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CONTENTS ISSUE #5.1 REGULARS 21 23 24 26

Editor’s Letter Editor-at-Large Credits Social

TREND REPORT 28 30 34 38 42 45 48 50 60

Velvet Revolver Four Walls Apple Green Carbon Neutral Pots and Pieces Architecture Shorts Book Reviews Beautiful Bedrooms What’s Hot

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Adele Bates Maryanne Moodie Shaynna Blaze

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Outdoor Rooms Creative C ti Kitchens Kit h Colour Forecast 2016 34 28

EX XPERT ADVICE 24 40 24 42 244 24 46 257

Architecture Real Estate Landscaping Building Ask our Architect GRAND DESIGNS

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TV: KUITPO SONG TOWER HOUSE Songbird TV: EAST MELBOURNE MINI SKYSCRAPER Big Little Build FOREVER HOME Concrete Jungle CITY LIVING Rebirth & Renewal RURAL RETREAT Modern Farmhouse GREENHOUSE Eco Fiend

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Temperature Rising

INTERIORS 166 172 180

Brisbane Gem Woollahra Residence J Plus Hotel by YOO

KITCHENS & BATHROOMS 186 190 194 198 204 206

MAL CORBOY DESIGN Moody Blue KITCHENLINK Industrial Wonder KITCHEN RECIPE Personal Touch ANDREW WALLER Blue Lagoon TRADELINK Going Green TILE SPACE Calming Neutrals

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’ve recently been watching re-runs of Grand Designs Abroad, fi lmed more than 10 years ago. I love the personal stories of the homeowners who seek to achieve their vision, which frequently changes throughout the build — not a good scenario when you remember that change costs money; but it adds to the drama of the stories. Some of these houses were in countries where it appears regulations are not as strict as Australia and New Zealand, and there were lots of challenges — especially with old buildings and language barriers. But they all came out well in the end, even if several were unfinished at the conclusion of the program. It is the personal stories I love to watch and read about, and this issue has some terrific ones. I particularly like the kitchen recipe on page 194 by Catherine Whitting, who is a design educator and qualified interior designer. We met when I was asked to give a talk about the design industry and my journey to the students of the college where she teaches. She told me she was renovating her kitchen and asked if I knew a good photographer who she could use to capture the end result. On seeing the photos and reading the story she wrote, I decided to share it with you as I think it’s a fabulous insight into one person’s passion for their craft, their home and their desire to preserve an existing building and give it a new life which will hopefully endure for many more years. Another kitchen project I particularly like is by multi-award winning New Zealand-based, internationally acclaimed

I LOVE THE MILO SOFA PICTURED IN URBAN NAVY. IT HAS NO LEGS, WHICH CREATES A STREAMLINED, CONTEMPORARY LOOK. JARDAN.COM.AU designer, Mal Corboy. I’ve been a fan of Mal’s work for years and he never fails to delight with his cutting-edge designs. I love his use of colour, and the juxtaposition of materials makes it a beautiful addition to the liveability of the home. Yet another personal story I particularly love this issue is in our Grand Living section. House and business owners Vicki and Peter have lived all over the world, and their passion for Asian style is beautifully illustrated in their home away from home; their rainforest oasis in Port Douglas. Running a successful furniture business in Melbourne is demanding, and getting away from it all in their Far North Queensland retreat provides a welcome break and a change of pace. I admit to a touch of house envy here! There are so many fabulous houses and lots of brilliant ideas, expert advice and opinions this issue — you can’t fail to be inspired to get started on your own grand design. Happy reading.

KATE ST JAMES, FDIA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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ature is a wonderful thing. I recently visited Expo Milano for 10 days, where more than 100 countries built pavilions celebrating food and sustainability. These pavilions were sometimes elaborate, but interestingly, most were constructed entirely from wood. Look up expo2015.org — the buildings will blow you away! I carried on through Northern Italy, Switzerland and Austria. What struck me about the homes in the rural areas is how well they sit in the landscape. Buildings in this neck of the woods typically have a pitched roof, gable ends, eave overhangs and usually two or three storeys. Many are hundreds of years old, mostly constructed from timber and sourced from local forests sustainably managed for 400 to 500 years. Unlike Australia, where we want our houses to look pristine — and have no maintenance — buildings in Europe are happily weathered in. Timber cladding is applied on the exterior and left to age. The weathered side is often a lighter colour than the lee side. I was amazed by how beautiful and low-maintenance they are. It is important to consider the energy required to make materials that form our houses and the distance they have to travel in order to reach their destination. All of this has an impact on the environment. Series Six of Grand Designs Australia sees a shift in this thinking, with a number of the

houses using locally sourced, natural materials that give the buildings relevance. This issue, the Kuitpo Song Tower House in Adelaide approaches this issue differently. Cate and Nick Foskett have built a beautiful, naturally formed building with a corrugated iron roof that hovers in the grape-drenched landscape. The colours of the surrounding bush have informed the couple’s selection of colours in the interior, and they have selected the timber flooring species and window frames to have synergy with the eucalypts outside. The powerful, hand-laid, over-scaled stone spine wall is made from the very mudstone that was pulled out from their garage/ wine room excavation. No impost to the

environment for transportation here (carbon miles). Seven episodes in Series Six all have the six stars required by the Building Code of Australia. Nearly every project has gone well beyond the regulatory standard with an awareness of how the building will be used long term, the owners’ ongoing energy use and their take on fitting into the environment. Until next time.

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01: PRETTY AS A PICTURE No matter your style, the Aurora round chair suits every scenario. Angular brass legs meet a raia-wrapped frame while the velvet seat is the ultimate in comfort. miafleur.com

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02: SINK IN The button-topped St James footstool is upholstered in baby pink and is the perfect height to put your feet up, yet easy enough to neatly tuck away when it’s not needed. one.world 03: GET LOW The low profile of the velvetupholstered Delaney day bed affords easy versatility. Align it with the end of the bed, beneath the window or opposite the sofa for extra seating. ecochic.com.au 05

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04: STRONG WILLED Hand-stitched detail marks the Armoire velvet quilt’s quality, while bold red commands attention. Certainly not for the faint-hearted. wallacecotton.com 05: FINE LINES Arthur G’s luxurious Stanley sofa is upholstered in rich bottle green velvet, while the subtle curves exude charm and character, which is synonymous with the Australian designer. arthurg.com.au

07: COOL, CALM & COLLECTED Create a calming and serene environment with the clean rational lines of the Tiptoe sofa — based on a philosophy of simplicity and functionality that takes contemporary design one step further. kezu.com.au 08: SILVER THRONE A compelling place to sit and rest, the Tub chair is finished in sleek silver–grey velvet while dark legs ground the look. sweetpeaandwillow.com 06


10: PSYCHEDELIC Hand-woven on opulent silk–velvet, the Pembe cushion is every bit as lavish as it looks. Slight imperfections in the vintage fabric are welcomed with respect to the inherent beauty of imperfection. cultiver.com 11: DOONA DAYS A velvet quilt cover with cotton reverse sees to the practicality of this piece by Kip & Co. Dark teal colouring adds to the moody luxury. cranmorehome.com.au; letliv.co.nz

09: BOHO LUXE The visually decadent Boho velvet fabrics are gently textural yet extremely durable. Twenty two rich jewel-like colours make up the range and are suitable for any number of interior schemes. sanderson-uk.com

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12: SNAKES ALIVE! Evocative of a large nest to house and protect, the Boa sofa consists of nearly 100 metres of tubular velvet filled with polyurethane chips and goose down. spacefurniture.com.au 13: ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY Angular and orthogonal compositions stand out in the Absolu sofa from Edra almost as much as the rich blue velvet. To adapt to everyone’s idea of comfort, the seats vary in shape, size and depth. spacefurniture.com.au

14: HALL OF FAME To be placed in the bedroom, living room or hall, the Milano velvet buttoned bench is sleek and stylish without being overbearing. Suitable for any number of interior styles, this bench is worth the investment. sweetpeaandwillow.com 10

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illusion of high ceilings with the Hoppen Stripe wallpaper in white and Prussian Blue from Graham & Brown. The white stripes are textured with a linen effect, while a subtle silver strip lines either side, making it pop. grahambrown.com/uk 04: BLANK SPACE The classic white-gloss lining boards from Glosswood provide a fresh look to any room and are incredibly versatile. Shown here as the backdrop to a Scandinavianstyle interior, they also suit a minimal, Hamptons, country or coastal aesthetic. glosswood.com.au

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If you’ve got the time and the patience, colour blocking with paint can make an interesting feature wall. Shown here in Resene Grenadier, Resene Rice Cake and Resene Aquaclear. resene.com.au; resene.co.nz

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05: TOUGHEN UP Go for an urban, industrial feel with a unique point of difference. The Red Brick wallpaper from Graham & Brown boasts exceptional quality and attention to detail for a gritty, realistic effect. grahambrown.com/uk 06: IN THE DETAILS The warm hues of the Taj Royal from Caesarstone make any room inviting. Showcase the delicate veins, rich depth and soft

texture as a feature wall, splashback or on all four walls. caesarstone.com.au; caesarstone.co.nz 07: TOUCHY FEELY Incorporate a subtle texture or simple pattern onto your walls with Clipwall from Laminex, shown here in Amazonia Linewood. Durable and virtually seamless, Clipwall has a look that will last. laminex.com.au; laminex.co.nz


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01: HARBOURED FEELINGS Sydneysiders rejoice! This vintageinspired print from Americanflat pays homage to the icons of the harbourside city. zanui.com.au 02: SO CHARMING With the look and feel of old-world tiles, these reproduction pieces are suitable for bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, feature walls, fireplaces and

high-traic areas. jatanainteriors.com.au 03: THE PERFECT FIGURE These DUX teak side chairs by Backhouse show what happens when a design considers every curve and angle. mrbigglesworthy.co.nz 04: LONE RANGER This recycled glass vase can be

grouped together with its brown counterparts or displayed solo. nest-direct.com 05: LIP SERVICE One single line wraps around and smoothly dips inwards, forming a subtle curve. These collectable Holmegaard art glass dishes are from Per Lütken’s May Green colour range. mrbigglesworthy.co.nz 06: SLIM SHADY These woven pastel lamp shades add a soft, colourful touch to any room and come in small, medium and large variations. downthatlittlelane.com.au 07: SPOT ON Described as a full moon of a spot, this cushion is hand-screenprinted on natural cotton and flax. downthatlittlelane.com.au

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08: THE DRAWING ROOM A high-back, solid timber frame and chartreuse wool add to the retro efect of this lounge chair. fentonandfenton.com.au 09: TIMEOUT Add colour and fun to your kitchen with this vintage-inspired clock complete with faux rivet marks and a wooden dial. taylorroad.co.nz

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10: ONE OF A KIND The Tribal Dance rug, hand-tufted in a New Zealand wool blend, can be custom-made to order or is available in two stock sizes. designerrugs.com.au 11: FINEPRINT Hand-painted with intricate attention to detail, the Agate Slice in green makes a bold statement centred on the wall space above the fireplace, sofa or dining table. urbanroad.com.au

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12: HAPPY AS LARRY The Chipper bar stool is made from powder-coated steel and is available in five other colourful finishes. bludot.com.au

14: BOXED IN An Artifort design, the Bono sofa assumes a modern interpretation of the classic box sofa. kezu.com.au; matisse.co.nz

13: METALLIC MARVELS The Orla wallpaper carries a confident stripe in fabric textures and a hint of metallic. grahambrown.com

15: ALL CLASS Organic modernism is fused with bold shapes and tasteful colour in the Val St Lambert table lamps. mrbigglesworthy.co.nz

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Crafted from the highest-quality New Zealand pine, the mint spindle change table is all the more endearing for its simplicity. downthatlittlelane.com.au

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02: ECO TREAT The 40-inch TV bowl by Amos Enders-Moje from Mo-En Design is hand-cut and formed from l d TV screen. a recycled catapultdesign.net.au

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03: THREE OF A KIND Kawa vessels are made from natural porcelain using reusable leather moulds. criteriacollection.com.au 04 & 05: WASTE NOT Contemporary in form and function, the Ding and Zhua tables by Bentu are made from recycled concrete and metal. meizai.com.au

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06: DEEP ETCHED These stunning vases by Amos Enders-Moje from Mo-En Design are etched and cold-worked from recycled wine bottles. catapultdesign.net.au

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Solutions to cut your carbon footprint ED I TE D BY / / JAM E S C LE LAN D 01: POSITIVE SPIN The limited-edition Totem sculpture by Jo Wilson is made from recycled telegraph poles in tallowwood. criteriacollection.com.au

07: AMP IT UP Camilla Lee Lambert’s iPhone ampliďŹ er is free of wires and electronics. Available in natural, sustainable walnut and oak, it reproduces sound similar to a traditional record player. camilla-lee.com 08: DESIGN HUNTER The Hunter chair by Catapult Design is made in Australia from recycled local electronic waste. catapultdesign.net.au 07

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As we become more aware of our surroundings, it’s only natural to consider the inside of our homes as sanctuaries. Choosing quality furniture and furnishings is easy when you know where to source them and what to buy. Inspired by the Greenhouse on page 144, here are our top picks

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TREND REPORT 09 09: NATURAL BEAUTY The Shift vase set by Jeremy Anderson for Apparatus is created from hand-thrown natural porcelain. criteriacollection.com.au

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10: & 11: IT’S A WRAP Wrap yourself in natural luxury with Krafthaus throws and blankets made from pure merino lambswool and kid angora goat fleece. fanuli.com.au 12: COSY UP Soft and elegant, the scatter cushions by Krafthaus feature blended merino lambswool and kid angora goat fleece. fanuli.com.au 13: IN VINO VERITAS Designed by Amos Enders-Moje from Mo-En Design, these beautiful jugs and decanters are expertly crafted from recycled wine bottles. catapultdesign.com.au

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04: FLOWER POWER Australia’s landscape provides endless inspiration for Japaneseborn ceramic artist, Hidemi Tokutake. Subtle yet intriguing, her dry-volcano-glazed sculptures, such as Flower Work, take on the spirit of fossilised fl owers. planetfurniture.com.au 05: SHAKE IT UP The Shake the Apple sculpture o add is a fun and colourful way to me. It’s a bit of humour to your hom hat often these small accents th erlook make a room — so don’t ove m.au them. amalfihomewares.com

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07: ROUGH STUFF This rustic milk pott is the perfect n decor, addition to modern softening the look with a touch of country charm. The crackled finish and black co ntrast enhance om.au the effect. zanui.co

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NANCE 08: LOW-MAINTEN o brighten your What better way to home or oice tha n with an air plant in a pretty black and gold mal care and pot? It needs minim y.com plays the part. etsy

02: FAMILY TIES With arms and legs dangling, the Family Bench sculpture depicts the varying ages and stages of a family. Mounted on a long black base, it will make a poignant yet artistic statement in your home. artisanti.com

