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DESIGN NEWS | EXPERT ADVICE BEFORE & AFTER | FLOOR PLANS & HOW THEY DID IT + MUCH MORE

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A GUIDE TO THE BEST IN ROOFING

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR the same time. Our 14 featured projects this issue include refined residences and tasteful apartments with cleverly articulated spaces and appealing interiors. Some have magnificent gardens with sweeping views and some include compact courtyards, and each one shows careful consideration by its architect or designer to deliver to the homeowner beautiful, practical and eminently liveable spaces. Happy reading,

Kate St James, FDIA Editor-in-Chief

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ow are those projects going that you promised to do when you made your New Year’s resolutions? If you’ve been having trouble getting started, we’ve put together this special annual collector’s edition with even more projects, features and professional advice to help inspire you. Choosing all the elements for your home renovation requires meticulous planning. Working through the project in a methodical manner is the best way to achieve a great outcome and so we’ve put together some fabulous ideas which I hope you will use in your “look book” when collecting all the concepts you have in mind for your design. We have some brilliant ideas for the outside of your home, including fabulous new colours for roofs and facades, plus we look at gabion walls and stylish screens which add a practical and visually interesting element to your exterior. We also consider clever space-saving ideas with advice and guidance on planning and creating a rooftop or balcony garden. Growing your own veggies and herbs, and a few flowers if you’re so inclined, is a wonderful way to include some freshness in your cooking and a little therapy in your spare time no matter the size of your outdoor space. Moving inside, we look at fabulous flooring ideas, fabrics, furniture and the newest looks for bathing in luxury. And as the temperature falls, our featuring on heating provides 15 ideas for keeping your home toasty and tasteful at

Growing your own veggies and herbs, and a few flowers if you’re so inclined, is a wonderful way to include some freshness in your cooking and a little therapy in your spare time no matter the size of your outdoor space 6

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kate St James, FDIA DEPUTY EDITOR Emma Wheaton FEATURES WRITER Karsha Green EDITORIAL ASSISTANT April Ossington CONTRIBUTORS Cherie Barber, Kerry Boyne, James Cleland, Jennifer Hoddinett, John Storch, Cameron Frazer EDITORIAL INTERN Katie Rorison DESIGNER Jarrad McCallum FLOOR PLANS Ian Cleland PUBLISHER Janice Williams ADVERTISING PRODUCTION Anna Cindric ADVERTISING SENIOR DESIGNER Martha Rubazewicz ADVERTISING Isabella Severino, TEL 02 9887 0334, MOB 0457 102 888, iseverino@universalmagazines.com.au

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CONTENTS

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contents Home Renovation, issue 10.1

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Editor’s Letter

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News

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20 Fab Flooring Solutions Choosing flooring for durability, sustainability and style

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Refined Elegance

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Modern Revival

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Test of Time A local urban icon has undergone a rebirth into stylish apartments

Two into One A triumph of thoughtful design has transformed this coastal mansion

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Once small and dark, this terrace is now bright and modern

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Pocket of Sunshine A small studio apartment has been redesigned to maximise living space

A renovation that blends old and new into a brilliant family home

Our selection of products, trends and design directions

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Fusing Australian and Asian influences into a cohesive design

Up Front 06

Asian Influence

Classically Styled A luxurious new interior that evokes a sense of the Mediterranean

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Balmain Class A sophisticated restoration that celebrates original heritage style

Reno Insight Tips from the experts

Features 28

Decorative Heating 15 ways to turn flames into fashion

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Roofing Our guide to what’s hot in the market

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Paint & Colour Our favourite ideas for the year ahead

Projects 42

Era Overturn

Turning a 1970s house into a contemporary home

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Hinterland Home A tropical Queenslander-style home is invigorated

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Glorious Finish

Handy Hints 178

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Veggie patches that make the most of limited space

A modern bathroom that praises colour, texture and pattern

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Reno Doctor

Colour Splash

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Suppliers & Stockists

Crisp white and cool blue stand out in this renovated kitchen

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Index

How to protect your renovation

Modern Classic This chic new kitchen’s style is all about black and white

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Bountiful Balconies

PROJECT DESIGN: The Quinlan Group PHOTOGRAPHY: Ben Cole COVER DESIGN: Jarrad McCallum

Impressive Timber Unique and open plan, this kitchen makes a bold, wooden statement

RENOVATION

The Essentials

Yearbook 2014 CELEBRATING 10

Proline Floors

Timber flooring alternatives to match your interior style

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forecasting colour

Hitachi Power Tools

against the elements

The latest tool technology

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A GUIDE TO THE BEST IN ROOFING

kitchen concepts

Häfele

FABULOUS PROJECTS REVEALED

Forward-thinking and stylish storage

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Geberit Beautiful bathroom advances

YEARS OF INSPIRING AUSTRALIAN DESIGN

OUR FAVOURITE PICKS FOR THIS YEAR

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DESIGN NEWS | EXPERT ADVICE BEFORE & AFTER | FLOOR PLANS & HOW THEY DID IT + MUCH MORE

PROJECTS TO VIEW BROOKE AITKEN DESIGN | THE QUINLAN GROUP

CANNY DESIGN | HILL THALIS ARCHITECTURE MANFREDINI MCCRAE ARCHITECTS | ZAHER ARCHITECTS | TEAM 2 DESIGN | DESIGN BUBBLE

DECORATIVE HEATING

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WAYS TO TURN FLAMES INTO FASHION

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NEWS GABION WALLS

ABOVE The modern,

ABOVE RIGHT Gabions can

industrial facade of this home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is complemented by the set of gabion walls that flank the garden’s perfectly manicured pockets of greenery. Designed by Continuum Landscapes, the walls make for a bold entry, generating anticipation for the home that lies beyond. continuumlandscapes.com.au

be used as an interesting feature element in your outdoor space. Think Outside has used a yellow granite gabion wall as a base for this cast-iron fountain. Not only do the stones add an industrial aesthetic, they provide an extremely durable fort for this fountain. thinkoutside.biz

GLORIOUS GABIONS No longer just the domain of commercial engineers, the gabion wall is being incorporated into residential sites, bringing numerous advantages Edited by Karsha Green

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A gabion wall enhances the backyard’s rough landscape in this project by Prospect Contractors. By sealing timber panels on top of the structure, the wall has also become a bench seat. prospectcontractors.com.au

BELOW Having the right materials is very important when constructing a gabion wall. Permathene Australia offers kits that include 10 per cent aluminium Galfan gabion mesh, as well as connectors to join the

cages. You must ensure the rockfill you choose is dense, stable and will not crumble under the weight of the structure. permathene.com.au RIGHT One of the most appealing features of gabions is that they can be modified to create a specific look. This can be achieved by mixing the size, colour and type of stone, as has been done in this gabion front wall, which has been built with aluminium Galfan caging from Permathene Australia. permathene.com.au BOTTOM RIGHT The makeup of a gabion wall is 30 per cent air and no cement, so it’s a low-fuss edging option offering great drainage. This wall uses Cubis bricks from Think Outside. thinkoutside.biz


NEWS BATHS

BATH TIME

BELOW Combining bathroom sculpture and nature, the Nest bath from Apaiser is manufactured using reclaimed sustainable crushed marble. Designed to look like a bird’s nest, the etching on the outside is reminiscent of intertwined twigs. apaiser.com.au BOTTOM With its clean and simple design, the Lucia bath by Moda is made from Porcelite, a blend of limestone and high-performance resin. This elegant bath is available in a matte or gloss finish from ACS Design Bathrooms. acsbathrooms.com.au

Turn your bathroom into a luxurious haven with one of these beauties Edited by April Ossington

The Cabrits bath from Victoria + Albert makes a unique addition to a smaller bathroom. Beautifully contoured to fit the body, the “double-dip” design also accommodates children. vandabaths.com/aus/

TOP With its clean, simple lines, the Bliss Duo Oval bath is available with or without surround. Made by Kaldewei exclusively for Rogerseller, the bath is composed of high-quality enamelled steel with a unique self-cleaning surface. The ultimate bath for relaxation, the Bliss offers a luxury hydro spa option. rogerseller.com.au ABOVE A contemporary interpretation of the traditional claw-foot bath, the Amélie bath from Rogerseller is made from Lucite acrylic. Designed to be a furniture piece, the bath features a lounge-like wrap-around head support for ultimate comfort and relaxation. rogerseller.com.au A free-standing bath is the perfect addition to an open-plan bathroom and creates a sense of luxury, regardless of space. Made from volcanic limestone, the Drayton bath from Victoria + Albert brings old-world charm to a modern setting. vandabaths.com/aus/

ABOVE Part of the Caroma Marc Newson collection, the free-standing bath is crafted from Cristalplant for a matte, stone-like finish. It also features adjustable feet and integrated pop-up waste. caromamarcnewson.com BELOW Designed by Michael Schmidt and manufactured in Italy, the Shape free-standing bath from Rogerseller is the whole kit and caboodle. Part of the luxurious Falper range, this unique bath includes a black oak floor unit with a Cristalplant toiletries box. rogerseller.com.au

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NEWS SCREENS RIGHT With its earthy colour and texture, the Smoked Jati Bamboo screen from Tropical Lifestyle is available in deep brown, gold and burgundy. Suitable for a range of applications, this screen can be used to conceal an exposed pool filter or transform that tired looking fence. youroutdoorlifestyle.com.au FAR RIGHT The Outdeco Gardenscreen range invites you to be creative in your outdoor space. These decorative, modular screen panels are suitable for privacy, partitioning or compliant screening, or can be used to create an artistic feature in your garden. outdeco.com LEFT For a screen that is

both artistic and functional,

Tombo Design specialises in

decorative panels and privacy screens made from high quality steel. The Moorish Stars screen is available in a range of colours with a powder-coating or natural rust finish. tombodesign.com.au

DIVIDE & CONQUER Whether you’re indoors or out, sometimes you just need a little bit of privacy and the right screen can double as a stylish feature in your home Edited by April Ossington

ABOVE LEFT The Havana teak screen from Leblon Outdoor Design is made from Panama plantation teak with sturdy stainlesssteel feet. Designed for harsh outdoor conditions, the screen has been

coated with heavy duty UV protective paint. Perfect for alfresco living, a decorative panel or room divider indoors. leblon.com.au ABOVE RIGHT Not everyone has enough space for a guest room.

ABOVE Add a tropical look to your

ABOVE The multipurpose Lanna garden screen from Ute Design is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The screen can be fixed to the wall or floor — ideal for privacy screening on balconies and in

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courtyards and great for gardeners with restricted space. utedesign.com.au ABOVE RIGHT A great screen can make a small space more usable, a large space cosier and an unattractive space

more stylish. Part of the Boyd Blue collection, the Aztec Screen from Eco Chic has a warm rustic finish that is suitable for both modern and traditional interiors. ecochic.com.au

outdoor area with DIY bamboo screening. The Natural Jati Bamboo screen from Tropical Lifestyle is easy to install and low maintenance. youroutdoorlifestyle.com.au RIGHT For a completely modern look, Urban by Casamania is an L-shaped module that can be used as a screen, wall, shelf or entertainment unit. Available at Insitu, this funky piece is suitable for both vertical and horizontal applications. insitufurniture.com.au

Create a private and comfortable guest nook in an instant with the Yoko screen from Fantastic Furniture. Affordable and lightweight, the screen is available in black or natural. fantasticfurniture.com.au


NEWS CONSOLES & SIDEBOARDS

ABOVE Designed by Sergio Brioshi, the Frame sideboard can be arranged into many positions and is available at Fanuli in Wenge or Walnut timber. With its differing depths, this Italian piece is the latest in furniture design. fanuli.com.au

TOP RIGHT The Ottowa sideboard from BoConcept is made from medium density fibreboard and finished with water-based lacquer. Fully customisable, the sideboard can be made in different sizes, and with alternate fronts and colours for an individual storage solution. boconcept.com/en-au

Contemporary and chic, the Deknudt mirror console from Mostly Mirrors is made from black glass with a bevel mirror edge — perfect for an empty hallway or leftover space. mostlymirrors.com.au

ABOVE Perfect for the entertaining room, the Denon TV console from Satara features an open shelf for storage of electrical equipment and is available in teak or oak. satara.com.au

FULLY FUNCTIONAL These pieces will add style and function to your home and are a versatile use of extra space Edited by April Ossington

BELOW In keeping with RIVA 1920’s commitment to the environment, the Kyoto sideboard was made using recycled timber

and finished with natural oils. Designed by Davide e Maurizio, the sideboard is available in solid walnut or oak. fanuli.com.au

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Boyd Blue has a timeless quality.

Made from Mango wood, the console features a pronounced grain, adding depth and character. boydblue.com

LEFT A perfect example of the Scandinavian style, the Sofia sideboard combines minimalism and function, bringing a touch of colour to your interiors. milandirect.com.au

ABOVE The Kaila console table from Eco Chic is made from CFC-free foam and plantation timber plywood from sustainably managed forests. This custom-upholstered table can be made in any fabric. ecochic.com.au

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BELOW For a sleek, sophisticated look, the Occa sideboard from BoConcept comes in black-stained oak veneer. All sideboards are produced upon order and customisable to suit different tastes. boconcept.com/en-au


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FEATURE 20 FAB FLOORING SOLUTIONS

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1 It’s hard to beat a hardwood timber floor for durability and style. FLOORMANIA stocks a wide variety of tongue and groove solid timber flooring. With its natural and warm appearance, timber flooring is always chic. floormania.com.au

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2 2 Combining the strength of concrete and the natural aesthetic of stone, Boral’s range of polished concrete is an affordable alternative to other flooring finishes. Durable and easy to maintain, BORAL STONE is available in several colours and textures.

