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Lifestyle Boutique Builders

Move to the country

Graham Jones Design

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Cheviot Homes PAGES 6-7

Cardinia Park Hotel PAGE 17

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WELCOME to the sixth edition of Homes and Land South East. Whether you are buying land in one of the many quality estates in the South East, building a new home, renovating an exiting one or just want some great design ideas and inspiration I hope you will find what you are looking for in our winter edition. Inside we take a peek at two beautiful, architecturally designed homes, one at Narre Warren East and one at Warragul. The homes are contemporary, sleek and stylish incorporating stunning use of glass, wood and other natural materials. As the South East continues to swell with new estates and residents, we take a look at the growing trend of people moving to the country for a tree change. The Inguanzo family swapped their suburban block in Pakenham for acreage in Drouin three years ago and couldn’t be happier. This issue shines the spotlight on two smaller

boutique builders, Cheviot Homes and Lifestyle Boutique Home Builders. If you are looking to build with a small volumn, family owned company then read about these two great local firms and what they have to offer. This issue also features a host of lifestyle tips from ideas on furnishing your windows, to bedroom and colour trends in 2019, outdoor heating ideas and a special feature on NEFF. Star News Group reporter Danielle Kutchel knows first hand what it is like to go through the exciting yet stressful process of building a new house. Danielle and her partner recently built in Officer. Danielle draws on her first -hand experience in the first of a series of special reports. More than 10,000 copies of New Homes and Land South East are distributed at pickup points around Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong. ● - Narelle Coulter, editor SOUTH EAST homes&land


builders | Lifestyle Boutique Home Builders

Homes for the future Lifestyle Boutique Home Builders is a family owned business building quality homes with the future in mind. THE award-winning company is owned and run by William and Crystal Braaksma. The couple, who have three children, live and work in their local West Gippsland community and take pride in creating quality homes for families just like theirs. “We live and work in this area so be assured we build every house as if it was our own,“ William explained. With Lifestyle, customers deal directly with William and Crystal. There are no sales people or supervisors at different stages. Part of The Independent Builders Network (IBN), Lifestyle offers a library of designs to cater for all block types and styles of living. With 100 plus designs and 60 plus facades, there is an abundance of choice. If custom design is what you are looking for, they offer flexibility from concept to completion and, best of all, Lifestyle caters for split level homes and builds on stumps to minimise site costs and optimise views. The Braaksmas are also excited about the new Adaptable Living Range - a housing product catering for the disabled, older people, a growing family or those living with permanent injuries by future proofing homes. “We want to build homes that are flexible and adaptable by including key features now

that avoid more costly home modifications at a later date," William said. Some of the practical inclusions in an Adaptable Living Home are at least one level (step-free)entrance into the dwelling, reinforced walls around the toilet, shower and bath to support the installation of grab rails anywhere at a later date, a toilet on the ground (or entry) level and a bathroom with a stepless shower recess. The program offers three levels of housing - silver, gold and platinum - all of which can be NDIS

approved. Crystal said these kinds of inclusions can make a big difference to how long people can remain in their own home in later years or as situations change. “The aim is to facilitate living at home longer, delaying the need to move to aged care, if at all," said Crystal, who is a nurse. “If you are looking for a builder that has core values of professionalism and respect, integrity, quality, and innovation then we are the builder for you.“ �

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on display | Cheviot Homes’ Windsor 267 and Malvern 259

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The essence of country charm If it’s country charm that you are after, then Cheviot Homes is the right builder for you. CHEVIOT Homes’ Windsor 267 and Malvern 259 designs offer versatility whilst showcasing contemporary country-style features with valuable functionality that will harmonise a busy lifestyle. Both designs feature impressive entries that lead to striking, light filled, open plan kitchen, meal and family rooms. The kitchens exude country charm and come complete with all modern conveniences, large walk-in pantries and copious cupboards and drawers. In the master bedrooms, walk-in robes have been custom fitted with shelves, a hanging rail and drawers. The ensuites have large showers, double vanities and separate water closets adjoining the master bedrooms. The remaining bedrooms all have

double robes with plenty of space for either king singles or double beds that will accommodate your family well. Both homes have 9 foot ceilings, fretwork to entry way, picture rails and impressive skirtings and architraves to the main living areas. Sliding glass doors open onto the alfresco, perfect for indoor / outdoor entertaining. The tasteful facades are a reminder of the country charm of yesteryear, yet internally the homes are impressively functional with two living areas. Tracey and Harry Paegert founded Cheviot Homes with a vision of providing quality built homes no matter what their client’s budget. “We pride ourselves on our attention to

detail and this is reflected in all that we do. Each home is built with pride by our qualified team of trades people and these ethics are extended across our entire range,“ Harry said. “Our displays are as close to ’What you see is what you get’ with the exception for a few luxurious inclusions to choose from.“ Call into the Cheviot display homes in Warragul and Officer South and meet the sales consultants. Displays are open 12pm - 5 pm on Saturday through to Wednesday. The Windsor 267 is on display at 38 Highvale Rise, Warragul. Contact Roger James on 0499 612 012. The Malvern 259 is on display at 23 Atherton Avenue, Officer South. Contact Erik Lange on 0412 698 485. ●

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estates | Kaduna Park

Kaduna Park display village open Modern, sophisticated designs by Melbourne’s best builders are set to inspire dream homes in one of the South East's newest estates, Kaduna Park at Officer South. KADUNA Park’s display village officially opened its doors on Saturday 20 July. Kaduna Park purchasers, residents and nearby locals admired over 25 display homes by 19 of Melbourne’s biggest and best builders, including Metricon, Carlisle Homes, Beachwood Homes and Porter Davis. Parklea Sales and Marketing Manager Jarod Mills said Parklea was delighted to see so many visitors exploring the new, modern designs on offer. “We’re really excited and proud to officially open the display village,“ said Mr Mills. “Our village features displays by Melbourne’s most highly sought-after builders, and we can’t wait for everyone to view them. “Each home has something for everyone, giving buyers the perfect place to draw inspiration from when choosing their own design." The village showcases over 30 sophisticated designs by Metricon, Porter Davis, Simonds, Carlisle Homes, Beachwood Homes, Dennis Family Homes, Fairhaven Homes, Burbank, Sienna Homes, Kialla Homes, Homebuyers Centre and Boutique, Combined Housing Group, Cheviot, Rawdon Hill, SJD Homes and Premier Traditional Homes (coming soon). The opening also gave buyers an exclusive opportunity to purchase within Kaduna Park’s latest stage release, the Harvest Release, which officially launched on 20 July. The Harvest Release overlooks Officer South’s picturesque, tranquil country setting, including the Gum Scrub Creek. Lots within this release are perfect for families, 8

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Parklea Sales and Marketing manager Jarod MIlls and Community Development Officer Tammy Radford with characters from PAW Patrol outside the Kaduna Park land sales office.

