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Editor’s Letter Editor-at-Large Credits

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Transform with Tiles So Fresh & Airy The Milan Furniture Fair Architecture Shorts Theme Your Kitchen & Bathroom What’s Hot

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GRAN D D ES I GN S // E D I T OR’S LE T T E R Inverloch Sand Dune House from Grand Designs Australia Series 4

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s a professional designer with a passion for excellence in architecture and interiors, I’ve followed Grand Designs since its launch in the UK in April, 1999. What I enjoyed from the start was the often unusual and sometimes elaborate projects featured, including many low-cost community- and self-builds; the personal stories behind many of these projects were often heart-rending as well as heart-warming. When the Australian series first aired in October, 2010, there was one stand-out and that was the amazing Callignee Bushfire House from Series 1, which we featured in Issue #1 and which appeared on the front cover. We’ve referenced this house in subsequent issues many times since and it remains a favourite to this day. As the series developed, we saw some exceptional projects appear on our screens. Other favourites of mine include Balnarring Rammed Earth House from Series 3 Episode 3, Inverloch Sand Dune House from Series 4 Episode 1, Hunters Hill Textural House from Series 4 Episode 8, Forest Lodge Eco House from Series 4 Episode 6, Brothers Yackandandah House from Series 6 Episode 1, and from this issue, Aldinga Beach Dune, Series 7 Episode 7. The opportunity to edit and publish the Australian magazine was an exciting one and I was delighted when FremantleMedia, the makers of the program, accepted our

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proposal to do so. We have since published 26 issues, featuring many of the TV houses as well as episodes from the UK series along with projects from many Australian architects and designers. We’ve also published several special editions, including Grand Designs Australia Sourcebook, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Outdoors and Interiors. You may wonder why I’m taking this trip down memory lane: A couple of years ago I decided I would retire in June this year, write my book, travel and work on a few of my own grand designs, along with spending more time with my family, which now includes two beautiful granddaughters. As the time came closer, I realised that “retirement” wasn’t really going to happen and that somehow, I’d managed to become involved in projects that would probably see me as busy as ever. While I’ll no longer edit this magazine, I will work on some special publications, including those in the Grand Designs stable — and my book. My passion for sustainable, eco-friendly design is well known. I’ve loved writing about people who share my ethos and publishing their work. And in recent times I’ve become even more passionate about the need to design and build energy-efficient, eco-friendly buildings and interiors. It’s this passion that has driven me to be actively engaged in the design profession once more through my interior design practice, along with creating a range of ethical and sustainably produced products to be released later this year, with more to come. I still plan to travel and spend time with my family — I’m sure I’ll fit it all in somehow! To those of you who have been with us since the first issue, I thank you for your support. I know you’ll continue to enjoy Grand Designs Australia magazine, as I will. There are some fabulous projects yet to come. To all the architects, designers, builders, stylists, photographers, producers and advertisers who’ve provided such a wealth

of wonderful knowledge, information and products, thank you. To all my amazing work colleagues and contributors who have helped me to produce this exceptional magazine, thank you. To my family and friends who put up with my long work hours, thank you. To the fabulous team at FremantleMedia, who believed in the idea and trusted me to curate it, you’ve been an absolute pleasure to work with and again, thank you. Finally, to Peter and to Kevin — thank you for inspiring me and making the program one that the design world can be proud of. Your professionalism, humour and knowledge are what have made both the TV program and the magazines, here and in the UK, such a huge success. Next issue, we will welcome April Ossington as Editor. April has worked on Grand Designs Australia magazine since its inception and has been uncovering brilliant projects for future editions. Yours in design,

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blurs the line between indoors and out, with the inner living room acting like an outdoor deck. The doors were designed to be left open all night to act as a breezeway, and even the living room floor has gaps in the boards to allow the cool under-floor air to permeate up through the house. The orientation, climate and site conditions were well understood for these houses. There are many architectural devices that can be added to an outdoor area to help ameliorate the elements, such as overhead operable louvres, folding-arm awnings, telescopic glass wind barriers and many forms of outdoor heating — but it would all be for nought if, for example, the space faced the wrong way. The Verrierdale House in Queensland (Episode 3) is the ultimate when it comes to using architecture to connect one to the environment. Despite being smack bang in the middle of the rainforest, this house has the ability for its whole roof to slide off by using a remote controller! Although this may sound a bit dubious, it’s an adventurous yet

practical idea thanks to the umbrella-like tent hovering over the house, acting as a rain and sun protector. And yes, there are bugs, but they fly up to the underside of the tent and are sealed outside when the roof slides back closed — a neat trick indeed! The tent house is a hybrid camping experience that accentuates the power of the rainforest. It hovers above the ground and frames its view. The stark contrast of the white canvas-and-steel structure is slightly surreal, but it’s the operability, understanding of the sun’s movement through the sky, and thermo-syphoning effect of the tent that make this house work practically. So there you have it! You only need to understand botany, the solar system and a bit of orienteering to have a successful ethereal space!

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01: COOGEE HOUSE Located on a sloping corner block, Chenchow Little Architects’ Coogee House features stunning sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The residence is a new dwelling and was envisioned as a solid masonry shell covered with a lightweight, protective veil. “A tent-like roof structure and operable battened screen walls provide shade and privacy to the living spaces,” says the architect. “The singular, vertical expression of the veil marks the dwelling as a refined abstract object in the suburban landscape, muted with dark recessive colours.” Photography by Peter Bennetts. chenchowlittle.com


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03: ARMADALE RESIDENCE The Armadale Residence is the work of b.e architecture and comprises a skin created from a whopping 260 tonnes of granite. The home is spread across three storeys and exudes a monolithic ethos, appearing as a residence that’s been carved out from a piece of stone. Despite its heavy-duty construction, the home suspends effortlessly and conceals internal spaces that encourage indoor-outdoor flow. Photography by Peter Clarke. bearchitecture.com

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04: PAONEONE HOUSE Dubbed the “house for giants”, the Paoneone House is designed by Patterson Associates and is located in Kerikeri. The project is purposefully gargantuan and its generous nature secured it a Housing Award at the 2017 Auckland Architecture Awards. “The expert control of materials and forms, combined with relentless detailing and excellent craftsmanship, has created a high-end delight,” says Lynda Simmons, architect and jury convenor for the Auckland Awards. “The constant scent of cedar adds to a controlled sensory experience in the interior, while the double-layer exterior sliding skin exaggerates the over-scaled spatial approach.” Photography by Davor Popadich. pattersons.com

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Winery, restaurant, brewery and tasting room — Tantalus Estate is a space that wears many hats. The estate on Waiheke Island was designed by Cheshire Architects and won the Hospitality and Retail Award at the 2017 Auckland Architecture Awards. Described as “experimental in style and attitude” by Lynda Simmons, architect and jury convenor for the Auckland Awards, the project maintains a balance between playfulness and quality. Photography by Jeremy Toth. cheshirearchitects.com


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THEME YOUR KITCHEN & BATHROOM Don’t let these rooms get left behind E DI TE D BY / / ST E P H A N I E RUS S O

01: HOMEGROWN BEAUTY The Baby Blush Base is a fun and functional granite plinth. An eyecatching piece to place a candle, vase, plant or bottle of soap. marblebasics.com.au 02: ALL WHITE Turn your bathroom into a peaceful retreat with the Statuario porcelain sheet that can be used to create a feature wall or elevate your fl ooring. wk.com.au 03: TIMELESS MODEL Wash away your worries in style with the blissful and ancient treasure that is the Italian marble bathtub.. 1stdibs.com

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04: NEW BEST FRIEND Bring your bathroom to life with the Baby basic pot — the ideal complement for a bathroom vanity. marblebasics.com.au

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05: ITALIAN TREASURE This Antique white marble sink originates from the 19th century from a villa outside of Arezzo, Italy. The antique double sink is the perfect centrepiece for any master bathroom. 1stdibs.com

08: ONE WITH NATURE La Nature is a unique collaboration between Marble Basics and Maison Balzac exploring the unrivalled natural beauty of marble. marblebasics.com.au

06: SIMPLY THE BEST The Vanilla Noir is a classic black surface with light veins that is sure to turn a humble bathroom into one that makes a luxurious style statement. caesarstone.com.au

09: SPECIAL PIECE If you’re on the hunt for an elegant washbowl, you need look no further than the marble n.11 that will bring luxury and style to your powder room. kreoo.com

07: UP YOUR STYLE QUOTIENT The European modern marble and brass abstract diamond towel rack provides a fashionable way to keep your bathroom organised. 1stdibs.com

10: LIGHTING YOU’LL LOVE Create the right mood in your bathroom with the Marble pendant SV1. greatdanefurniture.com 11: SPRUCE IT UP Customise the most intimate area of your home with a selection of accessories and details from the Mercer + Reid round marble range. adairs.com.au

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Forget minimalism — it’s time to start fresh and surrender to something a lot glitzier and more glam in your powder room 01 DOSE OF STYLE 01: Taking an inspired approach to Ta mo modern living, Halo represents urban ele elegance at its finest. Shown here in co copper. brodware.com.au

07: FANCY, FANCY Get with the times and take a bold step with the modern European freestanding diamond bathtub. 1stdibs.com

02: BATHROOM FACELIFT 02 Re Redo your bathroom hardware in st style with the Downtown tapware range that features a seamless design that is sure to deliver in the style stakes. pittella.com.au

08: ELEGANCE AT ITS BEST The Antique Louis XVI painted vanity bench features classical styling with tapered and fluted columns that catches the eye. 1stdibs.com

03: SO LUXE The highly decorative burnished gold metal ladder with rope twist and tassel design is perfect as a display or to hang towels. 1stdibs.com

09: TREND ALERT The Toi basin mixer will brighten up your bathroom and make it a truly special space. phoenixtapware.com.au

04: DO IT RIGHT Make a statement with the Radii toilet roll holder that will help you create a beautiful bathing space. phoenixtapware.com.au

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Decorating your lavatory has never been easier with the Hermitage gold mirror. houseofhome.com.au

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05: CHIC AND SHIMMERING Add some razzle-dazzle to your bathroom with the Glass globe gold leaf chandelier. thevignetteroom.com.au 06: DRAMATIC IMPACT The Martini basin mixer is a bold alternative that will be the talk of all your guests. jamiej.com.au

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11: COMPLETE YOUR LOOK The Vivid Rail shower features elegantly blended contemporary design and premium functionality. phoenixtapware.com.au 12: TREASURE CHEST The beautiful Art Nouveau towel bar is made of crystal glass rods with gold ďŹ nished metal ends. Made in France in the 1920s, the piece has truly stood the test of time. 1stdibs.com 13: INSTANT SATISFACTION The 1920s Art Deco is a tile that goes beyond the basics. The stylish squares will bring intriguing colours and patterns to your bathroom. 1stdibs.com

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options for LEGRABOX pullouts is the LEGRABOX free. blum.com/au/en/ 07: MAKE THE SPACE The fashionable little touches in your kitchen have huge impact. Exhibit A: this kitchen tool and utensils pack. bloomandco.com.au 08: LITTLE WONDERS The versatile Toro stools work in virtually any room and take on any number of roles. kada.co.nz

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01: SURFACE MAGIC The versatile, classical beauty of the Athena surface from the Paris collection is seen in its unique veining and luminous white depth. smartstone.com.au 02: PRACTICAL CHOICE The Maceda 1 light pendant features a classic shape with a two tone gradient design, adding a touch of sophistication with its hand painted, high gloss finish. beaconlighting.com.au

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04: COFFEE TIME Through a balanced combination of stainless-steel and mirrored glass, the elegant minimalist design of the Feel coffee machine introduces cutting-edge style to the kitchen. abey.com.au

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10: POP THE KETTLE ON With a detachable base for cordfree convenience, the Avvolta kettle is a sleek addition to your kitchen that is anything but boring. delonghi.com

03: KITCHEN WARRIOR Fridges can last a lifetime so it’s important to choose the right one. We love the FAB 32 two-door refrigerator-freezer that has quality features to match your needs. smeg.com.au

05: TEN OUT OF TEN Functional and attractive — the Marmo Gris benchtop surface is the perfect choice for discerning homeowners. talostone.com.au

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09: DINNER IS SERVED The Signature cast-iron round casserole cookware’s exceptional heat retention allows for slow cooking, locking in flavour and keeping foods moist and tender. lecreuset.com.au

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11: ONE OF A KIND Turn up the heat in the kitchen with the compact oven with microwave that is so nifty it basically thinks for itself. bosch.com.au 12: THROW IT AWAY The Hideaway Deluxe range includes a removable, foam-sprung friction-fitted lid assisting in odour control. hafele.com.au

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01: PROTECT YOUR HANDS Keep your hands and countertops safe from pots and pans with the Polkadot oven mitt. annabeltrends.com 02: NEW GENERATION The Mini stand mixer fits perfectly in a small kitchen and delivers extraordinary results. kitchenaid.com.au 03: FRESH AIR Looking for the best rangehood to remove steam, smoke and smells from your kitchen? Try the Island curved glass rangehood that will complete any kitchen look. hafele.com.au

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04: SNACK TIME Making a delicious grilled cheese is almost too easy with this Grilled Cheese Toaster. Complete with a removable insert that holds your bread and cheese until toasted and melted to perfection. urbanoutfitters.com 05: THE DIET CAN WAIT The mini waffle maker is perfect to have on hand for delicious waffles at any time. It features compact g so it’s easy to store when design not iin use. urbanoutfitters.com 06: IIT’S IN THE DETAILS This accessories pack will give your kitch kitchen a chic, personal touch. hafel hafele.com.au O 07: ODE TO THE BEAN Brain Brainchild of architect Michele De Lucc “Pulcina” is the Espresso Lucchi, e maker dedicated to coffee coffee lover alessi.com/en lovers.

