BuildHome Victoria

BuildHome Victoria No 52

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BuildHome launched 22 years ago and is the definitive guide for those looking to buy or build a new home. BuildHome is published to suit specific markets to cater for builders, suppliers and consumers for boutique homes in Victoria and selected builders from other states. BuildHome showcases a variety of new homes including; Custom-built homes, Display homes, Energy space-efficient homes, Kit homes, Pre-fabricated homes, Transportable homes plus specialist products and services.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

Building a new home is an exciting proposition and, often, its a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create something that expresses who you are and the way you like to live. Some people have so many ideas and such an extensive wish list they find it hard to refine it all down into a cohesive design plan. Others find inspiration is in short supply. They may know how many bedrooms they want and how many living areas. They may also know they want lots of light and a great indoor-outdoor flow — but how to translate that into bricks and mortar? Or steel and glass? Or timber and render? When you’re after some out-of-the-box thinking or a design specially tailored for your site, lifestyle needs and personal aesthetic, working with an architect —…

6 min.
home essentials

MAKE A STATEMENT If you’re looking for a statement piece for a living area or lounge room, even an opulent bedroom, the Koralky beaded pendant is it. Available from Beacon Lighting, the Koralky is a new collection of beaded chandeliers with a classic industrial form. It’s available in three-, five-, six- and eight-light options and comes in four colours: Natural, Black, French Grey and White Wash. Pictured above is the eight-light Koralky in French Grey. The chic Koralky is made up of thousands of wooden beads, giving the chandelier an organic yet luxe look. Perfect for homes with interiors of laid-back luxury, the Koralky delivers a contemporary twist on industrial interior styling and helps to create a relaxed atmosphere at night. For more information, visit beaconlighting.com.au DIVINE DINING Give your guests something to…

12 min.
for the family

Families are constantly evolving, as are lifestyle trends, and one of the latest is that of multigenerational living, where two or more generations choose — or need — to live together. It is said that one in five Australians now live in a multigenerational home, with the proportions higher in the big cities. There are many reasons for this. When both parents are working, it may make sense for grandparents to move in and look after young children. Similarly, grandparents might move in for support and companionship when they become elderly or infirm. With many adult children finding it hard to get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder, living at home — but doing so with a degree of privacy — can be a great way to…

10 min.
small wonders

If your wish list is extensive but your lot size isn’t, don’t despair; good things do come in small packages. Small lots are commonplace, especially in urban areas and new subdivisions, and narrow lots are an increasing fact of life. Volume home builders are responding to this need with smart, well-thought-out floor plans that make the most of the available space and cleverly designed interiors that feel light and airy. As a result, innovative, space-maximising home designs abound. There are many ways to approach the design of a home that will be built on a limited site. They include having rooms that can be used for more than one function, and ensuring easy-flowing, seamlessly connected indoor-outdoor spaces. Good storage is important and so is making clever use of the space you…

6 min.
the sky’s the limit

In Australia, until quite recently, rooftop gardens were mainly the preserve of hotels, bars, commercial buildings and upscale apartment blocks. This is rapidly changing as space-poor homeowners turn their gaze upwards — towards the roofs of their houses, or garages in some cases — in search of somewhere to entertain, kick back and relax, or grow plants. These “gardens in the sky” run the gamut in terms of design and style, but there are fundamental challenges that are common to all, which is why a high degree of design and build expertise is required. Issues of weight loading, waterproofing and drainage need to be addressed. Access and transportation of materials is often tricky, and you need to contend with council regulations. The exposed conditions present another challenge. How much wind, sun and…

1 min.
victorian homes

Victoria is home to many of this country’s most respected, accomplished and pre-eminent home builders, designers and architects. Whether you choose to build your home on the coast, in the country, close to a city or in one of the many burgeoning suburbs, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to innovative home design and high-quality home builders. Over the following pages you’ll find a showcase of thoughtfully designed, expertly built homes that run the gamut from family-friendly one- and two-storey homes of both contemporary and traditional style, to luxury custom-built abodes offering a unique lifestyle experience and cottage-style dwellings with modern, open-plan interiors.…