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HOW TO CREATE A ZONED OUTDOOR ROOM FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

DESIGN BEAUTIFUL SPACES FOR KIDS


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hanging light ixtures. he retro brown our feature on home automation on
smoked glass chandeliers certainly had page 49. Fancy unlocking your front
a style all their own, but weren’t quite in door with your phone or adjusting
keeping with the beachy look we wanted. your home’s heating remotely so it’s
he installation of wooden pendants the perfect temp when you walk in?
and whitewashed chandeliers instantly It’s all possible!
transformed the feel of the entire house. You will also love our guide to
Aesthetics aside, getting the lighting sanders (page 60), wine cabinet revival
right in your home is also crucial to project (page 58) and much more.
brightening or warming your spaces, Happy DIYing!
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Things to make your big spaces
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Provide a place for the kids to relax
with a Star Kids Chair, $19. Cosy,
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with 3.2L capacity, $79. It features energy-saving 12W LED
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Plant a pear tree of the Garden Belle
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Wall garden features warm and
For a conveniently placed choice of fresh designer pots,
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LET THE SUNSHINE
A IN s anyone who has ever lived
in one will tell you, terrace
houses can be dark and
dank places in winter and stiling
sweatboxes in summer.
A dark terrace is transformed
into an open light-filled home
WORDS JOHANNA LEGGATT
PICTURES PETER BENNETTS
Charming as the period homes
are, the classic terrace design is at
odds with how we like to live today,
with poky rooms instead of open
plan, long hallways instead of
light-illed passages, and poor
ventilation instead of cross breezes
and natural air low.
his was the case with architect
Ben Callery’s (bencallery.com.au)
renovation project, Beyond House.
His commission was to transform
a cold and dark terrace in inner-city
Melbourne into a light, airy home.
‘he block was so small and
internalised, you felt like you were
trapped inside. It was about inding
a way to let the light in,’ says Ben.
Owners Tim and Karen, a couple
with a son of kindergarten age,
considered selling up.
‘But they came to the conclusion
they’d end up 5-10km further away
than they wanted to be, and no
better of inancially,’ says Ben.
hey hired Ben to renovate
the back half of the house into
a spacious living zone that could
be opened or shut to the elements
as they required. ▶

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RENOVATE
A timber deck downstairs leads to
the couple’s vegetable garden.

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INTO THE VOID ‘he idea is that you get sunlight
At the core of the design, the home coming in over the top of the old
opens up with a void in the central roof, then over the top of the roof
living area, which allows light in across deck through this studio area into
both levels of the house. the void and right down into the living
here is a studio, or study space, on space beneath.’
the irst loor that is connected via bifold Tim frequently works from home,
doors to an outside timber deck. which means he spends a lot of time in
‘he main strategy was to insert the one of the nicest rooms in the house.
central void into the upper level next to ‘He can also work in the study after
this studio space, which then opens onto hours and not feel that he is separate
the north-facing roof deck,’ says Ben. from the rest of the house.’

Tim and Karen requested an indoor


clothesline rather than a dryer.

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RENOVATE
A large window overlooks the existing
kitchen, letting in light and creating space.

KEEPING THE KITCHEN


In the downstairs living area, at the heart
of the void, is a kitchen with a diference.
‘It’s not actually new, it’s 10 years
old. Tim had the kitchen installed
a decade ago. He designed it himself
and went to considerable expense and
invested a lot into it emotionally, so
we kept it,’ says Ben.
Tim was especially fond of the
loating timber shelves and the shapely
jarrah island bench, and wanted to
integrate his old kitchen into the rest
of the living space.
‘It was a quirky part of the brief,
and not one I get very often. We had to
ind ways to not only pull it apart and
put it back together, but for it to work in
that space. I think it does and it’s really
nice that you can re-use something
like that,’ says Ben. ▶

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RENOVATE

OLD MEETS NEW


‘Tim and Karen really wanted to live
a very environmentally conscious and
sustainable life. hey have a productive
garden, they don’t own a car and they
commute on their bikes,’ says Ben.
The main bathroom is located
But because the house is subject to downstairs behind the front rooms.
a heritage overlay, Ben was obliged
to keep the front two rooms.
‘I’m not against that. I like keeping A laundry and a small but
the front half of a period house,’ he says. functional bathroom were added
He restored the two rooms by adding directly behind the two front rooms. he frameless shower
double-glazed windows and replacing ‘hey wanted a bath, which is
a few gutters in the roof. he family now important when you have a kid. We screen makes the
uses one of the rooms as a guest bedroom
and sitting room, while their son sleeps
decided against a separate powder
room and put the toilet in the bathroom
compact bathroom
in the second of the front rooms. as a way of saving space,’ says Ben. ▶ appear larger

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GOING FOR GREEN A basic timber deck was installed


While no expense was spared on the downstairs, which leads to the family’s
external louvres on the top loor, the produce garden.
house is far from pretentious. hree rows of solar panels were
‘he house itself is modest – there added to the roof of the house, while
is nothing imported from Italy. It’s a water tank was installed that is used
all just good, simple materials and for the laundry, toilet lushing and
it’s about getting the space and the watering the garden.
light right,’ says Ben. he loors downstairs are polished
‘It’s got a nice honesty about it in concrete and feature hydronic heating.
that way. It’s not about being lash, ‘hey use the heating during the day,
it’s about working really well.’ which is ofset by the solar power that is
his was all part of the plan, being generated. here are also two split
according to Ben, who spent much of system air conditioners,’ says Ben.
the budget on technology that helps ‘In Melbourne, we do get these
Tim and Karen live according to their horrible hot days, and the split system
green principles. is quick to react to those temperatures
‘Right from the very irst design when needed,’ he says.
meeting, we said we wanted to focus ‘And, with clients like Tim and
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TOP-FLOOR TECH
On one side of the void is Tim and
A drier, warmer,
Karen’s bedroom, which features a large
window connecting the room to the healthier home
light-illed top loor.
‘It’s only single-glazed but it’s acoustic for a fraction
glass, so you can go to sleep and shut
of the room or open the window and
get the breeze from the deck,’ says Ben.
of the cost
he upper level is kept cool with
ceiling fans while an indoor clothesline
next to the studio takes the place of an
energy-sapping dryer.
‘hat’s pretty quirky and something
the owners brought to the table.’
Ben installed planter boxes on the
irst loor, too, to bring nature indoors.
‘Because the house is on such a small
block, there is a lot of house, so rather
than having a courtyard in the middle,
we decided to move these plants inside.
Now we have this beautiful green ring
around the void space,’ he says.
But by far the real shining light of the
irst loor is the external louvres, allowing
Tim and Karen to lower the shutters and S
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SLEEPING
BEAUTIES
Create beautiful and
practical spaces for your
children, no matter what
their age and stage
WORDS SITA SIMONS
PICTURE HIDE AND SLEEP/DANIELLE TROVATO