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Bring old school charm to teatime with the inductioncompatible, enamelled steel Peruh kettle. lecreuset.com.au 06

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With Trend’s extensive range of window and door designs and material options you’ll have no trouble bringing your creative vision to life perfectly. Because nothing is more important than your home being a reflection of your personality and the lifestyle you choose to live. See more at trendwindows.com.au

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FARMHOUSE STYLE With a focus on contemporary textures and industrial shapes, the modern farmhouse is far from kitsch E D I TE D BY / / T INA STE P H E N 01: The Finn cabinet adds a sense of industrial luxury to any interior. The rough mill scale of the matt steel frame beautifully contrasts with the fine lining and transparent character of the cabinet to create the ideal display area for personal and extraordinary objects. ecc.co.nz 02: The Galley light from Ico Traders is a pared-back version of the popular port light, with a soft grey powder coat and a teardrop glass design. icotraders.co.nz 03: The Jieldé lamp was designed in 1950 by Frenchman Jean-Louis Domecq and has since become a coveted mid-century icon, providing a timeless industrial design element to your home. mrbigglesworthy.co.nz

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04: No farmhouse is complete without the addition of a classic ticking stripe! This feather and cotton option is from Father Rabbit. fatherrabbit.com 05: Originally developed in 1889, Fermob’s Bistro garden furniture is a French design classic, with folding chairs and tables available in 24 vibrant colours. jardin.co.nz 06: The Prince chair adds a sculptural element to any residence, with a design reminiscent of the 1950s. It incorporates rustic wool tartan fabric and a sleek die-cast aluminium base. ecc.co.nz 07: Inspired by the structure of roof trusses, this table features oak with cast iron. It injects an element of mechanical and architectural interest, whether as a lounge room centrepiece or in a farm kitchen. republichome.com 08: New and bespoke from Father Rabbit, the Ted sofa is New Zealand-made using an English technique with untreated New Zealand pine and Europeansourced linen cover. fatherrabbit.com 09: The Tonk stool is a rustic, organic addition to your home, perfect as a funky bedside table, side table or simple stool. stclements.co.nz 10: The classic Professor chair shows a rebellious streak in this daring new version. The exterior of the chair is wrapped in studded pixel leather for a hard, protective feel, while the interior of the seat is


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incredibly comfortable and soft to the touch. dawsonandco.nz 11: Calf skins provide the perfect touch of warmth and texture to a space, whether placed on the oor or thrown over the back of a sofa. thecowhidecompany.co.nz 12: The Theo chair from Hunter Furniture bridges both industrial and mid-century forms to create the perfect modern farmhouse dining chair. furniture.co.nz 13: This chair is part of the Utility collection from Stellar Works. The piece combines comfort with practicality and is a highly sophisticated take on the enduringly popular industrial aesthetic. backhousenz.com 14: The ultimate list maker and art paper for the family, the Daily Roller is the perfect compact size for your home. georgeandwilly.com 15: An oversized statement, the Elbeck St Etienne French Vintage clock is the perfect statement piece for a modern farm kitchen. sovintage.co.nz 16: The Treetops print is inspired by the lush, green forests of New Zealand. cravehome.co.nz 17: The Camelia rug from Citta is the perfect statement in oversized plaid pattern and hand-woven in wool and linen. cittadesign.com

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01: Shaped like the bulb of ripening cotton and made from FSC-dyed eucalypt wood, the elegantly shaped “grandelier” is available as a pendant or lamp. jasperandeve.com.au 02: Hand-weaved in the Thar Desert region of Rajasthan, India, these cushions utilise traditional methods that go back centuries. The patterns and motifs carry with them the weight of centuries of traditional knowhow. clothandco.co 03: The Barnyard Method Ewe is a fun and playful way to give a room some extra storage space. The 100 per cent recycled cardboard is tough and capable of holding plenty of weight. jasperandeve.com.au 04: These Teku salad servers have a natural timber patina and lustrous hand-carved design, which brings to life the individual patterns found within each piece of reclaimed teak. papaya.com.au 05: A hanging planter is a fun and creative way to add some living greenery to the home. Available in a variety of patterns, it can be hung or placed on a flat surface. jasperandeve.com.au 06: Luxurious blankets hand-spun by Nepalese artisans, these naturally dyed fabrics are sourced from camels and yaks from inner Mongolia and made from their winter coats, which are shed in spring then collected by nomadic herdsmen. clothandco.co 07: An interlocking shelving system based on ancient Hellenic design philosophies, the double Chevron shelf is stackable and created from birchwood ply. nomi.com.au 08: Kadi cushion covers are handspun by a cooperative of Indian women. The production of these handmade cotton fibres supports an eco-friendly industry and helps poorer communities improve themselves by creating business opportunities with a global reach. globalsisters.org 09: This classically designed Ercol original studio piece was originally conceived in the 1950s by Ercol’s founder. The spacious sofa doubles as a bed and is crafted from sustainable timber and treated with environmentally friendly lacquer and paint finishes. temperaturedesign.com.au


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Loose Leaf

Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler are the green thumbs behind Loose Leaf WOR DS / / A N NA B E L L E C L O RO S

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ature’s a beautiful thing. Nothing compares to a green arrangement that’s bursting with life and pleasing to the eye. Husband and wife team Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler chose to make careers out of creating with flora, and they get a kick each and every time they witness the joy their designs evoke. Loose Leaf is one of Australia’s leading botanical studios, but Charlie and Wona took alternate paths at the start of their careers. “We studied other design disciplines before settling on botanical design,” says Wona. “Charlie studied a Master of Design at RMIT and I studied a Bachelor of Fashion at Mokpo National University [in South Korea].” Charlie and Wona were exposed to green life at a young age, and both are part of families who are heavily involved in the plant and flower industries in Australia and Korea. “It was probably inevitable we would end up back in the family business,” says Charlie. “While fashion and design created the perfect foundation for our careers, we couldn’t see ourselves spending much time behind a desk. From there, we broadened our studies into horticulture,

floristry and permaculture before teaming up to create our own botanical design practice.” The pair don’t take the fragility of their work for granted, and Charlie and Wona believe creating with the green stuff is a privilege. “It’s an incredibly powerful medium,” says Wona. “Sometimes we feel as if nature has already done the hard work and we simply find new ways to highlight and enhance that natural beauty.” Focusing on the concept of play, many of Charlie and Wona’s designs are created with a purpose: to encourage interaction with their designs and their audience. “One of our favourite designs is the Monstera chandelier, which is a suspended ball of graphic greenery,” explains Charlie. “We like to hang these at accessible heights where people can stand behind them and act like green monsters.” Due to the touch-and-go ethos of plants, the duo opt to work with seasonal materials; this goes hand in hand with running a sustainable business that’s kind to the environment. “We like to source local and seasonal materials were possible, and we have a practice that aims to minimise waste, with most of our raw materials returning to compost,” says Wona. Loose Leaf is on the up, and Charlie and Wona recently released a collection of their work in the form of a book, titled Loose Leaf. Continuing to create and work with leading brands from around the globe, Charlie and Wona are using a deft touch to reconnect humankind with Mother Nature. looseleafstore.com.au


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“Sometimes we feel as if nature has already done the hard work and we simply find new ways to highlight and enhance that natural beauty” – Wona Bae

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Adrian Lawson Sustainable lights made on Sydney’s Northern Beaches WOR DS / / A N NA B E L L E C L O RO S

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ustainability and eco are two buzzwords sweeping across the globe. Now more than ever, consumers are aware of the impact our purchases make, especially when it comes to design. Adrian Lawson is one man committed to making a difference, one piece at a time. Adrian spent his childhood on the Scottish island of Colonsay, which played a key role in shaping his future career. “I developed an interest in recycling due to the remoteness of the island, where everything had to be shipped in,” he says. In 1988, the self-taught maker moved to Glasgow and broke into the design realm by building high-end furniture for the contract market. It didn’t take long for the industry to notice Adrian, and he secured the Glasgow Design Enterprise award at the 100% Design tradeshow in London for a desk he’d created. “The desk was sold to a client in California and led to many more international orders,” says Adrian.

Fast-forward a couple of decades, Adrian jumped ship in 2009 to settle down in Australia with his partner and two daughters and went on to establish his namesake business. “I held on to the ethos of creative recycling from my childhood and put this into practice in Australia by developing a recycled product,” says Adrian. His collection puts sustainability front and centre, and his range comprises recycled pendant lights crafted from discarded timber venetian blinds he sources from a local blind manufacturer/restorer. “This is a critical part of the business as it allows a supply chain to be set up where I pass on old blind components, and in return they pass old blinds on to me,” he says. The designer is certainly onto a good thing, and many of his creations are stocked in stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as online. There’s nothing better than supporting a brand that champions local, handmade designs, and Adrian Lawson is one of them. adrianlawson.com.au


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“I held on to the ethos of creative recycling from my childhood and put this into practice in Australia by developing a recycled product” — Adrian Lawson

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CONTEMPORARY HOMEWARES DESIGNERS ABOVE Founded by Richard Munao of Cult, NAU is a contemporary design brand offering furniture, lighting and accessories by a collective of Australia’s most spirited designers. L-R Jack Flanagan (NAU designer, Perth), Gavin Harris (NAU designer, Sydney), Richard Munao (NAU founder), Adam Cornish (NAU designer, Melbourne) and Adam Goodrum (NAU designer, Sydney).

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ore than 20 years ago, a young man with a passion for quality, authentic design and furniture formed a company and created a cult following. That man was Richard Munao and the company he formed was Corporate Culture, now known as Cult. Driven by an ambition to bring premium European design to Australia, in 1997 Richard opened a small showroom in the back streets of Chippendale offering the best international brands to architects, designers and seekers of quality, authentic design. In the ensuing years, Corporate Culture grew to be one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s leading purveyors of designer furniture. No longer restricted to the commercial sphere, the company later changed its name to Cult and remains one of the region’s leading furniture suppliers with a portfolio of more than 35 brands across furniture, lighting and accessories. Over two decades the business evolved from a showroom destination to a full-service design house, diversifying into the production, manufacture and retail of Australian design. In 2014, Cult launched its first exclusive collection of Australian furniture, the AG x Cult capsule by acclaimed designer Adam Goodrum. Since then, Cult’s product development has grown significantly and it was time to establish these designs as one brand, and promote Australian creativity to the world. From this, NAU was born. “After more than 20 years in the design industry in Australia, I have developed an unwavering passion for the production and manufacture of Australian furniture,” says Richard. “I truly believe we are at the cusp of a new Australian design movement and I am incredibly proud to introduce NAU to the market and promote Australian creativity to the world.” With no design history to speak of, Australia’s current design landscape was open to a new movement. “New by necessity, Australia’s design culture stems from a place of isolation; our influences are unique from the rest of the world and we have no design ancestry to which to adhere,” adds Richard. “We are free to immerse ourselves in our extreme natural landscapes and unique materials, and as a result have carved out a resourceful, hands-on and open-minded design culture.” NAU is the embodiment of this freshthinking, broad-spectrum approach, offering contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories by a collective of Australia’s most spirited designers including Adam Cornish, Adam Goodrum, Gavin Harris and Jack Flanagan. Producing designs suitable for residential and commercial spaces, from elegant lounge furniture to modular shelving with endless possibility, the NAU collection is reductive in form, honest in materiality and timeless in style. naudesign.com.au


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Bell pendants by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Bulbo collection by Gavin Harris for NAU

Fat Tulip collection by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Nest tables by Adam Goodrum for NAU

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Dan & Emma Eagle

Dan and Emma Eagle are the brains behind popular home and living stores Mr Bigglesworthy and Good Form — both making their mark in homes across the globe WOR DS / / ST E P H A N I E RUS S O

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his dynamic Kiwi duo had a great idea for what was potentially just a side project. What began as a hobby are now Mr Bigglesworthy and Good Form — unique labels that have exploded on an international scale. “We had started a hobby which became an addiction — collecting designer furniture and selling what we couldn’t keep,” says Emma. “The passion grew, but our space to keep furniture didn’t! So we chose to share our love of design and opened a store,” she says. Both came to design from different starting points. Dan began collecting things from a young age, naturally gravitating towards interesting objects. “He’s pored through books and discovered design and his own knowledge base that way,” says Emma. “I had a lifelong love of art and studied design at university, then learned design history and a shared interest in architecture from Dan.” The style of the duo’s store is fairly minimal, thoughtful and understated, with the perfect infusion of colour and texture. They encourage an individual, eclectic look — classic mid-century lines and forms combined with contemporary upholstery

and accents. “We are constantly looking at contemporary design practice along with our interest in modernism,” says Emma. “Architecture informs what we do as well — particularly when we travel, or from documentaries.” Both titles have cemented themselves as go-to brands for inspirational and pragmatic design, with sideboards and lounge furniture becoming favourites among homeowners. “A mid-century modern piece can really add a lot of character to a space, and this blends perfectly with the new furniture we are offering at Good Form.” Dan and Emma are also careful to ensure their pieces are environmentally friendly and sustainable — proving that eco-friendly furniture needn’t mean boring. “We select designs that have already lasted 60 years, so we expect them to remain relevant and for the materials to get better with age,” says Emma. “As we restore pieces, we consider reusing existing materials and ensuring minimal impact on the furniture and the environment.” mrbigglesworthy.co.nz goodform.co.nz


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“The passion grew, but our space to keep furniture didn’t! So we chose to share our love of design and opened a store” – Emma Eagle

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76: TV ALDINGA BEACH DUNE 88: GORDONS BAY RESIDENCE 100: NORTHCOTE HOUSE

Photography Robert Walsh & Felix Forest

114: NZ TV CHRISTCHURCH REBUILD

HOUSES

64: TV MAIANBAR CROSS-LAMINATED TIMBER

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TRANSFORMER CAN YOU BUILD A FLAT-PACK HOUSE FROM AUSTRIA IN JUST TWO WEEKS?

