The Fender Weekender Is On The Market!

Since Katie Brannaghan and husband Ian purchased this Mornington Peninsula property in April 2017, they undertook some massive renovations to restore the circa ‘73 home to its former glory after its previous owners left it in a bit of a shambles. This absolute gem was one of the very first projects of a then-23-year-old Karl Fender, who went on to become one half of the iconic Melbourne architecture firm, Fender Katsalidis. Katie and Ian went to great lengths to ensure that the home was restored as closely to its 70s origins, adding in all the modern comforts to make this the absolute dream.

Beyond the aesthetic features, renovations included a complete kitchen overhaul, introducing hydronic heating and cooling system, rendering the pool, installing solar panels, landscaping, building a woodshed, and bringing in a septic tank. Now, with its updated kitchen, original wooden paneled walls and terrazzo floors that spill

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A Family Home That Mirrors Nature – The Design Files

Jane and Lloyd Fenn and their children Lillian, 11, Audrey, 10, and Eddie, 6, moved from Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula with the hopes of better connecting to nature – something they’ve achieved in the design of their home. 

The house has been designed to mirror the bushland on their Red Hill block, including its naturally sloping topography and many gum trees. 

In their brief to builders and designers InForm, who worked on this project in collaboration with Pleysier Perkins architects, Jane and Lloyd were keen to create a home that would encourage exploration and engagement with the land. 

‘A conventional double-storey house was not the right approach, as this would have disconnected the spaces from direct engagement with the land and the bulk of the house would have impacted views of the surrounding tree line,’ explains Ross Berger, architect at Pleysier Perkins. ‘Instead, the house was designed as

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A New Life For A Legacy Robin Boyd Home

This incredible home designed by Australia’s most influential design legend looks as though it’s buried somewhere in the Daintree, or at the very least, nestled in one of Melbourne’s leafy outer suburbs. But no. The Richardson House – designed by Robin Boyd in 1955 – is located in the inner-city neighbourhood of Toorak. Surprise!

Nowadays, many Robin Boyd homes are protected by heritage overlays, and alterations to these homes must be vetted by The Boyd Foundation. But before these protections came into play, this innovative Toorak residence underwent a series of interventions over the years, under different owners. The most significant of these was a 1982 renovation by architect Peter Crone.

Though Boyd’s original design contained just a single, rhombus-shaped pavilion immersed in the unusually wild suburban block, Crone’s renovation saw the interiors partitioned in a closed-plan layout, and an entirely new residence added to the block. This separate structure

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IKEA tiny house | Apartment Therapy

Many might not find the idea of living in a small space appealing, but IKEA’s latest campaign might just change minds.

Earlier this year, in an effort to prove “that anyone, anywhere can live a more sustainable life,” the furniture retailer partnered up with Vox and Curbed to build their very own tiny house. The team renovated a 187-square-foot RV and filled it with IKEA products. They also installed other eco-minded features such as solar panels, a water-saving sink, a gas-free portable cooktop, and kitchen cabinets made from recycled plastic bottles.

The result is a tiny house that is not only beautiful but also sustainable and affordable. It proves one does not need to break the bank and leave a huge carbon footprint when building a home.

“We built a sustainable tiny home from the ground up to better educate and inspire consumers to bring sustainability into their own lives,”

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A Landmark Inner-City Sustainable Home In Melbourne Is On The Market!

It’s not often that the opportunity to live in an architect-designed, top-rated sustainable home comes up. A newly finished three-bedroom, two bathroom townhouse that is part of the incredible Davison Collaborative is on the market, and its current owners are looking for a like-minded buyer to appreciate the values and mission of the concept.

The Davison Collaborative is the project of an architect, a sustainability consultant and a project manager, who came together to realise a new way of sustainable living. Instead of buying three separate dwellings, the built environment professionals joined forces to create a development model allowing access to highly sustainable homes in well-connected inner-city areas, in a transparent and considered way.

One of the three couples involved in the original project are Sarah Kearney and Peter Steele, co-founder of HIP V. HYPE’s sustainability consultancy and recently Head of Commercial at GreenSync. As is the

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A Respectful, Light-Filled Addition To A Heritage Home

The Cnr Virginia project by Studio Prineas is a modern family home comprising two discrete bodies: an original heritage facade and sleek contemporary addition at the rear. These zones are connected by a glass linkway and yet kept separate by a distinctly different materials palette in each section.

‘Thankfully, very few of the its original heritage features had been lost over the years, however they were in need of some love,’ explains principal architect, Eva-Marie Prineas, of the restoration task she and her team faced, alongside the design of the contemporary extension. ‘In preserving the historic bones of the home, crisp white walls draw focus to era-defining hallmarks, including mellow timber flooring, ornate pressed-tin ceilings and cast-iron fireplaces,’ she says.

Externally, efforts were made to restore the character-filled facade with as much fidelity to the existing design as possible, down to the roofline which was kept to its original silhouette.

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