ranging from 400m² - 615m² while being just moments from the estate’s 1-hectare park. Another fun family event is planned for October to officially open this 1-hectare park. Follow Kaduna Park on Facebook and Instagram or sign up for Kaduna Park’s newsletter via kadunapark.com.au for

updates and your invitation to this familyfriendly event! The Harvest Release and the display village are open daily for viewing from 11am to 5pm. Prospective purchasers may contact the Kaduna Park sales team to book an appointment on 1300 KADUNA (523 862) or at kadunapark.com.au. ● SOUTH EAST homes&land


estates | Timbertop

Last chance for life at the top Timbertop, Officer’s number one land estate, is nearing completion with over 700 residents now enjoying life at the top! WAKE up in your dream home to the tranquil sounds of nature, overlooking beautiful wetlands or perched above Officer with breath-taking views that sweep from the Mountain Ash ranges to Western Port Bay. All of this – and more – is yours for the taking at Timbertop Estate, but only for a limited time! The estate’s final releases are selling fast, with limited lots in the premium Chateau and Timbertop East releases still available. The Chateau release features a wide selection of lot sizes, including generous blocks ranging from 630m 2 - 1,049m 2 . Perched above the estate, Chateau offers incredible views of Officer and beyond and is within walking distance of Hicks Reserve – a local favourite complete with picnic area, playground equipment and a scenic viewing platform. The Chateau release is perfect for families seeking a suburban lifestyle with open spaces to stretch their legs and room to grow amongst a beautiful backdrop of nature. The Timbertop East release overlooks the neighbouring wetlands, offering residents pristine views of the waterfront. The wetlands are perfect for a leisurely stroll and a breath of fresh air before catching up with friends and family at the nearby Timber Mill Café. Timbertop East blocks range from 230m2 to 585m2 , catering to families of all shapes and sizes in a great location, close to Beaconsfield shops, the sports precinct and Officer train station. Timbertop offers residents a unique blend of peaceful, country community and convenient suburban living. Developer Parklea has truly crafted a community within Timbertop Estate, which includes its own café, childcare centre and parks while being close to public transport, schools and shopping centres. For residents, it is this

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serene yet convenient life that sets life in Timbertop apart. “I just love the area. It’s got that peaceful, country feel and it’s easy to get to. Timbertop will mean a better quality of life for us,” said resident Anne Thompson. Jarod Mills, Parklea Sales and Marketing Manager, said Parklea was thrilled to see Timbertop nearing completion. “Timbertop has become a thriving

community, putting Officer on the map as the place to be. We are proud to see so many happy families enjoying the estate,” said Mr Mills. Timbertop’s final lots are selling fast. To secure a spot in the premium Chateau or Timbertop East releases, contact the Timbertop sales team on 1300 925 349 or email info@timbertopestate.com.au to find out more. ●

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estates | Mt Pleasant

A pleasant place to call home Picturesque rolling hills, beautiful vistas and a rich history make Mt Pleasant the perfect location to build your new home. ONE hundred acres of prime land with views over the heart of Pakenham is being transformed into more than 500 home lots. With land sizes ranging from approximately 300m2 to over 1650m2, there’s room for everyone to build their dream home. Mt Pleasant was founded in 1843 by an adventurous Englishman named Thomas Minton who snapped up a lease on 1045 acres of prime land. Inspired by the region’s rolling hills and picturesque outlook, he christened his holdings ‘Mt Pleasant’. Thomas Minton’s acreage is now set to begin a brand-new chapter as the home of a contemporary community in Pakenham’s heart. This is your chance to own a piece of history while living in a state-of-the-art development. Enjoy all the advantages of a cosmopolitan suburb but with the extra benefit of vast, open skies and fresh air. Thanks to its residential growth and picturesque green hills, more and more people are looking to call Pakenham home. At Mt Pleasant schools, shops, restaurants, parks, sporting facilities, as well as the beauty of nature are all right on your doorstep. Mt Pleasant strives to be a welcoming community and a place you can proudly call home. If it’s a relaxed, outdoorsy lifestyle you’re after, you’ll love being a part of the Mt Pleasant and Pakenham community. To register interest or find out more phone 1300 577 383 or go to www.mpestate. com.au ● 10

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The three seater features built-in speakers that can be connected via Bluetooth or AUX ports, while the 2 seater features the new Q-cup holder with slide-back wireless charger cover and cooling functions. Jules encourages customer to pop into the Fountain Gate mega store and try the creature comforts of the Koko for themselves. The furniture department is stocked with a range of proudly Australian made furniture. Jules said customers were often surprised that a high per centage of furniture in the showroom is Aussie made. “We have a great range of Australian made furniture from lounge suites, dining settings, coffee tables, television cabinets and outdoor furniture, “ Jules explained. Jules said Australian made furniture

had two advantages over imported items versatility and quality. “Because we are in contact with the manufacturers, Australian made furniture can be ordered in different sizes and colours for example. With imported furniture basically what you see is what you get. Sometimes with imported furniture there is a choice of say colour, but you get a limited choice. “Australian made fabrics are well sourced from well-known fabric brands such as Warwick Fabrics, Profile and Zepel. “With lounges customers can even choose which foam they want depending on their preference. Not everyone’s taste is the same.“ He said buying Australian made also “backs Aussie workers and provides jobs." ● SOUTH EAST homes&land


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move the country | The Inguanzo family

Michael, Shaun, Karen and Edith Inguanzo are happy with their country lifestyle in Drouin.

When the country calls Keen to leave the quickly developing suburbs of outer Melbourne, Shaun and Karen Inguanzo decided to move to the county. The family of four hasn’t looked back. SHAUN and Karen moved to Drouin from Pakenham in August 2016. The couple was sick of the “fish bowl“ effect and wanted more space for their growing family. “In Pakenham people could see into our backyard and us into theirs. It felt like we all knew what colour undies each was wearing as the best views we ever had were of each other’s clothes line,“ Shaun said. At the time Shaun was working in the city so the couple focussed on finding their dream home with acreage in Drouin or Warragul because of the established transport links with Melbourne. “The further out from Pakenham the more we felt we were truly in ‘the country’. Warragul is a large town and Drouin is set to grow, too, but at the time it was still possible to afford acreage as a young family in Drouin, though not so much now - that’s how rapidly the area is growing.“ Their first child, Michael, was born two months after they moved, so at the forefront of their minds was the type of lifestyle they wanted for their children. It wasn’t easy to find a property they both loved, and when they did, they quickly found they weren’t alone, competing against other buyers also looking for a tree change. “ I would say you need to start looking well before you buy, and keep an eye on the market in case something you really like comes up - it’s a much different experience to buying a house in a suburb where there’s more choice or options for the type of things you’re looking for,“ Shaun explained. The couple say the extra space has afforded them a healthier outdoor lifestyle 14

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and they are a lot more active than in suburban environment. “It’s also much cheaper in that you’re doing tasks on your property such as planting veggies, mowing the lawn, feeding animals, as opposed to having to pay to entertain the kids all the time when you go out,“ Shaun explained. “Overall, it’s a healthier lifestyle that is also more productive - but it can be hard work and is certainly not for everyone.“ Challenges include managing things like vermin, including flies and mosquitoes which are far worse in summer, and the winter is colder by a couple of degrees in West Gippsland. There’s also the increased risk of bushfire so staying on top of keeping their property clean and tidy is a year-round effort. Shaun now works in Warragul, just 10 minutes from home, saving him 15 hours of

train travel each week. He says internet connectivity is better than it was in Pakenham and online shopping means the family can order anything from anywhere and have it delivered. “And the community out here is lovely very inclusive and friendly. As it grows, the challenge will be for it to stay that way.“ The family is now very much part of the Drouin community and regret little about leaving the suburbs. “For me, I decided that success was not working your way up the corporate ladder in Melbourne - it was finding happiness in what I did, and being there for the ones I love,“ Shaun said. “A move to the country, both residentially and for work, has been a great move to achieve better work-life balance.“ ● SOUTH EAST homes&land


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move to the country | Bendigo Community Bank

Communities can bank on it Staff at Community Bank branches throughout rural Victoria help people achieve a tree change or sea change every day. MOVING to the country can be stressful enough without having to worry about financing your new property, covering moving costs, planning property renovations and absorbing the costs associated with settling children into new schools. A Community Bank  branch is a locally owned and operated company, which functions as a franchise of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Executive Officer, Local Community Bank Laura McBride said that between 1993 and 2000 more than 2,050 bank branches closed across Australia leaving many towns without branch banking facilities. “Bendigo Bank identified this trend and recognised the impact the reduction in branch numbers was having on communities,“ Ms McBride explained. In 1998 Bendigo Bank began partnering with Victorian communities, including Lang Lang which was one of the first communities to embrace the Community Bank concept. “When it first started, Community Bank was eagerly sought out by many rural communities looking for a sustainable

solution to branch banking that could be quickly implemented,“ Ms McBride said. And behind those numbers are thousands of stories of Community Bank branches making a real difference to the lives of local people. “Our Community Bank branches are helping improve the economic and social prospects of their local communities,“ Ms McBride said. “The essence of the Community Bank concept is in sharing the responsibilities and rewards between the community and our bank. “Bendigo and Adelaide Bank continues to participate in the development of the Community Bank model with an enormous sense of pride. We are indeed fortunate to partner with many vibrant and successful communities. “Today, more than 20 years later, $205 million in community contributions and 324 Community Bank branches throughout Australia, why not come and join us a be a part of the better big bank.“ ●

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 New customers need a driver’s licence, passport of birth certificate

PROOF OF INCOME You only need your most recent payslip if  its computer generated showing your name, your employer’s name, year to date income and annual salary. Alternatively, you’ll need to bring your last two payslips.  For self employed customers, your most recent tax return and financial statements.