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T V H O US E / / M A I A N BA R C RO S S - L A M I NAT E D T I M B E R ABOVE The cross-laminated timber is quick to install and as hardy as steel BELOW Homeowners Ariana Evans and Phil Davidson with Peter Maddison OPPOSITE The home features sweeping windows around the kitchen and living areas, allowing the sea views to dominate from all angles

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he concept of building a home in just two weeks is hard to grasp, to say the least. Prefabrication is big business in Europe, and is rapidly spreading across the globe thanks to its convenience and razor-sharp precision. Inspired by the concept, Phil Davidson decided to put his money where his mouth was and take a chance on building a home with a system that’s never been used before. HR manager Phil and his wife Ariana Evans have spent most of their lives working in cities across the globe, but they finally decided to put roots down in the southern Sydney suburb of Maianbar. “We wanted the Sydney lifestyle, but we couldn’t find the right place,” says Ariana. The pair purchased a block of land and collaborated with architect Ardea Oosthuizen from Ecobuild Design to create a flat-pack house made of cross-laminated timber (CLT). “CLT is made from stacking timber boards with their lengths laid at 90-degree angles to each other,” says Peter Maddison. “When glued and compressed, it creates a wood as tough as steel. It minimises waste and has excellent thermal qualities.” In theory, each CLT panel should slot into place, resulting in a home that’s built in two weeks, and the hard work should largely revolve around preparing the site. But the integration of a large curved beam visible through the entire house

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ED'S FAVE THE INTERESTING TEXTURE AND AESTHETIC CREATED BY THE USE OF CROSSLAMINATED TIMBER (CLT)


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HOUSE MAIANBAR CROSS-LAMINATED TIMBER LOCATION MAIANBAR, SYDNEY DATE COMMENCED MARCH 2015 DATE COMPLETED JUNE 2016 COST $1.1 MILLION

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WE LOVE THE ABUNDANCE OF LIGHT AND THE SOFT, WARM COLOURS OF THE FINISHES AND FURNISHINGS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO A LIGHT AND BRIGHT SPACE

“WE SPENT A LONG TIME THINKING ABOUT HOW OUR HOUSE WILL WORK IN PRACTICE. SO THE MORE PERFECT IT IS WHEN IT ARRIVES, THE FEWER ISSUES WHEN YOU PUT IT TOGETHER” – PHIL DAVIDSON GRAND DESIGNS

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“THIS IS GROUND-BREAKING STUFF — IT TURNS BUILDING INTO CHILD’S PLAY” — PETER MADDISON

ABOVE Punchy pinks and peaches add a cool coastal feel to the house BELOW Sandy tones in the bathroom continue the beachy theme

is what threatened to throw a spanner in the works. “We spent a long time thinking about how our house will work in practice,” says Phil. “So the more perfect it is when it arrives, the fewer issues when you put it together.” The design of the 270sqm residence was largely driven by the picturesque scenery surrounding the home. Downstairs would house the master bedroom, while the upper level was “all about embracing the bay view through windows framing the kitchen and living area”, says Peter. The project was well under way by March 2015, and a tinted concrete foundation that mimics the colour of the local sand was poured on-site in preparation for the CLT panels, which travelled 17,000km by sea and arrived on the back of a truck. By June, less than three months since ground was broken, the master panel was ready to be installed, which was the first piece in a carefully planned sequence. “This is groundbreaking stuff — it turns building into child’s play,” says Peter. But things don’t always go to plan, and such was the case for this project. Trees inhibited the amount of panels the crane could lift, and it could only pick up one at a time instead of

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The tinted concrete foundation mirrors the sandy locale

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PROJECT TEAM

Architect Ardea Oosthuizen, EcoBuild Design (02 9527 3360) Builder Oz Build, Ben Goody (0418 610 113)

LEFT Contemporary light fixtures have been used to add a touch of modern chic to the bedroom BELOW LEFT Natural light abounds in the master bedroom, while the addition of Persian-style rugs inject the space with warmth

FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Blinds and curtains A’besco, Jordan Lo Surdo (abesco.com.au) Lighting Lighting Matters (lightingmatters.com.au); Bright Green (brightgreen.com); Opal Lighting Systems (opallighting.com.au); Matt Blatt (mattblatt.com.au)

“THIS HOUSE HAS A DEPTH OF CONVICTION, INVENTION AND IMAGINATION THAT WILL INSPIRE A LOT OF PEOPLE” – PETER MADDISON whole packs, which quickly threw the two-week schedule off course. And the problems didn’t stop there. The holes in the panels did not line up with the steel support below, leaving the tradies to cut, carve or cut into the pristine panels to make it work. But when it does work, the process is “blisteringly quick”, observes Peter, with the project moving at break-neck speed to stay on Phil's schedule. Phil and Ariana could blink, the curved panel was installed along with the windows, which slid perfectly into the pre-cut openings. Soon after, the roof was dropped on top

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and a flat-pack kitchen was selected — a fitting addition to a home that shares the same ethos. So was the home completed on time? No, but only marginally. Phil planned the entire project to be completed in eight months, and it was done and dusted in nine — not bad for someone with zero building experience. “This house has a depth of conviction, invention and imagination that will inspire a lot of people,” says Peter. “When you’re in this building, you feel like you’re going to another place, and for me, it’s not bad for a flat pack.”

SERVICES Tiles Tile Bazaar, Sam Khouri (tilebazaar.com.au) Tiling Kleo Construction, Sam (0422 867 770) Waterproofing Permatec, Rob (permatec.com.au) Electrical TCW Electrical, Troy Wood (0410 565 072) Steel fabrication Prometal Fabrication (02 9756 5620) Surveyor ID Surveys, Holger Beuthian (idsurveys.com.au) Termite protection Termi Home & Commercial (termihc.com.au) Geotechnical survey Geo Environmental Engineering (02 8964 6045) Home automation Envious Technologies, Darren Hornstra (envioustechnology.com.au) Landscaping Nucan Supplies (nucanservices1@optusnet.com.au) Polished concrete floors Interlevel Flooring, Vince Logozzo (interlevelflooring.com.au) Painting PPS, Peter Hou (0421 171 010) Plumbing BJ Allen & Sons, Ken Allen (0418 622 262) Solar heating Smart Heat, Bevan Hudson (smartheat.com.au) FIXTURES & FITTINGS Aluminium privacy screen and vented doors DIY Aluminium (diyaluminium.com.au) Automated fly screen Phantom Screens (phantomscreens.com)


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Balustrades All-Glass, Mark Smith (allglasspoolfencing.com) Bathroom supplies Shire Bathware, James Santangelo (shirebathware.com.au) Carport Fair Dinkum Sheds (fairdinkumsheds.com.au) Cross-laminated timber KLH Austria (klh.at/en); XLAM, commercial (rob.debrincat@xlam.com.au); engineering (nick.hewson@xlam.com.au) Cypress cladding Frencham Cypress, Gary Frencham (frencham.com.au) Fans Universal Fans (universalfans.com.au) Front door Coopers Store, Vaughan Cooper (cooperstore.com.au) Kitchen, laundry and wardrobes IKEA (ikea.com) Rainwater tanks TD Rainwater Tanks (td-rainwatertanks.com.au) Roofing Ideal Roofing, Greg Pearson (idealroofing.com.au) Scaffolding Total Access Solutions, Stuart White (totalaccesssolutions.com.au) Sheeting MI Linings, Scott Williams (milinings.com.au) Stairs Southern Stairs (southernstairs.com.au) Windows Easy Windows, Darko Rokvic (easywindows.com.au) Ventilation louvres Safetyline Jalousie (safetylinejalousie.com.au)

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Colour Palette

Warm tones complement the honey exterior. Beige, cognac and chocolate furniture are lightened by concrete greys while pops of peach and sky blue add a Scandinavian beachy vibe

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01: Louis Poulsen PH Artichoke pendant. cultdesign.com.au 02: Carved Ogee shag rug. westelm.com.au 03: Jasper Metro sofa. kingliving.com 04: Maison de Vacances washed linen cushion. bastilleandsons.com.au 05: Seed round set of two tables. globewest.com.au 06: Hoje hand-knotted Persian rug. zanui.com.au 07: Dani bed. rawsunshinecoast.com.au 08: Estate leather chair. freedom.com.au 09: SP01 Chee stool. sp01design.com

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LIKE SANDS THROUGH THE HOURGLASS… TWO RUSTY BOXES TREADING LIGHTLY ON SAND DUNES EVOLVE INTO ONE COUPLE’S DREAM HOME

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The self-sufficient digs generate power, process sewage and supply the household with water

“WHEN SAND IS CONTAINED, YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH BUILD ANYTHING ON IT, BUT GETTING TO THAT POINT MEANS WREAKING SOME HAVOC ON THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT” – PETER MADDISON WOR DS / / A N NA B E L L E C L O RO S PHOTOGRA PHY / / DAV I D S O L M

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iving by the beach is a concept many Aussies dream about. But, as Peter Maddison observes, building by the beach is quite different to building on it, especially when dealing with sand — a material known for its shifty nature. Sustainability advocate Barry Mitchell and his artisan wife Robyn Henwood decided to take beachside living to a new level when they purchased two sand dunes in Aldinga, Adelaide. Barry and Robyn lived in a 1920s-era house for more than 35 years before they decided to build a home that walked the line between beauty and sustainability. The couple didn’t want a beautiful house that disregarded the environment, nor a home that was sustainable but displeasing to the eye, so they called on Max and Tess Pritchard from Max Pritchard Gunner Architects, who had experience working with their site of choice. “I usually try

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to warn clients that they have a beautiful site and that it will look like a mess for a while,” says Max. After Barry and Robyn secured two 4m-high dunes for the price of $340,000, the landscape played a large role in dictating the design. Neither dune was large or stable enough to hold an entire house, so Max designed two rusty boxes linked by a bridge — plus a garage/music room. “The first will house the living zone, a simple single-bedroom layout,” says Peter. “It was be clad in self-rusting Corten steel with large wraparound commercial double-glazed windows.” Across the exposed bridge is the second pavilion, which is home to Barry and Robyn’s studio spaces/guest bedrooms for visiting family and friends. The home was also designed to supply its own water, generate all power through solar panels and process sewage.

ABOVE Homeowners Barry and Robyn Mitchell

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HOUSE ALDINGA BEACH DUNE LOCATION ALDINGA, ADELAIDE DATE COMMENCED OCTOBER 2015 DATE COMPLETED DECEMBER 2016 COST $777,069


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The curved roof keeps the garage out-of-sight

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NEITHER DUNE WAS LARGE OR STABLE ENOUGH TO HOLD AN ENTIRE HOUSE, SO MAX DESIGNED TWO RUSTY BOXES LINKED BY A BRIDGE — PLUS A GARAGE/MUSIC ROOM

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WE LOVE THE WEATHERED CORTEN STEEL, WHICH RESPONDS TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND AGES AND DEEPENS IN CHARACTER WITH TIME

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ED’S FAVE THE CUSTOM GLASS SPLASHBACK ROBYN CRAFTED USING LOCAL MISTLETOE FROM THE LANDSCAPE ABOVE The addition of bright furnishings is effective in giving the home a light-hearted appeal LEFT A central fireplace separates the open-plan living and dining areas OPPOSITE TOP Simple furniture choices give the views room to shine

From the get-go (October 2015), the tumultuous nature of working with sand was apparent after part of the sandhill collapsed one week into the build. “When sand is contained, you can pretty much build anything on it, but getting to that point means wreaking some havoc on the natural environment,” says Peter — which is exactly what Robyn and Barry were trying to avoid. Bad weather also provided a huge obstacle to working on sand, and rain threatened to wash away the hills, which led to Barry and Robyn using jute to stabilise and protect the dunes from lashings of rain. But the design of the home was largely influenced by the weather, and galvanised weatherproof steel was selected to hold the house off the dunes and attach it to the foundations of the landscape.

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PROJECT TEAM Architects Max and Tess Pritchard, Max Pritchard Gunner Architects (maxpritchardarchitect.com.au) Builder Fairweather Davies — Adelaide (fairweatherdavies.com.au)

LEFT The bedroom is sympathetic to the natural feel of the house and allows the incredible view take centre stage BELOW Hints of blue and green transform the feel of the bathroom into a domestic day-spa OPPOSITE Raw materials and rustic charm make this al fresco setting one to admire

The home’s skeleton was up by November, and Barry even had a hand in altering the design, with the residence now featuring a kicked-up roofline to support his solar panels and a curved roof to conceal the garage. In March, the home was clad in Corten steel and 160kg glass panels were carried by hand up the hill and installed by dedicated tradesmen. The end of winter signalled the installation and completion of the joinery, furnishings and fittings including two glass basins handmade by local makers. “As Robyn is a textile designer, we wanted to integrate handmade design elements into the house, so we commissioned glass hand basins from craftspeople,” says Barry. “Robyn designed the splashback in the

kitchen using local botanic elements for dye and design, with the textile incorporated in laminated glass.” At the start of the project, Barry and Robyn were facing an impossible task: building an aesthetic residence that was kind to the tempestuous environment it calls home. But the end result really does speak for itself. “Standing here, I can feel the sea breeze across my face and I can smell the flowers in front of me,” says Peter. “Because the building is elevated, you have a heightened connection between the landscape and the sea. It’s the brutality of this environment and the way this building responds to it in its architecture — I think it’s a master stroke.”

SERVICES Air conditioning Bell-Air Services FIXTURES & FITTINGS Audio system Vision Living (visionliving.com.au) Blinds Rundle Blinds (rundleblinds. com.au); Luxaflex (luxaflex.com.au) Carpet Carpet Court (carpetcourt.com.au) Ceiling fans Fans City (fanscity.com.au) Combustion heater Mount Barker Landscape Centre (mtblc.com.au) Cooking appliances Rawsons Elite Appliances (rawsonseliteappliances.com.au) Handbasins Caslake and Pedler Glass (caslakeandpedlerglass.com.au) Tapware Routleys (routleysonline.com.au) Splashback printing, design and various artwork/textile pieces Robyn Henwood (sheoak.com) FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Bed Southwood (southwoodhome.com.au) Bed settees Domo (domo.com.au) Sofa Jardan (jardan.com.au) Furniture Grandfather’s Axe (grandfathersaxe.com.au); 20th Century Scandinavia (scandinavia20.com.au) Lighting Great Dane (greatdanefurniture.com); Cidalume (cidalume.com.au) Studio table Green Edge (greenedge.net.au) MATERIALS Roofing and Corten wall panels Revolution Roofing (revolutionroofing.com.au) Solar panels Suntrix (suntrix.com.au)

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“BECAUSE THE BUILDING IS ELEVATED, YOU HAVE A HEIGHTENED CONNECTION BETWEEN THE LANDSCAPE AND THE SEA” – PETER MADDISON

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Materials form the base of this palette. Timber, corten steel and sand are lifted by the white walls. Pops of unexpected colour add interest and creative flair to the space

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01: Copenhagen medium pendant. greatdanefurniture.com 02: Down to Earth white rug. therugseller.co.uk 03: Hans We Wegner JH 570 dining table. 1stdibs.com 04: Hans Weg Wegner CH29 Sawbuck chairs. 1stdibs.com va 05: Bubble vase. gardentrading.co.uk 06: Ligne Roset Nomade Express bed settee. domo.com.au 07: Wilfred sofa. jardan.com.au 08: Flow bed. southwoodhome.com.au 09: Hans Weg Wegner for Getama GE 290 oak and leather chairs. 1stdibs.com

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PROJECT // G ORD ON S BAY RE S I D E N C E

QUIET ACHIEVER

A CUSTOM-MADE RESIDENCE AT ONE WITH THE ULTRA-EXCLUSIVE SUBURB OF GORDONS BAY IT CALLS HOME 88

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PROJECT // G ORD ON S BAY RE S I D E N C E ABOVE The use of natural materials blurs the line between indoor and outdoor seaside living OPPOSITE The two-story skylight and narrow openings create a feeling of space and luxury