RK 09: GROUND WOR s the perfect This ceramic pot is nt lush green way to complement foliage with a bright base. The geometric design and weathered-paint finish adds edge. mintinteriordesign.com.au

03: SOUL SISTER An iconic Mexican textile pattern covers the Otomi planter. Vibrant red makes the spirit and soul stand out all the more. jonesandco.com.au

10: GIDDY UP Oozing charm and perfect for small spaces, the Dala horse in gold would make the perfect addition to your coffee table, bookcase or bedside table. Not too fussy, with just enough lustre. jonesandco.com.au

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Evoke forest greens with the hand-shaped and -painted Forest Collection by US artist Brian Farrell. Available in three sizes, group them together to showcase their spatial diversity. lightly.com.au


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dominate the ridgeline out of respect for the site. Loosely referencing the fortified Maori Pa forms that are historically found on prominent headlands, the overall design incorporates open, organic and flowing spaces between the more prominent rooms such as the cave-like lounge and bedroom areas. At once, the home offers intimacy and openness. The feature point, however, is the 270-degree view the headland affords. Photography by Mark Smith. stevenslawson.co.nz

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Standout structures that go above and beyond ED I T E D BY / / H O L LY C U N N E E N 01: RAMMED EARTH HOUSE The three distinct wings of the Rammed Earth House in Wanaka, New Zealand, each feature a different orientation, view and connection to the surrounding landscape. The construction boasts rammed-earth walls formed in-situ on-site, with the solid mass providing the interior wall finish as well as the exterior cladding. Despite it being an ancient building material, incorporating it into modern structural requirements and thermal performance goals resulted in more than a few challenges for Assembly Architects. Wide-format cedar rusticated weatherboards provide design juxtaposition with the rammed-earth walls, as do

the thin vertical shiplap weatherboards. The house and landscape were conceived and designed together, blending a welcome mix of formality, casualness and fun. Photography by Simon Devitt. assembly.co.nz 02: HEADLAND HOUSE Perched neatly atop a headland on Waiheke Island’s Onetangi Beach, the Headland House is an informal structure with a beachside atmosphere designed for homeowners who spend a large part of their year on the island. The compact yet impressive structure slopes steeply towards the rocky coastline below, and doesn’t 02

Alexandria House

Designed by Matthew Pullinger, this humble home for a family of five features three bedrooms and one bathroom. The strongly framed western elevation responds to its diverse inner-Sydney street, creating sharp shadows and a transition between public and private space. Operable timber screens control sun and privacy and the lower screens retract to reveal the home’s interior. A third level is set back within a steelwrapped roof. The plan links three courtyards along a circulation axis and the house unfolds and connects around the central courtyard. Photography by Brett Boardman. hassellstudio.com

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Nikki Maloney’s House

This impressive home by Drew Heath Architects won a Sustainable Architecture Award at the 2015 New South Wales Architecture Awards. Apart from the basics — including a small footprint, solar hot water, natural ventilation and low-VOC finishes — this home is constructed from waste products in different states of decay. Floors and roof shingles were used as panelling and framing for benchtops, and old brickwork was utilised in the new construction. With a look inspired by the worker’s cottage that was once on the site, the home features a sloped roof that follows the angles of the sun to let light deep inside the interiors. Photography by Brett Boardman 46

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04: EMERALD BLUFFS HOUSE Emerald Bluffs House is carefully nestled on the edge of a hillside on a largely unpopulated side of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. Within this ecologically and environmentally sustainable subdivision, the residents are immersed in the striking native vegetation. A glass and timber pavilion houses the majority of the living areas and bedrooms, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing stunning views year-round. The land on which the home resides is zoned ‘outside landscape’ which requires an onerous application of the New Zealand Resource Management Act. As such, the clients sought the highest standards of mitigating operational energy use within the house. Photography by Patrick Reynolds. rtastudio.co.nz


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Rustic retreats are hidden deep within nature, where industrial materials such as metal, concrete and wood are rampant. Retreat is a collection of photographically documented houses that reimagine the way we, as humans, seek refuge in nature. These homes reside in countries spanning the globe while the occasional local landscape from Australia or New Zealand provides a version of a familiar face. These structurally innovative houses will inspire you to exercise your full potential and appreciate the sheer magnitude of what can happen when you do. 48

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SHELTER KARA ROSENLUND PENGUIN | $60 After a brief chance encounter with a dilapidated farmhouse, Kara Rosenlund felt compelled to tell the story of similar structures sourced across rural Australia. And so the concept of Shelter was created. The homes that fill this book were selected by word of mouth — conversations that started in one city often ended in another. These houses exude a raw, honest and unequivocally Australian beauty complemented by the overgrown outback captured by Kara’s lens. The rustic homes are accompanied by charming stories, creating vignettes of Kara’s experience and providing insight into the personality of the homes and their occupants.

With so much time, money and effort spent annually on home renovations, proper research is as much common sense as it is non-negotiable. Renovating is an oftenoverlooked opportunity to refit your home, replacing wasteful, energy-draining practices with sustainable solutions. The Energy-Freedom Home takes you through various areas of the residence and shows you how to do so. Energy is the biggest ongoing cost of running a home but now solar power has become more financially accessible to the average homeowner. The Energy-Freedom Home comes from Beyond Zero Emissions, a not-for-profit organisation known for advocating a zero emissions economy for Australia, and CEO Dr Stephen Bygrave, who has worked on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency for more than 20 years.


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Grand Designs Australia Series Five, Claremont Origami House. Photography by John Maddon

BEAUTIFUL BEDROOMS With so many styles, colours and themes to choose from, it can be hard to successfully style a bedroom. Here, our top picks for lasting bedroom trends E D I T E D BY / / H O L LY C U N N E E N

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01: IN PIECES Part of the Frame collection, this white 49cm2 sideboard can stand on its own, in a row or be hung directly on the wall. urbancouture.com.au 02: LAY IT BARE Dinosaur Designs has teamed up with Designer Rugs to create a range of pieces that play with bold colours and organic shapes for a look that is truly unique, like the Sun rug shown here. designerrugs.com.au; designerrugs.co.nz

06: GO BY TOUCH The Antigua throw adds a soft textural element when draped across one corner of a well-made bed. A subtle dove grey won’t impose while the 3cm fringe keeps it casual. coastnewzealand.com 07: A UNIQWA BED Mixing regal charm with modern angles, the Strand four-poster bed features an unďŹ nished solid teak frame. uniqwafurniture.com.au

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03: FOREIGN AFFAIR Fluid curves and lightness of form characterise the Yngve Ekstrom Lamino chair for Swedese. mrbigglesworthy.co.nz 04: ALL GLITZ For a little bit of luxury, the Gatz table lamp boasts contemporary luxe with its jet black shade, glass base and gold-ringed neck. freedom.com.au; freedomfurniture.co.nz 05: COMFORT FIRST This watermelon-coloured scatter

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01: OLD IS NEW Wallpaper is making a comeback, and with options like the distressed Tropical Forest in Faded Blue, it’s not hard to see why. kerriebrown.com 02: DARK THOUGHTS A thick yet soft weave characterises the Antigua waffle linen throw, while a moody ink grey is the perfect shade for a masculine room. coastnewzealand.com 03: UNTOUCHED Mark Tuckey’s platform bed comes in Oregon timber with a sandblast and soap finish. Raw has never looked so good. marktuckey.com.au

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04: SEE THE SUN A rich wooden dish in a traditional sun design is the perfect place to store the smaller necessities so they don’t get forgotten, or worse, lost. jonesandco.com.au 05: PLUM RED Not just a textural accent in your bedroom, the Bermuda poufe can be used as a footstool, seat or a makeshift side table. boconcept.com/en-au; boconcept.com/en-nz 06: UPS AND DOWNS The subtle zig-zag pattern in this uniquely quilted cushion gives it a masculine edge while avoiding anything too flowery. residentgp.com.au

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03: SLIM LINES A simple, slender profile characterises the Reuben console, which can be placed against a wall or beneath a window. arthurg.com.au

02: CURTAIN CALL Art Deco nostalgia, glitz and glamour are all equally present in the Broadway mirror. To modernise the look, place on top of a dresser resting against the wall. freedom.com.au; freedomfurniture.co.nz

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Inspired by a sense of utility, this chair from Stellar Works features a half-upholstered back, timber legs and gold armrests for a boyish yet soft aesthetic. livingedge.com.au


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07: FIFTY SHADES A grey water print features on this 100 per cent linen cushion with an optional cotton feather insert. penneyandbennett.co.nz 08: FLOWER POWER Available in medium or large, the Applicata Torso vases look best as a duo. Create a vignette with a stem or two of wildowers on the window sill, bedside table, console or dresser. habitathomecollection.com.au 09: UP IN THE AIR Perhaps the only greater luxury than linen is white linen. This crisp white duvet cover is pure linen and has an allure similar to that of a uff y white cloud. penneyandbennett.co.nz

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An untouched, unrefined and honest look never dates. Source raw woods, undyed linens and tanned leather the greater bedroom, the Shale bedside table offers practicality and light storage for those bedtime essentials. bludot.com.au 04: EYES OPEN You can see the texture as much as you can feel it in this hand-knitted cushion blending white and black. residentgp.com.au 05: PACK A PUNCH The simple details, solid wood and grain leather door pulls give this storage solution some serious panache. bludot.com.au

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01: Sass pedestals feature stacked wooden bases and striking polished marble tops. Inspired by the work of Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, they are designed by MPGMB. criteriacollection.com.au 02: Composed of steel-welded frames, custom webbing belts and smooth leather straps, the Stephen Kenn Inheritance Collection sofa ofers timeless industrial luxury. criteriacollection.com.au 03: Mid-century style gets a modern touch with the handcrafted low-back Oscar sofa. somethingbeginningwith.com.au 04: The Nomah lounge features a teakwood frame and luxuriously soft cushion seating. ecooutdoor.com.au 05: This stylish collection of home accessories is made from the highest-quality Belgian linen. It includes napkins, tea towels and elegant beach tote bags, all of which are suitable for use outdoors. ecooutdoor.com.au 06: Designers Charles and Ray Eames established their legendary relationship with Herman Miller in 1946 with the boldly original moulded plywood dining and lounge chairs. The chair’s enduring charm and comfort makes it an icon of modern design. livingedge.com.au 07: Fibonacci Stone’s Lustre terrazzo tile has a unique and gentle sheen that ofers a luxurious finish. fibonaccistone.com.au 08: & 09: Pittella’s exclusive range fuses traditional artisan manufacturing with current trends to ofer clean-lined, timeless design and

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uring an art storeroom cleanout, a chance encounter with a loom led to a change in direction for art teacher, Maryanne Moodie. With her 9-to-5 job reaching burnout and a growing family, the designer took advantage of the sign and hasn’t turned back. Now a fully fledged weaving guru, Maryanne has garnered somewhat of a cult following thanks to Instagram, leading to the establishment of her very own weaving tribe which just keeps on expanding. Originally based in Melbourne, Maryanne and her husband Aaron moved to Brooklyn in 2013 after he was offered a relocation role with craft powerhouse, Etsy. After trying her hand at a few different occupations, Maryanne found the perfect fit in weaving, originally creating pieces as gifts for friends. “I started weaving and sharing my journey on Instagram, and the support, love and encouragement I found from my online community turned on a switch,” says Maryanne. “I was suddenly alive and on the right path.” Spurred on by such positive reinforcement, Maryanne decided to share her skills in the form of weaving kits and sold-out workshops for

novices to try their hand at a new skill. “I started teaching workshops to share my passion and found it reignited the spark. I fell in love with teaching all over again.” Maryanne’s work is very much trending at the moment thanks to a design movement that focuses on quality, niche, handmade goods that are considerate to the source. Opting to minimise her footprint, Maryanne uses a combination of vintage, hand-spun and handdyed small-batch yarn in her workshops and weaving kits. “This is both a challenge and a joy as the yarn I use is finite,” she says. “I can never recreate a piece — each one is individual.” Maryanne also uses a local woodworker to create sustainable looms and sends her off-cuts back to a local spinner who creates new fibres for Maryanne to buy once again. With handmade crafts becoming a force to be reckoned with, Maryanne offers designs that evoke nostalgia with a twist. Giving people the opportunity to not only buy her own but also weave personal creations, this talented maker is giving new life to a well-loved craft that’s certainly made a comeback. maryannemoodie.com


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ou’d be hard pressed to find someone unfamiliar with Shaynna Blaze. The awardwinning interior designer has been creating stunning spaces, both residential and commercial, for more than 20 years. Given her innate ability and snowballing success, it’s strange to think interior design wasn’t Shaynna’s first choice when it came to her career. “I wanted to study fine arts and be an artist,” she says, “but the universe had other ideas for me as I didn’t get into fine arts and design was my second preference.” And that’s often the case in life — you follow one path and it takes you down another. Shaynna’s interior style has changed over time. However, working for clients and designing spaces is less about her ideals and more about the clients. “When I’m working for a client, my inspiration comes from them,” she reveals. “One of my favourite things in the world is finding out who they

are, what makes them tick and observing how they live and interact in their home.” But something that can be attributed to her personal style is her eagerly anticipated new lighting range in collaboration with OneWorld. “When OneWorld approached me to design a range for them, I knew I wanted something that was going to add sculpturally to the room as well as add functional lighting,” she says. And that it does. Without imposing on a space’s surrounds, her range of table lamps and pendants are strong pieces that are timeless in their aesthetic. Longevity and sustainability in design were important considerations for Shaynna. “The longer you hold onto your lighting, furniture and decorative pieces, the less landfill we create,” she says. Wise words that we all ought to live by. By investing in great design, we can lessen the need — and desire — to constantly replace and upgrade our interiors. shaynnablaze.com


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DETAILS HOUSE KUITPO SONG TOWER HOUSE LOCATION KUITPO FOREST, SOUTH AUSTRALIA DATE COMMENCED DECEMBER 2013 DATE COMPLETED JUNE 2015 COST $2.2 MILLION

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says Cate. “I found my opera career less challenging and this was a good departure.” With the goal to build a home that covers all eventualities, Nick and Cate worked with architect Max Pritchard on a structure that appears normal from the street, but reveals its curves and connecting tower upon closer inspection. “We are building something that looks like a normal house, but as you get closer, you will see it’s more architectural than it looks — it’s not your average rectangular box,” says Nick. With most of the home remaining open plan, a wall acts as the spine of the residence, dividing the common areas from the cinema, study and bedroom suites — not to forget the adjoining two-storey song tower, which houses a library and a rehearsal space for Cate. “This is my space in the build,” she says. “I can do whatever I want in here — it’s my little retreat.” Described by Peter Maddison as a “triptych of cultures”, the build for this home began with a 4am start to lay an