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other debt are the three most recent loan statements for each loan. ONGOING RENT  For loans where rent is ongoing post settlement: a lease agreement or current rental receipt/statement or bank account showing rental deductions for two months. PROPERTY DETAILS If you don’t the paperwork yet, that’s OK, we’ll get it later.  Property rates notice  Existing household insurance policy PURCHASING?  Contract of sale and details of your solicitor/legal representative BUILDING/CONSTRUCTING  Copy of building contract/plans/ specifications

town profiles houses Thinking of moving to the country? Here's what you can expect to pay. WARRAGUL Median Sale Price: $460,000 Quarterly Price Change: -4.1% Median Rent: $360 Rental Yield: 4.1% DROUIN Median Sale Price: $467,000 Quarterly Price Change: -4.2% Median Rent: $360 Rental Yield: 4% BUNYIP Median Sale Price: $545,000 Quarterly Price Change: -2.4% Median Rent: n/ Rental Yield: n/a KOOWEERUP Median Sale Price: $565,000 Quarterly Price Change: 16.5% Median Rent: n/a Rental Yield: n/a TOORADIN Median Sale Price: $858,000 Quarterly Price Change: 35% Median Rent: n/a Rental Yield: n/a TRAFALGAR Median Sale Price: $422,000 Quarterly Price Change: -0.9 per cent Median Rent: $320 Rental Yield: 3.9% - Median data for June 2019 quarter courtesy reiv.com.au SOUTH EAST homes&land


entertainment | The Cardinia Park Hotel

City style, country hospitality The award-winning Cardinia Park Hotel, which is tucked away on Beaconsfield-Emerald Road, has been cooking up quality Australian-style food and serving cold pints since 1870. AFFECTIONATELY known by locals as “The Cardi“, the hotel has a loyal following with diners returning time after time for its excellent food, extensive wine list and friendly, convivial atmosphere. The hotel has taken out a number of honours at the Australian Hotels Association Victoria Awards of Excellence, including winner of the Best Casual Dining category in 2018. It has also been recognised for its excellence in service, best new renovated venue, best sports bar and best restaurant. The hotel’s winning formula is an easy one; a combination of high-quality food and excellent service in ultramodern surrounds. The bistro menu spans seafood, steak, pasta and favourites such as chicken or veal parmigiana, bangers and mash, chicken Kiev, risotto and seasonal salads and vegetables. There are also vegetarian and vegan options as well as a seniors’ and kids’ menu. The winter dessert menu includes meltin-the-mouth creme brulee or sticky date pudding. The hotel unwent major renovations

seven years ago. The historic basic structure was retained, while the interior was transformed into an inviting, modern space with a bistro, sports bar and boutique gaming room. Cardinia Park Hotel offers a mix of city sophistication and a relaxed country vibe. Pay a visit and discover the Cardinia Park Hotel for yourself. ●

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Winners of the prestigious AHA 2018 best casual dining Metropolitan region Cardinia Park Hotel offer a broad range of dining and entertainment areas. Come down to enjoy our casual dining in our alfresco & sports bar areas or dine in our Bistro for full table service.

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design | Villa Essence

Pictures: MATTHEW MALLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

The essence of good design Flanked by a golf course and fronted by a home office, Villa Essence is a balance in scenery and privacy. THE magnificent Warragul home is the pride and joy of builder Leigh Herbel, the principal of Herbel Constructions. Leigh engaged Warren Jenkins of Narre Warrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Design Unity to create a home from which he and his family could look out at the surrounding greens, but maintain privacy from the nearby putters. Leigh said adding to this balance was the need for a home office where his 18

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clients would feel welcome and admire the home, without intruding on the rest of the residence. Mirroring its foundations, the elegant home slopes downhill towards the golf course with south-facing views. Nestled into the land to match the slope, each level is seamless to the external landscape. Views to the green are selective and provide a manicured outlook with a focus on privacy

and seclusion from the course. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor sanctuary is its expansive central courtyard. Sheltered from harsh weather and shielded from outside eyes, the open pool and living space bathes in passive sunlight, bringing warmth in winter and shade in summer. The outdoor space connects the theatre, kitchen and dining areas to create a sunlit living space for entertaining friends and family. SOUTH EAST homes&land


design | Villa Essence

The glazed office at the front of the home offers northern views, while subtly connecting the residence with the work zone. Situated at the entrance to the property, clients are welcomed into the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foyer and get a glimpse of the scale of the home without intruding in the sleeping or living quarters. The hero of the home is its material palette. A rammed earth wall runs from the front through the property, providing a SOUTH EAST homes&land

contemporary earthiness and sustainable temperature control. The wall acts as a thermal mass and a stable bank of energy year-round. Rich spotted gum timber and drystacked stone contrast exposed structural steel to create a home that feels at one with nature. Villa Essence is a finalist in the 2019 Building Designers Association of Victoria awards in the Residential Design New House $1m-$3m category. â&#x2014;? WINTER 2019

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health | St John of God

Cutting edge robotic surgery Robotic surgery is the latest investment St John of God Berwick Hospital (SJGBH) has made to enhance its patient experience and to meet the needs of patients today and into the future. THE hospital has purchased the latest model of da Vinci Xi Surgical System, a robotic-assist surgery device which enables surgeons to complete minimally invasive surgery across a wide spectrum of surgical areas. SJGBH CEO Lisa Norman said the investment in robotic technology was driven by a focus on improving patient outcomes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The da Vinci Surgical System will enable our surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery with an advanced set of instruments and a 3D high-definition view of the surgical area,â&#x20AC;? she said. SJGBH is fortunate to have 14 surgeons currently undertaking robotic surgery at other hospitals. Ms Norman said this incredible technology will allow surgeons to undertake minimally invasive surgery that will reduce post operative pain and enhance recovery. The da Vinci enables the surgeon to undertake hard to access tumours that may have previously been deemed as inoperable giving new options to patients and surgeons. SJGBH surgeons have undertaken extensive training To date, patients of South Cast Melbourne

have had to travel long distances to receive such advanced robotic surgery. This has seen added stress, cost and time to patients and their families. Its something SJGBH has been passionate about- bringing care closer to home. The hospital has been an integral part of the Casey Cardinia region for over 100 years and continues to receive incredible support from the local community and business. In

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fact, the purchase of the da Vinci robot was contributed to by generous donations via the St John of God Foundation. Ms Norman said it was a relationship the hospital was proud of and will continue into the future- working closely with the community to identify, fund and deliver on healthcare needs, bringing care closer to home. â&#x2014;?

