sandy-coloured façade.

Bricks are not the only materials to build a house. Here are some alternatives that are sure to inspire

Above Left Straw bale is an aesthetic, environmentally friendly way to build your home. Using what was — until recently — merely a waste product of the grain industry, this method is now becoming popular with a number of builders focused on the construction of earth buildings. A straw bale house will be warm and comfortable, and will last for 100 years or more. Pictured here is a modern cob wall, which is the width of a standard stud frame infilled with a mixture of clay.

Above Right Also known

Cemintels’ Designer series of panels will give you the industrial look without the difficulties of using concrete. The range features pre-finished, cement-bonded, fibrous, wood-particle panels, including this Urban Grey wall system. It’s a lot lighter and easier to handle than its cement counterpart, but still provides that natural rawcement look.

as adobe brick, mud brick is made from earth that ideally is located on or near the building site. It provides an environmentally lowimpact building that also has excellent fire resistance and sound insulation. In fact, mud brick can be almost equivalent to a monolithic masonry structure in its capacity for sound attenuation. Mud brick is made from earth mixed with

water and a binding material, such as straw or many other similar materials. The straw binds the mud together, reduces cracking and adds strength.

Left Stabilised rammed earth

is made by compacting gravel, sand, silt, clay and cement between formwork in a series of layers approximately 100mm thick. The modern process of making stabilised rammed earth is both labour-intensive and highly mechanical, requiring the use of powered rams. Being constructed from natural materials means its carbon footprint will be low. Rammed earth acts to naturally regulate the internal temperature of a building. It is also very strong, has good sound insulation, is fire-resistant, non-toxic, non-polluting and it ‘breathes’. This breathing aspect in turn improves air quality, removes asthma triggers and reduces respiratory diseases caused by modern materials. Image by Justin Penny of Penny Constructions




It’s what you don’t see that makes the CONVOY cabinet range something special 2


uilt on the principle that there’s a place for everything, Häfele’s Convoy kitchen cabinets are the perfect ingredient for a bespoke, well-organised kitchen where everything is easy to find. Founded in 1923, Häfele is a family firm based in Nagold, Germany. The company provides the furniture industry, architects, planners and joinery professionals with furniture fittings, architectural hardware and electronic locking


systems. The Convoy range represents the high standards the company is known for. The centrepiece of the range is the awardwinning Convoy Centro. This cabinet is designed to work alongside your fridge, giving you enough room to store all your dry and fresh groceries in one modern system. But it’s what you don’t see that makes the Centro really special. Convoy Centro does away with conventional frame structures. Instead it uses a single-tube



frame to position smooth-floating trays that glide out effortlessly to reveal what’s inside. This means no more double buying items, no more missed use-by dates and no more money wasted. And, with step-less height adjustment of the trays, you’ll be able to keep treats from prying hands. The Convoy Lavido illustrates just how flexible the entire Convoy family is. The Lavido shares the same intelligent details as the Centro unit, plus it’s compatible with any front panel, which makes it ideal for all kinds of layouts — even behind sliding doors. Those with luxuriously wide cabinets should take a look at the Convoy Premium. It opens silently and automatically and, as with the rest of the Convoy range, it will blend into your kitchen seamlessly. For more information visit



WOOD: THE RECIPE FOR AN IDEAL KITCHEN Wood is a beautiful and diverse material. Sustainable designer Druce Davey shares the best ways to incorporate wood into your kitchen


he kitchen is one of the most renovated rooms in the house. The source of sustenance for every household, the dynamic styles, trends and fashions make it a space of true inspiration. The beauty and diversity of wood make it the perfect ingredient for the ideal kitchen but choosing from a responsible source makes all the difference. “Timber is unique as a building product because of its personality and longevity,” says Druce Davey of Greener Kitchens + Bathrooms, one of Australia’s most sustainable designers in the building sphere. Davey designs a considerable amount of recycled timber into his kitchens because it is hard-wearing and can be renovated over time. “It is a stunning decorative element that never fails to be the hero of a room, adding warmth and character to a space that no other material can create,” he says. “Wood lasts, gets better with age, stores carbon and it is beautiful."


The uniqueness of every piece also makes wood the ideal choice for a kitchen with life and individuality. One of Davey’s fondest moments was coming across an incredible piece of recycled Silky Oak that had lived its life as a shearer’s bench in Western Queensland. “If it could talk, I bet it would tell a yarn or two!” laughs Davey, recalling the inimitable piece that would eventually become an island bench top. “The lanolin from the sheep coats over the years had finished the wood with an amazing golden glow from within, illuminating the unique grain of the silky oak and sealing the timber. No doubt it continues to be the talking point in the kitchen today,” he says. “No other material tells a story like recycled timber and could stand the rigours of servitude with such grace.” To him, that is what makes wood a very attractive material, like no other.

“It is a stunning decorative element that never fails to be the hero of a room, adding warmth and character to a space that no other material can create” — Druce Davey

However, what is of key importance to Davey in embracing both new and recycled timber as a building material in his kitchen and bathroom designs is the origins of the wood and responsible sourcing. “It just makes sense to me that we stop to consider where materials come from to ensure they are responsible,” he says. “With the kitchen being the most renovated room in the house and one of the highest concentrations of wood products in the home (after the framing and the flooring), it is crucial to consider where this wood is coming from.” Davey refers to verifiable certified sources that aim to protect high conservation value forests and the habitats and biodiversity they support — certified sources such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC was established in 1993 to develop standards for responsible forest management — a credible global system to certify responsibly produced timber. The independent, non-government and non-profit organisation is established in 46 countries including Australia and operates a chain of custody certification system so the source of timber can be traced back to its point of origin. Its forest management certification is based on a set of global principles and criteria and is gaining recognition across all areas of building and design. “I am very excited to be seeing the awareness of FSCcertified products growing in Australia,” says Davey. “That said, I would love there to be more awareness of FSC

products for use in the renovation of kitchens. People seem to be aware of FSC certification when it comes to their copy and toilet paper, but it is still catching on when thinking about a new kitchen.” Davey is passionate about educating clients and the public about the importance of responsible choices. “As consumers we have the opportunity to make the right choice,” he says. “If it is from a tree it should be certified. Simple.” Druce Davey is a strong supporter of Planet Ark’s Make It Wood — a campaign encouraging the increased

use of responsibly-sourced wood as a building material. The campaign educates consumers about using wood sourced from recycled sources, plantations or wellmanaged forests, which can play a big part in helping to tackle climate change. This is because wood stores carbon that the living tree has produced through photosynthesis. Wood is also renewable and it has a lower embodied energy than many other building materials such as concrete, steel or plastics. For more information visit or


PRODUCT PROFILE HITACHI POWER TOOLS The WF18DSL is designed for rapid driving of screws from 25mm to 41mm in length for drywall to timber, drywall to steel, timber to timber or timber to steel applications

HITACHI’S LATEST ENGINEERING MARVEL The all new 18V slide lithium-ion automatic screwdriver is the latest innovation to be unleashed on the Australian market


itachi has well and truly answered your calls with the latest addition to the 18V family. It’s just released the greatly anticipated WF18DSL automatic screwdriver. Hitachi Koki’s laboratory in Japan has spent millions of dollars and countless hours researching and


engineering an automatic screwdriver to meet the high standards that the tough Australian market demands. The WF18DSL has been heavily influenced by Australian building and construction industries with substantial interest coming from the manufacturing, fabrication and home development trades.

The WF18DSL is designed for rapid driving of screws from 25mm to 41mm in length for drywall to timber, drywall to steel, timber to timber or timber to steel applications. The tool is easy to use at only 2.1kg with an overall length of 399mm. The driver also takes screw strips commonly available at most leading hardware stores. With



The WF18DSL has been heavily influenced by Australian building and construction industries with substantial interest coming from the manufacturing, fabrication and home development trades 4200 revolutions per minute, this high-speed machine will speed up production on site. In order for the tool to perform at the highest possible standard it utilises many different features making it efficient and easy to use. A quick adjustment button can be found on the top of the screwdriver to effortlessly set the tool for the desired screw length. Changing screw strips has also been made easy with a quick-release button. To ensure screw strips feed correctly to prevent them from interfering with the user, the WF18DSL features a convenient belt guide. This screwdriver utilises a silent multi-disc clutch system that achieves shock-free clutching and low noise operation. For easy maintenance you can access the carbon brushes externally and to check the remaining battery there is a handy remaining charge indicator light. This

tool also features a forward and reverse switch, detachable slider case and tool-less depth dial for different applications. The WF18DSL has been packaged with two ultra-high capacity 4.0Ah lithium-ion batteries with a built-in multiple protection circuit, heat sensors and cooling vents. The batteries are kept in peak condition with a cooling charger packaged as standard. A quality tool requires quality accessories. This is why Hitachi bundles this tool with genuine Hitachi accessories, including three surface protectors to shield work from accidental damage and three highstrength driver bits so you always have a quality spare nearby. Hitachi has applied its new three-year warranty to the WF18DSL. For more information, contact Hitachi on 1300 444 822 or visit


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Home by Saaj Design. Photography by Patrick Redmond.


GOING UP? With a history that dates back to 1979, AM-BOSS ladders will give you easy access to your ceiling storage


re you rapidly running out of storage space in your home? Do you have loads of bulky items that just won’t fit into your cupboards? We all have numerous items such as Christmas trees, suitcases, books, magazines, prams or even children’s clothing to be saved. What about camping stuff, seasonal sporting equipment and other bric-a-brac? All that and more can be put in the space above your ceiling to free up your wardrobes for everyday items. With the installation of an AM-BOSS access ladder, and some economically priced chipboard flooring, your storage problems can be solved. Forget about those shaky stepladders. In a matter of a few hours you will have plenty of space, as well as safe and easy access to your ceiling space. Werner Hecht, managing director of AM-BOSS Access Ladders, began designing and manufacturing prototypes of pull-down access ladders in 1979. The Access-Boss is manufactured in aluminium with treads being welded into the stiles, while the Access-Meister is made in timber from New Zealand clear pine. AM-BOSS access ladders are available throughout Australia and distributed to the US, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Kuwait and more. With a 20-year guarantee on the aluminium models, this beautifully manufactured, fully assembled unit comes complete with fitted


architrave, draft seal, counter balancing and a simple height adjusting mechanism to eliminate the need for cutting the ladder to your desired length. This keeps the bottom step the same distance off the floor as the spacing between the other steps. AM-BOSS access ladders also come fitted with fixing clips so you don’t have to hold the unit up while you are installing it. As well as having an access ladder to suit your ceiling height, AM-BOSS Access Ladders also make customised hatches and offer optional extras such as standard and full-length handrails. Pick the right location for your access ladder system, it is not necessary to install this new unit in the same place as your existing manhole if it is in the wrong place. Easy access at the top and bottom should be considered. This will ensure

the unit blends seamlessly into your ceiling with no visible hinges or screws. A handy person can usually do all the work, but if you are too busy, installation can be arranged. In September 2006, AM-BOSS Access Ladders released its new model, the Big-Boss. Manufactured in welded aluminium, it has all the qualities of the Access-Boss but comes with a wider hatch and ladder width. AM-BOSS also has top-opening manual and electric models available that are imported from Germany. AM-BOSS access ladders comply with the Building Code of Australia, are CodeMark Certified and have been tested and rated. For more information call 03 9310 8788 or visit


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ECCENTRIC INTERIOR LEFT Eclectic collecting at its best, Sacha Walckhoff’s living room features artefacts sourced from flea markets worldwide, as well as designs by some of the most well-known

contemporary designers. From the Marcel Wanders nickel-plated Knotted chair in the foreground to the large Clay Fan by Maarteen Baas in the back, the space is filled with treasures

Words Alexandra Longstaff Photography Francis Amiand and Niel Bicknell

“Y take a walk on the wild side

This Paris apartment expertly showcases all the flair and decadence that only the creative director of one of the world’s top fashion labels could master

ou can’t be minimalist and work for Christian Lacroix,” explained Sacha Walckhoff, creative director for the house of Christian Lacroix, when interviewed recently by The Guardian. “I was a minimalist guy, I am a minimalist guy and I will be forever, but of course working for Christian Lacroix you can’t be minimalist,” he laughs. “I really had to fight against myself to put things together that I would never have put together.” This same mentality applies to Sacha’s own home. There’s certainly not much minimalism there. Actually, it’s quite the opposite of minimal. From the life-sized zebra sculpture to the decadent designs by some of the world’s most renowned creators, this intriguing corner of Paris is chock-a-block with eccentricities, masterpieces and a variety of antiques encountered while rifling through the world’s b fl k

Home Design magazine presents a vision of design and savvy living that is available right now “for the way you live”. If you have a design vision for a new project, whether it’s an interior makeover or a whole new space – this magazine will connect you to what’s new, what’s cool and where to get it.