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eye-shaped slab, and later, the installation of steel panels that join together to form a parabolic roof that mirrors the curves of the floor. With the structure quickly taking shape, it became evident this home was melting into the landscape, almost sinking into its surrounds and mirroring the aesthetic of nature — simple and raw. But all builds come with ‘setbacks’ and for this Kuitpo home, it was the delivery of different-coloured roof panels and an executive decision from Nick to chop the top off the curved ridge line of the roof, much to the surprise of architect Max. But as the old adage goes, the customer is always right. During the $20,000 excavation of the cellar space, Nick and Cate hit the jackpot — the sandstone jackpot — and elected to utilise this natural material to create the spine of the home. Sandstone is a big part of the area’s design history, with most heritage homes featuring the quintessentially Australian material. “Using sandstone will help the building speak the local vernacular,”

ABOVE A room with a view OPPOSITE A freestanding tub by the window is made for relaxation


DESCRIBED BY PETER MADDISON AS A “TRIPTYCH OF CULTURES”, THE BUILD FOR THIS HOME BEGAN WITH A 4AM START TO LAY AN EYESHAPED SLAB

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PROJECT TEAM Architect Max Pritchard (maxpritchardarchitect.com.au) Builder Geof Fairweather, Fairweather Davies (fairweatherdavies.com.au; 0419 999 489) Thanks to Adelaide Festival Centre, South Australia’s heart of arts and entertainment

LEFT There’s no need to go to the movies when you’ve got a cinema in your own home

SERVICES Air-conditioning Bell Air Services, Brad Bell (bellairservices.com.au; 0431 099 211) Cabinetwork Gawler Custom Specialist Joinery, Gary (gawlercustomkitchensadelaide. com.au; 08 8523 3077) Home automation Tecport Pty Ltd, Peter Milojkovic (tecport.com.au; 0411 172 727) Home theatre VAF Research, Darren Finocchio (vaf.com.au; 08 8363 9996) Stonework Adelaide Masonry, Steve (adelaidemasonry.com; 0413 302 505) Ovens, fridges, BBQ Spartan Electrical, Nick Kritharas (spartanelectrical.com.au; 08 8352 4222) Pizza oven Forno Bravo Australia, Nick Ashby (fornobravo.com.au; 0417 295 842) Underfloor heating Guardian Gas Services, Len Finney (1300 138 973) Windows G. James (gjames.com)

ED’S FAVE THE LIBRARY IN THE SONG TOWER, WHICH OFFERS A QUIET SPOT TO ENJOY A GOOD READ OR TWO

says Peter. Constructed over a period of four months utilising the skills of four stonemasons and 10,000 rocks, this wall serves as the main feature of the home, and rightly so. After the roof panels were fitted to the curved structure, work on the song tower began, much to the delight of Cate. Gargantuan glass panels at the back of the main house were installed shortly after,

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which invites nature into the home and enables the landscape to influence the house with a “split personality”, says Peter. Daring to take on a vineyard and build a house that reflects two unique personalities is not a task for the faint-hearted. Nick and Cate have created a space where every line leads you somewhere and, most importantly, blurs the barriers between work, home and play.

FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Bathroom basins and taps Astra Walker Icon in brushed platinum (astrawalker.com.au; 02 8838 5100) Bathroomware The Source, George Demourtzidis (the-source.com.au; 0452 501 372) Blinds Bailey Blinds, Brenton Bailey (baileyblinds.com.au; 08 8277 3081) Lighting Cidalume, Manfred Zobel (cidalume.com.au; 08 8297 2250) Sofas and armchairs Natuzzi (natuzzi.com.au; 08 8297 7000) Stalker table and Lola chair Greenedge Commercial Interiors, Zac Kingston (greenedge.net.au; 0404 806 072) Sub Zero and Wolf stove Multyflex (multyflex.com.au; 03 9600 2218)


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this operation, Ralph couldn’t find any case studies of eco homes that provided a complete picture when it came to materials, occupancy and recycling contents — so he decided to make his own. Spanning four levels, each floor is, of course, multipurpose. The first is a garage/shower/hybrid office, the second houses the kitchen/living/dining space, the third is the bedroom suite and the fourth, an open outdoor space with a hot tub. Beginning the build in July 2014, the first — and one of the most expensive forays ($30,000) — was tapping into geothermal energy by drilling 65 metres into the ground. The concept of geothermal energy works by pumping the year-round temperature of the ground around the house, ensuring a pleasant temperature without the need for heaters or air-conditioning. By September, a tiny slab was laid, packed full of steel, pipes and geothermal equipment, serving as the anchor


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for the prefabricated timber and glass sheets that were all manufactured off-site. In an effort to boost productivity, all the walls and floors were manufactured by machine, with Ralph predicting the cassettes from the timber factory would take just a day and a half to assemble in full height. With disaster striking on cue — proving partial failure is part of innovation — the holes in the cassettes were too small for the anchors and had to be made bigger by hand to move past this “massive nightmare”, according to builder Daniel.

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PROJECT TEAM Builder Barley Store Productions (barleystore.com.au) Consulting builder Kadabra Master Builders (kadabra.com.au) Component construction Drouin West Timber and Truss, FutureFit (dwtt.com.au) Architect, interior design and landscape design (fivexfour. com/project-team/design) Structural engineer Peter Felicetti (felicetti.com.au)

ABOVE LEFT A bathroom is concealed behind timber cabinetry LEFT The ensuite’s neutral aesthetic is perfectly suited to the bedroom

SERVICES Embodied energy Dr Robert Crawford, University of Melbourne (fivexfour.com/project-team/ embodied-energy) Environment and design GHD (ghd.com/australia) Electrical (fivexfour.com/electrical) Landscaping (fivexfour.com/ landscape)

But the decision to use prefab components soon paid off when three levels were constructed in a speedy two days. Once the cassettes were completed, installing state-of-the-art windows and cladding the exterior was next on the agenda, with a whole house essentially built in just six months. In January 2015, the cubbyhouse status of the build was lost thanks to the installation of the front glass façade, running the full front of the building. Ralph truly “unlocked the potential of the site by going so high”, observes Peter Maddison. Inside, sustainable timber very much reigns supreme, with a prominent staircase doubling as a structural and design feature.

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Custom building many of the furnishings, minimalism is key here, with only the bare necessities present. A sofa flips over to reveal a dining table, foot stools turn into dining chairs and herb gardens are right outside the window. Everything has been thought of with painstaking consideration to the environment. If there’s one word for this eco creation, it’s ‘custom’. With Ralph dubbed the “quiet overachiever” by Peter, this home is “grand, albeit miniature”, defying the odds to successfully challenge the status quo, proving you can build a house that takes from the planet, but gives even more back to it.

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Colour Paete Nordic describes this palette perfectly. Blonde timber with neutral black and white accents exude simplicity. The single colour accent of turquoise keeps it contemporary

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CUSTOM DESIGNED LUXURY HOMES

13/276-278 New Line Road, Dural NSW Phone: (02) 9651 6290

www.balmoralhomes.com.au


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CONCRETE JUNGLE THE NUCLEAR FAMILY HOME IS TURNED ON ITS HEAD AND TAKEN TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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DETAILS HOUSE FOREVER HOME LOCATION NORTH MELBOURNE, VICTORIA DATE COMMENCED JANUARY 2013 DATE COMPLETED JANUARY 2015 COST $1.1 MILLION

WO R DS / / A N NA B E L L E C L O RO S P H OTO G RA P H Y / / P E T E R B E N N E T T S

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he typical family residence usually comprises more than a tiny 7.5m x 15.5m block encased by commercial buildings. Then again, there’s usually not a tree in your house or the city at your doorstep. A family of four relocating to Melbourne from Vietnam called on Timmins+Whyte architects to build a low-maintenance sanctuary fit for all of life’s stages. Situated in a Melburnian back street, the project began with a vacant block of land. The owners sought a home that would boast a high level of finishes and maximise space. “We became involved in the project before the clients bought the vacant lot because they were living in Vietnam at the time,” says architect Sally Timmins. “They asked us to take the project from concept through to construction and deliver the contract — so full architectural services, which we think is really important to achieving the end result.” The home consisted of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study box and a car space. With an adult daughter and a young toddler,

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Bromley artwork adds character to the space


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the family needed a division in private spaces and communal areas. The owners and their infant son would live upstairs and their daughter would have her bedroom downstairs with a bathroom and private courtyard. “The separation allows for the difference in sleeping hours and noise levels, and they meet in the middle for eating and chatting,” says Sally. A study was also designed around the principle of being flexible to ensure David, the owner, could work from home in peace or engage with the family by opening up the space to the kitchen using a large door that folds on itself, blending into the wall. Designed to accommodate the family for the long term, this home covers everything, from specific nooks and walls to display the owners’ art collection to the integration of plant boxes, the rooftop garden and courtyards to ensure greenery is never far away. “We were inspired by the constraints of the site and looked at various ways of ‘greening’ up the house on both vertical and horizontal planes to create an oasis,” says Sally. “The roof garden has provided open space on the site and the owner has planted herbs. There are also two large planter boxes — one outside the master bedroom and one at ground level — to help soften the interface with the commercial context.” A sculptural screen was also installed at the front of the house for privacy as well as serving as a structure for plants to grow up.

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SOLVING THE AGE-OLD PROBLEM OF SPACE, THIS HOME HAS GATHERED THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF A FAMILY HOME AND STACKED THEM ON TOP OF EACH OTHER — LITERALLY

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PROJECT // FOREVER HOME An indoor courtyard boosts the Zen factor of the home

Natural light floods the bedroom, which is ideal when using a darker interior scheme

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WE LOVE THE RAW CONCRETE WALLS THAT BRING AN INDUSTRIAL EDGE TO THE HOME

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“WE WERE INSPIRED BY THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE SITE AND LOOKED AT VARIOUS WAYS OF ‘GREENING’ UP THE HOUSE” – SALLY TIMMINS In terms of sustainability, this home is very much passive. Although the lack of light in the residence proved challenging initially, skylights, openable windows and saw-tooth roofs were installed to boost sunlight. “The house uses passive design principles,” says Sally. “Crossventilation, hydronic panels and slab heating, as well as sun access and control, heat and cool the house. Openable skylights over the stairs bring light into the space and draw hot air out to help

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cool it during summer. We also used louvred windows to cross-ventilate each floor.” Raw, honest and industrial in style, the Corian steel present on the façade of the home serves as the ideal welcome mat to the interior’s palette. Concrete, black steel and timber are the key materials, softened by contemporary artworks and the greenery that creeps inside. “The house is very calm, quiet and light, and with the tree views and roof garden, it has the

qualities of a house in an open space,” says Sally. “The added benefit is that they can live in an inner-city location without compromising on quality space.” Solving the age-old problem of space, this home has gathered the building blocks of a family home and stacked them on top of each other — literally — giving the client everything a traditional residence comprises — with added edge, of course.


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ED’S FAVE THE ROOFTOP GARDEN — THE IDEAL SOLUTION TO ACCESS GREENERY WHEN LIVING IN THE CITY

PROJECT TEAM Architect Timmins+Whyte (timminswhyte.com.au) Builder LBA Construction (lbaconstruction.com.au) Interior designer Timmins+Whyte and Sarah Whyte (timminswhyte.com.au) Landscaper Mud Oice and Fytogreen (mudoice.com.au; fytogreen.com.au) Structural engineer Parkhill Freeman (parkhillfreeman.com.au)

Colour Paete The palette for this design is drawn from the materials used and echoed through the furnishings. The concrete grey comes back in the bedding and the timber cladding is reflected in the tobacco-coloured leather chair. The blue coming in through the expansive windows appears again in the artwork and outdoor table

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Rebirth & Renewal AN OASIS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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An open-plan living space encourages a fluid atmosphere

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ur homes can dramatically impact the way we live, and with so much emphasis now on affordability, we’ve lost one of the most important aspects of our residences — liveability. It’s one thing to own a home, but when it’s not well designed, it can add to the overwhelming pressures of life. This is even more important when living in a desirable suburb. The variety and liveliness of living so close to a city centre offers many great lifestyle aspects, but when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle, having a home you want to go back to is essential. The owners of this narrow 1940s semidetached residence lived within the space for far too long and felt suffocated and constricted. The home was dark, cramped and drab, impeding their lifestyle rather than enhancing it. The kitchen was so small they’d given up cooking at home. They couldn’t

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entertain and they had no real connection with the rear garden — plus the sun was only something that could be enjoyed on the back step. Being able to find someone who could adapt their residence into a modern space that actually allowed them to live rather than just keep their stuff somewhere was an important aspect of this project, and investing the time and budget in utilising architectural skills and craftsmanship far outweighed the savings of a draftsman or run-of-the-mill renovating company. Chris Elliott and his team from Chris Elliott Architects instilled a sense of trust and hope in their clients. “Chris was a very inspirational consultant,” says the owner. “He brought ideas to the process we would never have known about or embarked upon on our own. His knowledge of materials and how to properly work with spaces was a truly inspiring part of the process.”

DETAILS HOUSE CITY LIVING LOCATION MAROUBRA, SYDNEY DATE COMMENCED 2013


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WE LOVE THE NEUTRAL SCHEME OF THE KITCHEN AND LIVING SPACE

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The goal was to create a bright, light-fi lled living space with modern materials that would bring a contemporary aesthetic to the house. This would allow the residents to enjoy their home while also enabling them to invite friends and family over to share and enjoy the property’s new-found identity. Complete removal of the rear half of the home made way for the new design, which went through much iteration before the simple geometry of two boxes, one stacked upon the other, was decided upon. The upper box — a cedar-clad structure supported by two exposed steel columns — houses two generous bedrooms, a bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. The master bedroom is granted rooftop and ocean views via sliding doors. The new bathroom, tiled a brilliant blue, is described as an “underwater cave”, a refreshing oasis built to revitalise and invigorate.

The lower half, now two steps down from the original floor plan, has high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, along with unbroken views of the verdant garden. Expansive sliding doors allow the internal space to flow out onto the generous wraparound timber deck that appears to float above the green carpet of the garden. Internally, the living space is completely transformed. Bright and airy, a functional kitchen combines with a small dining and modest yet elegant lounge space. Timber flooring sits atop raw concrete, which allows the progression between internal and external spaces to be continuous and gives the family plenty of space in which to live and interact with their home. While allowing light to penetrate deeply into the home, the new spaces also provide exceptional privacy for neighbours and residents, creating a passively controlled

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WHILE ALLOWING LIGHT TO PENETRATE DEEPLY INTO THE HOME, THE NEW SPACES ALSO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONAL PRIVACY FOR NEIGHBOURS AND RESIDENTS, CREATING A PASSIVELY CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT UTILISING SUN AND NATURAL VENTILATION 122

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PROJECT TEAM Architect Chris Elliott Architects (chriselliottarchitects.com.au) Builder Michael Downing Constructions (mdowningconstructions.com.au) Structural engineer Brendon Prentice, O’Hearn Consulting (ohearnconsulting.com)

TIMBER Sliding windows Aneeta (aneetawindows.com) Sliding doors and casement windows Marrickville Joinery (marrickvillejoinery.com.au) FLOORS Flooring T&G flooring (synteko.com.au) Polished concrete bathroom tiles Amber (gumtree.com)

“IT’S HAD THAT MUCH OF AN EFFECT ON US THAT WE FEEL MORE AT EASE AND CAN TRULY ENJOY OUR TIME AT HOME” – THE OWNER environment utilising sun and natural ventilation to heat or cool the home. The thermal mass of the concrete slab produces an even temperature and allows the home to be cool in summer and warm in winter. “It’s completely changed our lives,” says the owner. “Our old place went against who we are, and the way we live now is more relaxed. It’s had that much of an effect on us

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that we feel more at ease and can truly enjoy our time at home.” Placed on the same footprint as the original home, it’s now double the space. Raw concrete, steel and glass mixed with the softness of natural timbers and a neutral interior palette create a soft space that still pushes the boundaries of contemporary home design.