The precision of robotic surgery is now available closer to home. St John of God Berwick Hospital has welcomed the da Vinci Xi surgical system, a robotic-assist surgery device which enables surgeons to complete minimally invasive surgery across a wide spectrum of surgical areas. For patients this means less post operative pain and an enhanced recovery for patients.

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electrical | Harvey Norman

NEFF turns up the heat Home cooks the world over have been feeding their families for 140 years with dishes baked in NEFF ovens. The German manufacturer’s latest innovation is the Slide & Hide self-cleaning oven, available now at Harvey Norman Fountain Gate. INSPIRING people to explore their creativity in the kitchen has been at the heart of the NEFF brand since 1877, when founder Carl Neff opened his first oven factory in Bretten, Germany. Over the decades, NEFF has continuously perfected its products to inspire new generations of cooks. From revolutionising cooking with the Slide & Hide disappearing oven door, to redefining dishes with steam cooking for home, NEFF has created features that inspire home cooks to expand their repertoire and achieve exceptional results in the kitchen. Electrical proprietor at Harvey Norman Fountain Gate Grant Hammond said serious home cooks will be amazed by the magic of the unique Slide & Hide. The fully retractable oven door, which tucks smoothly away beneath the 71-litre oven compartment, is an exclusive NEFF feature which provides home chefs with a closer, more interactive cooking experience. Slide & Hide allows for flexible cooking, letting you baste, taste and monitor food easily during the cooking process. With better access to the oven cavity, it’s also easier to lift out heavy or large items, avoiding the dangers of drops or spills. The revolutionary Slide & Hide handle is easy on the wrist so you can use it year after year, without strain. Mr Hammond said the Slide & Hide was 22

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also a popular space-saving solution for compact kitchens as the disappearing door allows for one or more people to move easily around the kitchen. A highlight of the current NEFF Slide & Hide oven range is the 60cm Pyrolytic oven with the Slide & Hide door (B57CR22N0B). Combining the disappearing door with the pyrolytic self-cleaning feature has resulted

in an oven tailor made for passionate cooks at an accessible price point. NEFF offers a four year warranty on parts and labour on every oven. Experience the NEFF Slide & Hide oven range, as well as the premium range of NEFF cooktops, range hoods and dishwashers, at Harvey Norman Fountain Gate. ● SOUTH EAST homes&land


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Your local winery in our new tasting room, open every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm for tastings Tapas bar open Fridays from 6pm to 11pm Saturdays from 12 noon to 5pm and 6pm to 11pm Sundays 12pm to 5pm with live music every sitting 41 Bayview Rd Officer www.dangelowines.com.au Group Bookings essential - 0419 164 250 12423410-LB34-19

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entertainment | D'Angelo Estate Vineyard

Premium drops on your doorstep There aren’t many suburbs where residents can boast that they have a winery at their backdoor - but the south-eastern suburbs are pretty lucky in that regard thanks to D'Angelo Estate Vineyard. TRAVELLING through Officer along the highway, curious drivers may spy neat rows of vineyards amongst the suburban rooftops. It’s a glimpse of D’Angelo Estate Vineyard, the wine-lover’s paradise that awaits within walking distance of the burgeoning housing estates. D’Angelo brings premium boutique wines to Melbourne’s South-East, and is nestled amidst beautiful gardens, vines and olive trees. From the top of the hill on which the estate sits, visitors can enjoy views out to French Island and Westernport Bay. Owner Benny D’Angelo, who is the winemaker, bought the property in September 1999. He planted the first vines in January 2000 and opened the cellar door in 2013. Slowly but surely the estate has grown in popularity, serving gourmet homemade pizzas, tapas-style platters, finger food and pasta. D’Angelo Estate Vineyard is a family-run business, with the support of Benny’s wife Sabrina who manages the front of house, son Domenico managing the kitchen and maintaining the vineyard and gardens, and daughter Antonietta, a doctor, who manages the tasting room. Benny’s philosophy in winemaking is “to grow the best grapes that the area can produce, and the wines will speak for themselves.” Producing excellent wine is something D’Angelo prides itself on. More than just a restaurant, D’Angelo is a working winery with a brand new private tasting room for visitors to sample the winery’s full range of locally made wines. Benny describes the new tasting room as “a room where he can showcase his wines to the visitors that come to the estate“. Visitors can choose from three tasting experiences offering samples of eight to 10 wines: an entry level tasting, an estate tasting and a premium red tasting, ranging in price from $10 to $25 per person. If guests choose to purchase a bottle of wine after they have tasted them, the tasting fees are waived. There’s no need to book for tastings; Benny says guests can simply drop in when the cellar door is open on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon til 5.00pm, to sample the portfolio. The tasting room can also cater to private tastings of 30 to 35 people, conducted by Benny himself, and the restaurant and cellar door is available for small functions and parties. All wines are made on site and are vegan friendly, with minimal preservatives and herbicides used during the grape growing process. “Our wines are all made in small batches, and we aim to make the best premium wines we can,“ Benny says. Benny welcomes new residents in the area to D’Angelo Estate Vineyard to experience the great food and wine they have to offer. SOUTH EAST homes&land

Benny, owner and winemaker at D'Angelo Estate Vineyard, pours a sample in the new tasting room.

“There’s no need to drive to Mornington or the Yarra Valley. Just sit back and do a wine tasting, and have something to eat. Where else can you go where there’s a winery on your backdoor?” he says. D’Angelo Estate Vineyard restaurant and cellar door is open on Friday nights from 6.00-11.00pm, Saturdays from 12.00-5.00pm and 6.00-11pm, and on Sundays from 12-5pm, with live music every sitting. It is located at the end of D’Angelo Avenue, off Bayview Road, Officer. ● WINTER 2019

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education | St Francis Xavier College

College prinicpal Vincent J Feeney takes an interest in every student's education.

Hands on learning at St Francis St Francis Xavier College provides a range of programs to support particular learning needs within the school. THE Hands on Learning Program, which is celebrating 10 years since its implementation, is practical and engaging, and is offered to students requiring a strong applied learning element in their educational program. Principal Vincent Feeney said Hands on Learning was an innovative education program which caters to the different ways young people learn. The program runs at

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both the Berwick and Officer campuses, aimed at engaging students at school to help them discover their talents and experience success. “This supportive program sees students grow in confidence and increase their sense of connection to school,“ Mr Feeney said. “Hands on Learning fosters strong, long term relationships that assists students in developing the skills and

abilities they need to succeed in work and life, like collaboration, problem solving, communication, resilience and empathy.“ The college is taking enrolments for year 7 in 2020 and 2021. Call 9707 3111 to book a personalised tour. St Francis Xavier is at 75 Ridgemont Drive, Berwick, 21 Majestic Drive Officer and 4 Beaconsfield Avenue, Beaconsfield. ●

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St Francis Xavier College Berwick, Officer and Beaconsfield

St Francis Xavier College is a comprehensive, co-educational senior Catholic College that offers a broad range of curriculum from Year 7 to 12.

Year 7 2021 Information Evening Tuesday 20 August 2019 at 7.00pm DWWKH%HDFRQVĂ&#x20AC;HOG&DPSXV Interviews will commence on 27 August 2019

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education | St Clare's Primary School

School with a clear vision State-of-the-art facilities, passionate staff, a genuine sense of self-worth and a clear vision based on Gospel values - this is what is offered by St Clare’s Primary School in Officer. AS a new school which opened in 2015, enrolments at St Clare’s are growing rapidly. As part of the parish of St Patrick’s in Pakenham, the school is onsite with the Early Learning Centre and the Officer campus of St Francis Xavier College. For those in the catchment area, this provides a seamless transition from early childhood to secondary education. Principal Helen Staindl said each learning space had been designed to provide a rich environment conducive to relevant, meaningful learning. “Areas are spacious and well-resourced so as to meet the needs of the 21st century learner,“ Ms Staindl said. The final stage of classrooms are due to be finished this year and will include a new playground and sports field. “Student achievement is measured not only by academic growth, but by each child’s emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. Being part of faith-filled community instils our students with a sense of identity, a feeling of belonging and, above all, a powerful sense of self-worth.“ Ms Staindl said the school “strives to create an environment of mutual respect

and support among staff, parents and students and to maintain the flexibility and open-mindedness required to deal with a constantly changing educational environment“.

