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o help you on your road to renovating, this issue we have sourced lots of great ideas, products and services to ensure you get the right advice and the best result. Our projects this issue are a celebration of great designs that fulfill the homeowners’ briefs of taking ageing properties from the brink of dereliction and giving them a new lease on life for the decades ahead. From Queensland we showcase a Queenslander that was given a modern makeover while its historical origins were respected and referenced, and a derelict Brisbane cottage that was rescued and restored back to glory with the benefit of modern conveniences. In Sydney, a Victorian Paddington terrace was opened up and transformed into a light, bright and spacious contemporary family home while in the beachside suburb of Bondi, a modest semi underwent a total transformation into a stunning residence designed for sophisticated beachside living. In Victoria, a 1920s California Bungalow underwent a sensitive renovation, providing the homeowners with a relaxed, comfortable and modern home in which to live well into retirement. And our final project is the country home of homewares “queen” Tracie Ellis, creator of the AURA brand. This lovely 1850s property was given the benefit of Tracie’s expert eye and while structural changes were minimal, the interior has benefitted from Tracie’s decorating skills and once again shines with its combination of rustic comfort and modern luxury.

One of the most important things to remember when renovating is to provide lots of storage to keep spaces clutter-free, while at the same time having things on hand for when we need them. Wall storage for audiovisual equipment, books and decorative items; wardrobe and under-bed storage for all your personal items and extra blankets and doonas; under-stair storage for shoes and outdoor gear; garage storage for all your tools and household equipment — the list of storage requirements goes on and on. Our feature this issue gives you great ideas for saving space, getting organised and solving all your storage issues. Another important consideration when renovating is the design you choose and the products and materials you use. Creating energy-efficient, environmentally friendly renovations is easy when you have the right advice. This issue we interview four professionals who share their insights and expertise on renovating for a greener, more sustainable future. We also provide information on solar power systems and look at passive solar design as a key aspect to consider when planning your new home or renovation. Happy renovating,

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Home Renovation, issue 10.3

Up front 08

Editor’s letter



Projects 40

Products, trends and design ideas


20 lighting solutions


Brilliant lighting options to brighten your home


Renovation insight Taking the guesswork out of renovating

Features 26




Cradle to cradle: it’s all about living green


Where old meets new The history of a neighbourhood is revealed in this dynamic renovation


Intelligent design This residence in Sydney's North Bondi has undergone a complete revitalisation

Hidden gems

Green living

Against all odds A run-down Brisbane cottage is brought back to life

Storage solutions to expand your space


Go with the flow This Surry Hills stunner has been transformed from its bachelor pad status into a family home

Kitchen appliance guide Cooking up a storm with the latest appliances

Heritage listed A period-style Queenslander has a new crisp, modern form


Harmonising old and new Homewares queen Tracie Ellis gives an historic Kyneton property her special touch



70 Sleek and stylish A kitchen makeover with an aquarium splashback and eclectic materials



Pearlescent beauty This minimalist bathroom is all about timeless luxury, quality fittings and contemporary design

Ready for roofing Things to think about when reroofing your home

Colour burst A sustainable kitchen renovation has tranformed this space from retro shabby to vibrant mid-century chic


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Good impact Make an impact with the new trade-grade cordless drill


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A kitchen classic : freestanding cookers


Timeless flooring Get the timber look with this impressive new laminate flooring

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Kitchen Appliance Guide

The latest lighting options


Our pick of the best products on the market

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NEWS WINDOW FURNISHINGS LEFT With beautifully matched wallpapers, soft furnishings and curtains, we are seeing a trend towards the revival of the co-ordinated room. Thibaut’s Enchantment collection pays homage to traditional European artistic styles. Modern design elements mimic fashionable chinoiserie compositions such as scenery, fretwork and delicate floral patterns. Pictured here is the striking Etosha embroidery available at Boyac. BELOW These western red cedar shutters from Newport Custom Shutters have a custom finish to suit any colour palette. The clean, simple lines create a clear view, which provides an uncluttered feel to your interiors.

WINDOW SHOPPING Whether you want to spruce up a bare room, block out light or simply obtain more privacy in your home, there are plenty of options available Edited by April Ossington LEFT Available at Fanuli, these chic Verosol pleated blinds were developed more than 30 years ago to control solar radiation. Finished with metallised fabric, these blinds are available in six different densities with an option of the Duo System, which enables both total blockout and transparent settings. ABOVE RIGHT The striking Island Home collection from Sekers includes five diverse prints, from lush tropical designs featuring flora and fauna to delicate roses and entwining vines. Each design is printed on a linen/viscose base cloth, creating a beautiful soft look and drape. Pictured here is the lush Babylon Damson upholstery. RIGHT An external shading system can provide your home with superior protection from the elements. Featuring a tensioned track, these 760/860 straightdrop awnings from Markilux are ideal for windy or exposed areas.


Below With a drape like a gentle wave, the captivating Ocean upholstery from the Mokum Classics collection is woven in 100 per cent linen. This beautiful widewidth drapery features a subtle texture that is created through both the weave and colour placement. Available at James Dunlop Textiles.

KITCHEN ESSENTIAL European-style filtered water systems now in Australia

Filtered water jugs have been a part of Australian family kitchens for many years. But did you know there’s now a more convenient way to enjoy the benefits of filtered water at home? Thanks to European designs and technology, you can have great-tasting filtered water at your fingertips simply by turning on your kitchen tap. Cleaner Clearer Better Water is such a fundamental part of food preparation, it isn’t surprising it can influence the results of your cooking at home. The good news is nowadays there is a cost effective filtering solution available that enhances the flavour and brings out the best in your food. Designed and made in Europe, the BRITA 3-Way Filter Tap is simple to install and use. Restaurateur and Master Chef judge, Gary Mehigan has owned and used a BRITA 3-way tap in his home and he has experienced the difference for himself. How it works The BRITA 3-Way Filter Tap comes with everything you need to install yourself. You don’t have to drill into your kitchen bench top – it simply replaces your existing tap. The result is great tasting filtered water at your fingertips

whenever you want with one lever for filtered water and another for unfiltered hot/cold water. Bringing European styling to modern kitchens Clever and elegant design means your new or renovated kitchen will look stunning with an in-built BRITA 3-Way Filter Tap. The system itself is compact and sits out of sight below your sink, delivering great tasting water for 6 months, with a sensor actually telling you when it’s time to replace. Replacement filters are now available in all good hardware and electrical stores and are easy to change.

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COLOUR ME HAPPY Forget playing it safe with neutrals. From fixtures to appliances, vibrant colour is creeping into every corner of the home Edited by April Ossington BELOW Move over white and stainless steel, this retromodern FAB 32 two-door refrigerator from Smeg in vibrant lime is sure to brighten your kitchen. RIGHT If primary colours aren’t your thing, perhaps you should try a metallic shade. Pictured here is the Starck Organic two-handle basin mixer in Brushed Redgold. Available at Axor.

ABOVE LEFT Adding a vibrant splashback or panel is the perfect way to inject some colour into your kitchen without going over the top. A vibrant addition to the latest colour palette update from Laminex, the Jalapeno decor is sure to spice things up. ABOVE Part of the Concetto collection from Caesarstone, the Amethyst slab is made from lush semi-precious stone. Rich purple and violet tones in both light and dark play off each other to create a mesmerising effect. BELOW Designed by Marc Newson, the 60cm pyrolytic electric oven from Smeg achieves an A energy rating. With a touch LED display, this smart oven is pictured here in the fabulous Giallo colourway.

ABOVE The Ceramic Modernists collection from Tiles of Ezra features unique designs that appropriate graphic Moroccan prints and refined ethnic classics. Simple yet unique, these vibrant tiles will make an interesting feature in your bathroom. LEFT Need to revive a boring bathroom? Available at DELSA, the limited-edition Milestone Duralight Colore washbasin from Teuco is available in either glossy or matte lacquered cherry red.



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TOP This innovative chalkboard wallpaper from Zakkia is easy to apply and remove. Especially great for kids’ rooms, it can be used as traditional wallpaper or you can even try cutting it into different shapes. ABOVE The eBoy wall murals from Wallpaper Republic add a fresh and funky vibe to any room.

ABOVE Printed by hand on vintage presses, the latest wallpaper collection from Porter’s Paints is filled with classic designs in fresh colours as well as elegant new creations.

WALL TO WALL Turn ordinary rooms into art with these marvellous wall coverings Edited by Sean E. Britten

ABOVE AND LEFT Part of the Milton & King brand, Kemra specialises in boutique faux wallpapers. The Rustic Wood Panels wallpaper creates a delightful lodge-like feel while the Whitewash Bricks wallpaper is a modern take on exposed brick. RIGHT Experimenting with new and unique blends, Giardini has produced fabric wall coverings in combinations of classic materials such as linen and silk, with others including faux fur and raffia.


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No matter what space you need to illuminate, these lighting options are sure to brighten your home in more ways than one Edited by Sean E. Britten

1 Evoking a feminine mystique, the Worvo floor lamp by Marc Pascal takes its inspiration from the female form. The lampshade with its corset curves is produced from polycarbonate weave, which draws the eye. It’s available at Form.Function.Style in either classic white or an endless array of custom colour combinations, enabling it to suit any decor.

2 The Hello Watermelon lamp from Littleville adds a touch of whimsy to any space. Hand finished in Germany from thermodynamic-moulded PVC, it emits a soft and warm glow. Its fun shape makes it perfect for a child’s bedroom or anywhere you’d like to add a bit of quirk.



5 3 3 The warm and welcoming glow of the eccentric and beautifully designed Bake Me a Cake lamp by Morten & Jonas draws together any space. Made from oak wood and smoky tinted glass, the original design and manufacture came from a unique collaboration between inmates of a Norwegian prison! Available at LightCo, the lamp has a subtle, retro-kitsch sensibility but with such a bold look, it can fit in with any decor.

4 Simple and attractive, the large Lily lamp by furniture and lighting designer Duncan Meerding makes a striking addition to any home. Made from timber, stainless steel and polypropylene, the design was inspired by nature and guided by hand to create the play and contrast of materials. Because of its shape, the lamp also operates as a side table, perfect for display. 5 The Ashland table lamp from Boyd Blue has a rugged and natural aesthetic. Made from natural materials, no two lamps are the same, giving them a unique appeal. The rich gold finish applied by hand to the rough shape and surface of the tree root that forms the base creates an exquisite contrast. It comes with an adjustable neck and understated, sleek, black lampshade.




7 6 With a vibrant and tropical feel, the Cocktail Umbrella pendant lightshade by Mel’s Creative Designs is handmade from unique miniature paper umbrellas. The colourful and fun aesthetic will make a space come to life and create a play of light throughout the room. Available at Zanui. 7 The Spindent pendant light by Nick Sadowsky has a sleek and clean aesthetic that combines elegance with simple and sustainable design. With its distinct appearance, this pendant will fit into any space unobtrusively. Utilising anodised aluminium as well as oak, it fits together without adhesives or screws. Available at Workshopped.



8 Simple yet complicated, constantly changing depending on the angle at which it is viewed, the Dadi by Zava is made from a metal sheet folded irregularly and patterned with diagonal cuts. It is sure to create a unique look in any home. Available at LightCo.


9 Creating a gorgeous play of light and shadow through their unique design, the Weaver pendant lights from Satelight are hand woven from nylon rope. A macramĂŠ artist spends hours weaving the fixtures, using traditional craft techniques. They are available in a range of colours and three standard sizes.


10 Featuring a colourful, organic appearance, the Bau pendant by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt will liven up an interior. Available at Bristol & Brooks, this sculptural hanging lamp combines colour, composition and shape in a unique array of interlocking geometric circles that seem to grow out in all directions.







13 Available at Cafe Culture + Insitu, the Granny wall light by Casamania has been handknitted by a collective of home workers in the Netherlands to create a raw and loved organic appearance. Thick woollen threads have been used to produce a cosy and warm sense about the lamp, like an old handmade jumper. A natural treatment has been applied to the product, making the wool flame, moth and mite-resistant. 11 With the Slide light by Suck Uk, you can use your own photographs to create a unique lighting feature. The wall light can be hung either horizontally or vertically and the images can be changed as often as you like, providing low-level background lighting and an attractive display to a space. New or existing regular pictures can be transferred to slide at many photographic developers. Available at Yellow Octopus.

12 Classic and imposing, the Idolomite slate and crystal wall light from Custom Lighting makes the perfect feature piece for your living or dining area. The stone veneer comes in three different and distinct finishes — Sahara, Black and Autumn — and is skirted with glittering Swarovski crystals.

WALL LIGHTS 14 The Falcon Sconce from Boyd Blue creates a dramatic statement. Made from forged iron and with antique brass-faceted details, this wall light is a thing of renaissance beauty that works well in modern spaces. The five sockets are combined with mercury convex mirrors, creating the illusion that they are glowing. 15 Quirky and unique, the Arianna wall light by Zava from LightCo is confident in its simplicity. The iron frame and exposed, brightly coloured electric cable create a vibrant utilitarian aesthetic. Both the metal finish and the cable come in a stunning range of different colours to suit any taste.

