Tusculum ResidenceContemporary Dining Room, Sydney
Tusculum Residence dining/kitchen showing view to rear courtyard. Architect William Smart
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12. Location: Sydney, NSWDesigner: Smart Design StudioFeatures: Black and white cabinetry with storage and other practicalities cleverly hidden away.
3. Location: Potts Point, NSWWhy we love it: This void is a sleek and sculptural addition to the kitchen/dining area, in line with the incredible renovation as a whole.
What are the elements of biophilic design?Natural light from windows, skylights, clerestory openings; full-spectrum artificial light sources that complement daylight; dynamic light of varying intensity via facades, shades, shutters and apertures.Exterior views. A distant view past a close view gives perspective and a sense of connection to a wider ecosystem.Water sources such as fountains, ponds and water features, that can be seen, heard and touched.Rich sensory stimuli that reference nature; scented plants, plants that change colour seasonally, plants positioned to move in breezeways, open flames, tactile materials.Minimally processed materials that reflect the local ecology; natural fibres such as leather, stone, timber and handmade objects.
4. Deep clean timber floorsSadly, regular mopping of hardwood floors won’t remove ground-in dirt, grease and grime, so once in a while give your floors a deep clean. To properly care for your timber floors, start by spot cleaning with a soft cloth and dishwashing detergent. For more stubborn stains, use a fine steel wool followed by floor wax.It’s really important not to allow water to puddle on the floor when washing it. Dilute the cleaning solution, saturate the mop and then wring it until it is just damp to the touch. Rinse the floor with a clean mop, dampened in clear water, and then wipe up any excess water with an old, clean towel. Open the doors and windows and operate a ceiling fan to speed up the drying process.Greening Your Home: The Best Natural Products to Clean Your House With
In a closed-off kitchen, a table is often the most practical choice when there’s no room for both an island and a smaller nook table. This is in contrast to the layout prevalent in typical new-construction homes featuring an island paired with an adjacent nook meant for a smaller table, with the larger table set nearby in the dining room.
STEP 3: Beginning the building workIf you are opening up a new window or are removing or building some new walls as part of your kitchen renovation, this is the stage when the majority of structural work will take place. It will need to be scheduled so that it is completed prior to the date the new cabinets are due to be delivered and installed. Check with your carpenter or builder how long they think the work will take. As a guide, minor building work will only take a day or two to complete. Rough installs for all plumbing and electrical work should take place at this stage, too, including wiring for your appliances and any new lighting or power points that will be installed.
THINKING PRODUCTSThere are four different product types of floating floors available on the market: laminate, bamboo, vinyl planks and engineered hardwood. Here is where it gets a little technical. Each product comes in different thicknesses, widths, lengths, patterns and colours, not to mention all the different brands and manufacturers to select from. The important thing is not to get caught up in the technicalities but rather find out what product is best for your home and lifestyle. Firstly, what product do you like best? Most people tend to see a product on display or in someone’s home and decide that is the product they want. That’s ok, but you need to then find out whether that product will work for you. For example, are there children living in the house? Is the floor going to be laid in a high-traffic area? Will it be susceptible to scratches? What is the climate like and will that affect the floor? Is it in a wet area or likely to get wet on occasions? Here are the pros and cons of each.
It may be that the builder employs a site foreman to manage projects. It is important that you understand the structure of the business, so you know who you will be dealing with on a day-to-day basis throughout the build. You should also ask how many projects the builder typically has under way at any given time. Obviously if the builder is on the tools, they are less likely to be able to manage several projects at a time, whereas a project manager is more likely to be able to run several projects. In either case, make sure that the builder is not stretching their capacity by taking on your project. TELL USHow have you saved money on your building project?MORE5 Reasons Renovating Costs More Than Building From ScratchBuilding a Home: 10 Decisions You Will Never Regret5 Industry Tips for Cost-Effective Building and Renovating
So, are they worth it?All these photographs speak for themselves. Proceed with caution, if you have the budget, and count yourself lucky that you’re not a British schoolchild.TELL USDo you like architectural curves? Or do you think they sound like too much hard work? Let us know in the Comments.MOREHow to Get Curves in All the Right PlacesWhy Womanly Curves Feel So GoodRounded Architecture: There’s No Cutting Corners HereFlights of Fancy: 15 Amazing Staircase Designs
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An intriguing aspect of biophilic design is that, in the absence of real natural environments, simulation has equal benefits. This is known as ‘biomimicry’ and is perhaps the feature that is most useful and achievable in urban spaces. It is found in: - organic shapes in construction and furniture (geometric shapes are rarely found in nature). - colour schemes derived from nature – earth and vegetation tones, colours found in water and the sky. - nature imagery, either realistic or derivative, including photographs, art, murals, sculptures and stylised floral or vegetal patterns.