BATHROOM WC Valsir Salo Lucia (harveynorman.com.au) WC flush buttons Tropea Inox (harveynorman.com.au) Basin Parisi Pathos (harveynorman.com.au) Basin taps Grohe Eurosmart Mixer (harveynorman.com.au) Bath Bette Esprit steel bath (harveynorman.com.au) Taps and spout Grohe Eurosmart Micro Combination Mixer (harveynorman.com.au) Shower Rose Grohe Euphoria (harveynorman.com.au) Shower set Methven Minimalist (harveynorman.com.au) Floor waste ABL Tiles (harveynorman.com.au) Towel rail Grohe Essentials (harveynorman.com.au) Towel ring Grohe Essentials (harveynorman.com.au) Mirror cabinet Rizzo Interiors (02 9533 9933) Paper holder Grohe Essentials (harveynorman.com.au) Exhaust fan Xpelair (harveynorman.com.au) KITCHEN Sink Franke Aurora (winningappliances.com.au) Oven Smeg SAP578X-9 (winningappliances.com.au) Steam oven Smeg SCA45V2 (winningappliances.com.au) Cooktop Bosch PIL615R14E (winningappliances.com.au) Rangehood Bosh built-in (winningappliances.com.au)


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Dishwasher Bosch (winningappliances.com.au) Joinery Rizzo Interiors (02 9533 9933) Benchtops and splashbacks Calacatta marble LAUNDRY Tub Blanco (winningappliances.com.au) Washing machine Miele W5741 (winningappliances.com.au) Dryer Simpson 39S (winningappliances.com.au) FINISHES Timber cladding Intergrain WRC shiplap (intergrain.com.au) Polished concrete (aocs.com.au) FURNITURE Sacco beanbag Zanotta Rabbit outdoor coffee table Living Divani Tortoise outdoor coffee table Living Divani Fat ottoman B&B Italia Charles sofa B&B Italia Fat sofa ottoman B&B Italia All from spacefurniture.com.au

Colour Paete Overall, the palette here is quite neutral with an explosion of blue in the bathroom, which is echoed in the outdoor furnishings. The base of the palette is white, concrete grey and timber with a splash of red in the rug and foot stool

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La dolce Vita MODERN BATHWARE View Collection at modabathware.com EXCLUSIVE TO ACS DESIGNER BATHROOMS

Woollahra 163 Edgecliff Rd NSW 2025

Crows Nest 113A Willoughby Rd NSW 2065

Richmond 229 Swan St VIC 3121

Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 (Opening Early 2016)


1300 898 889


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A RURAL RESIDENCE STEMMED FROM A SUNBURNT COUNTRY

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This home is full of light, which can be credited to the sliding glass doors on both sides

WO R DS / / A N NA B E L L E C L O RO S PHOTOGRA PHY // SHANNON M C GRATH

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hanks to a swelling population, it’s difficult to find houses that truly embrace, and are reflective of, their surroundings. But for those fortunate enough to be cocooned by all the great outdoors has to offer, it’s only fitting such homes mesh into the landscape, embodying the spirit of nature.

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Rachcoff Vella Architecture has taken a cattle farm in the Mornington Peninsula and turned it into a residential property that takes country living to another level. Initially consisting of multiple farming sheds and barns, architect Tony Vella used this retreat as a test to determine the viability of the site for a more substantial farmhouse.

DETAILS HOUSE RURAL RETREAT LOCATION MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA DATE COMMENCED 2013 DATE COMPLETED 2014 COST UNDISCLOSED


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“MUCH INSPIRATION WAS DRAWN FROM FARMING VERNACULAR AND THE SURROUNDING RURAL ARCHITECTURE. HAVING A NON-RESTRICTIVE CLIENT ALLOWED THE CREATIVE TEAM TO UNLEASH THEIR IDEAS” – TONY VELLA

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A neutral interior lets the features of the home shine

BASED AROUND THE CONCEPT OF THREE DISTINCT LIVING AREAS, TWO BARNS ARE CONNECTED BY A GLASS PAVILION, ENABLING THE TWO TIMBER-CLAD STRUCTURES TO HOLD THEIR OWN AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE VIEW The owners sought a space that would allow for family gatherings and evoke a calming and inviting sanctuary, which also offers the experience of living on a semi-rural property. “The site was blessed with opportunities and the natural and altered topography created excellent northern exposure and vantage points in which to site the building,” says Tony. “Much inspiration was drawn from farming vernacular and the surrounding rural architecture. Having a nonrestrictive client allowed the creative team to unleash their ideas.” Based around the concept of three distinct living areas, two barns are connected by a glass pavilion, enabling the two timber-clad structures to hold

their own and take advantage of the view. “The barns are clad in treated Accoya vertical timber, which was selected to withstand the exposed conditions and naturally age and grey over time,” says Tony. “The pavilion is purposely non-descript to allow the barns to stand proud, however a natural stone wall was used to connect the three spaces and act as a shield against prevailing winds.” Each structure serves a specific purpose here, with barn one housing the master bedroom suite which is connected to a mud room, laundry and garage. The glass pavilion holds the living space, featuring the kitchen, dining and living rooms, and barn two is the kids’ and guest wing, with three bedrooms,


ED’S FAVE A THICK STONE SLAB IN THE KITCHEN BRINGS A LUXE ELEMENT INTO THE MINIMALIST INTERIOR Different textures are layered for maximum impact


PROJECT TEAM Architect Rachcoff Vella Architecture (rachcoff vella.com.au) Builder Scott Johnstone (0418 138 463) Interior design Jane Charlwood Design Town planner SJB Planning (sjb.com.au) Building surveyor Lorenzini Group (03 9855 1444) Structural engineer Keith Patrick & Associates (03 9429 9603)

LEFT Linen is an eco-luxe musthave in the bedroom

bathroom and a lounge space. Tony cites the contrast between the transparent pavilion and bunkered barns as a highlight of the project. “This juxtaposition is emphasised in the built form and also the internal program, and is reflective of animal life on a farm,” he says. The interior palette is consciously minimalist, with white walls and joinery working with the timber floorboards. “Select furniture and fittings juxtapose this interior as carefully controlled accents,” says Tony. Such pieces include a black hide rug and oversized woven pendant lights, which bring an edge to a light and bright aesthetic. Environmental considerations are also present, with the orientation of the

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project boosting the performance of the structure when it comes to managing the extreme microclimate. Other considerations include double-skin cavity walls with heavy insulation, solar hot water systems, 80,000-litre rainwater tanks, hydronic heating and the use of low-VOC paints and stains. The end result of this project is the conversion of a rural retreat into a property that doesn’t sacrifice, but capitalises on the natural beauty of its rural surroundings. “This house truly embraces its context,” says Tony, “and creates a unique environment for the clients to enjoy their relationship with the location.”

FIXTURES & FITTINGS Joinery Grange Joinery (grange-joinery.com.au) Appliances & sanitaryware Elite Appliances (elite-appliances.com.au) Ovens Miele (miele.com.au) Cooktop Miele (miele.com.au) Rangehood Qasair (qasair.com.au) Sanitaryware and tapware Reece (reece.com.au) Basins Omvivo (omvivo.com) Tile supplier Signature Stone and Signorino (signaturestone.com.au; signorino.com.au) Lighting Euroluce — Flos, Luke Furniture, Artemide, Space Furniture (euroluce.com.au; luke.com.au; artemide.com.au; spacefurniture.com.au) Fireplace Wignells Cheminees Philippe (wignells.com.au) Accoya timber Mathews Timber (mathewstimber.com.au) Insulation Bradford Gold, CSR (csr.com.au) Roofing BlueScope Steel (bluescopesteel.com) Paint Dulux (dulux.com.au) FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Carpet Victoria Carpets (victoriacarpets.com.au) Furniture Mark Tuckey, Space Furniture and Thonet (marktuckey. com.au; spacefurniture.com.au; thonet.com) SERVICES Hydronic heating SL Hydronic Heating Window fabricator JK Fasham (jkfasham.com.au)


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WE LOVE THE SEAMLESS EXTERIOR OF THE TIMBER-CLAD BARN — SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE

Colour Paete There is nothing quite like a classic black and white palette with some earthy highlights of timber and stone. The effect is contemporary and timeless all at once, as seen in this shining example

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VOLA Design Pty. Ltd., Tel.: +61 402 372 480, lna@vola.com, www.vola.com


YARDWARE: Outdoor Design Centre, 6 - 12 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria (02) 9310 2666 www.yardware.com.au


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ECO FIEND A SUSTAINABLE HOME THAT TAKES GREEN LIVING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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iving green is no easy feat — and building green is an even greater challenge, prompting the creator to think outside the box and give considered thought to each and every decision. For this Ocean View, Queensland, home, an eco team was put in place to secure certification from EnviroDevelopment — the pinnacle in the eco industry. Masterminded by Tim Christopher of Christopher Design Group and builder Royce Beale from Optam Building Group, the brief for this U-shaped property revolved around creating an eco home that utilised a mixture of low-maintenance materials, is energy efficient and takes advantage of the stunning views surrounding the rural site. “Magnificent north-facing views over the Glass House Mountains were a bonus and the main attribute to highlight during the design process, along with maximising outdoor living potential to enjoy this pristine setting,” says Royce. “I set out to complete a home that could be classed as net-zero energy and net-zero carbon.”

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Thanks to the eco-friendly design of the property, the owners will be able to enjoy a comfortable and stylish home that will reduce the costs of living due to energy and water measures. The home features a self-sufficient water supply, solar power and hot water systems, an ethanol fireplace and efficient appliances throughout. The freshwater swimming pool is another highlight of the project and is chemical-free. Air-conditioning was purposely not installed due to the passive design of the site. As the home was built on a concrete slab over a full-length retaining wall, thermal benefits are present. “As you walk through the house, it’s clear that much thought went into its design and construction,” says EnviroDevelopment board member, Nelson Wills. “Thirty-two per cent of the materials involved in the development are of recycled content and its designer furniture pieces are made from recycled materials.” Comprising three bedrooms and a study, open-plan kitchen, living and dining room, media room, two bathrooms and laundry, this

“MAGNIFICENT NORTHFACING VIEWS OVER THE GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS WERE A BONUS AND THE MAIN ATTRIBUTE TO HIGHLIGHT DURING THE DESIGN PROCESS” – ROYCE BEALE DETAILS HOUSE GREENHOUSE LOCATION OCEAN VIEW, QUEENSLAND DATE COMMENCED JUNE 2014 DATE COMPLETED MARCH 2015


PROJECT // GREENHOUSE

A wraparound pool offers a place to cool off during hot summer days

Outdoor entertaining is made easy with this dining set-up

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“THIRTY-TWO PER CENT OF THE MATERIALS INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT ARE OF RECYCLED CONTENT AND ITS DESIGNER FURNITURE PIECES ARE MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS” – NELSON WILLS 148

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ED’S FAVE THE INDOOR–OUTDOOR ESSENCE OF THE HOME, WHICH WELCOMES IN ALL THAT NATURE HAS TO OFFER

ABOVE The black kitchen packs a punch RIGHT A statement fireplace ofers warmth during the cool season

sustainable gem offers plenty of space to breathe. Opting for natural materials and a subtle colour palette, the home’s environment is the inspiration for the interior scheme. “It’s a beautiful, modern home and we wanted to create a comfortable and contemporary space that lends itself to the environment outside,” says interior designer, Carole Hastie. “The colours and materials have a contemporary but natural feel,” adds Tim. “We wanted to use metal cladding, galvanised pots and rendered walls but offset the industrial feel of these with natural materials including stonework walls, timber doors and hardwood floors. The mixture gives a contemporary eco home that sits well within the landscape.” With its pristine location and eco features, this Ocean View home is proof you can live a greener existence that benefits you and your community without sacrificing style in the process. It’s not easy being green, but it’s definitely worth it.

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A freestanding tub by the window is a serene spot for relaxation

WE LOVE THE FIVE-STAR TAPS THAT ARE ENERGY EFFICIENT AND SUPER STYLISH


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PROJECT TEAM Designer Tim Christopher, Christopher Design Group (christopherdesign.com.au) Builder Royce Beale, Optam Building Group (optambuildinggroup.com.au) Interior designer Carole Hastie, Interior Motives (0414 247 126) Consultant Nelson Wills, EnviroDevelopment (0400 841 526)

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Colour Paete This colour scheme is at one with nature. Earthy tones of timber, rust, slate, sandstone and natural linen are lifted by the green of the landscape and the turquoise of the pool

Pops of colour liven up a serene bedroom

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TEMPERATURE RISING FROM ASIA TO AUSTRALIA, VICKI CORBETT AND HER FAMILY TAKE A GLOBAL APPROACH WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING A HOUSE A HOME GRAND DESIGNS

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GRAN D LI VI N G // P ORT D O UGLAS ABOVE Vicki Corbett and her husband, Peter Carroll

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wner of Temperature Design, Vicki Corbett, her husband Peter Carroll and their son Scott have lived an exciting and culturally rich life between Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. For many years, the family were based in Asia when Peter was a senior executive for Coca-Cola. For Vicki in particular, her surroundings spurred a creative response as she was exposed to the beautiful simplicity and elegance of Asian design. Today, the couple split their time between their stylish urban Melbourne penthouse apartment and their stunning Port Douglas

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retreat in the rainforest, dubbed One Batujimba. The home in Port Douglas was built when Vicki and Peter were based in Tokyo. This Asian influence is evident in the architecture, interiors and gardens, which are all strongly based on the sleek, elegant lines and style of Japanese design. “It’s one of three houses in a five-acre compound based around a beautiful coral lake, with lots of stunning waterlilies and fish,” says Vicki. Designed by Gary Hunt Architects and based around a tropical enclave created by golf course architect Michael Wolveridge, the house is a series of pods connected by

covered walkways to allow for easy access. “The concept was great for us,” says Vicki. “As expats, we could come back to Australia from Tokyo and Hong Kong for holidays. Our family and friends would gather together to escape Melbourne’s winter or for Christmas holidays, and we would spend the international school holiday breaks with our son in July and August in Port Douglas. “The house was designed and influenced by the driving principles of sourcing materials that are great for the tropics. Minimalist and simple, the gardens are influenced by traditional Japanese gardens, with stones, bamboo and feature plants present. It’s not at all like a city garden, plus it’s very easy to maintain.”


