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BuildHome Victoria No 49

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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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1 min.
editor’s letter

As I write this editor’s letter, another year has flown by at lightning speed and, like you probably are, I’m starting to think about the coming year ahead. For some, this means New Year’s resolutions, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, being more diligent with finances, or trying for that dream career you have always thought about. Or, if it’s a new home you’ve been contemplating, what better time to take the plunge and start building your own home than now! This issue, as always, we have a plethora of inspiration at your fingertips, from custom-built homes, knockdown-rebuild projects (see our feature on page 22), kit homes and unique building products. For those considering a holiday house in the Sunshine State, our Queensland feature from page 96 could be just the…

7 min.
what’s new and what’s hot?

Strong and beautiful Monier’s Elemental Series pushes the boundaries of design. Originally developed for the aerospace industry, this exceptionally strong and lightweight material is manufactured from an advanced fibre-reinforced engineered composite, is five times lighter than concrete tiles and can withstand up to 300kg of weight. It offers rust resistance against marine and corrosive environments as well as a long-lasting UV colour-fast coating system and strong resilience against dent and impact damage. Elemental Series provides a strong, durable material that can withstand soaring summer temperatures, salty sea air and powerful hailstorms. Available in various sizes and colours, the range can be customised to meet the unique requirements of each project. The large Ultra Panel and the unique Square Panel options complement the modern Australian roof, resulting in pitches as low as 10 degrees,…

6 min.
design showcase

Ambition rewarded Brendon of Lilydale, Victoria, built Paal Kit Homes’ large Castlereagh design on a deeply sloping block and did a magnificent job. He also saved at least a quarter of a million dollars by tackling most of the work himself. The home of Brendon and his partner, Denise, overlooks a bush-filled valley on Melbourne’s eastern fringe, with the commanding outlook achieved by positioning the house and deck on 88 steel piers that are nearly 3m high at the deck’s edge. Brendon taught himself new skills, including pier placement and support for the elevated timber flooring, and used the mandatory tradespeople for roofing, plumbing and electrical. While admitting that his 420m2 home, including a double-garage and deck, was ambitious, Brendon says, “It was also straightforward in a lot of respects. I’m…

1 min.
knockdown and rebuild

Over the past few years, there has been a staggering increase in the number of people choosing to knock down an older house and put a new one in its place. There are many reasons for knocking down and rebuilding. While shortage of land in metropolitan areas around Australia is one of the main reasons why people are building away from the urban sprawl, some may decide they like a particular area and don’t want to move just because their needs have changed or their family has grown. We show you why knocking down your old home and rebuilding is an extremely viable option.…

6 min.
a fresh perspective

Many savvy homeowners or cashed-up investors are rethinking renovations in favour of starting with a clean slate — knocking down an existing dwelling and rebuilding a new one. Changing family needs over time can mean the cosy two-bedroom cottage you fell in love with is bursting at the seams when kids have come along. Or perhaps an older family member has moved in and another bathroom needs to be added, or the kids have flown the nest and your family home is too big for just a couple. When a home no long suits the needs of the homeowners, generally one of two things happens: the homeowners renovate or relocate. Both of these options can present challenges, says Phillipa Harrison from Rawson Homes. “Research shows that moving house is one of life’s most…

2 min.
bring your wish list to life

Storybook Designer Homes loves knockdownrebuild projects. With agencies Australia-wide, the company ensures every home is individually designed and budget controlled to suit the unique needs of the clients. The selected example is to be built in Mount Eliza, Victoria, for a wonderful family with two young children. The couple has their own business — both are fashion designers working in the home environment — so it was imperative their workplace be full of character to encourage and inspire creativity. Upstairs, above the hustle and bustle of family life and accessed by a single staircase, is a private office space featuring a cathedral ceiling and French doors, which open to a balcony. This design gives the owners the choice to work indoors or out and is just a few steps away from the…