Melbourne Home Design + Living

Issue 30

The versatility of Melbourne’s brilliant homes combines to create this mesmerising guide. Relax and unwind in the seaside home of your dreams, or take expert advice and create the perfect Aussie backyard – one fit for entertaining. Learn how to customise your home’s interior with stunning wood panelling, and stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest in kitchen design. Whether you’re looking to build, or simply looking for inspiration, Melbourne Home Design + Living’s plethora of ideas and advice have you covered.

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in this issue

2 min
from the editor

FROM THE EDITOR Over the last year and a half we’ve seen some truly unprecedented circumstances, but we’ve also seen the extraordinary teamwork and dedication of our builders, designers, architects and suppliers who are still delivering exceptional homes and overcoming any challenges they face. And just as Melbourne Home Design + Living celebrates its 15th birthday, we’re also celebrating the skill and outstanding resilience of Melbourne’s building industry. We’re kicking off the party with the ‘HIA-CSR 2020 Victorian Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards’ on page 68, in which builders and designers from all over the state are recognised for their brilliant work. Like the industry itself, our homes too have undergone a metamorphosis and are now filling the roles of our offices, restaurants, theatres, gyms, schools and much, much more.…

3 min
the latest news from the local industry

The latest news from the local industry SUMMER SUN SOLUTIONS Dune Outdoor Luxuries is pleased to welcome TUUCI umbrellas to both the Brisbane and Gold Coast showrooms. Manufactured in Miami, USA, TUUCI delivers a shade revolution, producing umbrellas composed of marine-grade aluminium alloy, fibreglass and stainless steel to create beautiful yet extremely durable shade structures that perform in the toughest environments, including harsh UV and strong winds. Labelled TUUCI Tuff-skins, this range of umbrellas comes with endless options for fabrics, trims, fringes, finishes, colours and textures to suit your outdoor needs. Dune Outdoor Luxuries’ newest supplier is focused on eco-friendly innovation – TUUCI’s shades are modular, made to be reused for various shade systems. In addition to offering the ultimate outdoor luxury for residential homes, TUUCI umbrellas are perfectly suited…

1 min
paving a path to the past

PAVING A PATH TO THE PAST When it comes to incorporating classical revival styling into modern homes, Englehart Homes is a true pioneer, and has outdone itself with this latest project found in one of Melbourne’s most prestigious streets. This multi-award-winning classic design incorporates the Englehart Homes twin pillars of quality and innovation and involves a complementary combination of contemporary and traditional designs to achieve ultimate luxury – not fully rooted in the past, nor the future, but oscillating in between the two. The kitchen and the adjoining scullery are designed to form part of a beautiful open indoor to outdoor living area, capable of catering for larger scale or more formal events as well as everyday family living and casual occasions, a growing trend that reflects modern families and…

1 min
an exclusive new range

AN EXCLUSIVE NEW RANGE Scandia Group has officially signed the exclusive Australian distribution rights for Dovre NV of Belgium, expanding the company’s range of quality fireplaces and stoves. Specialising in producing attractive cast-iron stoves and fireplaces of the highest quality, Dovre’s products originate from Europe’s harsh winters in the far north, gaining a solid reputation for its innovative heating technology, which is backed by more than 80 years of manufacturing experience in the company’s purpose-built, highly efficient facilities. Dovre focuses on environmentally responsible combustion practices, meeting the strictest environmental standards worldwide, meaning its tastefully designed products not only look great in any living room, but also provide a sustainable heating solution for families. This new addition to Scandia Group’s distribution channel is a an exciting one, and it allows the…

5 min
it’s got kerb appeal

IT’S GOT Kerb Appeal Your home’s façade is the first thing everyone sees, whether they’re friends and family visiting or merely onlookers driving past on the street. But even more importantly, the façade is the first thing you’ll see when you come home each night. For this very reason, putting a bit of work into the aesthetics is one of the best things you can do for your house. Kirrily Ireland consults Graeme Alexander, designer, carpenter, builder and managing director of Graeme Alexander Homes, on how to renovate your exterior façade so that it is both durable and awe-inspiring. By Kirrily Ireland Aesthetically pleasing homes have adorned our streets for many a decade, as some styles have evolved and faded, while others have stood the test of time. If your…

5 min
i get knocked down, but i get up again

I GET KNOCKED DOWN, BUT I GET UP AGAIN The dream of becoming a homeowner is an achievement deeply embedded in our psyches, but once attained, more challenging still can be converting your newfound residence into the place of your dreams. Here, Emma Warner Allen chats with Steven Hedger, Director of Hedger Constructions, to discuss whether to undergo extensive renovations or to knockdown and rebuild to achieve your forever home. BY EMMA WARNER ALLEN Photography by Pbloc Media Architecture by Fiona Drago Images Courtesy of Hedger Constructions It is well-known that when you move into a new property, little alterations will need to be made – be it something as simple as a fresh lick of paint or more extensive such as knocking down walls – to make this little…