This cutting-edge concrete can be formed into any shape then polished into a smooth surface, coarse cut for a more textured finish, or hammered to give a unique pitted effect. boral.com.au

GET FLOORED

Whether your biggest concerns are durability, sustainability or style, there are plenty of flooring options to choose from Edited by April Ossington

5 The 2014 GERFLOR Texline collection caters for a variety of interior styles, from beach houses to city apartments. For a luxurious feeling under foot, the Texline Comfort range of loose lay flooring delivers extra

4 3 As part of its Make It Wood initiative, Planet Ark promotes the use of recycled timber for flooring. This blackbutt timber option is recycled feature grade and was sourced from URBAN SALVAGE — proof that sustainability and style go hand-inhand. makeitwood.org; urbansalvage.com.au 4 The ReadyCork Vita collection from PREMIUM FLOORS combines the

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natural benefits of cork with the authenticity of timber. Made using state-of-the-art digital printing technology, the product is extremely hard-wearing due to its PUR Hot Coating surface finish. Cork is naturally hypoallergenic and with the patented Microban treatment, the growth of stain and odour-causing bacteria, mould and mildew is inhibited. premiumfloors.com.au

thickness and opulent comfort levels with additional backing made from recycled milk bottles for quiet in the home. gerflor.com.au

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6 Part of its Marble collection, the Platinum stone tile from FIBONACCI STONE is available in an honed or polished finish. Created in Italy, these unique tiles are elegant, durable and eco-friendly. fibonaccistone.com.au 7 CAVALIER BREMWORTH has launched a carpet backing made using 100 per cent recycled wool carpet. The Foss range was the first to incorporate the new backing which saves thousands of tonnes of waste wool carpet from landfill. cavbrem.com.au 8 A green alternative to hardwood flooring, this Genesis bamboo flooring from PROLINE FLOORS is manufactured using glue with the lowest possible VOC emissions rating. Rich and earthy, the Equinox colourway will add depth to your interiors. prolinefloors.com.au

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9 Durable and surprisingly soft, the Havana Sisal from INTERNATIONAL FLOOR COVERINGS accumulates a minimal amount of dust due to its tight weaving process. Perfect for allergy sufferers, this hard-wearing carpet contains natural tannins that repel dust mites. interfloors.com.au 10 With growing concerns about sustainability, bamboo flooring is increasing in popularity as it’s made from an environmentally friendly and renewable resource. For an understated yet modern flooring solution, the BT Bamboo in Light Sand from ECO FLOORING SYSTEMS comes in both vertical and horizontal constructions. ecoflooring.com.au

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13 If MARMOLEUM flooring caught your eye but you’re after something a little more demure, the Marmoleum Concrete collection features 16 subtle colours that resemble concrete with fine colour nuances — très chic. forbo-flooring.com.au

11 The ultimate in eco flooring, Marmoleum contains 97 per cent raw materials as well as renewable and recycled content. It also has low VOCs, no PVC or phthalates and is installed with solvent-free adhesives so there are no harmful toxins being emitted. The Piano range from FORBO FLOORING SYSTEMS was designed for playful combinations. forbo-flooring.com.au 12 Developed in Sweden, BOLON flooring is the ultimate in contemporary style and durability. This innovative carpet has the highest possible international wear rating. With a textilelike feel, BOLON has a fantastic 3D look which produces a dramatic effect. bolon.com.au

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14 PanDOMO FloorPlus from ARDEX is a concrete surfacing system that creates smooth and seamless floors with a modern, minimalist look. This cement-based material can be tinted or textured with a wide array of specially developed dyes and aggregate mixes. ardex-pandomo.com 15 For a timeless look, timber-style floors are a great way to add warmth to your interiors. BORAL overlay solid strip flooring is a renovation option for those who want the style of a solid timber floor but one that is a bit more affordable. Boral overlay comes in the blonde shades of blackbutt and stringybark. boral.com.au

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16 Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when choosing flooring. For a unique alternative, consider DALSOUPLE rubber flooring. Anti-slip, easy to clean and water resistant, rubber flooring is perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. dalsouple.com.au

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16 17 17 The unique look of the Opal range from TSAR is achieved using 100 per cent felted New Zealand wool. This magnificent opal rows cut and loop pile will create contrast and interest in your home. With its intriguing texture, the Opal range can be hand-tufted to your specifications as an eye-catching rug or wall-to-wall carpet and is available with silk highlights. tsar.com.au

Carrara Blanco floor tiles from EARP BROS have a striking marble look that will add an elegant touch to your home. earp.com.au

18 If you’ve got a bit of spare time on your hands, the DIY plank system from GERFLOR is surprisingly easy to install. Senso Pro Lock planks can be clicked together and don’t require glue, reducing time and money spent on installation. Suitable for applying over concrete, timber, ceramic tiles, terrazzo and vinyl, the planks carry a 12-year guarantee. gerflor.com.au 19 With excellent anti-chip properties, porcelain floor tiles are a great flooring option and an increasingly popular choice. The

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20 An oldie but a goody, parquetry flooring has been around for centuries due to its durability and unique design. This timeless flooring can be laid in a range of different patterns and is extremely long-lasting. FLOORMANIA’s range can be installed over concrete, plywood or old wooden floors. floormania.com.au

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FEATURE DECORATIVE HEATING 1

15 WAYS TO TURN FLAMES INTO FASHION Not just a way to keep your home warm during winter, interior heating systems are also becoming a fashion statement — here is how to get the look Edited by Karsha Green

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1 The clean lines of the Riva Studio range from CASTWORKS are enhanced by removable handles, further streamlining their long, elegant appearance. The design features an efficient fire that radiates heat through the expansive glass front and a firebox that fills with rolling flames. Multiple frame options and accessories are available, in addition to benches for the two freestanding models. castworks.com.au 2 A bioethanol burner, the Cairo from DESIGNER FIRE aims to evoke the grandeur and majesty of the Egyptian pyramids. The unique shape of this fireplace certainly makes it eye-catching, however, as the Cairo also burns bioethanol, it can be positioned safely anywhere in the home. designerfire.com.au 3 This square firepit from The Patio collection by JAMIE DURIE has stainless-steel legs and doubles as an outside heater and open-fire barbecue. The removable lid allows you to keep the fire enclosed and enjoy the heat it radiates as well as remove for cooking when required. For use with firewood and barbecue briquettes. bigw.com.au

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4 Does a clean-burning, odourless, fireplace that is free of smoke, ash and embers sound like your ideal heating solution? Then a bioethanol fireplace may just be the answer. Designer Fire’s range of free-standing and wall-mounted fireplaces are a great alternative to their traditional bioethanol counterparts. Without the need for gas, pipes, chimneys or utility connections, a bioethanol fire is perfect for apartment living and even large living spaces where the ambience of a fire’s flames is desired. Available in a range of sizes and designs, there is a DESIGNER FIRE for every function. designerfire.com.au

5 Standing 137cm high, ECOSMART FIRE’s Flare outdoor fire commands attention with its elevated, luminous flame. Housed in a tough, mouth-blown glass cylinder and featuring a textured, powder-coated black finish, Flare produces a warm, ambient and inviting flame. Powered by environmentally friendly bioethanol, the flame originates from the efficient AB3 burner and delivers up to eight hours’ use, with no flue or chimney required. Use as a solitary centrepiece or group together for impact. ecosmartfire.com 6 JETMASTERS’ classy RED40 series of balanced flue linear gas fireplaces are available in either a double-sided (see-through) or single-sided option. The RED 40 series is designed to inspire as it blends linear design elements with the cutting-edge thermostat modular, flame-control technology of the IntelliFire Plus Ignition System. The generous gas flame dances through your choice of coloured crystal glass, further enhanced by the glow of accent under lighting and your choice of surrounding decor, including the optional RED 40 black granite slips. jetmaster.com.au

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7 An exquisite statement piece for your alfresco area, the REGENCY PLATEAU outdoor fire table will not only keep you warm on those cooler summer nights, but also allow you to use your alfresco area during winter as well. Made with durable materials prepared for the Australian climate, the Regency Plateau fire table operates on propane, however, can be converted to natural gas if you wish and includes a dining leaf so the firepit can be covered when not in use. regency-fire.com.au

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8 A growing trend is to add burners, like this one from ECOSMART FIRE, into sophisticated media rooms. A mix of the new and the old results in something quite comforting; big-screen TVs

represent a technology-obsessed decade, while the dancing flames offer a more traditional and natural focal point. ecosmartfire.com.au 9 Extend your living space year-round with designer-style outdoor heating. VIOFLAME’s range creates an elegant outdoor living space, regardless of the season. Fuelled by ethanol, the latest VioFlame fire tables are clean-burning and eco-friendly, providing immediate heat without mess. The fire tables are visually exciting, with bright-burning flames and functionality due to the warmth they generate. The VFFTM43SQ fire table (pictured) is square in design with a wide marble tabletop. blackandstone.com.au


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12 Recently released, the LOPI 4415 is a linear directvent gas fireplace that offers an impressive heat output combined with sleek and stylish design. With a long row of dancing flames, GreenSmart 2 technology and builtin fans, the 4415 is not only an excellent heater but also a beautiful focal point for any room in your home. Under-lighting that shines beneath the flames adds a luxurious aspect to the design and, with a selection of finishing options, this sophisticated fireplace will accompany any architectural style. lopi.com.au

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BK5 burner from ECOSMART FIRE. ecosmartfire.com.au 14 H20 HEATING’s range of Designer Radiators has reinvented the way people are heating their homes. No longer just an ugly box, H20 Heating has designed all sorts of modern styles to suit everyone’s tastes.

Available in a variety of finishes, the Tubes, hung vertically in a fire-engine red, look amazing and will do the job of keeping your home nice and toasty! h2oheating.com.au 15 The new DX1500 and DX1000 gas fireplaces by Escea, available from GLEN DIMPLEX, are ultra wide and

offer a see-through double-sided option, giving the ultimate view of the panoramic 1500mm- or 1000mm-wide flames. The DX Series can either be installed with the modern Velo fascia, available in a variety of styles, or without a fascia for a contemporary and minimalist frameless look. glendimplex.com.au


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WITH ASBESTOS All you need to know about this potentially dangerous building material disturbed and its microscopic fibres become airborne — and then inhaled and ingested. If the asbestos is in good condition and left alone, the risk is minimal. That’s why it’s really important for renovators to know where asbestos is typically found in older homes.

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recently had the honour of being made the first female National Brand Ambassador for the Asbestos Awareness Campaign (asbestosawareness.com.au). In many ways, it formalises something I’ve been doing ever since I started my renovation workshops — spreading the word about the risks and myths attached to asbestos and what to do if you even suspect it’s in the property you’re about to renovate. The reality is that if you are renovating an older home there’s a good chance it will contain asbestos of some kind. That’s because it was the “wonder material” of the building industry in the post-World War II years. Between 1945 and the mid-1980s in Australia, asbestos was widely used in the construction industry, especially bonded (asbestos cement) AC sheeting or “fibro” as we know it. It was only when the dangers of asbestos slowly surfaced that it was phased out of building products, ahead of a complete ban on the manufacture and use of all asbestos products in 2003. That means there’s still an awful lot of asbestos lurking in Australian homes, potentially putting gung-ho renovators at risk of dangerous exposure.

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As a general rule, if your home was built or renovated before the mid- to late-1980s then it’s likely that asbestos is present somewhere. Asbestos fibro sheeting was commonly used in internal walls and ceilings, as linings for wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries, and as vinyl floor tiles. Old hessian bags used to transport raw asbestos were sometimes recycled as carpet underlay. Loose or knitted asbestos could be in ceiling insulation or as lagging on hot water pipes. Outside, look for it in exterior cladding for houses, eaves and guttering, in flat patterned and corrugated wall and roof sheeting, roof shingles, in imitation brick cladding, fencing, piping, in outside dunnies, dog kennels, cubby houses, sheds, carports and garages. If unsure, the only certain way to identify it is to call in a licensed asbestos expert or send a sample off for lab testing.

Handle with care And if you do find it, here’s the important message from the Asbestos Awareness team: “Don’t cut it! Don’t drill it! Don’t drop it! Don’t sand it! Don’t saw it! Don’t scrape it! Don’t scrub it! Don’t dismantle it! Don’t tip it! Don’t waterblast it! Don’t demolish it! And whatever you do... Don’t dump it!” In other words, leave it alone or safely dispose of it. If you are about to start renovating, I strongly suggest you check out the asbestos awareness website (asbestosawareness.com.au) and read their detailed recommendations about the safe handling and removal of asbestos.

If you are about to start renovating, I strongly suggest you check out the asbestos awareness website and read their detailed recommendations about the safe handling and removal of asbestos Given the long incubation time between when asbestos exposure occurs and the various diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma begin to manifest themselves (between 20 and 40 years), it certainly indicates the need for renovators to take extreme care around asbestos. We’re only just beginning to see the next wave of asbestos-related casualties emerge — and home renovators are showing up in alarming numbers in the statistics. Make sure you’re not among them.

Cherie Barber is the director of Renovating For Profit (renovatingforprofit.com.au), 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


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front entry garden is the first and last impression given to your friends, and to any prospective purchaser when selling your home. So when it’s time to renovate it’s important to make a good impression and get it right. Front entry gardens can be extravagant and, if size and budget permit, may incorporate pathways, driveways, remote-controlled gates, fences, manicured lawns, mazes, hedges, topiary, lychgates and landscape lighting. However, a front entry garden can also include simpler elements of the above and be much more cost efficient. A small feature, a few plants and a nice entry path may be all that’s needed to create an inviting and stunning space that works. Because of the high cost of mistakes when renovating, today most people engage a landscape architect to provide assistance with external space design. It is important to check the person you are dealing with has good knowledge and experience in this area. Often the cost of a landscape architect can be offset by the savings they may bring when sourcing materials and with their knowledge of good and bad contractors, plus you will end up with a one-of-a-kind product and your time is freed up for other pursuits. The most important considerations when renovating a front entry garden are to integrate and unify the materials with the home, taking into account your lifestyle, budget and the layout and architectural style of the home to create a finished product that enhances the property and adds resale value to the home. The front of our homes are public spaces and, when renovating, the front entry garden should reflect the house design, whereas a rear garden is often considered private space and the style of the design can be more forgiving and personalised.

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a resale point of view, it can make a big difference for presentation. An entry pathway in conjunction with a lychgate through a front fence helps create an overall picture of a stunning front entry garden. When renovating this area the finishes should be complementary throughout all of the external spaces of a property in order to unify it and to avoid a disjointed garden. A continual flow of the same materials such as paving, lighting, planting, outdoor furniture and fencing ensures everything reads as a whole and looks great. Remember, when you are

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Typically, the front entry garden has two primary uses: to convey the house to people from the street and to be complementary to the house — to set the house into its environment. Consider how the space can be divided. Is the space large enough for lawn, garden, pathways and driveway or will incorporating too many surface finishes and uses make the space disjointed? Do you want some, all or none of the front entry garden to be paved? A lawn can be cost efficient and can be an adequate way to create a visual space between the house and street but may need some plants to “ground” and soften the house. As a pedestrian, it is always nicer to enter a property on an entry pathway rather than a driveway and, from

renovating a front entry garden it is the first and last thing that visitors see — make sure yours doesn’t let your home down.

John Storch is the principal landscape architect at A Total Concept Landscape Architects, Cabanas + Pool Designers, an award-winning practice specialising in the integration of beautiful and functional outdoor areas for a range of properties, from simple family homes to elaborate residences and resort-style developments.


RENO INSIGHT BARRY DU BOIS

“I live for family, honesty, integrity, generosity and self-belief, and this applies to both my personal and my work life” — Barry Du Bois and what will be their story within this property? Understand how you are going to give them a glimpse of this story.

What is the main thing you see people doing wrong? And what is your advice for avoiding this? I often see RFPers (renovating for profiters) decide that their property is, for whatever reason, better than other similar ones in the area and they overspend on renovations, thinking people will pay more. That’s a mistake. The best way to go broke is to fall in love with the property. Keep your emotion out of the project.

Are there particular spaces in the home that you think homeowners should pay more attention to than others?

THE PROPERTY PACKAGE After buying a block of land at age 19, retiring by age 46 and setting sail around Europe and the Pacific for six years, Barry “Baz” Du Bois has 30 years of designer/builder experience notched onto his tool belt. Here he takes time out of his role co-hosting Channel 10’s show The Living Room to share his tips for renovation success What advice would you give homeowners who are looking to renovate for profit? A good part of the profit comes with the property, so the better quality property you buy, the sooner you will be in the black. Be cautious to ensure that you’re not paying for personalised improvements. Often people will tailor a property to suit their needs at the

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time, for example adding rooms and granny flats to accommodate an expanding family. After forking out for these improvements they expect a minimum dollar for dollar return, but you need to ensure that these improvements suit the general demographic of the area. Know your potential market. In other words: who will buy this place, what kind of budget will they have

What sells a property is an overall package that represents the demographic of the area. People say kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. While this may be true sometimes, the fact is that the right price will sell it quicker. If you overspend on renovating these rooms and personalise them to fulfill your own dreams, all you are doing is narrowing your market.

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The uncovered potential of this ’70s-built home was utilised and redefined to create a comfortable and convenient space for modern living Words Katie Rorison

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t makes sense that the design and layout of our homes are a direct response to the ways in which we use them. It is no surprise that our living patterns and lifestyles have dramatically changed over time and this can be seen throughout the evolution of home layouts, where each era presents a new take on modern living. It is also true, however, that “modern” is a transitory term where what is deemed new and current, particularly in design, is relative to time and place. What was convenient 40 years ago doesn’t remain so today and this is exactly

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why this ’70s style three-bedroom home needed a complete revamp. Signature to the unique architecture of 1970s suburbia, the home’s boxy layout featured closed and distinctly separate living areas, with bedrooms at the back of the house and minimal access to the outdoors. Despite its dated layout, the home was structurally sound and had great potential. To utilise this and assist in creating a home suitable for contemporary Australian living, the expertise of Cherie Barber from Renovating For Profit was called upon. Identifying the need for a complete “cosmetic refresh”, Cherie also saw the

opportunity to significantly improve the home’s internal and external flow. “There was a major issue with the home’s existing layout. We needed to reshuffle the bedrooms to free up space at the back of the house so we could create a much better connection between living areas and the backyard,” explains Cherie. As an investment property, the homeowner was initially looking to liven the home up by applying a fresh coat of paint throughout. However, after considering the benefits that a “layout flip” would offer — including an increase in potential value and rental yield — he changed his mind.


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before Above right Sliding doors were fitting on all three sides of the existing side pergola to allow greater access and to brighten up the indoors Right A new deck and sliding doors were installed

to create a seamless connection to the property’s large backyard. The exterior walls were cement rendered, the trims and fencing was painted and a new garden was planted

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This project was designed by: Cherie Barber of Renovating For Profit 66 Mullens Street Balmain NSW 2041 Tel: 02 9555 5010 Email: admin@renovatingforprofit.com.au Web: renovatingforprofit.com.au WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Eco View windows and doors “Being a family home, if we didn’t do the layout flip it would struggle to sell due to the lack of connection to the backyard for the kids to play in,” says Cherie. The house’s original layout had the three bedrooms in one line at the rear of the home,

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FLOORING Kitchen/dining/living/bedrooms: Tasmanian oak coated in clear high-gloss polyurethane OUTDOOR Paving: Pour On driveway by StoneSet Porous Paving Decking: 90mm Merbau timber decking blocking off access to the backyard. With outdoor living areas becoming increasingly prominent in contemporary homes, ease of access between indoors and outdoors was crucial. To necessitate this, two bedrooms were relocated to the front of the house and,

with the removal of two internal walls, a new open-plan living area was created. To forge a seamless connection to the large backyard, glass sliding doors were installed to open out onto the newly built rear deck. To better utilise an existing pergola and its west-facing opening, expansive sliding doors were fitted on all three sides. Not only did this provide triple the amount of internal access as well as crossflow ventilation, it also allowed for substantially more natural sunlight to brighten up the house — a great energy saver as the need for downlights was reduced. The benefits of the redesign didn’t stop with energy efficiency, with the pergola now serving as a central hub for entertaining outdoors. “With the addition of a barbecue and outdoor setting, it is now an enticing outdoor entertaining area with direct access to the kitchen,” says Cherie.


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Two rear bedrooms were relocated to the front of the house to free up space for the open-plan living areas

Another feature reminiscent of older homes was the combined bathroom and laundry. Wanting to bring the spacious feeling established in the living areas to all parts of the house, the laundry was rehoused as a separate European-style laundry and the wall between the toilet and bathroom was removed. Fresh bathroom fittings were also installed and, along with these, a new bathroom floor fitted as it was discovered there were no existing support stumps under the floor. Along with a completely refitted kitchen, the home’s interior makeover included fresh painting using a neutral palette as well as new skirting boards, gyprocking and lighting. The existing Tasmanian oak floorboards were resanded and applied with a double coat of highgloss polyurethane — a beautiful finish that provides a classy touch to the home’s interior.

The exterior of the home was not forgotten, as this was also a major part of increasing the potential value of the home as an investment property. Along with a new driveway utilising Pour On from StoneSet Porous Paving, the exterior walls were cement rendered, trims and fencing painted and a new garden planted. With the total renovation costs amounting to $41,000, the goal to create a modern, open-plan house with a limited budget and minimal structural changes was not only achieved, but also succeeded in increasing the property value by $100,000. Adapting to the ever-changing nature of what is desired and expected in a contemporary home, the journey of bringing this particular abode into the present era proves what can be accomplished through careful planning and savvy design.

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ASIAN INFLUENCE This thoroughly modern renovation is a fusion of Australian and Asian influences woven into a spacious and cohesive design Words James Cleland Photography Gene Ross

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or a home to be successful it has to reflect the needs and wants of its occupants, especially when the residents plan to stay long-term. However, as time advances, deficiencies in design become apparent and space becomes a premium. The gradual revelation that came to this project’s client is that his apartment, part of a 1980s complex, no longer suited the pattern of his lifestyle. Although spacious and with views of Elizabeth Bay, the internal space felt disjointed. The client had also accrued a sizeable collection of pieces from a lifetime of travel. The layout of the

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Above The kitchen revamp meant removing walls to open up the space

White stonework in the kitchen and living room accent the pale green walls and ceilings and also highlight the much darker colours and materials used on the flooring, including stained oak for the kitchen, living and dining areas, and tortoiseshell patterned carpet for the bedrooms home did not have the capacity for displaying all of these treasures without feeling cluttered and unorganised. Brooke Aitken Design was contracted to address these issues while also creating a home that would truly be an extension of the owner. It needed to function as a personal sanctuary and cater to the needs of a personal and professional life while oering a space to entertain. Initial works addressed the disjunction between the various rooms of the apartment and saw the demolition of walls, complete resurfacing of walls, floors and ceilings as well as completely new joinery. Walls surrounding the kitchen were demolished, as well as a partial section of the wall between the kitchen and the mezzanine living. This allowed views of the bay to be seen directly from the kitchen, while creating a much more open space. Seating space was integrated into an island bench top and makes eating in

the kitchen a viable option in lieu of the formal dining room. Acoustic insulation was installed in all walls and ceilings and the rear balcony doors were widened to allow the living spaces to be completely open during desirable weather. A concept board from another firm was used as inspiration for the palette of materials for the apartment. Pale ivy-coloured paintwork was used throughout the home. White stonework in the kitchen and living room accent the pale green walls and ceilings and also highlight the much darker colours and materials used on the flooring, including stained oak for the kitchen, living and dining areas, and tortoiseshell patterned carpet for the bedrooms. Additionally, the stonework in the bathroom reflects the use of complementary light and dark hues with the rougher dark stone tiles acting as a foundation for the rest of the space. Another aspect of the concept board was the idea of taking the large collection of mainly

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The apartment features key pieces of joinery, furniture and fabrics reflecting the client’s passion for Asia, creating a connection between the apartment’s style and the collection of items on display

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Left Deep blues, gold and reds are highlighted against light-coloured walls and create a cohesive look and feel throughout

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Asiatic pieces collected from the client’s travels and placing them within a large central display wall. Keeping the objects contained provides an overall order that was previously a dissonance of colours and forms across the apartment. The apartment features key pieces of joinery, furniture and fabrics reflecting the client’s passion for Asia, creating a connection between the apartment’s style and the collection of items on display. The renovations undertaken by Brooke Aitken Design has created a more intimate feeling in the apartment. The connection between the living areas creates a contiguous whole while stylistically and thematically, the apartment now feels like an extension of the client and his mementos from his travels. The space is both office and home and, although quiet and composed when called for it, can still offer a space for joyful entertainment.

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Project particulars This project was designed by: Brooke Aitken Design 103 Mitchell Road Alexandria NSW 2015 Tel: 02 9519 0059 Email: mail@brookeaitkendesign. com.au Web: brookeaitkendesign.com.au This project was built by: Premier Commercial Interiors Tel: 02 9519 6180 Licence number: 38263 FLOORING Kitchen and dining: Green grey stained oak Living: Green grey stained oak with European Onyx Sisal rug Bedroom: European Tortoiseshell Sisal carpet Stair: Oak Outdoor: Grigio Argento honed from Surface Gallery

LIGHTING LED strip lighting in coves throughout by Gecko Lighting Hallway: Flos architectural Pure spotlights from Euroluce Kitchen: Kreon Diapason ceilingmounted spotlights from Dedece

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Sanitary fixtures: Ideal Standard Acacia Wall hung in-wall WC with Hideaway pneumatic in-wall undercounter wall hung cistern Taps: Phoenix Liscio from Reece Shower/bath: Phoenix Liscio KITCHEN Benchtop and splashback: Statuario marble from CDK Stone Cabinetry: Pale Ivy in two-pack polyurethane Appliances: Miele oven, hob, dishwasher, Bosch rangehood, Fisher and Paykel integrated fridge, Abey tap and sink

WALLS Kitchen, dining and living: Dulux Pale Ivy Low sheen Bedroom: Dulux half strength Fair Bianca low sheen with upholstered wall part in South Pacific Fabrics’ Dedar Radura colour Lacca Stair: Dulux Pale Ivy Low sheen Outdoor: Acrylic Render painted Dulux Barndoor

WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Glass: Viridian Clear Comfortplus Frames: Aluminium in dark bronze colour

BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry: Bespoke by Premier Commercial Interiors Basin: Verso from Rogerseller Tiles/walls and floor: Grigio Argento polished floors and Crema Marfil walls by Surface Gallery

FURNITURE Sofa: Jardan Fabrics: South Pacific Outdoor: Table by Moooi, Vela chairs from Space furniture

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eriod homes are well loved for the sense of history and character they bring to their neighbourhoods. The sense of value placed on a heritage-listed home often surpasses the day-to-day necessities of its use. In a time when large-scale development sees a multitude of uninspired “Lego land” style housing, it strikes a nostalgic cord for many when they see a well-kept street facade of a home that has its roots firmly placed in Australia’s past.

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Minimal and gracious, the modern aesthetics of the addition create volume and space within the home which is designed to be a perfect place for entertaining

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Sacrifices must be made when dealing with and living within older styled homes, especially when they’re under the unflinching regulation of the heritage list. However, renovation provides the perfect opportunity to create a modern, contemporary home that still holds the ideals and soulful character of an historic residence. This existing Victorian home was well loved by the family living within and its charm and character made it easy to overlook the fact it was rundown. The property’s location in the heart of Hawthorn,

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a leafy suburb of Melbourne, created a perfect backdrop for the renewal of this once elegant period home. Having last seen a renovation in the 1980s, the homeowners wished to have a fresh, contemporary extension that would contain all new, modern and exciting living and entertaining areas and also connect with the ample rear garden and alfresco dining and living spaces. This new modern space would be twinned with the redressed and restored period section of the home. Canny Designs, a Hawthorn based studio, helmed the renovation project. The team’s attention to detail and experience made the process

of communicating with their clients, who were overseas in the UK, quick and simple. The trust placed in them by the clients enabled them to streamline the concept and design process and get on with the task at hand. Dealing with the period section of the home was not without challenges. Structural elements, such as the chimneys, had to remain due to heritage requirements and special attention was taken to keep these areas intact. And while relatively straightforward, the rear addition posed another difficulty due to the orientation of the site, with the facade facing a main road. Thus all construction materials and personnel had to negotiate access to the site via a narrow laneway. The original section of the home’s update revolved around the renewal of materials and joinery, rearrangement and modernisation

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of the internal layout, and a splash of fresh colour. The space serves as a personal section of the home, housing the family’s private living areas such as bedrooms and living room. The front facade has been meticulously restored and presents a sophisticated street frontage that displays character, while the restored period detailing presents a refined elegance upon first entry. Minimal and gracious, the modern aesthetics of the addition create volume and space within the home which is designed to be a perfect place for entertaining. Generous floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors allow visual and physical access to the rear gardens and swimming pool. The alfresco living and entertaining area becomes part of the home during warmer months and the flow between internal and external spaces is effortlessly achieved.

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A favourite space of the design team is definitely the new kitchen. “With its modern materials and timeless marble island bench, the kitchen serves as a beautiful yet functional space and looks amazing against the glass window splashback with a lush garden backdrop,” says the homeowner. “My favourite part of the house is the back area, if I had to choose. I love the space, light and the feature and outlook of the pool. The kitchen is also brilliantly proportioned with beautifully detailed fittings, finishes and top quality appliances.” Sophisticated period details complement modern design ideals. The interplay of light and visual access between internal and external spaces of the modern section create a space that is effortlessly cool in its aesthetic. Attention to detail from the design team has created a home that is both elegant and contemporary, with a timeless appeal.

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This project was designed and built by: Canny Design 9A Hall Street Hawthorn East VIC 3123 Tel: 03 8532 4444 Email: info@canny.com.au Web: canny.com.au Licence number: DBU 20097

KITCHEN Benchtop: Calcutta marble Splashback: Glass window splashbacks opaque glass Cabinetry: Two-pack and timber veneer joinery Appliances: Miele

WALLS Kitchen, dining, living and bedroom: Dulux Whisper White Powder Room: Dulux Logan Berry

LIGHTING Pendants purchased by client as advised by Canny Design. All task lighting from Custom Lighting.

FLOORING Kitchen: American oak solid timber flooring with custom stain and water-based sealant Dining: American oak Living: American oak Bedroom: Tuftmaster Savior Faire, Colour Aurora

BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry: Two-pack custom-designed cabinetry and mirror splashbacks by Reece Bathroom Life Benchtops: Caesarstone Basin: Omvivo marble washplane in the powder room by Reece

Tiles/walls and floor: Fully tiled bathrooms in Perini porcelain and Artedomus glass mosaic tiles in the ensuite bathroom Sanitary fixtures: Reece bathroom sanitary ware Door hardware: Pittella WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Windows: Custom-designed, painted timber window frames OUTDOOR Roof: Flat Colorbond roof and slate to the pitched roof Paving: Bluestone Pool: Integrated Pools (integratedpools. com.au — a division of Canny). Decking: Merbau Landscaping: Simon McCurdy Landscapes Screening: Simon McCurdy Landscapes Furniture: Client’s own Accessories: Reece bathroom accessories Artwork and decoration: Client’s own

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MODERN REVIVAL A small, dark Darlinghurst terrace has undergone a transformation to create a bright and modern home

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“By relocating the stairs and opening out the entry level we’ve managed to create a proper guest suite out of the attic” — Justin Quinlan Above The continuous curved Corian bench in the kitchen is a unique style that opens up the room and makes the best use of space. Combined with the white stools, bright yellow splashback and mirrored kickboards, it has an uplifting, modern space-age feel

Right The pops of vibrant yellow carry the casual living space from the kitchen through to the rear courtyard. Combined with all-white surfaces this serves to create a bright and open lower level, which the homeowner loves

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and this property was no exception. Drab, dark and dated, the house was a dilapidated series of small individual rooms with limited natural light reaching the lower level in particular. The male executive homeowner wanted to maximise light and space and increase the quality of finishes to create a comfortable, modern abode. He also wanted to establish a proper guest suite that included an ensuite. Extensive work was undertaken on the property, with a complete refit. All internal

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his unique inner-city executive residence has a renewed sense of space, connectivity and fluidity between each of its four floors after recently undergoing an extensive renovation. Undertaken by The Quinlan Group, this chic Darlinghurst home is now set up for both relaxed living and home entertaining. Inner-city Victorian terraces are known to be older in style, small and narrow with little natural light —

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A contrasting black and white colour scheme has been used appropriately in the formal areas, which gives the home a modern, masculine edge but styled in a way that is “reflective of more traditional bars and lounges of the 1930s” — Justin Quinlan walls and floors were removed, along with all fixtures, finishes, stairs, plumbing and electrical. With a complete reconfiguration of the internal plan, the terrace’s layout is designed for a single use per floor, explains architect and principal of The Quinlan Group, Justin Quinlan. The lower ground features the kitchen, living area and rear courtyard and the ground level houses the formal dining, lounge and entertaining terrace. Naturally, next floor up is the master suite and bathroom, followed by the guest suite and ensuite on the top floor. One of the main issues with this original building was the location of the stairs, which in effect were cutting the floor plan in half and restricting already limited space. Justin explains how a previous alteration to the home extended into the attic to create a bedroom, which allowed for a more generous bathroom on the mid-level and also meant the design team were able to extend the lower ground to create an informal living area off the kitchen — that all-important extra space to relax and enjoy. “By relocating the stairs and opening out the entry level, we’ve managed to create a proper guest suite out of the attic,” says Justin. Overall, it was important to maximise the connection and flow between all levels. The stairs have ended up being an important and interesting element, both in amending the issues with the property’s layout and as an aesthetic feature in the end design. “The entire design focuses on the stair as the house has so many levels. It is a piece of sculpture that leads you through the house,” says Justin. “My favourite part of Left Contrasting floor and wall colours combined with dark leather armchairs, lounges and bold furnishings creates a strong formal area

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Right Chic black tiling on the floor and entire wall makes a statement in the bathroom

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the renovated space is the stair actually — the balustrade detail is pretty special.” The level of detail throughout this renovated space is simply beautiful and the high calibre of finish in particular is a standout. “There is exceptional quality in the construction,” says Justin, “The builder was a joiner so effectively the whole house is a big piece of joinery.”

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In a natural reaction against the dark feeling of the original space, the interiors were brightened up with predominantly light wall and ceiling colours. A contrasting black and white colour scheme has been used appropriately in the formal areas, which gives the home a modern, masculine edge but styled in a way that is “reflective of more traditional bars and lounges of the 1930s,” explains Justin. On the lower level, the informal, more relaxed spaces have been kept light and bright. Splashes of vibrant colour give a revitalised feeling that lifts the space. Creating a sense of flow, this look and feel continues to the rear courtyard with

complementary finishes, light-coloured flooring and vegetation. Deep blues, maroons and timber feature in the master suite. Darker and moodier finishes were chosen for this room to give it a luxe, masculine feel and as it is a more contained area. The guest suite has a welcoming feel with a light colour palette and reflective finishes chosen to create a sense of space. Though a traditional front facade of a Victorian terrace remains, once inside, this restored Darlinghurst abode shows off a chic, sophisticated interior and a clever layout and design perfect for modern inner-city living.


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Web: thequinlangroup.com Email: contact@thequinlangroup.com This project was built by: Detailed Finishes (Wilson Barros) Tel: 02 9526 6511 Licence number: 26279c FLOORING Kitchen: Classic Ceramics Etna Honed Granite Dining: Blackbutt stained black and walnut Living: Blackbutt stained black and walnut Bedroom: Tretford 620 Charcoal Stair: Blackbutt stained black and walnut Outdoor: Classic Ceramics Etna Flamed Granite

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Cooktop & oven: Smeg classic Opera Gas Rangehood: Smeg (recirculating) Dishwasher: Miele Other: Kickboards Mirror Acrylic Silver BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry: Mirrored Basin: Laufen Living City Tiles/walls & floor: Classic ceramics Pietra Basaltina Honed, Classic ceramics Santosa White, matt finish Parisi: Ellisse Taps: Rogerseller Piano Shower/bath: Decina Carina LIGHTING Gentech Lighting Twist Cap Gyro Square WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Glass: Laminated Acoustic Frames: Timber OUTDOOR Roof: Existing Paving: Classic Ceramics Black Pearl Flamed Granite Screening: Treated hardwood

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This urban renovation ensures plenty of natural sunlight and air enters the apartments. The sense of space is enhanced with white cabinetry and mirrored splashbacks in the kitchen

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he Majestic Theatre building in Sydney’s inner-west suburb of Petersham is a longstanding urban icon. Designed in 1921 as a theatre, originally thought to have played space to vaudeville productions, its presence on New Canterbury Road has been seen and felt for almost a century. Strong brickwork, quality architecture and a solid urban presence has made sure this iconic building has stood the test of time. The building’s strong foundational elements have witnessed a variety of uses over the decades and with successive modifications to its original form it has continued to rovide a space for film screenings, theatre productions and entertainment.

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The reuse and retention of the historical elements of the building, such as the roller-skating rink signage and restored Art Deco facade, ensure the visual significance of the building is not lost Left The corrugated iron wall on the verandah creates an industrial aesthetic

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Since its closure, the building has seen a range of public use proposals scrapped due to insurance and liability issues, therefore consideration for residential development was undertaken. This has led to the project taking its current form as The Majestic Theatre Apartments. Headed by Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects in partnership with developer Trinium Group, which specialises in individualistic residential projects, The Majestic has been innovated yet again to form a retail and residential space that will hopefully be a hub for further development and gentrification of Petersham’s main street. Retention of the original elements of the building and integration of unique architectural and decorative designs was a priority in order to inject the building’s unique character into each residence. It was important to establish a connection between each apartment and allow the story of the

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structure and its passage through the eras of its history to continue. Each of the 27 apartments have been lined to take advantage of the original structural characteristics, such as the large and expertly crafted roof trusses or the unique spatial elements of old projection rooms and back-of-house spaces. The central part of the building has been restructured to house the majority of the apartment spaces. Single floor units front a laneway that overlooks a diverse urban landscape and the side boundaries house double-storey apartments with tall atrium spaces. The roof space provides for further double-height apartments with loft-style bedrooms that feature the aforementioned timber and iron roof trusses that were


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revealed during construction. A key design feature of the project is two large voids separating the ends of the building from the new central block. These tall full-height spaces provide a sense of scale to the interior and also generously admit sunlight and natural ventilation. Throughout the entire project, every effort was made to retain and display the original elements of the building. Raw brickwork can be seen in many of the public spaces, which have been constructed to display and pay tribute to the history of the structure. An especially dramatic feature is the original fire stairs that dominate the main entrance; their succinct urban physicality enhances the public space. A considerable challenge during the project was the reconfiguration of the building’s exterior to allow ample light and

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air inside at all levels. Integration of a belowground car park was also intrinsic to the success of the project. Both of these factors meant investigating how to integrate these elements into the existing structure, without compromising the integrity of the outer masonry walls. This was done through careful reinforcement of the building’s footings during car park excavation and by precise, delicate management during the cutting of large openings into the laneway and side elevations. Energy efficiency is always a factor in largescale residential works. This was addressed in the planning and management of internal spaces and by the reuse of original materials. The design’s structural elements and spatial orientation has allowed for the adept use of external light and ventilation. A cross section was created that utilised precise orientation

Above The Art Deco facade of the original theatre building disguises the contemporary apartments within

and a cross stack effect for ventilation. This produced a passively regulated internal environment that reduces the need for air-conditioning systems and provides a connection to the external natural elements. The future of The Majestic Theatre is one of promise. The reuse and retention of the historical elements of the building, such as the roller-skating rink signage and restored Art Deco facade, ensure the visual significance of the building is not lost. The strong urban aesthetic creates a building that sits perfectly within its main street setting and the internal designs create residences of comfort and desire that will last for decades.


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Project particulars This project was designed by: Project Architect Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects 5/668-72 Wentworth Avenue Surry Hills NSW 2010 Tel 02 9211 6276 Web hillthalis.com.au Design architects: Philip Thalis Alex Rink Brett Sperling Wesley Grunsell Janine Koll Matthew Oh Sheila Tawalo This Project was built by: Growthbuilt

STRUCTURAL/CIVIL Bekker Engineering Design Buro CLIENT The Trinium Group WALLS Concrete: Boral, Block: Boral Party brick: Austral Bricks Lining: Polycarbonate sheet by Stratco CEILINGS Linings: Gyprock plasterboard, CSR Gyprock ROOF Custom Orb corrugated .42 Zincalume by Stratco WINDOWS & DOORS Clear anodised aluminium by Alspec, Timber by Specialised Timber Door hardware: Nova Architectural Hardware,

Locksmiths Warehouse Screens and roller shutters: Powerdercoated aluminium, Austral Monsoon FLOOR FINISHES Ceramic tiles: Lumina rock grey, Archiland Building Supplies Floating timber floors: Embelton Flooring, hardwood plus engineered flooring, Perfection Flooring Carpet: Tuftmaster, Romany/Chicago 100 per cent wool, Cronulla Carpets JOINERY Benchtops: Quantum quartz, Joinery Group INTERIOR FITOUT Lighting: Zenith brushed aluminium uplighters Elevator: Schindler White goods: Delongi Paint: Dulux acrylic wash and wear Hot water system: Rinnai Demand Duo

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POCKET OF SUNSHINE Fresh and playful, this redesigned studio apartment demonstrates that out-of-the-square thinking can still happen in tight confines

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the most densely populated in the nation. A unique blend of cosmopolitan and seaside living, the tree-lined streets are crammed with units to accommodate for this popularity. Yet many of these 1940s and 50s buildings are beginning to appear tired. Like the area flourishing around them, they are in need of renewal.

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Such was the case for the studio apartment renovated by David McCrae from Manfredini McCrae Architects. With dated fittings, beige walls and a cumbersome floor plan, the unit was both impractical and uninspiring. Even the outlook over Rushcutters Bay did little to enliven the flat. “It was cold, dark, rundown with an oldfashioned kitchen and bathroom,” explains David. “The supposed bed space was only large enough for a single bed as the passage to the bathroom door blocked the way. Thus, the bed zone was only used for storage and a full-sized queen bed was placed in the living area which prevented the space from having multiple functions.” Fed up with the awkward design, the clients wanted to breathe new life into the space, modernising and lightening the interior as well as “refreshing the kitchen and bathroom, moving the bathroom door and creating a true bed zone.” The renovator’s challenge has always been to juggle limited resources; whether finances, time or manpower. Every project, however, whether a bedroom makeover or complete household overhaul, must abide by one constant, unavoidable restriction — that of space. This challenge was even more Left Once a wasted corner of the room, now the bedroom nook can fit a queen bed and is properly defined

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pertinent when it came to this studio apartment. “Maximising the space available, increasing storage and creating a full kitchen, living and dining area” were priorities, David explains. It was a task much easier said than done. The design and construction process had to creatively manoeuvre not only severe space limitations and a modest budget but the added difficulties brought on by the apartment setting: strict strata regulations, poor access and neighbours on all sides. Standing in the completed unit, you wouldn’t guess these struggles. The carpet has been stripped out, the walls repainted, the kitchen and bathroom gutted, the internal door repositioned and the dividing kitchen wall knocked back to properly align with the

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ensuite. The result is an open and vibrant room, with defined niches that still work together as a whole. This project demonstrates that sometimes the most creative solutions aren’t achieved by thinking “outside the box”, but rather when forced to design inside it. Limitations can produce innovation. Zoning played a critical role in the redesign of this unit. Without walls to segregate each area, carefully chosen furnishings have been used to delineate the spaces instead. The plum lounge contrasts the palette of the rest of the room, its high arm helping to define the corner as a living space. The artwork injects colour and texture while designating a dining area and the chrome pendant lights above the kitchen add a touch of luxury while highlighting this space.

Colour has also been used strategically. The white-washed walls and roof give the illusion of space while splashes of green, seen in the quilt cover, accessories and splashback, give cohesion. The laminate timber floating floorboards and wood cabinetry further aid this sense of harmony. However, it is the detailing that truly lifts this renovation. Curves are used playfully; from the gumnut shaped lights to the winged arms of the dining chairs. Patterned cushions inject a sense of fun while the orange mosaic tile “race stripes”, one of the biggest splurges during the redesign, give a bold stroke of colour to the compact bathroom. In all of this, practicality has not been discarded. The servery in the kitchen doubles


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as shelves, the television stand holds books and large cupboards at the entrance keep clutter under control. After all, sometimes what is hidden in a room is just as important aesthetically as what is on display. I love how “bright, airy and sunny the whole place has become,” David comments as he reflects on the finished project. No longer a mustard husk of an apartment, the unit has a youthful dynamic and is finally a reflection of the creative community around it. It captures an “inner city funkiness with a sense of freshness, colour, simplicity and lightness,” David summarises. Most of all, it proves “you don’t need to have an enormous place, or a high budget, to create a warm, inviting, well planned space.”

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Project particulars This project was designed by: Manfredini McCrae Architects 18a Thornton Street Fairlight NSW 2094 Tel: 02 9929 1274 Web: mmarchitects.com.au This project was built by: Blox Projects Pty Ltd Tel: 0406 424 022 Licence number:249611C FLOORING Kitchen: Laminated timber floating floor Living area: Laminated timber floating floor Bathroom: Glazed White floor tile

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Tiling: Matt White wall tiles, Classic Ceramics mosaic tiles in orange, green and grey Sanitary fixtures: Argent Evo wall-hung pan, Caroma Invisi Series 11 concealed cistern and buttons Taps: Stylus Cadest basin mixer and Argent Essentials Shower/Bath: 10mm toughened glass shower screen

KITCHEN Benchtop: Caesarstone Osprey Splashback: Classic Ceramics Pistachio tiles Cabinetry: Laminex Husk Sink: Clark Orion single bowl and Stylus Cadet sink mixer Appliances: Baumatic 4-burner electric glass cooktop, Westinghouse electric LIGHTING 60cm stainless steel oven, Westinghouse Lights 2 You L2-672 long ceiling mounted, slide out hood L2-1165 11/13/2013 2:23:00 PM pendant in chrome, L2U-932 Oyster round white BATHROOM Cabinetry: Laminex “Husk” Basin: Parisi A Line

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There were certainly some steep challenges to creating a harmonious design that sits so magnificently on its precipitous site, enjoying uninterrupted views towards Barrenjoey Lighthouse clear that, without substantial changes to the somewhat shambolic existing building, this could create obstacles to the owners achieving their long-term aspirations for the home. In fact, the house actually comprised two separate, awkwardly connected buildings. Zack Ashby of Team 2 Design explains: “The existing house consisted of two separate buildings set at an acute angle to one another, which had grown organically and without order over a period of 30 or more years. “The two houses had subsequently been physically linked with a lightweight structure, resulting in an ad hoc series of spaces that did not relate to one another in a logical or usable way and which were spread over three levels and two distinct wings. The house also featured two internal staircases accessing the separate wings (whose levels did not align), in addition to which the interiors were in poor condition and dated. As a result of this, the exterior of the house lacked legibility and scale, particularly the northern elevation.” If all that wasn’t enough, the slope of the block only further complicated matters, plus the home’s proximity to the sandstone cliff made the lower levels musty and uninhabitable due to significant damp issues. So there were certainly some steep challenges to creating this harmonious design seen today that sits so magnificently on its precipitous site, enjoying uninterrupted views towards Barrenjoey Lighthouse. No wonder they first carried out a feasibility study, which resulted in design development over a number of years, during which time the clients’ needs changed. Left A sitting area with a large doorway to showcase the views

