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Australian Interior Design Awards

Australian Interior Design Awards

Australian Interior Design Awards

MWa have entered The Diamond House, Artarmon, into the 2017 Australian Interior Design Awards.

The home’s interior design reflects the choices and standards of contemporary domestic life.

From a house built in the depression, amidst a materials storage and with an outdoor toilet – to The Diamond House of today, this project is a sensitive adaption of an outdated home and reflects the values, aesthetics and standards of today’s domestic life.

The house balances both traditional and contemporary design influences, in a cohesive interior.

Space standards, bathroom amenity, privacy, indoor/outdoor connection, abundant natural light, control over solar access (blinds and vergola), inbuilt USB ports, garaging, home office nook in the kitchen, rainwater tanks – these are all illustrations of contemporary lifestyle and domestic technology.

The insertion of new bespoke joinery into an existing traditional timber bay window seat in Bed 04 – which can be removed at any stage, and the new contemporary box bay window in Bed 03 – are examples of old to new within the home.

The consistent, fresh and playful use of materials and colour, inside and out, also garnered recognition with a commendation in the Dulux Colour Awards for Residential.

The materials and colours form a palette of Australian hardwood (blackbutt), existing red bricks, new “bowral blue” facebricks, off form concrete, concrete look large format tiles through the home including wet areas, colourbond “monument” to new doors and windows, dulux “whisper white” joinery and trims, and orange features (dulux “coppersmith” front door and cladding, “tangerine” pinboards, orange indoor/outdoor cushions, corten steel landscape features).

The winners are announced 9 June 2017.  For more information about the Awards, click on the following link:

https://australianinteriordesignawards.com/

The Australian Interior Design Awards recognise and celebrate interior design excellence via a credible, industry-based program, which is backed by the Design Institute of Australia, the professional body representing Australian designers. The Jury this year are Sonda Banney, Elizabeth Carpenter. Amanda Stanaway, Mark Simpson, Nick Travers, Tony Chenchow, Sophia Leopardi, Fiona Lynch.

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE BALGOWLAH HOUSE | BEFORE & AFTERS

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE BALGOWLAH

This californian bungalow in Balgowlah has been transformed into a contemporary family home with a rear extension and upper floor addition.

The upper floor addition is designed to be a sensitive addition to a typical single storey californian bungalow.  The addition is set back off the street, to the rear of the property and maintains the existing roof pitch and the asymmetrical gables.  Given the sloping site, district views to the north east and a north aspect along the length of the home, a north facing roof garden and rear balcony contribute to a more contemporary rear (southern) and side  (northern) elevation.

From the street the facade was transformed through a selection of paint colours that provide contrast and light, highlighting the traditional detailing. The rear living spaces now open up to the rear yard and new pool, providing views and access to a once overgrown and underutilised backyard.

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Architecture Awards for Alterations & Addition – Residential Architecture

Architecture Awards

Architecture Awards

MWa have submitted The Diamond House, Artarmon into the Architecture Awards (2017 Australian Institute of Architecture NSW Houses Awards for Residential Architecture, Alterations & Additions). 

The Diamond House is a revitalised 1920s Californian Bungalow in a heritage conservation area in Artarmon (Willoughby Council), on the north shore of Sydney.

The clients are a tall and sporty family with three teenagers and this is to be their ideal home, next to the station, with a long north aspect.

The brief was for a low maintenance home, with northern sunshine into every room, framed views of greenery, contemporary character and space (with height) for all.

As the new owners, the clients also wanted a single level home which retained the heritage character at the front with contemporary living to the rear. 

Their accommodation brief was for a practical home with three teenager bedrooms conducive to HSC/uni study, and a family bathroom which could be used by all three teenagers at once – with privacy control.

They also needed a main bedroom suite, two living areas, a home office nook, a big kitchen, laundry with a built in ironing board, a covered outside space with bbq, storage, space for their artworks, a low maintenance garden and a garage.

The result is a home with a consistent use of materials and colours – from outside to inside, from front to back, from traditional to contemporary. 

The materials and colours form a palette of Australian hardwood (blackbutt), existing red bricks, new “bowral blue” facebricks, off form concrete, concrete look large format tiles through the home including wet areas, colourbond “monument” to new doors and windows,  dulux “whisper white” joinery and trims, and orange features (dulux “coppersmith” front door and cladding, “tangerine” pinboards, orange indoor/outdoor cushions, corten steel landscape features).

From a house built in the depression, amidst a materials storage and with an outdoor toilet – to The Diamond House of today, this project is a sensitive adaption of an outdated home and reflects the values,  aesthetics and standards of today’s domestic life.

Space standards, bathroom amenity, privacy, indoor/outdoor connection, abundant natural light, control over solar access (blinds and vergola), inbuilt USB ports, garaging, home office nook in the kitchen, rainwater tanks – these are all illustrations of contemporary lifestyle and domestic technology.