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COMPANY PROFILE IKEA This kitchen incorporates a monochrome colour palette, warmed by timber tones and visible storage solutions


The new IKEA designs inspire customers to dream big and step out of their comfort zone when it comes to their kitchens

IKEA has revealed a collection of kitchen designs inspired by the Australian way of life


KEA knows the kitchen is more than just a set of cabinets and doors, it is a space where many aspects of family life take place. This is why IKEA has completely redesigned and rebuilt its kitchen showrooms across its five east-coast stores, to showcase the smartest kitchen living solutions for Australian families. The new designs aim to inspire Australians to dream big with beautiful, statement-making kitchens for all types of families and living

Funky and fresh, this kitchen design is fit out with all the modern dècor


situations, as well as providing ideas for seamless merging of indoor and outdoor living. “At IKEA, we’ve been busy identifying the ins and outs of a variety of living situations to determine exactly what Australians need from their kitchens and outdoor spaces,” says Tim Prevade, IKEA Kitchens Leader. “From layout and design to the product on display, our new kitchen room sets offer endless inspiration, solutions and possibilities for

This kitchen design showcases the way your indoor and outdoor areas can be integrated using bifold doors or windows

Australian homes, making them accessible for everyone and creating a better everyday life at home for our customers,” adds Tim. Styles including Scandinavian modern and traditional are just a few personalities of the new designs. Not only are these kitchens stylish but in the IKEA spirit, they are also affordable. “IKEA kitchens allow Australians to dream big but makes those dreams achievable for the many,” says Tim. Sustainable functionality is another key factor in these new designs, with the range offering energy-efficient LED lighting, induction cooktops and reduced water pressure taps for a more sustainable, efficient and cost– effective home. For more information and ideas visit an IKEA store or head to



what to include and where, as this should be customised for your circumstances. Some clever manufacturers have designed these to be part of the shower fitting (for example, a shower rail) so as not to offend clients who may not yet have accepted the need for such safety features.

Bathroom designed by Brindabella Bathrooms

5. Towels Bath towels harbour dead skin cells, broken hair and body oils, which bacteria thrive on. Solution: The rotation of dirty towels for clean towels should be a part of your weekly routine. Talk to your designer about incorporating a laundry chute or a similar receptacle in your bathroom that will help make the process quick and easy.

6. Sinks

8 SHOCKING BATHROOM FACTS John Spiteri of Brindabella Bathrooms shares his tips for icky bathroom problems 1. PVC curtains:

3. Taps:

According to new findings, PVC and vinyl shower curtains may give off toxic fumes, causing headaches and even asthma. Solution: Use a frameless or semi-frameless glass shower screen instead. Glass is much more durable and so much easier to clean than a plastic curtain. It will enhance the look of your bathroom and allow light to flow through it, making the space appear larger. Glass is also much safer if you have children using the bathroom.

Burns and scalds are a major cause of serious injury in children from newborn to 14 years old. Most hot tap-water scalds occur in the bathroom. Solution: Check out your tap options and discuss these with your designer. There is a range of sensor taps that uses colour to indicate heat (red when hot, blue when cold). There’s also smart taps that allow you to set the flow and temperature to ensure the water never gets too hot. The NSW Code of Practice for Plumbing and Drainage specifies that every new hot water installation to sanitary fixtures used mainly for personal hygiene purposes (ie bathrooms and ensuites) must deliver hot water at a temperature not exceeding 50-degrees Celsius. Ensure your builder, plumber or designer adheres to the code.

2. Showerheads: Showerheads accumulate biofilms if they’re not cleaned regularly. This means you get covered in bacteria every time you shower. Solution: You’ll never be able to avoid build-up on your showerhead, but a simple dousing in warmed white vinegar will do the trick. Either remove the showerhead and submerge in vinegar or wrap a vinegar-filled bag around the showerhead and leave overnight. Some manufacturers have released “self cleaning” showerheads but there are not many around yet. Speak to your designer to find out if there is a product in your budget that will suit your needs.

4. Handrails Getting in and out of the tub without grips or railings can be dangerous. Eighty per cent of bathroom injuries are due to falls. Solution: Handrails (sometimes also called grab rails) should be an integral part of your bathroom design. Speak to your designer about

Because they are constantly damp, sinks actually carry more bacteria than toilets. Solution: Minimise areas in which bacteria can grow by considering an undermounted sink. This is attached to the underside of the vanity top and doesn’t have a “lip” around which water can pool and remain damp. Alternatively, a moulded sink that is incorporated into the vanity top will have no joins for bacteria to gather. Always choose a high-quality ceramic sink as these have more water-repelling properties than a PVC product.