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OUTDOOR LIGHTING 16 Emerging out of the earth, the Inbox-Outbox outdoor lights by Torremato from LightCo make a bold statement. Their boxy shapes and peculiar positions serve as an attractive contrast to the natural setting of the garden, while providing excellent illumination. Available in different sizes, their broad, unmarked sides also come with different finishes, from rusty to lacquered, to suit the feel of your outdoor area. 17 For a touch of old-world class, the II Fanale wall light from LightCo incorporates aged copper with brass or iron. The gas lamp-inspired design creates an antique feel, but has the durability needed for outdoor use. The glass in the design comes in both clear and frosted.

18 18 LED technology meets marine-grade aluminium for an outdoor lighting solution that is both illuminating and hardy in all conditions. The stark lines of the LEDlux Marine from Beacon Lighting give a clean and modern appearance. The same design comes in a range of globe options. 19 The sinuous shape of the Cobra outdoor bollard light from the Royal Botania lighting collection provides illumination with style. The stainless-steel construction plays with the organic shape of the design. Available at LightCo. 20 The Q-bic from the Royal Botania lighting collection is a versatile, directional outdoor light that will work well with any space. Its clean lines and electro polished stainlesssteel surfaces give it an exceptional modern look and make it durable enough to handle any climatic conditions. With its adjustable head, the Q-bic can be unobtrusively mounted to the ground, wall or ceiling. Available at LightCo.


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Kitchen craft Fisher & Paykel’s Mark Elmore shares his knowledge of kitchen appliance design How do you approach designing a kitchen appliance? Our approach is human centred. We investigate closely how people use their kitchens and challenge traditional concepts, such as the idea of a “work triangle”, which located the key components as the cooktop/ oven, fridge and sink in a triangle, based on an efficient time-and-motion study. Today, meal preparation is a social occasion and we have started to separate the components so the appliances can be distributed according to people’s needs. How has the concept of “distributed appliances” translated into actual appliances? As kitchen cabinet design has moved out of cupboards into ergonomically and space-efficient drawers, we considered how we could harness this concept for appliance design. Out of this came the DishDrawer and then the CoolDrawer (fridge/freezer in a drawer) — both world firsts. Today, it is possible to have a CoolDrawer for drinks by the table, perhaps a DishDrawer for crockery by the sink or in an off-site cleaning area, and one for glasses by the bar. It allows you to configure the kitchen to suit you. What considerations do you take into how a product looks? We evolve but we’re not fashion driven. We work with kitchen designers and architects to develop a look that we believe has design integrity

without being a slave to fleeting trends. Our overriding consideration is around “designed to match”. The handles, finishes and details offer a consistency across each and every appliance. As kitchens become more like lounge areas, the technology is getting more embedded. Kitchen cabinets are becoming like furniture and we need to make sure our appliances integrate seamlessly. Where is kitchen appliance design heading? Design freedom and flexibility are key. We will provide increasing opportunity for consumers to customise their appliances, much in the same way people today can customise their cars — the colour, the trim, the specifications — to create a product that uniquely fits the customer’s needs and tastes.

Mark Elmore is head of industrial design at Fisher & Paykel. Mark won the Kent Student Design Award and, in 2011, was awarded the John Britten Black Pin at the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards. He has been designing kitchen appliances for decades and has been particularly interested in not only the physical and architectural changes that have occurred, but also the sociological and psychological ways in which kitchens have changed over the years.


FEATURE KITCHEN APPLIANCE GUIDE Miele’s Generation 6000 includes a range of built-in appliances that are all made to fit seamlessly into your cabinetry in various configurations.

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Whether you’re a novice cook or master chef, there is a wide range of ovens available today to suit various skill levels. From the basic functions to fan-forced and selfcleaning systems, it is important to consider how you will use your oven and how often. Ovens with a fan-forced option are ideal no matter what kind of cook you are. This type Above The Falcon Classic Deluxe 110 Dual of oven works by circulating preFuel is a multi electric, fan-forced oven heated air evenly throughout with combined electric and gas cooktop. Available from Andi-Co Australia. the oven, allowing you to cook several types of food at a faster pace and at lower temperatures, saving energy in the long run. Combi ovens, steam ovens and even a revamped model of the microwave oven are being introduced into the domestic environment. Integrated appliances and built-in cabinetry designs enable home cooks to incorporate this broad range of appliances in a sleek and streamlined way, allowing them to be more experimental and adventurous with their cooking.

Most home cooks have a preference for the type of cooktop they like to use — whether gas or electric — but induction technology has thrown another hat in the ring. Gas cooktops tend to be popular with the ambitious family chef as the temperature is easy to regulate and a wide range of pots, saucepans and woks can be used. Induction cooktops not only bring food to the boil quickly and react rapidly and precisely when you regulate the temperature, but they also save time and, inevitably, energy as they transfer heat to the pot more efficiently. Below V-ZUG’s customised induction cooktop combinations include a teppanyaki hotplate and curved indentation for wok placement.



Having your oven separate to your cooktop means two cooks can work in the kitchen simultaneously

Use the right-sized burner for the pot or pan you’re cooking with. If the burner is bigger than the pot, it wastes energy



RANGEHOODS A rangehood removes food odours, grease and steam from your cooking station. Although the function of these appliances is key, rangehoods have recently become a design element of the modern kitchen. Previously, built-in rangehoods were hidden within cabinetry, however developments in design have seen the rangehood come out of hiding, adding to both the design and functionality of a kitchen. Don’t forget the technical details though. A rangehood should be able to recirculate the air in your kitchen six to 12 times per hour and must be mounted at the optimum distance from your cooktop, depending on the fuel type.

Above Smeg’s designer KT110ABL wall-mount rangehood in black. Right The Qasair twin-canopy rangehood is a major feature of this kitchen designed by Enigma Interiors.

Squeaky clean A clean grease filter will ensure your rangehood operates at its peak and saves energy

TRICKS OF THE TRADE • Run the dishwasher only when it is full • When possible, use the eco-wash program — an extra-long, low-heat cycle that consumes less energy

REFRIGERATORS The main point of difference when buying a refrigerator is size. It is extremely important to think about how much room you will need as this will have a significant impact on the energy efficiency of your home. Fridges with adjustable shelving are beneficial as they allow for optimal storage space and configuration. For a small household of one to four people, a standard top- or bottomfreezer/fridge of approximately 300-500L would be sufficient. Whereas, in a larger family home, a 500L+ refrigerator is recommended, and design will depend on how much fridge-to-freezer ratio you require. Above Liebherr’s ECBN 6256 integrated French-door refrigerator incorporates a BioFresh and freezer drawer at the bottom. Available from Andi-Co Australia.

DISHWASHERS After living with a dishwasher, it’s hard to imagine ever being without one. Not only do dishwashers save you time, they also save on water and electricity when compared to hand washing. And, with many brands customising the dishwasher fascia to suit various cabinetry designs, why wouldn’t you want one? When shopping for a dishwasher, check the energy ratings of each product — the higher the rating, the more efficient it is. Also, look at the basket design and ensure it suits your needs. Check the water consumption and the machine quality, including ease of use, availability of replacement parts and life expectancy. Above Siemens SX56T593AU semi-integrated dishwasher has a 4.5-star Wels Water Rating and a 4.5-star Energy Rating. Left This Bosch dishwasher utilises ActiveWater technology — a system that uses every single drop of water to its maximum.



TRIED & TESTED We take different versions of common kitchen appliances and compare their usability, quality and design

Cafe 2 you

Breville Nespresso Pixie, $349 If you don’t have a large kitchen but want good coffee, then the Breville Pixie is the perfect choice. This compact unit doesn’t skimp on quality with the 19-bar pressure capsule coffee machine delivering consistently great coffee every time we used it. The unit comes with the Aeroccino3, which produces both hot and cold frothed milk, and is available in a range of colours with a textured stainless-steel feature to match the decor of any kitchen. We especially loved the preferred-cup memory feature, which makes it so easy to use on those early mornings you’re half asleep.

Lavazza EP MAXI, $79 With Lavazza’s EP Maxi, Italian coffee is available at your fingertips. This machine delivers perfect, cafe-quality espressos, cappuccinos and lattes, and works exclusively with Lavazza capsules. Integrated with a “double soul”, it can brew two espressos at once, which we found especially useful. An attached milk frother and a range of coffee strengths are available to suit every taste. Pods can be ordered online to ensure you’ll always have your liquid gold readily available.


Modo Mio Premium by Electrolux, $299.95 Electrolux’s Modo Mio Premium makes a delicious range of coffees at the push of a button. With an integrated fresh milk system, you can create silky milk froth using the pre-programmable long/short espresso options. It also includes auto shut-off after 30 minutes of inactivity — an energy saver for the entire household and a feature we found especially convenient. Available in a range of colours to complement your kitchen design.



Get down and juicy Breville Juice Fountain Max, $249.95 Wow! This juicer really packs a punch. For a fuss-free person who’s on the go, this might be the perfect addition to the kitchen benchtop. Once you’ve got your head around the assembly, the sturdy machine will take its place, anchored by its suction pads on the bottom. Bulky it may be, but this is not for a small kitchen or an owner who intends to waste time packing a juicer away. What really makes it stand out from the crowd is its speed and efficiency. Pop your fruit or veg in the top and see it disappear — separating juice from pulp — in approximately two seconds flat. No chopping required. The chute is large enough for apples, oranges, carrots … you name it.

Sombrero Juicer, $9.95 While we had intended to review only electric juicers, we couldn’t help sneaking in this nifty little number. Though you’re limited to citrus fruits with the Sombrero Juicer, we did feel that being able to juice straight into a bottle or glass was pretty useful. Plus, once you’re done, it’s super easy to clean and pops straight back in the cupboard or drawer.

Metrokane Rabbit Mighty OJ Juicer, $89.59 If you’re a lover of all things citrus, the Mighty Rabbit OJ Juicer may be for you. While juicing is often a messy affair, this machine makes the mess fun. Not only does the Mighty Rabbit have a funky ’50s aesthetic, it also has a crank, which makes you feel like you’ve landed in the fair on Grease. Of course, drawbacks include not being able to juice an apple or a bit of ginger, but we think it looks pretty chic so that makes up for it.

Russell Hobbs Juiceman Pro, $149.95 This smooth operator looks sleek and we found it to be pretty functional too. A good middleof-the-road option, it requires some chopping, but not loads, and also won’t take up the whole kitchen. It’s a little slow to start with but, once it gets going, it’s reliable and works well. What we liked best about the Juiceman Pro was there weren’t loads of fiddly bits, which made cleaning relatively easy. When all’s said and done and you’ve got your juice, the last thing you want is to spend hours cleaning.

LifeSpring Slow Juicer, $599 For someone who dreams of a big kitchen but has to make do with a small one, this juicer really appeals. Made of many smaller components, it’s the type of machine that can be tucked away when not in use and won’t take up an entire cupboard. That said, this convenience also has its drawbacks. All fruit and veg must be cut up into small pieces in order to fit into the compact chute, which makes for a slightly timeconsuming juicing session. We do, however, love the cute tofu-making mould that comes with it as well as the book of juice recipes for both the adventurous and those less so. Once in action, this attractive little fella is quiet and functional.


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RENOVATION HIGH FIVE Here are Cherie Barber’s top-five priorities when renovating for profit 1. Work to a budget This may sound like a no-brainer, but so many people do it the wrong way around. They cobble together costings for all the things on their wish list — and that gets tallied up as the budget. Or worse, they just spend money willy-nilly as the renovation progresses. That’s a recipe for disaster and makes you an easy target for rip-off merchants. Your starting point needs to be a budget that is in proportion to the current value of your property. For example, if your property is worth $500,000 and you’re doing a cosmetic renovation, you should cap your renovation at 10 per cent of the property’s value, which makes your budget $50,000. Then the discipline is making sure all your materials and labour costs don’t go a cent over, or you’ll start eating into your profit.


here’s a variety of reasons why people renovate. Some want to add value to their homes so they can tap into the increased equity for other things, while others renovate simply to create the homes of their dreams, with elastic budgets to accommodate their grand plans. Then there are the people like me, who predominantly renovate to make a profit. And if profit is your end game, there’s only one person you should be aiming to please: your buyer. Therefore, your own personal likes and dislikes take a back seat. Before you remove a single tile, you need to know who your typical buyer is and what they’re looking for so your renovation meets the needs of your target market. You also need militarylike discipline when it comes to budgets and time management. Here are my top-five priorities to consider when renovating for profit. Some might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how often the basics are ignored once the creative juices are unleashed!


to get recommendations for good tradies. And then get three quotes. And be sure to do a quick licence check on the federal government website ( aspx) before you engage any tradie to work on your property. They don’t just need to be licensed; they need to have the correct licence for the work they’re doing.

4. Don’t go overboard with bells and whistles While it’s good to have a bit of “wow” factor, you don’t want a renovated property that is going to polarise your buyers into those who love it and those who hate it. So when in doubt, keep it neutral, from your colour palette through to your fixtures and fittings. Experiment with wacky tiles and quirky gizmos when you’re renovating for yourself!

2. Match your renovation to the target demographic 5. Keep outdoor areas practical If your property is in a not-so-great area, then your and low maintenance renovation will be entirely different from the one you might consider for a waterfront penthouse. So always match the calibre of your renovation to the value of your property and the standard of finishes typical in your area. For example, fibro houses offer terrific renovation potential, but there’s generally a ceiling on what a buyer will pay for a renovated one. So you’re bound to be overcapitalising if you install a $30,000 kitchen with granite benchtops, sleek appliances and glass splashbacks, when a smart laminate kitchen would be fine. The extra money would be far better spent on practical additions such as a deck, carport or reconfiguring the layout to squeeze in an extra bedroom.

3. Always get three quotes The most reliable way to reach a fair estimate of what a job is worth is to get three quotes. If you only get one — even if it’s from the top bloke your neighbour recommended — you have no realistic comparison to benchmark against. Use your network of friends, family and colleagues

Creative landscaping costs a load of money once you start dabbling in fancy paving, exotic plants and things such as pools and elaborate water features. And at the end of all of that, some buyers will simply see it as an upkeep nightmare. You’re much better to go for a neat yard with simple plantings and a good patch of turf. An outdoor area is like an additional room, so it’s always money well spent to create some kind of outdoor entertaining area, even if it’s just a well-shaded balcony, deck or courtyard. The added bonus is that a lovely outside area that connects with the house can completely change the whole feel of the home itself.

Cherie Barber is a public speaker, TV renovator on Network Ten’s The Living Room and owner of Renovating for Profit, a company that teaches everyday people how to buy, renovate, sell or rent old properties to make a profit. For more information, visit



Susan Wasley was asked by the builder to help his clients to realise the dream they had for their new city beach-side home. The Statuario marble for the kitchen bench was the starting point for the colour scheme throughout the house - white, black and silver. The restricted size of the home called for careful planning to maximise storage throughout. The kitchen especially needed ample storage and expansive bench space.The result is a light and airy, luxurious home with views to city and sea. Susan is an independent designer with many years experience. She is often asked by builders or their clients to produce an individual, designer-look kitchen, bathroom, laundry or home oďŹƒce that reects the owners style.

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ENERGY FROM ABOVE A fundamental part of good design, passive solar design is a key aspect that an architect will always consider when developing plans for a new home or renovation wiser than building a big house and then tacking on ideas about solar energy. In many cases, it will significantly cut down on the need for high-spec glazing and insulation, which can be an unnecessarily costly way to meet the regulatory 6-star energy ratings. Good design will optimise passive heating and cooling, which is the least expensive way to heat and cool your home.

What’s it like to live in? Words and drawing Lyndal Williams


passive solar-designed house captures the sun’s energy within the structure and slowly releases that heat throughout the day to condition the home, without using fossil fuel or mechanical devices. Passive solar design uses techniques to control direct and indirect gain, depending on the climate and orientation of the block.

If you’ve spent time in a house designed to incorporate passive solar design principles, you would’ve noticed how naturally comfortable it feels. That’s because it relies less on artificial heating, has good, healthy airflow and minimises dramatic differences in indoor air temperatures and breezes. Another result of good passive solar design is better ambiance of the indoor spaces through good indoor air quality, illumination, thermal conditions and acoustics. The play of natural sunlight and controlled natural light

in the right places enlivens spaces and often creates a wonderful connection with the outdoor environment.

What about shady sites? Not all sites allow optimal conditions for passive solar design principles. An architect will help you maximise existing attributes, however meagre. It’s something we’re highly skilled at and we enjoy taking it on as a challenge. It’s a fantastic sense of achievement when you can help transform a mid-century, cold, dark, draught-ridden house into a modern, comfortable, flexible and lively home with a renewed sense of connection to the outdoors — and, hopefully, a reduced energy bill at the end of the day!

Architect Lyndal Williams, RAIA, has 18 years’ experience working with residential projects.

How do I apply it to my home? Rather than thinking about passive solar design in terms of products you need or ways of building, the most effective way to incorporate passive solar design is by designing cleverly and with careful consideration from the start. Firstly, if you want to be good to the environment, reduce your footprint. No amount of straw-bale building, solar panels or recycled materials can compete with the simple idea of reducing the size of the house you’re planning as well as orientating it carefully.

What are the benefits? With skilful design, you’ll gain a more comfortable home that’s less wasteful of space, with fewer “dead” areas to heat and cool and with less impact on your wallet. You’ll probably be able to install higher-quality fittings with the money you’ve saved on scaling down, which is


No amount of straw-bale building, solar panels or recycled materials can compete with the simple idea of reducing the size of the house you’re planning as well as orientating it carefully

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The rear facade's connection to the backyard is integral to the building's success

HERITAGE LISTED A renovation that has given a periodstyle Queenslander a new crisp, modern form — without detracting from its historical references Words James Cleland Photography Christopher Frederick Jones


he desire for a living environment that fits within the context of a modern lifestyle is a driving force behind many renovations. Homes that cater to the individual needs and wants of their residents are fewer and further between than they should be. Many of us live in homes that were never truly designed to suit the environment of Australia and the lifestyles that Aussies prefer, and this can be especially apparent when dealing with heritage-listed homes. Although the charm and character of period architecture can mask a building’s inadequacies to a certain extent, understanding the influence that good design has on an individual’s lifestyle and quality of life means that these buildings fail in their purpose of providing a quality environment in which to reside. Thankfully, renovations allow us to reinvent these homes, while also keeping the underlying essence of the original building. This is the case with the project overseen by Kieron Gait Architects, which was called upon to renovate an 1880s building typical of the style of the Queenslander homes built around this period. The home’s unique facade and age sets it apart from its neighbours and has formed the basis for its



Above The flow from exterior to interior is seamless due to floor-to-ceiling sliding doors

Right Natural tones work with sunlight to create a warm and inviting kitchen space

listing as a heritage home. However, this does not mean the property ticked all the boxes for its owners. The desire for a more inclusive relationship between the home and its exterior gardens, and an amendment to its previous renovations, drove the direction of the project. Work started by removing the previous additions to the home, the most prominent of which was the lean-to extension located to the rear of the building. Another major change was the excavation of the existing swimming pool, which was positioned in the centre of the back garden. The new pool has now been located to the side, allowing better use of the rear garden. The new extension was designed to redress the home’s relationship with the backyard as well as to provide ample room for new living, kitchen and dining spaces. Two new bedrooms are located on the upper floor of the new extension and form the bulk of the top floor, along with a new bathroom. A master bedroom suite is located in the attic space of the heritage section of the home and is connected to the rest of the second storey via a bridge.




A clean, crisp, minimal aesthetic, although counter to the heritage spaces, complements the older home’s distinct style without creating visual dissonance






A hidden skylight in the void above the new staircase allows natural light into the home

Above A minimal aesthetic featuring warm timber tones and crisp white walls complements the home's original style

Top Views of the rear garden dominate every angle of the new addition, part of achieving a cohesive relationship with the exterior space

The materials used in the new section of the home reflect an element of the client’s lifestyle: he is a skilled woodworker. The timber used throughout the home injects a warm natural tone, which complements the stark white finishes of the walls and ceilings. A clean, crisp minimal aesthetic, although counter to the heritage spaces, complements the older home’s distinct style without creating visual dissonance. Injection of light into the upper portion of the home was realised by creating a unique spatial void above the new staircase that referenced the proportions of the existing gable. This created a volume in which to place a hidden skylight that allows ample natural light to pierce the heart of the home.



Precise, clean lines eect a subtle balance of apparent space and stylistic form while also facilitating the needs of the residents




A wood fire adds warmth and ties into the home's use and adaptation of timber elements



Top The master bedroom has its own balcony overlooking the front of the house

Above The new bathroom is clean and crisp, enjoying generous natural light

A conscious effort to create an addition that evolves the home into a new form without detracting from its historical references is what makes this renovation special. Precise, clean lines effect a subtle balance of apparent space and stylistic form while also facilitating the needs of the residents. The increased exposure to the rear garden allows the property to be fully utilised as a living space and the care taken in keeping and restoring the home’s heritage facade allows it to carry the history of its origins proudly into the future.



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Project particulars This project was designed by: Kieron Gait Atchitects 139 Fifth Avenue, Balmoral Qld 4171 Tel 07 3399 5446 Email Web This project was built by: Designer Homes Tel 0411 507 119 FLOORING Kitchen ASA Tiles Australia Champagne limestone tiles (610x305mm, honed finish) Dining Blackbutt timber Living ASA Tiles Australia Champagne limestone tiles (610x305mm, honed finish) Bedroom Hoop pine boards (existing) Stairs Blackbutt timber Outdoor ASA Tiles Australia Champagne limestone tiles (610x305mm, honed finish)

WALLS Dining Plasterboard (13mm) painted in Dulux Whisper White Living Plasterboard (13mm) painted in Dulux Whisper White, blackbutt timber studs and lining Bedroom Plasterboard (13mm) painted in Dulux Whisper White Stair Sharp Plywood blackbutt veneer Outdoor Clad in western red cedar KITCHEN Benchtop Stainless steel Splashback Stainless-steel upstand, tiles above cabinetry Appliances ILVE BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry T Early & Sons blackbutt veneer Basin Bette Aqua wall Tiles/walls and floor Champagne limestone tiles (610x305mm, honed finish)

Sanitary fixtures Laufen Jika back-to-wall toilet suite with soft-close seat Taps Grohe BauLoop basin mixer Shower in bath Grohe Bau Cosmopolitan hand shower on wall Shower in ensuite Grohe Bau Cosmopolitan hand and overhead shower Shower mixers Grohe BauLoop wall mixer WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Lidco 735 Series sliding doors black powder-coated Aneeta sashless window in Dulux Black Satin powder-coat frame Duce fixed window with timber frame OUTDOOR Roof Zincalume custom orb Landscaping By Owen Thompson of Arborescence Furniture Clients’ own







The sun-filled upper rear deck overlooks the courtyard

This Surry Hills stunner has emerged from its bachelor pad status with a clean and contemporary style that better suits its young family residents Words James Cleland Photography Craig Wall


ne of the greatest things about home renovations is that if they’re handled well, they can become an organic process that grows with the needs of their owner. Many times, it is a planned process that evolves a home in steps and stages, sometimes over decades. Other times, it can be a gradual process as the owner’s lifestyle and personal needs change. This particular project falls into the latter category, where the home has transitioned from an old workman’s terrace into a bachelor’s residence and then into a family home, over a period of seven years. Described as a two-up two-down terrace with a tacked-on addition for a bathroom, the home’s original state was typical of Sydney’s older innercity residences; not really suited to the Australian climate and not particularly welcoming for a modern home. The lack of an official brief from client to designer can be an issue at times, as a brief can set a firm outline for the partnership to base its working foundation on. However, in the case of this project, the fluid nature of the work didn’t seem to hamper progress too often. Although the overall renovation took place over the space of seven years, the core timeframe was a period of three years, where the bulk of the work was completed. The evolution from contemporary bachelor pad into a family home revolved around the client meeting his now wife, who shared his vision of the home’s future, and the birth of their two daughters. This was a significant shift from the origin of the project, as one can imagine, however a minor bump in the road for the direction that the home was travelling in.


PROJECT BAXTER CREATIVE Neutral tones create an elegant and refined palette for the interiors. Paired with the abundant natural light, it makes the interior spaces bright and airy

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During this timeframe, and overseen with care by Charles Prior, director of Baxter Creative, the home has evolved with a keen vision for a clean and contemporary style while also adapting to the various changes in its inhabitants’ lives. The complete gutting of the internal spaces of the house and excavation underneath the original lower floor was the first step. This created a new floor level with the lane situated at the rear of the plot. It also made space for a cellar, laundry, study and multipurpose space that can function as either a playroom or bedroom. At the rear, a new courtyard and entertaining area make perfect use of the outdoor space. Upper floors connected via a bespoke staircase of timber and steel house the living spaces, kitchen and dining room as well as a balcony, which overlooks the rear of the property. Above this sits the family’s bedrooms and bathroom. A significant aspect of the project is the quantity of bespoke furnishings and items found within the home. The aforementioned staircase is a marvellous piece. With no visible construction, it forms a single harmonious entity. As with many terrace homes, functional storage was Above In the dining and entry living room, every inch of space has been given a purpose

Right Seamless in its construction, the staircase is a work of art and engineering



The home has evolved with a keen vision for a clean and contemporary style while also adapting to the various changes in its inhabitants’ lives








Left Interiors are simple in design and complement the warm, natural colours of the building's materials


Right The provision of natural light was such a crucial element in the project's design that even the bathrooms have access to plenty

direly needed, and special attention was given to creating joinery that could utilise the volume of the home and provide plenty of storage with minimal impact on the internal environment, while keeping everyday necessities within easy reach. Other significant aspects are the care and expertise that went into selecting the best materials. Details such as the teak used for the balcony and custom-designed door hardware inject a firm sense of quality and purpose that can stand the test of time. Along with the high standard of the materials from a visual aspect, the home's materiality has long-lasting qualities, which will also help to keep the home as sustainable as possible. This, coupled with excellent insulation, ventilation and carefully selected fittings, ensure that even for an urban terrace — where this is often hard to implement — the home’s environmental footprint is as minimal as possible.




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Project particulars This project was designed by: Baxter Creative Pty Ltd PO box 734, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Tel 02 8399 0943 Email Web This project was built by: Milliken Builders Builder Troy Milliken Tel 0409 129 840 Licence Number 249612c

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FLOORING Kitchen American oak, hand selected and in a wide board Dining American oak, hand selected and in a wide board


Living American oak, hand selected and in a wide board Bedroom American oak, hand selected and in a wide board Stair American oak, hand selected and in a wide board Outdoor Bluestone and teak WALLS Kitchen/dining/living/bedroom Porter's Cashmere KITCHEN Benchtop Carrara marble, book matched – Nefiko Marble Splashback Mirror Cabinetry Polyurethane BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry Polyurethane Taps Rogerseller Fantini Milano

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AGAINST ALL ODDS An excessively run-down Brisbane cottage, without any of life’s creature comforts and with the odds stacked against it, is brought back to life with love and a distinctive American flavour




The cottage has an aura of Desperate Housewives about it, with a wide verandah, beautiful gables, grey exterior and white picket fence


Words Danielle Townsend Photography Clare Sophia Photography


o say this Brisbane house was derelict, unloved and unliveable is somewhat of an understatement. In its original 1920s condition, there wasn’t even a proper bathroom, just an unusual shower space under the house. The property was filled with rotted timber, borer and termite damage and asbestos, the roof was rusted out and the front and back stairs weren’t safe to use. “In fact, the house was so far gone, the bank would not loan me any money against it,” says homeowner Rachael Turner of Front Porch Properties. “Luckily, I won it cheap enough at auction that I was able to borrow enough against the land alone.” Despite its neglected state and lack of creature comforts, the house became


affectionately referred to as “Charlie’s House”. “The neighbours would often pull us aside to tell us stories of Charlie, the sweet old man who used to live here,” says Rachael. “He was born here, raised here and stayed here for the rest of his life. “It just amazes me that, in this day and age, just moments from a CBD, this old man would trek outside, down the rotting staircase and under the house to use the exposed toilet! Neighbours also said he would sit in the front room of the house at night because there were no lights or power points in any other room! I guess this is just how he grew up and he knew nothing else.” Fortunately, Rachael recognised the home’s possibilities. “It was important to me to retain as much of the original house as possible,” she says. “My goal was to transform this abandoned ugly duckling into a beautiful and functional home, creating a modern living environment while

keeping the original cottage charm. Another goal was to stick to my very tight budget and a 12-week timeframe.” Rachael’s admiration for American-style homes inspired her project. “I have a real love for Americana, slightly Hamptons, modernvintage-style homes,” she says. “Think Desperate Housewives — wide verandahs, beautiful gables, soothing colour palettes, grey exteriors, French doors, windows with glazing bars, lots of light, white picket fences, cool breezes, symmetry and casual yet elegant decor. “I believe Queenslanders are great ‘blank canvases’ to fuse with the more sophisticated and elegant American equivalent — they share a lot of the same core elements. I also think this more American adaptation of the traditional Queenslander sits beautifully in the Brisbane streetscape. Although this particular house was



Rachael wanted to create a new kitchen that was both beautiful and functional, with plenty of bench space. The kitchen doors and panels are all high-gloss — Alabaster for the lower cabinets and the full-height cupboards are Mountain Pepper

Above and below VJ boards from the removed walls were reused to line the ceiling of the new dining area. A banquette/dining booth was built against the new bathroom wall, allowing the dining table to be “tucked” closer to the wall, freeing up space

a cottage, not a traditional Queenslander, the above was my starting point.” Construction work was undertaken by Construction Co: the residence was re-stumped, levelled and all asbestos removed. New flooring was installed throughout, as the original timber flooring was badly damaged by borers. The entire roof was replaced and all new electrical wiring and plumbing installed. Walls were removed to create an open layout, structural beams were installed to support the ceiling and walls were added to create a new bathroom. “Although the new bathroom is quite small, I tried to make it as functional and luxurious as possible,” says Rachael. “I did this by including a heated towel rail, floor-to-ceiling polished porcelain tiles, dual rain shower and hand shower unit, double vanity, recessed mirrored cupboard storage, LED vanity strip lighting, a






“I believe Queenslanders are great ‘blank canvases’ to fuse with the more sophisticated and elegant American equivalent — they share a lot of the same core elements” — Rachael Turner

When knocking down the original kitchen walls, the lower half of the wall was kept to act as the back of the kitchen cabinetry, creating a built-in custom look



“It was important to me to retain as much of the original house as possible. My goal was to transform this abandoned ugly duckling into a beautiful and functional home, creating a modern living environment while keeping the original cottage charm” — Rachael Turner beautiful Aster pendant light and a hidden shelf for shampoo etc,” she adds. “The mirrors on the cabinets open inwards, too, which means us girls can easily see the back of our hair!” By adding a bathroom, space was significantly reduced for dining, and VJ boards from the removed walls were reused to line the ceiling of the new dining area. A banquette/dining booth was built against the new bathroom wall, allowing the dining table to be “tucked” closer to the wall, freeing up space. Rachael wanted to create a new kitchen that was both beautiful and functional, with plenty of bench space. When knocking down the original kitchen walls, the lower half of the wall was kept, to act as the back of the kitchen cabinetry. This created a built-in custom look. Blum hardware was installed with fullextension drawers and soft-close drawers and doors, along with an undermount sink, stone benchtops, a clever microwave and appliance cupboard hidden behind bifold doors, breakfast


bar, laundry chute to the new laundry built directly under the kitchen (under the house) and a servery to the back deck. Rachel also selected an Asko gas cooktop, Fisher & Paykel oven and energy-efficient LED downlights. The kitchen doors and panels are all highgloss Createc by Polytec and all lower cabinets are Alabaster, while the full-height bank of cupboards is Mountain Pepper. “I carried this same aesthetic through to the bathroom, using white and mocha-coloured tiles to create a similar effect,” says Rachael of the same 100x50mm pearl subway splashback tiles incorporated in both the kitchen and bathroom. Outside, the back exterior wall and stairs were demolished to allow a new rear deck for outdoor entertaining. Meanwhile, at the front of the house, a new study was added and as the original front verandah had been closed in, it was now opened up and new handrails built. A portico and footbridge were also constructed to dress up the front facade and create easy

Above The back exterior wall and stairs were demolished to allow a new rear deck for outdoor entertaining Opposite top One of the three bedrooms in “Charlie’s House” — it fits with Rachael’s love of the Hamptons and modern-vintage-style homes

street access. “The most practical part of the renovation is the footbridge,” says Rachael. “What a huge difference it has made for access and street appeal.” Also at the front of the property, to create a wonderful welcoming effect, a new driveway, carport, front picket fence, retaining wall, side fence, landscaping and turf have made a world of difference. Naturally, the entire house was also repainted for a lovely fresh feeling. “I don’t think I have a favourite part of the home in particular,” says Rachael of her completed project. “I love all the light fixtures and I think the built-in banquette works particularly well. I also really like the design connection between the kitchen and bathroom.” And what would Charlie say about the transformation, some might ask? We think he’d be mighty impressed and somewhat amazed with what the home he knew and lived in for so many decades, without any creature comforts, has become.



Although the bathroom is quite small, it’s both functional and luxurious, with a heated towel rail, floor-to-ceiling tiles, rain shower and a beautiful Aster pendant light



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FLOORING Kitchen/dining/living/study Waterproof, scratch- and dent-proof vinyl planks Bedrooms Carpet

LIGHTING Kitchen Three-light retro servery from Early Settler, energy-efficient LED downlights from Beacon Lighting Bathroom LED strip lighting under mirrored cabinets from Beacon Lighting, Aster pendant from Early Settler Dining room Pendant light from Freedom Hallway Aster pendant from Early Settler KITCHEN Back deck Pendant lights from Beacon Benchtop Caesarstone Snow Lighting Splashback 100x50mm pearl subway tiles Study Clermont chrome pendant from Cabinetry Createc by Polytec high-gloss doors Beacon Lighting and panels in Mountain Pepper and Alabaster Front portico Monaco exterior pendant Internals Blum hardware full-extension light from Lightworks Online drawers, soft-close drawers and cupboards Front verandah Industrial Provincial wall Appliances Asko gas cooktop, Fisher & light from Stella’s House Paykel electric oven, dishwasher Lighting Energy-efficient LED downlights, WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS three-light retro servery from Early Settler All new doors and windows were sourced second hand from local demolition yards BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry/basin 1800mm double vanity/ OUTDOOR sink from Tradelink Bathroom Design, unit Roof Colorbond Woodland Grey re-laminated in Polytec Alabaster to match Furniture/accessories Some furniture was kitchen cabinetry Rachael’s own, some was hired. She styled Tiles/walls and floor Floor-to-ceiling highthe house herself gloss polished porcelain tiles in Alabaster and Mocha WALLS Exterior Porter’s Paints Old Stone Wall semi-gloss Interior Dulux Wash & Wear Beige Royale quarter strength on ceilings Dining flooring extended up dining room wall

before Project particulars This project was designed and project managed by: Front Porch Properties Brisbane Qld Tel 0432 937 499 Email This project was built by: Salt Construction Co Tel 0425 071 937 Web


Taps Caroma tapware and fittings Shower/bath Dual rain shower and hand shower unit




The combination of new and old elements provides an interesting and dynamic chapter in the history of this home and its neighbourhood

A rear view takes in the distinctive exterior cladding and window boxes of the new addition


PROJECT ARCHITECT HEWSON Sleek and contemporary, the kitchen forms the central hub of the home

Words James Cleland Photography Sean Fennessy


ection for a local community or suburb is one of the many reasons why homeowners decide to renovate, even though selling and moving may eventually cross their minds. When you’ve found a suburb where you feel truly at ease, settling down and spreading your roots is often the best choice. This was the case for a Melbourne-based couple whose 1920s California bungalow was in


the perfect spot to live out the rest of their days, though in dire need of rejuvenation. To bring their ageing home up to a standard in which they can enjoy the time spent at home, they enlisted the expertise of Architect Hewson, a firm based in Collingwood, Victoria. With the intent to stay put until retirement, the homeowners decided they needed a space to cater to their needs for general living and entertaining, while in keeping with the historic appeal of the streetscape. With this

direction in mind, an addition was designed that complemented the existing structure but also took a shape of its own, providing context between old and new. Key to the new addition was the ability for it to address the absence of natural light so typical of earlier 20th century buildings. The California bungalow section of the project would serve as an enclosure for smaller intimate spaces, which would feel appropriate given the ceiling height, while the newer section would receive high



The living room windows are a great source of natural light for the home


PROJECT ARCHITECT HEWSON The living and dining rooms share an intimate connection, providing access to the rear garden









A large, luxurious open fireplace dominates the living room and provides a focal gathering point for enjoying the space during the colder months



The California bungalow section of the project would serve as an enclosure for smaller intimate spaces, which would feel appropriate given the ceiling height, while the newer section would receive high ceilings and more openplan rooms, as well as abundant light




Right The main bathroom is generous in its proportions and the amenities it offers

ceilings and more open-plan rooms, as well as abundant light. Careful design was needed to ensure that a connection and context remained between the differing volumes of the new and original sections. Changes to the front allowed for expansion of the kitchen, since the dining space was moved to the new addition. The front living room was also moved to the rear of the property to form a new open-plan living and dining area. The front room, which was originally the living room, has been turned into a comfortable guest bedroom. The guest bathroom was redesigned to allow for a laundry and storage area that was separate from the WC, while the new and extensive bathroom was designed to provide modern amenities and an aesthetically pleasing space. To connect both sections of the home, new timber flooring was laid throughout, providing a continuous visual and material connection that flows throughout the spaces. The new living and dining areas open out onto a rear deck, providing ample room for enjoying the outdoors during the warmer months, while a large, luxurious open fireplace dominates the living room and provides a focal gathering point for enjoying the space during the colder months. Externally, the new addition is a contrast to the refurbished bungalow. Its stark black cladding and strong geometric presence establish a clear and concise visual distinction between the old and new. The large northfacing windows ensure plenty of light enters the home during the day and provide privacy from the neighbours to the east and west of the site. Clerestory windows also provide ample passive ventilation. With a plan for passive environmental control, the home has been designed to keep cool in summer and warm in winter through insulation. The choice to keep the west-facing boundary of the home free of windows allowed the designers to regulate the home’s internal temperatures without having to add active cooling and heating. Additionally, photovoltaic solar panels were added to the new construction. These have the impact of creating a home with minimal need for the power grid while also earning the residence a bonus income from the unused electricity that is fed back into the grid. With this project, the aim to provide the couple with a home that they can be comfortable in for the foreseeable future, which provides all the basic comforts has been thoroughly realised — and the owners couldn’t be happier.



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Project particulars This project was designed by: Architect Hewson Level 1/29 Derby Street, Collingwood Vic 3066 Tel 0419 158 652 Email Web My-Architect Tel 0427 236 252 Web This project was built by: Whelan Paradigms Builder Tim Whelan Tel 0412 939 235 Licence Number DB/U24429 FLOORING Kitchen Tasmanian oak stained ebony/ Jacobean with Bona floor stains Dining Tasmanian oak stained ebony/ Jacobean with Bona floor stains Living Tasmanian oak stained ebony/ Jacobean with Bona floor stains Bedroom Tasmanian oak stained ebony/ Jacobean with Bona floor stains Outdoor Kwila decking boards with Cutek Clear Stain from Tait Timber & Hardware, Vic Bath/Laundry/WC Natural Grey 300x100mm tiles from Signorino Tile Gallery, Richmond Vic 80

WALLS Kitchen/dining/living/bedroom Porter’s Paints Bianca, skirting boards and trims in Dulux Absolute White semi-gloss Outdoor Weathertex Weathergroove panels painted in Dulux Sleepy Charcoal Weatherboards Wattyl Alta Sierra timber trims, Wattyl Flurry KITCHEN Benchtop Kitchen by IKEA Splashback Laminex Metaline in Sophisticat Cabinetry Kitchen by IKEA BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry ADP Endro vanity unit Basin Alape Absolut inset Tiles/walls floor Natural Grey 300x100mm tiles (floor) and 300x100mm White Wall tiles from Signorino Tile Gallery Richmond, Vic Sanitary fixtures Ideal Standard back-towall toilet suite Taps Phoenix Liscio chrome Shower/bath Vizzini Sabano free-standing bath, Nikles Pure twin shower with Raindance showerhead 250 LIGHTING Brightgreen D900 LED downlights, pendant light x 3 (clients’ own)

before WINDOWS + EXTERNAL DOORS Glass Double-glazed Aneeta sashless double-hung windows with 152mm Breezeways Louvres Low-e glass, frames powdercoated aluminium in black OUTDOOR Roof Colorbond Woodland Grey Decking 19x86mm Kwila boards (Tait Timber) Landscaping By clients

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The connectivity of the home's spaces can be easily seen from the vantage point of the rear courtyard

INTELLIGENT DESIGN Starting life as a modest semi-detached twobedroom home, this residence in Sydney’s North Bondi has undergone a complete revitalisation 83

PROJECT RAYMOND PANETTA ARCHITECTS Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a seamless connection to the outdoors and a serene outlook when cooking


RAYMOND PANETTA ARCHITECTS Left A courtyard adjacent to the kitchen provides plenty of exterior seating and entertaining options


Below The view from the kitchen bench establishes a strong relationship with the exterior environment

Words James Cleland Photography Conor Quinn


hile retaining its street-facing facade, a new and ambitious addition has completely reinvented the visual style and overall feel of this home. The brief for this project, undertaken by Raymond Panetta Architects called for the creation of additional spaces to accommodate a new living and entertaining area and an increase in the amount of natural light entering the residence. The project also focused on creating a functional home that uses innovation and intelligent design, which add a unique touch to the building. Retention of the front and two bedrooms left a foundation from which to grow the new addition. The rest of the original home was removed entirely, making way for the new forms of the extended space. In place of the single-storey rear section of the old home, new spaces were built that encompass single-storey and double-height volumes, as well as a twostorey addition situated at the rear. Reconfiguration of the home’s dimensions allowed for the creation of a new side entrance that gives access to the home’s entry foyer, welcoming visitors inside the property. The foyer also acts as a physical connection between the old and new sections and allows the flow of internal spaces to remain consistent. The interlocking geometric design of the new section serves as a solution to creating simple connections between the spaces. This connectivity extends to the old garage building, which was transformed into a contemporary dining space.



Clean lines and a bold yet simple colour scheme dominate the internal and external spaces, influenced by the materials selected for use in the home






With abundant natural light, the living room is the perfect place to sit and relax all year round




The home represents a beautiful space, with a form made up of a collection of individually designed elements, which have come together to create a harmonious whole



Above Allowing complete privacy, the bedroom suite can be closed off with a large sliding door

Right This contemporary bathroom ticks all the boxes for modern aesthetics and amenities

The materials used in the revovation exude a sleek and contemporary visual ideal. Clean lines and a bold yet simple colour scheme dominate the internal and external spaces, influenced by the materials selected for use in the home. Pale grey concrete flooring in the interior adds an ever-soslight industrial feel. Together with the clean white colour scheme found on the walls and ceiling, this creates a contemporary aesthetic. In addition, commercial-grade aluminium framing was used for all of the external windows. While some can find this style to be cold or sterile, the injection of natural timbers into details such as furniture and joinery adds warmth and osets the ultra-minimal aesthetic. Addressing the issue of drawing in as much natural light as possible drove the design team to create spaces that utilise large banks of louvre windows. In conjunction with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and windows, these provide an intimate connection with the carefully manicured outer gardens and allow sunlight to penetrate deep into the heart of the internal spaces. A secondary eect of this is the creation of interiors that feel like outside living areas, especially important for enjoying the warmer months of the year. When under the threat of inclement weather, glazed windows and external venetian blinds ensure the home remains comfortable. Built by Mardini Constructions, the home represents a beautiful space with a form made up of a collection of individually designed elements, which have come together to make a harmonious whole.




The large mirrors in the main foyer give the illusion of increased space




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Project particulars This project was designed by: Raymond Panetta Architects Suite 2, 11 Fred Street, Lilyfield NSW 2040 Tel 02 9810 4239 Email Web This project was built by: Mardini Constructions Tel 02 9568 3201 Licence Number 168676C FLOORING Kitchen Concrete Dining Concrete Living Concrete Bedroom Marble Stair Concrete Outdoor Recycled timber WALLS Kitchen Painted plasterboard Dining Painted plasterboard


Living Painted plasterboard Bedroom Painted plasterboard and wallpaper Stair Painted plasterboard Outdoor Painted render and vertical timber cladding KITCHEN Benchtop Reconstituted stone Splashback Mirror Cabinetry Timber veneer Appliances Miele BATHROOM FITTINGS Cabinetry Timber veneer Basin Bench mounted Tiles/walls & floor Marble Taps Methven Minimalist Shower/bath Kaldewei WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Glass Single glazing Frames Commercial-grade aluminium framing OUTDOOR Roof Colorbond Decking Recycled timber

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HARMONISING OLD AND NEW Homewares queen Tracie Ellis takes an historic Kyneton property and adds her special touches in its beautiful rejuvenation, now available for all to enjoy




Left Tracie and David's property, built in the 1850s, is part of Kyneton's rich architectural history. The exterior was repainted to bring it back to its former glory

Words Danielle Townsend Photography Sharyn Cairns


s creative director of AURA by Tracie Ellis, the well-known bed linen and homewares brand, Tracie Ellis is constantly surrounded by beauty and inspiration. She has brought her creative eye and love for all things beautiful to the rejuvenation of this country property, now known as Ellis House, which is filled with her signature style. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamt of creating the perfect country escape, an ideal combination of rustic comfort and modern luxury,” says homeowner Tracie. “Ellis House is the culmination of a lifetime’s quest. This is our five-year plan — where [husband] David and I will retire. The house was and is a very special place for us and a life-changing shift.”

Located in Kyneton, in regional Victoria, the house was built in the 1850s so, as you can imagine, there have been a lot of different stages in its history. Although in good overall condition, and with vast front rooms and high ceilings, the home previously had a lot of walls replastered and therefore most rooms were “paint-ready”. Some rooms, however, did require major work on walls, doors and architraves before painting, the paintwork in relaxing, subdued tones of Resene and Porter's Paints being one of the couple’s biggest splurges, along with the furnishings. “We were very careful to respect the age of the house. This is a key part of Kyneton’s rich architectural history,” says Tracie. “The first step was taking the current decoration out and





Above Industrial lighting, including Edison vintage filament bulbs, features throughout, shown here in the dining room

Left A Belgian bronze chandelier in the entrance foyer greets visitors


starting again, being inspired by it [the house], rather than changing it into a modern renovation. “For the interiors, we have created a combination of rustic comfort with modern luxury. We lovingly renewed the house from doorsill to chimney cap, carefully balancing respect for the building’s original features with contemporary needs. Inspired by contemporary Belgian interiors and a desire for luxurious simplicity, we have worked to harmonise old and new through design, light and colour.” The entire house, except the main living room, was replastered. “We decided not to attempt to plaster the original walls and instead painted over the original wallpapered walls,” says Tracie. “The walls are covered in several layers of wallpaper, hessian, dust and wood — I couldn’t bring myself to just cover the beautiful walls with new plaster sheeting. We also searched for matching cornicing in the lounge and had no luck, so we still have a lovely big gap to fill.”



Exquisite new lighting, such as this beautiful chandelier in the lounge room, was fitted in all rooms




Right Major decorating work, such as painting (using Resene paint) and furnishing, was carried out, blending old and new

In addition to the major decorating work being carried out, such as painting and furnishing, part of the house was rewired and exquisite new lighting fitted in all rooms. Particularly striking is the addition of original French antique chandeliers, a Belgian bronze chandelier in the entrance foyer, crystal chandeliers and glass and metal Dutch lighting purchased at auction, and the industrial lighting including Edison vintage filament bulbs. Indoor and outdoor spaces now flow into each other, bathed in light. “We did a makeover or rather a renewal of both the house and outdoor areas,” says Tracie. “We repainted the entire house inside and out, and the outbuildings including the barn and wood shed.” And, as the exterior of the four-bedroom house had not been painted for a very long time, it took three weeks just to prepare for painting.



“Inspired by contemporary Belgian interiors and a desire for luxurious simplicity, we have worked to harmonise old and new through design, light and colour” — Tracie Ellis




Guests can make themselves comfortable in Ellis House's kitchen, with all of the necessities for a great weekend away



Above and Left Ellis House offers four bedrooms, with its essential luxurious bed linen

Meanwhile, the garden required a few truckloads of pebbles and ground cover and lots of hard work to revive it, with crushed rock and pebbles laid in the outdoor spaces that were previously dirt. “Outside, we also levelled the block around the back and rebuilt taller raised vegetable garden beds,” says Tracie. As Ellis House sits on just under an acre of land, the main consideration for David and Tracie has been water, so a pump was installed to the well. “We have a large tank and the original 10-tonne well, which is now pumped into the tank to enable us to have as much water as possible in the hot summers,” says Tracie. Ninety per cent of the garden taps are connected to the tanks. The hard work and water conservation has paid off here, as Tracie is especially fond of this big, beautiful garden, where she spends many a weekend pottering around. The property now exudes a modern, relaxed aesthetic and offers a chance for Tracie, David and guests to embrace nature in a tranquil setting. “This is the next step in the history of the house and it is our future; a lot of love has gone into this project,” says Tracie. “It’s a step into the past that sacrifices nothing of the present.”


Below A Schots marble-topped vanity features in the bathroom



“The first step was taking the current decoration out and starting again, being inspired by it [the house], rather than changing it into a modern renovation” — Tracie Ellis

There is a Schots pressed-metal and claw-foot bath for a luxurious soak




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Project particulars

Outdoor Resene Gravel quarter and full strength, Porter’s Paints Jaguar

This project was designed by: Tracie Ellis Kyneton, Vic Web Ellis House is available for bookings and comfortably sleeps up to eight adults. Visit website for more details.

KITCHEN & BATHROOM Appliances Miele refrigerator Cabinetry Schots marble-topped vanities Shower/bath Schots pressed-metal and claw-foot bath

FLOORING Living and bedroom Floorspace Herringbone Sea Grass

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WALLS Kitchen Resene Fossil Living Resene Gravel Main bedroom Resene Rolling Stone Entrance Resene Gravel quarter strength Ceilings Resene Double Alabaster

LIGHTING Original French antique chandeliers Belgian bronze chandelier Crystal chandeliers purchased at auction Glass and metal Dutch lighting bought at auction Edison vintage filament bulbs, wire cage lighting, cloth-covered flex and outdoor lighting WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS Glass and frames Original


SLEEK & STYLISH An eclectic combination of materials and a unique aquarium splashback are standout features of this extraordinary kitchen





Words Emma Wheaton Photography Rix Ryan Photography


rior to this unique kitchen renovation, this Queensland home was a work in progress. “The kitchen is the final link to bring all the areas together,” says Phil O’Brien from Designer Kitchens, who designed and built the space in conjunction with the owner. The design features elements of stainless steel, recycled timber and a standout fish tank seamlessly integrated into the splashback in a design that complements the “already innovative house”, says Phil. The homeowners wanted a kitchen that looked modern and sleek but was user-friendly and able to handle from one to 10 people. Kitchens today are social hubs of the home rather than simply a place to prepare and cook food and this renovated kitchen had to reflect that. It features a beautiful open low-lying recycled timber window seat connecting it to the outdoor areas. The kitchen’s large curved white benchtop allows for socialising too and by having the sink on a freestanding bench, more of the other bench space is freed up, creating a spacious feel and a practical area. It was important for this to be incorporated into the kitchen design and while it is sleek and modern, it also complements the existing outdoor area, chiefly by the timber window seat connecting to the space. The project’s biggest splurge is perhaps the most impressive. Designer Kitchens has successfully incorporated a beautiful tropical fish tank into the splashback design and the effect is stunning. Stainless-steel cabinetry with black timber flooring creates a dark and moody, modern atmosphere; the curved Organic White Caesarstone benchtop and aqua blue-lit fish tank contrast with the dark tonal palette. The eye is drawn to the unique fish tank element, which was a specific client request for this eclectic style. The kitchen is an example of the client’s definite vision working together with Designer Kitchens to create a space that harmonises with the rest of the home’s renovated areas, while providing a practical and comfortable spot for cooking and entertaining.


Above A seamless integration of outdoor entertaining area with the kitchen is a user-friendly design that suits the entertaining homeowners

Below The kitchen sink is incorporated into an island bench for ease of use and to free up bench space elsewhere



Designer Kitchens has successfully incorporated a beautiful tropical fish tank into the splashback design and the eect is stunning Above The stylishly renovated kitchen features a curved Organic White Caesarstone benchtop and unique aquarium splashback

Right The eclectically styled space features quality appliances, sleek stainless steel and a fantastic recycled timber bench seat leading outdoors

Project particulars This project was designed by: Designer Kitchens Tel 07 3844 1500 Email Web This project was built by: Designer Kitchens Licence Number 1007985

FLOORING Kitchen Timber with black rub over WALLS Kitchen Gyprock and timber-feature panels and beams KITCHEN Benchtop 40mm Caesarstone in Organic White

Splashback Stainless steel and custombuilt fish tank Cabinetry Stainless steel Appliances ILVE stove, Vintec wine fridge, Miele stainless-steel refrigerators, Miele canopy rangehood, Oliveri sink; Franke tap WINDOWS & EXTERNAL DOORS G James Glass and Aluminium



COLOUR BURST With a focus on sustainability, this stylish kitchen reno has gone from retro shabby to mid-century chic




The bright and usable space is now welcoming, owing not only to its new layout but also the tactile and textured finishes and patterns

Words Emma Wheaton Photography Lyndon Stacy


ired and “stuck in the ’70s” is not how you want your home to feel. Looking at this vibrant, modern kitchen today, it’s hard to imagine its past life as a dark, dated and unwelcoming space. “It received absolutely no sunlight in winter... we never wanted to be in there,” say the homeowners, describing the yellow laminate benchtops and splashback, mustard-coloured carpet, timber panelling and large floral wallpaper of their formerly retro abode. Located in Strathalbyn, South Australia, this 1920s bungalow is home to a family with two young children. Like most young families, they cook at home during the week and entertain family and friends over the weekend. Therefore, the kitchen and dining area needed to cater for this as well as being a central part of the home. Right from the beginning of the renovation, the homeowners wanted to steer away from the “mainstream, glossy, minimalist look”, instead opting for a space that was “light and open, with a funky mid-century, modernstyle kitchen, with an eco bent,” explain the homeowners. Removing the remnants of the ’70s, the lino was peeled back, wallpaper removed and the mustard carpet pulled up. To open up the space, a dividing wall was knocked down, allowing much-needed light into the zone. Two sets of sliding doors were also removed and a section of wall on the western side of the room taken out to make way for custom-built glass doors. Aside from the practical new layout and design, the environmental considerations of the new kitchen were important to this family. “It was our intention to use materials that would have minimal impact on the environment and our family’s health,” say the homeowners. As such, low-

Opposite page The concrete tiles give the space a cool-toned, modern feel and, along with the solar underfloor heating, were a splurge of the renovation

Above This once-dark space has had a wall removed and new doors installed to allow for a more light-filled and functional kitchen/dining area

VOC materials (including paints and cabinetry) were used, the underfloor heating utilises solar power and, rather than particle board, Australian hoop pine plywood has been used. “We actually took inspiration for the kitchen design from the edge pattern on the plywood.” The bright and usable space is now welcoming, owing not only to its new layout but also the tactile and textured finishes and patterns, chosen to create interest. A colour palette of grey and white takes the style into the modern era and pops of yellow pair perfectly with the neutral base tones, adding warmth and vibrancy. Connecting to the property’s large backyard and designed to suit the homeowners’ personalities and lifestyle, the newly renovated kitchen shares a similar style to the rest of the home, described as “a blend of both modern industrial and mid-century modern”. The renovation not only looks stunning but is practical too. “The space was designed with open shelving for easy access of frequently used items,” say the homeowners. The central island bench also acts as a spot for the kids to eat their breakfast in the mornings and as a place for them to do their homework. As for Mum, her favourite place is the reading nook — perfect for curling up with a cuppa or a glass of wine. With its inspiring combination of sustainable elements and beautiful design, this renovation shows how revamping a space with an eco approach can be both modern and practical yet stylish, bright and fun at the same time.



“It was our intention to use materials that would have minimal impact on the environment and our family’s health” — homeowners

Energy-efficiency checklist • Louvres on southern side for cross ventilation • External awnings to shade western windows from direct sunlight • Solar panels to power underfloor heating

• Insulation — installed in ceiling and walls to increase efficiency • Double glazing in sliding doors • Red-brick wall for thermal mass • Eco kitchen


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Project particulars This project was designed by: Space Craft Joinery 4 King Street, Strathalbyn SA 5255 Tel 08 8536 4680 Email Web This project was built by: Steven Ness Tel 0407 617 574 FLOORING Flooring Concrete Fuse tile with underfloor heating by SunRay Tiles Beaumont Tiles ceramic with underfloor heating powered by solar panels WALLS Wall/ceiling colour Dulux Surfmist (low VOC) Red brick feature wall Recycled old red shale from Old Red Brick Co 112

KITCHEN Drawers Blum intivo glass-sided pot drawers Benchtops Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood in Laminex Sheer Mesh EO Sink Upstand Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood with plywood beading, Superior Surfaces Giallo Rangehood canopy Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood with plywood beading, Superior Surfaces Giallo Kickboards Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood in polytec Stone Grey EO Splashback Mutina Tex white tiles from Urban Edge Ceramics Pull boy bin Blum 72L SERVO-DRIVE from Wilson & Bradley (four-bay bin to assist with recycling) Overhead doors Blum AVENTOS HL Oven Ariston 60cm multifunction Dishwasher Bosch Cooktop/hotplate AEG gas hob flat profile HG75FX Refrigerator Samsung 710L double door

Sink Mercer undermount Rangehood Blanco BRU70X Mixer tap IAG ITDC1 Bar stools Freedom Tractor LIGHTING Underbench & overhead Lincoln Sentry LED tube strip warm white Styx2 Pendants MAKE Architecture Potter lights WINDOWS & DOORS Doors/drawer fronts Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood in polytec Stone Grey EO Doors Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood in Laminex Natural White EO Louvre windows Breezeway Clear low-e glass Sliding doors Double-glazed sliding doors by Tiana Joinery External awning Country Blinds Curtains and Doors


Kitchen Bathroom Designer

Dean Welsh, award-winning designer designs Australia’s finest kitchens, bathrooms and interiors. Renowned for his ability to combine thoughƞul pracƟcality with a substanƟal dose of the ‘wow factor’. Dean’s designs originate from gaining a clear understanding of your aspiraƟons for your kitchen or bathroom renovaƟon and the way you want to use your space. As an independent designer, he brings inspired and innovaƟve ideas to your project. Dean draws on his extensive design experience and knowledge of a vast array of fixtures and fiƫngs to create kitchens, bathrooms and interiors that are beauƟful, long-lasƟng and highly funcƟonal. Dean would be pleased to discuss your design plans for your kitchen, bathroom & interior renovaƟon project. Contact Dean for a no-obligaƟon iniƟal consultaƟon. I I +61 (0)424 24 0126




The free-standing bath in a simple, contemporary style is a timeless piece of luxury in this renovated bathroom

PEARLESCENT BEAUTY Contemporary tapware, square shower roses and a stunning freestanding bath add contemporary style to this minimalist bathroom


e carefully considered the design of this bathroom and ensuite to ensure we achieved an optimum result for the owners. Our aim was to deliver a contemporary design to update the interior of this brick-veneer home,” says designer Craig Waghorn from Designline Kitchens and Bathroom. A minimalist look and classic colour palette works well in small areas and were chosen because of the space restrictions. In addition to the bathroom and ensuite, existing bathrooms were reconfigured and new cavity sliding doors installed. “The Caesarstone vanity tops complement the mocha floor and wall tiles and the mother-of-pearl feature tiles. It’s always better to pay a little more for quality finishes in bathrooms because of the small quantities needed,” says Craig. “A bathroom design can be built around a feature tile or the selection of quality fittings. For this renovation, the contemporary tapware, square shower roses and free-standing bath are design highlights.”




The fittings bring the classic colour palette to life and we love the subtle sheen of the mother-of-pearl feature tiles

Project particulars This project was designed by: Craig Waghorn for Designline Kitchens & Bathrooms Unit 1, 109 Fairford Rd, Padstow NSW Tel 02 9772 1067 Web

EXPERT TIP Try to keep your design simple so it won’t date easily

Bath Colorado free-standing 1600 Shower Dorf fixed wall shower, semi-framed shower screen Basin Roma undermount porcelain Toilet Sterling Products Rhondo wall-faced toilet suite Vanity Custom-made white gloss polyurethane three-drawer vanity, Caesarstone Wild Rice vanity top Taps Caroma Quatro mixers Lights Power-saving LED downlights Accessories CDH Manhattan range, Roma heated towel rail Mirror custom Tiling 300mm x 600mm rectified white ceramic wall tiles, 300mm x 600mm porcelain mocha polished wall tiles, 300mm x 300mm porcelain mocha floor tiles, 300mm x 600mm mother-of-pearl feature wall tiles



Hidden gems Good storage solutions will expand the space you have, not only adding value to your home but also avoiding the need to throw out your beloved possessions




Left and Above Living Systems from Molteni & C.


Our friends at Home Timber & Hardware share five ways to cut back the clutter

Sleep on it

Divide and conquer

It’s easy to forget about that unused space underneath our beds, but it’s a handy spot that can be transformed into a smart storage solution. By using clear plastic boxes or another form of sealed, hard-wearing storage, you will keep your belongings dust-free and out of the way.

A bookcase with cubic partitions can double as an attractive storage unit and room divider. Make your books and keepsakes features of your room by showcasing them in the bookcase. Add some decorative features such as flowers or ornaments to make it appear less cluttered and to break up the overall look.

Spice things up Keep the area around your bathroom sink organised by hanging spice racks to store your skin and hair care products. Get creative and paint the racks to suit the colour scheme of your bathroom. Alternatively, keep the racks out of sight by hanging them inside the bathroom cabinet.

Open new doors Winter makes it tough to dry clothes outside on the line, but drying your clothes on a large and cumbersome clothes airer can take up much of your valuable living space. Instead, attach a small clothes airer to your laundry door. It’s a great space saver and you’ll lower your power bill by not using the tumble dryer.

Move mountains Say goodbye to the dreaded shoe mountain that constantly piles up in your wardrobe and organise your favourite heels, runners and thongs with a shoe rack. Not only will it make it easier for you to find that perfect pair, you’ll also be keeping them in top shape. Your shoes will thank you and you’ll save so much space. For more information, visit




PROBLEM SOLVED Here’s our montage of stylish, clever and neat storage solutions for homes of various sizes and budgets

1 Another feat from the storage saviours at Poliform, the Stratus wardrobe by Giuseppe Bavuso is a floor-to-ceiling design with large, handleless, gliding doors. The Stratus wardrobe is ideal for hiding storage that can be disguised as a wall.

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2 Small in size but big on functionality, storage is not only about hiding things, it is also about space saving, and Degree from Fanuli Furniture will certainly do the trick. Use it as a stool, side table and storage unit, Degree is a quirky, multifunctional tool for your interior.


3 Hettich’s Cosario is an innovative storage system for wall cabinets. Sitting unobtrusively below your wall cabinet when closed, Cosario is only 140mm thick. However, when open, you have an efficient minimum cabinet depth of 300mm — the perfect storage hideaway.



4 With limited space comes the need for multifunctional furniture and storage solutions. It was from this idea that The Living Cube was created. Designed by Till Könneker of illDesigns and constructed by Remo Zimmerli of Holzlabor, The Living Cube combines six essential pieces of furniture into one minimal masterpiece — space for a flat-screen TV, shelves for books, CDs and/or clothing, coat hooks, loft space for a queen-size bed, and a walk-in “New Room” for additional storage or study.


The Living Cube combines six essential pieces of furniture into one minimal masterpiece


5 5 Ideal for fast tidying when friends and family unexpectedly drop by, the Rustic Storage coffee table from West Elm has a table top that pops up with enough room to store toys, remotes, magazines, pillows and throws. 6 Always finding it difficult to get things out of those corner cupboards? The Kesseböhmer LeMans II from Häfele is the perfect solution, enabling a clear overview of what is hidden away inside. Your utensils, crockery, bowls and odd kitchen appliances will finally be within easy reach due to the smooth-gliding trays that can be removed completely, if desired. The economical LeMans II

couples stunning architecture with comfortable control in order to turn your corner storage into an enjoyable and gratifying space saver. 7 Hettich offers a wide range of pullouts for your staircase, enabling you to utilise an unexpected yet ideal place for storing your everyday necessities, including shoes, bags, jackets and umbrellas. Hettich’s drawer depths range from 250-650mm and can go up to 1000mm in special applications and, although this is an excellent form of concealed storage, it does need to be incorporated into the stair design. Image courtesy of Hearise.