s we become more ‘I love doing kids’ rooms because you

A interested in interiors, and


inspired by the proliferation
of design shows, social media sites
don’t have to be a slave to the rules.
It used to be that children’s bedrooms
were underdone or very formulaic
and magazines, children’s bedrooms because we didn’t have the products
are the latest spaces to catch the available. But these days we have
makeover bug. a lot more independent companies
Interior designer Jacinda Malloy specialising in decorating them, as well
has found particular joy in the art of as the great choices we can ind
kids’ rooms, so much so that she has set on the internet,’ says Jacinda.
Design an original bedroom for up a business dedicated to it, ‘It’s now possible to really go for it in
your kids. And watch them shine. Hide And Sleep (hidesleep.com.au). your child’s room.’ ▶

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Once a child is born, add
the features you prefer.

Nursery to five
Welcoming a newborn into your as the rug, those main pieces of generally a relection of what appeals
family is an exciting time, and getting furniture and the window coverings, to to the parents. 
the nursery prepared beforehand can try to get some longevity,’ says Jacinda. here are two schools of thought
be an enjoyable part of the process. ‘It is possible to buy everything when it comes to nurseries: some
It can be tempting to buy everything cheaply, but kids are typically tough on advocate a calming, pacifying
PICTURE HIDE AND SLEEP/HAILS & SHINE

that catches your eye, but what do their furniture, and in my experience environment, while others prefer
you really need? the better quality you can aford, the spaces that stimulate.
‘If the gender is known, we usually better it will stand up to wear and tear.’ ‘It’s up to you to decide. Remember,
decorate with that in mind. If we Once your baby is born, you can the parents will be spending a lot of
don’t know, I recommend we just get start to add the design features you time in there, particularly if you are
the basics – the cot, change table and prefer. You won’t know your child’s placing a feeding chair in the room.
storage. I also advise purchasing the likes and dislikes until they start to I think the nursery should be about
best-quality foundation items, such get a little older, so nurseries are comfort and sleep,’ says Jacinda. ▶

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RENOVATE
Any nursery should include a comfortable
chair for feeding. But keep things simple at
this age. BELOW As the child starts to
demonstrate their likes and dislikes, new
decorative features can be added.
PICTURES (TOP AND BOTTOM LEFT) DANIELLE TROVATO
(BOTTOM RIGHT) RED RABBIT PHOTOGRAPHY

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a few of their favourite things.

Five to 10
At this age, children will be attending it out themselves,’ says Jacinda.
school. Bedrooms should clearly One trap to avoid is heavily
relect interests and learning activities. theming the room, as a child may
‘Current trends are leaning towards love Peppa Pig one day but Power
a bohemian look, by bringing plants Rangers the next.
BELOW When toys become
display items, it encourages in, for example, with an emphasis on ‘To avoid having to redecorate,
children to put them back. natural materials. Winter colours are look to relect your child’s interests in
deinitely having a moment, with diferent and less commercial ways,
browns, olives and mustards, greys perhaps by introducing something
and grey-based pinks featuring homemade, like a print or a special
strongly,’ says Jacinda. cushion. hese can be whimsical

PICTURE (TOP) HIDE AND SLEEP/HAILS & SHINE (BOTTOM) DANIELLE TROVATO
Child-learning methodologies items that have longevity. By
such as Montessori are also having thinking diferently and mixing your
an impact on design and decoration, mediums and materials, you can still
suggesting that items such as relect your child’s personality while
bookshelves should be child-sized creating a space that’s unique.’
and positioned at child height, putting Take note of your child’s habits.
everything within their reach. Some children like their own space
his extends to letting them choose, and would enjoy a desk. Others will
organise and put away their things, always prefer to do their homework
instead of this being exclusively the or crafts at the kitchen table, so a
parents’ job. his helps the child desk might not be required.
realise that they have agency over Big readers tend to love a comfy
what they do. And pride in their room. corner, while other children might
‘One way we’ve tackled this is to use prefer to use that space for Lego and
a trundle carcass as a space for toys. craft. You can always make a room
It makes fantastic hidden storage work if you take into account the
under their bed, and the child can pull particular needs of your child. ▶

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PICTURE HIDE AND SLEEP/HAILS & SHINE

Wallpaper adds wow factor. Open


space can be a crafty idea.
A teen’s bedroom doesn’t have
to be perfect. Let them choose.

Tween to teen
‘his is the time to really engage you can make a realistic plan of what Wallpaper is very popular, because
with your child about what they can be achieved.  there’s nothing better for that wow
want, as they will have their own ‘If the bedroom is going to be more factor when their friends come over.’
very clear ideas and tastes. Make it of a place for hanging out with friends, Open shelving is ideal for older
a collaborative process, but limit the the original bed and a small sofa or two children and is a great way to let
number of options,’ says Jacinda. armchairs might be better,’ says Jacinda. them show of their treasures.
he irst thing to consider might ‘But if the bed is where they like While the rest of the house might
be a new bed. After having a single to sit, going bigger makes sense. he be highly curated in the parents’ PICTURE HIDE AND SLEEP/RED RABBIT PHOTOGRAPHY

bed for a number of years, your consultation with a teen is important. preferred style, resist this temptation
tween may be itching for an upgrade. Remember, this might be the last in the kids’ bedrooms.
‘It’s very popular to upsize the bedroom redesign you’ll do, even ‘Get them to stick to a colour
bed at this point, yes, but it goes though kids tend to stay at home longer.  palette of three, for instance. But
back to the available space. ‘My tip is to decorate older, so you are allow them to be creative. Not
‘Have a conversation about how getting that longevity. I’m decorating everything has to be perfect. hey
much room a bigger bed will take up teen bedrooms much like adult take pride in the things they’ve been
and what might have to be sacriiced. bedrooms, with similar design elements part of,’ says Jacinda.
Stand in the room with a tape and textures, but adding prints, ‘Above all, allow them to be
measure and map it out for them, so metallics and lots of personal items. adventurous. Let them go for it!’ ▶

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LEFT Time to get a bigger
bed? BELOW LEFT Decorate
for longevity. BELOW Let the
children play with colour, but
limit the palette.
PICTURES HIDE AND SLEEP/DANIELLE TROVATO

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Removable wall art is a bright


idea for renters.

