Art & Architecture
Grand Designs Australia Sourcebook

Grand Designs Australia Sourcebook

Issue 7 2020

Grand Designs Australia Sourcebook is a special publication that acts as an Annual for Grand Designs Australia. Here, we gather information from previous issues and compile it for you into a neat and easy to follow reference guide with additional information, advice and a wealth of products to help you visualise and realise your dream home. You will find sections on getting started, kitchens & bathrooms, interior design & decorating, lighting, flooring, landscaping and more. Also look out for our ""get the look"" and product pages to show you many of the exciting ways you can make your own special place to call home.

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in this issue

3 min.
from the editor

ever been so excited about a new project you couldn’t wait to dive in, only to come to a grinding halt because you realised minutes in that you don’t know how to pull your vision out of your imagination and into reality? Who hasn’t, right? I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve felt the creative juices begin to flow and an interior design dream begin to coalesce as I flip through image after image of my ideal habitat. But when I start to do the research I realise how woefully unprepared I am for finding just the right shade of vermilion cushion — after looking up vermilion and discovering what it actually is and deciding that I absolutely had to have it! When one is building a home…

3 min.
from peter maddison

“Very often the opinion of clients has to be ignored, in their own interest.” Zaha Hadid the Source is an elusive beast! With so many products on the market, it is difficult, even for an architect, to design a house that is cohesive and integrated in interior, exterior and landscape. In Sourcebook #6 we talked about how to go about collecting and distilling an approach to design through the selection of materials and fittings. In this edition, I look at how to maintain a clear vision. Frank Gehry once said, “I don’t know why people hire architects and tell them what to do.” Although this sentiment can be read as if Frank were looking down on clients, imposing his design aesthetic, there is another interpretation of this quote. That is, clarity of…

20 min.
liquid stone

the inherent connection we have with natural stone or its man-made equivalent, concrete, resonates deep within our psyche. It has always provided shelter, a sense of stability and refuge. To this day, it symbolises quality and permanence. In recent years, concrete in all its structural and decorative forms has undergone yet another renaissance. Concrete is very much at the forefront of contemporary design and leading architects and designers love how creative you can be with this ancient material. This is nothing new. Rewind 4,500 years ago and you’ll find traces of an ancient form of concrete in the Egyptian pyramids (according to recent theories). Instead of dragging or floating stones, the ancient Egyptians carried the ingredients of an ancient mix up the ramps and cast the blocks by hand. In other words,…

20 min.
modular mode

prefabrication of parts and off-site construction of modules has been a practice for more than 10 years. However, in the last couple of years, we’ve seen changes in the construction industry move more towards bringing the work in-house. La Trobe Tower in Melbourne, with 44 storeys and standing at 133m, is now officially Australia’s tallest prefabricated building. The residential tower was constructed in only 16 months. Similar projects are going on in the UK and the US. The experts behind all these projects share the same vision: the future is modular. They believe the technology needed to have modular construction finally exists and they plan to show it. The problem is that many people still don’t believe in this way of building, even though, since the 1990s, government reports were saying that…

6 min.
building innovations

According to industry experts, matters of energy efficiency, innovative building technologies and evolving design trends are the key factors shaping our homes as we enter 2020. Prefab construction is a growing trend, with the advantages of quality control, design flexibility and reduced labour costs making it a highly desirable choice — for new builds in particular. Energy efficiency continues to be a high priority as home builders look to offset rising energy costs and find a more eco-friendly construction footprint. Glazing is one of the biggest arenas tackling this concern, along with thermally efficient green building materials and the wide use of water-wise fittings and fixtures in order to conserve water. In home design trends, experts are predicting that the current thirst for clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic will continue to…

15 min.
living spaces

01/HOUSE Tallebudgera House LOCATION Tallebudgera Valley, Queensland When you’ve got nearly 360-degree views of Australian forest outside your windows, it’s not hard to find a good place to sit and relax or dine in nature. Transforming a dilapidated old Queenslander into a modern homestead, owners Doug Bavington and Yvette Walker have created an open-plan family home that suits their lifestyle and combines all the comforts of modern life with a little rustic charm. As the kitchen flows into the living room and spills out onto the wraparound verandah of the elevated home, a Scandi aesthetic is employed, for the sake of modernity. Combining natural timbers with concrete finishes and retro-styled furniture, the open-plan design provides plenty of room for Yvette, Doug and their two children to spread out. Floor-to-ceiling retractable doors further…