School tours are held each Monday morning at 9:15am or by arrangement. Please phone to book a tour on 5940 6777 or email enrolments@stclaresofficer.catholic. edu.au ●

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education | Casey Grammar School

Nurturing students’ dreams Casey Grammar School is a prep to school co-educational school with a proven reputation for providing quality education. CASEY Grammar encourages students to succeed academically, personally, spiritually and socially on their journey towards excellence. The school values the ideals of respect, tolerance and integrity and takes great pride in offering a warm, nurturing and natural environment to provide students with an exceptional all-round education and love of learning and an informed awareness of the Christian faith. “For young people to reach their full potential, we must value the total educational program and the holistic development of students," said principal Richard Baird. "We provide learning opportunities within the classroom, across the curriculum and beyond the school. Our campus has modern facilities to enhance learning and meet the ever-changing needs of schooling while our highly trained teaching staff work with dedication and a true commitment to the growth of each and every student allowing them to become responsible young adults in a rapidly changing world. "Casey Grammar School recognises that we are all individuals and that success looks

Casey Grammar provides learning opportunities within the classroom, across the curriculum and beyond the school.

different for everyone. The school nourishes and fosters the needs of each student to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be and become the very best version of themselves." Whatever your hopes and dreams are for your future goals; Casey Grammar is

there throughout the educational journey to support and guide students to a bright future - backed by dedicated teachers encouraging them to pursue their dreams, whatever they may be. Find out more about Casey Grammar School at www.caseygrammar.vic.edu.au ●

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education | Berwick Grammar School

Head of Senior Boys Wellbeing Lauren Cook with school captains, Matthew Kent and Darcy Dillon.

Turning boys into good men At Berwick Grammar School the goal is ‘To Grow Good Men’ as vice principal Dr Steven Middleton explains. WE proudly offer a distinctive education for boys from Year 7 to 12, one that values the pursuit of academic achievement and excellence, whilst promoting the development of character as a vehicle for success as a man in the 21st century. Our approach to learning is both innovative and traditional, adopting 21st century pedagogies whilst also appreciating that enduring values denote men of character embody regardless of generation-courage, respect for self and others, integrity and compassion. One of the great strengths of our school community is the tremendous quality and calibre of the teaching staff who work with our students to guide and nurture them to achieve their very best. As a Senior Boys Campus, we are a member of the International Boys School Coalition (IBSC), the peak body for education and research in the areas of teaching and learning for boys. This organisation provides a vital link between our school and others, enabling us to both access and participate in the latest research and thinking about how we teach boys. Two of our leaders, Ms Lauren Cook and Mrs Helen McDonald have been selected from high quality candidates to participate in recent research projects which both have tangible implications for the work occurring with boys. Mrs McDonald, our Director of Student Growth has embarked upon a 12 month research journey, exploring how the successful project based learning curriculum of the 21st century program may be implemented at Senior levels. The outcomes of this research will have significant 30

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outcomes for our teaching and learning programs at all levels as we consider how to best engage our students with learning, grounded in real life challenges and obstacles. Ms Cook, Head of Senior Boys, recently presented the outcomes of her 12 month research project into the promotion of positive models of masculinity through story and narrative. Further indication of Ms Cook’s expertise in this area was provided when she presented a workshop on the ’Growing Good Men’ Project at Berwick Grammar School. In recognition of her ongoing leadership in education, Ms Lauren Cook has been

awarded a prestigious honour in being named as one of The Australian Council of Educators New Voices in Educational Leadership Scholars. This award is presented to young educators making significant contributions in their fields and provides wonderful recognition of Ms Cook, and also the work of the team at Berwick Grammar who are engaged in the wonderful work of not only teaching boys but striving to reach them through emotional connection and role modelling. I invite you to come and visit our School, meet our teachers and see our distinctive approach to secondary education and “Growing Good Men.” ● SOUTH EAST homes&land


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design | Keenan Residence

A home with a view When it comes to renovations, there are few as remarkable or tranformative as that of the Keenan Residence in Narre Warren East. LOCATED on a remarkable rural site, the renovation transformed a small, tired house into an open and spacious home where vistas are celebrated throughout the space. Nestled in a quiet valley, only minutes from the outskirts of sprawling suburbia, the Keenan Residence is place where the inhabitants can come home and unwind with a sense of seclusion from the outside world.

The renovation was designed and overseen by Beaconsfield firm Graham Jones Design. Director Jarrett Drake, said the brief from the owners was to capture and celebrate the views throughout the entire space. “With a focus on relaxed living, low-

maintenance and an ability to capture the rural landscape, the Keenan Residence was to provide somewhere the owners could come home - relax, unwind and eventually retire,“ Mr Drake said. “The existing pool was transformed into an exclusive underground cellar, with an entrance that adds a sense of drama and excitement to the space.“ The outdoor spaces were orientated to the north to celebrate the sprawling views. Mr Drake said the floor plan was designed so that every room had access to the remarkable vistas with large spans of glazing used to capture uninterupted views. He said the home’s low profile was well-

suited to the sprawling terrain, whilst its dark hues, featuring Scyon, Colorbond and timber, embrace the tone of the surrounding environment. The design incorporates passive heating and cooling techniques and features strategic eaves to the elevations and doubleglazing. The entrance to the underground cellar seamlessly appears from the floor and a secret staircase entrance guides you to a private and sophisticated bar and entertainment area. Mr Drake said determining the best location for capturing and celebrating the site’s spectacular views throughtout the

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home, while also incorporating the existing building was the foremost challenge for the design and siting of Keenan Residence. “Ensuring the footprint was posititioned to totally and utterly realise the special views were essential to the conceptual design.

Mr Drake said the grandeur of Keenan Residence served as a contemporary reinterpretation of the country landscape. “The minimalist façade and exterior finishes let the inhabitants engage with the landscape – while simultaneously taking

advantage of the dramatic views, the privacy and adding a feel of tranquillity. From all aspects, the house embraces the landscape.“ The home has been shortlisted for this year’s Building Designers Association of Victoria’s annual Building Design Awards. ●

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bedding | Harvey Norman

The Boston.

Bedroom dreams come true Winter is time to add a cosy warmth to your interiors and no where is that more important than in the bedroom explains Avelyn Miranda, the bedding proprietor at Harvey Norman Fountain Gate. VELVET is a massive trend this season with rich blues, greens, burgundies and pinks featuring heavily on international catwalks and in design magazines and blogs. You can easily incorporate the plush feel of velvet into a master bedroom, whether it’s on the bed itself, as a feature fabric on a quilt cover or bedroom chair or added via accessories like cushions and throws. Avelyn said velvet brings a soft and warm texture when used as upholstery on a bed frame such as on Harvey Norman’s Boston. “I just love the stunningly beautiful Australian made Boston bed, which is new to Harvey Norman,“ Avelyn said. “The wide bedhead makes a fantastic centrepiece in any bedroom and makes a bold statement in luxury. It immediately invokes a feeling of old Hollywood glamour.“ The Boston can easily be styled with dark, dramatic floral Manchester and tactile throws. Another timeless trend is provincial elegance. Avelyn said this style captured the perfect balance between comfort and elegance and was typified by natural, light coloured timbers. “Provincial style furniture features elegant form work such as turned legs and 34

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carved patterns, combined with upholstery and Manchester featuring pretty florals in light tones. “It’s a look that provides a refined touch with a sense of history, while still remaining warm and welcoming.“ Avelyn encouraged people interested in capturing a provincial feel in their master bedroom to look at the Domenique bed with its curved and detailed form work and linen fabric headboard. She said the the light coloured mahogany with mindi veneer was ideal for brightening up a space, making it a great choice for bedrooms with limited natural light, and also for the darker months.

