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Renovation – Australia

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Renovation Ideas Trends provides inspirational ideas for innovative makeovers and renovations – from a single room to an entire house. Contemporary updates feature alongside historic restorations. Renovation Trends also showcases products and services from leading suppliers.

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Modern new home in bush setting, Western Australia, features teak, local stone and concrete floors

Mature eucalyptus trees and a meandering stream provide the framework for this contemporary property nestled in the bush. Use of local materials and wide expanses of glass mean this new home sits comfortably in its bush setting. Architect Simon Rodrigues about his design with Trends editorial director Paul Taylor. Natural materials invariably come to mind when building in the bush. After all, they are a guaranteed way to ensure a house is in harmony with the landscape. Homes in the Margaret River region of Western Australia are frequently built from local stone and timber -- materials that allow a house to blend in with the natural surroundings. And so it was for this holiday home, designed by architect Simon Rodrigues of Rodrigues Bodycoat Architects. The house sits on a natural ridge above a stream that meanders its way in a lazy arc around the bush-clad site. The red earth track leading to the house is lined with large boulders found on site, so it was an obvious choice to extend the stone through to the house. "The owners wanted to include as many natural materials as possible," says Rodrigues. "Some of the stone used in the landscaping is from the property, while the rest is sourced locally to fit the colour and profile required by the owners. Here, it is teamed with Pacific teak wood, with the planks laid vertically."

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Historic renovation and addition to 1897 limestone worker's cottage

Restoration and addition turns an 1897 limestone worker's cottage into a character family home Trends editorial director Paul Taylor explains how this was achieved within the limitations of historic preservation Hidden stonework on a 19th-century worker's cottage is unveiled in this renovation, which includes a modern addition at the rear. Looking at this1897 limestone workers cottage in Western Australia, it seems as if it must have been perfectly preserved over its 100-year plus history. So it comes as a bit of a shock to see that this was what it actually looked like until recently. It was in a dilapidated state ... had had several layers of render applied over time ... plus a lean-to structure had been added to the house many years ago. On the positive side, its new owners obviously saw the potential it presented ... though its heritage listing meant there were some stringent restrictions when it came to renovating and extending it. It was only one room deep ... and any addition had to be complementary ... but with a clear separation physically and aesthetically. Project director Adrian Fratelle of Ecohabit Homes achieved this by building an entirely new house behind the cottage ... creating a blackwashed, cedar-clad building that now frames the cottage. The cottage renovation included rebuilding the veranda ... erecting new balustrading to give a sense of separation from the pavement ... and painting the woodwork a soft smokey blue shade. The space inside now functions as a home office complete with sofa and wine cellar. The main entry to the new structure is down a narrow path running alongside the cottage. It's a very tight site, yet the clever design allows the house to be opened to an outdoor living area on one side of the site .. ... and even manages to include a raised plunge pool at one end of the patio and a children's play area the other. The success of this renovation project means it now makes a considerable contribution to the historic nature of its neighbourhood ... while at the same time it unobtrusively provides all the conveniences you would expect for modern family life. Read the full article at Video: