Home Tour - Bourne Road Residence by Studiofour

 
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The Bourne Road Residence by Studiofour was designed with the mindset of framing the outdoor space with the architecture becoming a backdrop for the family’s engagement with the garden. Stripping the architecture back to white rendered planes, this project became an exploration into enclosing the basic rituals of domestic life within restrained building forms.

In contrast to the modest and simple façade, upon entering, spaces unfold, through the private sleeping areas, through the internal garden, and culminating in the main living, cooking and dining area.

The garden must be passed through and experienced to reach the main areas of the house. Located within the centre of the house, one must continually move through and experience the garden; not only guests coming to the public areas of the home, but the occupants as they move from the public living areas to the private areas of sleeping and bathing.

 
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Private areas of sleeping, bathing, study and reading are purposefully concealed from interior sight lines, whilst the public areas in contrast are completely open and connected to the internal garden. 

A key challenge for Studiofour when designing this residence was to balance the functional requirements for a family with two young children, while providing a calming sanctuary required for the professional couple. A private, acoustically separated, master wing and a secluded second living area enable the remainder of the house to remain fluid and relatively open. At all times the family are encouraged to connect with the landscape, while all internal areas are flooded with natural light and fresh air.

 
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Home Tour – Davies Street Residence by Studio Four

 
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The Davies Street Residence by studiofour began as an existing single level residence, comprised of low ceilings and a series of dark compartmentalised spaces. With strategic re-planning of the ground floor, and the addition of a new highly flexible first floor, the functions of the house have been extended and rejuvenated and the design adapts to suit the ever changing dynamics of family life.

Cold, dark and stagnant spaces were eliminated through both the insertion of a central courtyard as well as a new connection to the rear garden; all volumes now provided fresh air, an abundance of natural light and garden aspect.

Equally important was the client’s vision to have a home that supported healthy living. Providing a built environment that had abundant access to fresh air, aspect and light was paramount to the success of this project.

 
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The team at studiofour comprises of designers with experience in architecture, interiors, landscape and art.  With the Davies St Residence they were able to provide a holistic design approach and therefore there were no boundaries in this project. Each discipline bled into another, to inform a cohesive, highly considered outcome. When approaching the alterations and additions for this project, studiofour's aim was to retain as much of the existing building fabric as possible and work within the existing structural envelope, as this would prove most economical.

This enabled the client’s budget to focus on items such as the custom steel screen and the series of glass sliding doors and walls, which maximised the functionality of the home, while, with their seamless detailing, increased the sense of space and usability, and connection to the surrounding landscape.

 
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Home Tour - Long Jetty Road Reno

 
 

From Palm Springs to Long Jetty

With a passion for breathing new life into tired, dated homes, renovation royalty and popular husband and wife personalities Kyal and Kara open the doors to their latest project – a sunny, bright and all-white, coastal-style property in Long Jetty, on New South Wales Central Coast.

Their style is influenced by the architecture of mid-century Palm Springs homes in California – a design movement known as Desert Modernism and recognised by its use of clean lines, glass, natural finishes and flow-on indoor/outdoor spaces.

Kyal and Kara felt the unique design elements, simple elegance and informality was the perfect style to replace the original, dated weatherboard house – and also suited the laidback, coastal lifestyle of the area. 

“Our goal was to create a light-filled sanctuary that felt comfortable and inviting,” explains Kara. “It’s a real sanctuary but with plenty of space for entertaining.”

 
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Upon entering the house, high ceilings, large glass windows and an open-plan living space flooded with natural light take centre stage. “The first thing that strikes you about the renovation is the scale of the ceilings. At 3.6 metres high, they make a real statement,” says Kyal.

Complementing the look and feeling of space is the use of oak floors together with a soft white colour palette and Corinthian Moda internal doors for the entirety of the interior. “The Moda door is a long time favourite of ours,” says Kyal. “Its simplistic design ties in perfectly with our coastal style, whilst also providing a unique difference to an otherwise standard door.”

With the high internal ceilings, the added door height of the Moda design plays an integral role in the grandeur and scale of the interior. Kyal and Kara were also drawn to the profile of the Moda collection, “the shape of the Moda doors adds an extra layer of detail that would otherwise be missed if we used a flat, standard, profile door,” explains Kyal.

 
 

Looking to extend the feeling of space in the bedrooms, Kyal and Kara chose Corinthian Moda doors fitted with barn door hardware in a matte white finish for the walk-in-wardrobes.