“Another great provincial piece is the Australian made Victoria bed, which features a painted timber look and makes a statement in old-world charm.“ The white finish highlights each stepped edge, bevelled leg and tiered level with glorious brilliance. For your perfect bedroom setting as well as a range of Manchester and style accessories such as lamps and candles see Avelyn and her team at Harvey Norman Fountain Gate. - Queen prices for the featured beds are Boston $2199, Dominique $2099 and Victoria $1299. Other sizes available with coordinating bedroom furniture. ● SOUTH EAST homes&land


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lifestyle | Outdoor Entertaining

When the winter heat is on Entertaining in the colder months can be a pleasure when you have a source of warmth to create ambiance and comfort. AL FRESCO areas can be easily adapted for winter entertaining with the addition of a gas or electric heater, fit pit or chiminea. Outdoor heaters are a great way to keep snug and warm when entertaining outdoors. Gas heaters are ideal for decks and patios. They are portable, cheap to run and come in a range of sizes, from free standing options to table top heaters. They give out a radiant heat which is easy to control. They are also clean burning and odourless. Some gas heaters can been incorporated into a natural gas line, but portable heaters need a propane gas bottle. Gas bottles typically last for 8-9 hours. ELECTRIC HEATERS Heatstrips are stylish and favoured for their attractive design. Mounted in the ceiling, they also provide radiant heat making them energy-efficient, with running costs starting from just 30 cents per hour. A small space may only require one Heatstrip but multiple units can be installed to heat larger areas. Timers can be used with some models so spaces can be preheated before guests arrive. FIRE PITS Fire pits are right on-trend at the moment and are great at providing 360 degree heat. It is hard to beat the flicker of a natural flame for creating ambiance and a cosy glow. Ethanol fire pits are portable so you can easily move them around your garden or deck. Fire pits come in a variety of bowl shapes and sizes and make a great focal point in a garden. Make sure you have access to a steady supply of wood and remember fire pits can be a bit smoky. 36

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Fire pits need to be positioned on a flat, level surface on a non-combustible surface such as a concrete paver well away from the house. Ethanol fire pits are also available and have the added advantage of being portable. CHIMINEAS Traditional clay chimineas are front loading fireplaces with the advantage of retaining heat and their chimney and flu direct smoke upwards away from food and guests. Historically chimineas have been made out of fired clay and used for heating and cooking. These traditional designs can be traced to Spain and Mexico. Fire wood is most commonly used for fuel, though charcoal and ethanol can be used in some types of chimineas. There are a few things to remember when deciding on outdoor heating options:

1 Always ensure there is a safe distance between the roof, walls, any outdoor furniture and your heating appliance. 2 Install a bed of sand or gravel beneath a fire pit to create a level surface and allow water to drain freely. Fire pits placed directly on pavers can cause soot and ash to discolour the pavers. 3 When thinking about seating around a fire pit of chimeneas consider timber or stone furniture that can be moved closer or further away from the heating source. Once a fire gets going it can give off quite a lot of heat and guests may want to move further away. 4 Think about what style will suit your home. Is your home modern, rustic or heritage in style? Choose an outdoor heating source that fits with the overall look of your home. â&#x2014;? SOUTH EAST homes&land


lifestyle | Winter refresh

Room for a fresh look Whether you’re looking to brighten up your space to offset the dreary and drab winter weather, or just want a cosy and comfortable place for you and your family to enjoy, taking on a room refresh can revitalise your home’s look and feel. DULUX colour cxpert Andrea Lucena-Orr says that when it comes to interior styling, colour and product choice go hand-in-hand for creating a finished look that’s both chic and practical. “If your style is monochromatic, tonal layering of putty greys is subtle and beautiful, easy to achieve and is an effective look for any living space. To create visual interest, experiment with texture, which can be perfect as an accent wall – a concrete finish is popular and works well in a modern or contemporary home.“ Hallways set the tone for the rest of the home’s mood and style, so it’s important to create a space that’s charming and inviting. “To add a level of vibrancy, yet still retain a classic look, use whites on your walls and ceilings and introduce plenty of colour to your stairwell, front door or accent walls – peach tones, forest greens and deep blues are colours that can be seamlessly intertwined to enhance the space and add

your own personality,” Andrea explained. When re-designing your dining area, cool steely blues complement most colour schemes and give you the freedom to furnish the space in your signature style to suit both entertaining and relaxed dinners with the family. Living rooms, dining rooms and hallways are high foot-traffic areas that require a little extra attention – especially if you have a busy household with kids and their schoolbags, dirty shoes, grubby hands or pets. “With the superior washable qualities of Dulux Wash & Wear, home dwellers can rest assured that spills, stains, scuffs and everyday wear and tear can be wiped away - keeping your home looking fresh and vibrant for years to come.” Revitalising your home is as simple as refreshing one room at a time, which can be easily accomplished in a weekend. ●

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lifestyle | window furnishings

Dressed up to impress Window furnishings ’dress’ a home but are also vital for retaining warmth in winter and keeping out heat in summer. Ozzie Ozaydin of Oz Style Design gives some practical advice on what to consider. WINDOW furnishings are not an everyday purchase and what you choose will be a part of your life for many years so it is important that you get it right. There are so many products to choose from so it is important the product is right for its intended use. Do the curtains or blinds need to provide privacy, sun control or light control? Is black-out important which is different to block-out which is more commonly known in the industry as room darkening. People who are night shift workers and don’t like light coming through during the day need to focus on products with superior black-out. For these people shutters are not ideal. The installation method is another aspect to consider. Window furnishings can be installed in the reveal of the window, on the architrave or above the architrave. There are many methods of installation and the product selected can influence what needs to be done to achieve the best result.

Budget is always an important consideration. Quality materials will last a lot longer and look better for longer. Quality products are also less likely break down or have any unforeseen issues. It is possible to get good value for money but be aware that the quality of Holland blinds and plantation shutters vary greatly as

can the fabrics used in sheers and curtains. When considering quotes try to make sure you are comparing apples with apples. Quality Australian made products tested for Australian conditions will have a much longer life span than inferior imports which are altered from ready-made manufactured at different widths and drops. . ●

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lifestyle | Tribal design

Decorate to a tribal beat Adding an African feel to your home with a touch of tribal is easy according to interior designer Rianna Groenmeyer. I have always had a fascination with tribal design and indigenous art from cultures around the world. Traditionally, tribal art has been adopted for religious or ceremonial purposes. In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern western world we tend to see only tribal influence. With my interior design background, I have recently started taking tribal attributes and using them as accents in my designs, thereby creating something that will complement the 2019 trends. I have also adopted a new hobby painting furniture - and have now taken it to another level allowing me to refresh a range of minimalistic, made-over/upcycled deco with a tribal aspect. I use everyday pieces around the house and old and unwanted deco that no longer suits todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior styling. There are many items around the home that can be repainted to fit the tribal theme including vases, boxes, table runners and planter boxes. You can even add a small strip of pattern to scatter cushions or a tablecloth. It is very important however not to overdo pattern as it can also get to busy and uneasy on the eye. By resurfacing and repainting items with different textures and modern colours, I then add patterns and tribal items such as African beads, jewellery and hand drawn tattoos. The result takes something old and makes it new again. For example I have been able to display a beautiful necklace that I bought on holiday but no longer wear. Now I can appreciate it and admire it without it being hidden in a drawer and remember my holiday back SOUTH EAST homes&land

home to South Africa where I was born. Tribal is all about the pattern. You can usually recognise a tribal pattern by the use of geometric shapes and earthly colours. To create a chic modern tribal scheme, a maximum of three colours is sufficient. Using the same colour but experimenting with mixing different textures can create enough interest and drama without being busy. As I was not able to purchase or find what