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That atrium is certainly a spectacular feature of the design, one that surprises everyone, even those who’ve seen it before. And it’s more than a good-looking space that floods light through the place: it’s also the home’s lungs Above The atrium provides cooling for the entire home by relying on a stack-effect ventilation design

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The design they ultimately developed embraced the unusual geometry of the two existing buildings and the possibilities it presented. Ashby explains: “From the outset our design sought to re-establish the house as two separate structures linked internally by space and bridges rather than physical floors, thus allowing the building to be

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planned around a central, three-storey-high atrium space, which consolidated all of the vertical and horizontal circulation and provided an opportunity to bring light into the heart of the plan.” That atrium is certainly a spectacular feature of the design, one that surprises everyone, even those who’ve seen it before, according to Ashby. And it’s more than a good-looking space that floods light through the place: it’s also the home’s lungs. “The atrium capitalises on stack-effect ventilation,” Ashby says. “This principle


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Top left Two halves make a stylish and harmonious whole Bottom left The spectacular view is reflected in the bathroom mirror

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relies on hot air rising through the void and being vented through the angled skylights in the roof. This is also complemented by the negative pressure created by the northerly breeze on the southern face of the skylights, which further assists in the natural ventilation — in turn, drawing air through the house passively.” The house faces due north and the design capitalises on this aspect. The openings have been designed to eliminate

high-level summer sun but permit the permeation of winter sun. In addition, the central atrium allows southern light to enter the centre of the house. Even though air-conditioning was installed at the clients’ request, to date they haven’t needed it for cooling, only for heating during winter. Other energy-efficient and watersaving features are solar hot water and a 30,000-litre rainwater tank below the deck. In addition, all materials were chosen for both low maintenance and high durability. They include off-form concrete, timber, rendered masonry and stainless-steel fixings. Of particular note, recycled timber is used extensively, particularly in the pergola by the pool, which is built from recycled ironbark

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telegraph poles. To integrate the structure into the landscape more harmoniously, landscape architects A Total Concept cleared the bamboo that was overrunning the garden and created a series of tiered and gently curving landscaped retaining walls, which break down the scale of the transition between the living spaces and the garden two storeys below. Looking at this impressive, eminently liveable home now, it’s hard to believe it’s a renovation. The contemporary design and interesting structural forms seem more like those of a brand-new, architect-designed home than one that has been remodelled. This in itself is a measure of the success of the design.

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The elevated, steeply sloping site, high above Palm Beach, enjoys uninterrupted views to Barrenjoey Lighthouse

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and Pietra Grey stone External: Zinc cladding KITCHEN Benchtop: 40mm Smartstone in Carrara Splashback: Starphyre glass in Cappuccino Cabinetry: Two-pack polyurethane in Heifer SANITARY FIXTURES + BATHROOM FITTINGS Basins: Alape AB2 585 semi-inset basin, Bette Aqua built-in basin Toilets: Axa Uno CC BTW S-Trap Suites

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although modest in space, the 270-degree outlook affords ample opportunity to take advantage of the abundant natural sunlight. This not only keeps the interior bright but also helps with regulation of the internal environment. The vision for the design was to create a calm and dignified sanctuary for the couple, with classic appeal and a touch of Mediterranean style that they can enjoy when relaxing and entertaining. Work began with stripping and gutting the apartment back to its basic foundations. The toilet was combined with the existing bathroom to allow more space to be taken up by the living and dining areas. Secondly the study/second bedroom was reduced in size to allow space for the new kitchen. Double glazing replaced the existing perimeter windows and balcony sliding doors to maximise the view and improve internal climate regulation. Additionally, new insulation was added to the ceiling while underfloor heating was added for additional comfort during the colder months.

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Below Mirrored panels are not only elegant but also create a sense of spaciousness

With inspiration taken from the warm tonality of the Mediterranean, the colour palette uses subdued whites and neutral tones paired with blues taken from the reflection of Sydney Harbour With inspiration taken from the warm tonality of the Mediterranean, the colour palette uses subdued whites and neutral tones paired with blues taken from the reflection of Sydney Harbour. The combination of colours makes it easy for one to imagine being elsewhere when lounging about this home. Transitioning from a modern minimalistic style to the current design required careful considerations of the clients’ sensibilities. Pieces were introduced that would accentuate the new aesthetic without overwhelming the homeowners’ visual senses.

The kitchen space is a favourite of the design team. Its increased size has allowed, through careful design, new storage space for equipment and accessories. Its location within the apartment gives it command of the best views in the entire space, with sweeping views through the living area out onto the harbour during the daylight hours and showing off the splendour of the cityscape during the night. Due to the abundance of natural light and the extensive use of glass around the perimeter, a means of controlling and regulating the light was necessary. Layered window coverings help

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Above Rich blue velvet armchairs combined with an animal fur rug and leather foot stool create a luxurious space

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diffuse the light that enters the apartment and control interior temperatures. The renovation was a delight to work on for the team at Design Bubble, due to the relationship with their clients, who were keenly involved in the process and had delivered a clear vision for them to follow. The trust given by the client allowed freedom to design to the last detail and the opportunity to create bespoke pieces for the apartment. The apartment’s success is not only due to the incredible and abundant views afforded by its location, but also to the intimate detail and attention given to the clients’ lifestyles, which are reflected in the aesthetic and design of the new space. It takes the homeowners’ love of the Mediterranean and infuses it with a contemporary and luxurious interior, which will make this space perfect for both entertaining and quiet contemplation for years to come.

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Project particulars This project was designed by: Melanie Tomlinson for Design Bubble Pty Ltd Studio 2, 249 Darlinghurst Road Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Tel: 02 8084 7822 Email: melanie@designbubble.com.au Web: designbubble.com.au This project was built by: Mazz Group Builder: Sandy Mazza Tel: 0411 270 736 Licence Number: 218568C FLOORING Kitchen tile: Nature colour Crema Luna, Matte by Academy Tiles Dining, living and bedroom carpet: Levante colour Artefact by Cavalier Entry and laundry porcelain tile: Lily, White, Bianco Series by Colortile Outdoor porcelain tile: Uptown Seed colour Earth by Di Lorenzo

WALLS Kitchen, dining, living and master bedroom paint: Aria Ivory quarter-strength wash and wear — Bristol Bedroom/study paint: White Duck wash and wear by Dulux Trims and ceiling paint: Vivid White satin finish by Dulux Hardware: Brionne Range, polished nickel by Mother of Pearl Window treatments: Blinds by Silent Gliss, curtains by Mansours KITCHEN Benchtop marble: Georgio, honed by Sareen Stone 11/13/2013 2:21:51 PM Splashback marble: Georgio, honed by Sareen Stone, and stainless steel Cabinetry polyurethane: Ghosting halfstrength, Satin by Dulux Appliances: Neff and Liebherr by Winning Appliances Tapware and sink: Barazza and Gessi BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry: Super White Smooth by Quartz Based

Basin: Ideal Standard Acacia by Reece Tiles/walls and floor Tiles: Geotech White Smooth by Di Lorenzo Sanitary fixtures: Axa Uno by Reece Surry Hills Taps: Porcher Cygnet by Reece and Phoenix Mia by Reece Shower/bath: Vizzini Catania by Renovation Boys LIGHTING Ceiling lights: Boxy by Inlite Wall lights: Visual Comfort by Laura Kincade WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Glass and frames: Dark Bronze powdercoat, double glazed aluminium by Windowline OUTDOOR Paving porcelain tile: Uptown Seed colour Earth by Di Lorenzo Furniture: Barwon Series by Eco Outdoor and custom bench and stools by Moss Furniture Accessories: Papaya

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BALMAIN CLASS A dated cottage with a haphazard floor plan has undergone a sophisticated renovation to restore its heritage style, resulting in a stylish, welcoming home

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hen the owner of this Balmain cottage moved in she knew it was in need of a full renovation, both inside and out. Tired and weathered, the property had a clunky, busy floor plan and, due to a number of add-ons and extensions over the years, the height of the ceiling and the level of the floor were uneven in places. Clinging to its heritage style, which was almost lost in the mess of these previous patch-ups, the period features needed restoration. This “sweet” Balmain beauty “needed a new dress,” says Melanie Tomlinson of Design Bubble, a Darlinghurst based studio that took on the project. The client, a young, sophisticated woman with an appreciation for traditional design, was open to a modern interpretation that used fine finishes when it came to renovating her weathered Balmain abode. The overall design vision was for a cohesive renovated space that stayed true to the heritage style so prevalent in this character-rich locale. The home needed to be stylish but have space to welcome and entertain family and friends. In keeping with an inviting style that complements the home’s heritage, traditional features and finishes were combined with a fun colour palette to modernise it and inject life into the space. The original facade was retained and restored, along with the original fireplace and the period features in the first bedroom. The rear of the house was completely removed with the only walls left standing being the front, side wall and roof. Along with the original fireplace, the walls separating the bedroom from the remainder of the home were reinstated. In terms of design and finish, this was a great project to work on says Melanie, as the house was redesigned and rebuilt “practically from the ground up”.

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Successful and beautiful, this chic renovation has resulted in a stunning use of space and sophisticated finishes

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The master bedroom flows openly onto the walk-in robe, both of which are feminine, glamorous and bright through light silvery tones and the use of mirror panelled doors

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This “sweet” Balmain beauty “needed a new dress” — Melanie Tomlinson

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One of the challenges of this renovation was the tight angles and limited space the design team had to work with — along with a shared roof space. “It is a unique cottage that shares one hip roof with two other residences. Because this roof could not be greatly modified, the first-floor addition has the master bedroom walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom sewn seamlessly within its pitch,” explains Melanie. She says they had to get a little creative to ensure they fit everything in and to maximise storage and light. “It’s a successful space considering what we had to work with.” Successful and beautiful, this chic renovation has resulted in a stunning use of space and sophisticated finishes. The crisp colour palette with gold and bronze elements, such as in the rug, mirror frame, cushions and lamp, add warmth and glamour and complement the heritage

Opposite Heavy drapes and a decadent royal blue chair suit the charming sophisticated feel of this cottage

Left and below The ensuite and bathroom are elegant and glamorous with warmtoned travertine tiles

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One of the challenges of this renovation was the tight angles and limited space the design team had to work with — along with a shared roof space features throughout. Similarly the master bedroom and its adjoining spaces are more decadent and underwent plenty of design consideration. The walk-in wardrobe is open to the remainder of the bedroom and is a transition space to the ensuite “it was definitely paid more attention than usual,” says Melanie. As the homeowner’s personal space, these rooms had to have “glamour and sparkle”, which is reflected in the doors, panelled with bevelled-edge mirrors, the delightful perfume display cabinet and the crystal door handles. The kitchen, dining and courtyard in particular are spaces of the cottage’s makeover that should be applauded. The kitchen appliances were kept simple, using stunning tapware as a unique feature and a “fun butler sink.” Also, the choice of colour in the kitchen adds contemporary flair to the traditional style and the counter-top bifold windows onto the courtyard entertaining space really open up the space. It can be a powerful addition, particularly for a suburban or city dwelling, to have areas that look onto the outdoors, no matter their size, to give that sense of calm and tranquillity from nature. In this case, sandstone paved courtyard and garden that opens out from the dining area and creates an outdoor entertaining space. Overall this home has been restored to its former beauty in a style that pays homage to its heritage but with modern additions and a refined elegance that reflects its young female owner.

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This project was designed by: Melanie Tomlinson of Design Bubble Pty Ltd Studio 2, 249 Darlinghurst Road Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Tel: 02 8084 7822 Email: melanie@designbubble.com.au Web: designbubble.com.au This project was built by: Riley Murphy Banzai Constructions Tel: 0439 452 309 License number: 231705C Architect: Ray Stevens OIKOS Architects FLOORING Kitchen, dining, entry and living: Black Butt timber stained to DB Specification Bedroom carpet: Armure Beeswax by Cavalier Bremworth Outdoor: Sandstone pavers Laundry: Travertine – Cashmere Light by STS Enterprises

WALLS Kitchen, dining, living paint: Dulux Grand Piano, half-strength, wash and wear Bedroom master paint: Dulux Grey Pebble, half-strength, wash and wear Bedroom study paint: Dulux Dialogue, low sheen, wash and wear Trims & ceiling paint: Dulux Lexicon, halfstrength, semi-gloss finish Hardware: Brionne Range, Polished Nickel & Ferrasse Fluted Crystal and B&M by Mother of Pearl Window treatments: Mansours curtains KITCHEN Benchtop: Absolute Blanc by Smart Stone Splashback: Stone – Absolute Blanc by Smart Stone Cabinetry: Hand painted, Dulux Guild Grey satin finish Appliances: Bosch by client Tapware & sink: Perrin & Rowe taps by English Tapware Company, Belfast Butler Sink by Reece Surry Hills

Splashback: Absolute Blanc by Smart Stone Cabinetry: Hand painted, Dulux Grand Piano, half-strength Basin: Belfast Butler Sink by Reece Surry Hills Tiles/walls & floor: Travertine – Cashmere Light by STS Enterprises Sanitary fixtures: Ideal Standard, Tonic by Reece Surry Hills Taps: Milli, Glance by Reece Surry Hills Shower/bath: Caroma, Classic by Reece Surry Hills LIGHTING Ceiling: Sistem & Rand by Inlite Wall lights: Visual Comfort by Laura Kincade WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Glass: E-glass Frames: Timber framed painted OUTDOOR Paving: Sandstone paver by Client Furniture: By Client Accessories: Yankee Trader

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BATHROOM & LAUNDRY FITTINGS Benchtop: Absolute Blanc by Smart Stone

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The kitchen flows on to the other living areas. Instead of opening up the entire area, this clever corner bench under the window creates another seated space that embraces the lush view

HINTERLAND HOME This tropical Queenslander-style cottage has been reinvigorated into a modern and practical home

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et on 4.5 hectares in the lush Byron Bay hinterland, this house was typical of the area — a weatherboard Queenslander style — before its renovation. The trick with renovating this property was to retain the charming character of the Queenslander home but reinvigorate it for modern family life and make the most of its stunning surrounds. The clients’ brief to Zaher Architects was to dismantle the above-ground pool and replace it with an in-ground, negative-edge pool. They also wanted to create room within the house for an extra bedroom as well as renovate the kitchen, dining, main bathroom, laundry, office and living area. The renovation included building an L-shaped pool with a large connecting deck and a newly reconfigured office connected to the main living and dining area. Zaher was able to add a new bedroom as well as completing major renovations to the kitchen, laundry, main bathroom, kids’ playroom and living area. The house had last been renovated in the ‘70s. “The overall solution focused on separating the sleeping areas from the entertaining and living areas while maintaining the old charming character of the house and making the most of the views, the outdoors and the new pool and the deck,” says Sam Zaher from Zaher Architects. The original layout lacked space and the living and dining areas were too small and impractical, positioned in the hallway and circulation

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Left Integrated indoor/outdoor living areas make the most of the sub-tropical hinterland climate

space so that the overall flow of the home was congested. Sam and his team managed to create a functional design and layout that meant these rooms were opened up and are now much more functional, without having to re-do the existing roof, which would have led to a budget blowout. The result is a beautiful and modern family home. The back half of the house is an open and flowing living area with large windows and doors that access the expansive decking that surrounds the pool and looks out onto the vast green hinterland. “The free-flowing connection between the interior living and dining space and the outdoor deck means that this area is perfectly suited for entertaining, both indoors and out, while also making the most of the views and the subtropical climate,” says Sam. By removing the existing pool and relocating the new L-shaped pool further from the house, Zaher was able to extend the home and create more outdoor space. A slight repositioning and resizing of the home office, which was previously a larger room adjoining a storage area and the pool deck, was a smart move too as it means more space in the much-used living areas, while keeping the home office in an area close to the lively hub of the house. The main living areas now open out onto the large deck creating a fantastic usable space compared to the original design, which had the living area more centrally located blocking the home’s flow. Moving the living and dining areas to the back of the home also generated that extra space in the centre of the residence that allowed for the addition of the third bedroom. Glass pool fencing seamlessly separates the deck from the pool area and there is a consistent flow with the grey ironbark decking used throughout. Inside, blonde teak floorboards were used, creating a light and summery feel. The original horizontal timber boards on the interior walls were matched throughout the home in American antique white. This maintains the Queenslander-style character of the home and combined with the light-hued floorboards and additional modern features used throughout, created a contemporary facelift for this home.

