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After attending the Open House Perth event we noticed some strong trends emerging in Perth home renovations. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting these places, and applaud the organisers of this event for their efforts, and the owners that generously opened their homes to the public. Many of the homes we visited were pet projects by architects on their own homes. It was clear that a lot of design and effort had gone into making these wonderful homes a work of art. Some were new homes built from scratch, and those of special interest to us, were the home renovation and addition projects.
Open House Perth 2015 had an extensive list of places to select from to visit. These ranged in style and scale and you could customise your route to include anything ranging from commercial or government buildings, heritage buildings, private residences and much more. We decided to focus on our local area and visited residential homes in the suburbs of Mt Lawley, North Perth and neighbouring suburbs – of which there was a fantastic and eclectic selection.
What we uncovered were some very interesting trends in both the building design and the interior design that popped up time and time again. Here are our top 4…
The use of black was used in many different ways, and was always making a statement. In particular, black kitchens and bathrooms seem to be trending. Before you recoil in horror, let me tell you that it was nearly always complemented in a way to bring lightness back into the room. For example, mirror and glass splashbacks were nearly always used. Black cabinets and stone bench-tops almost always had a high gloss finish creating reflective surfaces.
One of the most stunning and bold uses of black came in an older character home where they had stained their existing jarrah floorboards black. This sounds awful, but it was incredibly effective! Though with every use of a dark colour, we again noticed the need to see an offset of lightness. The dark floorboards in this case were offset with crisp white skirting boards and ceilings, light coloured walls, and effective use of lighting throughout.
Timber has never been out of fashion, and is making a statement in almost all of the homes that we visited! Jarrah has always been a mainstay in character home renovations, and in existing parts of the homes we visited it was duly sanded, polished and brought back to life. However, what we found incredibly interesting was the widespread and extensive use of Plywood! It was everywhere! It was being used as flooring, staircases, walls, and cabinets.
Steve undertook some quick calculations and was quick to point out that while there was savings in material costs compared to hardwood such as jarrah, the cost to install was not a lot different. What plywood did provide, however, was a lightness and variation in colour, and a wider variety of applications. This can be an advantage when working with small block sizes and smaller homes as was the case in many of the places we visited, where jarrah can be too dark and imposing. The variation in the grain and knots in the plywood flooring and wall panels also added a level of interest that added value.
Almost every home we visited, and in every home that Amerex renovates, people are opting for stone bench-tops in the kitchen, and usually in the bathrooms too. The durability, great looks and the many advantages of stone are just too hard to go past. What we did notice though, is that across the many renovations that we have undertaken for clients, and at each of the Open Perth homes we visited, there were no two stone bench-tops that were alike!
Nowadays there is an incredible range of natural stone products, granite, marble and engineered stone products available. The key advantage of this is that you can individualise your home and gain all the advantages of stone, while also customising the look that you are after.
The positive vote for stone seems to be unanimous!
Concrete and its many uses are so hot right now! We saw concrete being used extensively, with polished concrete floors in the newly added home additions, and unfinished concrete on new walls. Interestingly, the areas with concrete walls and floor, tended to furnish with leather lounges and occasional chairs. The hardness and potential coldness of the concrete was often then softened with the introduction of items such as feature floor rugs, colourful artwork, throwing a furry throw-rug over the lounge arm, and with potted plants and greenery.
Open House Perth was a fantastic weekend, and judging by what we saw out and about, Perth people voted with their feet. There were people out and about everywhere, Perth people loved it! It is great to see so many people interested in great design and curious about new products and concepts.
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