The wardrobes are a design highlight for Kyal and Kara as they wanted to keep with the clean lines of the walls but also create a feature with the sliding doors. “This is a great design feature which emphasizes the shaker profile of the doors and creates a statement in itself,” says Kara. “We’re big believers in every detail being carefully considered – it’s the details that count and create a unique and beautiful renovation.”

 
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With a goal to design a family home that was built to last, the importance of high-quality and carefully selected materials was imperative. CSR Gyprock was the couple’s chosen plasterboard supplier for the second time, following the success of their Toowoon Bay renovation in 2016.

For the home’s internal linings, Gyprock Supaceil plasterboard was used for the ceilings, alongside quality Gyprock compounds. In the laundry and bathrooms, Kyal and Kara chose Gyprock’s Aquachek plasterboard, which is specifically designed for use as a lining in wet areas due to its moisture and humidity resistant properties.

Gyprock Alto cornices feature throughout the home and provide “a perfect balance between modern and traditional style,” explains Kara. Stylish yet unobtrusive, it was a well-thought-out design element for the Long Jetty home.

 
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The crowning glory of the home is the ‘outdoor entertaining space to die for.’ The couple’s vision for the backyard was to merge Palm Springs style with Moroccan textures as evident in the gorgeous mosaic tiled plunge pool, alongside lush greenery and a breeze block wall.

Being alfresco living enthusiasts, Kyal and Kara installed a fully integrated kitchen and barbeque, underneath a covered deck area with large skylights that lets in natural light. A poolside outdoor shower also adds to the backyard’s coastal vibe.

Overall, with the use of carefully selected quality building materials and a strong design vision, Kyal and Kara have created a beautiful beachside sanctuary, designed to last a lifetime.

 
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Home Tour | The Ivy Home by Seidler Group

 
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The Ivy Home by Seidler Group in South Melbourne is a masterpiece in architectural design for small homes. South Melbourne has traditionally narrow Victorian homes and Seidler's solution to combat this was to combine landscape architecture and clever fabrication to create a spacious oasis of white and green, within the confines of the narrow block.

 

 
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The interior is bright and airy with a raw, neutral colour palllette and each space is open and filled with light, giving this home fresh new life. The styling was undertaken by the clients themselves who have added beautiful furniture pieces and injected each space with colour and character, giving a real sense of style to the home.

 

 
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A custom designed floating staircase maximises the outlook through a glazed southern perimeter overlooking an Ivy garden, offering a green backdrop against the adjoining boundary wall. The garage extensions timber facade references coastal tones injecting warmth into the outdoor entertaining space complete with a spa. Exposed timber fins direct views from the upper entertaining room into a lush backyard complete with a floating weatherboard bathing box, a further extension from the original home.

 

 
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Breathe Architecture and Caroma collaborate on environmentally sustainable project, Nightingale 1...

 
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Nightingale 1 was initially conceived back in 2014 by Breathe Architecture. Breathe, who had just completed the award-winning sustainable development The Commons, were keen to build a well-designed, community-led building for owner-occupiers, not investors, that was financially, socially and environmentally sustainable. 

The apartments in Nightingale 1 have been designed to exemplary levels of environmental sustainability with 100 per cent fossil fuel-free building operations with a minimum 7.5-star NatHERS thermal rating including features such as recycled timber, mid-steel light fittings and solar roof panels.

 
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A key feature of the Nightingale 1 project is that it has partnered with Caroma – Australia’s leading bathroom and kitchen wares supplier. For 75 years, Caroma has been committed to conserving water in its products through its continual innovations in bathroom technology. It has continually delivered best-in-class water saving solutions across many products.

 
 

The unique Caroma Cleanfush® toilet features in each of Nightingale 1’s 20 apartments. The Caroma Cleanflush® is an Australian first in bathroom technology. It features a rimless toilet bowl and new flush and flow technology resulting in a bowl eliminating the build-up of germs and bacteria and is easier to clean compared to traditional toilets. Engineered with a more powerful and precise flush stream, the Cleanflush® technology enables a superior solution in clearing the bowl.

Caroma proudly aligns with the sustainability principles championed by Nightingale Housing – a not-for-profit organisation which provides the support and processes enabling architects to deliver homes that have the future of the planet firmly in mind.

 
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A stunning country abode - Limerick House by Solomon Troup Architects

 
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Architect - Soloman Troup | Photogrpahy -  Tatjana Plitt

 

Brunswick based firm Solomon Troup Architects have recently completed their first project, Limerick House, located in Eganstown, about 10 minutes outside of Daylesford, Victoria. It is a modest addition to an existing house that was owned by the clients’ father, who built the house out of three disused railway cottages.

