Home' Homes : Homes 2009 Contents 18 WA's Best Homes; architects, builders & designers 2009
Looking at buying my first house is a pretty exciting
thing, and by exciting I mean never having to pay
rent again to sort somebody else's mortgage out.
As a designer I find this annual is an awesome
resource of inspiration. I don't think I'm quite in
the Palazzo homes (pages 222-227) league yet,
but I reckon I've seen my kitchen in here... and
bathroom... and quite possibly lounge room too.
Now all I have to do is convince the missus to let
on Cream of the Crop
Sourcing award-winning designs for this article
had a few perks. One, I got a better idea of the
home I'd one day like to live in (goodbye square
and triangle house drawing from kindy). Two,
I learnt that every country has a different idea
about what constitutes home. And three, I got to
meet (via email) the genius minds behind these
designs, including a Japanese architect who -- on
several occasions -- hoped I was doing "as well as
on WA's Best Homes
Working on my first WA's Best Homes annual was
an eye opener -- who knew West Australian soil was
the foundation for so many incredible homes?!
It's probably no secret to industry insiders, but I was
blown away by sustainable design principles, hi-tech
home automation and bold, daring colour schemes.
Inspiring! Given that I'm back at home for a while,
my mum is thrilled about my newfound interest.
It seems my first foray into the WA homes industry
could well be the beginning of something beautiful.
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Since our 2008 WA's Best Homes yearbook, the homes industry has had a
busy 12 months. Local builders and architects continue to produce enviable
projects that speak volumes for the quality Western Australian businesses
can produce -- when you team our great lifestyle and weather with the talents of
our industry, there's simply no better place to live.
So when it comes to building or renovating your home, or having an outdoor
overhaul or an interior invigoration, it helps to know who to turn to. In WA's Best
Homes we have a directory of excellent people in the industry who would love to
help you out.
For inspiration, we source where the current trends are headed, and bring you
award-winning homes from around the world to whet your appetite (pages 22
We also update you on the latest looks and products in the essentials materials
and parts of the home, from outdoors to storage and from flooring to lighting
On page 64 there are 100 tips from the experts, so whether you need to know
what to avoid when renovating or how to create a smart garden design, this is a
good place to start.
We've also asked the experts what their dream living room, kitchen, bathroom,
bedroom and entertaining areas would look like -- so if you want to know what the
people with all the knowledge would choose for their own homes, turn to page 84.
Finally, if your suburb is anything like ours, it seems that you're constantly
passing piles of yellow sand, homes swathed in sca olding and overflowing
skip bins. On our block alone, a third of the houses are in the throes of a reno.
It's certainly a popular choice at the moment, especially if you love where you
currently live but your family has outgrown the house. Turn to page 100 to see
some successful projects.
As always, a big thank you to the team who brings you this fantastic magazine,
and if you want more inspiration, check out our quarterly homes, art and design
magazine, Insite. It's always full of beautiful residences, exceptional art and design,
and great ideas.
All the best,
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