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STICKER ART
With around a third of the New
Zealand population living in rented
premises, there is a growing market
for removable decorative solutions
in kids’ bedrooms.  
A new Australian business, Co-founder Clare Rigden says
Stick Up (stickupcollective.com), this is a great way to maintain an
has taken this one step further and art collection that can easily move
made an art of stickers, taking the with your family. ‘There’s no limit
original artwork of UK-based artist to how you can use our decals and
Sonia Blair and turning it into they make a space uniquely your
canvas decals. own,’ says Clare. ❖

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BEDROOM
Celebrity renovator
Cherie Barber puts the
spotlight on this often
neglected room
WORDS AND PICTURES
CHERIE BARBER

oo often, the bedroom is the

T neglected domain of renovators.


Weeks and weeks of planning
gets lavished on kitchens and bathrooms,
while the bedroom is lucky to get a slap
of paint and a built-in wardrobe. Pay
attention to important elements, such
as lighting, looring, colour and storage,
and your private sanctuary can become
a showpiece all its own.

Cherie Barber is the reno


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BOOST STORAGE
he person who coined the phrase,
‘You can never have too much storage’,
was almost certainly talking about
designing bedrooms.
Between clothes, knick-knacks and
just general stuf, that’s a lot of space
you need to ind in a conined area.
A built-in wardrobe is obviously

Before obligatory, but shelving is a terriic way


to supplement your existing storage.
Here, I’ve used a butcher’s block,
cut it into sturdy shelf panels, and
mounted the two lengths on brackets.
It was a really cost-efective solution
that looks great. he shelving also draws
the eye upwards, making the room
appear bigger.
New vinyl plank looring in a walnut
shade, a feature wall behind the bed
painted in dark-grey, and of-the-shelf
curtains complete the makeover. ▶

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After
Tones stay natural, style stays
mid-century in Cherie’s eyrie.

1
ROOM
VINTAGE REVAMP Before
his is my own holiday house at Byron
Bay – my eyrie overlooking Wategos
Beach. he two upstairs bedrooms
share a deck with these stunning views
over azure water, sand and greenery.
I’m such a fan of mid-century vintage
furnishings that it was always going to
be my choice for this special retreat.
he wallpaper is Orla Kiely Scribble,
the framed posters are by famous
Hollywood photographer Slim Aarons
and most of the furniture is vintage
reproductions from Matt Blatt.
With the wonderful view in mind,
I opted for a natural colour scheme
in cosy chocolate hues with orange
accents. Simple bedside lighting and
matching curtains tie it together. ▶

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Before

2
ROOM
After
Orla Kiely wallpaper and Slim
Aarons prints lend a retro feel.

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After
A panelled feature wall is created
by attaching architrave MDF.

Before

IN FOCUS
I did this project for a slot on Channel
Nine’s Today show. It was just your
average no-frills bedroom, so I had
a blank slate to work with.
 I wanted a feature wall that would
become the focal point of the bedroom,
but there was no budget for us to do
anything too fancy.
I bought some MDF architrave and
had my carpenter cut it to size, then we
simply glued it to the wall behind the
bed to create a panelled wall in soothing
hues. Perfect!
I painted the old pine chest of
drawers an inky blue and updated the After
Wood tones give way to bold
timber knobs with metallic ones, then blues, tying furnishings together.
teamed it with dark blue curtains. ❖

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LIGHTING
Use the power of light to create the mood
you want for every room in your home
WORDS JACKIE BRYGEL

here are as many ideas of

T home heaven as there are


people. But one thing we can all
agree on is that lighting plays a vital role
in every house. Efective lighting can
truly make a home glow. With the lick
of a switch, a dark, dull and dreary
space can be transformed into a bright
and beautiful zone.
Many factors come into play to make
lighting work well, from the look of the
PICTURE JASMINE McCLELLAND DESIGN/JONATHAN TABENSKY

ixtures to their strategic placement in


the room and the level and type of light
they emit. While all of the functionality
boxes must be ticked, the range of
design styles has never been greater.
‘he choice of lighting can greatly
inluence the room and help to create
character in a space,’ says Verve Design
product development manager Sara
Moran. So make your home shine with
our guide to all things lighting. ▶

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TOP TRENDS
Inject colour, texture and personality
into your home with scene-stealing
pendants, an oversized loor lamp or
a sleek duo of wall sconces.
‘As far as decorative lighting goes,
people are inding their own creative
style to suit the homes they love,’ says
Fiona Parry-Jones, creative director
of Von Haus Design Studio.
‘It’s not all about one style,
but more a mix and match
of oversized, minimal and
dynamic pendants and
chandeliers to relect personality.’
In recent times, there has also
been a strong shift towards neutral
but highly textural decor.
‘I am seeing a growing trend in
lighting designers and makers creating
pieces from a diverse range of materials,
such as porcelain, stone, knitted wool
and turned timber,’ says Fiona.
‘Brass lighting is also here to stay
and has a minimalist, chic quality that
people love.’
Meanwhile, Sara from Verve Design
advises homeowners to use a consistent
theme. You can use timber, a colour, or a
vintage globe as the underlying common
theme to make the space work.

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LESS CAN BE MORE


More is not necessarily merrier when you
are lighting your home.
‘In lounge rooms and hallways, people
go a bit crazy adding multiple downlights
and pendants when they should irst
consider what’s in the space,’ says Fiona.
‘It’s all about getting the right balance
and not overdoing the downlights in
areas where you don’t need them.’ ▶

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SUSIE MILES DESIGN/URBAN ANGLES
AGENCY/PHOTOGRAPHER

‘Layering of lighting is the best way to


change atmosphere and mood in a living
area,’ says interior designer Susie Miles.
PICTURE
PICTURE

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BRIGHT OR SOFT SPACES?
First, take time to consider the main
purpose of each room. Be careful not Adjustable lighting over workbenches
to make a bedroom too bright, ensuring or eating spaces makes great sense.
it remains a soothing and restful space.
he same is certainly true in a child’s
room. As well as general lighting in
bedrooms, take a look at reading lights
– whether in the form of portable
bedside lamps or permanent recessed
accent lights with separate switches.
‘If a lot of reading is done in the ‘he lumens or wattage of the light
bedroom, a cool-light task lamp should source can be reduced to compensate
be considered to prevent eye strain,’ for the greater number of ixtures. he
says Verve Design’s Sara. basic rule for the height of a pendant
‘Overall, the best light for bedrooms is 90-100cm above the work surface.
is generally warm light, which is more Alternatively, if you have a longer island
lattering and restful.’ bench, the pendants can be hung nearer
A striking pendant over the dining to one side of the bench and spaced
table and a row of pendants or even closer together.’
track lighting above the kitchen Consider installing dimmer switches
island have become popular to vary the level of light, depending on
ixtures in our homes – with the mood you wish to create.
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‘Lighting over the island bench is In a living room, soft lighting can
a must. It needs to be functional as give a space a subtle and relaxed glow.
well as aesthetic. Consider three lights his can be achieved through a duo of
spaced evenly, as it is more visually small table lamps or by matching
appealing,’ says Sara. wall-mounted sconces. ▶

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‘he three main types of lighting to
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Consider which of the three main
Task lighting can double as a design feature, as
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various zones of your home, breaking
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Ambient or general lighting – via STAR PERFORMER
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ixtures – radiates a comfortable overall Selecting the right light globe Remember that all lighting
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entire space, such as a family room. the type of light or brightness saving with LED globes can be
Task lighting is used to help perform that you want, as well as the huge. Most LED globes are now
speciic tasks, such as applying make-up colour of the light – cool white rated in light output or lumens
or reading, and may be provided by desk or warm white. (lm) instead of watts of power,
lamps, under-joinery strip lighting or Also look at the bulb’s shape. as the old incandescent globes
recessed ceiling lighting. For instance, a golf ball-shaped were. And, if switching dimmable
Meanwhile, accent lighting bulb will have an almost 360° halogen downlights to LED,
can create a sense of drama light spread, while a spotlight will ensure the new globes
and interest in a room, placing have a narrower beam. are dimmable.
PICTURE JASMINE McCLELLAND/SARAH WOOD

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HEAVENLY HALLWAY
Ceiling height is also important in
determining the type of ixture that will
look and perform well. A hallway with
a soaring ceiling or the void above a
staircase can achieve wow factor with
a showstopping pendant or chandelier.
Lower ceilings are suited to recessed
lighting or surface-mounted ixtures.
‘Pendant lights on dimmers are
a good way to control the strength
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PICTURE (TOP) SUSIE MILES DESIGN/URBAN ANGLES

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HOME IS WHERE
THE SMART IS
Lift your home’s IQ with these simple but
clever technology innovations
WORDS ADAM WOODHAMS

ou don’t have to look too time and expense. hese may be

Y far these days to run across


expressions like ‘connected
home’, ‘smart home’ and the more
simple actions such as switching on
or dimming a light globe, automating
various tasks such as turning on
perplexing ‘internet of things’. air conditioning, or handling more
What does it all mean? complex chores like organising
PICTURES PHILIPS

In practical terms, it means the and even ordering your weekly


ability to have your home’s appliances, grocery shopping.
devices and accessories perform all See how you can ratchet up your
manner of functions, saving you energy, home’s IQ, starting today. ▶

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world, add it to Apple’s Home app, or


WHAT IS A NETWORKS WITHIN literally talk to it through a device that
SMART HOME? NETWORKS is running Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri
A smart home is a connected home. Some smart devices don’t connect or Google’s virtual assistant. ▶
Devices ranging from a single light directly to the internet. A great example
globe to a full home automation system of indirect connection is the smart
can now be controlled, managed or plug-and-play Hue lighting system
automated remotely through a web from Philips.
browser, via a smartphone app or A Hue Bridge connects to your home A light globe may
using a specialised control panel. wi-i network and sends commands to be fully adjustable
hese devices contain the technology all of the connected Hue devices. One
to communicate with you and take Bridge can manage up to 50 devices. via the internet from
your directions, in some cases from
anywhere in the world.
You talk to the Bridge through any
number of options: control it from a
the other side of
It’s worth understanding that a smartphone app from anywhere in the the planet
device may be a smart device without
necessarily being a fully connected
Take your smart mood lighting
device. A light globe may be fully
with you with the Philips Hue LED Go,
network-connected and adjustable via
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the internet from the other side of the
planet, or it may simply be controlled
by an app with its only connection
being via bluetooth with your
smartphone when you’re within range.
In this case, while it’s not ‘talking’
over a network, it’s still called a
smart-connected device. his leads us
to our next bit of smart-home jargon.
If you have a device in your
home that is not a typical computer,
smartphone or tablet but is capable
of connecting to the internet or your
local network, then it qualiies as
one of those things living in the
Internet of hings (IoT).
If a device can exchange data over
a network, then it is part of the IoT.
Your device could be connecting to the
internet or a local network through
a number of means – cabled, generally
via ethernet, or wirelessly through wi-i. PICTURE (LEFT) PHILIPS

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WHAT IS A VIRTUAL
ASSISTANT?
Have you ever said ‘Hey, Siri’ or ‘Okay,
Google’ to your smartphone or smart
speaker to change a song, check the
weather or send an SMS? hen you’ve
used a virtual assistant.
A virtual assistant replaces a
traditional keyboard or control panel
with voice-recognition software that
is capable of understanding your
commands or questions.
In the case of the Philips Hue system,
you may say to your Google Home Smart
speaker, ‘Okay, Google, dim the lights in
the movie room and turn on the lights
on the front verandah.’
Your Google device then sends this
request to your Hue Bridge and it’s done.
But devices with virtual assistants
can go way beyond dimming the lights.
Your virtual assistant can control your
music and video, provide news and
weather updates, and will soon be
able to do things like compile your
supermarket shopping list and order
its delivery for you.
New Zealand is a little behind other
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create your shopping lists.
are catching up fast. ▶

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he Internet of hings is growing.
Control the mood from your device
Your smart TV, Blu-ray player, video with the Philips Hue Lighting System.
game console, air conditioner,
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your washing machine may have the A version of the Siri virtual assistant
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TV, for example, links to your home App control is becoming the norm Easily managed from a smartphone,
music library, to Apple’s online iTunes for many of these smart devices. By tablet or other device, the Schlage
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he Schlage Sense is compatible with
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computer or laptop, you can remotely
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so the same tunes are playing as you
move from room to room.
A device’s internet connectivity
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manufacturers are able to deliver
irmware and software updates
seamlessly, often overnight, while you
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PICTURE (TOP) PHILIPS

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plugged in – perhaps at your home home, it’s the ideal time to install a  
entertainment set-up where your hi-i, whole-of-house automation system, ◆ CONTROL THE
TV, Blu-ray player, games console and with your ethernet cabling hardwired AIR CONDITIONING
media player may all need connecting. and out of sight behind the walls. Many modern air-con units
In this case, just run one cable and One such system is MyHome from are app controlled, but the
invest in a basic ethernet switch or Legrand. It can be as simple or as Sensibo gadget can turn any
hub that allows multiple devices to complex as you like. he initial install older system with a remote
be plugged in. might simply manage the lighting, into a smart system. Heading
but this can be expanded to control home on a hot day? Set the
everything from music to security, house to cool so it’s ready
temperature, blinds, energy monitoring, for you, or have it make
and much more. those decisions itself based
All of the controls and wall plates on the temperature.
are the same sizes and styles as typical (sensibo.com)
light switches and power points so
you don’t have a mismatched and ◆ ANSWER THE DOOR
Rationalise cabling with a D-Link conspicuous series of controls. It’s FROM ANYWHERE
ethernet hub, $40. dlink.co.nz elegant and integrated. ❖ A Ring doorbell
can send you
alerts on your
smartphone
when someone
Manage your entire house presses your
with Legrand’s MyHome. doorbell. Not
home? Easy.
Open the
app and see
and talk to
the person
who’s there.
Never miss a
PICTURE LEGRAND

parcel again.
(ring.com)

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BUILD A BEDHEAD
Reno star Kyal Demmrich shows how to make a stylish
freestanding bedhead with built-in bedside tables

freestanding bedhead can he Living Room renovator Kyal a queen bed, with 400mm either side to

A be a stylish addition to your


bedroom. Not only will it
be the irst design feature to catch
Demmrich demonstrates how to build
a freestanding bedhead with stylish
built-in bedside tables.
allow for the tables) and 1200mm high.
he frame is painted in a beachy-look
whitewash. his efect is created from
your eye as you enter the room, but it he irst task is to determine the a mix of 50% white paint and 50% water.
will provide a sense of security and width and height of your bedhead. Kyal’s Once complete, just add a bed base,
comfort as you sleep. bedhead is 2330mm wide (1530mm for a cosy quilt, some pillows, and jump in.

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1. Assemble the frame 2. Install the panels of your bedhead. Screw each of the
Using a mitresaw, cut 70 x 70mm V-joint panelling is a great choice for the four pieces together to form two cubes.
dressed pine posts to make the top piece feature panel, as it comes pre-assembled Sand and paint them in whitewash.
and the two vertical sides. Sand and and is quick and easy to install. Predrill two holes in the centre
remove the square edges with a random Measure the height and width of batten at the back of the frame where
orbital sander. Paint the frame pieces. your frame and cut the panels to size each bedside table will be secured.
Attach the top post to the side posts with a circular saw. You could achieve Also, predrill the back of the tables
using two countersunk screws in the same look using fencing boards and secure to the panelling, through the
predrilled holes in each corner. such as Primewood 140 x 18mm Primed batten, with batten screws. ❖
Conceal the holes with construction TGV Paling. Secure the panels or boards
adhesive and 16mm pine dowel. Trim to the battens inside the frame with
and sand them for a smooth look. construction adhesive and nails.
Measure and cut three 30 x 30mm
dressed pine battens to it against the 3. Paint the panelling
inside of the frame. Predrill holes and Paint the feature panelling. Here it
attach the battens with batten screws so is painted white to contrast beautifully STYLE TIP
they’re set lush with the back of the with the whitewashed frame and Once your bedhead is
frame. he panelling will be recessed bedside tables. For a smooth inish, cut complete, decorate with
and attached to these battens. in the edges irst with a trim paintbrush, some beachy bedside
Measure and cut two 70 x 30mm pine then paint or roll the rest. lamps, a collection of
battens to it inside the frame battens. pots or vases and your
Mark the position of the top of the 4. Make the bedside tables favourite book.
bedside tables and attach the irst batten Using a circular saw, cut eight pieces of
at this height, lush with the frame back. 230 x 18mm pine board, four for each
Attach second batten at the base. table, ensuring they will it to the sides


1 ●
3

PAINTBRUSH
V-JOINT
PANELLING

BATTEN
SCREW

30 x 30mm
BATTEN FRAME


2 ●
4

30 x 30mm 70 x 30mm BEDSIDE


BATTEN BATTENS SIDE TABLES
POST

SIDE TOP
POST POST

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Melissa

WINE RACK
EXPERT
SECRETS
Chalk paint is ideal
for sanding to
achieve a matt,
REVAMP
Transform a run-of-the-mill pine wine
distressed efect. cabinet into a one-of-a-kind feature
PROJECTS AND PICTURES
MELISSA DARR

his pine wine cabinet was

T looking dull and dated. he


cabinet was in good condition, so
no structural changes were needed. But
in the hands of blogger Melissa Darr, a

Before few cosmetic changes, such as adding


a bevelled edge to the top, restaining,
painting the base and replacing the
knobs, took it from drab to fab.
A project like this should be fairly
straightforward even for the novice
DIYer, but ask a friend if you need
a hand creating the bevelled edge.

WHAT YOU NEED


• Orbital sander
• 80 and 120 grit orbital
sanding pads
• Router with 6.3mm
round-over bit
• Paint sprayer
• Cabot’s Water-based Interior
Stain, dark
• Primer undercoat
• Chalk Paint (try Rust-Oleum
in Serenity Blue)
• 2 Sylvan Selden Antique Pewter
Cabinet Knobs, 32 x 25mm
• Dark and clear furniture wax
After • Paintbrush, soft cloths, soft brush
With a little imagination, this wine
• Masking tape
cabinet adds zest to a room.

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Get more DIY from Mel
Follow her blog the
issa
whimsicalwife.com


1 ●
2 ●
3 ●
4 ●
5 ●
6

TOP

TOP
BASE

CHALK
ROUTER PAINT

BASE

O
1 Prepare and sand O
2 Rout the edge O
3 Prime and paint
Remove the drawers from the cabinet Attach the 6.3mm round-over bit Wipe down the whole cabinet with
base, then remove the handles from to the router. Starting at one corner, a damp cloth to remove the dust.
the drawer fronts. Using an 80 grit carefully make a bevelled edge all Cover the top of the cabinet with
sanding pad on the orbital sander, the way along the front and each newspaper and apply masking tape to
prepare the cabinet top by sanding all of the two sides of the cabinet top. the edges. Apply a coat of primer to the
the varnish and stain of the timber to To ensure you get a consistent, smooth cabinet base using the paint sprayer.
reveal the bare wood beneath. Switch to inish, pause and reset the router Allow to dry for two hours. Apply two
a 120 grit sanding pad and lightly sand before starting each edge. coats of chalk paint using the paint
the top and base of the cabinet, and the TIP Skip the bevelled edge if you don’t sprayer, allowing at least two hours
drawer fronts, until smooth. feel conident using a router. to dry between coats.

ORBITAL
SANDER

MASKING
TAPE

DARK
WAX

STAIN
BASE
KNOB
CLEAR
WAX

O
4 Create a distressed look O
5 Stain the top O
6 Polish the top
When the paint is fully dry, attach a Using a paintbrush, apply an even layer Allow the stain to dry overnight before
120 grit sanding pad to the orbital of timber stain to the top of the cabinet applying two coats of dark furniture
sander and work the edges, sides, in the direction of the wood grain. wax with a soft cloth to the stained top.
drawer fronts and front of the cabinet Allow the stain to sit for around ive Let the wax dry for 10 minutes before
to create a rustic worn efect. Wipe the minutes before wiping of with a clean, buing to a nice sheen with a lint-free
cabinet with a damp cloth to remove the lint-free cloth in the direction of the cloth. Using a soft brush, apply clear
dust. Remove the newspaper from the wood grain. Allow to dry for four furniture wax to the rest of the cabinet
top of the cabinet and tape the edges on hours before applying the second coat. before buing with a soft cloth to a nice
the base of the cabinet to prevent stain Apply further coats until the desired sheen. Add the knobs to the drawer
going onto the painted base. colour is achieved. fronts to inish of the look. ❖

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Choose the right sander to make surface
preparation efective, quick and easy
WORDS MARC MCEVOY

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IAL GUIDE
ESSENT NDERS
TO SA
anding timber can be very

S satisfying DIY work if you create


a smooth surface that leads to
a professional inish.
he fastest and most eicient tools for
this are electric power sanders, whether
it’s for timber loors, furniture, decking
or panelling. he trick is to use the right
sander for the job.
here are many types of sanders,
each with speciic functions, ranging
from the heavyweight belt sanders to
the smaller, lighter detail sanders for
getting into tight spots. Knowing how to
use a sander correctly is as important as
picking the right model. And selecting
the right grade of abrasive paper will get
the most out of your sander.
For most home projects, you may
need only three or four grades of paper.
hey’re usually coded, such as P60,
P120 and P180. he P stands for particle
and the number tells you how many
particles there are per square
centimetre. P60 is coarse, P120 is
medium and P180 is ine.
Here we list the main hand-held
sanders and the tasks they perform. ▶

SAFETY TIP
Wear a dust mask
or filtered respirator
when sanding timber,
especially if the
surface is painted
or varnished.
PICTURE ISTOCK

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RANDOM
ORBITAL SANDER
Random orbital sanders are more
powerful than sheet sanders.
hey have a sanding disc that
cuts the surface by simultaneously
spinning the disc and moving it
in small ellipses.
his avoids swirl marks because
no part of the disc travels the same
path twice during a rotation.
Abrasive paper discs are 125mm
or 150mm in diameter and are
attached with adhesive or
a hook-and-loop system that is
like Velcro. With a coarse disc,
a random orbital sander can
quickly remove paint from timber
or rust from metal.
hey range from palm-sized to
dual-handle units, but for most DIY,
a 125mm sander with a 230-270W
an orbital sheet sander is unlikely motor is ideal. Look for a model that
ORBITAL SHEET to damage the timber surface. has an eicient dust-extraction
SANDER Most are driven by a 115-280W system, variable speed control and
An orbital sheet sander, which is motor, with the size of the sander low vibration.
also called an orbital inishing base pad corresponding to a half BEST FOR removing timber
sander, has spring-loaded clamps or third of the area of a standard surfaces quickly, light sanding or
that hold the abrasive paper abrasive paper sheet. achieving a smooth inish.
against the sander's lat, square A one-third sheet orbital sander
pad, called a platen. is ideal for DIY projects.
he pad vibrates in tiny circles, BEST FOR prepping a surface,
or orbits, allowing you to sand in any sanding between inish coats, and SANDPAPER GRITS
direction. Relatively quiet and light, sanding up to edges and corners.
• 40-60 Coarse
• 80-120 Medium
• 150-180 Fine
• 220-240 Very fine
• 280-320 Extra fine
• 360-600 Super fine PICTURE (BACKGROUND) ISTOCK

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DIY TIP
 Begin a sanding job
with a coarse low-grit
abrasive paper,
progressing up to
higher, finer grits for
a smooth finish.

and mouldings. Variable speed is


DETAIL SANDER useful. Setting the sander on high
Detail sanders have a triangular speed can remove a lot of material
base shaped like an iron, with a quickly, while slow speed will give
point that can get into tight spots. you more control.
Hook-and-loop abrasive paper pads he grip is usually either palm
attach easily and quickly to the base. or barrel. Choose the one that is
he action is orbital or oscillating. most comfortable by shape and
For sanders with an orbital action, the weight. Sanders with palm grips
pads rotate in small circles. have an orbital action.
An oscillating action rocks the BEST FOR ine inish sanding and
pad forward and backward in a for smoothing hard-to-reach areas
BELT SANDER short arc, and is best on flat surfaces such as corners and crevices. ▶
Used for heavy-duty sanding, belt
sanders are more powerful than
orbital sanders.
hey use sanding belts, which
are continuous loops of reinforced
abrasive paper that it over two
cylindrical drums. he tool’s motor
drives the rear drum while the front
drum spins freely.
Fitted with ine abrasive paper,
a belt sander can be used to
achieve a completely smooth
surface. hey can also be used on
masonry and metalwork.
hey come in various sizes from
handheld to large bench-mounted
units. A handheld sander that takes
533 x 75mm belts provides plenty of
power for the DIYer.
BEST FOR smoothing rough
timber, levelling uneven joinery
and removing paints or inishes.

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ORBITAL SHEET SANDERS RANDOM ORBITAL SANDER
1. Occasional use 1. Occasional use
Handy DIY tool with dual-fan air extraction and Designed for fast material removal with hook-and-loop
lock-on switch for easy control and operation. pads for quick paper changes.

Bosch 1/3-Sheet Ozito 230W Random


250W Orbital Sander, Orbital Sander, $45.
$98, bosch-do-it.com ozito.com.au
2. Regular use 2. Regular use
Powerful tool with variable speed, alloy baseplate for Features a variable speed control and hook-and-loop
true lat sanding, and integrated dust-removal system. paper pads for fast changes.

Bosch 270W Random Orbital


Ryobi 1/3-Sheet
Sander PEX 300 AE, $124.
280W Sander, $89.
bosch-do-it.com
ryobi.co.nz

3. Heavy use 3. Heavy use


Eicient dust extraction system and powerful motor Has a powerful motor with low vibration and rotating
produces a quality inish on large surfaces. 300° front grip for improved comfort and control.

Ozito 1/2-Sheet 350W


Orbital Sander, $79.
ozito.com.au

Ryobi Random Orbital


Sander 300W, $190.
ryobi.co.nz

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DETAIL SANDERS BELT SANDERS
1. Occasional use 1. Occasional use
Uses hook-and-loop pads for fast and easy changes and Ample power for fast removal of material with a small
a lock-on switch that provides continuous operation. front roller for close-up sanding to vertical edges.
 
 

XU1 125W Detail Sander,


about $29. bunnings.co.nz

  Ozito 800W Belt


  Sander, $79.
ozito.com.au

2. Regular use 2. Regular use


Features a fold-out inger pad for ine detail sanding Adjustable front handle for better control and comfort,
and a cyclonic micro-iltration dust collector. and a cyclonic-action dust box for easy dust removal.
   
   
Ryobi 100W Palm
Sander, $69. ryobi.co.nz

Ryobi 800W Belt


Sander, $99.
ryobi.co.nz

3. Heavy use 3. Heavy use


Two sanding plates allow for multi-function use and A sander with automatic belt system to keep the belt in
a micro-ilter box for eicient dust extraction. position, with a high material removal rate. ❖
 
Bosch 160W Multi Sander
Kit, $108. bosch-do-it.com

Bosch Belt Sander


710W PBS 75 A,
$167. bosch-do-it.com

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CHOOK
CARAVAN Build a portable home for your feathered friends
PROJECT AND PICTURES STUART SCOTT

eeping chickens is a wonderfully keep the creepy-crawlies in manageable weather and state of the ground dictate.

K satisfying thing to do. Children


love them and they can be great
pets. Better yet, they contribute to their
numbers and help to naturally fertilise
the lawns and garden beds.
One downside of keeping chickens
We incorporated a couple of easy-access
laying boxes with additional storage for
nesting material or feed and an elevated
keep in many ways. Naturally, there is that their scratching can decimate weatherproof roosting area where your
are the fresh eggs. the area where they’re kept, creating hens can feel safe and snug.
Once you’ve had a freshly laid egg a barren dust bowl. he inished chook caravan will be
from a healthy hen, it’s almost Our chook caravan overcomes this exposed to the weather 24/7, so to make
impossible to go back to buying eggs at problem by having wheels and handles it last we used treated pine and plywood,
the shop. Not only that, your chooks will to make it easy to move around as the and galvanised chicken wire held

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MATERIALS
• 6 42 x 18mm x 6m H3.1 pine
• 5 40 x 10mm x 6m H3.1 pine
• 1 65 x 10mm x 6m H3.1 pine
• 1 18 x 18mm x 6m H3.1 pine
• 10m Whites 90 x 5cm x 1mm galvanised chicken netting
• 3 sheets 2440 x 1200 x 7mm H3.2 plywood
• 1m aluminium 40 x 40 x 1.4mm ridge cap
together with galvanised nails and • 2 215 x 41mm Syneco wheels
exterior high-strength glue. We inished • 1 Ambassador 450–600 adjustable ⅜in axle
it with high-quality exterior paint. • 1L internal/external primer paint
We made the framework from • 2L low sheen exterior paint
40 x 18mm dressed H3.1 pine butt
joined with adhesive and braced with
plywood, while 110mm weatherboards
were cut from plywood sheets for the WHAT YOU NEED
roof and wall linings.
Although these materials are light, • Nail gun, hammer • Stapler and pliers
making it easy to move, the inished • Tape measure • Jigsaw
structure is strong and durable. his • Screwdrivers • Compressor
chook caravan is ideal for one to two • Wire cutters • Spray gun
chooks, or three to four if they roam. ▶