The form of the addition was inspired by the old dilapidated shearing sheds that inhabit the local area. Black-stained timber decking boards were used to clad the entire addition to further enhance the resemblance of the aged timber look of the local dilapidated shearing sheds, whilst silver-top ash lining boards add warmth to the interior space and contrast the black exterior.

 
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HOME TOUR | Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group

 
 Architectural Design  Auhaus Architecture  | Photography by  Mike Baker  | Styling by  Heather Nette King  | Featuring furniture from  Meizai

Architectural Design Auhaus Architecture | Photography by Mike Baker | Styling by Heather Nette King | Featuring furniture from Meizai

 

Say Hello to 'Courtyard House' a stunning home from the AuHaus release by Lifespaces Group. This home has been designed for relaxed living with all spaces arranged around a large central courtyard which draws light and breeze into the house and creates a strong connection between all living zones.

The material palette of blue-stone and natural hardwood creates an elegantly understated and robust family home with lofty ceilings and generous glazing which floods the living areas with natural light. The semi-enclosed courtyard acts as an outdoor room, an entertaining space onto which all internal areas flow. This central courtyard also provides a controlled and private external outlook regardless of neighbouring conditions.

Check out the rest of the AuHaus Release here.

Find out about Lifespaces Group here.

 
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Home Tour - Foote House by McKimm

 
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There is so much to love about Foote House #project341 by McKimm - be it the stunning black and marble kitchen with over sized linear pendant light (above), the modern and super luxurious bathrooms or the fact the whole house was created in a U shape around the mind blowingly beautiful pool, so you can catch a glimpse of the glistening water from all angles and many rooms.

Material selection is key to this home being an absolute stand out, McKimm's use of concrete, feature brickwork and timber have been layered with architectural finesse, creating a different textural experience at every turn.


We would love to know what your favourite feature is, comment below! 

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"Conceptually, the architectural composition of the home sits in a u-shape formation, flanking the pool as the centrepiece and integrating the indoor and outdoor spaces with ease. The luxury of a northern orientation floods the open plan living spaces with an abundance of natural light, including the underground basement where light dances through via a landscaped glass atrium that falls from the main entrance." says McKimm

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Backyard oasis... Elwood Pool House

 
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Designed by Pipkorn Kilpatrick | Photography by Martina Gemmola | Landscape Design by Kate Patterson Landscapes

We featured this stunning home on our instagram this week and you all LOVED it - the response was so incredible and you all wanted to see more, so here it is.

Behold the Elwood House by Pipkorn Kilpatrick, which features stunning landscape design by Kate Patterson Landscapes... and what an absolute beauty, I could easily spend my days lounging around in this beautifully thought out home. 


Pipkorn Kilpatrick says: "Our inspiration was the main house - a beautifully kept, originally ornate Californian bungalow. We wanted to compliment its beauty without trying to mock or compete so for the pool-house, the design was a simple form with clean lines and a pitched roof to accommodate storage. The feel is raw and relaxed with smooth concrete floors with exposed aggregate running into the stone tiles that surround the pool, large timber joists with exposed steel support and enormous aluminium sliding doors that disappear into the wall cavity. The theme is replicated in the dining room - panelled raked ceiling with the same sheer curtains dropping from a concealed pelmet cavity and soft Terrazzo tiles with large sliding doors - and in the fireplace/bbq with its clean lines, textured natural blue stone and bbq bench area concealed behind. We love way the dining room sits happily against the backdrop of the original house, showing off and enhancing its iconic features without competing."


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Brick is back... Fish Creek House - Houses Awards 17

 
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Photography Ben Hosking

Fish Creek House by Editon Office  was the winner of 'New House over 200m2' category in the Houses Awards 17 - which was announced this month. 

"The Fish-Creek house is contained within the singular gesture of a long, highly textured wall, which closely wraps three nested, black timber pavilions offering shelter while they sit upon the lowered wall and gaze out upon the undulating and extraordinary landscape that surrounds them." 

We love the modern simplicity of this single story dwelling, the use of brick to add texture and the way it fits into it's surrounding landscape. 

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"An abstract object sits embedded in the landscape - a long, highly textured wall wrapping three black timber pavilions and enclosing five courtyards. The structures offer shelter from the at-times harsh climate, as well as views over the extraordinary landscape and coastline to the east.

The textured brick wall, with its carefully curated mortar jointing, anchors the building to the site. Its earthen materiality is attuned to the landscape, mediating between screening a busy road to the west and opening up to the view.

The planning of the house into three discrete pavilions separated by courtyards allows for the entry of northern light along its length, and for the incremental shutting down or opening up of the house to suit either its owners - an elderly couple - or larger family gatherings.

