indinnovation_act_main_webThis housing construction system is extremely fast, ultra-low maintenance and competitively priced but also provides high thermal performance and low environmental impact for a price similar to a very basic home. This addresses community concern regarding environmental impact and housing affordability while providing a form of architecture that appeals to the more discerning consumer. The system uses prefabricated sandwich panels as the main structure for floors, walls and the roof. Little waste is generated on site during construction and what is left over is predominantly steel waste that can be recycled. The judges said that ‘it is cost-effective, fast to assemble and extremely low maintenance’. Chapman Constructions, ACT/SNSW indinnovation_act_1_web

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kitchendes_hunter_1_web1The designers have met and exceeded the brief with this innovative design that marks a significant move away from the traditional kitchen. The kitchen has a stately island bench that is both practical and aesthetically appealing and doesn’t detract from the open plan of the home. The clever placement of task lighting and power points make every centimetre of this kitchen workable space and the sensor light in the pantry is a welcome addition to any home. The judges commented that this award-winning design by Seaside Cabinets is ‘a wonderful example of a difficult brief resulting in a spectacular finish’. Dale Gardner of Seaside Cabinets, Hunter kitchen-designer-of-the-year-2008

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bathroom-designer-of-the-yearPaul Hutchison succeeded in satisfying the clients’ request for an ensuite so they didn’t have to cross the hallway to the existing bathroom. The final product incorporates their request for two vanity bowls, two walk-in wardrobes, a double shower, a bidet and toilet, and a spa bath. The bathroom features in-mirror storage, overhead low voltage lights and incandescent side lighting. The feature tiling complements the veneer tones used in the vanity, providing an overall rustic feel while still being modern and sleek. The finishing touch is a 42-inch LG plasma television. Paul Hutchison with Bubbles Bathrooms – Victoriabathroom-designer-of-the-year2

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outdoor_vic_1_webThe judges were impressed by the quality of the workmanship in this stunning outdoor project. The new entertaining areas feature a Balinese double door for ROW access, a raised podium area surfaced with white pebbles and minimalist landscaping, a pergola with bamboo type covering for the outdoor pool furniture, and a gas heated fibre glass in-ground pool concealed with timber decking to the perimeter to provide a streamlined finish. The north-facing brick construction fireplace with perimeter ledge allows the outdoor space to be used during the winter months while the south-facing entertaining area provides a pleasant retreat during the summer months. Innovative Space Design, VIC outdoor-project-of-the-year-b

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bathproj_vic_main_web1This project involved converting a bedroom with a fireplace into a bathroom with the clients after something that suited their lifestyle without being too modern. The result is a retreat with a freestanding egg-shaped stone bath as the focal point in front of the existing fireplace, boasting separate vanities, a double shower and wiring for an iPod docking station and mini speakers. The earthy tones used throughout give an overall impression of warmth, elegance, luxury and style and complements the existing Victorian charm of the fireplace and large plaster cornices. Bubbles Bathroomsbathroom-project-of-the-year-2008

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bathdes_vic_main_webPaul Hutchison succeeded in satisfying the clients’ request for an ensuite so they didn’t have to cross the hallway to the existing bathroom. The final product incorporates their request for two vanity bowls, two walk-in wardrobes, a double shower, a bidet and toilet, and a spa bath. The bathroom features in-mirror storage, overhead low voltage lights and incandescent side lighting. The feature tiling complements the veneer tones used in the vanity, providing an overall rustic feel while still being modern and sleek. The finishing touch is a 42-inch LG plasma television. Paul Hutchison with Bubbles Bathrooms – Victoria. bathdes_vic_2_web

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The Esplanade is a high quality, strata titled residential building comprising 63 apartments ranging in size from 65m2 to 800m2; 16 two-storey loft apartments; four studio apartments; six work studios; a retail shop; 155 underground parking spaces; a swimming pool and gymnasium. An in-situ public art work dominates and complements the external façade at the street level of this modern apartment block. Each unit has been fitted out with Miele stainless steel appliances, ducted reverse-cycle air conditioners, and central gas hot water systems. The perimeter features glass and solid elements to suit the interior and to achieve a high standard of architectural presentation. Becton Property Group.

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