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8 8 If you have a staircase in your home, you are guaranteed to have space suitable for storage — space that could have a huge impact on the resale of your home. Whether you decide to custom-build cabinetry into the space or place free-standing cupboards, don’t let it go to waste. This Rose Bay residence, designed by Conrad Lowry of CDL Design, incorporates an elegant, high-gloss unit with drawer storage and extra bench space. Photography by Geoff Ambler. 9 Want to create a sleek, clutter-free kitchen but have nowhere to put your benchtop appliances and everyday utensils? Tambortech doors are a roller system that can be made to your exact specifications and matched to your cabinetry finish, fitted as a benchtop pantry, kitchen splashback storage, appliance cupboard or as island benchtop/ breakfast bar units.




10 10 There is so much empty space in the roof of your home, so why not use it? Attic Group offers a range of conversion options to suit all sizes and budgets. Its premium room option (pictured) is constructed with structural-grade flooring and gyprock-lined walls, perfect for creating an extra bedroom, kids’ play area or gym space.


11 11 Molteni & C, together with Dante Bonuccelli, Nicola Gallizia and Rodolfo Dordoni, has created a range of customisable, modular storage solutions known as Living Systems. The collection encompasses various wall-mounted and floor-based units, fitted with special features such as the Grado bookshelf or the sliding-door bookcase.

12 With an integrated sofa bed and storage space, the Delta Storage from King Furniture is an ideal accessory for your living room. Whether you keep your small appliances underneath the chaise or pillows and blankets for when the bed needs to be used, the hidden compartment is generously sized and easily accessible.



13 13 Mounted televisions are a great way to save space and the Mediacentre TV stand, designed by Tarcisio Colzani for Porada, and available from Poliform, takes this idea to another level. The slimline stand has integrated glass shelving on either side to store your DVDs, CDs, remotes and players, together with a multi-plug outlet to power all your technology. 14 Another wall-sized storage unit, the fully customisable Set Systems by Former, available from King Furniture, are a creative and multifunctional solution for your home. Particularly good for smaller living spaces, the Set System is ideal for storing books and small accessories, as well as mounting entertainment systems.




CRADLE TO CRADLE It’s time for all of us to start living green and sustainable. Here’s why


reparing to renovate is the perfect time to consider incorporating green products and design into your home. Living green and sustainable is all about efficiency — ensuring you’re doing things in a way that will create a full circle, supplying humanity and the environment again and again, being essentially waste-free. As its defined by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their ground-breaking book Cradle to Cradle, if all products adhere to this “cradle to cradle” model, mankind can have a positive and restorative impact on the environment, prolonging its lifespan as well as our own. According to leading sustainable building consultancy Australian Living, for a home to be sustainable it must be: • Energy efficient via design, including north-facing windows, integration of solar panels etc • Thermally comfortable through use of good insulation and installation of double-glazed windows • Built with sustainable building materials and products • Enhanced by energy- and water-saving technology and permaculture • Operated efficiently by the residents, including turning off appliances that are not in use etc




Forest Lodge Eco House by Designer Constructions Group Pty Ltd. Photography by Nick Wilson



From the horse’s mouth Experts on sustainability share the truth behind their beliefs and explain how we can live green

CHRIS KNIERIM As his building career took him around the globe, Chris was inspired by the forward-thinking nature and knowledge of sustainability in other countries. With the aim of introducing these practices to Australia, Chris founded Code Green, a branch of his already established building consultancy, Designer Constructions, focusing on the creation of sustainable structures. What does the term “green living” mean to you? “Green living” is creating a home that minimises its carbon footprint and is tailored to enable true sustainability for the long term. What are the key organisations/events/beliefs you are involved in that contribute to a “greener” living environment? My philosophy is to think of the future while creating the present. I choose work and align with organisations who consider the environment and the impact that their product may have on the environment, not just during the manufacturing stage but also the consideration for the future when the material eventually is removed or breaks down. I have presented to the HIA (Housing Industry Association HIA Homeshow), BDA (Building Designers Australia), Macquarie University Climate Futures, North Sydney Council, Green Roof Seminar and at the Sustainable Design Principles Event. What do you believe the short- and long-term impacts of changing our behaviours will be on us and the environment? I feel it is a generational process. When one generation adapts and continues with the adaption, the proceeding generation


will grow with the changes and it will inevitably become the norm. It is a long-term conversation that is ever evolving into positive actions for all our futures. What are the changes people can make in order to live in this way? Simple solutions: • Conserve water — it’s only during drought that people really consider water. Water is one of the most precious commodities that we must have to survive. • Conserve energy — turn off unnecessary electrical items. • Recycle — recycle products but also consider reusing products Complex solutions: • Consider the environment when designing new buildings or your home by incorporating sustainable products and designing to take advantage of the natural environment through orientation and positioning of the building envelope. • Use materials that will enhance the insulative factor of the building. • Most importantly, we need to rethink our lifestyles in the way we live, consume and dispose.



EMINÈ MEHMET Eminè is an interior designer, sustainability ambassador, writer and speaker who has been appointed national advocate for the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife. She is passionate about design and sustainability and intertwines these obsessions, making them easily accessible to everyone, not just the experts.

What does the term “green living” mean to you? To me, it is about reducing our impact on the environment, being more mindful about what we buy and how much we buy. It’s not about giving up our way of life but about being more considerate of how our actions and purchases impact the planet. If we don’t respect our planet, how can we expect it to respect us? Why should we think about living a “greener” lifestyle? Two reasons: one — it’s better for the environment, and two — because it’s better for our health. As we move into a more sustainable world, we reduce the amount of toxins and chemicals traditionally used in all kinds of products — food, personal care products, cleaning products and, of course, things you buy for your home. It’s a win-win for everyone and everything. What are the changes people can make in order to live in this way? The first level would be to install solar panels,

energy-efficient lighting, water tanks, energyefficient appliances, WELS-rated tapware and dual-flush toilets to reduce water consumption. The second level would be to look at all the things you buy, from clothes to food, and become what’s known as a “conscious” or “mindful” consumer. Check what you buy, why you’re buying it, do you need it, where does it come from, how was it made, who made it (was it made ethically), what is it made from, is it durable and can it be recycled/reused at the end of its life. What do you believe the short- and long-term impacts of changing our behaviours will be on us and the environment? For us, we save money if we reduce our energy consumption, reduce how much we buy and what we buy. We have better health as we reduce our exposure to toxins and chemicals. For the environment, every little bit we can do to reduce our impact helps. I don’t believe we can ever truly know how the environment will react to our 200-years-plus of over-consumption and lack of respect for her, but we can sure as hell do our best to change what we can.

“If we don’t respect our planet, how can we expect it to respect us?



IAN CLELAND Involved in too many organisations to list here, Ian is a designer and builder of passive solar and energy-efficient homes and is a sustainability consultant to communities, businesses and individuals. He’s a change agent devoted to transforming Australia and creating whole life changes. Ian is passionate about sustainable environments that reflect an understanding of people and our interaction with the natural world. What does the term “green living” mean to you? Like the word “sustainable”, we have been flooded with meanings; many are used by companies that want to sell the “idea” that they are green. What does it mean to me personally? • Living within the sustainability of our planet’s resources. • Everything manufactured and consumed should be designed for cradle to cradle. • Clean air, water and earth. • We, who are alive today, are the custodians of this planet for future generations. • Changing the economy to a steady-state economy. Not one of exponential growth as we have now. The model of an economy with continuous growth is doomed to failure. • Reducing the population back to a third of what it is now over the next century by only replacing ourselves. If we don’t, the earth will do it for us in a much more dramatic way. • Removing all limiting beliefs. • The best education should be provided to everybody so that we minimise the people hiding behind their ignorance. Scientific method should be at the core of all education.


Why should we think about living a “greener” lifestyle? It is simple. We as individuals, cities, countries and planet will be extinct in the next 100 to 200 years if we do not choose a green, sustainable future. What are the changes people can make in order to live in this way? • Think of others, not just yourself. What you do affects everyone. • Ask yourself, do I need to buy this product, fad etc? • If you’re not growing your own produce, buy local and support local businesses. Small businesses still employ 45 per cent of the workforce. • Buy only those products that have strong green sustainable credentials. We as consumers have the power to determine what is manufactured for consumption through the standards we set ourselves. Be aware of green washing and buy with logic, not emotion. • Educate yourself on this matter. • Become part of your local community and help and educate others. • Aim to work locally.

• Reduce excessive consumption. • Live in a home that is large enough for your needs, not bigger just because you can afford it. • Realise that the current period of climate change and global warming is caused by humans and we collectively can do something about it. Be part of the solution, not the problem. • Everybody should being paying for their carbon consumption either directly or through offsets. • The design industry stands at the core of change and it is through design that we will create a green sustainable future. What do you believe the short- and long-term impacts of changing our behaviours will be on us and the environment? Short term — we will live a healthier, vibrant, resilient and sustainable life that will guarantee a future for our children’s children. Long term — (if we do follow a green sustainable future) we as a species will survive to be able to explore the endless possibilities far into the future.



CAROLINE PIDCOCK Caroline began contributing to the architectural environment 22 years ago through her practice, Pidcock. Also a co-director of Origination, a board member of the Living Future Institute Australia, an ambassador for ACF’s Climate Project and 1 Million Women and involved with bringing the Blue Economy to life in Australia, Caroline feels as though these groups all embody the ideals of green living that she hopes to share. What does the term “green living” mean to you? As the Living Future Institute suggests, green living means creating a life that is “socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative”. This comes from finding ways of living and working that understand and co-operate with the amazing ecosystems we find ourselves in. It means finding abundance through a collaborative relationship with nature. Why should we think about living a “greener” lifestyle? Mainly because living greener is more enjoyable and rewarding! Also, by working with nature we can find synergistic ways to help create a future that we will all be able to enjoy. What are the changes people can make in order to live in this way? We need to discover the joy of living simply and mindfully — taking time to smell the roses and enjoy. In line with this, there are some very simple ideas my husband and I developed that we try to adhere to. They are:

• Before buying anything, ask “do we really need it?” • Don’t do takeaway — take the time to drink or eat at the place you are buying from so you can better connect with the people there and not cause waste with packaging. • Walk or cycle as the first choice for getting around — it is better for you and gives you the opportunity to be in and enjoy the journey. • Invest in quality so that whatever you buy will last and be loved. What do you believe the short- and long-term impacts of changing our behaviours will be on us and the environment? While change is often hard and new habits take a while to develop, the opportunity to live a more natural and fulfilling life that has positive impacts on the environment is something that will quickly prove to be beneficial. Remember, every day you make choices and it is easy to start making different choices that are better than those you have made before. Every journey starts with the first step and you can make that happen right now.

Remember, every day you make choices and it is easy to start making different choices that are better than those you have made before


We all have thoughts for our renovation or new home.

There’s a lot of people you could ask about building and renovation but only one you should ask.

Magazine cuttings, ideas on the back of an envelope, phone pictures of someone else’s home, something you saw on Grand Designs... How do you take these thoughts and turn them into an idea and in doing so, sift out the possibles from the pies-in-the-sky and have some guide as to what it will all cost. The answer is simple. You talk to someone with the degree and the years of experience to bring it to life. An architect. Not a designer, draughtsman or your sister’s husband’s brother who’s handy on a computer. An architect. And it’s never been easier thanks to now online. It’s the place to build your dream home before you build, the place to see how a potential purchase measures up, the place to start a renovation and the place to keep the place you’re in at its best. Like a good home, the site is designed by architects and has loads of tips and tools to help you plan, cost and generally avoid any pitfalls that await the unwary. Tools include an online scrapbook to gather your ideas, cost guide, renovation calculator and even the means to build your personal online book of facts. In addition, you can submit questions to an architect or check the existing FAQ’s and view videos of others’ experiences. For those close to buying or building, there are fixed fee Home Inspection, Design and Advice services ready to book. So before you order the bricks, take a few moments and a few clicks on

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READY FOR ROOFING Did you know you can improve your home in myriad ways by reroofing? Here’s how


iven that your roof is the largest surface area of your home and the first line of defence against our country’s harsh elements, reroofing can be the single greatest improvement to your home’s performance, energy efficiency and, of course, appearance. Here are some things to think about when reroofing:

SAY NO TO RESPRAY! Remember that a respray won’t fix any problems you may already have with your roof. Respraying is purely cosmetic and often doesn’t cost much less than a reroof.

GET GOOD ADVICE AND DON’T RUSH YOUR DECISION There are roofing displays, selection centres and roofing specialists nationwide where you can see roof tile samples, get roofing advice and a colour consultation.

UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONCRETE AND TERRACOTTA ROOF TILES Each has their advantages. Terracotta, for example, is a premium roofing material and one of the only roofing materials where the colour does not fade over time.

CONSIDER THE WHOLE ROOF SPACE Used together, sarking, insulation and ventilation can significantly reduce the amount of energy required to heat and cool your home. This saves you money on your energy bills and ensures more comfortable living conditions year-round.

CONSIDER THE AESTHETICS Think about maintaining the architectural look of the area you live in and the era of your house. In older regions of Australia, terracotta was used and is still the best way to ensure your roof looks fantastic for years to come.