I had envisioned for a particular project I started to experiment by simply hand painting directly on the fabric to create a mud clothe look. This then took me on a path of adding this small accent around a lampshade and down the side of a throw cushion etc. Giving these items just enough of a tribal effect yet still keeping it simple and modern. â&#x2014;? - Rianna runs her own interior design business, Rianna Interiors. WINTER 2019

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lifestyle | colour matching

Take a layered approach Choosing the right colour scheme for your new build is exciting but as first home buyer Belinda Menzies knows it can also be quite daunting. THE most common concerns are: what happens if it dates? Are we making the right choices? Where do we start? How do we get maximum results? There are a number of ways you can get assistance in the lead up to your colour selection appointment. The larger builders will have selection or design centre to help you get your head around the process and the types of products they work with. Alternatively, you can sit down with an external colour consultant. This will give you a great opportunity to discuss openly what to expect, any concerns and, most importantly, start you on the right path to your colour selection. Things to consider are where are the important rooms in the home? Do you have a vision for these spaces and what type of budget are you working with? It is the job of the designer to keep you on track so have faith that they will look after you. When I build a space I take the following steps: Flooring Ask yourself is the main flooring going to be timber, tiles or carpet? Are you planning on putting other timber textures through the home? If so what type of timber and will it tie in or look displaced? Your flooring will set the scene and mood of your home so be sure to give it careful thought. If you are providing your own flooring bring your samples along to the selection appointment as it helps to 40

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visualise everything together. Cabinetry Cabinetry will sit on top of your flooring whether it be in the kitchen, laundry or bathrooms. A lot of people will want a timber tone or texture in their cabinetry so it’s important to ensure that they sit well with the flooring. Also consider the grain pattern, is it vertical or horizontal? If you like clean whites then your flooring choices won’t impact too much and will open up your options for benchtops, splashbacks etc. Two-toned cabinetry and deep or pastel colours are starting to trend again giving a bold dramatic option for those prepared to be a bit more daring. Tiles Tiles can be used as spectacular statement pieces or to compliment the surrounding selections e.g. benchtop, cabinetry etc. For ensuite and bathrooms my advice is

work off the floor tile and use those colours and tone to select what you place on the walls. Have a good think about how you want you spaces to look and what type of finish and style you like. Paint Feature walls, architraves and skirtings usually change as you progress in your selections, influenced by the colours and undertones of the surrounding materials so I find it easier to match as you go. Personally, I’m a sucker for consistency in homes so usually I like to keep the colour scheme running throughout. Besides, if you get the base selections right you can add personality into it as you grow into the home and then work out from there where you can be adventurous. Good luck! ● - Belinda has her own interior design business, Raw Elegance Co SOUTH EAST homes&land


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lifestyle | Storage and Organisation

Getting teens organised Teenagers’ bedrooms are the topic of many household arguments. But there are some simple steps that can restore peace and harmony between parents and teens as professional organiser Julie Cliff explains. SHOES, clothes, rubbish and much more can often be found thrown on the floor of teenagers’ bedrooms and it tends to be the adults that are begrudgingly left to constantly pick up the mess. Empower the teens with the right tools and skills to organise their own bedroom with these 4 easy steps. You will be delighted with the results, the reduction of stress and the pride the teenagers start to take in their own space. 1. Teach teens to decide if their clothes need washing Depending on the smelliness of the teen, clothes may not need to be washed every day. Show them how to look out for marks on their clothes as they take it off. Encourage smelly teens to make sure they put their clothes out to be washed on a regular basis. • Needs washing - Put the clothes in the laundry basket: Choose a fun design that is roughly the same size as the washing machine. Show the teens how to put their clothes in the machine when the basket is full of dirty clothes. I found some cool washing baskets on Pinterest. I also found some great ones at K-Mart too. • Does not need washing - Hang clothes for airing Delegate somewhere for clothes to be hung overnight instead of being thrown on the floor if they are OK to wear the next day, The end of the bed, allocated “airing hangers” in the wardrobe or on a night stand 42

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will do just the trick. 2. Set up an art gallery or display area for their stuff: Teach your teens the skill of letting go of stuff by making conscious choices about what they want to keep and put on display and what they no longer need. Set up a pinboard or display shelf for the teens to display the artwork they choose to keep. Make time for the teens to rotate the artwork regularly, allowing time to dust and declutter as they change over the collection. 3. Provide a rubbish bin in their bedroom: Make sure there is a rubbish bin in each bedroom room. The bin should be emptied each week when the other household bins go out. 4. Create a permanent home for things: Set up a permanent home in the bedroom for the teens’ stuff and encourage them to

return them to their home before they get into bed each night. • Shoes - dedicate a tub or rack for shoes to be stored. My boys have a shallow wheely tub under their bed for shoes. Another family I know keeps their shoes in the garage so they can take their shoes off on the way into the house from the car. • Clothes - label drawers so the teens can find clothes and put them away themselves. With the right tools and a little encouragement teens will begin to take pride in their bedroom by getting involved in these 4 easy steps. Julie Cliff, is a Melbourne-based Professional Organiser at Space and Time and specialises in home management systems for professional, working Mums. Email her at info@spaceandtime.com.au ● SOUTH EAST homes&land


lifestyle | Dollar Curtains + Blinds

Shutters are all class Transform your home with Dollar Curtains + Blinds’ stylish, versatile and affordable shutters. OFFERING complete flexibility with light control, privacy and insulation, DC+Bs’ shutters are a window treatment that will help increase the value of your home. DC+Bs’ shutters are an ideal choice for thermal insulation - open the blades to stream light into rooms and close to insulate, offering a more energy efficient home all year round. Installing shutters across your home’s front windows can also make a huge impact to its curb appeal, not to mention the added sound insulation from outside road and traffic noise. DC+Bs’ shutters are also the most premium design on the market ensuring a more durable, longer lasting shutter for your home. This includes an elliptical shape blade design, which increases the blade closure for privacy, light control and to assist with less build up of dust. The PVC shutters are UV, water and moisture resistant, making them perfect for wet rooms. They are also specially designed with an aluminium core, which strengthens the blades and panels, adding extra support to reduce bowing or warping that can occur with other shutters over time. Dollar Curtains + Blinds shutters are 100% custom designed to fit your window and door dimensions. No short cuts are taken in the

manufacturing process to ensure customers receive value for money and a high quality, durable shutter that will last for many years to come. Check out Dollar Curtains + Blinds on Facebook or Instagram for ideas on how indoor and outdoor window coverings can transform your home. For a free in-home measure and quote, or free quote off your house plans, contact the Fountain Gate team on 9704 8654, the Pakenham team on 5940 0395 or the Moorabbin Airport team on 9566 8200. ●

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lifestyle | Lighting

Let there be light Good lighting is something that is easy to take for granted. Bad lighting is an annoying hindrance that is difficult to fix. Here are a few rules of thumb to get the lighting right in a new build or renovation. THERE are two types of lighting to think about when planning a new home - task lighting and ambient lighting. Task lighting, as the name suggests, lights up those areas where tasks like cooking, reading, moving between spaces, shaving and applying make-up occur. Good task lighting is vital for lighting up hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. In contrast, ambient or mood lighting is for those areas where you want softer light or to use light to focus on a piece of furniture, art work, feature wall or window for example. Downlights work well in kitchens as they direct light to the areas where it is most needed. It is important to ensure kitchen LED downlights are not positioned behind work stations or they will cast shadows. Depending on the size of your kitchen, three targeted LED downlights above the oven, dishwasher/sink area and the main food preparation bench should suffice. Choose cool white downlights of between 6 and 10 Watt. 44