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Above The home is more spacious yet has the same roof, expanded decking and beautiful large pool

Right A modern black and white basin and shelving creates a fresh, updated and bright bathroom

As well as updating the living areas, main bathroom, laundry and kids’ playroom, the kitchen was extensively renovated and relocated. Soft-green glass mosaic tiles were used as a splashback to complement the surroundings. There is now also an island bench incorporating a sink and a corner bench at the kitchen’s window makes clever use of the space, providing an area to sit at the window that overlooks the garden, deck and pool. As part of the new living and dining area, a fireplace was also installed. The unique and functional set-up was the project’s biggest splurge and features dark shelving, louvre windows, brown tiling and in-built log storage. Environmental considerations are also integrated into this property, including a rainwater tank, an on-site waste system and solar panels to minimise the family’s dependence on the electrical grid. The overall look and feel of the home is chic and contemporary but not removed from its surrounds in the sub-tropical Byron Bay hinterland. It stays true to the area and is a clever new design that makes much better use of its space, celebrates outdoor living and unsurprisingly received high praise from its clients. “We had an overwhelmingly ecstatic client at the end of the project,” says Sam.

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An L-shaped island bench in the kitchen makes the best use of its corner orientation

“The overall solution focused on separating the sleeping areas from the entertaining and living areas while maintaining the old charming character of the house and making the most of the views, the outdoors and the new pool and the deck� — Sam Zaher

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Project particulars This project was designed by: Zaher Architects 795 Federal Road Federal NSW 2480 Tel: 02 6684 9408 Email: samirr@ozemail.com.au Web: zaherarchitects.com.au This project was built by: Andrew Priestley Tel: 02 6687 9113 License Number: 1650C KITCHEN Benchtop: By Lismore Joinery Splashback: Glass Mosaic Cabinetry: By Lismore Joinery Appliances: Siemens

FLOORING All: Blonde teak floorboards WALLS Paint colour: American Antique White

OUTDOOR Roof: Colorbond metal sheeting and polycarbonate sheeting with high UV protection Decking: Grey Iron Bark Furniture: Table from Eco Outdoor

BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry: Lismore Joinery Basin: C70 Catalano from Rogerseller Tiles/walls and floor: Honed Travertine Wall Tiles Sanitary fixtures: Rogerseller Taps: Rogerseller Shower/bath: Kaldewei LIGHTING LED downlights throughout

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GLORIOUS FINISH Colour, texture and pattern take centre stage in this award-winning, modern bathroom

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ith a daring use of finishes and clever design features, it’s little wonder this luxurious space won the KBDi award for Designer – Small Bathrooms SA 2013. The owners’ main aspiration was to transform their dark and dated bathroom into a modern, open design full of light and storage. “We achieved this by creating a palette of textures and patterns to excite all the senses,” says Brilliant SA designer Janine Izzo. “Staron was chosen for the floors and walls, with the visual texture of Mosaic Dalmatian on the floors balancing

the subtlety of the walls. Caesarstone Concetto in Grey Agate provides a brilliant patterned backdrop for the crisp white vanity and pan. We couldn’t resist the backlit effect for an air of flamboyancy. “The indulgent walk-in shower delivers the ultimate spa experience, with strong square fittings to balance the surrounding curves. A shower exhaust fan and light was recessed into the shower ceiling to keep the bathroom steam-free without detracting from the visual impact of the flush-mounted rain shower. Storage was a must-have for the owners,

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so we opted for a custom-made mirrored cabinet to house larger vanity items. Above the mirror, the extravagant yet minimalistic luminary design by Ernesto Gismondi

Project particulars This project was designed by: Janine Izzo for Brilliant SA 8/715 South Road, Black Forest SA 5035 Tel: 08 8297 2122 Web: brilliantsa.com.au

Floor: Staron Fog Walls: Staron Mosaic Dalmatian, Caesarstone Concetto Grey Agate Ceiling: Dulux Vivid White semi-gloss with mould inhibitor Shower screen: Kewco 100mm frameless panel, clear toughened glass, silver wall channel Ceiling shower rose: Rogerseller Rainlight square with LED technology Hand shower: Rogerseller Soho Handshower with chromoflex hose Shower mixer: Rogerseller Fantini Mare Basin mixer: Rogerseller Fantini Mare Toilet: Rogerseller Catalano Sfera side fix wall-hung pan, Caroma/Fowler cistern, Caroma/Fowler rectangle dual-

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flush custom remote buttons Towel ladder: Avenir Hybrid 1320 heated Toilet-roll holder: Rogerseller 403166 Strap paper holder Shower shelves: Kewco 200mm corner glass shelves, 10mm clear toughened glass Cabinet: New Cabinet Concepts custom mirrored Vanity: Staron Strip floor grate: Delway stainless steel with Staron Mosaic Dalmatian insert Window: Trend Windows & Doors Door: Hume with Feast Watson Black Japan interior wood stain Exhaust/light: Ventair Levin 200 Exhaust: Ventair Ovation 250 Vapour Sensor: Vapotec automatic steam sensor Lights: Miconos Soffitto by Ernesto Gismondi from Artemide, TEC LED COLT downlights, TEC LED flat flex strip lights Switches: Clipsal Saturn collection


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COLOUR SPLASH The combination of crisp white and cool blue makes for a refreshing change in this renovated kitchen

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he bright colour scheme, high-gloss finishes and functional layout of this kitchen create a space that is stylish, striking and practical,” says designer Bob Ashton of Instyle Interiors By Design. “Three internal walls were removed as the owners wanted an open-plan design. The additional space enabled a larger kitchen to be built and increased the ease of access between different living areas. The predominant use of white enhances the clean, contemporary look of this kitchen and accentuates the colourful ice blue feature wall. The breakfast bar is a striking feature with a stunning Calacatta quartz design along the back. The Carrara quartz benchtops, LED lighting and sleek stainless-steel appliances enrich the visual appeal of the room.”

“The predominant use of white enhances the clean, contemporary look of this kitchen and accentuates the colourful ice blue feature wall” — Bob Ashton

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This project was designed by: Bob Ashton for Instyle Interiors By Design 12 Gerona Circuit Varsity Lakes Qld 4227 Tel: 0405 235 070 Web: instyleinteriorsbydesign.com.au Cabinet doors: Instyle white two-pack gloss 3mm pencil round

Internal hardware: Blum Tandembox softclose drawers, Blum soft-close hinges Benchtop: 40mm Carrara quartz Splashback: Glass Floor: White tiles Kickboards: Stainless-steel Breakfast bar wall: Calacatta quartz Lighting: LED Appliances: Miele

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MODERN CLASSIC A chic black and white kitchen gives this home a contemporary lift

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he owner wanted a contemporary design to complement their period home while being functional for everyday family use,” says designer Barbara Pettigrew of The Kitchen Place. “Drawn in by its contrast colour, the impressive island bench is lifted by the stunning Tom Dixon pendant lights. A Carrara marble benchtop brings a classic look and clean lines to seamlessly blend the old and new of the home. “Simple shaker doors with a hand-painted finish soften the space, while stainless-steel appliances break up and add interest to the white cabinetry. We used downlights under the overhead cabinets to highlight the elegant marble splashback. Large drawers and cabinets optimise storage space, with extra storage on offer in the spacious pantry. The busy family of five love to entertain, so we included two ovens plus a dishwasher and sink in the pantry and kitchen area.”

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“Drawn in by its contrast colour, the impressive island bench is lifted by the stunning Tom Dixon pendant lights” — Barbara Pettigrew

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Project particulars This project was designed by: Barbara Pettigrew for The Kitchen Place 31-33 Church Street Hawthorn Vic 3122 Tel: 03 9853 3552 3 Keith Campbell Court Scoresby Vic Tel: 03 9763 7411 Web: thekitchenplace.com.au Cabinetry & panels: Handpaint island in Dulux Onyx, balance Dulux Natural White Benchtop: Carrara marble Handles: By client Splashback: Carrara marble Kickboards: Handpaint Floor: Timber Lighting: Tom Dixon pendants Oven: Miele Cooktop: Miele induction Rangehood: Miele Dishwasher: Miele Refrigerator: GE French door Sink: Oliveri Taps: By client

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IMPRESSIVE TIMBER This unique open-plan kitchen makes a statement in timber and blends flawlessly with the remainder of the home

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his striking kitchen forms a seamless feature in this architecturally designed home. We worked with the architect to fine-tune the details and make the design a reality,” says Garsden & Clarke Kitchens designer Chloe Clarke. “The beautiful proportions of the open-plan space make this kitchen a great workspace. Timber-clad walls join seamlessly with the veneer cabinetry to create a smooth run. “The benchtop provides ample workspace for food preparation on one side and casual seating on the other, resulting in easy flowing access all around. Functional elements have not hindered the design impact. Versatile storage solutions have been used extensively and Blum’s Tandembox provides easy access to goods. Looking out towards the beautiful view of the Brisbane River, this kitchen is visually impressive, warm and welcoming.”

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“The beautiful proportions of the open-plan space make this kitchen a great workspace” — Chloe Clarke

Project particulars This project was designed by: Chloe Clarke for Garsden & Clarke Kitchens 36 Smith Street Capalaba Qld 4157 Tel: 07 3823 3977 Web: garsdenclarke.com.au Cabinetry & panels: Plain-face veneer spotted gum, Laminex in Moose

Internal hardware: Blum Tandembox Island benchtop: Stone in Luna White 40mm Splashback: Tiles Kickboards: Laminex Moose Floor: Polished concrete Oven: Miele combi-steam Cooktop: Miele Rangehood: Miele built-in rangehood Dishwashers: Miele semi-integrated Sink: Drop-in Epure Evolution double sink Other: Miele coffee machine

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CONSTRUCTIONS Jakin Constructions is an award winning luxury home building and renovation company with a strong focus on quality, design, attention to detail and superior customer service. We fully appreciate that you may have a demanding lifestyle so we will provide you a seamless, transparent, and well managed project from start to ďŹ nish that will meet both your time constraints and your budget.

Call for a FREE on site consultation: (02) 9654 2979

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ith ongoing advances in materials, finishes, colours and profiles, tiles offer new home builders and renovators numerous benefits. When selecting your roof tile, consider the location of your home, whether it is surrounded by bushlands or is near the ocean, your desired shape and colour, as well as extra benefits, like sarking — a reflective foil insulation which increases your home's energy efficiency. “With good design and planning, tiles can contribute to energy savings when heating and cooling a home,” says Charlie Condo, general manager at Boral Roofing. “Up to 35 per cent of a home’s

interior temperature is gained or lost through the ceiling. “Climatic and environmental conditions are also key influences when selecting a material for your roof. Ensuring your choice of roof tile is salt-safe with frost and fire resistant features will make it ideal for most Australian projects. Style preference is often another important element homeowners need to consider. Those set on a colour or look may not be aware of compatible colour and profile alternatives available. Today, there is literally a tile to suit most architectural styles and exterior finishes.” Built to last, most roof tiles come with a 50-year warranty against defects. Once

tiles are installed, in most instances, there is little or no maintenance required. However, Charlie does advise that “owners of homes more than 25 years old are recommended to pay particular attention to their roof — especially if the original materials are still in place. “Major weather events, including extreme rainfall, can have a serious impact on the state of a roof. Roofing contractors confirm that 45 per cent of re-roofing projects are the result of a leak, which indicates vigilance is critical to maintaining the structural health of a home. Being aware of the state of the roof can give homeowners peace of mind during wet and windy conditions.”

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Used for centuries on the roofs of Australian homes, terracotta is a popular material due to its durability and colour retention. Made from a selection of natural clays then kiln-fired into shape, these roof tiles have gorgeous character and excellent thermal and acoustic properties. Terracotta tiles are also resistant to fire, frost and salt and require little maintenance.

The benefit with concrete roof tiles is their versatility and cost eectiveness. Their sleek, stylish aesthetic and diverse colour range makes concrete tiles a perfect fit with modern Australian architecture. With all the properties you expect from roof tiles, including durability, thermal and acoustic performance, low maintenance and fire resistance, concrete roofing also provides salt resistance, ideal for coastal dwellings.


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Copper Although a more expensive option than other materials available in the market, copper is certainly an investment. With the ability to last for more than 100 years, copper has outstanding durability and needs little to no maintenance over the course of its life. And when its time is up, copper is 100 per cent recyclable. Flexible and lightweight, this material requires less support and therefore poses less stress on your home’s structure. These characteristics also mean your copper roof will withstand many of Mother Nature's natural disasters.

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Above Copper roof by METALCLAD. metalclad.com.au Left Copper roof by COMBINED ROOFING SOLUTIONS. roofingsolutions.com.au Below left Aluminium millennium tiles from EUROCLAD. euroclad.com.au Below right Batten seam zinc roofing from EUROCLAD. euroclad.com.au

Also with the ability to last more than 100 years, zinc has an extraordinary ability to “heal” itself. Once laid, zinc develops a layer of zinc hydroxyl-carbonate that blocks moisture and chemicals from penetrating the zinc. If this layer is ever scratched or broken, it simply reforms over time. A beneficial environmental factor of zinc is that it has low toxicity levels, is 100 per cent recyclable and the water run-off from your zinc roof will not carry with it excess chemicals that may harm surrounding soil and groundwater supplies. Aside from also being very strong, Zinc’s thermal properties have seen homeowners save up to 20 to 30 per cent off their air-conditioning bills due to the material’s reflective qualities.

Aluminium Previously questioned over its cost effectiveness and structural limitations, recent technological innovations have seen a regained popularity of the aluminium roof. This material will not crack, warp, rust or burn and is also a great reflector of heat. Made of 90 per cent recyclable materials, aluminium is fully recyclable and can remain for decades before requiring maintenance.

