Grand Designs Australia

Issue #10.4

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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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor

Mentionables Nodi Sofa by Cosh Living. Low sideboard by Rune Elmegaard Studio. RF1903 Sideways sofa by Carl Hansen & Søn. Welcome to our summer issue of Grand Designs Australia magazine. I know I’m stating the obvious, but it’s hot and that means that many of us turn our focus to keeping our homes cool (and sometimes worrying about the costs of doing so). We delve into this in detail in our special feature, which covers the latest innovations in home cooling. If you are about to build a house, it’s better to consider cooling right from the start. Architect Mick Moloney from Moloney Architects says considering passive cooling is one of the critical first steps in home design. Passive cooling is a building design approach that focuses on both preventing…

3 min
from peter maddison

Our appreciation of home has changed over the last 18 months — thank you, COVID. In particular, we have had time to reappraise the importance of a comfortable, multipurpose, healthy home environment. Real estate prices have gone nuts, as have the home improvement and new-house construction sectors. Now is the time for us to feather our nests. Much attention has now been placed on orientation and thermal performance, including, of course, acoustic separation for the home office. Mobile workstations (rather than built-in) are working well in our homes, but so is the need to address performance. Never before has north orientation been appreciated more. If our home is any example, its north-orientated windows are now populated with casual seating areas and coffee tables. Importantly, with this “new-found” window placement is the need…

2 min
get social

01/ 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial The fourth edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, The Available City, ran from September 17 to December 18 at various locations across Chicago (with sites ranging from community gardens and historic sites to schools and vacant lots). Boasting a total of 68 contributors, the Biennial comprised 18 immersive projects, each embracing a forward-looking vision of how a Biennial can more effectively integrate into the fabric of a city and its communities while tackling larger global issues around architecture and urban design. 02/ Heatherly Design Showroom, Melbourne Heatherly Design’s bright new showroom has just opened in Melbourne. Located in the antique strip of leafy Glen Iris, the Victorian-era grand space is the perfect complement to the Paddington flagship in Sydney. Part design consultation studio, part bedroom decor mecca…

2 min
book club

DESIGN A HEALTHY HOME OLIVER HEATH DORLING KINDERSLEY | $29.99 Create a healthy, happy home with 100 design ideas to support your physical and mental wellbeing. This book provides simple, practical advice on how to design your home for health and happiness. Using the latest evidence and research in wellbeing and Biophilic design, learn how to transform every space in your house into a restorative and nurturing environment. Discover the benefits of connecting to nature, maximising natural light, improving air quality, and the right way to add colour, texture and pattern to create spaces that improve relaxation, recuperation, social connections and sleep. FEELS LIKE HOME MARIAN PARSONS WORTHY BOOKS | $39.99 Achieve your dream home on an affordable budget using the inspiring pictures, practical tips and easy-to-implement tutorials included inside Feels Like Home. Penned by…

2 min
architecture snapshot

01 Y HOUSE, VICTORIA Designed by Andrew Simpson Architects, this beachside house was designed and constructed following devastating bushfires along the south coast of the Otway Ranges around Christmas 2015. The site is located on the steep hills between Wye River and Separation Creek, with sublime 270° views across Bass Straight. The floor plan is configured as a Y shape to allow for three separate but contiguous wings, corresponding to the three age groups of the multi-generational family that lives in the home. Each wing is oriented to a distinct experience of the surrounding landscape: the beach of Wye River, the beach of Separation Creek and the summit of the surrounding hillside, which also doubles as the entry to the house. Photography by Peter Bennetts. 02 MACDONALD ROAD HOUSE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA This…

1 min
grand designs kitchen collection

01 / Mix It Up Kitchen Set/3 This set features a large 3.3L bowl which is perfect for mixing, a 2L colander which is great for straining, and a 1L jug with a clear measuring window. Being lightweight and durable, the set is ideal for food preparation for a barbecue. It also nestles together for easy storage. 02 / Cut & Store Boards Set/4 These chopping boards feature non-slip corners and drainage grooves that are perfect for catching meat and summer fruit juices. The stand is cleverly designed to hold each board slightly apart, allowing air to circulate and for easy storage. 03 / 5-in-1 Avocado Tool Create smashed or sliced avocado in minutes with this convenient tool. With a deseeding device included, it’s great for when you’re on the go. Store sliced avocado in…