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A brief introduction to Interior and Kitchen Design

When it comes to maintaining a house or even building a house, we know that we have to fulfill all the modules necessary to complete the home by a interior designer. Where we focus on our humble abode, we focus on the bedrooms, the living rooms, drawing rooms, and everything. However, one of the main attractions of the house is the kitchen.

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Kitchen design is art itself. It is the process of designing a completely different style of a kitchen that is not already present in the market. Now, when it comes to kitchen design, there are a lot of aspects to cover. What sort of flooring would you want in your kitchen? What kind of stove would you need to make your kitchen functional as well beautiful? Again, style and functionality go hand in hand in this regard. The color scheme of things is equally important and should be kept in mind when it comes to designing every aspect of the kitchen.

When designing a kitchen, one of the most important thing to focus on is the ventilation. Yes. The ventilation is as important as the kitchen itself. As it is apparent, the cooking will be done in the kitchen. Therefore, it will always be subjected smoke and smell. A good system of ventilation can not only save your kitchen from the bad scents and smokes but also your house. So, be sure to pay much attention to the ventilation as you do to designing the kitchen.

Having covered some of the basic aspects of designing a kitchen, it is highly apparent that it is not an easy task and it should not be either. There are a lot of technicalities involved with the way things work for the kitchen. For example, what wooden materials to be considered for the kitchen so that the flooring does not get damaged over time. Which stove to use so that everything blends in and comes together in every regard. Be sure to check out some of the existing designs so that you have an idea of what technicalities and issues might arise and how to tackle them properly.

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Building in a Bush Fire Zone


The threat of bushfire in Australia is part of life, especially during the hot and dry summer months. The devastating consequences on houses and suburbs have become all too apparent in recent years, with the 2009 Victorian bushfires and 2003 Canberra fires resulting in enormous destruction and heartbreak.

As a result, Australian bushfire codes have been upgraded and increasingly enforced in areas where bushfire risk is evident. Compliance with the standard is required in construction of new buildings and certain renovations and extensions.

Owner-builder Peter Burton is building his own home in Berringa, a small township in west-central Victoria that has been subject to significant bushfires in the past, and knows all too well the challenges of building a home that can fight the elements.

He says there are three main factors you need to consider when building in a bushfire zone.

The first thing you need to consider when building a house in a bushfire zone is whether you can use the materials you’d really like. When selecting materials for his own house, Burton has had to ensure that everything that’s going to be used on the outside of the house isn’t flammable.

“You have to make sure that the materials you use comply with the 2009 bushfire code, which governs all new buildings,” says Burton.

For his own home, Burton used several James Hardie® products that were chosen for their non-combustibility and durability.

“You can’t use timber or any other combustible products otherwise you’ll almost certainly lose the home,” he says.

Deemed non-combustible by the Building Code of Australia, Scyon™ Matrix™ cladding, and Linea™ weatherboard and HardieFlex™ eave lining are ideal for use in Australian bushfire prone areas.


Materials aren’t the only things that need to be considered when designing homes in high fire danger areas. The areas in a home most vulnerable to direct ignition by ember are timber decks, eaves and gutters, and window frames.

Knowing how to manage the risk of ember attack is invaluable, but the solutions aren’t rocket science. Simple measures, like using aluminum on window frames, having a tight-fitting roof and fire-resistant eaves – all help protect a home against ember attack.

There are many design factors that impact on how a home will perform when under attack by fire. But what some people may forget to think about is how they can use the natural landscape to help defend their home.

According to the Australian Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Bushfire Design Guide, you should ensure there is enough cleared land between the house and the bush and avoid steep hillsides, as the intensity of the fire can double for each ten degrees of slope.

Builders must also consider the effectiveness of the siting of the home, defined defendable space, vegetation management, access and water supply, all of which Burton has addressed in the siting of his own home.

“The house is cut into the side of the hill on a cut/fill and land is cleared around it by a minimum of 12 metres, which provides defendable space and distance from flame and radiant heat,” says Burton.

“Position the house in a ‘pocket’ cut into the landscape helps to deflect embers, and we made sure that dense forest is at least 200m away.”

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Building a pool shed – How it should be done!

Just want something a bit more aesthetically pleasing than a cheap Colorbond shed; [something] that could hold all the equipment and keep the chemicals away from the kids?


Using some  weatherboard that was left over after building his home, with some  interior flooring, Matt knocked up this bright and beachy pool shed all in the space of one long weekend.

Here are the nine steps he followed. (You can use these steps to build a cubbyhouse for the kids too!)

Nine steps to your own pool shed

Figure out where you want to locate it and how big it’s going to be. Grab a paper and pen and sketch the width, depth and height. Work out what frame materials you need and pick them up from the hardware shop. “Keep in mind that you’re essentially building a box,” Matt says. “You’ll need timber for bearers and joists, and four posts. For mine, I used 200 x 50mm treated pine to frame the bottom and 75 x 45mm treated pine to frame the walls.”

