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This project was based on the client’s request for a home with crisp, clean lines married with the natural aspect of stone, sunlight and the ability to bring in the local environment of grey trees from Lake Mulwala. The home was to reflect resort-style outdoor living, as well as incorporate a completely different design for the lower- level basement. The home is constructed from brick veneer walls and render to the west, north and east facades. A stand-out feature of the custom built home is the semi-underground media lounge entertainment area, with wine bar and Jetmaster open fireplace, featuring a spotted gum timberlined ceiling and polished concrete flooring. With expansive open-plan living, the house has a seamless flow to the outdoors with a resort-style pool.
The project involved the construction of a new senior secondary school facility at Trinity Anglican College, Thurgoona Campus. The works comprised a double-storey building and single-storey building and all associated earthworks and external paving. The buildings provide 20 general learning areas in an open-plan format facilitated by sliding and openable glass dividing walls, and are flanked by a storeroom and administration offices, as well as bathroom and kitchen amenities for staff. The building planning deliberately sought to break down the traditional concept of individual classroom ‘cells’ through offset and angled walls and deliberately diffused delineation among rooms through openable walls and floor finishes. Given that the works linked to existing facilities, it was essential that the construction activities did not conflict with any of the existing building’s ongoing operations.
The aim of the renovation and deck extension was to bring the garden and rural setting into the home via large double-glazed panels that also allowed for more light. The construct also enabled the reconfiguration of the room layout to allow for a more functional use of space in the kitchen, living and dining areas while allowing for the zoning of private bedrooms and the ensuite, with a guest wing that had its own facilities. From an external perspective, the inclusion of earthy features such as Clancy wall stone and spotted-gum timber provide a connection to the rural setting. The extensive ironbark and merbau deck area, with its use of carefully placed lighting, allow for day and night use in a variety of private or entertaining settings.
The scope of this project involved the demolition of a poorly designed extension done prior to the current purchase, and the construction of an extension along the south boundary in order to open rooms up to the back yard. This allowing for the master bedroom to be at the back of the property, and access to the other three bedrooms from the front hallway. The old part of the house largely kept its Art Deco features intact, but new doors, handles, cornicing and stipple render were added. The sophisticated living, dining and kitchen areas feature vaulted ceilings with 360-degree views of the sky, creating a beautiful connection with the outdoors and gas-log fireplace. Floor-to-ceiling stacker doors wrap around the living and outdoor areas, seamlessly joining entertaining zones and bar.
The Wellington design is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home that fits on a standard suburban block. Offering two living areas, a large walk-in pantry, laundry and oversized double garage, it is ideal for the larger family. A variety of materials were used to ensure conformity with the proposed architectural features including a Matrix parapet and limestone tile feature walls. The use of Australian spotted gum from a renewable source for wall cladding and Hardie decking in lieu of rainforest timbers from overseas was a sustainable initiative, and having a side entrance provides an effective point of difference to many of the houses being built currently.
Leakeal’s display home is constructed of brick veneer, with a rendered finish, linea boards and timber windows. Internal features include luxury paint, tiles, carpet and superior fixtures and fittings. Featuring three large bedrooms, the master has a walk-in robe and the en-suite features a double shower. The living room features a flame- gas heating unit, and an expansive relaxing space incorporating the kitchen and dining areas. The kitchen, with a butler’s pantry, is showered in sunlight, which is brought into the home via the huge light well positioned over the island bench. The house then flows out towards the large covered entertaining area with KD Hardwood lining boards and beautiful James Hardie deck.
This spacious and light-filled family home comprises two living spaces, four bedrooms and an alfresco. The well-appointed kitchen incorporates stainless steel appliances and Caeserstone bench tops. There is laminated cabinetry throughout including bench space in the laundry. There is a number of quality construction items that go unnoticed in the finished home including the use of steel support posts during construction inside the brick piers rather than temporary propping, and there is a load-bearing wall within the home to break the span of the trusses and nullify movement and cracking along cornices. The facade of the home is contemporary in form as are the use of a mix of materials, including cladding and render.
The Macedon is an expansive home that includes many features and spaces to accommodate lavish entertaining, as well as private spaces when required. The design features have the master suite and living space separated from the rest of the home at front. The master suite is a sizeable sanctuary featuring his-and-her walk-in robes and an ensuite with his-and-her vanities, a large shower and separate WC. The spacious, contemporary kitchen includes a butler’s fit-out to the kitchen pantry incorporating a sink, mixer tap and extensive cabinetry and pot drawers with shelving above. Optional extras featured in the Macedon display include a Jetmaster fireplace in the front living room, an extended alfresco area accessed through large panel bi-parting doors and a separate study space.
This brick veneer home was designed for the purpose of creating a low-maintenance, practical and comfortable home for retiree clients, both of whom are in their 80s. As avid travellers, they wanted little maintenance, open living and meals areas and three bedrooms to cater for when the family visits. Zero thresholds to all entry doors and walk-in showers were added for ease of access. To make the most of the creek and park views a large window was included in the open-living area, and additional concrete beyond the verandah allows the owners to sit under the verandah in the heat of summer or enjoy being out in the winter sun.
