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Looking To The Future
A universally designed home aims to create inclusive living spaces that make daily life simpler and safer for the occupants, young or old, able-bodied or mobility-challenged. These homes are easy to enter, navigate and adapt to changing circumstances
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Editor’s Letter
With land scarce in so many prime locations, small and narrow lots have become commonplace. While these sites can pose certain design and construction challenges, with some clever thinking and the help of an experienced builder, you can have a home o
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Making Connections
The charming coastal town of Flinders on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula holds many treasures — one is this architect-designed pavilion–style holiday home. From the drawing board of Alishia Minett-Johnson, founder of Minett Studio Architecture & Desi
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Setting The Trend
While buying shoes that are the height of fashion might well be a worthwhile indulgence, making decisions about the look and function of your home on transitory fads is not. That doesn’t mean, however, that trends in home building are to be ignored b
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Steel Yourself
The impact of this home’s elongated and dissected form induces an immediate sense of awe. Like a cake with a slice cut off the end, the home, dubbed Iron Maiden, celebrates the local context and history of the site on Sydney’s Lower North Shore in a
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Time To Think Big
Small lots are now commonplace but when it comes to the house you build on them, well, small can be beautiful. Lots of limited size, which includes narrow building sites, can be found in and around many city areas as well as in suburban subdivisions.
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Exceeding Expectations
A true visionary is how one could describe Melissa Leenman, the proud owner of Belle Heath, a guest house located an hour’s drive north-west of Sydney in the magnificent Hawkesbury region. An adults-only retreat, Belle Heath has proven a great succes
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Small Wonders
Today, houses are bigger, blocks smaller so the amount of outdoor space many of us are left with is limited. Living in townhouses and duplexes, where pocket-sized gardens are the norm, is also on the rise. While having a small outdoor area doesn’t pr
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Make A Little Magic
It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home and for very good reason — it is. It’s where family meals are prepared and everyone congregates to discuss their day and catch up. And it’s always the social hub when entertaining. Getting the
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Window To The World
Windows can be a way to allow in cooling summer breezes and warm winter sunshine, and invite in natural light. The right style of window can highlight a picturesque view and be a built architectural component that is a unique feature of a home. Of co
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Keeping The Peace
No longer is a media room the purview of the wealthy. With the advent of more affordable technology, enjoying the full at-home cinema experience is within the reach of many. Most newly-built homes will include a media room where movies, your favourit
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Design Gallery
Oak House is an example of the august tradition of alterations and additions to heritage houses. This adaptive re-use of a double-fronted Victorian house by Kennedy Nolan incorporates a re-working of the existing dwelling, a new pavilion forming a ce
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Going The Extra Mile
Established in 1995, Gabrael House Demolition Sydney is one of the fastest growing demolition companies in Sydney with a team dedicated to achieving one very important objective: to provide customers with the best possible service at a competitive ma
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In The Swim
Poolscapes have come a long way in recent years, now serving as key features of the architecture of a home and a rallying point for social gatherings. The demand for pools and great outdoor living spaces is certainly increasing. The more that technol
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In The News
The Building Designers Association of Victoria, the not-for-profit organisation behind the state’s annual Building Design Awards, has launched a new name, Design Matters, and a complete rebrand. The organisation’s new vision is to broaden, build and
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Design Solutions
An energy-efficient home is a comfortable home. It’s easier to heat and cool, it saves you in energy costs, and it can be any style you like. What’s more, an energy-efficient home is a lot more affordable to build than you might think, especially whe
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Working The Angles
When a couple in their 30s with a one-year-old daughter purchased a small 1970s brick veneer home on stumps, they felt there was only one choice: knock it down and rebuild something amazing. The duo wanted a home with the luxury and feel of a resort-
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Divide And Conquer
Where once stood an old weatherboard house, now proudly stands Samurai Duplex — a testament to the owners’ passion for Japanese culture and architecture, and a compelling example of how an architect-designed duplex can add character to a neighbourhoo
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Light And Bright
There’s nothing like a bit of good old-fashioned teamwork to get a job done right. Mont Albert B&W House is the brainchild of three expert teams: Ben Callery Architects, homeowners and landscape designers Sam and Kirsten Egan, and kitchen manufacture
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Coastal Cool
Known for its historic bathing boxes and white-sand beach, Edithvale has long attracted people eager to live the leisurely coastal lifestyle. Finding a beachfront spot to build on isn’t easy and when one comes up, making the most of it is a priority.
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A Perfect Match
One of the benefits of working with a custom builder is that you get the exact house you want, inside and out. Having bought land in Bella Vista, in Sydney’s north-west, the owners set about finding a company they could trust to design and build a ho
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The Lifestyle Choice
For an increasing number of families, building a duplex is both a lifestyle choice and a canny investment. This modern duplex, designed by Damour Design and built by Oscar George Projects, is located in Northmead, a suburb in Sydney's west, and is an
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Unique And Personal
Q. WHAT DREW YOU TO THE BUILDING INDUSTRY? A. I was attracted to building when I was a teenager and studied carpentry straight out of high school. I love being in a job where I can be hands on and am able to create something from the ground up. I lik
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The Height Of Luxury
With its well-considered combination of materials, plethora of custom-made features and unique design, this luxury home in the outer Sydney suburb of Dural is something special. This was a project on a grand scale, one that was four years in the maki
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In The News
Porter Davis Homes recently received a major accolade when it was named winner of the Australian Professional Major Builder of the Year award at the 2019 Housing Institute Association (HIA) Awards — an award the company has won on five previous occas
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Twice As Nice
Designed well and built in the right location, a duplex can be a canny investment. You can sell it outright or you can choose to live in one dwelling and rent the other out, or sell it to help pay for the initial cost of construction. Perhaps, instea
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Ticking All The Boxes
Architecturally designed with family living in mind, this duplex ticks all the boxes. Each dwelling has four bedrooms, plentiful storage, alfresco dining and entertaining areas, and thoughtfully designed interior living spaces. While the process for
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Let There Be Light
With a custom builder you get the home you want in the style you want — and this beautiful home in Sydney’s innerwest, built by Starr Constructions, is a case in point. Located in the established neighbourhood of Annandale, this new home for a young
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Smooth As Silk
The Silkwood Group of companies operates under the leadership of John Stephens, a well-established home builder of national standing. John is a firm believer in education and makes it a priority within his companies. By sharing with his employees the
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Hail The Hamptons
A perfect match for the relaxed, indooroutdoor lifestyle Australians favour, the Hamptons-style home has captured the hearts of families right around the country. With its airy, generously proportioned interiors, fresh colour palette, coastal ambienc
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