Dig a hole for your four posts. Matt used treated pine and a post-hole concrete mix for his, but you can also use steel saddle brackets – it doesn’t really matter. After you’ve secured the four posts with the post-hole mix, make sure all four posts are at the same level – you can do this by using a string line to measure the exact height.

Now frame up the bottom – spacing the bearers at 1.8 metres apart, which depending on the size, may just be at the perimeter, and then the joists (the timbers that go on top of the bearers to carry the interior flooring) at 450mm apart, centre to centre.

Now frame each of the walls, fastening the studs at a 90 degree angle. Make sure you tie the walls to the base and then to each other – but check the Linea weatherboard structions on how to do this properly. Lay the interior flooring over the joists – but read this simple Installation Manual first. Now clad the walls with the product you’re using – as you can see, the weatherboard looks fantastic, so take a look at the simple installation video first.
Now that’s all done, add the door.

Get the look
When Matt decided he wanted a beachy and bright look for his pool shed, there was no doubt in his mind which product he would use.

“Using Linea weatherboard made a lot of sense – it’s easy to work with, durable, simple to attach and looks sensational,” he said.

“All our visitors say it looks fantastic,” says Matt. “It really opens your mind to what you can do.”

Linea weatherboard wasn’t the only product featured in this pool shed. Matt also used interior flooring on top of an elevated sub-floor. Elevating the shed off the ground gave him easy access to plumbing.

“Interior flooring, luckily, is waterproof and given the floor pumps and water under and around the shed, was an ideal choice,” he said.

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Making your walls look better – How to.

While one option may be to spend days doing house painting to the walls a funky colour, or weekends in the garden trying to create a look-at-me landscape, what many people don’t realise is that they can easily make their home a lot more interesting by simply ‘articulating’ the walls.

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And if you’re not a builder or architect, we don’t mean pronunciation when we say ‘articulate.’

According to Design Build Homes’ Jason Middleton, articulating is the breaking up of plain wall mass with design or materials to make it more aesthetically pleasing… put simply, it makes large blocks of walls less boring. This can be done within the walls themselves, or by using different materials.

So how can you give your home the finishing touch through articulation? Jason runs us through three simple steps to follow when articulating double-storey walls:

1. Evaluate where you need to articulate
You’re going to want to articulate any large block of plain walls that look boring and could do with a little something extra to make them beautiful. Most people will only really need to articulate walls that are front facing and are visible to the outside world, but you can do it anywhere.

2. Break up the wall
Articulation essentially involves dividing walls into panels, so sketch out how you want to break up your wall into panel modules according to your own individual design.

3. Apply
After you’ve decided how you’re going to break up into panel modules, you can start applying the material you have chosen to use to articulate the walls. Ideally you’ll have chosen something that contrasts with the existing wall – there’s really not much of a point if you’re not going to make it that different!

Jason used Scyon™ Linea™ weatherboard and Matrix™ cladding to articulate the two-storey external walls on a recent project in Hawthorne, Victoria. Cladding with Matrix cladding and Linea weatherboard helps articulate walls by providing steps in the wall line and face, which gives a change in the material and texture of the wall.

What products should I use?
Jason recommends choosing products and materials firstly based on their design and how they’re going to fit in with the wall you are looking to articulate.

“Preferably the products used will provide a good contrast to the existing wall,” he said.

For the Hawthorne project he recently completed, Jason used Linea weatherboard and Matrix cladding, products he chose for their cost-effectiveness, maintenance and the texture they provide. Jason advises anyone who wants to articulate their walls to seriously think about using lightweight materials if they want to get the job done effectively.

“This type of design could not have been done without lightweight products. Not only would expensive support structures be needed, the look and feel you can achieve with lightweight materials like those made from Scyon™ is great,” he said.

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Matrix cladding is the perfect choice for articulating large walls due to its ability to be used in a variety of ways.

It’s really a series of square and rectangular panels with an expressed joint in between which you can lay out in a number of different patterns. Each sheet has been factory-sanded to give a flat, smooth finish ready for painting. Fast and simple to install, Matrix cladding is the commercial look without the commercial price tag.

Jeet St Lucia
Jason also used Hardie products to articulate the walls in another one of his projects in St Lucia, Queensland.

HardieFlex™ sheet was used to clad the walls externally and to line the eaves. A tough, hard-wearing, low-maintenance flat sheet that makes it easy to achieve a smooth, painted finish, HardieFlex sheet is both light and easy to work with as well as long living and low maintenance.

Linea weatherboard was again used to bring versatility and smooth visual appeal to the outside walls, and the residence was constructed on Lite Steel Beams on the lower floor due to challenging site conditions.