The high level of finish, thermal performance and expected longevity of this house represents exceptional value for money. A philosophy of Ground Up Earth builders is to present the structural material as the finished product as far as is possible and effective. This requires a high level of planning and execution that is evident in this build. Double-glazed windows, over 16 metres or 44 tonnes of 300 mm thick, insulated thermal mass walls, insulated slab, ultra efficient Sanden Heat Pump, 5-Kv solar power system, LED lighting throughout, automatic pellet-fed heater, and a most complementary landscaping design and construction ensure this cleverly constructed home is at the forefront of sustainability and innovation.
Designed to sit graciously on a corner plot, this five-bedroom home showcases undeniable style and opulent living. Displaying a bold contemporary design, the ground floor features multiple of living areas including an open plan living, dining, and separate family room and a ‘Great Room’, as well as a separate study upstairs. Downstairs boasts elegant timber flooring throughout, complemented by an outstanding cohesion with quality finishes. Upstairs, through double doors, boasts a magnificent master suite complete with private retreat, en-suite and walk in robe.
Built to match the owner’s unswerving vision of light and sustainability, this home has a unique and innovative design that is highlighted by its long and narrow form. By utilising the north-facing aspect and installing several highlight windows, sunlight is able to flow in for optimum natural light and warmth while strategically placed eaves help block the harsh summer sun. These aspects add to the long-term sustainability of the home by utilising the elements to keep running costs to a minimum. The project was completed in one of the wettest winters in a long time, so there were some unforeseen delays. However, the project pushed on and the project was completed within the desired time frame.
This project was based on the client’s request for a home with crisp, clean lines, married with the natural aspect of stone, sunlight and the ability to bring in the local environment of grey trees from Lake Mulwala, effectively reflecting a resort-style space. A stand-out feature of the custom built home is the semi-underground media lounge entertainment area, with wine bar and Jetmaster open fireplace, featuring spotted-gum timber-lined ceiling and polished concrete flooring. With expansive open-plan living the house has a seamless flow to the outdoors with a resort-style pool. The home is constructed from brick veneer walls and render to the west, north and east facades.
This home has been very much individually tailored to meet the needs of the client’s young growing family, incorporating five bedrooms, family/kitchen/dining room, rumpus plus separate private main bedroom suite. Accommodation also includes a guest room with ensuite, office, gymnasium and a mud –room, enjoying direct access from the garage. The clever design has taken into account all the requirements of daily living, emphasising the use of highlighted windows to allow natural light into the main areas and to capture the stunning views overlooking the Hume weir. The usage to timber beams, high quality timber flooring, designed timber front feature door brings warmth into this modern contemporary home.
This large two-storey, hillside residence comprises five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living rooms and a rumpus room plus a separate study, office and meeting room. The downstairs guest bedroom and bathroom create a separate area for guests with a living room/rumpus room in the same zone. The contemporary kitchen and butler’s pantry feature Calcutta Nuvo Caesarstone bench tops and a solid timber spotted gum breakfast bar, while large bi-fold doors open onto an enclosed Alfresco area incorporating: a wood fired pizza oven, inbuilt natural gas BBQ with roasting hood and natural gas two-burner cooktop, sink and electric overhead radiant heaters. An in-ground pool with waterfall feature, covered pool house, four-car garage and underground wine cellar complete the picture.
This design and construct contract involved a new media and production facility with the latest building technology combining with an older heritage building on the site. Creating an industrial style, the design incorporates the use of timber lining, concrete floors, steel beams, high ceilings with large windows for natural light, and open airy office spaces with glass windows. The entry features a large open space and stairwell including tall glass and open space offices upstairs, and on the ground floor. A major challenge was to connect the new media centre to the current heritage style building onsite, and blend the two successfully to complement each other.
The scope of works for this established school build entailed a comprehensive refurbishment of all learning spaces and toilet facilities to bring the buildings up to standard, plus the construction of a new deck and pergola. Electrical, mechanical and hydraulic upgrades were undertaken. As an operational school environment the project delivery team worked within the constraints of moving students and staff between play areas around the construction zone. The site manager and the principal liaised on a daily basis to ensure all deliveries and trade movements were out of school hours and all asbestos removal works were undertaken on weekends when students were not present.
The new double storey Upper Murray Family Care head office in Wodonga was required to link and compliment the adjoining offices built in the early 1900’s, while emphasizing its individual creative design features, as a stage of the art modern office facility. The quality of construction and attention to detail is visible throughout and can be attributed to the specified materials, excellent quality of workmanship, site supervision and the architects continual involvement in the project throughout the construction process. The footprint and plan involved many angles and precise lines. A lot of detail and thought was put into the positioning of shade structures, glazing and composite panels to create an appealing facade.
This educational project called for the construction of a new administration building, kindergarten and learning centre. Working within an operational school environment, it was imperative that the site manager and principal were liaising on a daily basis to ensure the students and staff moved between play areas safely around the construction zone. The structure utilises timber framing and laminated veneer lumber timber roof and structural framing. Internally, interesting finishes include Hoop-pine joinery, artificial grass ramps and plywood laminate.
Works on this new secondary school project provided a double-storey building on the south wing combining with a single storey building on the north wing. The set-out of the interior intentionally sought to break down the traditional concept of individual classroom ‘cells’ through the use of offset and anguled walls, deliberately creating a diffused delineation between rooms through moveable walls and floor finishes. The high volume of glass and architectural metalwork used in such style ethos, demanded a high calibre of precision in translating shop details into reality, and it is a testament to the local fabricators and installers of these elements that they have been completed successfully towards such high tolerance parameters.