The insertion of new bespoke joinery into an existing traditional timber bay window seat in Bed 04 – which can be removed at any stage, and the new contemporary box bay window in Bed 03 – are examples of old to new within the home.

The boldness of the contemporary design, in the interior arrangement of the home, the materials selections and character of the home and its passive solar design principles, within a heritage conservation area and conservative suburban context, is an innovation in residential design itself.

The consistent, fresh and playful use of materials and colour, inside and out, also garnered recognition with a commendation in the Dulux Colour Awards for Residential.

Click here for more information about the Architecture Awards. 

2017 NSW Architecture Awards

Awards are announced 1 July 2017. 

Presented by Houses magazine, the Houses Awards is an annual program celebrating Australia’s best residential projects. Excellence is rewarded in nine categories, with the best house receiving the premier award of Australian House of the Year.  A Houses Award is one of Australia’s most sought-after accolades for residential work.

Each year, the Houses Awards entries provide a unique insight into contemporary residential design and the contribution Australia’s architects and designers make to enhancing the way we live today.

Entries are judged by an eminent panel of architects and designers who are themselves are recognised for creating inspirational Australian homes. The judging process is anonymous, transparent and confidential.

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Australian Home Beautiful Before & After Renovation Special: April 2017

Australian Home Beautiful Renovation Special

Australian Home Beautiful Renovation Special

Australian Home Beautiful Before & After Renovation Special:  MWa are delighted to be featured in the special edition of Home Beautiful Magazine’s Before and After Renovation Edition.

Set in bush fire prone land and backing onto bushland, this home is inspired by the materials of Australian rural buildings and its bushland setting.

The home is in a great location, backing on to the bush, in a bush fire zone, lovely northern aspect along its full length so it has great light and sunshine.

Robust materials, joyful outdoor spaces, lots of light, managing the hot sun and making the most of the existing modest home: these are the key considerations of this renovation.

The residential renovation included extensive exterior works with a new pool surround, covered rear deck, new carport, new front porch, new driveway and new landscaping.

The internal works included a new kitchen and a new bedroom – essential living for a family of five, with an in house au pair who makes up the household of six.

The renovations included:

  • relocated new kitchen
  • new covered deck enclosed with operable louvres – a true outdoor room
  • additional kid’s bedroom
  • some new doors and windows to create better connections with garden & bush & outdoor areas
  • complete pool renovation & pool surrounds including outdoor bbq space & outdoor storage
  • new roof, new carport, new outdoor storage areas
  • new front porch, driveway, landscaping

The materials were inspired by Australian rural homes and included:

  • new colourbond roof (which replaced existing older tiled roof), with the edge of the roofing material exposed
  • all external materials are non flammable because of bush fire zoning including
  • expressed australian hardwoods (spotted gum)
  • non flammable fibre cement weatherboards
  • fibre cement lining boards
  • sandstone blocks & sandstone pavers
  • textured washed back concrete with blue metal
  • bold new external colour scheme (monument & orange & white

The use of colours & materials continued inside & out –

– kitchen colours & materirals match external colours

(colourbond monument, dulux antique white & ironbark veneer)

– new fireplace is paved with same sandstone pavers as front porch, new    bookshelves in external grade australian hardwood and back wall in monument.

The renovation took six months to complete, and was approved via NSW Complying Development.

Australian Home Beautiful Renovation Special

Australian Home Beautiful Renovation Special

Complying Development: NSW Department of Planning & Environment

MWa appears in the new Complying Development brochures and marketing material by the NSW Department of Planning & Environment for COMPLYING DEVELOPMENT and EXEMPT DEVELOPMENT.

 

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is soon to launch a Simplified Housing Code for NSW, as part of an initiative to provide a simpler, faster and more transparent planning system.  The existing NSW General Housing Code was introduced in 2008.

Complying Development

Complying Development

 

 

The Department recently took photos of Michelle’s house, as an example of a residential alteration & addition which was approved using the NSW General Housing Code.   The images of Michelle’s home and family were also used by the Department at their stand at the Royal Easter Show.

 

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At MWa, we have completed 13 projects via the Complying Development Codes in a variety of council areas including Mosman, Manly, Warringah, Wollongong, and Ku ring gai.

We are currently have six projects on the drawing board and two under construction – approved via the Complying Development approval process – which bypass the typical local Council DA approval process, saving significant time and costs.

These projects have included a new two storey home, complete with garage and pool, upper floor additions, ground floor extensions, external covered outdoor spaces, new pools and minor works in heritage conservation areas.  Some categories of bush fire & flood prone land may also be suitable for approval via Complying Development.

At our initial on-site consultations, we discuss what’s possible under these codes and how they may be relevant to your site and home.  Michelle Walker architects can help simplify your renovation process, assisting you to save time and money.