WOR DS / / A N NA B E L L E C L O RO S PHOTOGRA PHY // ROBERT WAL SH & FELIX FORE ST

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he Sydney suburb of Gordons Bay is somewhat of an oasis, hugged by the iconic beaches of Clovelly and Coogee. There’s only a handful of people who get to enjoy the native environment and pristine waters on a daily basis, and architect Madeleine Blanchfield is the woman who made it all happen for the family of five who live in this home. Building in such a secluded site is not an operation for the faint-hearted. Dense vegetation and difficult blocks are a challenge to say the least, but waterfront views and living the Australian dream trump temporary obstacles and headaches. The existing residence on the block was demolished to make way for the new build. “The site is very steep, but has amazing

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views and is on a public foreshore,” says Madeleine. “The owners had a detailed spatial brief, but we developed the look and feel of the house together. They wanted a home where the family could stay forever.” The body of work comprised six bedrooms, four bathrooms and three living areas spread across two levels. The main consideration was to design a home that was private yet open to the natural environment and flexible enough to move with the family throughout life’s changes. “We started with the idea of a masonry house on a stone base, but ended up cantilevering the house out of the ground to get maximum light, air and views to the lowest level,” says Madeleine. “The house cantilevers out of the hill to the east, with three-storey-high concrete

ED’S FAVE THE VIEWS OF GORDONS BAY, WHICH ARE REVEALED OR CONCEALED BY MOTORISED TIMBER BLADES

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HOUSE GORDONS BAY RESIDENCE LOCATION GORDONS BAY, SYDNEY DATE COMMENCED 2009 DATE COMPLETED 2013 COST $3 MILLION


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“WE STARTED WITH THE IDEA OF A MASONRY HOUSE ON A STONE BASE, BUT ENDED UP CANTILEVERING THE HOUSE OUT OF THE GROUND TO GET MAXIMUM LIGHT, AIR AND VIEWS TO THE LOWEST LEVEL” – MADELEINE BLANCHFIELD

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PROJECT // G ORD ON S BAY RE S I D E N C E ABOVE Furnishings were kept modern, simple and sleek LEFT Concrete covers the southern walls, floor and roof

blade walls framing the staircase. The lowest level sits under the cantilevered upper floors and is set back to create a covered terrace.” Inspiration for the home was largely derived from the site, and materials were selected to complement the natural surroundings. “Offform concrete was chosen for its durability in the seaside environment,” says Madeleine. “The timber cladding and screens respond to the context of the boats and the bay, weathering naturally and offsetting the robustness of the concrete.” Fuss-free concrete was a no-brainer for the southern walls, floor and roof slabs. “The infill is made from cedar cladding and louvres, which were treated with a preservative stain that can be reapplied. Alternatively, the timber can be left to age naturally.” Angled cedar blades form a key part of the home’s design, and the entire facade is covered in them. “The angle of the blades changes around the house depending on the view,” says Madeleine. “The blades are grouped together in bays to form big, motorised louvre panels.” The integration of these blades means the home can be opened up or closed off with ease, encouraging a strong relationship with the outdoor environment.

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The dwelling can be opened up to the elements or closed off depending on conditions

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PROJECT TEAM Architect Madeleine Blanchfield Architects (madeleineblanchfield.com) Builder Bellevarde Constructions (bellevarde.com) Structural engineer Cardno Low & Hooke (cardno.com.au)

WE LOVE THE STATEMENT FIREPLACE, WHICH FEATURES GREY RIVER STONES ON A GRAND SCALE LEFT Masonry elements add texture and authenticity to the build BELOW Bursts of colour punctuate the family home

FIXTURES & FITTINGS Joiner Fine Earth Joinery (02 4353 4112) Fixture supplier Reece (03 9274 0000) FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Furniture Camerich (02 9699 1088); Jardan (jardan.com. au); Corporate Culture (02 9690 0077); Thonet (thonet.com.au); Spinneybeck (spinneybeck.com); Hub Furniture (hubfurniture.com.au); Orient House (orienthouse.com.au) Fabric Westbury Textiles (02 9380 6644); South Pacific Fabrics (02 9327 7222) Rug International Floorcoverings (1800 339 379) Curtain Simple Studio (simplestudio.com.au)

From the get-go, the unique design of the home is apparent. A two-storey skylight runs along the length of the middle level and narrow openings were integrated to generate a sense of grandeur and presence when you enter the living spaces. “The house reads as a single storey from the western street side,” says Madeleine. “A generous garden entry contributes to the public realm and a 4m-high glazed front door offers visitors and the public a dramatic view of Gordons

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Bay through the main staircase and spine of the house.” This residence is certainly the new kid on the block in the beachside suburb. Combining an earthy palette of concrete and timber, the house is an exercise in balance, combining the best of both worlds — architectural and approachable. “The architecture aims to deliver thoughtful details and spaces,” says Madeleine. “It is a house for living and fi nding pleasure in the simple things.”

SERVICES Paint Dulux (dulux.com.au); Porters Paints (porterspaints.com.au) Landscaping Myles Baldwin (02 9332 4088) Veneer Eveneer, Elton Group (03 9499 7776) Floor Precision Flooring (02 9690 0991) Stone Nefiko (02 8338 8668); The Rock Masonry (02 9829 2777)


PROJECT // G ORD ON S BAY RE S I D E N C E

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ABOVE The concrete and timber palette remains consistent throughout the house BELOW LEFT Floor to ceiling glass doors amplify the stunning view of Gordons Bay BELOW RIGHT Each of the four bathrooms remain consistently elegant

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Sophistication is achieved through a blend of the greys, beiges and whites of the materials dominating this build. Chocolate brown adds a European feel while burnt orange provides warmth in the bedroom. The result is soothing and restful

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01: Pure French linen duvet set. bedtonic.com 02: Berber knot Ghan rug in Ecru. armadillo-co.com 03: Hans J Wegner CH24 Wishbone chair. cultdesign.com.au 04: Artek 60 stool. anibou.com.au 05: Louis Poulsen AJ oor lamp. cultdesign.com.au 06: Reindeer hide. thedesignhunter.com.au 07: White sofa.freedom.com.au 08: Adam Goodrum NAU Molloy dining table. cultdesign.com.au 09: Mini succulent bowl. sweetpeaandwillow.com 10: Feather wall art. minkinteriors.com

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PROJECT // NORTHC OTE HOUSE

When two become one A WEATHERBOARD HOME IS TRANSFORMED INTO A ONE-OF-A-KIND RESIDENCE

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PROJECT // NORTHC OTE HOUSE WO R DS / / A N NA B E L L E C L O RO S PHOTOGRAPHY // HILARY BRADFORD PHOTO GRAPHY

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orthcote can be described as somewhat of a hub for out-of-thebox architecture. The houses in the inner-city suburb of Melbourne are slicker than your average red brick abode, and the standard is high to say the least. Luke Stanley Architects teamed up with a family of five to convert a weatherboard home into a residence that blurs the lines between charming and cutting-edge. From design and documentation to completion, the project spanned a 25-month period and is proof good things take time. An early-20th-century weatherboard home signature to the suburb was located on the site, and the decision was made to renovate it and tack on a two-storey timber extension. The homeowners wanted to establish a strong bond with the surrounding environment while creating a home that emphasised craftsmanship and featured plenty of natural light. “They had a preference for materials including timber and brick to provide a contemporary yet sympathetic

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addition to the original house,” says Luke. A total transformation, the body of work largely revolved around the integration of the addition. “The two-storey extension was added to the rear of the property, with the original front section renovated to include two kids’ bedrooms, a home office and a bathroom,” says Luke. “At ground floor, the extension consists of a study, kitchen, pantry, wine store, dining and living room.” The first floor offers a reprieve from the rest of the home and features the master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in robe, kids’ bedrooms and a gallery space for the family’s art collection. Like most renovations, there were many factors to consider. “The east-west orientation of the site meant access to northern light was a priority, but solar gain needed to be carefully managed during the summer months,” says Luke. “The client also wanted to take advantage of easterly views to the Dandenong Ranges from the first floor.” Capitalising on views and ensuring accessible light were the drivers

ABOVE The smart addition looks at home in the surrounding environment OPPOSITE Timber and brick dominate both inside and outside the dwelling

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behind the integration of the addition, “which pitches up to the north and wraps down the east and west facades”, says Luke. External window forms were used to establish a correlation between the existing home and the new addition. “The window form links the old and new sections of the home and offers a glimpse of the contemporary addition from street level,” explains Luke. The home also incorporated a number of environmental considerations during the build. “Recycled clay bricks were selected for the ground-floor walls both inside and out to inject character and to reduce the amount of new materials,” says Luke. Opting for bricks was also an aesthetic choice as the clients wanted to reference period homes in the area. “FSC-certified silvertop ash cladding was chosen for the external first-floor wall and FSCcertified spotted gum was used internally for wall cladding and flooring. Solar panels, water collection and grey water systems were also fitted, new double-glazed windows chosen, and external, retractable blinds fitted to the western windows.” The finished product is a home that puts craftsmanship and care front and centre. The Northcote House has upped the ante in the suburb, boasting superior attention to detail and supreme craftsmanship. What’s more tailor-made than that?

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“THE EAST-WEST ORIENTATION OF THE SITE MEANT ACCESS TO NORTHERN LIGHT WAS A PRIORITY, BUT SOLAR GAIN NEEDED TO BE CAREFULLY MANAGED DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS” – LUKE STANLEY GRAND DESIGNS

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PROJECT TEAM Architect Luke Stanley Architects (lukestanleyarchitects.com) Builder Casa Building Services (0419 575 276) Structural engineer Meyer Consulting (meycon.com.au) Building surveyor Beveridge Williams (beveridgewilliams.com.au)

LEFT The modern bathroom with timber vanity is sleek and water efficient thanks to a grey water system BELOW LEFT Double-glazed windows help the homeowners reduce energy costs BELOW RIGHT A Wignells fireplace alludes to the period inspiration the owners hoped to achieve OPPOSITE Hints of green are sprinkled around the house to moderate the brick and timber palette

ED’S FAVE THE FSC-CERTIFIED SILVERTOP ASH CLADDING AND PERIOD-INSPIRED FIREPLACE FROM WIGNELLS

SERVICES Joinery Complete Style Joinery (completestylejoinery.com.au) FITTINGS & FIXTURES Fireplace Wignells (wignells.com.au) Kitchen/bath supplier The English Tapware Company (englishtapware.com.au) Door hardware Detail Door Hardware (ddhardware.com.au) Bathroom supplier Reece (reece.com.au) FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Lighting Coco Flip (cocoflip.com.au); Ambience Lighting (ambiencelighting.com.au) MATERIALS Timber suppliers Tait Timber & Hardware (03 9822 3381) Tile suppliers Classic Ceramics (classicceramics.com.au)

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But Andrei, his wife Abby and their daughter Alice decided to stay put in their old cottage — even though it was irreparably damaged and located in one of the city’s worst-affected neighbourhoods. Why? “This place is paradise on the edge of the city,” says Andrei. “There’s a beach on our doorstep and there’s an estuary and reserves.” Adds Abby: “We don’t need to get in the car. We can just wander. It’s so easy.” A building project manager by trade, Andrei conceded the old cottage had to go, but decided to replace it with a larger, more modern home for his family that would cope with the unstable land and act as a blueprint for a better way to live and build in post-quake Christchurch. “The idea was to design a house that was quick to build, warm and resilient, so if we

had another event, the house will be able to deal with it,” says Andrei. “It’s a prototype of what we can do with any house in Christchurch.” Supported on 100 timber piles, driven into its delicate sand dune site, the new house is constructed using lightweight, prefabricated panels, braced by a steel frame, that form a protective shake-resistant shell. Convention dictated a concrete foundation, but Andrei chose to use piles because they would better deal with potential damage by future land movements. Instead of using normal timber framing, he thought outside the box and opted for a building system that comprised prefabricated, structurally insulated wall and roof panels made from a sandwich of magnesium oxide board on the outside, and plywood on the interior, with

ABOVE The structure’s two pavilions are cleverly joined by a glass-walled kitchen and dining area OPPOSITE TOP The kitchen can be opened up for an indoor/outdoor dining experience OPPOSITE BOTTOM Grand Designs New Zealand presenter, Chris Moller

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HOUSE CHRISTCHURCH REBUILD LOCATION CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND DATE COMMENCED MAY 2016 DATE COMPLETED OCTOBER 2016 COST $800,000

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a thick layer of polystyrene in the middle. The finished panels are eight times as strong (loading) as a standard timber frame and have 500 times the stiffness. The structure itself is divided into two pavilions — one containing the master bedroom and lounge, and the other, Alice’s bedroom, a guest room and study. The pavilions are linked by a glass-enclosed kitchen and dining area where the indoors and outdoors merge. Staying true to the beachside location, Andrei decided to clad their new home with a combination of prerusted Corten steel and sun-bleached timber. Andrei set himself a target of five to six months to build his new home, all within a slightly elevated budget of $600,000, because he wanted to specify a number of added extras, and then use it as a blueprint for his new business. The “curve ball”, as he put it, is that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer back in September 2012, so that gave him the extra determination and impetus to build a safe home for his family to live in once he’d gone.

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Unbeknown to Andrei, his sister set up a give-a-little page, and with help from the local community he was able to receive groundbreaking, but expensive treatment in Australia. “Three years later we’re still here,” says Andrei. “They’ve given me my life back. I don’t know when things are going to change and I’m going to feel worse, so it’s a matter of cramming as much in now while I can and enjoying the life I have. You only get one chance in this world to leave your mark and I want to be proud of who I am and what I’ve done — that’s really important for me.” As if this wasn’t motivation enough, Andrei says that as well as building a house that is safe and self-sufficient for his family, his aim was also to help change other families’ lives. “This is personal — it’s not just a house,” he says. “This is an unprecedented opportunity. When else do you get a chance to rebuild a city or rethink how you do things? I want to make a difference.” Abby’s role in the build was, for the most part, to ensure Andrei wasn’t overdoing things. “I do worry about Andrei, but the

flipside is that this is what he has always wanted to do,” she says. “His passion stems from years ago and he thrives on it because he loves it. When you achieve what you’ve always wanted to do, you just keep going. Nothing will stop him.” With the clock ticking on a very tight deadline and delays in the consenting and building processes, Andrei was forced to take calculated gambles and move some of the tasks out of sequence. But his positive 'she’ll be right' attitude paid off and kept the house on track. “It’s unorthodox, for sure, but we’ve got the right guys on the job and that’s how we can build at this sort of pace,” he says with a smile. Andrei’s unconventional but perfectly reasoned approach to the methodology and materials he utilised in his new home is a reaction to a set of circumstances that have never been experienced before. In post-quake Christchurch, there has been huge pressure on suppliers and resources, not to mention delays in the consenting and building process.


