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Open Gardens Australia pulling up stumps

THE Open Gardens Australia Board of Directors has decided to make the 2014-2015 season the not-for-profit organisation’s last. The decision was made in light of developments in the economy and technology that have seen Open Gardens Australia experience increasing financial pressures over a number of years, leading to uncertainty for its long-term viability. CEO, Liz […]

Green thumbs gather at Lanyon

WORDS: Kathryn Vukovljak PHOTOS: Silas Brown THE garden at historic Lanyon homestead has never looked better, with its beautiful roses blooming and the huge vegetable garden overflowing with produce beneath views of the Brindabella Ranges. The working farm will again host Open Gardens Australia’s annual Plant Fair on March 23-24, which promises to be heaven […]

Manhattan glamour in Griffith

AMANDA Jorgensen’s comfortable Griffith home is a haven of clean lines, with a sophisticated, restful colour palette, and pops of original art adding colour and vibrancy. Having knocked down the original house on the block and built the home around six years ago when she was pregnant, Amanda admits they may have done things differently […]

A dream (home) comes true

WITH the wardrobe of every girl’s dreams and a “boys-only” rumpus room complete with well-stocked bar and flat-screen TVs, Mark and Hieu Taylor’s Forde home ticks all the boxes for the couple who knew exactly what they were looking for. “After viewing a few houses, we decided to build our dream home because we realised […]

Growing old, inexpensively

VAST, high-angled ceilings and clerestory windows make architect Peter Adamson’s sustainable Lyneham home feel huge but, as he says, it’s actually got a modest footprint and has been designed to touch as lightly on the environment as possible. “Thanks to design features such as double-glazed windows, polystyrene cladding, pergolas, eaves, a grey water system and […]

Bringing the outside in

AN “airy, light-filled pavillion”, cleverly added to an Ainslie cottage and designed to maximise solar access without impacting on the large garden, has been entered into the Australian Institute of Architects awards, says architect Hugh Gordon. “The original cottage is now used for sleeping and studying, and a new entry forms a link between new […]

High and mighty renovation

HIGH ceilings with clerestory-style windows to maximise daylight and a family-friendly kitchen feature in Christine Mercer and Martin Wardrop’s contemporary, sustainable extension on their 1950s red-brick house in O’Connor. The house has been entered in the 2011 ACT Architecture Awards. “We didn’t want a massive attachment to the original house,” says Christine. “We were prepared […]

Groovy home made for dreams

“IT’S a low-maintenance house, easy to live in but different and groovy, too,” says Tina Hobill of the sculptural, modern Narrabundah home she shares with architect husband Adam and their two young daughters Ella and Ruby, and Chilli the dog (“our first child!”). “The house absolutely meets our style requirements… although Adam says I’m the […]