“WE HAVE LIVED AND TRAVELLED ALL OVER THE WORLD, BUT WE’VE MADE A POINT OF EXPOSING OURSELVES AND OUR SON TO OTHER REALITIES TO UNDERSTAND HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE” – VICKI CORBETT

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“THE SERENITY OF THE RAINFOREST OASIS IN PORT DOUGLAS AND THE CONVENIENCE OF A COSMOPOLITAN APARTMENT IN MELBOURNE ARE WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT A CITY/COUNTRY LIFE” – VICKI CORBETT

Vicki further explains some of the feature design elements of the home. “We used concrete extensively throughout to achieve the coolness, functionality and low maintenance needed in the tropics,” she says. “The Asian-influenced polished concrete floors were possibly the first in Port Douglas. We also installed a 3-metre concrete bench. The entranceway features large floating concrete steps, creating an extraordinary illusion of blades floating on water. There’s also a concrete rope water wall created by stripping rope across the concrete, then removing the rope.” Eight years ago, the family relocated to Melbourne for their son’s secondary

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schooling. Peter continued to commute all over the world, often flying in or out of Cairns and connecting with the family in Port Douglas, saving the three-hour flight back to Melbourne. “Over the past couple of years we have not been getting to Port Douglas as much as we used to,” says Vicki. “However, the way the house is designed, it is able to be locked up and looked after by a great team of locals who make sure the garden and interiors remain in top condition, and they’ve maintained it beautifully for 10 years.” The couple then worked on finishing and furnishing their stunning city home in Melbourne as Vicki and the talented team also built up Temperature Design. The

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company’s furniture is not only well crafted and beautifully designed, but affordable, too. “We started manufacturing and importing in Australia, Japan and China, and now we also proudly represent leading international brands such as Ercol, Terence Woodgate and Mobitec,” says Vicki. “We initially bought a penthouse in Southbank then moved to South Yarra. We’ve been here for four years now and the only major work we did was taking part of one terrace and converting it into a beautiful winter garden with plenty of light and a fireplace.” Designed by Bird de la Coeur Architects with interiors by Hecker Guthrie, it’s


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GRAN D LI VI N G // P ORT D O UGLAS ABOVE The clean design lines of Asia are incorporated into this impressive space

RIGHT The contrast of the minimalist lines with the rainforest packs a punch

contemporary yet comfortable at the same time, with a wonderful outdoor internal courtyard with a wall garden and a kitchen garden on another terrace. “We all love to cook so we grow our own herbs, tomatoes and blueberries on the terrace, plus Melbourne has great food markets and everything is in walking distance,” says Vicki. “We have lived and travelled all over the world, but we’ve made a point of exposing ourselves and our son to other realities to understand how fortunate we are,” she adds. “There are some challenges splitting a city/ country life. You have to be highly organised, micro-manage and constantly have lists of things to do. It’s worth the challenge to have homes that represent such a contrast. The serenity of the rainforest oasis in Port Douglas and the convenience of a cosmopolitan apartment in Melbourne are what we love about a city/country life.”

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Photography Marian Riabic

INTERIORS

166: BRISBANE GEM 172: WOOLLAHRA RESIDENCE 180: J PLUS HOTEL BY YOO

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MOVING OUT A SOPHISTICATED EXTENSION IS NOW THE MUCH-LOVED HEART OF THIS BRISBANE FAMILY HOME 166

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WE LOVE THE CLIENTS’ OPENNESS TO IDEAS, WHICH LED TO THE SELECTION OF EXCITING DESIGN PIECES SUCH AS THE PENDANT LIGHTING AND ARTWORK FROM FIREWORKS GALLERY

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The wallpaper is a standout feature of the new kitchen space

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s the well-known Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody song goes: “From little things big things grow.” How true that is for this once dark and cluttered family home in Brisbane, which now benefits from the addition of a beautiful extension. Interior designer James Dawson, of Brisbane-based James Dawson Interiors, completed the project and surprisingly found it was a small, ordinary object that sparked his initial idea for the home’s interiors. “It’s funny because the inspiration came from a little polished brass button, probably no larger than your pinkie finger,” he says. “From that came what you see here.” With its yellow-painted exposed-brick internal walls and tiled flooring, the previous space definitely lacked comfort and warmth. “It was a very used family home — small with not a lot of space,” says James. “So it was really important that the new area felt not only warm and open, but also practical and the centre of the family home.” The clients, a family of four, dreamed of a

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larger, more functional kitchen for the new extension. “This allowed us to open up the living, dining and kitchen area, making each of the spaces more defined,” explains James. The residence was then extended to house the new kitchen and dining area in a three-month process that involved planning, drawing and lodging with council before building could commence. “The clients were open to the design ideas, which allowed for creativity and playfulness to be brought into the design,” says James. With this in mind, he incorporated fabulous elements such as the white oak floors, patterned wallpaper and the custom-designed kitchen’s wood veneer cabinetry. That initial inspiration of the tiny polished brass button is evident in the home, with shiny details such as the polished brass door handles, the splashback in the kitchen and various ornaments tying this idea together. There were two features in particular that James knew he wanted in the space:

DETAILS HOUSE BRISBANE GEM LOCATION BRISBANE, QLD DESIGNER JAMES DAWSON INTERIORS BUILDER 4SURE BUILD & DESIGN

“The coffered ceiling (to add height and dimension to the room so the internal trusses needed to allow for this) and the large island in the middle,” says James. “Installing the island prevented us from having the standard ceiling-mounted rangehood, so I planned to install a down-draft bench-mounted one instead, to draw the air down under the kitchen floor while cooking. This meant the pipes needed to be pre-placed and in correct position prior to the new slab being laid. “The project’s process on the whole was lovely; from the builders to the family, I really enjoyed it all,” says James. “I had a great time. They are my favourite clients to date.” jamesdawsoninteriors.com


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INTERIOR PROJECT // WO OLLA H RA RE S I D E N C E

IT TAKES TWO A COUPLE TURN THEIR DATED APARTMENT INTO A MODERN SANCTUARY GRAND DESIGNS

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Stunning views of Sydney Harbour are a feature of the living and dining room

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o strangers to buying, renovating and selling residential properties, owner–developers Liz and Sheldon Pozniak have honed a formula for success: Start with a rough gem then polish it to perfection within a prescribed project plan and budget, unless there’s an agreed upon splurge or holiday diversion. Buying an original condition mid-century Sydney Eastern Suburbs high-rise apartment, their 2010 investment ticked all the boxes to become another prized property holding, an ideal place to eventually call home. Located on the 17th level with unrestricted vistas across Sydney and out to the headland, the 160sqm one-level apartment was modern in its heyday with separate living and formal dining areas lushly carpeted, tiled kitchen with breakfast nook, and three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Fast-forward 50-odd years and it was time to bring the interior into the next era. Twenty-first century building technologies and materials facilitated the modification of structural walls making way for a bare bones interior demolition. The result was an unencumbered space and a blank canvas ready

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to create a design masterpiece and comfortable city home. The renovated apartment layout plan established open-plan living with a generous cooking kitchen, dining area and multipurpose lounge areas, one conducive for guest visiting and conversation, the second as a home entertainment theatre and a third area furnished with a comfortable overstuffed lounge chair and ottoman that’s perfect for relaxation and reading. The three-bedroom configuration was rejigged as two using the space from the redundant middle bedroom as a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room which is now part of the main bedroom suite. A second bedroom was repurposed as a home office for the duo and features a cleverly designed desk system that converts with a flick of a finger to a pull-down Murphy bed for overnight guests. Not to distract from its brilliant position, the apartment’s colour palette is subdued, allowing the views, artwork and collectibles to be the heroes. The backdrop is set by white walls, mattfinished timber floorboards, bedroom carpet,

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and large-scale bathroom floor and wall tiles. The kitchen is the exception, with its rich, dark chocolate marble benchtop and mosaic underbench façade. Mirror-clad walls were strategically used to enlarge select spaces and serve as the kitchen splashback with its adjacent bar. As with many homes, the kitchen is the hub. This kitchen is no exception, and the bar displayed with Sheldon’s late mother’s glass collection makes it even more eye-catching. In the bathrooms, seldom-used bathtubs made way for frameless toughened clear glass showers, with the large tile format adding simplicity. To maximise the functionality of the space, the toilet suites were repositioned by routing the plumbing around the bathroom perimeter walls.


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Following the mantra “do it once and do it right”, the couple opted to replace the 1960s aluminium windows and balcony door systems during the renovation. New modern windows with minimal frames further enhanced the breathtaking apartment views and cross-breeze ventilation. Not allowing the renovation to overtake their lives during the six-month construction project, the couple put works on hold and took a six-week ski holiday. “The demolition works were completed and joinery was being manufactured off-site, so the project was not at a standstill,” says Sheldon. “To achieve an optimal outcome, you have to be on-site to make timely decisions and keep the project on track.” With the apartment building works completed, next came the transition from a construction site to a warm and comfortable furnished home. The apartment was furnished with an amalgamation of furniture collected over time, including hand-me-down family pieces and some newly acquired. Many of the ornate tables, art and antiquities were inherited from Liz’s late parents who were avid Japanese and Chinese art collectors. A bespoke square dining table purchased for Liz and Sheldon’s previous home was an ideal fit for the new dining area. Talented in arts and crafts, Liz handupholstered the dining chair seats and refurbished other furniture items throughout the apartment. In addition to Sheldon’s hands-on project management, the couple attended numerous home shows and visited trade showrooms researching finishes, materials and products. “It may sound like drudgery to some, but Sheldon and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about new products and particularly finding value for money spent,” says Liz. Delighted with the project outcome, Sheldon and Liz agree their time and efforts were rewarded. When friends visit the most common comment that comes to mind is “Wow!”

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The exterior façade of J Plus Hotel

J PLUS HOTEL BY YOO A CELEBRATORY URBAN RENAISSANCE THEME SEES THE REOPENING OF THIS ICONIC ADDRESS — REDEFINED AND REFRESHED FOR THE FUTURE

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LEFT Hot pink accents make a statement against white walls in this suite MIDDLE RIGHT Bright yellow is painted into the recessed shelf above the bed MIDDLE LEFT & BOTTOM The richly veined marble adorns the walls, floors and countertops in the kitchenette and bathroom

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ong-haul flights followed by long-haul meetings and conferences can take a toll on your mind and body. In a city like Hong Kong, which often plays host to business trips across a multitude of industries, it’s imperative to have ample opportunity to recover. And in this case, average just doesn’t cut it. J Plus Hotel by YOO is celebrated as one of the city’s most eagerly anticipated makeovers, and it’s not hard to see why. All of the hotel’s 32 luxurious studios and 24 spacious suites boast refreshingly bright interiors that are decorated in one of four dynamic colour schemes — Dreamy Pink, Tangerine Joy, Sunshine Yellow or Tranquil Blue. “J Plus Hotel by YOO has been reimagined with a fresh new look,” says YOO design director, Mathew Dalby. “This refreshed restyling continues our design house’s legacy of contemporary, imaginative and sophisticated creativity to surprise and delight even the most jaded traveller.” In addition to unapologetically bold colour choices, avant-garde design elements are another unmistakable trademark of YOO’s DNA. Whether it’s the warm and inviting facial expression of the graffiti woman featured on the giant entrance panel, the classic European furniture in the lobby upholstered in surreal fabrics or the truly eclectic collection of furniture and furnishings dispersed throughout the lobby, the J Plus Hotel is undeniably YOO. And it’s one of few hotels in Hong Kong to boast such an extensive range of complimentary guest facilities. All-day refreshments are best enjoyed in the fresh surrounds of the open-air terrace which has an understated, calming vibe. You can socialise with other guests or connect with the world using the latest technology on offer. Alternatively, if you’re a fitness fanatic, head to the gym equipped with state-of-the-art fitness facilities. With so much to offer in terms of design and facilities, it’s hardly a surprise J Plus Hotel by YOO was voted best boutique hotel in Asia by Conde Nast Traveller and ranked among the top five boutique hotels in Greater China by London’s The Independent. Given the anticipation and ultimate success surrounding the rejuvenated space, the partnership between J Plus and YOO Hotels just makes sense. So thinks Vivian Chau, general manager of J Plus Hotel by YOO. “We share the same vision of creating a unique hotel experience through design that incorporates refreshing, dynamic and electric characteristics complemented by seamless service and luxury.” That vision has been realised.


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KITCHENS

186: MOODY BLUE 190: INDUSTRIAL WONDER 194: KITCHEN RECIPE 198: BLUE LAGOON

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MOODY BLUE EIGHT YEARS OLD AND WITH NO PERSONALITY, THIS KITCHEN WAS WELL PAST ITS USE-BY DATE

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LEFT The kitchen glows a magnificent blue in the evenings BELOW LEFT The thick benchtop is a luxe addition to the space

“TO CREATE SOMETHING SPECIAL, I WANTED TO USE STRONG, RICH COLOURS AND PROVIDE A VISUALLY STRIKING AREA THAT COMPLEMENTED THE INTERIORS PERFECTLY” – MAL CORBOY

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stock-standard white kitchen with stainless-steel countertops that were starting to show their age — and with an appalling layout — this kitchen just had to go. The clients had seen another kitchen by talented, multi-award-winning designer Mal Corboy and just loved his use of colour and texture. They asked Mal to create that feeling in their home and apart from that request, the brief was open. Stripping back the space to the four walls and floor, Mal replaced the flooring with whitewashed American oak to create warmth.

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This was carried into the living room areas for continuity and to create the illusion of space and length. In the previous kitchen, the cooktop was situated on the island bench, which didn’t allow space for people to congregate around or for prepping. In the new design, the cooktop is located on the back wall and the new island is large enough for preparing meals as well as providing ample seating space, whether for eating or sitting with a drink watching the cook create culinary delights. “The kitchen is situated in an unusual space,” says Mal. “The upper-storey stairs practically sat

in the kitchen, which meant this room needed to be a real focal point as there was no escaping it. Now I have staggered the island shape to allow flow through the area and define the walkways. “To create something special, I wanted to use strong, rich colours and provide a visually striking area that complemented the interiors perfectly,” continues Mal. “And I absolutely adore the island! The combination of the American walnut timber and the Blue Turtle granite sitting seamlessly together was a real challenge to make it sit perfectly with no ridges between them. The colours and textures complement each other fantastically. “The owners are friends, and it’s always harder working with friends and family, but they were an absolute joy to work with. They 100 per cent trusted my recommendations and they didn’t change a single production or design aspect. Seeing how happy they are with the end result never stops giving me a thrill.” Materials and finishes are top quality and include the full range of Gaggenau appliances including their no-zone induction cooktop and wine fridge, all of which have good energyefficiency ratings. Mal used a lot of glass on the doors and drawers, which is eco-friendly, combined with the lacquer finish, and all board is E-Zero rated, meaning this kitchen is not only beautiful to look at, but healthy to work in.


