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RESIDENTIAL CHURCH CONVERSION Contemporary Exterior, Melbourne

Bagnato Architects

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adriana661 wrote:
Paint Colour - Stunning home. Can you please tell me the name of the paint colour used on the exterior timber part of the home. Thanks
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Bagnato Architecture & Interiors


My apologies for getting back to you so late. Somehow we missed this question.

The dark colour is a black colour
The timber weather boards are a colour from Taubmans paints here in Australia and the colour is called TWIGGY. The website is
The render is a toscano render. Their website is

Ebony Pezzuto wrote:
Render - Hi could you tell me the render colour used ?
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Hi Ebony,

The render is a toscano roman render. The colour is Orrong.
It was selected from the toscano website as follows:

Dominic Bagnato
Rachael Newton wrote:
Love the garage door! - Hi there, the entire project looks amazing! Can you tell me where I can source this garage door and what price it is? Thank you!
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Hi Rachael,

Sorry for getting back to you so late. Its been a hectic Xmas period. The door was purchased from Dandenong Garage Doors here in Melbourne. Their contact details are (03) 9988 1258
It was a sectional timber door which we painted black.
the price was approximately $3,000.00 back in 2012

Dominic Bagnato
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