Home' Homes : Homes 2009 Contents 80 WA's Best Homes; architects, builders & designers 2009
92 "Current colour trends seem to be based more
on the charcoal, grey, fossil and white tones. We
have also found by using bright, vibrant colours like
variations of red, green, orange, and yellow as small
eye catching features, whether it be a tile or other
accessories, adds a refreshing touch to any setting."
-- Marc Danze, Odin Ceramics.
93 With their automated and integrated systems,
the smart home is the way of the future. Music,
security, Internet, keyless entries, DVD, and
airconditioning systems combine seamlessly thanks
to new advances in wiring technology. Even if
you never install that state-of-the-art security or
entertainment system for your own use, just having
the wiring in place will be an important selling point
in years to come.
94 Lap pools are a great way
to get a little place to play
in the water if you're short
on yard area. It's also an
effective use of the oft-
neglected space on the
boundary of your home.
95 This year, it's all about
flexible floor plans. Homes
designed for today's family
have sliding doors and
moveable partitions to
allow for flexibility in living
96 "Discerning clients seem to be focusing on
design features which enhance the aesthetic
value of their electrical accessories in preference
to opting for technology-based smart wiring or
home automation packages," notes Jim Moles
from Custom Electrics. "This innovative approach
allows seamless integration of your interior design,
which includes defining colour options on key
elements and utilising a range of premium
products to accomplish a smart, sophisticated
finish to any home."
97 Purple isn't just racing down the runways, it's
coming into homes as well, says Maryanne from
Myaree Ceramics. European tile manufacturers
have been producing plenty in shades of aubergine,
and it looks to be the next big colour trend.
98 "Most of our clients come to us for clean-cut,
simple lines. As we deal with a few small inner
city blocks, houses where there is a blur between
the inside and outside, exterior 'rooms' are
borrowed to become an extension of the interior
rooms. Inside flows on to outside and vice versa.
Internal floor surfaces like stone and tile continue
to external to form an extension, and colours flow
from inside to outside." -- Sam Teoh, Sam Teoh
99 "Many clients opt to use tiles,
cladding or natural stone
in exterior settings such as
facades and water features
rather than paint, steel
or texture coats." -- Marc
Danze, Odin Ceramics.
100 There's a tendency towards softness and a refocus
on sensuality in the home. Task lighting for
ambience, dimmers and shades all add depth and
warmth to our homes that the ubiquitous downlight
has never been able to deliver.
Images clockwise: EasyStone; Michael Nicholson; Craig Steere Architects.
98 "Inside flows on to outside and vice versa. Internal
floor surfaces like stone and tile continue to external
to form an extension, and colours flow from inside to
outside." -- Sam Teoh, Sam Teoh Architects.
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