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WE LOVE THE STUNNING BLUE CABINETS COMBINED WITH TIMBER AND GLASS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A WINNING COMBINATION

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INDUSTRIAL WONDER A KITCHEN WITH A LITTLE BIT OF EDGE

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ome is where the heart is, and the owners wanted a kitchen that was a place for friends and family to gather. Kitchenlink designed the room to have a natural ďŹ&#x201A;ow towards the alfresco entertaining space, and to have a modern, industrial feel yet still relate to its surroundings. The neutral colour palette of black, white and grey creates a real punch in its simplicity and matches the neutral hues of

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the living room. The white gloss splashback subway tiles stand out and capture the industrial style of the space. The custommade rangehood and open ply shelving with stainless-steel frames are sophisticated and integrated perfectly into the kitchen, while the modern, industrial style is completed with gorgeous metal pendant lights. kitchenlink.co.nz


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ouses carry history. The reality is that families come and go, people age, functions change and spaces are constantly adapted and modified to meet those needs. Renovating an existing space is often more challenging than designing from a plan as you have to work within fixed parameters with existing materials and spatial layout. Our home was no exception. Purchased in 2006, this modest two-bedroom California bungalow in Sydney’s Inner West had previously been in one family since its creation in 1927. Two women have been cooking in the original 1.8m x 2.2m kitchen for more than 85 years. The original serving window was still on-site and I have passed food through it for the past six years. This little space was delightfully retro and quaint, with its betweenthe-wars curved joinery and open shelves. But with our growing family of two six-feet-tall teenage boys, this modest original kitchen was in desperate need of renovating. The decision was made to relocate the kitchen space into the original 1950s northfacing lean-to that was built by the original owners. Many options were considered, including demolishing the existing space and rebuilding a contemporary rear extension. However, this house was handmade with love and I wanted to keep that feeling within the home. Saving this pre-loved family built space seemed a sustainable and sentimental solution. The original dining room was transformed

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into a third bedroom. The existing kitchen became a second teenage bathroom/wet room featuring Banksy’s graphic art tiles, and the new kitchen–dining modification sustainably celebrated the light-filled lean-to that the previous owner had built by hand. Our design needs were to create a kitchen– dining space that maximised the sensation of afternoon sunlight that floods this midcentury sunroom. Incorporating passive thermal design was integral to achieving this. The 1950s windows were double-glazed, some were replaced with frosted louvres for privacy and cross-ventilation and the original floorboards were covered with a slab of concrete and Peronda’s exceptionally delicious timber tiles. I was inspired by the kitchen designs at Eurocucina Milan that our design students at TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute, Lidcombe College, were researching, particularly the emphasis on the use of timber, line and contrast in current applications. Line has to be used bravely to create visual impact. The use of line connects the disparate elements of handmade architecture: recycled wharf beams, structural posts and a wall-mounted Ilve rangehood under a triangular window were suddenly unified and grounded with the use of an elegant 40mm slab of Sapelle natural timber veneer. This contrasts elegantly with the Silestone White Storm benchtop and dining table and LED back-lit lineal decorative void. Adaptability was essential to maximise

This bespoke solid timber top is handmade in Geelong by craftsman Ian Royce

family functionality of the space; the island bench on caster wheels, constructed from a Tasmanian oak professional butcher’s block, adds warmth and old-school charm to this foodie haven. It floats above and reflects the extendable dining table — a contemporary interpretation of a traditional drop-leaf table characteristic of 1920s furniture design. The island bench houses separate rubbish and recycling drawers and can also work independently as a breakfast bar on a busy weekday morning. It is a delight to slice, dice and serve from, and is the central preparation hub of the kitchen. To create a sense of opulence and illusion, mirror star glass was installed in the hob and under the island bench to create a moody, reflective surface. This also deepens the benchtop and reflects the Hans Wegner dining chairs that complement the butcher’s block timber palette and the architectural period of the post-war lean-to. This silver element is complemented with feature pendant lighting sourced and imported directly from Egypt, creating drama over the dining space and scattering bespoke patterns of light across the textured cowhide on the floor. Attention to detail, combined with a sentimental respect for the history of our home, enabled our family to make conscious decisions around spatial planning, functionality and materiality, transforming this humble renovation into an entertainer’s delight. decorinstyle.com.au


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he phrase ‘less is more’ comes to mind when you look at this kitchen in the beachside suburb of Fairlight, Sydney. Designed by Andrew Waller for a couple and their two teenage boys, the kitchen boasts an open plan that doubles as the reception area and connects seamlessly to the living room and rear terrace — it’s no coincidence it’s perfect for entertaining. And yet it’s equally suited to an informal breakfast area where, unlike the rigid formalities of the dining room, the family can gather for long lazy brunches over the weekend. White subway tiles on the

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PROJECT // A N D REW WA LLE R KI T C H E N A cleverly concealed appliance cupboard is perfect for entertaining

WE LOVE THE SOFT PALETTE OF CRISP WHITE AND CALMING SAGE splashback and the white-washed timber wall joinery form a neutral base against the sage kitchen island bench and pantry cupboard. Stainless-steel accents come by way of the Fisher & Paykel refrigerator, Smeg oven and Oliveri kitchen tap. An open-plan kitchen/reception area that leads to the lounge room is adaptable and multi-functional. On more formal occasions, a bi-fold door to the appliance cupboard allows mess and clutter to be concealed, while a raised pantry that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite reach the ceiling retains more visually open space and creates the illusion of high ceilings. While an envious waterfront location naturally lends itself to beach-house vibes, the overall design uses open-structure layouts, materiality and colour to reinterpret and essentially reinvent this idea.

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The dining room follows the same minimalist aesthetic


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GOING GREEN A CALMING OASIS MADE FOR RELAXATION

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WE LOVE THE GREEN WALL WHICH IS A MIXTURE OF LIVING PLANTS AND WALLPAPERED IMAGES

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or many people, a hot shower or a long soak at the end of the day is a ritual that helps ease stresses and relax the mind. Bathrooms are fast becoming oases within the home, and this space is a prime example of incorporating nature into a bathroom in the most contemporary and modern way. The benefits of utilising greenery in the home are endless, from boosting your mood to giving off a stylistic and fresh vibe for homeowners to enjoy. Created by Tradelink, the focal point of this bathroom is the green feature wall that’s strategically wallpapered with images to give the impression of a living creation. But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this feature, with real plants strategically placed across the structure, adding a three-dimensional element to the space. The timber-look tiles that encase the bath complement the use of greenery, and are also present on the walls and floor. The earthy brown of the timber tiles contrasts against the pops of metallic found in the furnishings and accessories dotted throughout the space — a great way to introduce a new theme without overpowering the rest of the aesthetic. The use of a white vanity, bath and toilet suite bring a heightened sense of modernity along with a crisp layer to this bathroom, with the general vibe verging on Scandinavian in style. The end result is a truly unique bathroom that features all the amenities required in such a space, with the added bonus of incorporating living elements that make all the difference. tradelink.com.au

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f you studied visual arts at school, you’d know that all colours and shades have an association and a meaning. For instance, red is the colour of passion and green is evocative of nature. Grey is solid, stable and creates a sense of calm and composure. White is associated with cleanliness and purity, offering a sense of calm.

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This bathroom creates an atmosphere that is serene while boasting a look that is classic, elegant and never boring. By using various textures throughout the space — including a striking mosaic wall which ties all the shades of the room together — interest is added to the bathroom. Tiles from Tile Space are used on the walls and floor, which feature contrasting shades of grey. The floor is tiled in a darker charcoal which grounds the space, and the

glossy wall tiles use a much lighter shade of grey, creating an airy and calm vibe. Not only does the white of the curved basin and bathtub add to the serene atmosphere, it also lends a contemporary edge. The feel of the bathroom contrasts with the eclectic character of the villa it resides in, allowing the room to act as a haven from everyday life. tiles.co.nz


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iving in Bondi comes with many perks — great restaurants, a positive vibe and, of course, the famous beach. But if dodging tourists and spending time on a crowded beach doesn’t appeal to you, creating your own private oasis is the perfect plan B. Masterminded by Iconic Landscaping, this Bondi Junction home boasts the ideal space to unwind and spend lazy summer days outside. With a body of work including a pool, entertaining/dining area, barbecue and pavilion, there’s no need to leave home for a sunny day by the water. Armed with a brief to create an area that’s family friendly, director of Iconic Landscaping Nathan Boutros says the project had two purposes — to be “family friendly, where the kids had their area and [where] the adults could have an entertainer’s paradise”. Beginning the project with land that was “blank and very steep”, the space has now been transformed into a modern area where the L-shaped pool is the centrepiece. Situated on the right side of the garden, the pool can be directly accessed from the outdoor dining area with just a few steps. Surrounded by a glass fence and lined with hedges and lush green plants, there’s also an outdoor shower for swimmers to rinse off before heading back indoors. Grey tiles were used to pave the pool area, which complement the bright blue colour of the water.

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Directly behind the pool sits a cabana with a timber floor and other timber accents throughout. Providing shade on those scorcher days, occupants have the choice of working on their tan or relaxing on the lounge in the cabana. The structure adds a beachy feel to the garden, which has a modern aesthetic, linking it to the environment in which it exists. To match the paving in the pool area and garden stairs, large stone pavers extend from the back steps of the home and over the manicured

Protruding plants add a rustic element to the modern space

green lawn, creating a feeling of cohesion. An outdoor kitchen is a luxury all homes should invest in. Complete with a rangehood, cooking area, barbecue, sink and dining table, the outdoor kitchen provides the family with a space to dine outside overlooking the picturesque garden and inviting pool. Combining all the elements necessary for a peaceful day in the garden or a dinner party at night, this home now houses a stunning outdoor room that suits just about any occasion. iconiclandscaping.com.au


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Arundel ALLURE OVERLOOKING THE 14TH TEE AMID ROLLING GREEN FAIRWAY AND OCCASIONAL GRAZING KANGAROOS, THIS HOME ON ARUNDEL HILLS GOLF ESTATE IS ONE TO ADMIRE

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uilt 15 years ago, this house boasts a Neoclassical style with an underroof patio supported by colonial pillars. The original homemakers had treated the 20 or so metres from the patio to the golf course as dead ground. It was a grassy slope with its centre flower bed planted out with undistinguished shrubbery. And while the middle distance outlook was pleasing, the immediate foreground added no character and wasn’t a useable space for recreation. The property’s new owner Rosemary Tilston was dissatisfied with the appearance of the space, and saw the opportunity to make a big impact on the lifestyle of the home. Rosemary sought advice from three landscape designers — none of whom offered a solution that quite worked for her. “I decided not to completely adopt any of the options they presented, but I did get value for money because I learned something from each,” she says. “The designs also gave me the confidence that I wasn’t missing a big opportunity we hadn’t imagined,” she says. “We decided a pool was essential in the Queensland climate, and were also convinced that we could make it a feature that would work in the day and in the evening.” While golf courses can provide attractive vistas during the day, they are essentially a black void at night. Rosemary opted for both underwater pool lighting and deck lighting to create atmosphere in the evening when the summer weather encourages alfresco dining.

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A key decision had to be made regarding levels. Rosemary decided to set the pool about 1m below the patio and use the fill from the pool to level a patch of lawn adjacent. This also means the far side of the pool wall is partly out of the ground due to the slope. This enhances the Neoclassical look of the home from the golf course and has the added benefit of heating the pool water as the morning sun warms the pool wall. Integrating the pool with the patio was key, which was achieved by retiling the patio in the same tiles as the pool surrounds and using a glass fence about 1.5m from the patio’s edge. This has created a terraced outlook and means people on the patio can look down over the

pool, enhancing the impact of the lighting in the evening. New furniture was brought in for the patio consisting of an outdoor all-weather lounge setting with a mid-height table that serves as both a coffee and dining table. “The table is quite important in my conception of the patio use,” says Rosemary. “It’s versatile enough to eat from, to have tea from or for our grandchildren to sit down and draw on.” Planting around the pool edge was designed to create privacy without greatly impeding the view. To maintain a subtropical feel, there has been liberal use of golden cane palms. The result is an outdoor space that can be lived in and enjoyed any time of day, from sunrise to sunset.

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Hunters Hill Textural House from Grand Designs Australia Series Four

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OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES ARE A MUST-HAVE, AND ALTHOUGH THEY’RE NOTHING NEW, THE POPULARITY THEY’VE ATTRACTED ISN’T SHOWING ANY SIGNS OF LETTING UP. MAKE YOURS A SPACE THAT TRULY REFLECTS YOUR PERSONALITY AND LIFESTYLE AND YOU’LL END UP WITH AN OUTDOOR OASIS YOU LOVE

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The Hunters Hill Textural House from Series Four of Grand Designs Australia features an expansive indoor–outdoor area incorporating three distinct rooms that blend seamlessly into one another. “We wanted to bring the outdoors in and vice versa,” explains homeowner Daniela Turrin. Unrefined materials such as the timber-slatted roof and concrete floors create a rich and organic feel that help hero the space.

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FOR ALL SEASONS The adaptability of this outdoor area is one of the reasons it is so frequently used. The design lends itself to entertaining large crowds as much as it does to snuggling up and relaxing next to the fire. The space works well in every season, which is important as there’s nothing worse than having a beautiful outdoor area that can only be enjoyed at certain times of the year. The sunken lounge is a big hit year-round, but winter is when it really comes into its own. With the wood-burning fireplace ablaze at night, family and friends can settle back on the cushion-topped seats and watch the dancing flames. During the day, they can relax and enjoy the rich colours and textures of the stone feature wall. Random stone paving was used for the floor of the lounge area, which complements the wharfstyle decking that surrounds it. Designed and built by Exquisite Gardens Australia, this outdoor retreat truly is just that: exquisite. exquisitegardens.com.au

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t’s no secret the magic happens in the kitchen, so when you’re planning an alfresco area, you need to consider the space you have and the food you enjoy cooking. Once you’ve worked that out, you can start to consider if there’s room for a feature cooking station or whether compact models and dual-purpose pieces would be more appropriate. While the occupants of the Hunters Hill House were lucky enough to have plenty of space, compact courtyards and balconies don’t have to be your downfall. In fact, it’s

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quite the opposite. Small areas benefit from thoughtful design and considered pieces. For example, the space allocated to an alfresco kitchenette might be better spent on a petite, three-piece table setting or outdoor loveseat. Cast iron emulates a classic European look, rattan furniture suggests a resort vibe and timber is a more contemporary option. Most importantly, whatever size space you’re working with, there’s always room to make it your own. Ceramic artworks, mosaic feature walls, fountains and decorative privacy screens look great when they’re given

the space to stand out. But if you’re working on a smaller scale, you can include colourful accents and character by way of cushions, outdoor rugs, pots and planters. Country or coastal, big or small, widespread or otherwise, it’s imperative to ensure the overall look is cohesive. While it’s certainly an advantage to separate outdoor spaces into designated areas, it can create jarring transitions, just as a crammed courtyard can leave you feeling more than a little overwhelmed. So plan accordingly and act thoughtfully.


