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An exercise in the bespoke and making difficult concepts effortless. All parts of the build required custom approaches. Materials used are a combination of block, blackbutt and Barestone (cement) sheeting. Topping slabs have been laid over an insulated structural slab, that has in-floor hydronic heating for comfort. Water tanks, drainage and retaining walls are concealed. Doors disappear into walls; windows are set flush and the ceiling rakes above. From the free-standing bath to the retractable flyscreens, all aspects of this custom build prioritise quality and longevity. Enormous commercial top hung glazing units glide effortlessly. Giant sheets of porcelain panel line the bathroom walls. Benchtops are rugged concrete Caesarstone.
The facility is a single storey, steel framed, brick veneer construction with typical hospital finishes throughout, built upon a concrete slab on bored piers. Adjacent to the new building is a new carpark and landscaping. Construction of this facility occurred within an operational army barracks and with a coordinated proactive approach to the build no issues were incurred. Early works involved the removal and relocation of overhead power lines, and the removal and remediation of an existing underground storage tank. The slabs were poured over 4 sessions. This stage approach allowed for the electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic services rough to commence in the other stages. Some pours commenced as early as 3am to allow the concrete curing before the heat of an Albury/Wodonga summer day.
The scope of works for this project was derived by the client’s needs to use the space differently and needing the house to grow and evolve with them. Originally built over 10 years ago, the three-bedroom, three living space home required updating to better suit their growing family needs. The wish list included transforming an underutilised living space into a fourth bedroom and extensive walk-in linen cupboard. The extension included a flowing family space and outdoor entertaining area that enhanced the yard and pool area. The kitchen and laundry were also getting a makeover, ensuring they blended nicely with the new spaces.
This home has been designed to accommodate a growing family while adding a light-filled kitchen, living, family room and alfresco area for entertaining. The clients wanted to keep some original features of the existing home, which adds to the character and warmth, while the new additions where carefully selected so that the new and old blended together seamlessly. Front windows were restored as was the entry door. The existing two fireplaces were renewed and remained in the study and lounge room.
This home offers the functionality and comfort for contemporary family living. The design had to fit on a smaller block without compromising space with the inclusion of a front verandah and timber deck. The main bedroom features a luxurious ensuite and a separate living space to create a 'parents retreat'. The laundry with its walk-in linen cupboard creates an internal entry point of the home. The spa bath in the main bathroom compliments the luxury feeling as does the spacious powder room. In designing this home, storage was maximised. Quality Caesarstone benchtops and SMEG appliances feature in the kitchen, while the outdoor entertaining area boasts its own sink, preparation bench area and TV point.
Elwood, a designer display home, showcases the integration of sustainability and wellness into residential construction. Approached by Greenest House to deliver a considered home, Gilchrist Homes worked through a comprehensive brief to deliver this unique residence. The clever layout features three-bedrooms, two-and-a-half-bathrooms, and a large open-plan living space. It’s designed with the NCC trajectory towards Zero Energy ready buildings in mind and is adaptable to changing lifestyles including smaller families, multi-generational living, retirement, empty nests, and the like. Other considerations included accessibility requirements, generous storage spaces, shared family areas and integration of solar and clean energy ‘future-proofing’.
The Edge display home offers space, practicality, and luxury in equal portions. It not only works with the shape and size of the allotment; it also incorporates many popular custom design features. Featuring three living zones and four bedrooms, The Edge offers the ultimate balance of space and privacy alongside cleverly positioned alfresco entertaining. An enormous storage and mud room enjoy direct access from the garage, flowing through to a well-appointed scullery and pantry. The laundry is also in arms reach of the beautiful kitchen. When it comes time to relax, parents are spoilt with their own separate master wing with a generous ensuite.
The Pinnacle facade consists of a mix of cladding accents with render and portico peers which adds to the Langdon 26 street appeal. The façade also features aluminium windows and extra wide eaves which are suitably effective in reflecting the harsh heat of the regional Victorian countryside. The home fits on 14m wide x 30m long lot and naturally looks wide and inviting. A variety of options are available for this home so that the purchaser can tailor the home to their own requirements. The home living areas are predominately to the side of the home with large windows to catch natural light.