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NEWS FABRICS

FEELING FINE Bring a bit of interest to your interiors with a textured fabric Edited by April Ossington

ABOVE Part of Nina Campbell’s Brodie collection for Osborne & Little, the Oban is a horizontal, wavy chenille available at Seneca Textiles in 10 subtle colourways. senecatextiles.com

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ABOVE RIGHT Another fascinating fabric from the JAB ANSTOETZ collection from Seneca Textiles, the Ballerina fabric is made using Leno weave. This tulle-like fabric is embellished with grosgrain ribbons. senecatextiles.com

ABOVE LEFT Achieve a luxurious look with the soft velvets and fine jacquards of the Versailles range of fabrics from Seneca Textiles. Resembling baroque motifs, this collection by Jab Anstoetz features lavish blossoms and stylised tendrils in the contrasting colours of mauve, turquoise and vibrant pink. senecatextiles.com ABOVE Inspired by the grandeur of the Longleat House, the Drawing Room linen fabric is part of the rustic de Le Cuona collection from BOYAC. boyac.com.au LEFT International designer Matthew Williamson has created a collection of fabrics and wallpapers exclusively for Osborne & Little. Available at Seneca Textiles, the Eden collection includes Cheetah, a rich animal-print velvet available in a lively palette of teal, cerise, electric blue and lemon. senecatextiles.com

RIGHT Simple yet delightfully textured, the Dalton Cyclamen from Laura Ashley is a medium-weight dobby fabric. A more subtle addition to the Flower Marquee collection, this fabric brings the English Countryside to your home. laura-ashley.com.au

ABOVE Another luxurious fabric by Matthew Williamson for Osborne & Little, the Eden Stripe from Seneca Textiles features bold colours printed on rich, textured velvet highlighted with metallic yarn. senecatextiles.com BELOW LEFT Silky smooth and almost luminous, the Kintail fabric from Nina Campbell’s Rosslyn collection features a snakeskin pattern woven

in a silk and viscose mix. This luxurious fabric can be found at Seneca Textiles. senecatextiles.com BELOW RIGHT Printed on a cotton and linen based fabric, the Explorer from Sekers was influenced by exotic expeditions through foreign lands. The design is a collage of tropical images, flora and fauna, postage stamps and ethnic patterns. sekers.com.au


FEATURE ROOFING Australians with the ability to express themselves through their home’s architecture. Constantly scouring the globe for the latest exterior design trends, Colorbond products are continuously being innovated and developed to suit the changing fashions and desires of homeowners. “More than half a decade in the making, these new colours are based on in-depth research carried out by Colorbond into current and future building trends and consumer colour choices,” says manager of marketing at BlueScope Steel, Lisa Dent. The new colours offer dependable, organic tones and give homeowners a greater choice in creating their dream home. Conveying

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COLORBOND offers six new colours Inspired by the Australian environment, Colorbond has introduced six “true blue” colours to its range of steel building materials

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asalt, Wallaby, Terrain, Mangrove, Gully and Cove are the new additions at Colorbond. Each name represents a part of the Australian landscape — an ideology which epitomises the intention of Colorbond products. Available for roofing, walling, garage doors Cove

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and rainwater management applications, these new colours will allow a home to blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings or make a bold statement on a city street. In business for nearly half a century, Colorbond prides itself on providing Gully inspiration board


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Basalt inspiration board

These new colours will allow a home to blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings or to make a bold statement on a city street

Harley Anstee, team leader of the Nexus Design group

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characteristics of their titles, each colour evokes a different aura. Basalt, a powerful, modern grey exudes the strength and solidarity of the rock it is named after, whereas Wallaby is a warm and natural grey with a softness that allows it to be easily paired with traditional and contemporary building

materials. Terrain is a rich red, reminiscent of the Australian outback. Mangrove represents a new direction for the greens in the palette with a grey base that is suited to the environmentally aware and a slight yellow tone that adds vibrancy. Gully is a sophisticate mid grey, perfectly suited to a contemporary architectural style, while Cove blends grey and yellow tones to create an effect of a warm and welcoming golden glow. Harley Anstee, who led the team from Nexus Design developing the new colours, says, “The Australian landscape is a vastly varied one, it offers us inspiration everywhere. These six new colours are contemporary and, as with all COLORBOND’s offerings, based on the traditional hues of the Australian outdoors. We worked incredibly hard to make them as authentic as possible in order to do our beautiful country justice.” For more information visit colorbond.com

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Forecasting COLOUR The new year is bringing with it bursts of colour. Here are some of our favourite trend forecasts for the year ahead Words Karsha Green

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Left Byzantine Princess insitu colour story. Photography and styling by Colin Doswell and Deborah McLean Above Sunday Matinee insitu colour story. Photography and styling by Colin Doswell and Deborah McLean

Colourways 2014/2015

Below The Byzantine Princess palette includes Beaumont Tiles’ Goldenstone and Tunis handmade mosaic range, Dulux’s Passionate Blue, Vivaldi Mica Wallpaper

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by Grant Dorman from Domain Textiles, Giorno surface finish from Interprint, Indigo Shade by Lillian Baker, Resene’s Hot Toddy and Solid Gold, The Laminex Group’s Stipple Merlot and Imi-rost Raute from Polytec

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Matinee palette includes Resene’s Crisp Green and Seagrass, Wattyl’s Chutzpah, Cosmos Summer fabric from Maurice Kain, Cabot’s Palm Grass, Carnelian gemstone and Dulux’s Carmen, Sutherland and Garden Picket

Stumbling through time, Colourways is inspired by the majestic and simple pleasures of the past and shares these with Australasia for the new year

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stablished by the Design Institute of Australia in 1992, Colourways is one of the leading groups for trend forecasting in the Australasian region. Collaborating with architects, designers, educators, builders, manufacturers, product suppliers and retailers, Colourways analyses the market to identify the latest colours, materials and finishes, and to produce a unique palette for the Australian and New Zealand consumers. For 2014/2015, Colourways has chosen 92 products which represent four trend stories that reflect our history — Pioneering Spirit, Industrial Revolution, Sunday Matinee and Byzantine Princess — and each with their own personality, colour scheme and ambience. Pioneering Spirit embraces recycled beauty with its core philosophy being “everything that exists can be recreated and loved again as something new”. The weathered cream surface of a fallen stone

wall, the breathy blue of a duck egg and the dusty greys, are paired with the strength of homespun wool and the raw textures of timber and concrete. This story is all about the unembellished, the bare truth. Industrial Revolution is a darker palette of verdant green, reflective metals and deep blues. Embracing the old as new, this story recognises the beauty of the past era of smithies, foundries and forges. In contrast to this, Sunday Matinee is all about leaving the hard times behind and finding the joy in the simple things like homemade lemonade, the laugh of a kookaburra and the hum of a slow turning fan. Pastel shades and Anzac biscuits make everything better again. Sunday Matinee encourages you to relax, revive and refresh. Lastly, Byzantine Princess evokes a sense of calm, encouraging those in its presence to live in the moment. Iridescent jewels are a key feature in this story, complemented

by the richness of indigo velvet and the luxuriousness of burgundy silk. Colour will always evoke emotion. Its combination with textures and materials creates the most exquisite spaces and stories. For more information about the Colourways forecast and subsequent stockists, visit colourways.com.au

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FEATURE PAINT & COLOUR Left & far left The two final palettes, The Digital Nomad and The Precious Elementals, were styled by Wilhelmina McCarroll and are influenced by the earth, minerals, natural stones and a global fusion of tribal aesthetics, resulting in an eclectic and exotic mix of many cultures. dulux.com.au

The Dulux 2014 trend forecast pays homage to colour and culture. “I don’t think colour will ever go out of fashion” — Wilhelmina McCarroll

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Colour is in full swing and it’s a time for bright accents and bold features. Painting your interior will offer you and your home a fresh start

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Above Sugary Sweet combines bright pinks with cool greys, allowing you to brighten a room with confidence. paintplace.com.au

Left The Romantic Spirits palette, styled by Geoffrey Carran, is full of rich crimsons and deep blues, lightened by gold, sky blue and a vivid mint which aims to introduce romance, nostalgia and antiquities into the contemporary world. dulux.com.au

Right The Retro Visionaries

lime, a pop of yellow and a punch of blue, Vitality is about youthfulness and bringing a space to life. paintplace.com.au

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is a quirky and energetic palette styled by Rowena Martinich that incorporates almost every colour of the rainbow, intending to evoke the excitement and rapid change of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. dulux.com.au

Below Enabling creativity without being too distractive, Deb encourages users to incorporate dip-dyed fabrics, pattern-onpattern and colour-graded accessories with crisp white and natural timbers in order to really let ombre shine. paintplace.com.au


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Whether we are on our daily walking route or on an exotic holiday in the tropics, the beauty of nature always catches our eye. In response to this, Taubmans, with the help of ambassador, Shaynna Blaze, has put together its own colour stories. From Island Dreaming to Autumn Breeze, each palette is inspired by what is around us. taubmans.com.au

Above Scandi Modern creates a warm and calming interior that is all about the textures of weathered timber, knitted throws and cowhide rugs, combined with a traditional grey, white and beach blue palette. paintplace.com.au Below Available in 54 colours plus Crisp White, Tile & Laminate paint requires only two top coats — no primer — and the result is a fresh and rejuvenated space. floodaustralia.net Below Replacing every tile in a bathroom or the entire laminate kitchen benchtop because you want to change the colour of your space is an expensive decision. However, Flood’s

Above Another initiative that Taubmans participated in last October was Bird Week 2013. Partnering with the bird conservation charity BirdLife Australia, Taubmans auctioned off five one-ofa-kind artworks of native

Tile & Laminate paint now means that you can restore the appearance of laminate or melamine cupboards, while also adding glossy, sleek finish. floodaustralia.net

Australian birds, painted by Shaynna. “Native birds are such an iconic part of Australia and their beautiful colours and textures have inspired many interiors that I’ve designed,” says Shaynna. taubmans.com.au

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Paint the town

The facade of your home is the first thing people see, so ideally it should not only blend with the style of your home but also reflect your personality Above Boral has recognised that Australian architecture is very much influenced by European trends, with shades of grey becoming very popular. “Boral is seeing a trend in the use of grey, blue and black bricks

for creating statement exteriors,” says David. Pictured is the Boral Nuvo Vision Mist. boral.com.au

Above right Taubmans Weatherboard palette embraces the sense of

romance and nostalgia of this exterior style. A gentle colour scheme of greys on the walls and trims, combined with the richness of a navy blue door and staircase, lets this style shine. taubmans.com.au

Left Stone is a beautiful material to work with and it can create an amazing contrast when paired with a vibrant green garden. Taubmans’ Natural Materials palette aims to continue the warmth evoked by the sandstone steps with a cream for

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the trims and soft browns for the walls and fence. taubmans.com.au

Above Inspired by the northern lifestyle of sun, surf and relaxation, the Taubmans Queenslander palette certainly won’t disappoint. Combining

various shades of blue, this cool palette offers a relief from the warm temperatures and the dark walls and light trims give an airy feel that will make you feel as relaxed as ever. taubmans.com.au


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Haymes’ Sun, Surf, Sand exterior palette has a name that says it all. Reflecting the beach lifestyle, this scheme incorporates the rich blue of the ocean, the off-white of the sand and a grey to add some extra warmth. haymespaint.com.au

Above With four coloured finishes — Pumice (grey), Lagoon (turquoise), Dusk (taupe) and Sea Salt (white) — the Seascape collection has been created in collaboration with leading trend colourists to reflect the tranquillity of the ocean and its surrounds. pghbricks.com.au

Below “Dark bricks, such

as Boral’s Nuvo Fusion Victorian Blue, are a good option for those looking to show off the design of their home, as darker shades ... encourage the eye to focus on the shape and structure of the house,” says David Bird, general manager of Boral Bricks East. boral.com.au

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is surrounded by the red soil and brown dust of the Australian outback, it seems obvious that these colours would play a part in its facade. By using red on the door only, it creates a statement piece without overshadowing the architectural features. haymespaint.com.au Haymes’ exterior palettes for 2014 are all about creating a look that effortlessly coincides with the surrounding landscape

With the intention to create a bold, modern exterior, Boral is encouraging renovators to consider charcoal, silver and grey bricks for their facade

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Left SwatchMate Cube and connected smartphone Below By simply placing the Cube on a surface and pushing down on the top, the device instantly takes a snapshot and sends it straight to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 Bottom The SwatchMate Cube has a sleek and compact design that is perfect for the on-the-go renovator

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Three Melbourne university students are enabling people to capture colour wherever they go

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he Cube is the innovative invention of three young engineer and design minds that will offer renovators an easy way to match their inspiration with an available paint colour. Paul Peng, Rocky Liang and Djordje Dikic are the three co-founders of SwatchMate, which started as a simple student project while the group were attending the University of Melbourne. SwatchMates’ Cube design won multiple awards at the university and went on to win both the 2013 Melbourne and Sydney Design Awards. Basing their success on their willingness to get out there and talk to users, the Cube has been tried and tested by renovators, designers and decorators to ensure it is usable, smart and facilitates creativity. The user-friendly, durable gadget captures the colour of a surface and sends it to your

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smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0, where a complementary app matches your captured colour with a paint colour available from Sherwin Williams or Dulux. Co-founder Paul Peng says the cornerstone of their product design was based on feedback from the people who use colour. “We talked to home renovators who couldn’t find any affordable tools to match paint colours ... from there we realised a range of people would benefit from a product that could instantly and easily match colour.” Launched in November last year, the SwatchMate Cube enables colour enthusiasts and renovators alike to ditch the traditional inspiration swatchbook and colour fandecks, and have everything you need stored on your smart phone. For more information visit swatchmate.com


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Evolution 8mm Qld spotted gum 2 strip laminate flooring

PERFECT MATCH This Australian-style timber laminate provides a solid starting point for interior styling

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reating sustainable, affordable and realistic flooring solutions is the philosophy that drives the innovation behind Australian business Proline Floors, leaders in creating timber flooring alternatives. The increased market demand for alternatives to hardwoods has taken pressure off the deforestation for real timber floors. This step towards forest sustainability for the future is something Proline Floors takes pride in. The rich character and depth of Australian timber is why it is so highly sought after as a flooring option. Proline's Evolution range of laminate flooring embodies the latest technologies to not only present as real timber but to ensure practicality and durability, with wear warranty of up to 25 years. Matching the elements of natural timber, Evolution flooring has natural colour variation throughout the individual boards creating visual depth and texture. This is carried through to the different designs modelled off Australian timber species such as blackbutt, NSW and Qld spotted gums, Tasmanian oak and the newly added brushbox. The flooring also utilises aqua shield technology to protect it from water damage above and below the floor’s surface for up to 60 hours; something that traditional laminates cannot endure.