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PROJECT TEAM Architect Alessandro Quadrelli (aqa.co.nz) Draftsman Shane Johnston, Architectural Workx Builder LiteGreen Projects (litegreen.co.nz)

LEFT A cheeky pop of pink easily identifies Alice’s room BELOW Geometric tile work brings the bathroom to life BELOW LEFT A sleek bathtub gives the owners the serene ambience they were looking for

“We’ve tried to keep things moving as much as we can, but building in Christchurch is tricky,” he says. “There are so many people trying to move on and companies are dealing with fi xing their own buildings, let alone supplying products for other people to build their houses. It doesn’t take too much for a project to slip.” Despite these adverse conditions, Andrei and his team delivered a completed home, on schedule, in just five months, which is an incredible feat considering the obstacles that fell into their path. “I love the house,” says Andrei. “It’s more than I could have ever imagined. We have shown that you can have something different that’s healthier, warmer and has less running costs — something everyone should have. That’s why this home is

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more than just us — it’s a complete open door. It’s an education for whoever wants to listen.” Sadly, Andrei lost his battle with his illness in early April this year, but not before he had more than fulfilled his goal of providing Abby and Alice with a beautiful, safe new home for them to live in. “When Andrei was first diagnosed, I went home to the cottage and reflected,” remembers Abby. “He had done everything in our garden and I was comforted by that, because I could be here knowing that every single thing in that garden had been created and touched by Andrei. In the new house, it’s even more so and that’s what I focus on, rather than thinking about what life will be like without him. He will always be there and that’s what I cherish.”

FIXTURES & FITTINGS Joinery — exterior windows and doors Fairview (fairviewwindows.co.nz) Internal and external door hardware Allegion NZ (allegion.com/nz) Flooring — concrete Flash Concrete (flashconcrete.co.nz) Kitchen cabinetry and worktops MWF Manufacturing (mwf.co.nz) Kitchen appliances Harvey Norman Commercial (harveynorman.co.nz) Bathroom fittings Roger Seller Australia (rogerseller.com.au); iBath NZ (ibath.co.nz); Mico Plumbing & Bathrooms (mico.co.nz) Exterior cladding/finishing LiteGreen (litegreen.co.nz) Heating/fireplace Envirosolve


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01: Nectar lampshades in grey and orange. designtree.co.nz 02: Silver Fern giclee art print. 03: Eames moulded plastic white chair. livingedge.com.au 04: Elliot Holdstock Loom oor lamp. handkrafted.com 05: Another Love grey cushion. artclubconcept.com 06: Baby Blue velvet pillowcase set. kipandco.com.au 07: Grey sofa. freedom.com.au 08: Mongolian Lamb Rosette cushion cover. westelm.com.au 09: Navota recycled timber dining table. schots.com.au wall-style.com.au 10: DM666 dining chair. wharfside.co.uk

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LOCATED IN AN INNER-CITY SUBURB KNOWN FOR ITS OLDER-STYLE HOMES, THIS STARKLY MODERN NEW BUILD IS ITS OWNER’S INTERPRETATION OF NEW YORK CITY LOFT MEETS DOWNTOWN DUNEDIN

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A chandelier turns everyday dining into a lavish affair

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HOUSE DUNEDIN INTERIOR LOCATION DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND

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“WALLPAPER WAS A BIG PART OF THE PLAN FROM THE OUTSET. IF WE HAD PAINTED THE WALLS AND CEILINGS WHITE, I THINK IT WOULD HAVE MADE EVERYTHING LOOK REALLY HARSH AND STARK” — ANGE HYNES Ange says she was determined to have a copper freestanding bath, but unfortunately the cost of importing one from the UK was prohibitive, so she again turned to TradeMe. “I found an old cast-iron bath in Geraldine, where my parents are from,” she says. “I sent dad around with his truck and a couple of his friends to pick it up and he stored it in his shed for about a year. Then I got it reenamelled in a copper colour locally.” With her collection of fi xtures and furnishings growing by the week, Ange turned to the task of finding a designer who could not only interpret her vision of loft-style living, but also deliver a home that satisfied all her family’s needs. Enter Stu Macbeth from Katipo Design, who the couple were introduced to by a mutual friend. “Right from the outset, we established a good rapport,” says Stu. “Ange and Steve had a very clear picture of what they wanted — they had a detailed brief and lots of images and clippings from magazines. My job was to ensure they got the functionality and the flow in their new house, which comprised four bedrooms and a large open-plan living, with separate media lounge, all within a 210sqm floor plan, set over a split-level design. Plus a three-car garage beneath.”

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Apart from the horizontal cedar cladding, which was requested by Steve, Stu brought together the home’s exterior material palette — the off-form concrete walls, the dark-grey, cement-based panelled cladding system and the matching aluminium detailing around the feature windows. Stu says Ange really liked the look of the classic Crittall-style, metal-framed windows because they gave her the industrial look she was after. But they were way too expensive, so Stu looked for a cost-effective alternative. His solution was to design an arrangement of square windows in a modular pattern that wrapped around two entire walls of the living area, and repeated on the two-storey entrance hallway and on one wall of the master bedroom. Instead of steel, he used an aluminium profile, which could also be fitted with double-glazed panels — something the original Crittall window system couldn’t accommodate. “It was great to be involved with some of the more intricate details in the house, from the layout of the windows and the design of steel interior doors through to the off-form concrete fireplace and walls,” he says. The home’s theme and materiality are apparent after the first few steps in the double-height entry — raw steel and concrete,

softened by the natural warmth of wood, with the decorative wallpaper tempering the look further. “Wallpaper was a big part of the plan from the outset,” says Ange. “If we had painted the walls and ceilings white, I think it would have made everything look really harsh and stark. So I brought wallpaper into every room. In the living area, I used a beautiful black and silver wallpaper in a fine houndstooth pattern that gives the walls a more homely feel. The black tongue-and-groove beamed ceilings have the effect of softening the space.” Along with the repurposed pieces, Ange commissioned many bespoke pieces in the house. All the vanities in the bathrooms are custom-made, as are the two identical framed mirrors hanging from the ceiling in the ensuite. The ensuite also contains one of Ange’s 'splurge' items — the timber-look porcelain tiles that travel up the wall. “I saw that tile and fell in love,” she says. “I immediately imagined an old parquet floor, done in a herringbone style. And again, that was in keeping with the loft look I wanted.” According to Stu, Ange had great vision for the space. “The pieces she introduced into the home are quite quirky and different, but they come together really well,” he says.


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“It’s certainly one of the best jobs I’ve been involved with in terms of quality of the design and the finishes.” And the feeling is mutual. “Stu did a fantastic job,” says Ange. “I was very specific about the look I was after, and he got that, which was great. He came up with so many practical ideas, like cantilevering the firstfloor living area over the garage by 600mm, which doesn’t sound a lot, but it made all the difference to the upstairs room. And in the entry staircase, making all those different levels work by introducing split landings, so they lead you into the house in a really nice way. All those little things have made a really big difference to the overall outcome.” So, that’s house number 10 done and dusted. Will there be an 11th? “Who knows,” says Ange. “But I do get itchy feet. Will this be the last? Probably not. Will we be here for a while? Probably. I don’t think Steve would be too keen to sink his teeth into another one yet,” she laughs.

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES MIXING IT UP: MELBOURNE AND MANHATTAN

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HOUSE THE MELBOURNIAN LOCATION MELBOURNE, VICTORIA

ABOVE Dining by day or by night, the city vibe is never far from view LEFT Kitchen lighting was designed to blend with the city lights beyond OPPOSITE TOP Furnishings are tastefully paredback with a reference to Manhattan loft style

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enovations are a chance at renewal, a chance for a property to be completely transformed and begin life anew. This is why many people renovate; some see it as a new start while others see it as an opportunity to correct the wrongs of the past. Each renovation project is special, however a successful renovation is one that meets the demands and enhances the lifestyles of its occupants. Listening to a client’s needs while utilising professional knowhow to prevent overreach is key. Danielle Scandrett and her team at Danielle Scandrett Interiors have created a renovated space that meets an exacting standard. Through careful consideration and expertise in creating bespoke solutions, they’ve achieved a renewal that enhances

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the lives of their clients, who moved from a larger home into a new space looking for a fresh start. The apartment is part of a complex in Melbourne, which reflects a high-end inner-city aesthetic. Completed in 2002, it is a relatively new structure that still required enhancement to meet the designs and desires of its new owners, and uplift the internal spaces. The apartment needed to house the owners’ large collection of artwork, so wall space was critical. The owners also desired a layout that would allow plenty of space for entertaining, with an interior that would leave a memorable first impression. The apartment has a striking vista over the city, and its style reflects a modern twist on the classic Manhattan look.


This relies on tasteful yet pared-back interiors that complement the far-reaching views extending beyond the boundaries of the apartment. New furnishings joined by bespoke pieces create the desired aesthetic. Every element of the home was redressed; the three ensuites and laundry were redesigned, while the accompanying bedrooms underwent interior refurbishment. The kitchen was restyled and subdued colours used for the palette of the home to reflect the cityscape and skyline, including cool blues, greys and cloud-like creams highlighted with metallic finishes that mirror and capture the sunset over the city. Lighting was designed to blend with the city lights beyond and provide a luxuriously warm ambience to the internal spaces. The entry hallway, formally a dark corridor, was enhanced with a rugged textural wallpaper utilising woven grass offset by a golden sunburst mirror and warm ambient lighting. Bespoke cabinetry was designed to provide extra storage space, which the apartment lacked. Along with these new additions, a custom-designed dining table and entertainment unit were crafted to mimic the subtle curves of the boundary windows.

Bespoke joinery caters to the homeowners every requirement

Casual meals enjoy panoramic views of Melbourne

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INTERIOR PROJECT / / T H E M E L B O U R N I A N Classic furniture pieces create a beautiful ambience

Woven grass wallpaper is the perfect backdrop for the stunning mirror and custom console

Addressing the desire for a space 'for him', a bar unit with a hidden TV was placed into an alcove away from the main open-plan living room. The area, demarcated by intelligent placement of furniture, creates a private space that isn’t completely isolated from the rest of the home. Use of local manufacturers for the bespoke pieces and a client relationship built on the collaboration on a previous project allowed the design team a great deal of flexibility. The new look of the apartment offered the clients a fresh beginning; they relish the chic design and style, and the warmth exuded by the interiors and the home’s resplendent vista.

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The traditional 1830s home has received a 21st century facelift, influenced by the owner’s art collection

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he harbourside hub of Neutral Bay offers suburban living and water views rolled into one. Interior designer Adam Scougall is the man behind the redesign of a terrace located within Craignathan, a home built on the waterfront of the bay in the 1830s which was later developed into a boutique building of just six. The residence is spread across three levels and Adam was tasked with updating the living room, dining room, hallways, master bedroom, sitting room and guest bedroom, as well as sourcing new furnishings. “The home was recently sold to its current owner, who wanted a refresh and new furnishings,” says Adam. “It had antique white walls and creamy yellow plush-pile carpets, but was an open

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slate as the owner only brought her artwork. Everything else was virtually replaced or renewed.” Initial discussions with the client revolved around utilising a theme influenced by the Hamptons, but a colourful art collection led the design scheme down an alternate path. “The original palette was based on antique white and creams, so I saw the opportunity to paint out much of the feature cornice and mouldings in a deep, saturated teal blue,” says Adam. Dulux’s Oyster Linen, Steel Copy and Sir Edmund formed the core palette of the design. “The three-way paint palette gave a grounded and modern framework for the new furnishings,” he says.


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The use of Dulux’s Oyster Linen on most walls helps the home flow seamlessly from one room to the next

Original features contrast with modern art to create a truly unique home

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“THE THREE-WAY PAINT PALETTE GAVE A GROUNDED AND MODERN FRAMEWORK FOR THE NEW FURNISHINGS” — ADAM SCOUGALL

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PROJECT TEAM Interior designer Adam Scougall (adamscougall.com.au)

LEFT Natural wood furniture features prominently FAR LEFT Guest bedrooms give a gentle nod to the seaside locale via artwork and soft furnishings

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As the project was strictly decorative, the utilisation of paint played a crucial role in the redesign. Dulux’s Oyster Linen was used on the walls throughout the home to establish continuity, while the cornices, skirting, staircase and the dining room’s feature wall stripe are painted in Sir Edmund. To stand out from the rest of the home, the master bedroom and sitting room feature Steel Copy used in half and triple strengths. “The outcome for this project was far from what anyone thought would be the case at the beginning,” says Adam. “Visitors all gasp at the dining room because of the dramatic deep-blue stripe and dancing colours in the artwork by Designer Boys.” The living area is the heart of the home and features a generous teal rug that references the client’s art collection as featured on the walls. Subtle grey furnishings contrast with the Oyster Linen paint, and timber parquetry flooring brings an organic warmth to the room. The living room opens to the outdoor area, which offers views of the bay and an impressive alfresco area that’s ideal for entertaining friends and family. Adam has turned this Neutral Bay house into a home, and the client and her family are overjoyed with the end result. The perfect balance of style, location and class, the residence is the epitome of Sydney living.


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ate Walker Design and Rycon Building Group teamed up to build a home influenced by the sophistication of the Hamptons combined with Australian coastal sensibilities. The home is set on a large block, and Kate Walker Design was responsible for selecting the hard finishes for the residence, including the kitchen and bathroom.

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The open-plan kitchen is an entertainer’s delight, with white and navy combining to stunning effect. A pine-vaulted ceiling is the ultimate in luxury and the space is full of high-end appliances. “The appliances include a retro-style Falcon oven and cooktop and a Liebherr double-door fridge,” says Kate. “The Fireclay sink with Perrin & Rowe kitchen tap and rinser is beautiful.”


