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Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia

Issue #9.6
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Following the success of the new Australian TV series inspired by the UK version, Grand Designs Australia welcomes you to a new era in home design magazines. Whether you’re building a new home, renovating or decorating, this publication features everything readers will need to know about creating their own grand designs. Industry experts offer advice on getting started, mortgages, environmentally sustainable design and project management, to name a few. Grand Designs showcases architects and designers, builders and homeowners working together on projects from concept to completion and features the latest colour forecasts as well as planning your interior, kitchens, bathrooms and window coverings. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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in this issue

2 min.
from the editor

This edition we put the spotlight on kitchens. In the past, homeowners were afraid of black kitchens, but now these striking cooking spaces are certainly having their time in the sun. In What’s Hot, we show you how to complement a black kitchen perfectly. Next, in our show-off kitchens feature, we show you how to create the entertainer’s kitchen of your dreams. Pete Colquhoun then gets back to the basics of kitchen design with some handy hints that will keep things in perspective — particularly your budget. You’ve probably heard about creating ambience in your home with paint colours and lighting, but what about flooring? As it makes up one of the largest components of your house per square metre, it’s no surprise flooring can play a big part setting mood…

2 min.
from peter maddison

We are back! Thanks to a bunch of donuts, a sense of normality has returned to the way we live, or has it? As a result of COVID-19, the daily routines and habits of most people would have changed dramatically. Our hopes and aspirations about living environments have also changed. We appreciate our home time, the lack of travel and the way our homes work or do not work, as the case may be. We have had time to assess the maintenance and upkeep of our (bloated) homes, to appreciate a simpler life without darting all over the place, to appreciate a better work/life balance. All the big disruptions in history have done this. Think the Black Plague from the 14th century that killed approximately 200 million people but improved sanitation practices for ever.…

2 min.
get social

01/ Floating Church, London Genesis: first book of the bible and now a new, wide-beamed canal boat crowned with a unique pop-up roof. Serving the St Columba East London community, the floating church was designed by London-based architects Denizen Works and developed in collaboration with Turks Shipyard and naval architect Tony Tucker. Inspired by organ bellows, the kinetic roof comprises concertinaed, translucent sailcloth lined with LED lights and powered by hydraulic rams. An interior cocooned in light plywood and green linoleum floors welcomes visitors with built-in Valchromat benches and custom Plyco furniture. Photography by Gilbert McCarragher. denizenworks.com 02/ Living Coral Biobank, Port Douglas The world’s first dedicated coral conservation facility is set to be built in Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The Living Coral Biobank aims to…

2 min.
book club

CALIFORNIA ROMANTICA DIANE KEATON RIZZOLI INTERNATIONAL $89.99 If you love Spanish Colonial Revival style, you’ll love California Romantica. Curated, edited and co-designed by Hollywood heavyweight Diane Keaton, the book celebrates and explores the Colonial-era and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture of Southern California. An ode to an extraordinary tradition, this terrific tome deserves a place on your coffee table. Available from Hardie Grant. FOOD52 YOUR DO-ANYTHING KITCHEN EDITORS OF FOOD52 | TEN SPEED PRESS / PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | $34.99 Your Do-Anything Kitchen gathers the smartest ideas and savviest tricks from the Food52 community and test kitchen to help transform your kitchen into its very best self. Filled with ideas for creating, organising and enjoying the kitchen experience, the book tours real-life home kitchens of cookbook authors, chefs and bakers. From advice on putting together your…

2 min.
architecture snapshot

01 MYSTERY BAY Here is a sneak peek from the first episode of the brand-new series of Grand Designs Australia. When retired architect Rob and wife Sally purchased a remarkable old dairy farm just outside the New South Wales town of Mystery Bay, they felt an enormous responsibility to build a house that would do justice to this beautiful and ancient patch of paradise. The challenge: to come up with a design that could not only withstand the elements and celebrate the spectacular views, but also disappear into the landscape. They enlisted the skills of son Jack, an architect with strong ideas about the direction they should take. But when the old guard came up against the new, the potential for family strife was endless. Tune in to find out more.…

1 min.
black kitchens

INSPO Designed by Breathe Architecture, this black kitchen is cloaked in darkness yet remains incredibly light and airy. Aged brick and lighter benchtops balance the dark elements and make for an inviting setting.…