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Pendant lights above benches are right on trend and can add a dramatic feature to a kitchen, especially in open plan designs. Think about where to place pendants, either evenly spaced or clumped together at one end of the bench at different heights. Make sure the pendants arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too low or they will get in the way and install individual switches so they can be used separately. A mix of ambient and task lighting can also work well in halls and passages. LED downlights can be placed in the ceiling and complemented by small ambient lights installed low on the walls just above the skirting board. The lower ambient lights are good for those families with young children who like some low light at night when moving between bedrooms and the toilet. Stairwells can be treated the same as hallways. Also consider LED strips along each step for an effective feature. Like kitchens, task lighting is important in bathrooms. Think about having one main downlight and a second smaller downlight directly above the basin where you apply makeup or shave. The lights can be controlled with separate switches. Warm white light is better for bathrooms. If you want a downlight directly above the shower, it needs to be an IP rated LED as it will be affected by steam and water. Laundries are another area that needs good task lighting. Two LED downlights should suffice for a standard galley laundry, more for a larger space. Another good option in a laundry is batten lighting, which is a single lamp SOUTH EAST homes&land

holder connected or wired to the ceiling. Similarly toilets can have batten or downlights. Bedrooms also need a mix of task and ambient lighting. One main downlight can be complemented by table lamps for

reading. As an alternative to lamps think about pendants which will free up on your side tables and create an interesting feature. Use warm white in bedrooms to encourage your body to wind down and relax ready for sleep. â&#x2014;? WINTER 2019

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retirement living | Choosing the Right Village

Finding the perfect village Moving to a retirement village is a major lifestyle choice. Before you make a decision on which village is best for you, Consumer Affairs Victoria has some advice about questions to ask and things to consider. FIRST of all discuss your decision to enter a retirement village with family, friends and other people you usually consult on important matters. Consider alternatives such as home help, seeking help from government or other agencies or moving to a smaller home. Ask a financial planner about the best way to manage your income and spending. There are five steps to follow to help you make the right choices: 1. Make a list of what you absolutely must have in a retirement village and another of features you want but do not need. 2. Seek expert advice; for example, take the retirement village contract to a lawyer and/ or a financial advisor before you sign. 3. Talk to Seniors Information Victoria for free information about housing options, from independent living to residential care. Telephone 1300 135 090. 4. Shop around to make sure you are informed about your options.

5. Refuse to be hassled or hurried into a decision. To compare one village to another see as many as possible that fit your location and financial requirements. Ask each operator the same range of questions. Ask for the standard fact sheet when you enquire about each village, to help you compare the similarities and differences in what they offer (by law, the village must provide one on request). Talk to residents about what they like and don’t like about the village. Take a family member of friend with you for another opinion. Compare the retirement villages’ contracts. Before you sign up to one, make sure it reflects any verbal assurances you receive. Retirement village contracts are not the same as ordinary residential property contracts. Before signing, take all documents about the retirement village to a legal

practitioner and/or financial adviser who understands the legal and financial implications of retirement village contracts. By law, you must be given a retirement village contract, and disclosure statement, at least 21 days before you sign.You can find legal practitioners through the Law Institute of Victoria’s legal referral service, and financial planners through the Financial Planning Association of Australia. For more information go to www.consumer.vic.gov.au ●

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retirement living | Lifestyle Kaduna Park

Luxury living among friends Lifestyle Kaduna Park offers 5-star resort-style facilities set in fully landscaped and maintained gardens, for over 50s who are young at heart and deserving of a little luxury. THE decision to downsize from your large family home can be an emotional one. You’ve no doubt considered some good, practical reasons for making the move. Goodbye weeding, hello free time! However, you may not have come across a downsizing option that will fill all that free time with an even bigger life than you could have ever imagined possible. All Lifestyle Communities include facilities with enough “wow-factor” to make the kids just a bit jealous. Home owners are looking forward to enjoying exclusive access to a multi-million-dollar clubhouse with an indoor heated pool and spa, cinema, gym, library and computer centre, bowling green, alfresco BBQ dining space and even a pickleball court. A community management team will live onsite to oversee all day-to-day happenings, which includes running social club events such as cocktail happy hours, karaoke, and trivia nights. Margaret Clayton, a homeowner at neighbouring Lifestyle Berwick Waters, explained that there was so much going on at her new community that she actually found that work was getting in the way of her social life! “When I first moved in, I was on holiday from work for two weeks. Then when I went back to work, I resigned.” Built by Todd Devine Homes, all Lifestyle Communities are contemporary-styled homes feature quality fixtures and fittings, landscaped front and back gardens and splitsystem heating and cooling. Front gardens are maintained by the community gardener, leaving home owners more time to relax and do more of what they love. Home owners can spend their spare time enjoying activities like yoga, aerobics classes, dancing, woodwork or attend wellness seminars and other social calendar events. 48

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Margaret and her friend Peggy are delighted to live in nearby Lifestyle Berwick Waters.

But according to a couple of the homeowners at nearby Lifestyle Berwick Waters, Allan and Judith Breasley, living the life you deserve is about so much more than wonderful facilities and fun activities to keep you busy. “It’s the neighbourhood. We have a sense of neighbourhood like when we were young,“ they said.

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Creating our piece of paradise Danielle Kutchel and her partner Daniel know the ups and downs of building a house. The young couple recently built their first home in a new estate in Officer. A reporter with Star News Group, publisher of this magazine, Danielle will write regularly about what she has learnt while getting a foot on the property ladder. THREE years ago, my partner and I took our first steps on the property ladder when we purchased a block of land in Officer. Like many other young families, we had been thinking about home ownership for a long time - but with the astronomical and ever-growing cost of homes and land, we had been worried it would be out of our reach for many years, even with diligent saving. As luck would have it, we stumbled across an advertisement for low deposit homes. After a chat with the sales team, we felt a little more confident - perhaps home ownership was within our grasp! More research was needed of course, because this is one life decision you really don’t want to mess up. Weekends were spent traipsing down the halls of display homes, poring over contracts and comparing workmanship and finishes. Ultimately we went with Dennis Family Homes as we preferred the floor plan and display home. The sales team were also incredibly helpful and happy to answer any questions. We consciously chose to set a modest budget. Given there are only two of us and our furred companions, we knew we didn’t need a large house; just something with enough room for a guest to stay, space to grow our own fruit and vegetables, and a roomy kitchen so we could let loose and indulge our inner foodies. Choosing a block of land was hectic. We were told from the outset that land 50

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was in short supply in the south east, with our preferred estates either already full or drastically beyond our means. We widened our search to Officer and settled on one of the newest and largest developments in the area. It ticked all our boxes: close to public transport and the freeway to get us to and from work, and in close proximity to parks and shops. We feel close enough to rural space and yet not so far from Melbourne as to be unworkable. Essentially, buying the block was a lottery: we had to submit our expression of interest via email at the exact right time to get it. We were lucky to score our preferred block. The hardest part of this whole journey has undoubtedly been the wait. As is common in this area, our little plot of land took far longer to title than we were originally told. Constant push-backs from the land sales office were frustrating and demoralising, and

One non-negotiable for the house was a roomy kitchen.

more than once we considered our sunset clause. The only consolation was that it gave us longer to save up for the necessities we knew we would need once we moved in, like fences and concreting. Finally though, the big day came: the land titled and, selfconveying, we managed to navigate the legal process to finally become the owners of a few hundred square metres of prime Officer land. Six months later on a muddy March day, we moved into our little home - and now we’re working on turning it into our own slice of paradise. ● SOUTH EAST homes&land


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