Call us to take the first step in finding our more.

MWa Contact

For further information from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment click on the links below and contact codes@planning.nsw.gov.au.

NSW Planning Complying Development

NSW Planning Exempt Development

 

Outdoor kitchens – MWa in Home Beautiful

Michelle Walker Architects featured in an article about outdoor kitchens in Home Beautiful magazine. outdoor kitchens outdoor kitchens outdoor kitchens outdoor kitchensoutdoor kitchensoutdoor kitchens

Excerpt from article:

THE BARBECUE IS at the centre of any summer party, where the sizzle of snags forms an ambient background to repartee and good fun. But if you’re missing punchlines every time you have to duck inside for the olive oil, it might be worth expanding your basic barbecue into an outdoor kitchen. And it’s not as extravagant as you might think. More and more, we’re living, lounging and entertaining outside, so it makes sense to make those outdoor spaces as functional as possible.

“Having your barbecue in close proximity to the house means you may need fewer outdoor kitchen appliances” ~ Michelle Walker, MWa

Choosing appliances and fixtures requires you to get real about how you live. “A pizza oven is a great idea, but they are expensive and take up a lot of space,” says Josh. For most, the essentials include a barbecue, fridge, storage and bench space, while
a sink is another nice-to-have. If space isn’t an issue, there are many inclusions to play with. “A fireplace, wok burner, extractor fans, heating, speakers and rotisserie,” lists architect Michelle Walker of MWa. “We haven’t done a project with an outdoor TV, but clients joke about how good this would be!” Don’t just rely on a brisk breeze to clear away smoke and steam: if your kitchen is undercover – even if it has open sides – you’ll need to look into a rangehood. Crucially, all appliances must be designed for exterior use, even if they will be undercover.

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MWa on Sky News – Best of Houzz 2017

Best of Houzz 2017 Winner

For a look at Michelle Walker’s winning deck in this year’s Best of Houzz design awards skip ahead on the video to minute 9.

 

This is MWa’s 5th win in a row.

Coastal Architecture Outdoor Living

Outdoor living - coastal style

Michelle Walker Architects feature on a promotional video and article on Coastal architecture and outdoor living on realestate.com.

Excepts from the article:

” For homes situated between beach and bush, maximising the indoor-outdoor flow is essential. We meet one renovator who has aced modern outdoor living.

When architect and mother of three boys Michelle Walker was looking to renovate her Manly Vale home, she wanted to create “a modern coastal home”, with living spaces that flowed easily between indoors and outdoors.

“We’re a family of surfers – my three boys and my husband all surf. For us it’s about all our living spaces opening up to the outdoors,” Walker says.

The Walkers are the third owners of this Manly Vale home located on Sydney’s northern beaches. Wear and tear over the years meant it was time to renovate, but there were a few key considerations when it came to the makeover as the home straddles both a coastal and bush setting.

The three key considerations for the new design included:

The composition of colours and materials had to fit in with the bush setting
Materials had to be non-flammable to comply with the bushfire rating
The house needed to have a good indoor-outdoor flow for the outdoorsy family.
Walker says she chose Scyon Linea weatherboards for the outdoor deck and extension as they met all the build criteria.

Traditional weatherboards are made from timber, but Linea weatherboards are made from a mix of sand, cement and wood pulp, making them bushfire resistant, as well as resistant todamage from termites and moisture.”

Click on the link below to find out more:

http://www.realestate.com.au/lifestyle/a-lesson-in-coastal-style-modern-outdoor-living/

Best of Houzz 2017

Michelle Walker wins Best of Houzz 2017 award for residential architectural deisgn

MWa are thrilled to have again won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design, making this MWa’s 4th year in a row to win the award recognising excellence in residential architectural design.

MWa were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, renovation and design industry professionals.

You can follow our work on Houzz and support MWa here. 

 

Palm Springs Residential Architecture: mid-century modern residential architecture, inspiration and photos from Michelle’s recent trip

Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Palm Springs - mid century modern residential architecture at its best

Check out Michelle’s photos of her recent trip to Palm Springs to visit the home of mid-century modern residential architecture

 

Michelle’s recent architecture trip to Palm Springs let her experience mid century modern residential architecture – first hand.

So many beautiful examples of homes which pioneered indoor/outdoor living and homes inspired by and connected with their landscape.  Homes toured included The Albert Frey House, Town and Country Inn and The House of Tomorrow and Steel House NO 2 by Wexler and Harrison.  External viewings included The Kauffman House and the Burgess House.  A drive around the residential sub division known as The Twin Palms estate was a treasure trove of single storey, mid century homes including The Alexanders.

These homes are Palm Spring’s desert legacy.

If you’re in California, take the chance to visit these incredible homes yourself with Palm Springs Modern Tours 

Top 10 images from Palm Springs Mid Century Modern residential architecture tour – Michelle, Dec 2016