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This outdoor room rivals the most well-equipped, beautifully furnished interior living space for functionality and style. The showpiece of the cutting-edge design is the kitchen with its custom-built timber cabinetry, glass-fronted under-bench fridge, ample preparation space and stainless-steel sink. Designed and built by Living Creations. livingcreations.com.au

WE LOVE THE CONCRETE FLOOR OF THE OUTDOOR ROOM. THIS WORKS IN HARMONY WITH THE POLISHED CONCRETE TABLE AND KITCHEN BENCHTOP

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INDOORâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;OUTDOOR LIVING A seamless progression from indoors to out is certainly trending. Enjoying this area as one big space in the warmer months opens up a range of possibilities when it comes to dining. It can double your entertaining spot while giving you the option of closing it of when the weather gets cooler. The proximity of the kitchen to the outdoor space adds convenience to the area, too. Paramount to this style is ďŹ&#x201A;oor-toceiling doors and windows that bring the outdoors in and vice versa. Latona by Manutti from coshliving.com.au

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Madrigal 3pce daybed (umbrella not included) $4999.00

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ynnstay House is home to architects Rob McBride and Debbie Ryan of McBride Charles Ryan, and has painstakingly been built by the couple over a number of years. They ensured every detail is precise and in context with the rest of the home. The kitchen is the latest addition, and Corian was selected because it is malleable and robust. Matching the water theme of the interior, the island bench alludes to an iceberg. Corian integrated perfectly with the interior of the house, lending practicality and longevity. “The kitchen joinery unit is essentially a carcass enveloped with formed Corian,” says Debbie. “We waited a long time for our bench because Rob and I had to agree on what we wanted, then we had to wait until we could afford it. The kitchen bench is in an open-plan living/dining area and it was important to us that it looked like ‘something’.

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“Kitchen joinery units are nearly always one of the most used areas of a house. We wanted a kitchen that was permanent and could withstand the rough and tumble of family life. Corian was the obvious choice. We have used it on many projects and we know it performs extremely well. We wanted a kitchen joinery unit that was seamless and one singular form. Corian was the only material we could think of that would achieve this. “We had already established a theme around the elements — earth, water, wind and fire. Water is represented and physical — the kitchen is only separated by glass from the pool. The ceiling is like when you throw a pebble into a pond with radiating ripples and our Glacier White Corian bench is the iceberg. “One of our greatest difficulties was finding a fabricator willing to take on this risky project. We were very relieved when

Clinton Buckwell from Individual Design and Construction took on the challenge. He was very enthusiastic about the project and after one meeting told us he did not want to fabricate the bench the way we had drawn it. Essentially we drew it in laser-cut layered sections which were to be stacked, glued and sanded. He said it would look the same but he wanted to ‘thermo-mould’ it. We agreed on the process and were very excited during our first visit to his workshop where we witnessed the bench well on the way to being formed. “The other difficulty was getting it into the house in one piece. It took seven big blokes to move the unit into place, with only one small crack on a seam in the move. The beauty of Corian is that this could be easily fi xed.” Designers Debbie Ryan and Rob McBride. mcbridecharlesryan.com.au Fabrication Clinton Buckwell. individual.net.au


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Designed by Kia Douglas, Western Cabinets. westerncabinets.com.au

Designed by Darren Genner, Minosa Design. minosadesign.com

MARVELLOUS MARBLE New technologies combined with ageold materials allow the dramatic visual impact of Calacatta Oro or Statuario to take centre stage in the kitchen. For those who are cautious about the delicate nature of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the real thingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, look out for the man-made alternatives that offer the look of natural stone with the durability and ease of maintenance of reconstituted stone or quartz benchtops.

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Designed by Liam Murphy, Kitchens by Design. kitchensbydesign.com.au

Each year, the KBDi (Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute) receives hundreds of stunning kitchen and bathroom entries in its awards program. Here, the KBDi summarises the top kitchen trends Designed by Darren James, Darren James Interiors. darrenjames.com.au

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY The classic white kitchen will always be popular, but some deeper shades of grey are making an impact in Australian kitchens. Think almost-black browns and greys in cabinetry and/or benchtops and statement-making black or coloured appliances.

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Designed by Patricia La Torre, Outside Inside Building Elements. outsideinside.com.au

White kitchens are holding their ground, but they’re being warmed up with beautiful timber detailing. Planked timbers and striking veneers take the edge off an all-white kitchen, adding warmth and interest with varying tones and patterns

Designed by Lindsay Williams, Mint Kitchen Group. mintkitchengroup.com.au

Designed by Jenefer Macleod, Eat. Bathe. Live. eatbathelive.com.au

STATEMENT SPLASHBACKS An enormous range of tiles is widely available today, with something to suit every style. Magnificent mosaics, recycled glass and replica timber appeal to many, while Moroccaninfluenced or geometric-patterned tiles are must-haves for others. For those still keen on groutfree glass, new technologies allow homeowners to incorporate photos or artwork in standout splashbacks that are truly unique.

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A DARING CHOICE, A FEARLESS SLICK OF PAINT, A REFRESHING RESULT. HERE, THE COLOURS AND TRENDS PREDICTED BY THE EXPERTS WORDS / / H O L LY C U N N E E N

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RETRO REVIVAL Often overlooked, these concepts from Dulux remind us that paint can also be used to create a scenic feature wall. It’s a modern update that incorporates more than one bold colour between two softer neutrals. Create a pattern or mural with a few key shades that complement — or juxtapose — each other. “Colour plays a pivotal role in the home as it helps define the feeling and mood of a space and is easy to create with a painting project,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux’s colour planning and communications manager. So think outside the box and use colour to enhance the mood you want to create.

DETAILS RETRO REMIX BREE LEECH & HEATHER NETTE KING FOR DULUX. DULUX.COM.AU PHOTOGRAPHER LISA COHEN

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BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Summer is the time for fresh starts and new beginnings, and brightly coloured walls are the perfect complement. Bedrooms, living spaces and children’s rooms are ideal places to showcase a bold colour choice. “White accents in furniture and fi xtures are big, so putting colour on the walls will be important to stop the rooms from feeling too clinical,” says Shaynna Blaze, colour creative director and brand ambassador for Taubmans. Balance is as important as ever when it comes to colourful walls, even if they are in softer hues, so make sure the furniture and decor don’t compete. “The saturation of colour on your room’s walls means the key decor items — like sofas and rugs — tend to be more neutral and take a back seat to the dramatic statement look of the interior,” says Shaynna.

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IN FOR THE LONG HAUL Not to be overlooked is the way in which the room you’re revamping will be used. It’s imperative to consider how colour will complement the atmosphere and vice versa. “Consider the environment and the natural light in the space,” says Peter Lewis, director of marketing and innovation for Porter’s Paints. “Take into consideration the surroundings, including the flooring and any fabrics used.” A great colour will lose its appeal instantly if it looks at odds with the furniture and furnishings. “Great preparation is key,” says Peter. “Don’t be scared to try different colours and always test a colour with a sample area before painting.”

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Pantone Color of the Year 2016

PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2016 Each year, Pantone’s colour experts comb the world sourcing untapped colour influences across numerous fields — arts, culture, film, fashion, travel and design to name a few. And each year, stemming from careful consideration and trend analysis, they announce their chosen colour. But for the first time the blending of two shades — Serenity and Rose Quartz — are chosen as the Pantone Color of the Year 2016. As people begin to seek mindfulness and wellbeing as an antidote to the increasing stresses of modern life, calming colours adorning the walls of high traffic areas such as the living room, bedroom, kitchen or study, are being recognised and utilised as an easy way to incorporate mindfulness into the everyday. “Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

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MISS MODESTY One of the big colour trends forecast for 2016 is pastels — and they’re definitely a welcome addition. Pastels are a great alternative to strong colours of which some people can tire quickly. “These colours are fresh and easy to live with, so integrating them into homewares trends is always going to be a natural progression,” says Wendy Rennie, colour and concept manager at Haymes. They can also be used as a feminine substitute for those stockstandard neutrals we’re all too familiar with. “Pastels are easily adaptable, making them a great option and alternative to neutrals that can bring more life into a space,” says Wendy.

DETAILS FACE POWDER ON WALL SPEARMINT, SAPPHIRE AND INTRIGUE ON CABINET. HAYMESPAINT.COM.AU

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ARCHITECTS AND YOU Taking the pain out of choosing your architect WO R DS // PETER C OLQUHOUN PHOTOGRA PHY // GET TY IMAGE S

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f you’re reading this magazine, you already have some interest in good design. But to actually leave the safety of these sexy pages and embark on having something designed and built is another step altogether. Make no mistake — a relationship with an architect is a marriage, so choosing one requires you to make a decision from the head and the heart. Whether you’re building or renovating, an architect is the best way of realising the full potential of your project — not only maximising the spaces, but making them as beautiful as possible. Your architect can do everything from controlling light to choosing appropriate materials and fi nishes while working within your budget. While they may be selling their imagination and experience, architects need to be paid. An architect’s fees are a matter for negotiation and depend on the level of service. Fees can be a percentage of the building cost, a set fee or an hourly rate. The amount of money you will pay an architect also depends on how many stages of the project they are involved in.

STAGE ONE: CONCEPT DESIGN After you’ve found an architect, get them to do a fee proposal and ask as many dumb questions as you can think of until you are clear on what they are going to provide. Based on your brief (what you want in your house) and initial budget, this stage should include rough floor plans, ideas

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of elevations and materials, and perhaps perspective drawings or a concept model. This stage will also require the architect to have gained some knowledge of the local planning restrictions. Note: Only very rough costings can ever be gained during this stage. Tip: If your project needs to navigate complex planning restrictions, ask your architect if they recommend having a specialist planner involved.

STAGE TWO: DESIGN DEVELOPMENT This is where the design is locked down. A reasonable level of costing can be gained, fi nishes and fittings discussed and a budget revision made. Once this stage is done, any changes you make will lead to an architect snapping a pencil and a fee revision. Note: If your design complies with local regulations, it will make approval much easier. Around Australia, simple projects do not require development applications as they fall under what is known as a Complying Development. Tip: Part of your project may fall under Complying Development and another part of the design may require Development Application approval. Ask your architect about splitting the approval process so only the contentious parts of the design go to council. In more sensitive areas or in councils with multiple planning restrictions, the advice of a specialist planner may be necessary at this point.

This is where the architect spends a lot of time documenting the project for council, which will include plans, sections and elevations, shadow diagrams and reports. For the architect, it means hours at the computer and on the phone. If not already done, they will start to engage consultants such as engineers on your behalf. Note: Make sure you’re happy with the design before progressing to stage three. Decisions such as the exact colours, tap and light fittings can still be made down the track, but don’t go adding another bedroom after this stage if you can help it. Once the design is submitted to council, it’s out of everyone’s hands. The architect can use this time to start briefi ng potential builders and getting their availability for the next stage.

STAGE FOUR: CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS These are further detailed drawings used by builders and contractors to accurately price the job and to work from during construction. They provide a higher level of detail than the drawings required for council. Note: There is a risk involved in starting stage four without council approvals as some work may have to be revised following council feedback.

STAGE FIVE: CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION Administering the building contract is a massive part of an architect’s service. If you engage one to do this, it will form a large part of their fees. The architect’s role is to act in your best interest, but also fairly on behalf of the builder. Some architects like to complete design refi nements during this stage and document during the construction. This is fi ne as it sometimes limits over-documentation during the earlier stages and can help navigate unforeseen problems during the build. You can engage an architect to do a full or partial service based on these stages. Ask at the start of the relationship how the architect’s fees relate to each stage and for them to make you aware of what other consultants will be required so you can better predict costs. Keep in mind the romance of good design is a labour of love for all involved. Good luck!


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decided that this was to be the topic for my article this issue. Ideal, I thought — it has relevance for those of you about to build or those planning to renovate. I thought I could share my personal experiences over the years, not only in my own homes, but also the countless houses I have snooped around — on a professional basis, of course. Real estate is a very handy job for those of us who are housing obsessed. Then I gave the topic some real thought as I started to plan my proposed words of wisdom. That in-depth thought led me to a very worrying conclusion: this article could go one of two ways to truly answer the question. I could either respond with nothing more than a two-word answer or provide real detail. However, I have no intention of dwelling on the problem; rather I propose a solution — I’ll give you both. The two-word answer is “great design”. Creative, appropriate and life-enhancing design can transform the dull to dazzling. That clearly simplifies the answer, but it doesn’t explain how to do it. Let’s take a very standard room around 3 metres x 3 metres, perhaps a bedroom space with normal 2.4-metre ceiling height and one of those standard sliding windows plonked in the middle of one wall. We’ve all lived with these room types in our homes and they are pretty uninspiring. But it is possible to introduce some design to this room type before you build or after.

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Tall ceilings always make the plainest room look more impressive, but here we are confi ned to a height of 2.4 metres, so consider covering one wall with cladding or wallpaper that has a strong vertical theme. Even just one wall covered this way can mislead the eye to elongate the distance between the floor and the ceiling. Ideally, place this on a wall that’s easily seen as you enter the room. Depending on the style of your home, you could also consider panelling the lower section of your walls up to waist height for added character. Let’s consider the window wall itself. When building or designing a room, think of how that window placement will not only look on the exterior, but how it will be viewed within the space. How about tall/ slim window styles as an alternative in this room context? Perhaps two as opposed to one standard-size rectangular window could be considered? Remember your standard rectangular window in the middle of a wall can often make those ceilings feel even lower. If you want to keep that standard window size and type, create drama around it. Cabinetry can be built in around the window frame, through display shelving, concealed lighting and even a window seat. You are not only creating added storage, you’re also adding interest to the room. Then there is the inevitable wall of wardrobes, often plain and unexciting, so think of using more interesting doors or

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only building in 75 per cent of the width of that wall, leaving a recess for display shelving, a small desk or even a floor-toceiling, side-to-side mirror. Mirrors that fit a niche or wall section and fi ll that space can really add interest to any room. Consider your wardrobe design, too. Does it have to be set on the floor directly or could you raise it up 300mm and install hidden lighting underneath? Suddenly your robes are floating — hardly a feature you would expect in a boring room. Already discussed is feature lighting, but consider lighting in general for giving a flat room some bounce. Avoid that central flush ceiling light fitting at all costs. Mix your lighting points with task lighting near mirrors and desks and perhaps beside the bed, then add in more mood lighting or a few downlights on dimmer switches so you can control the brightness. Consider investing in some interesting pendant lighting, ensuring their placement doesn’t involve banging your head. Another option could be to create bulkheads or a lighting shelf running around the perimeter of the room just below ceiling level that conceals soft lighting that glows evenly around the space. Many of these options are often less expensive if thought about at the point of construction/renovation so explore your ideas early. Our example room is 3 metres x 3 metres so it’s easy to crowd the space with furniture and features. Furniture with legs, suspended fitted furniture and anything that allows you to see added floor will result in an impression of more space. All your furniture should be in proportion; this is not the room where your bed should be the size of a small European country. Study the colour principles and decide on colour shades you like, take pictures of the room and head to your local paint shop for advice. The right wallpaper can create the illusion of space, but the wrong one will squash you in! That, I believe, is the focused answer. There really are many ways to transform the bland into the interesting. I realise this only addresses a small standard-size bedroom, but windows, ceiling height, lighting, cabinetry, recesses and even fullsize mirrors are the fundamental elements to create added interest and character to any room. Thinking in advance is the key to affordability with any of these design decisions. My fi nal suggestion is never to simply accept the plans given to you, whether they’re created by a leading architect, draftsman or project builder. This is your home so look at the overall aesthetic and review room by room and space by space if you really want to avoid the bland.