COLOUR CHOICE Choose the colour of your roof based on the complementary colours of the exterior of your house. As a guide, the roof makes up approximately 30 per cent of the total colour scheme of your home, with the walls making up 60 per cent and the trim and other finishes 10 per cent. A useful tool for visualising colour schemes on houses can be found at

DON’T SETTLE FOR JUST ANYONE TO INSTALL YOUR NEW ROOF Installation is just as important as the roofing material chosen. Get it right the first time and look for a roofing specialist who is reputable and qualified.

A-LINE RIDGING If you’d like a sleek, contemporary look for your new roof, don’t forget about your ridging. An A-line ridge is a great addition to a modern roof.

INSTALL SARKING Many older roofs may have been installed without sarking, which provides additional insulation and protection to your home. You only get one chance to install sarking and that is when you are reroofing or installing a new roof. For more information, visit






GOOD IMPACT For precision and power, check out the new tradegrade cordless drills from Hitachi


he Hitachi DS18DJL is a highperformance 18V driver drill that utilises a two-speed gearbox with all metal gears ensuring maximum power, performance and resilience. The DS18DJL features the Hitachi 22-stage adjustable clutch, proving that the model is not only powerful but also precise. The new driver drill highlights many of Hitachi’s clever innovations such as an ultrabright white LED for improved visibility, ergonomic soft-grip handle for increased user comfort and reduced fatigue, and a quality 13mm single-sleeve keyless chuck with automatic spindle lock providing effortless operation. The DS18DJL is also very compact at only 213mm in length, making it easy to use in tight spaces and incredibly lightweight at only 1.7kg. Another great element in Hitachi models is the intelligent battery system that is designed with a multiple protection circuit (MPC) to protect both the tool and battery from damage. The new model utilises Hitachi’s 18V Li-ion compact batteries, with MPC monitoring every cell in the battery. This protects both the battery and tool by providing overload protection, which stops the drill instantly in the event of a jam or overload. It provides over-charge and over-discharge protection, which ensures an extended battery life. Need an impact function? Then Hitachi has got you covered with the DV18DJL impact (hammer) driver drill that achieves a 13mm masonry drilling capacity. Both the Hitachi DV18DJL and DS18DJL come either “naked” or with two 18V Li-ion compact batteries, a charger and carry case. And for added peace of mind, Hitachi offers all this with a three-year warranty.

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LONGSTANDING, OUTSTANDING, FREESTANDING The Smeg freestanding cooker has, for many years, been considered the ultimate statement piece for the kitchen by both designers and consumers Longstanding Smeg’s heritage in cooking design and technology dates back to 1882 when the Bertazzoni family of expert blacksmiths and metal workers began manufacturing wood-burning stoves. Vittorio Bertazzoni founded Smeg in 1948 and the company’s first milestone was reached in 1956 with the launch of the Elizabeth — the firstever gas freestanding cooker with programmable start time, oven safety valve and timer. Even now, 58 years later, all Smeg freestanding cookers are wholly manufactured on-site at the company’s dedicated cooking factory in northern Italy. Smeg’s philosophy is that all of its products should express a made-inItaly style by creating the perfect synergy between design, performance and attention to detail. Its engineers collaborate with some of the world’s leading architects and designers to achieve this. Outstanding According to Smeg, its freestanding cooker is designed to be a signature piece in both form and function. Each cooker is built from hand-selected 304-grade solid stainless steel and is hand-assembled with care for absolute precision and quality control. Smeg freestanding cookers are renowned for their consistency — for example, the C9GMXA features two fans with a twin-coil element around each, which rotate to ensure even heat distribution. This, combined with a dynamic airflow system, ensures anything placed in the oven will cook evenly every time.


When entertaining, the C9’s massive capacity makes catering simple. Its generous 126L allow two roasts to be cooked side by side, with a huge tray of vegetables at the same time. Freestanding The Smeg freestanding cooker is impressive, not only for its style and performance but also for the wide range of options, sizes and configurations that are on offer. The Smeg Opera series features unique Thermoseal technology and the 150cm model has 159L of cooking space, 17 functions, seven burners and an 18.6mj dual-control wok burner. Smeg was also the first brand, worldwide, to develop a freestanding cooker with induction cooktop: the A1PYID from the Opera series. Smeg’s Classic range, including the C9GMXA (pictured), is available in gas, induction and ceramic versions, and gas/gas combination. It is also available in black and white enamel. For more compact kitchens, Smeg’s Classic series, designed by Guido Canali, also includes 70cm gas/electric, 70cm gas/gas, 60cm electric/ electric, 60cm gas/electric, and 60cm gas/gas models. Smeg’s new Victoria range, available in 110cm double oven, 90cm single oven and 90cm single/tall oven versions, has received a huge response since its recent launch. The “modern-vintage” design, in signature Smeg Black and Panna (cream) enamel, is as eye-catching in an industrial-style kitchen as it is in a farmhouse-style kitchen, proving there really is a Smeg cooker to suit both your style and space.



Grand provincial Oak in Smoked Oak

TIMELESS FLOORING Get the timber look with this impressive new laminate flooring range


roline Floors is proud to announce its revolutionary new Grand Provincial Oak range of long board laminate flooring. Complementing Proline’s already extensive range of laminate flooring options, the Grand Provincial Oak is another appealing and realistic floorboard. The range enables you to give your home the timeless elegance and character of timber flooring for a fraction of the cost of real hardwood. Paul Ronzon, leader of Proline’s Evolution Design and Innovation Studio, developed the product based on consumer feedback and market research. “Oak has become hugely popular in the Australian market and we spent a great deal of time meticulously ensuring our Grand Provincial Oak range of laminate flooring was going to exceed customer expectations in terms of colours and realism. We are extremely pleased with the results and, more importantly, so are our customers,” explains Paul. Affordably priced, the Grand Provincial Oak range has many features including a huge 2200mm x 196mm long plank, embossed in register surface and Välinge long-side 2G click with drop lock short. This results in fast and easy installation with no need for destructive hammering. Grand Provincial Oak in Grey Limed Oak

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The protective and monumental solid basalt walls are complemented by an operable facade that is bold and functional

AND THE WINNER IS... The Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Architecture Awards celebrates another year of extraordinary design with almost 200 entries submitted from across the state Edited by Karsha Green

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n June 26 at Jones Bay Wharf, a total of 42 awards, nine prizes and 18 commendations were presented to recognise and celebrate the admirable contributions made to NSW architecture. With a high number of entries of superb quality, the judges had a tough job on their hands. After long deliberation, the winners are...

Existing solid basalt walls of bobcat-sized stone flank this humble ridge-top hut


RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE — Houses (Alterations & Additions)


The one-room-wide house has extensive outlooks to the west and this is made practical and enjoyable by the layered facade

The newly established Hugh and Eva Buhrich Award recognises the importance of alterations and additions, especially for small practices, and is named in acknowledgment of the mid-century partnership of Hugh and Eva Buhrich and their contribution to the profession. The inaugural winner of this prestigious award was CHROFI for its Stone House project. CHROFI’s “succinct transformation of a small ridge-top hut” west of Byron Bay, “clarifying and enhancing it”, shows a knowledge and skill beyond this young practice’s years. The judges were particularly impressed with the preservation of existing period features that blended in well with the new, contemporary style of interior. “The project has been designed as a guest house and like many of this typology it has lessons for residential architecture in the richness of its humble, well-lit, textural spaces, which are conducive to closeness and conversation for those lucky enough to stay here,” say the judges. Photography by Brett Boardman.



Architecture Awards Right Piebenga-Franklyn Residence by David Boyle Architect. Photography by Brigid Arnott. Below Tamarama Semi-D by David Langston-Jones. Photography by Anthony Browell. Bottom A Balmain Pair by Benn & Penna Architecture. Photography by Katherine Lu. Bottom right Birchgrove House by Candalepas Associates. Photography by Richard Glover.





Above Light Cannon House by Carterwilliamson Architects. Photography by Katherine Lu. Below 3x2 House by Panovscott. Photography by Brett Boardman.

The named award and architecture award winners will now progress to the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards to be announced on Thursday, 6 November, 2014, in Darwin. For more information visit





how off your newly renovated spaces with functional lighting. As Bunnings’ national lighting buyer, Natasha Ryan is someone who knows a thing or two about this very topic. Here, she shares her tips on home lighting solutions.

Opt for LED Choose light emitting diode (LED) lighting over halogen lamps. They are more energy efficient and last longer.

Lamp love Before you buy that lamp, first consider what its purpose will be. Will it brighten up the room? Or will it stand as an eye-catching feature? Once you decide on the finer details, it’s just a matter of matching the style of lamp to the room’s design.

Did you know? Uplighting can make small spaces appear larger. Low ceilings will appear higher if lamps are set lower.

Task lighting

BRIGHT ADVICE Don’t overlook the importance of proper lighting when renovating your home. Here’s some advice on different lighting types to get you started

Use task lighting, such as a table or floor lamp, to help avoid straining your eyes while reading a book or working on your laptop. This type of lighting provides enough light for reading or working without taking up too much space in your living area or home office.

Pendants have purpose Cast light from above by installing a suspended pendant light. Ideal for hanging over a dining table, kitchen bench or even to replace the typical bedside lamp, pendant lights come in an array of designs suitable for all tastes — from classic and traditional to quirky and modern.


Colour burst Add a splash of colour to a room with a brightly coloured lampshade. A funky lamp design can be a fun element for a child’s room. Consider the effect colour has on the mood and feel of a space and how a lamp can influence this. For example, a red shade will create the feeling of warmth.

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This type of lighting sits on the floor and will maximise the size of smaller rooms when the light is directed onto walls, creating a bounce-off effect. Low ceilings will appear higher if lamps are set lower. Another solution to making a small space feel larger is to use a light with mirrors and reflective surfaces to create an illusion of space.

Decor on show Showcase your favourite artwork or feature wall with accent lighting. Ceiling fixtures, such as downlights or spot lighting, are a great option to accentuate the decorative features of your home. For more information on Bunnings’ range of lighting products, visit

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01 The contemporary and elegant Rouge Seville Pendant Light 02 A standout piece that doubles as a lighting solution, Cafe Lighting Bronze Angus Spotlight 03 The Crompton Contempo Satin Chrome Batten Fix Light is a modern fitting ideal for living spaces 04 With its neutral and earthy tones, the Brilliant Alarik Hemp Ball Sphere Light will add a touch of nature to the home 05 The Cafe Lighting Chilli Metal Pendant Light Wire Cage is all about industrial-chic style



ROOF TILE STYLE We speak to roofing expert Charlie Condo about selecting the right roof tiles for your home Words Sean E. Britten


hoosing a new roof is something most homeowners are only likely to do every few decades. And with such a wide range of materials, colours and profiles available, some may find themselves at a loss. The tile choice will have long-lasting effects on the aesthetic appeal and performance of your home, and may become a valuable investment. Roofing expert Charlie Condo shares with us some of his insights:

Colour When selecting a colour for your roofing, it is important to consider how your roof will look in relation to the rest of your home's exterior. The colour of your roof makes up roughly one third of your house’s outward appearance. “Those set on a colour or look may not be aware of compatible colour and profile alternatives available in concrete and terracotta tiles. There is literally a tile to suit most architectural styles and exterior finishes,” says Charlie.

Profile Roof tiles come in a range of shapes, from flat rectangles to tiles that feature prominent ripples and waves. Selecting the right profile and colour

can give your roof a distinct and unique character. Consider the pitch of your rooftop as well as its style when selecting your roofing’s shape.

Durability Location and environmental conditions are important when considering what kind of tiles to buy. Coastal homes can be more prone to salt crystals, which break down the materials used in and around the home. “Choosing a locationappropriate material can boost the longevity and minimise the maintenance requirements of a roof. Using salt-resistant tiles can help extend the life of a coastal roof and improve its longterm aesthetic,” says Charlie.

Material Roofing tiles come in a variety of different materials. Two of the mainstays of Australian roof tiles are concrete and terracotta. Both varieties are long lasting and available in a wide range of shapes and colours, and you should consider which has benefits that might best suit your home. “With good design and planning, tiles can contribute to energy savings when heating and cooling a home,” explains Charlie. “Up to 35 per cent of a home’s interior temperature is gained or lost through the ceiling.”

Top tip Installing roof tiles can be a difficult and labour-intensive process, and is probably best left to a professional. If replacing an old shingle roof with tiles, you may want to consult a structural engineer to check that the frame of the house is capable of taking the extra weight.

Ongoing maintenance Good-quality tiles should require very little to no ongoing maintenance. Should a section become damaged, there is the added benefit of seamless single-tile replacement.

Other roofing essentials Sarking is a reflective foil insulation that can be installed underneath the roof battens only before installing a new roof. In addition to being a thermal barrier, sarking is water and dust resistant, fire retardant and will improve the energy efficiency and insulation value of your home. Roofing expert Charlie Condo is the general manager of Boral Roofing.


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Australian Institute of Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Avenir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Brita Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Cinajus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Designer Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Designline Kitchens & Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Dean Welsh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Grand Designs Australia Live. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Hardware & General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

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Vol 10 No 3 2014  

Looking for a way to brighten up your home? Our 20 lighting solutions guide gives you some great ideas that will brighten your home and capt...

Vol 10 No 3 2014  

Looking for a way to brighten up your home? Our 20 lighting solutions guide gives you some great ideas that will brighten your home and capt...