Building a sizeable project with a high level of quality and detail on a relatively modest budget is a significant achievement in itself. This project goes much further - it offers an alternative model for ageing in place, with careful consideration of the single-level plan, the accessibility of bathrooms, access to outdoor spaces and an acute awareness of scale."

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Australian House of the year - Houses Awards 2017

 
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Photography - Christopher Frederick Jones

Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peter

The Houses Awards 2017 have just been announced and we are absolutely blown away by the outstanding winners and finalists of all the categories. Over the next few weeks we will be showcasing some of the winners that we think you will love. 

The winner of Australian House of the Year was Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peter and we love it. It's a modest timber cottage that has been carefully modified and extended to accommodate a young family and orientate the building’s occupants towards the garden.

Jury citation from www.housesawards.com.au

"This project is distinguished by its deceptive simplicity. It is the result of the architecture practices sustained investigations into the Queensland vernacular, and the straightforward application and sensory qualities of utilitarian materials.

By identifying "the private house as a critical piece of city-making," the architects confer on this project a commonly missed role. In detail, the interpretation of the brief and site aligns with Fernando Tavoras idea that "each case is a case."

The architects siting strategy explores the potential of quiet suburban spaces and associations, apparent and real boundaries and notions of private and communal space.

The building forms, scale, plans, details, composition and sections acknowledge the suburban street-corner relationship, making beautiful connections with the carefully observed conditions of the site.

Auchenflower House offers an inventive model for working with traditional housing on suburban blocks and provides an intelligent and poetic paradigm for current practice."

 

No space, no worries... check out this incredible renovation

 
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Architect: Apparte Studio | Photo: Christopher Alexander

Apparte Studio has completed an incredible renovation on this single fronted Victorian Cottage that proves with the right architecture and design, limited space has no boundaries. 

This originally cramped, dark and damp Victorian cottage has been transformed into a light-filled, flowing and uplifting home, while still referencing the original features of the house. The project is unique in the fact that the architect was also the builder and joiner, which provided the opportunity to test out ambitious ideas and their consequences during the construction.

One of the special aspects about this project is the play of contrasts between the modest facade and what lies inside. Like a veil of camouflage, the front gives nothing away of its contents and remains perfectly anonymous.

This home is only 60m2... no that is not a typo! So the brief was "How might a professional couple live comfortably inside a formerly tight and dingy Victorian of no more than 60m2?" And to add to the challenge, an extension was out of the question due to budget constraints, so all changes had to be made inside the existing structure. 

Scroll down to see for yourself how they transformed this home into a modern, light filled inner city dwelling. 

 

A quick and easy way to brighten up your garden...

 
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All images from Pinterest

The garden trend of the moment is pots, well clusters of pots to be precise! 

You can use these babies to brighten up your courtyard, backyard, deck, balcony and wherever else you think needs a pop of green and some style! 

Odd numbers work best, so try to group your pots in 3 or 5, ensure your pots vary in height and in some cases that they also vary in size... this will give you the best display possible. 

Plant selection is also super important - do you want ever green? Plants with height? Plants that cascade? Succulents? Take a trip to your local nursery and have chat with them about the look you are after and they can lead you in the right direction. 

Happy Planting!

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Exteriors... 5 of the best right now!

 
 Canterbury Road Residence, Toorak by  BE Architecture

Canterbury Road Residence, Toorak by BE Architecture

Stone - It adds a modern edge and as we all know, texture is everything! Stone is the perfect way to incorporate another texture/material into your exterior and add some WOW!

 Escobar Renovation by  Chen+Suchart Studio

Escobar Renovation by Chen+Suchart Studio

Steel - Super durable and very low maintenance - so a big yes to that! Steel is a sleek and modern option and the perfect choice for the minimalists at heart. 

 House in House by  Steffen Welsch Architects

Timber Slats - I love vertical timber slats as cladding and the interest they create - the positive/negative space draws your eye in and the natural tones lend themselves perfectly to greenery and gardens.

 Kerferd Project by  Whiting Architects

Kerferd Project by Whiting Architects

Shadow Clad - is timber cladding with a 'shadow line' between each board and I happen to love the look of this, especially since we used it on our last renovation. It suits almost all architectural styles and is super low maintenance and easy to install for a professional.

 Cobourg Residence by  Trevor Horne Architects

Cobourg Residence by Trevor Horne Architects

Brick/Masonry - A classic but still widely used exterior product. Bricks come in many a shape/colour/texture/material nowadays so do your research and get creative.