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ZONING THE BACKYARD, NO MATTER THE SIZE, PROVIDES VERSATILITY AND CREATES A SENSE OF EXPLORATION AND ADVENTURE and friends or would a lounging area be more suitable? A well-designed entertaining area should be multi-purpose and suitable for the whole family. An entertainment zone will become the perfect space for bringing family and friends together, with all the comforts of the indoors transplanted outside. If you are going to be entertaining regularly, choose a quality paver to set the scene for your space as it will be on display every time you have friends over. In addition to looking great, I suggest Euro Stone, which is highly durable and your best bet for high-use areas.

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accommodate a play house, small teepees are a great alternative. Another fun idea for kids is building your own hopscotch area with largeformat pavers. Paint them in bright colours and allow grass to grow between them. It creates a fun activity for kids while doubling as a path to connect your spaces.

ENTERTAINING AREA Before designing your entertaining area, consider how you will use it. Will you need a large dining table for entertaining family

More people are building their own relaxation retreats, particularly in larger country gardens where space is not an issue. By creating a relaxation area, you have a place to read a book or just unwind while still being able to monitor your children’s whereabouts. It’s a holiday at home as you can theme the space to suit your style. Call on inspiration from past journeys and the things that make you happy. Add outdoor seating or a day bed and decorate the space using planter boxes from concrete blocks and finish with lantern lights. Zoning the backyard, no matter the size, provides versatility and creates a sense of exploration and adventure through the use of multiple environments within a single area.


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BEING SUSTAINABLE IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE PRODUCTS YOU PURCHASE OR THE EXISTING ONES YOU RE-USE. IT ALSO INVOLVES THE RECYCLING OF EXISTING MATERIALS AND THE IMPACT THOSE PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS HAVE ON THE ENVIRONMENT

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s both a designer and a builder, one of the most common questions I’m asked is, “Do we renovate or just knock it down and rebuild?” Unfortunately, with so many cheap and inferior products on the market, we have become a disposable society. Televisions are so readily available that when there is an issue, it is cheaper to throw the television away and buy a replacement rather than send it for repair. This is obviously good for the suppliers, but it is detrimental to the environment. The problem is simply passed down the line and no-one takes responsibility. With an ever-increasing global population, the impact of this behaviour on our environment is slowly becoming unsustainable, and it’s the same when it comes to building. It is therefore important to weigh up all options before making a decision on whether to renovate or rebuild. Here are some key points to consider before you decide: • What is the condition of the structure? • What is the structural integrity of the existing structure? Are there cracks appearing on the walls? • Will the existing structure be able to accommodate any additional weight loadings that may occur with the new design? • Are there existing issues such as rising damp?

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• In what state is the electrical wiring? • How good are the existing plumbing lines? • Was the dwelling built properly from the start? • Is there termite damage? It is important to consider these key points and engage qualified consultants to provide a detailed assessment of the property. Consultants such as a structural engineer, pest inspector and builder should be engaged to provide individual assessments of the structure, which will assist the property owners in determining whether to renovate or rebuild. Engaging a structural engineer is extremely important as the last thing you want to do is retrofit, only to discover the existing building could not structurally accommodate the adaptions and additions. An engineer will do a visual site inspection and provide a written report. A pest inspector will also do a visual inspection of the dwelling to determine if there has been any recent or past termite activity. It is important to ascertain the extent of any activity and determine the necessary remedial actions that will be required to repair the damage. The pest inspector should have clear access into the roof space as well as underneath the dwelling to provide an accurate assessment of the structure. A builder should then provide an indication of cost for the remedial works.

Once these reports are completed and a cost assessment is provided, it will then be possible to determine whether or not to maintain the existing structure or sections of the structure or whether it would be more cost-effective to do a complete rebuild. Whether the report suggests a renovation or a complete rebuild, reuse of the existing materials is one of the easiest methods of reducing your carbon footprint and creating a sustainable site. All materials that need to be removed must be done so with care so that they may be reused in the renovation or the new structure, sold as second-hand building materials or sorted and taken to recycling centres for recycling or upcycling. The best part of this process is that almost all building materials can be sold or recycled for cash, which can be invested back into your renovation or rebuild. Another major contributor to the sustainability of your project is the planning. Expert assessment of land gradients, vehicle accesses, materials storage and even existing powerlines and water conduits will ensure your carbon footprint is reduced. The less disruption, re-engineering or aborted materials delivery, the greater the sustainable outcome of the overall project. Remember, being sustainable is not just about the products you purchase or the existing ones you re-use. It also involves the recycling of existing materials and the impact those products and materials have on the environment. During the design phase, it is important to think about elements such as surrounding structures for shading and wind to encourage cross-flow ventilation. Careful planning is essential for maximising the natural environment and minimising carbon footprints. You never know — you might just end up being more sustainable than you think. Chris Knierim is an award-winning building designer and builder of sustainable projects such as Forest Lodge Eco House featured in Grand Designs Australia Series Four


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04 DESIGN: W LLIAMSTOWN BLUESTONE LOCAT ON: W LLIAMSTOWN VICTORIA An abandoned bluestone cottage bu lt in 1864 nspired Jason and Jennifer Brette l to create a modern house fu l of hints to the home s history With a goal bring the home back to life the couple faced the challenge of l mited space but transformed the untouched cottage nto a home with a min malist atmosphere Us ng ndustrial sty e materials timber shades of black and white and metal feature heav ly “We were conscious of respect ng history but a so creating a modern ndustrial theme through the use of natural e ements wh le trying to maximise every square inch of space ” says Jason Reminders of the home’s history are present throughout espec ally in the living room where a bluestone feature wall serves as a throwback to the or ginal cottage An exposed concrete feature wall brings a gritty element to the clean and modern design whi e a warm atmosphere is created with eather lounges and personal touches Now with three bedrooms two l ving areas two bathrooms and an outdoor entertain ng area this residence epitom ses old world meets new Architectural design: Tina Lindner (tinalindner com au) Bui der: Portside Bui ding (portsidebu lding com au) Photography: Rh annon S atter

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07 DESIGN: PORT MELBOURNE URBAN GREEN LOCATION: PORT MELBOURNE, VICTORIA With family coming and going, a space that was flexible and practical was high on this couple’s agenda. “The property needed to serve a number of functions,” says homeowner Dr Ian Kronborg. “We have adult children who have moved out and moved back. We enjoy entertaining and needed spaces that could cope with this but we also needed our privacy.” The home boasts six main rooms, three bathrooms, a granny flat with bedroom/living, two studies, cellar and a music room currently serving as a nursery. With timber featuring strongly throughout, a slightly industrial atmosphere is created. Architectural design: ARM Architecture (armarchitecture.com.au) Builder: Overend Constructions (overendconstructions.com.au) Photography: Rhiannon Slatter

08 DESIGN: TREE HOUSE LOCATION: GLEN IRIS, VICTORIA With a brief revolving around the concept of creating an “artistic piece with warmth and the subtle use of colour”, three separate areas were to be established within this home, along with bedrooms for the children and owners, an open kitchen, dining area and living room. With the home completely rewired to consist of three distinct areas — a children’s space, a communal family section and a parents’ retreat upstairs — the disrupted flow of the previous house has been banished. Now, the family enjoys time in separate areas of the home and comes together in the “heart” of the house, conveniently located in the middle. The colour scheme is neutral, focusing on the balance of light and letting nature work its magic. Architectural design: Steffen Welsch Architects (steffenwelsch. com.au)

Builder: P & JM Deleo (0418 100 707) Photography: Rhiannon Slatter 09 DESIGN: COUNTY DERRY LOCATION: LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND, UNITED KINGDOM “I just feel so privileged to live here,” says architect/homeowner Patrick Bradley, referring to his bold contemporary home built on a treasured part of his parents’ farmland. “Every day, I wake up to the view and it just feels as if I’m on holiday.” Patrick’s space is open plan, with the living areas upstairs making the most of the views. From the entrance, a corridor takes you past an oice/third bedroom before opening into the openplan living zone. Here, the kitchen, backed by stairs to the lower floor, leads on to a spacious room with dining and seating areas, large windows and a balcony and terrace. Bold green Ligne Roset Togo sofas

echo the surrounding andscape and bring vibrancy to the neutral palette in this open plan l ving area Architectural design: Patrick Bradley Arch tects (pb arch tects com) Photography: Aidan Monaghan 10 DESIGN: MELBURNIAN HIDEOUT LOCAT ON: ELWOOD VICTORIA Architect and owner David Vernon created a family home that is small on space but big on character The ambitious bui d included a generous living and din ng space that has the potential to become a main bedroom in the future along with three additional bedrooms T mber features heavily throughout the home a comb nation of plywood and mountain ash timber for wall lin ngs and cupboards was employed to create warmth and prov de a welcom ng atmosphere Arch tectural design: David Vernon Architect (vernon com au) Bui der: Mark Pro ects (markprojects com au) Photography: Derek Swalwell 11 DESIGN: NORWICH ECO HOME LOCAT ON: NORWICH NORFOLK UNITED KINGDOM

T r ng of London Natasha moved with her son Lucas (now 12) back to Norfolk decid ng that self bui d was the only way she would ever find them an ideal living solution “I’d spent most of my life subterranean in my flat n Clapham South London with the bedroom downsta rs ” says Natasha “The interior layout of the Norfolk cottage was sim lar which I l ked Upside down living is very freeing You’re not scamper ng around from one space to the next you can just stop and look out at the view It puts the brakes on ” Downstairs hosts Lucas’ and Natasha’s bedrooms one on each side of the deck Upstairs on one side of the building s ts the kitchen and d ning room with a living space and music room on the other Large bifold doors open from the dining area onto the shaded balcony The orange sofa was from a friend and the coffee table s a ocal Norw ch design The screen s by Anna Glover and the artwork by Gavin Mitchell Architectural design: W lf Meynell Studio Bark (studiobark co uk) Builder: Norfolk Pro Build (norfo kprobuild co uk) Photography: Darren Chung

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ASK OUR ARCHITECT Editor-at-Large Peter Maddison answers readers’ questions

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We are building a new home in Melbourne and love the idea of having a hardwood timber floor for durability, aesthetics and cleanliness. However, we would like to use a more sustainable flooring material. What are some more eco-friendly alternatives to traditional timber floorboards?

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There are a number of eco-friendly alternatives to traditional pine timber flooring on the market today. I suggest two, both of which have gained popularity recently. Bamboo is becoming an increasingly common flooring choice these days, and is actually a grass that shares many similar characteristics with hardwood. It’s easy to install, easy to maintain and highly durable. Bamboo can be considered a more sustainable option than hardwood as it is harvested from natural vegetation that grows to maturity in about three to five years. This is far quicker than the 20-odd years trees can take to mature for manufacturing. Bamboo has a vast array of naturally occurring grains and colours, and for this reason, it is a unique and customised flooring solution. The second alternative is cork, which is harvested from cork oak trees. In the harvesting process, cork oak trees are not actually cut down; the layers of the bark are stripped from the tree to make flooring. The tree takes around three years to regenerate the layers of bark, making it a more sustainable option than hardwood flooring. Cork flooring has the same flexibility as timber

hardwood flooring in terms of finishing. It can be painted or stained in a variety of colours to work with any decor or colour palette. Cork floors have longevity similar to hardwood flooring. Depending on the quality, and if properly maintained, cork flooring can last many years.

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We have a home in Northern Queensland surrounded by bushland. The house was constructed in the early 1960s and has extensive floor-to-ceiling glazing to maximise the views. We have investigated replacing the single-glazed windows with double glazing on the west side of the house, but it is too expensive. Can you advise a cost-effective solution to treat the existing windows to improve the thermal efficiency of our home?

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Windows are complex elements of any home. Correctly positioned, they can be very useful, however incorrectly sited and sized, they can significantly impact on the thermal comfort of a dwelling. Up to one-third of a home’s heating energy can be lost, and up to two-thirds of its heat gained through windows. Application of a film to your west-facing existing windows could be a viable solution to your overheating problem without having to compromise the view. Window films consist of a thin polymer film containing an absorbing dye or reflective metal layer with an adhesive backing. The film is then applied to the glazing. Depending on the type, some films can halve the amount of heat transfer through the glass. It is important to note that some films can cause the glass to heat up, so make sure you use a certified installer who can advise you on the best type of film to be applied based on your glazing size and orientation. It is also necessary to understand that the installation of the film will slightly reduce the amount of natural daylight penetrating through your existing windows.

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We purchased a plot of land in rural Victoria and are interested in building a rammed-earth home. To maximise our outdoor area, we are considering a double-storey design. Can rammedearth construction be used in two-storey constructions or is it limited to single-storey buildings?

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Congratulations on your decision to use rammed earth as your building material. Rammed earth has such a fantastic natural character and wonderful thermal qualities. Rammed earth can be used in two-storey construction. In multi-storey construction, a small amount of cement (typically 5–10 per cent) is added to the rammed earth to make stabilised rammed earth. This added cement increases its strength and durability. Stabilised rammed earth is made by compacting a mixture of gravel, sand, silt, clay and cement between formwork in a series of layers approximately 100mm thick. This gives the rammed earth its stratified appearance. Traditionally, earth used in stabilised rammed earth was excavated directly from the site on which the dwelling was to be located. Nowadays, materials are specifically sourced from local quarries. Stabilised rammed earth can also be engineered to achieve reasonably high strength by adding reinforcement similar to that used in concrete. In Australia, there are examples of stabilised rammed earth being used to construct buildings of four or five storeys.

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