The Sentinel 29 is elegant single-storey home with clever design features include a spacious, master retreat, complete with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, which is positioned off the entry. Two additional bedrooms are located to the rear, while a fourth is conveniently located off the central spine. A second bathroom, separate powder room and study round out the Sentinel’s generous features. The heart of this unique home is the free-flowing kitchen, dining and living areas, which are arranged in an S-shape to allow for relaxed, everyday living and seamless entertaining. There is space for the whole family with this bright and breezy Freedom by Metricon design. The Escape façade combines multi-tonal render and brick work along with extra-large windows to provide spectacular street appeal and the ability to catch ample natural light.
The Fortitude 37 is a large single-storey home perfectly suited to the growing family. With customers in Regional Victoria looking for larger single storey homes, the Fortitude ticks every box. Accommodating a wide frontage, the home has a great sense of space and flow. The home’s large size is accentuated by the Cascade façade, which provides a truly grand entrance and street presence. It features an elegant, peaked feel which highlights the grand portico front. The long windows add natural light and amazing street presence, adding class and elegance. The facades combination of cladding and render add a sophisticated look and feel.
The client wanted a farm cottage built adjacent to the family home, allowing for three generations to expand on the farm. The build was to be complementary to the main residence yet retain privacy and capitalise on the stunning views. While considering the size, liveability, and overall aesthetic of the entire house. Two of the main external features of the cottage, the stone fireplace and redgum corner posts and window architraves have been used to tie the cottage back into the original homestead. The cottage features open plan living, kitchen and dining room, which capitalises on the broken river frontage view, as does the main bedroom and ensuite. There is also a second bathroom to accompany the second bedroom. The large 50sqm easterly deck again captures the stunning river frontage views & absorbs the beautiful morning north-east sunshine. The design also included raw timber sourced across their family property.
Positioned on the outer edges of Violet Town, this home sits within the landscape beautifully. Designed to capture the expansive views from the ground floor while the second storey takes advantage of the Strathbogie Ranges. The home needed to be fully off the grid and self-sustainable and within budget; sustainable products were a key factor in this build. The recycled railway sleeper deck continues into the outdoor and indoor kitchens; the wood fire oven fuels the hydronic heating system throughout the house including the hot water service. Another wood-fuelled heater is positioned in the living area to ensure the owners keep warm over the cooler months. The alfresco/outdoor kitchen will be utilised over the summer months, which will help reduce heat gain.
Located in the heart of Wodonga, is this impressive modern family home. This home's design has a wide and spacious feel that begins as soon as you walk through the front door, with high coffered ceilings in the entry that is complimented again in the open-plan kitchen and living. It also stands out with four large bedrooms, with the main consisting of a his and hers walk-in wardrobe and spacious ensuite with double vanity and walk-in shower. The second bathroom also boasts a double vanity, walk-in shower, and free-standing bath. The main living room is extremely spacious and has a large 3m x 1.2m island bench ideal for entertaining. Natural light is captured through multiple fixed panel windows, one of which has been incorporated into the splash back. The statement piece lies within the 3-metre-high stone feature wall which hosts a gas log fireplace.
The design embraced the clients wishes to live in a modern, simplistic, yet energy efficient, outstanding home in their respective and considered retirement years. Architecturally developed with the builder, and in strict guidance of the budget, the home delivers a perfect blend of natural materials, modern light filled areas, and economic living. With bushland aspects to the east, the large living areas seamlessly open to the outdoor area through German-crafted sliding doors; two bedrooms, each with views to the surrounding bushlands, also open to the deck. This energy efficient, architecturally considered, and designed home is a standout.
The owners were inspired to capture the rural landscape as they are generational sheep farmers that produce lamb and wool. The site is perched on the crown of a hill north of Holbrook. The house was positioned to oversee the thousand-acre estate. The homestead was designed and built for the generations to come; it’s purpose to be passed down the family lineage. It is a timeless design that respects the environment. The clients wanted a classically rural design that was layered in contemporary textures and elements, which boasted the floor plan to suit modern family life. It also needed to be adaptable to expand with multiple occupants and then zone down as the children move out.
A high level of skill was required to establish foundations, frame, and clad this building to the design requirements and in good time. And a high level of skill and craftmanship was involved in the internal fit-out and joinery installation. The foundations were established on steeply sloping rocky ground, the frame was custom designed two-storey structure built to tolerate snow loading and cyclonic conditions. The external cladding was all installed to satisfy the BAL40 requirements of Mt. Hotham, and the joinery and fit-out was all designed and custom built. All these tasks were all undertaken and very well executed by members of Ground Up Earth Builders team.
The East House offered a rare opportunity in regional centres, to collaborate with one of Australia's leading architects, on a home where size was not the driver but rather craftmanship, quality, innovation, and sustainability. Sited in an established neighbourhood, the compact home manages to be a spatial marvel, packed with surprise and features. Built over two levels, there are two bedrooms with ensuites, a study and multiple living spaces. There's no plasterboard to be seen, having been shunned for more robust, textured, and warmer materials. A seriously impressive home, that maximises every inch and sits quietly and respectfully in its surroundings. An exercise in the bespoke and making difficult things look simple.
The project brief was to design and construct a turn-key two townhouses development. Each townhouse includes three good-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, a walk-in wardrobe in the main bedrooms walk-in and through pantries, a study nook, double lock-up garages, an alfresco under main roof, landscaping, fencing, driveways, and paths. A lot of consideration and planning of service connections was needed with new power, water and gas connections all required to be under bored from across the road, which required multiple authorities to try and work in with each other. The sewer easement runs down the full length of the right-side boundary, located at a depth of 6m. Both slabs were designed incorporating bored piers, some up to 6m deep; the rear townhouses garage slab was design to bridge over the easement, again requiring some extremely deep piers.
This is a four-level apartment building with retail on ground floor, four apartments on level 1, nine apartments on levels 2 and 3 with a penthouse on level 4. The building is constructed using post tension concrete slabs with a combination of precast and in-situ concrete columns. To suit the climate, the building includes thermally broken windows; the exterior features Colorbond Interlocking Panel Cladding, Kliplock roofing, tiles to balconies and stone to spandrel walls and columns. The internal fit-out features veneer and laminate joinery throughout with stone benchtops, mirrored shaving cabinets and splash backs. It has tiles to bathrooms and laundries, 100% wool carpet to bedrooms and timber flooring to living spaces.
Nam Shing is a project loaded with features, both functional and aesthetic. The Nathers Star rating of 8.9 Stars is only the first measure of an exceptionally performing home. Sustainability measures include a compact design on a smaller lot, reducing impacts of materials manufacturing, energy consumption and land availability, water tank for collection of rainwater for garden needs, purpose-built, insulated raised garden beds for vegetable gardens, grid-connected four-kilowatt photo voltaic power supply system to minimise reliance on traditional power generation systems, energy saving LED lighting, high performance refrigerator & water saving front loading washing machine, landscaping providing pathways with significant permeable areas adjacent and a Sanden heat pump hot water service with a recirculating ring main for hot water efficiency.
The schools brief was to build a new student learning HUB and teacher's area to capture Saint Paul's College Australian bushland heritage. Maintaining connection to the land and present more than just a country school, with modern facilities and technology. 'The HUB' as it is now known has a central breezeway leading through the school, with a natural progression of the adjoining existing architecture representing a bush track finishing at a tree like canopy overlooking the grassy quadrangle. The HUB project included the demolition of the existing "Lieschke" Building and associated services. Finishing with the construction of the new "HUB" building. To connect the new learning HUB with the existing Flexi building, which shares identical exterior design, a new undercover link was also constructed.
The Joint Health Command Garrison Facilities Upgrade is part of a nationwide Joint Health Command infrastructure upgrade providing fit-for-purpose health care facilities to Australian Defence Force personnel that meets all current Defence policies and Australasian Health Facility Guidelines. This project involved the construction of a brand-new health facility at South Bandiana, providing a suite of services and functional areas including Administration, Dentistry, Mental Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, and support services typical of such a facility. The new facility will be fully operational before personnel and equipment are relocated from the existing health centre located at Latchford Barracks and then the existing facility is to be demolished.