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Located in the middle of the kitchen, the navy island bench is the star of the show and features a thick-cut Calacatta marble benchtop. Three bar stools provide ample room for the family to enjoy meals together, and the benchtop was specifically set at 1m to allow for extra leg room. “The kitchen flows from inside to out, with a servery window that opens to the alfresco dining/barbecue area,” says

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Kate. “The design allows the owners to watch their children play in the backyard while they work in the kitchen.” The clients, builders and designers are equally thrilled with the end result. “It was such a pleasure because the clients trusted us,” says Kate. “We felt like we could really have a lot of creative freedom, and they really trusted our vision.” katewalkerdesign.com.au


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his design is all elegance to the naked eye; the luminous white surface of the kitchen is a simple statement of effortless sophistication. Yet to achieve this look, a great deal of thoughtful planning and preparation was exerted, not to mention the inclusion of extensive cutting-edge mechanics. Cathedral-like elevation is created using overhead electronic cabinetry, extracting all potential storage possibilities. V-groove routing on panels creates a subtle lineal theme enhanced by handle-free hardware, behind which lies a host of creative storage solutions and pull-out systems. The all-white palette is given a sophisticated tweak with feature stonework on the splashback, benchtop and architecturally inspired island. And all clutter is sequestered in the butler’s pantry, which provides an easily accessible yet hidden area to conceal small appliances and store foodstuffs. albyturner.com.au

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recision and perfection take time, which is why the homeowners from this renovation were more than willing to complete it over two years. The time was used to conduct thorough research and invest in quality materials to ensure the final product was perfect for the family home and well worth the wait. With two busy lifestyles and a baby on the way, the homeowners knew it was important to create an ensuite bathroom that had enough space for both of them at the same time. With this in mind, several sections of the home’s top floor were renovated. The master bedroom’s small ensuite was transformed into a walkin wardrobe, and the nearby study was renovated to become the spacious new master ensuite. The homeowners requested a modern, spacious bathroom with a slightly traditional, classic look to suit not only their Ponsonby villa, but also their lifestyle. Special care was taken to honour this request and create a carefully curated space with good balance and plenty of storage, a place where they could retreat to any time of the day. The gorgeous tiles chosen for this bathroom are among the standout features of the space. Together with the custom cabinetry and beautiful fitting and fi xtures, they create a functional, luxurious, personalised space which is perfect for this growing family. Designer: Kylie Willett for Verso Studio NZ englishtapware.com.au

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flexible, durable and affordable alternative to marble and stone finishes, QuantumSix+ porcelain sheets from WK Quantum Quartz are light, versatile and strong, with extraordinary aesthetic appeal. They feature all the beauty of natural marble in a stunning array of colour combinations and finishes, allowing homeowners to mix and match to suit their individual style. They are available in three distinct and inspiring styles; marble, stone and industrial. Made in Italy from all-natural materials, QuantumSix+ porcelain sheets are stain and mould resistant, making them suitable for wet areas and stairs. They are heat resistant, UV stable and can be used for fireplace surrounds, behind your cooktop, in barbecue areas as well as for outdoor wall cladding. At just 6mm thick, they are easy to handle and cut to any size. Sheets come in an astounding 3200 x 1600 x 6mm, with select colours in 2400 x 1200 x 6mm. There is a 12mm-thick version available in select colours that is perfect for benchtops. WK Quantum Quartz has warehouses and showrooms in Melbourne, Sydney and on the Gold Coast, and a network of distributors supplying Quantum Quartz in Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and New Zealand. Visit one of WK Quantum Quartz’s showrooms or head to the website for a comprehensive array of information and product brochures. wk.com.au

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HIGH SOCIETY A Kensington garden inspired by French simplicity

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pending time in the backyard as a child is a rite of passage that transitions to alfresco dining and backyard barbecues as an adult. With three children and one on the way, a young family called on the expertise of horticulturalist Lyndall Keating from Garden Society to give new life to their Kensington garden. The brief was simple: to create a “fun, functional and formal garden for four children”, says Lyndall. The inspiration behind the design called on French influences combined with functionality. Work commenced in 2011 and the outdoor project including the pool, garden, lawn and frontgarden renovation. European elegance is immediately apparent with a glance at the front garden, where coneshaped hedges establish a high-end, luxurious atmosphere. A luscious green lawn is bordered by box hedges, creating a neat, streamlined look that contrasts against the black-and-white tiled mosaic entryway. A generous-sized pool is located on the side of the home and is surrounded by pleached pears, a highlight of the project for Lyndall.

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“Classical plant layers of green and white create a timeless plant palette,” she says. Fantastic for the warmer months, a pool is a necessity for the Sydney summer and perfect for lazy days soaking up some rays. Creating a family-friendly space was key to the redesign of the area, and there are plenty of inclusions for the kids to enjoy. A timber cubby house boasts a green slide and ladder to the top, with storage for toys underneath. A curved hedge creates a halo above the cubby house, ensuring it fits in with the rest of the backyard’s theme. There’s also a trampoline and basketball hoop, which are clever additions that will continue to entertain as the children grow. A paved space is a must for alfresco dining, and here it features a long stone table surrounded by steel chairs. Succulent planters decorate the table, adding a rustic element to the formal garden. The total project was completed in 2013, and stage one was finished in line with the birth of the couple’s fourth child. The family have well and truly settled into their stunning garden, which is a unique example of French style fused with Sydney sophistication. gardensociety.com.au


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hile apartment living is on the rise across our cities, having access to a green space remains essential for many. Julia Treuel and Sasha Wright-Neville decided to capitalise on their apartment’s city views when they created an outdoor space – an alfresco kitchen, dining and lounge area – in just one week. The terrace is generous in size and is only steps away from the indoor kitchen. Julia and Sasha opted for a neutral colour scheme, with varying shades of grey tiles laying the foundation of the space. A complete outdoor kitchen features luxury Gaggenau appliances, which are the ultimate in sophistication. The dining space serves as a buffer between the kitchen and the lounge area, and provides ample room for entertaining. The timber dining table is a warming addition to the subtle space and is

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surrounded by black wire chairs that create contrast. Julia and Sasha selected green as their colour of choice, and the vibrant hue is found throughout the terrace, from the soft furnishings to the large pot plants that bring a fresh, outdoor feeling to the covered space despite the apartment being on the second level of the building. Last but not least, the lounge area is the ultimate in comfort, an inviting spot to sit back and relax. Three outdoor sofas surround a white table, providing ample room for family and friends. Bright-green cushions add a pop of colour to the area, which overlooks the city. Ticking all the boxes for alfresco entertaining, this space is defi nitely a winner. ingejabaralandscapes.com.au


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n outdoor living area doesn’t just add value to your existing home; it can also bring enjoyment and provide a unique place to unwind and entertain. “Australians are blessed with a mild climate,” says John Storch, principal of A Total Concept Landscape Architects. “As a result, we all love entertaining outside. In fact, outside living is so entrenched in our culture that the outdoor area has become a lifestyle essential.” Having a well-designed alfresco space adjacent to your main entertaining areas is a great way to get more room when needed and to add value to your home. The indoor-outdoor concept is not new, but when combined with a few essential items, it can create the perfect entertaining area that your guests will savour. “The benefits of having an outdoor space mean you are ensured the maximum usability of your biggest asset — your home,” says John.

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That being said, it doesn’t make sense to maintain a large entertaining space that gets used only a few times a year. That’s why it’s so important to have a functional and efficient outdoor spot. “The most important design consideration is to integrate the outdoor room with the rest of the landscape and ensure an easy flow between the house and the outdoor entertaining area,” says John. “You also need to ensure the design meets the lifestyle needs of the family, complements the architecture of the house, and is flexible enough to cater for a variety of functions. After all, a well-designed and -built outdoor space does more than enhance a family’s lifestyle; it is a way of adding to the resale value of a property.” There’s nothing more impressive than a welldesigned outdoor space, so here we give you the lowdown on the outdoor essentials that will take your entertaining area from drab to fab in no time.


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As we all know, food tastes better from the barbie. Choose your barbecue and outdoor kitchen based on your usage needs. How frequently you’ll be cooking on the barbie and how often you’ll be entertaining are important elements to consider. You also want to take into account what you’ll be cooking and whether special features are something you would be interested in. “The trend has been to recreate the conveniences of the indoor kitchen outside, with elegant counter tops incorporating an outdoor grill or barbecue, sinks, warming trays — even dishwashers, cabinets for storage and refrigeration,” says John.

01: Summit E-660 barbecue. weberbbq.com.au 02: Go-Anywhere barbecue. weberbbq.com.au 03: Bugg red mobile barbecue. beefeaterbbq.com.au 04: Original Premium Kettle barbecue. weberbbq.com.au 05: Artisan Outdoor Kitchen. beefeaterbbq.com.au 06: Signature Plus five-burner mobile barbecue. beefeaterbbq.com.au 07: Discovery Clubman four-burner mobile barbecue. beefeaterbbq.com.au

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POTS, PLANTS & PLANTERS Create the ultimate living space in your backyard with pots, plants and planters. Their diverse elements — colour, shape and material — make them a significant garden feature. A thoughtful floral collection can also convert your outdoor zone into a pleasing haven. “Native, tropical or formal, the plants you choose for your outdoor space and for around its perimeter must, of course, fit with the overall landscape plan,” says John. “And considering our time constraints these days, the lower maintenance the plants, the better,” he says. “Use plants in containers to provide privacy, define your space, create a windbreak and shade your outdoor area.”

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ith summer nearly here, keeping the sun off your windows and out of your home is a priority. “Shading the home is one of the most important aspects of making your house comfortable as well as energy-efficient,” says Simon Meyer, managing director of Blinds by Peter Meyer. “There is an extensive range of interior and exterior products that can have a huge effect on how warm your home stays in winter, and also how cool you can keep the home in summer.” A shade structure is a highly visible feature, so it’s important it complements the overall aesthetic of your home and the surrounding features. A well-chosen shade solution will add value to and become a stylish component of

your property. “By choosing the right shading solutions for windows, homeowners can live more comfortably without necessarily using their air conditioner — meaning you save money and help the environment,” says Jenny Brown, marketing manager of Luxaflex Window Fashions. “Consumers are now very aware of their impact on the environment — from the packaging of take-away food to choosing sustainable materials for fashion and the house. Making a positive impact on the environment starts with each of us at home,” she says. To help in your selection, we discuss some of the shade solutions that can make a difference to your abode.


FOLDING ARM “This is one of the most popular products on the market as it provides shade when you need it and then retracts neatly out of the way when not required,” says Simon.

PIVOT ARM “This is a more traditional-style awning that is perfect for shading front windows of houses or offering rain protection over doors,” says Simon. “They also provide a way to add dimension to a boring square building. Crank-operated or motorised options are available.”

CONSERVATORY “For those of you who have an existing pergola structure over your deck, this solution is perfect,” says Simon. “We can offer these with or without the fabric zipped into the side channel. The zip version offers more rain protection as long as the retractable roof system is set with enough pitch.”

Conservatory awning. petermeyerblinds.com.au

AUTO “Probably the oldest-style outdoor shading, this type of awning has not changed much in the last 30-plus years,” says Simon. “These awnings tend to be spring-operated and are lowered down into place by hand. They are guided by galvanised rods that are attached to your wall and then pitch out a little on small arms at intermittent points depending on where you want to stop the product along this galvanised rod. Things have certainly come a long way since this agricultural system, but they are still sold in quite large volumes.”

CANOPY ”These products are simply outdoor acrylic fabrics stretched over a fixed frame,” says Simon. “They’re perfect for those who want shade all the time. As they are fixed, there is no flexibility with canopy awnings.”

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Awnings add the perfect finishing touch to your doorways and windows as they are functional as well as decorative. Awnings are the canopies you see attached to walls on the exterior of buildings or homes, and are often a saving grace when extreme weather hits. “The term awning refers to a roof-like shelter of canvas or other material extending over a doorway or window,” says Simon. “They generally project over the top of a window or deck to provide protection from the sun or rain,” he adds. “With exterior shading solutions cutting up to 80 per cent of the heat before it can even get into the home, external shading certainly is a product that is no longer a want, but definitely a need!” Awnings provide a flexible solution that will make a difference to both your outdoor living space and the internal temperature of your home. “A Luxaflex Evo awning can save homeowners up to 60 per cent on cooling costs for their home,” says Jenny. “Many consumers choose awnings for this reason alone.” When it comes to awnings, there is a broad range available.

Evo awning in Everview fabric. luxaflex.com.au

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Blinds and shutters are the perfect option for savvy homeowners who want more style and versatility for their personal space. They are made from materials that range in quality and offer homeowners numerous benefits once installed. The different types, colours and styles allow homeowners to pick exactly what is needed within a budget. They can also match any type of style.

ALUMINIUM SHUTTERS “These shutters are perfect for alfresco dining areas, allowing precise control of the amount of light and wind that can come through,” says Jenny. “The clean lines look great and their easy maintenance makes them perfect for outdoor areas. They can also be locked into position,” she says.

EXTERIOR ROLLER BLINDS “This product has a huge number of styles available, including cable-guided, sidechannel guidance, zip retention systems and the simple straight drop blind. It’s certainly the most popular product we sell,” says Simon. “It also comes with a coordinating pivot arm awning. This gives you five different variations that all come in the same head box style, meaning you have the versatility of using different styles throughout your outdoor space and they will all look uniform.”

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“These are designed to go over windows that get a lot of sun, or windows that need to have heat as well as privacy control,” says Simon. “These aluminium venetians can be tilted to

02 01: Shade blinds. australianoutdoorliving.com.au 02: External metal venetians. petermeyerblinds.com.au 03: Roller shutters. australianoutdoorliving.com.au

adjust the light yet still allow for your view. The benefit is that they can also be fully retracted out of the way when not in use to give uninterrupted views.”

OPAQUE BLINDS “Australian Outdoor Living’s Bella Vista Opaque blinds offer even more protection and privacy than shade blinds,” says Alex McConville, national marketing manager of Australian Outdoor Living. “They are available in many different colours and with options such as motorised, remote operation. With nearly 95 per cent UV block-out and a UV protection factor of 30+, opaque blinds are thicker, stronger and denser due to 2x2 weave material technology,” he says.

ROLLER SHUTTERS “Technology in roller shutters has advanced significantly and has debunked the stigma that they are old-fashioned,” says Alex. “Roller shutters provide insulation, privacy and security, and protection from the elements. They can reduce the transfer of heat or cold by up to 90 per cent. Similarly, they can block 100 per cent of the light and reduce noise by up to 50 per cent,” he says.


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Whether its blinds or a simple swath of fabric, every home needs protection from the sun, and there is no time like the present to consider your options. So what’s new in window treatments and what are the current trends? With a plethora of choices on the market, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to making the final decision. “External, vertical motorised blinds in near-transparent mesh fabrics are a big trend at the moment,” says Andrew Perry, managing director of Outrigger Awnings. “We are finding a real market for these in

terms of heat, glare and privacy. Probably an even bigger trend for us is all-weather retracting awnings for outdoor rooms. These are usually rain-proof awnings that can be left out in high winds and heavy rain, and they are often installed with heavy-duty motorised clear PVC vertical blinds.” The popularity of awnings also shows no sign of slowing down, primarily due to their functionality and overall aesthetic. “Modern awnings tend to be either folding-arm awnings or straight drop,” says Jenny.

“The current trends are for dark, plaincoloured fabrics.” The biggest awning trends at the moment are also all about motorisation, points out Jenny. “Photon One Solar-Powered Motor for Luxaflex Evo Awnings allows homeowners to manage the internal temperature of their homes without any ongoing expenditure. This innovative system harnesses the power of the sun in order to reduce a home’s heat gain, ultimately saving money,” she explains.

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a fixed solution the better option for you? Most people have an idea of what would look good in their home, but they are often unaware of all of the options that might be available to them,” he says. “The good news is that it’s possible to have both durability and style all in one.” Alex adds that savvy homeowners should research their purchases online by looking at websites and reviews. “Home improvements can be a significant investment, so it’s important you do it right,” he says. “Premium Australian-made products are among the best on the market. They are made for Australian conditions, come with genuine warranties and help support local jobs. While off-the-shelf products can be effective, we recommend getting free measure and designs, and having a product custom-made that best suits your requirements. An investment in quality is a smart, long-term investment.” When making your choices, think about your australianoutdoorliving.com.au

With so many options available, it can difficult to know which structure will best suit your needs in terms of cost, appearance and wear. First and foremost, it’s important to understand that although some shades may be on the more expensive side, they often represent the best value. “If it’s for your own home, don’t go with the cheapest price,” says Simon. “Of course you need to think about budget, but if you are investing in a shade solution, there is nothing more frustrating than spending your hardearned money on a solution that may only last two or three years,” he says. The most important thing is to get a clear picture of what you ultimately want to achieve, says Andrew. “Would you like to have rain protection, or is your main requirement shade from the sun? Does it need to be retracting or is

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priorities. “If you want to block glare and have additional privacy, then an Evo Channel awning will be your best bet,” says Jenny. “Whereas if you want to create an outdoor entertaining area or have direct sun on a large window in the afternoon, then installing a folding-arm awning will minimise heat transfer.” You may also consider a custom-made professional solution so that the product you get delivered will do the job it promises to do. Think about the style of your home and how you want to operate the awning. “Ask lots of questions and get involved in the detail,” suggests Jenny. “For example, with some awnings the side channels can be quite noticeable — can these be powder-coated to suit the colour of your home or fabric choice? “I always like to say that the research is worth it. If you find the right shading solution for your home, you can live comfortably, save money and be kind to the environment.”


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candinavian design has taken the world by storm, with the distinct look prominent in our favourite interiors. With a focus on simplicity, minimalism and functionality, this design movement, which emerged in the 1950s, has added an appreciation for craftsmanship and understated elegance in our homes. “We feel that the current popularity of Scandinavian style has a lot to do with its simplicity and connection to natural materials, especially timber,” says Jeanette Sorensen, owner of Danish Red. “It’s very down to earth and works perfectly for smaller homes too.” Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe that encompasses countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Iceland. Kaare Klint is widely known as the father of modern Danish furniture design. Son of an architect, he was thrown into the design world early, creating his first piece of furniture at the age of 26. Throughout his long and influential career, he shaped many other Danish designers such as Børge Mogensen and Jens Risom, who are still a significant presence in the industry. In terms of furniture, clean lines are it. Sofas, tables and chairs reflect mid-century modern tendencies with smooth, rounded edges and natural hues. Scandinavian style also prides itself on innovative and functional design. The trend embraces the need to be space savvy through practical storage and visual appeal. Traditional Scandinavian style is simple, clean and very achievable for basically any budget. When we think about these interiors, usually lots of white springs to mind, but the reality is that there is so much more to it. “If we had to describe Scandinavian style in a word it would be unpretentious,” says Jeanette. “The Scandinavians are very close to the natural world and their interiors reflect that love and respect for light and nature. That has to be part of the appeal.” Here we round up our top products that inject Scandi style into every room of the home.

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DINE IN STYLE With the arrival of warmer weather, you might be thinking about hosting a gathering or two. If so, make sure your dining room is companyready with these Scandi-inspired pieces

01: Willow Weave handcrafted placemats. armadillo-co.com 02: The Salon chair. danishred.com.au 03: Onix Scandi Flower rug in indigo. therugseller.co.uk au 04: Boyd vase. zanui.com.au 05: Suspence pendant. cultdesign.com.au 06: The Kubus bowl. danishred.com.au 07: Hakana round dining table. apato.com.au 08: Sling leather chair. ecochic.com.au

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09: Captain’s Bar cocktail cabinet. danishred.com.au 10: S3 storage cabinet in solid oak, beige/grey laminate fronts with brass details. danishred.com.au 11: Scandi sideboard. designbotschaft.com 12: Vases. freedom.com.au 13: Kristian Vedel Bird Small. themodern.net.au 14: Small Copenhagen pendant in Slate. greatdanefurniture.com 15: MC10 chair. apato.com.au 16: Droplet pendant. copper-id.com

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01: Linie Design Giza leather rug. danishred.com.au 02: Luxurious pure cotton Scandi bedspread. boconcept.com/en-au 03: Muuto Ambit pendants. designstuff.com.au 04: The Baffi broom by Swedese. fredinternational.com.au

05: Tangent Oval hangers. fredinternational.com.au 06: The Ranarp lamp. ikea.com 07: The Libri shelf by Swedese. fredinternational.com.au 08: Love birds. danishred.com.au 09: Great Dane cushions. greatdanefurniture.com

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TEXTURE IS ALL Think timber, a splash of fur, washed linen sheets and some butter soft leather and you are well on your way to nailing the Scandi vibe in your boudoir!

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15 10: Bed in European oak, greatdanefurniture.com. 11 The Dream bedside cabinet. cultdesign.co.nz 12: Brita Sweden Anna-Lisa blanket in grey. habitathomecollection.com.au 13: Ercol Svelto lamp table in Dead Matt Oak. temperaturedesign.com.au 14: Duvet cover in Dove Grey. inbedstore.com 15: Buttery shelves. greatdanefurniture.com 16: Sheep’s wool rug. uniqwafurniture.com.au

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06: Radon floor lamp by Hans S. Jakobsen. cultdesign.com.au 07: The Tiptoe sofa. kezu.com.au 08: Verso design Koppa large basket. designstuff.com.au

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STATEMENT PIECE A statement piece in walnut or oak is mandatory. We love this Clementine cabinet in American oak veneer carcass with powder-coated steel base. jardan.com.au

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INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION Industrial materials are not just on trend, they also lend themselves to the Australian landscape WO R DS // PETER C OLQUHOUN

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s architects and designers we are always striving for new ways of interpreting and responding to the conditions in which we build. Over the past 30 years in Australia, our leading home designers have been increasingly drawn to robust industrial materials and finishes. In the hands of masters, the use of ‘industrial materials’ combined with modernist planning has become the defining Australian style. Our continent of drought and flooding rain requires robust, versatile materials as seen in ‘working buildings’ like shearing sheds and other hard-nosed practical structures. Born out of necessity, these buildings used materials that were cheap, readily available and bale to be erected quickly. Translating these materials into the modern home requires an understanding of why you’d choose them in the first place.

INDUSTRIAL CLADDING Industrial lightweight steel walls will heat up and cool down rapidly, so insulation and controlling the elements is crucial. In Australia where climates change rapidly and sometimes catastrophically, this is especially important. Indigenous Australians divide the year into nine seasons rather than four and recognise environmental cycles that are longer than a year. Designing buildings that can respond to all these conditions, controlling sun, breeze and shade in and around our homes, should be the Australian way.

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When done well, these enlightened buildings that use industrial materials embrace the challenges of our climate, as opposed to sealed air-conditioned homes that are maintained at ridiculous expense, both financially and environmentally.

Exposing the inner workings of a building, including its structure, materials and utilities, is another way of embracing the aesthetic. Exposed brick, plywood, structural beams, pipes and even electrical boxes become design focal points when not hidden away.

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Of course, the industrial aesthetic has found its way into interior design. It may crudely be described as ‘rustic’, but if it’s driven by practicality, the use of heavy-duty, recycled materials can add instant character and patina. Reclaimed industrial items that are popular today include old work lamps, disused workbenches, metal storage trunks, warehouse shelving, metal filing cabinets and old signage. When working with industrial finishes including steel, concrete, untreated wood and exposed brick, the space can give off an austere ambience — in some cases it can even look too chaotic. To avoid this, leave gaps between the various materials you are using; a good dose of white space helps rest the eyes between featured products. Soft furnishings can tone down hard edges. For example, you could include a rug or a simple drape or curtain across a harder industrial surface. Polished concrete is a very popular finish for floors, walls and benchtops. Its natural grey or putty colour works well as a backdrop for gardens and water features, too. It’s a soothing tone that complements more elaborate finishes.

Incorporating colours you might find on industrial or commercial signage — including green, yellow, red, orange and blue — can offset the rawness of the exposed materials. Alternatively, colours that complement and warm up the existing muted palette — such as cream, warm brown and soft grey — can also work well. The crux of the industrial look is an acceptance of imperfection. Think of walls stripped back to reveal layers of old paint, wooden benches scarred with gouges and scratches from years of work, and discoloured copper pipes running down the wall and into the depths of the building. Ultimately, any industrial material, whether it be new or recycled, must be practical for its purpose — unless it’s being used purely as sculpture. Any material on the outside or inside of the home should never be chosen on aesthetics alone. It’s the appreciation of practicality that has made industrial materials popular in contemporary design. It’s the inherent beauty of something unadorned with decoration which, in some ways, describes the Australian landscape.


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n the worlds of construction, renovation, architecture and real estate, the impact of one design feature alone can transform a scheme from bland and ordinary to impressive and dramatic. This is especially true when it comes to ceilings, where its height can take a room from a conventional, understated space to one with presence and prowess. Can adding a few extra centimetres make a difference, and if so, how much should you add and where? There are so many factors to consider, so here are my tips on the basics of ceiling heights. Standard ceiling height is usually 2.4m. There is a lower level of 2.1m that is the legal minimum. Usually, you would only see this height in under-house areas, small bathrooms and shower rooms, rather than in general living spaces. A height of 2.4m was adopted in the mass market in most parts of Australia from around the 1960s to recent years. It became the housing norm as so much of our national housing stock was created during that period. An exception to the rule for some homes during this time was the inclusion of vaulted ceilings, primarily in living spaces or master bedrooms. The walls were still 2.4m in height, but the roof void above was opened, providing living spaces with more volume and grandeur yet keeping the roofline at the same level. The rest of the home would have standardised ceiling heights elsewhere. Homes from the 1950s and the decades before had higher ceilings. For many, this is

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the reason why renovating a home of that era can be so rewarding. The ceiling factor alone can create a grander space when modernised. Many of these houses may display ceilings of 3m to 4m and higher. In earlier residences, it was often the case that more expensive or grander homes had higher ceilings. Even in the present housing market, a high ceiling is still considered a barometer of a home’s grandeur or specification. In modern-day construction, we are seeing ceiling heights generally increasing. This trend started with the larger, more expensive build projects, but it’s now in the general market too, from family homes to townhouses and units. Depending on price, you may see a two-storey home with 2.7m ceilings on the lower level, but the standard 2.4m on the upper level. Alternatively, a high-spec single-level home may boast 3m ceilings throughout. Homes with heights of 3m and above, even if not throughout the home, tend to be the more expensive build projects with higher sale values. Ceilings tend to fall into popular height categories, the main ones being 2.1m, 2.4m, 2.7m and 3m. You do also see 2.5m, 3.3m and so on. Are you renovating an existing home with 2.4m ceilings everywhere? You need to be creative. Chopping the roof off unless you are in a multi-million-dollar spot is simply not viable. In this instance, consider focusing on the living spaces and entry only; perhaps open the roof void for a vaulted ceiling, or install roof windows and open up some of the

roof void into your room. These are serious structural changes and not for the amateur. The impact on your home can be quite incredible and a genuine value adder! If building new, don’t just accept the building standard. It is most cost-effective to address this at the design stage. Adding height will cost extra dollars per square metre, but it is all about avoiding the standard to add value and enhance the quality feel of your home. Yes, 3m ceilings throughout will create a huge impact, but they can be costly. Stay budget focused and maybe go for height in the main living spaces and entry. That may allow you to actually consider just 2.4m in the bathrooms, laundry and bedrooms. A master bedroom could be an important space too, but maybe 2.7m would be enough. Whatever you do, consider this very carefully as part of the design and costing process. How about those double-height spaces in entries and living areas? They can be very impressive, but they must be in context with the overall design. If you go from high ceilings to those of only 2.4m, they will feel like 1.8m! Find balance in the heights, but do not be scared to mix them up. From a practical perspective, high ceilings can mean unaccessible light fittings, furniture will need to be of the correct scale, and colours and decor will all be impacted as rooms should always be furnished in scale to the volume of a space. Our tastes and demands are changing, so if you’re renovating or building, your ceiling heights will directly affect the desirability and value of your home in the long term. Despite my extensive experience in all things real estate, I forgot one tiny element regarding the family home we have just bought and moved into. I was totally in awe of the soaring 4m-high living area ceilings, then my youngest daughter asked me how I was planning to change a light globe. I said I would come back to her on that.


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These include in emergency situations for people affected by natural disasters, as pop-up shops, as modular homes and also apartment buildings. In the residential sector, shipping containers are created off-site as individual modules and when secured together on a block of land, they become complete homes. In Brighton in the United Kingdom, the Brighton Housing Trust built 36 homes for homeless people using this technique. The containers were positioned either alongside or stacked on top of one another in a clever design that used bright, inviting colours.

PREFABRICATED HOUSES King Island Whale Tail House from Grand Designs Australia Series 4

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n today’s busy world, people are always looking for quick solutions. The thirst for quick fixes means it is increasingly important to focus on detail in order to make fast, informed decisions. This is also happening in construction, with companies revolutionising the industry through building faster, lighter and cheaper products. The consumer gets to benefit from this trend, as long as they can find the time to research products or outsource this to an expert. Here are some examples of building solutions that are keeping pace with current lifestyle trends.