7. Toilet Your toilet splashes bacteria up to 6m every time you flush with the lid up. Solution: An automatic-close toilet lid will keep those pesky bacteria contained within the bowl. You can get lids that are touchless and some also come with soft-close options.

8. Corners Humidity and poor ventilation cause mould to grow in corners, leading to health problems like allergies and asthma. Solution: Careful planning and design of the bathroom will maximise ventilation and allow for airflow that will reduce humidity. Be careful with the materials you use and pay attention to how the corners of your bathroom are joined. This will go a long way to minimising the build-up of mould in your bathroom. Australian building standards require 20 per cent of the floor area to be of light-emitting product (for example, glass) and 10 per cent of the floor area to be able to open outside (for example, a window or skylight). Mechanical devices such as an exhaust fan, together with a well-designed heating solution, will reduce mould. Where possible, I always recommend underfloor heating. Solutions provided by John Spiteri, a certified bathroom designer from Brindabella Bathrooms.



A QUICK COAT OF PAINT The Flood Company offers a simple solution to tired and dated kitchens and bathrooms


igh on the wish list of renovators is the replacement of tired or dated ceramic tiles and cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom. “Selective refurbishment” is becoming a popular trend for homeowners wanting to avoid the substantial cost of replacing everything in these rooms. The Flood Company has introduced a new range of tile and laminate paint that gives renovators the option of re-colouring or restoring the appearance of a range of kitchen and bathroom surfaces. The paint can be applied in just three easy steps — a fraction of the time taken with traditional tile paints. With a colour palette of 54 hues, there is a paint to match most colour schemes. Add eyecatching detail to the bathroom with border and

ACCESSIBLE HOUSING FOR ALL A new app puts the Livable Housing Design Guidelines in the palm of your hand


feature tiles and matching cabinetry. Restore the appearance of laminate or melamine cupboards to new in the kitchen. The paint can also be used to update tired-looking white goods, bringing new life to refrigerators and dishwashers. The most exciting part of this paint is its ease of application. With no need for a primer and quick drying time, it’s a DIY dream. The paint only requires two top coats and dries to an excellent high gloss, hard-wearing finish in four hours. The paint’s formula combines mould inhibitors with the latest polymer technology to ensure adherence to smooth, high-gloss surfaces. This guarantees long-lasting resistance to scuffing, water and mould in the shower and other wet areas. For more information visit


raditional houses can present a challenge for people with disabilities and the elderly. Livable Housing Australia campaigns for safer, more comfortable and easier-to-access homes for everybody at all stages of life. The organisation has launched a new app to guide the design and construction of homes that are more livable for all Australians. “The Livable Housing Design Guidelines app outlines simple, straightforward features that can be incorporated into any new or existing home,” explains Andrew Aitken, executive director at Livable Housing Australia. Former Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Amanda Rishworth welcomed the new app. “People with a disability

deserve the same opportunities as other Australians and ensuring houses are accessible for everyone is an important step towards a more inclusive society,” says Ms Rishworth. Mr Aitken predicts there will be a massive market for livable design features in the future. “The guidelines are being embraced by the industry and more than 250 dwellings have achieved the Livable Housing design Quality Mark this year alone,” Mr Aitken adds. “This new app will ensure everyone in the industry — from architects and designers to builders and tradespeople — have easy access to guidelines that will help make Australia’s homes more livable.” For more information visit

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With current government policy to consolidate population densities within existing suburbs, apartment living and investment has increased dramatically, bringing a whole new range of financial and legal responsibilities to apartment buyers and renovators Words David Hallett, Archicentre


he apartment boom and the trend to buy ‘o the plan’ together with many older apartments coming up for sale makes it important for people to not only check the quality of the property for sale but also to be aware of the condition of the overall building, which could impact severely on their financial situation. People considering purchasing older units, flats and apartments as an investment or to live in should be aware that many of the same faults found in older homes such as rising damp, water leaks, electrical

faults, cracking and poor water pressure can also be present, especially in older apartment buildings. Archicentre carries out an increasing number of inspections on apartments for buyers who recognise that once they sign on the dotted line, they not only assume financial responsibility for their own apartment but also for the common areas of the property. These common areas may include carparks, basements, lifts, lobbies and recreation areas. One case study undertaken by Archicentre found that when cracks started to appear in the Above Water seepage into the basement Left Water seepage into an apartment


Opposite page below Water leaking through and around a light fitting Opposite page below Water damaged flooring


