Projects

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Shedding the predictable

With strong bold lines and dark tones, this modern take on the backyard shed makes for an impressive secondary dwelling on a rural property south of Perth.

Nulook

Gone green

One had the vision and the other the expertise, and between them two Perth brothers formed a natural partnership and a passion to transform a pre-1900 heritage home, where the kitchen is the star.

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Bungalow bliss

A thoughtfully-rendered remodel and extension updates this home for twentieth century beachside living, while gently respecting it’s architectural history.

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Bunker in the bush

Just a stone’s throw from Otago Bay, north of Hobart, this custom build by Cave Constructions rises up from its natural environs and astounds with its compact simplicity.

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Engineered to impress

From learning how to work with cross-laminated timber to crafting joinery with mathematical precision, builder David Campbell talks about how he brought the highly experimental design of the Seed House to fruition.

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In Focus

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Domino effect

One by one we’re seeing industrial manslaughter laws being introduced in Australian states and territories. So, what does that mean for employers?

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Up for debate

Inquiries, committees, the rise of the ‘expert’ and superficial reforms has industry caught up in a media maelstrom that’s eroding confidence in newly built buildings in the community.

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Aussie dream, a pipe dream?

Some things in life are certain. Most people tend to cite death and taxes, but new housing data now shows Australians can be sure of something else: home ownership is becoming less of a certainty for each generation, one after the next.

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Views from the house

HOUSING sits down with federal Housing Minister Michael Sukkar to talk about home ownership and affordability, and the federal government’s plans for housing in the new decade.

People

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See it, dream it

Promoting construction industry careers to female high school students through virtual reality.

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Galvanised and unified: IWD 2020

For International Women’s Day 2020, HOUSING chats with two professionals about their experiences in the building industry, highlighting their success as women in a man’s world.

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A labour of love

Interior designer Kesha Pillay of Art of Kitchens talks about her love for creating personalised kitchens.

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Where culture meets technology

In addition to being chief executive of consultancy company Emergent, Holly Ransom has delivered a peace charter to the Dali Lama, interviewed Barack Obama on stage, was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2014 to Chair the G20 Youth Summit, and was listed by Sir Richard Branson as one of his dream dinner guests.

Features

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Setting the bar

A resolution for condensation in roof ventilation? Practical designs for small lot housing? Prefabricated structural building solutions? 2020 promises product advancements that are moving with the times.

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Heritage and experience: partnering with builders for half a century

Since 1953, quantity surveyors Rawlinsons has been a trusted business partner to the construction industry, but there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to these experts in cost estimation.

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Bushfire protection

Building in bushfire prone areas comes with additional considerations. HOUSING talks to a HIA member who has achieved Passive House certification to BAL-FZ, plus looks at several products that will help you to meet BAL standards on your next project.

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Priceless peace of mind

Don’t settle for less than the best when it comes to choosing suppliers.

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Hot essentials

What influences today’s trends? For some it will always be about visual appeal, beauty in design but for others there is a need for something more; how something synthesises into your life, or even the world around us.

Products

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Smarten up

Australian electronic company Laser Corporation has launched CONNECT SmartHome, the latest range of Wi-Fi connected smart home devices.

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Bright bubble

Brokis has released its latest lighting collection of suspended pendants, Awa – meaning bubble in Japanese.

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Wonder wall

WoodWall by Elton Group is a prefinished timber veneer that can be applied just like wallpaper and comes supplied ready to hang.

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The sweet life

The ModernLife Touchless toilet by Kohler takes hygiene in the bathroom to the next level with hands-free technology.

Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interiors

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2020 Vision

Though we’re just dipping our toes into the pool that is the 2020s, there are already a few vibrant trends vying for our attention – and a few understated styles quietly stepping up to the podium. From building design to interior décor, these trends are set to make a splash within the home this year, offering enough variety and versatility to serve as inspiration for a permanent or seasonal change.

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Curve appeal

Converting a small study into a dreamy master ensuite took some clever thinking but the team of designers and builders at Perth-based Lux Interiors were up for the challenge.

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The cook and her kitchen

Using just three simple ingredients, Farquhar cooked up the perfect kitchen for celebrity chef Maggie Beer.

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Staying in character

Between the vermiculite on the ceilings and the breezeway blocks in the kitchen, there is a nod to its history on every level in this home. Retaining the building’s existing 70’s character proved a success, with the structure becoming the bones and the style providing a heart.

Nulook

Gone green

One had the vision and the other the expertise, and between them two Perth brothers formed a natural partnership and a passion to transform a pre-1900 heritage home, where the kitchen is the star.

Business

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Resources

Looking for technical information or design inspiration? HOUSING has rounded up a few supporting tools to narrow your search and advance your knowledge in the new year.

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Plugged in: influencers

Influencer marketing: it’s advertising born of social media, but is it more than a buzz term? And how does it relate to the residential design and building industry?

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Even the score

Media coverage can be a powerful tool in getting your business’ name out there – marketing your brand without the hard sell while providing a reputation boost.

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Stronger backbone

Is worksite compliance a time suck for you? Then join the 100-plus builders and more than 1000 contractors using HIA TRADEPASS, an affordable contractor management solution that simplifies compliance obligations.

Awards

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Winners revealed: regional interior design award category

HOUSING’s snapshot of the state winners from the residential interior design award category.

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Winners revealed: 2019 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards

The winners of the 2019 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards were announced on 10 September.

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2019 HIA Australian GreenSmart Renovation/Addition Project

This award, partnered by CSR Building Products, recognises an extension or renovation involving structural building work to an existing individual house or other residential building.

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2019 HIA Australian GreenSmart Home and GreenSmart Sustainable Home

This home has been awarded the top accolade in the 2019 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards, winning the 2019 HIA Australian GreenSmart Home.

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2019 HIA Australian GreenSmart Multi Dwelling Development

This award is partnered by RapidRidge and is presented to a multiple dwelling residential project, typically known as dual occupancy (two dwellings on a single allotment), villas (one storey), townhouses (two-three storey) and terrace housing, whether attached or detached, as well as residential apartment buildings of two or more storeys, not including car parking, and containing at least two self-contained dwellings.

Lifestyles

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No one likes a negative Nancy

Moods of workers are highly contagious so managing the spread of unhelpful negativity will go a long way in improving the quality of your workplace.

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Green living

There are plenty of ways to make your home more eco-friendly without expending much effort. Here are four ideas you can easily introduce at your place over the summer break.

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Balkan beauty

The pristine allure of Croatia’s meandering shores and rugged inland provinces are drawing visitors by the millions to experience the cultural delights of this formerly austere tourist spot. HOUSING’s Editor recently returned to her homeland for a family ‘vacay’ and explains why this bustling destination is currently all the rage.

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Encouraging healthy thinking

While there is particular attention of mental health during October, it’s important to manage the responsibility of workplace mental health throughout the year.

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