CONCRETE PANELS FOR WALLS AND FLOORS Companies including Austral Precast provide precast concrete panels that are designed to suit the requirements of residential and commercial projects. Austral’s wall panels can be customised to include window and door openings that are specified on the building plans. Permatint, Permaform and Permagraf are a range of specialist external finishes produced by Austral that make each completed project unique. Permatint is an alternative to on-site painting of the precast panels. The client’s selected colour or tint is added during the manufacturing process with long-lasting and durable properties. Permaform allows custom designs to be embossed on its surface at the time of manufacture. Permagraf is super cool as it uses a patented technology which allows photorealistic images to be added to the panels during manufacture. Austral also produce precast flooring panels which save a lot of time when building projects.

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When traditional concrete floors are poured on site, time is required for the concrete to cure. This process creates a delay for trades as their access to the site is restricted until the curing process is complete. Precast panels eliminate this problem.

LIGHTWEIGHT WALL PANELS Along with concrete precast panels, there are also other companies providing prefinished lightweight wall solutions such as Pronto panel. This is a lightweight prefinished wall panel made from a composite of lightweight aggregates bonded into a cementitious matrix. The panels are sheeted with a calcium silicate board which reduces water absorption. The installation process is very fast. A steel angle is fixed to both the ceiling and floor, with each panel individually screw-fixed to these angles. The tongue and groove on the vertical edges of the panels interlocks to strengthen joints, prevent noise pollution and comply with fire regulations.

PREFINISHED MODULAR BUILDINGS Prefinished modular buildings, such as preused shipping containers, are a very efficient way of providing instant structures for varying requirements, whether for residential or commercial purposes. Shipping containers are a cost-effective option as logistically they can be placed onto the back of flatbed trucks, transported to site and craned into position, ready for immediate use. There is a real buzz about the re-use of shipping containers and people are now finding ways to utilise them for many other purposes.

There are new techniques and materials flooding the market every day. Ten years ago prefabricated buildings were rare, but today, prefabricated panels and buildings are becoming the norm. Prefabricated homes are prebuilt in factories and delivered to site as a completed kit, which are then assembled onsite. This concept is not new; in the US in 1908, prefabricated homes were available via mail order. Due to mass accommodation requirements to house military personnel during World War II, prefabricated housing became very popular. When the war was over, prefabricated housing continued to grow, servicing many cities where houses and cities were totally destroyed. In the 50s and 60s during the baby boom, schools needed to accommodate the increasing number of students. The most cost-effective and quickest solution was prefabricated classrooms. A German company by the name of Huf Haus actually prebuilds an entire home in its factory complex. The completed home is then disassembled and packed ready for transport to your site. These Huf Hauses can be assembled on your property within a fraction of the time it takes to build a new house. Although these systems are not cheap, an important point to consider is the financial implications a year’s worth of interest payments will have on your bank balance. Consider also the financial burden renting a property during the construction period will have on your bank balance. Taking all this into consideration, you’ll see that although the initial costs might be higher for a prefabricated house, in the long run you’ll be saving yourself a lot of interest repayments, time and stress through a shorter building process.

3-D PRINT TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS The latest technology is 3-D print technology, which is becoming more popular with companies working on ways to eliminate the hands-on approach and allow machinery to carry out the work faster and more efficiently. Companies such as San Francisco-based Apis Cor developed a way of building an entire house using 3-D print technology, and built its first prototype within 24 hours. Who knows — soon we might all be able to build our own homes with a simple click of a button! Chris Knierim is an international award-winning designer and builder. codegreen.com.au


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he impact of gardens and landscapes on property value is a common topic within industry and media alike. But what about the more intrinsic benefits associated with outdoor spaces — the potential for gardens and outdoor living areas to transform minds, bodies and souls? I believe that anyone can find restorative benefits in outdoor spaces — from reflection and relaxation to tranquillity and healing. It’s all about bringing senses alive with different materials, designs, colours, scents and sounds.

THE WONDER OF WATER In terms of creating positive energy in outdoor spaces, a great place to start is with the key principles of Feng Shui — wind and water. Water has proven to be a very calming element, with multiple studies showing it can help lower blood pressure, improve physical health and accelerate healing. As such, we try to incorporate water into landscape and garden designs where possible. If you’re after a design centrepiece, you might consider something a little larger like a rock pool, fountain, cascading pond or even a waterfall. Obviously, larger water features need to take into account factors such as cost, size and layout, but most water features can be customised to the individual requirements of an outdoor space. That said, water features really shouldn’t be DYI jobs if you can avoid it. I’ve seen water features detract from outdoor spaces in instances where they’ve been installed without proper

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landscape design advice. In terms of outdoor water features, the biggest asset has to be a pool — and this is what most Aussie homeowners want in their backyard if they can afford it. Pools allow swimming and exercise, which are great for health and wellbeing. They also enable a cool-down during summer months, and attract birds and native wildlife — which help to bring sound, energy and ambience to a space. When considering the best pools for health and relaxation, a number of factors come into play, including colour and the type of filtration system. Colourwise, traditional mid-blues will always be a favourite among homeowners, but I don’t think you can go past white and black pools when it comes to creating a calming and natural ambience. White pools help to create a sandy beachstyle look, which evokes feelings associated with freedom, nature and relaxation. When the white reflects the sky, it also transforms the water into a beautiful unenhanced blue — which again aids feelings of tranquillity and refreshment. At the other end of the spectrum, the black pool looks extremely elegant and inviting. When not used for swimming, it can double as a reflection pool, which can be great for introspection and mental restoration. For health, I would also recommend installing a mineral pool filtration system. Mineral systems utilise magnesium, which is required by every major organ in the human body. If you don’t get enough magnesium, your sleeping patterns and general health

can suffer in multiple ways. Mineral systems deliver a healthier alternative to traditional salt or heavily chlorinated pools. The water remains crystal clear, and your skin, eyes and hair will also feel better. It’s just a lot softer on the body as a whole. And installing a mineral filtration system doesn’t generally cost any more than a normal filtration system. They’re simple, cost-effective and easy to maintain, as well as being better for the environment.

APPEAL TO THE SENSES Plants and flowers can help to bring a sensory garden to life, offering comfort, relaxation and stimuli. There are a number of flowers and plants that appeal strongly to the touch sensem, such as textured plants like lamb’s ears, banksias and adenanthos. The same goes for plants that naturally scent outdoor spaces. There are some stunning flowers that emit a beautiful perfume in outdoor areas, including sweet alyssum, honey-scented white flowers, gardenia, jasmine, frangipani, port wine magnolia and daphnes. Break off a leaf of the lemon-scented myrtle and keep it in your pocket to savour all day. For health and healing, you can’t go past eucalyptus. It can be grown in pots and used to scent patios, decks and other outdoor living areas. Another favourite is aloe vera, which can be planted in sunny garden aspects, as well as pots and hanging baskets. Aloe vera is great for soothing sunburns, stings and bites — and it also doubles as a wonderful natural insect repellent. For both taste and scent, organic herb gardens and veggie patches are definite winners. Both can be grown in traditional garden landscapes, as well as smaller areas like balconies, rooftop gardens and atriums. For a veggie patch, all you really need is a small patch of land with good-quality soil. Alternatively, you can buy relatively cheap above-ground vegetable boxes from most local garden retailers. In terms of year-round


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veggie patch plantings, iceberg lettuce, snow peas and kale are top choices, as well as spinach, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes. Through herb gardens you can reap the benefits of scent, colour and adaptability. Pots and planter boxes can be used, so you don’t need a great deal of space. You can also grow whatever herbs appeal most to your wants and senses — whether they’re aromatic classics like basil, mint, parsley, thyme, rosemary, chives or trendier herbs with health benefits such as stevia, turmeric, ginseng, echinacea and maca. And aside from the fresh produce you reap, the cultivation process itself can be very positive for the mind, body and spirit. Gardening offers many people a creative and immersive outlet to escape the stresses of everyday life. Many people also find it rewarding to toil over something and see it come to life. And if you’re working in bigger spaces, you can get a lot of incidental exercise. All the while, you can reap the benefits of home-grown chemical-free, additive-free fruits, vegetables and herbs.

CREATE A MUSICAL BUZZ Auditory elements can be a great way to foster tranquillity and ambience in an outdoor space. The most natural way to bring sound and music into a garden is through attracting wildlife — in particular birds, bees and butterflies. Banksias, grevilleas and bottlebrush do a stellar job of attracting birds and bees. Seed and fruit-feeding birds will feast on the likes of bottlebrush, she-oaks and palms. If you want to sustain your musicality, vary your choice of herbaceous perennials, annuals and biennials so that they flower in different seasons and provide a year-round food source for birds, butterflies and bees. And if you really want to ramp up the bird presence, consider introducing a bird bath or a nesting box as a bird feeder.

POSITIVE BY DESIGN Landscape design also has a massive impact on the way an outdoor space feels. For example, we always try to integrate fences in ways that don’t cut off landscapes and create hard barriers. You want your area to have multiple facets and dimensions, but you don’t want to close the space off completely and make it feel smaller. To this end, we often employ boundary screening plants and slender weaving bamboo. We also try to use winding paths rather than direct tracks to inject positive energy into the space, and colours that blend with natural tones, such as natural stone or hardwood timber decking. Co-founder of award-winning Landart Landscapes, Matt Leacy has 20 years’ experience in design, construction and maintenance services across landscaping and pool installation for both residential and commercial properties. A selection of Matt’s work can be found at landart.com.au

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standards with its clarity, precision and reduction. The design of the new series blends the meticulous edges of the rectangular outer form with organically flowing inner contours. The washbasin and bathtub are made of the innovative, sustainable Duravit-developed materials DuraCeram and DuraSolid, which will undoubtedly stand the test of time. duravit.com 03: NEXT-LEVEL INNOVATION Stop everything! The first matte acrylic bath range has officially hit the market. Although many homeowners want the look of stone in their bathrooms, this material is often limited by issues of weight and structural integrity. Enter the Moda freestanding bath, an elegant bathroom centrepiece that features inspirational design and beauty. Constructed of 8mm-thick heavy-gauge cast sanitary-grade acrylic with a built-in base frame and adjustable metal legs, the product encompasses a solid feel and excellent heat retention. The beautiful appearance and feel of stone, combined with the weight

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of dense cast acrylic, means the bath is the perfect solution for your bathroom. acsbathrooms.com.au 04: RATTLE-FREE WINDOWS The Alumiere range of windows and doors has a strong, bold profile that suits modern architecture and open-plan living. Available in a variety of different opening styles, the windows and doors can be mixed and matched to create unique combinations. Leak-free and rattle-free, these windows and doors are the perfect choice for homes exposed to Australia’s harsh climate, particularly in coastal areas. Alumiere also offers superior peace and quiet by blocking outside noise, and the perfect powder coat or anodised finish can be selected to complement or contrast the colour scheme of the home. stegbar.com.au 05: SPACE-SAVING SOLUTION Whether used in a large or small kitchen, the Space Tower is the ideal pantry solution, now taken to new dimensions. The product provides easy access from all three sides and even more visibility can


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08: ALL EYES ON YOU The new Copenhagen 120 is a stainless-steel cassette hood that is coupled with the unique S-Flow baffle filters and the ultra-powerful 2010m3 /hr KleenAir remote motor system. It ensures your kitchen remains free of nasty cooking by-products such as grease, heat, steam and odour. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to refresh your kitchen with products that really pack a punch. This stylish and energy-efficient appliance means your kitchen will be a cut above the rest. whispair.com.au

07: BATHROOM DELIGHT Hydrotherm’s signature series, the Floor to Ceiling range, is a bold symbol of class, supremacy and style. A centrepiece for designer bathrooms, the models signify superior luxury while generating clean, radiant warmth. hydrotherm.com.au

09: LIKE A ROLLING STONE For a dramatic yet timeless look in your kitchen or bathroom, check out Talostone’s 9090 Statuario. With a crisp white background and grey veining, Statuario is an engineered stone that looks as elegant as it is practical, and it’s strong enough to resist daily wear and tear. The quartz

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ASK OUR ARCHITECT Editor-at-Large Peter Maddison answers your questions

Could you help us with some architectural advice? We are a young couple who have just purchased a rundown small Victorian cottage in Brunswick, Melbourne, and want to renovate. The house is just liveable. The kitchen and bathroom need to be replaced and the back needs to be opened up.

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This is a common scenario for many as the upgrade to inner-city terraces continues. My experience is that these houses are now up to 140 years old and generally need all their services replaced — water, waste, stormwater, gas, wiring. These buildings are also not very thermally effi cient. As you are young, you have time to undertake the project through a series of stages. It is worth getting a plan prepared so that you have a long-term vision. From there you can start from the ground up; getting the services and structure right must take precedence over a new bathroom, for example. A young family must have a proper kitchen in which to operate, so as an interim measure look at IKEA (or similar) for a quick-fi x solution that you can replace when and if you are more fi nancial.

I’ve been watching your show and Series 7 features some really terrific houses. Are they as good as they look on TV?

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Well actually, no. The camera isn’t like your eye. It flatters and smooths over blemishes. On a screen your eye ‘fills in’ the detail to look complete. Very often the houses we reveal in the final days of shooting are not finished, and some of them are done by owner/builders that do not have tradesmen’s skills. In fact, still photos do the same things. This is why when judging architecture, it is essential the judges visit the project to see the real thing.

Trust. It’s a remarkable intact house where Gwynne designed everything, right down to his personalised scissors holder! Kevin did in fact select the houses on that special. He watched all 10 episodes before the shoot. He was well informed and we loved making that special together. Turners Beach House from Grand Designs Australia Series 6

I’m a tradie and love GDA. I wish to build my own house in a unique location overlooking the south coast of NSW. How do I get onto the show to show my journey?

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Great news! We love hands-on owners who are passionate about their homes. Go to lifestyle.com.au and follow the links. Or phone Fremantle Media in Sydney on 02 9934 0764 and ask for Brooke Bayvel, our executive producer.

My family watched the special made in London to launch Series 7 with Kevin McCloud, called ‘Kevin’s Top Ten’. We loved it and wondered where the episode was shot. Was that really Kevin’s top ten?

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The house the special was made in was a mid-century house by Patrick Gwynne called Homewood. It was designed in 1938 when Gwynne was just 24 years of age. The design was heavily influenced by Le Corbusier. It was Gwynne’s own home and was left to the National

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