Left Damage caused to tiling when the resident’s foot went through the balcony floor

Below Water seepage in an underground car park

ground floor apartment, residents on the second and third floor were not worried until the letter from the owners corporation arrived saying every apartment owner would be levied $10,000 to repair the structural damage. The bottom line is that when you buy an apartment you need to ensure you have the apartment and the common areas professionally assessed and to have your solicitor check the owners corporation fees and the maintenance plan for the building. It is important to get a clear assessment of the real costs upfront. Safety and building compliance is also a major issue for many older apartments when today’s building standards are applied. Originally there was a lack of fire separation in the roof space between many older apartments which would allow a fire in one area to spread quickly across a number of apartments. This is highly dangerous as a fire can burn in the roof cavity undetected above smoke detectors which are activated by rising smoke.


Other points to consider Renovating an apartment has many extra implications as planning and design is limited mostly to interior cosmetic changes with major difficulties in relocating areas or functions due the communal link of services such as plumbing and wiring. Unlike a free-standing home where adding exterior windows and doorways is relatively simple, in an apartment any changes will often be tightly controlled under the owners corporation guidelines. Any renovation needs to be carried out without damage and disruption to the neighbours on the other side of the wall, floor or ceiling. Common faults detected in apartments and flats during Archicentre inspections include: Lack of insulation and noise barriers from neighbouring apartments allowing noise such as flushing toilets or people walking on timber floors in apartments above, rattling pipes, noisy air conditioners and the ability to hear discussions and bedroom habits of neighbours. Poor ventilation in laundries and bathrooms resulting in dampness, poor air quality and mildew. Drainage problems from the main roof area or balconies which can impact on apartments on any level requiring re-plastering, painting and plumbing. Cracking due to subsidence or ground movement. Water ingress through basement carparks, roofs or windows. Prospective apartment buyers, especially those of older units and apartments, need to look beyond the new paint and carpet before buying to pick up any lack of maintenance which is usually visual, such as leaking drainage in an underground carpark or water stains on ceilings. This should ring alarm bells and provoke further investigation to establish whether hefty repair bills await them. Archicentre suggests people interested in purchasing an apartment should: Visit the apartment complex during the day at the busiest time and at night when everyone is home to gauge the living environment, noise level and parking for apartment dwellers and visitors. Request a summary of the maintenance work recently carried out and any proposed in the future. View the documentation regarding the owners corporation fees and responsibilities. Have the apartment professionally assessed.


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SUPPLIERS’ INDEX The information in this index is drawn from information supplied to us by the architects of each project in this issue. These details are correct to the best of our knowledge and we apologise if any errors have occurred

Architects Andrew Waller Design Architect Prineas Axel Architecture Corner-S Architects Ground Control (Bryce C Rogers) H&C Design Manfredini McCrae Architects

Backyard Adbri Masonry Daniel Tyrrell Landscapes Feast Watson

Bathrooms Brindabella Bathrooms Candana Designs Caroma Christiaan’s Concreate


Dado Australia Devon & Devon Flood Company Australia Hansgrohe Hydrotherm Kaldewei Kohler Marblo Omvivo Paco Jaanson Reece Rogerseller Streamline Trade Link

Builders Beaton Projects Australia BFS Constructions

Jakin Construction Group Mayce Constructions Out ‘n’ Up Roshills Constructions

Doors Amber Trading Axolotl Corinthian Doors Gainsborough Hardware Industries Zakkia

Exteriors Austral Bricks Boral Bristile Roofing Cemintel Euroclad Metalclad


Furniture & Accessories Acapulco Anon&Co Behruz Studio BoConcept Build Cadrys Carpet Court Chairbiz Classique Cosh Living Cult DesignByThem Eco Chic Elliott Clarke Fanuli Furniture Furniture Runway Great Dane Furniture Häfele Jenny Jones Rugs Maurice Kain Mokum Textiles Munna Space Furniture Warwick Ziga Rugs

Lighting Amalfi Artemide Boyd Blue Brightgreen Carl Hansen & Son Carolina Fontoura Christel Hadiwibawa Corkway Store Country Culture Custom Lighting David Trubridge de de ce Edison Light Globes Euroluce Form.Function.Style Henry Pilcher Idea Inadesignerhome Insitu Furniture Jeremy Cole LightCo Moodcubed Moooi Muuto OneWorld Collection POPconcrete Ross Gardam Sala Verde Seven Dandelions St Barts


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