With the use of timber flooring becoming increasingly prevalent in contemporary interiors, the need for aesthetic diversity is a must. Evolution floors are produced in 8mm two strip or 12mm gloss finishes — both unique in style and adaptable to

different decors. Each design is manufactured with a superior melamine surface finish that helps the floors resist scratches and marks and also helps retain their natural look under lighting. The addition of aluminium oxide also provides the floors with an extra layer of protection against scratching. The artistry and usability of the Evolution floor range is evidence of Proline Floors’ 50 years of experience in flooring solutions. Proline Floors have products available in more than 300 stores throughout Australia. For more information visit evolutionfloors.com.au

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TOUGHER, FASTER, MORE ADVANCED

Hitachi’s latest range of rotary hammers has your tool needs sorted

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he Hitachi range of rotary and demolition hammers is extensive. Whether for home renovations or heavy industrial applications, there is a tool for every job, big or small. Hitachi has engineered its tools to set them apart from the competition. There is a focus on innovation that continues across the entire product range and it is no surprise to see this advancement evident throughout the latest additions to its range of rotary hammers. The new models include the DH24PG 24mm concrete capacity 2 mode (hammer drilling & drilling only) as well as the DH26PC 26mm concrete capacity and DH28PCY 28mm concrete capacity 3 mode (hammer drilling, drilling

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only & hammering only) with the latter model featuring Hitachi User Vibration Protection. These impressive pistol grip rotary hammers also come with a long list of features including single action easy bit change, bit angle adjustment on the three mode models, 360° rotatable front handles, improved mode selection dials, superior ergonomics and styling, as well as improved internal structures, increased durability and faster drilling speeds.

TECHNOLOGY With new tools come new technologies and these new rotary hammers are no exception. Faster drilling speeds are achieved through powerful motors and optimised

hammering while improving durability by approximately two times compared with previous Hitachi models. This is all done through an improved hammering mechanism, ball bearings and internal pressure control mechanism. These features help the user achieve maximum performance and maximum service life from their tool.

ERGONOMICS Hitachi has invested significant time and effort into improving ergonomics throughout its range, focusing on tool shape and design, grip size, handle positioning and materials. It has raised the bar to a new level with the introduction of the Hitachi User Vibration Protection (UVP)


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system into its new DH28PCY 28mm pistol grip oering. UVP reduces vibration by approximately 33 per cent through a dynamic damper consisting of a leaf spring and a weight. Less vibration means improved user safety and reduced fatigue which results in better productivity.

PEACE OF MIND With the new tools added, Hitachi has got your rotary hammer needs covered for any job, big or small, from drilling to chiselling and even light demolition work. All tools in the rotary hammer range have a three-year warranty. For more information, contact Hitachi on 1300 444 822 or visit their website hitachi-powertools.com.au

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PRODUCT PROFILE HÄFELE

STYLISH STORAGE

These innovative storage solutions provide a fresh take on alternative and contemporary ways to store belongings

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inding functional storage space in a kitchen without compromising on style can often be a dilemma for both homeowners and designers. With a focus on simplicity, Häfele Australia has introduced two new products that not only simplify everyday tasks, but do so while being striking in design and functionality. The Kesseböhmer Climber and Free Flap fittings are great solutions that enhance the overall design aesthetics of furniture fittings in kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. The Climber is a glass louvre system that combines glamour and the latest technologies to produce a wall unit that is original in function

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and form. Produced in two shades of high-gloss glass, including translucent black and white, the front cabinet facing responds to a gentle touch on its sensor, splitting into horizontal slats that automatically and effortlessly slide upward. The Climber is available in two widths, making it ideal for a variety of objects as well as coming completely assembled and ready to mount, so it’s easy to install. Häfele Australia also introduces the new Free Flap fitting for overhead storage units, which allows generous interior access without taking up space externally. A popular design feature for many modern kitchens, the hingeless design of the Free Flap uses

3D cam adjustment to perfectly align front panels allowing for the flap covering to be open and held in any position, as well as perform an effortless softclose function. The Free Flap is available in two versions — the 1.7 and 3.15 — both varying in height and weight capacity. Both versions have the ability to change the opening angle from 107° to 90° if desired, keeping in tune with the versatility that is increasingly required in modern kitchens. Free Flap fitting by Häfele is the first of a new range of fittings to be released in 2014, including Free Fold, Free Swing and Free Lift. For more information, visit hafele.com.au


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Opposite A gentle touch automatically opens Häfele’s Climber unit Above & Right The Climber unit Far Right Häfele’s innovative new Free Flap fitting

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PRODUCT PROFILE GEBERIT

DESIGNER BATHROOMS Geberit reveals a fresh new look for the Sigma50 flush plate

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market leader in concealed toilet cisterns, Geberit provides a wide range of innovative, durable and ecoefficient bathroom products. Remaining at the forefront of bathroom innovation, the company has revamped one of its classic designs, the Sigma50 flush plate. Remade by lead designer for TAG Heuer, Christoph Behling, the popular Sigma50 has been refreshed for today’s bathrooms. By removing the outer frame and incorporating a gentle and elegant curve, Christoph has created a seamless and timeless look. In fact, the frameless plate gives the impression that it is floating off the wall. Glass has also been integrated into the design to make it even lighter than the original. The relaunch of the Sigma50 ensures it continues to meet contemporary requirements on both an aesthetic and practical level. The plate’s dual-flush system enables the toilet to flush on either 4.5 or 6L with the full-flush mechanism and 3L using the half flush, while still offering top performance. This also results in significant water savings. The Sigma50 is simple to install and maintain — keeping labour time to an absolute minimum. Offering the perfect finishing touch to any bathroom setting, the flush plate is compatible with Geberit’s Sigma concealed cisterns and Duofix frames, which are designed to maximise space in the bathroom and give greater flexibility in design. While it seems that everything has been taken care of, one aspect of the design is left totally up to you. The actuator plate comes in several finishes including white, black, Ornamented Patter, Smoked Reflective Glass, Pergamon and green. Echoing the trend for natural colour palettes in the bathroom, the flush plate is also available in a subtle new colour, Umbra, which is a dark brown. With its sleek lines and contemporary colourways, the new Sigma50 proves that finishing touches can make all the difference to the style of your bathroom.

For more information, visit geberit.com.au

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n her latest book, media personality and foodie Indira Naidoo details the transformation of her tiny thirteenth-floor balcony into an abundant kitchen garden. Her book, The Edible Balcony offers practical advice that will inspire even the most reluctant green thumbs. Here, Indira shares her top tips for maintaining a balcony garden.

Plan ahead Draw up a plan of your balcony to determine how many fully grown plants you have room for. Overcrowding plants in pots that are too small is a common mistake of the novice gardener.

Go for beauty and function Your garden can be both aesthetic and functional; one doesn’t necessarily cancel out the other. I decided to use large, dark-grey painted fibre-glass pots which were sturdy but light and placed them on wheeled pot stands so I could relocate them more easily.

Use every bit of space Install a vertical wall and hanging baskets to maximise growing space. Vine vegetables such as tomatoes are perfect for balcony gardens as they prefer to grow up rather than out. Give them the space they need by installing a trellis or vertical cage.

Set yourself a time limit

BOUNTIFUL BALCONIES Don’t let limited space quash your dream of having a lush veggie patch

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Don’t make gardening into an unwanted chore. Set yourself a limit of 10 minutes per day for watering, fertilising and pruning to ensure that your garden doesn’t chew up too much valuable time or become tedious. If you are consistent, this is all your garden will need.

Go natural If you’re a bit wary of chemical products, use organic replacements for pesticides and herbicides such as garlic and pyrethrum sprays. I also make sure my plants get regular feeds with mixes of fish emulsion, seaweed fertiliser and a little worm juice from my Tumbleweed balcony worm farm. For more information or to purchase the book visit theediblebalcony.com.au


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QUALITY CONTROL Building and renovating a home is both a complex and expensive exercise and, as housing prices climb, checks and balances throughout the building process have become increasingly valuable to protect home renovators Words Cameron Frazer, Archicentre General Manager

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crucial time for checks and balances to take place is during the building process. One of the most-commonly-asked questions of Archicentre by renovators and people building new homes is, “How do we know if our builder has built our renovation or home to the appropriate standards?” This is an understandable concern as even a modest renovation can cost in excess of $100,000. If defects occur during the building process,

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people can be forced into costly legal battles. Some homeowners’ concerns have been heightened with some of the worst of these disputes being flashed across the nation on the screens of current affairs television programs. The key to having peace of mind is to ensure you have an independent and qualified person on your side checking the quality of the work being carried out. It is important to hire a professional to carry out quality assurance assessments before any building


ARCHICENTRE work commences. It is no good hiring someone to check the structure or the quality of wiring and plumbing of a renovation or a new home if the building has had all of its internal fit-outs, including plastering, finished. Apart from the timing, it is also important to ensure you hire someone professionally qualified and experienced in the type of building and materials they are inspecting. Before engaging a contractor, make sure you ask for their qualifications and check that they carry professional indemnity insurance to cover any mistakes that are made. If the contractor does not carry any professional indemnity insurance, or only has a contact via mobile phone or cannot provide any references, you should be wary. The other major due diligence to be carried out before engaging a contractor for quality assurance assessments is to clarify exactly what form the report will take and to ensure that the building works will be checked to comply with applicable quality standards. It is vital that there is a detailed assessment available for each stage of the building process, including foundations, framing, roofing and final inspection. The construction quality assurance report provides the opportunity to observe and fix building defects, as well as check the quality of items such as tiles, door handles, windows and quality of paint work in relation to the finish and quality of paint used. Apart from avoiding costly and stressful legal battles, a series of quality assurance assessments is a valuable tool to testify to the quality of your new home or renovation when you decide to sell and maximise your return.

Is it worth the cost? This is a valued judgement. However, if you are paying around $200,000 for a renovation or upwards of $500,000 to have a new home built, the cost of a quality assurance report on your project would seem a wise insurance investment. If faults are found and the quality of materials is checked, the cost of the report could easily have paid for itself if you can dodge a legal battle and hefty lawyer fees. The cost for quality assurance inspections and reports can vary from $500 to $1000 for an individual inspection to between $3000 to $4500 for checks at several stages, depending on the size of the project. Expensive faults often arise where water is involved in wet areas, such as bathrooms and laundries or where roofs and guttering fail, leading to water coming inside and in some cases causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to interiors requiring replastering. Such failures and the resulting legal battle can often be averted by quality assurance checks as the building progresses. To assess possible costs of repair, Archicentre has a valuable free cost guide available online, which provides an extensive guide to the costs of building and renovating and is invaluable for anyone going through these processes. It can be downloaded at archicentre.com.au. The Archicentre Cost Guide can also provide renovators with an indication of their renovation plans, which is invaluable for assessing quotes.

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WHERE TO SHOP The information in this index is drawn from details 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 A Total Concept Landscape Architects atotalconcept.com.au Brooke Aitken Design brookeaitkendesign.com.au Canny Design canny.com.au Design Bubble designbubble.com.au Garsden & Clarke Kitchens garsdenclarke.com.au

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Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects hillthalis.com.au Instyle Interiors by Design instyleinteriorsbydesign.com.au Manfredini McCrae Architects mmarchitects.com.au Team 2 Design team2design.com The Kitchen Place thekitchenplace.com.au The Quinlan Group

thequinlangroup.com Zaher Architects zaherarchitects.com.au

Backyard Continuum Landscapes continuumlandscapes.com.au Leblon Outdoor Design leblon.com.au Outdeco outdeco.com


SUPPLIERS & STOCKISTS Permathene Australia permathene.com.au Secret Gardens Secretgardens.com.au The Edible Balcony Theediblebalcony.com.au Think Outside thinkoutside.biz Tombo Design tombodesign.com.au Tropical Lifestyle youroutdoorlifestyle.com.au

Combined Roofing Solutions roofingsolutions.com.au Euroclad euroclad.com.au Metalclad metalclad.com.au Monier monier.com.au PGH pghbricks.com.au Terracade terracade.com.au

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ACS Bathrooms acsbathrooms.com.au apaiser apaiser.com.au Caroma/Marc Newson caromamarcnewson.com Geberit geberit.com.au Rogerseller rogerseller.com.au Victoria + Albert vandabaths.com/aus/

BoConcept boconcept.com/en-au Boyac boyac.com.au Boyd Blue boydblue.com Eco Chic ecochic.com.au Fantastic Furniture fantasticfurniture.com.au Fanuli Furniture fanuli.com.au Insitu insitufurniture.com.au Laura Ashley laura-ashley.com.au Milan Direct milandirect.com.au Mostly Mirrors mostlymirrors.com.au Satara satara.com.au Sekers sekers.com.au Seneca Textiles senecatextiles.com Ute Design utedesign.com.au

Builders Beaton Projects Australia Pty Ltd beatonprojects.com BFS Constructions bfsconstructions.com.au Blox Projects bloxprojects.com.au Jakin Construction Group jakin.com.au Mayce Constructions mayce.com.au Premier Commercial Interiors pci.cx Priestley Building priestleybuilding.com.au Renovating for Profit renovatingforprofit.com.au Roshills Constructions roshillsconstructions.com.au Tazman Construction tazman.com.au

Exteriors Austral Bricks australbricks.com.au Boral boral.com.au Bristile Roofing bristileroofing.com Cemintel cemintel.com.au Colorbond colorbond.com

Flooring Ardex ardex-pandomo.com Bolon bolon.com.au BoralStone boral.com.au Cavalier Bremworth cavbrem.com.au Dalsouple dalsouple.com.au Earp Bros earp.com.au Eco Flooring Systems ecoflooring.com.au Fibonacci Stone fibonaccistone.com.au

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Floormania floormania.com.au Forbo Flooring Systems forbo-flooring.com.au Gerflor gerflor.com.au International Floor Coverings interfloors.com.au Premium Floors premiumfloors.com.au Proline Floors prolinefloors.com.au Tsar tsar.com.au Urban Salvage urbansalvage.com.au

Heating Black and Stone blackandstone.com.au Castworks castworks.com.au Designer Fire designerfire.com.au Ecosmart Fire ecosmartfire.com Glen Dimplex glendimplex.com.au H2O Heating h2oheating.com.au Jamie Durie at Big W bigw.com.au Jetmaster jetmaster.com.au Lopi lopi.com.au Regency regency-fire.com.au

Paint & Colour Colourways colourways.com.au Dulux dulux.com.au Flood Australia floodaustralia.net Haymes haymespaint.com.au Paint Place paintplace.com.au Taubmans taubmans.com.au

And More H채fele hafele.com.au Hitachi hitachi-powertools.com.au SwatchMate swatchmate.com

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INDEX PROJECTS

Brilliant SA ..............................................................................................138 Brooke Aitken Design ......................................................................46 Canny Design .......................................................................................56 Design Bubble ...........................................................................106, 116 Garsden & Clarke Kitchens & Interiors ............................150 Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects .......................... 76 Instyle Interiors by Design ........................................................ 142 Manfredini McCrae Architects ................................................86 Renovating For Profit .......................................................................42 Team 2 Design ......................................................................................96 The Quinlan Group ............................................................................ 67 The Kitchen Place............................................................................146

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Zaher Architects ...............................................................................126

ADVERTISERS

A Total Concept Landscape Architects, Cabana + Pool Designers............................................................. 19 Cinajus ..................................................................................................... IFC Clipsal .........................................................................................................35 Comfort Heat........................................................................................170 CSR .............................................................................................................IBC Eurolinx..................................................................................................13, 15 ECGR Group ...........................................................................................26 Geberit.......................................................................................................137

H채fele ....................................................................................................8, 174 Hardware & General ........................................................................39 Hitachi........................................................................................................172 Home Design Magazine Australian Living Green Interior Awards .....................................................................40 Ikea...................................................................................................................4 Insinkerator ...................................................................................37, 154 Jakin Construction Group .......................................................... 152 Planet Ark.................................................................................................33 Proline Floors ............................................................................7, 17, 169 Renovating for Profit ..........................................................................21 Renovator Auctions ........................................................................179 Zip Heaters.........................................................................................OBC


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