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CUTTING LIST
MAIN FRAME MATERIAL (mm) LENGTH (mm) QUANTITY
Studs 40 x 18 pine 550 8
Side frame top rails  40 x 18 pine    2000 2
Side frame base rails 40 x 18 pine 2400 2
Cross members base 40 x 18 pine 964  2
Cross members top  40 x 18 pine  1000  2
Rafters 40 x 18 pine 700 (45° mitre at ridge end, 8
notch at top rail)
Collar ties 40 x 10 pine 450 (45° mitre at either end 2
to match rafter)
Ridge 65 x 10 pine 2200 1
Door Plywood 295 x 395 1
Door trims top/base 40 x 10 pine 295 (mitred 45° both ends) 2
Door trims top/base 40 x 10 pine 395 (mitred 45° both ends) 2
Roof lining boards Plywood strips 700 x 110 14 (7 per side)
End gables lining board Plywood strips 110 x variable length (45° mitres at ends) 10 (5 per end)
Awning Plywood 650 x 150 1
(chamfered 45° on one long edge)
Awning end braces Plywood Right-angle triangle 2
100 x 100 x 140
Awning trims angle 18 x 18 pine   140 (with 45° mitre either end) 2
Awning trims vertical 18 x 18 pine   75 (with 45° mitre one end) 2
NESTING BOX FRAME MATERIAL LENGTH QUANTITY
Cross members back   40 x 18 pine 1000 2
Studs 40 x 18 pine 400 (notched at top to 4
accept top rail)
Top rails 40 x 18 pine 390 (mitred to sit flush against 2
studs, approx 20°)
Floor   Plywood  1000 x 380  1
Front wall  Plywood  1000 x 540 1
(cut two doors 350 x 250) 
Partition walls Plywood  500 x 370 2
Wheel chassis 40 x 18 pine   600    2
Wheel axle support 40 x 18 pine   520 2
Partition base trims  18 x 18 pine 358 2
Partition front wall trims 18 x 18 pine 525 2
Nesting box back   Plywood strips   1000 x 110 4
Nesting box sides Plywood strips 10 x variable length 12 (6 per side)
Lid Plywood 1000 x 400 1
Back trims 40 x 10 pine  1000 1
Side trims 40 x 10 pine 377 2
GENERAL NOTE
Cut trims from 40 x 10mm pine as required. The trims to the top side rails are chamfered 45° on one
edge to sit flush under the eaves. Check dimensions as you build.
FASTENERS
Brad nails C1 20mm galvanised (secures ply to 10mm material)
Brad nails C1 25mm galvanised (secures ply to 18mm material)
Brad nails DA 38mm angle galvanised (secures 18mm to 18mm material)
PVA adhesive 500ml Selleys Aquadhere Exterior
Hinges 5 50mm brass butt hinges
Brass screws 30 25mm G6 brass timber screws
Sisal rope 10m x 6mm

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BUILD THE CHOOKHOUSE
TIP

DROP
SAW FRAME
LENGTHS
BRAD
NAILER PLYWOOD
BRACE CUT ENDS

STUD

RAIL RESEALER

O
1 Assemble the main frame base to inside. Attach rafters to the ridge
Use a drop saw or handsaw and mitre with adhesive and nails, leaving 100mm
box to cut the frame pieces. Use a table at either end. hen attach other rafter
saw, power saw with guide, or handsaw ends to the top rails over the studs.
to cut cladding pieces. Butt join the main Attach collar ties to centre rafters with
MAIN FRAME frame studs to rails at 616mm intervals adhesive and nails, keeping them level.
using adhesive and ply braces secured to TIP To achieve a long-lasting chook
the inside using adhesive and brad nails. caravan, weatherprooing is critical.
Attach sides to cross members with Reseal all cuts with timber preservative
adhesive and nails, with top to ends and and reprime before assembling.

RIDGE REAR
GABLE

BRAD
NAILER
RAFTER FRONT
WALL

REAR JIGSAW
GABLE

OPENING

FRONT NESTING
UPPER REAR WALL BOX FLOOR
CROSS MEMBERS

O
2 Build the nesting box front wall. Position and secure the loor
Starting at the top, clad the inside of the and the front wall with adhesive and
end gables, overlapping the boards by nails. Evenly space the four rear studs,
10mm. he irst board should be notching them over the rear cross
notched around the ridge. Clad the member. Attach the upper cross member
second gable above the collar tie. Attach to the studs. Attach the second upper
the rear lower cross member with rear cross member lat to the underside
WHEEL adhesive and nails, notching it over of the rear gable. Fit the two rear top
SUPPORTS
each bottom rail. Notch the cross rails to outside studs and main frame.
member 250mm either side of centre TIP To keep the centres of the
to allow the wheel supports to pass weatherboards secure and tight, attach
through. Attach the supports to both an 18 x 18mm centre brace vertical on
rear lower cross members. Cut doors in each end gable and nail to the centres. ▶

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100mm WIRE
OVERHANG CUTTERS
SPRAY
GUN
STAPLER

CHICKEN
WIRE

O
3 Attach the wire dry. Centre the wire on the ridge and roll
Position and secure the partition trims it out, allowing 100mm at either end.
CLIPS
with adhesive and nails, aligning Cut and secure with staples. Repeat
them with the rear studs. Test it the with both sides, aligning them with the
partitions and mark the top angle. Cut bottom rails. here should be about
PLIERS
and secure with adhesive and nails. 50mm overlap to top wire. Tie them
Paint the entire structure with a thick together with tie wire or clips. Neatly 50mm
OVERLAP
coat of primer undercoat and allow to trim overhangs with wire cutters.

RIDGE

COLLAR 45° CHAMFER


TIE
BRAD
RAFTER NAILER

RAFTER
TRIM

BRAD
NAILER

O
4 Secure cladding and trims
Finish cladding the nesting box and roof
PLYWOOD
PARTITION with plywood strips. he trims are an
important structural part of the chook
caravan. Attach the butt joints only with
adhesive, then use brad nails to secure
in place. he two trims to the top rails
NESTING BOX are chamfered at 45° to it snugly under
CLADDING
the eaves of the roosting area. Trim
all the rafters, studs, top and bottom
rails and nesting box, but not the ridge.
Make sure you inish all the cuts with
preservative and primer.

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LEFT Line the nesting box with straw.
BELOW A hinged door on the nesting
AWNING
box allows easy access to the
bounty, and keeps the chickens safe.
END
BRACE

15mm OVERHANG

O
5 Build door, lid and awning
Use adhesive and nails to attach
40 x 10mm trim to the door and lid.
Hinges and rear trim should be set 5mm
in from the edge. Don’t trim the lower
edge of the lid. Attach two triangular
trim pieces to the lower edge for the
rope handle. Secure the awning end
trims with adhesive and nails to the
awning end braces, and the assembled
braces to the awning, allowing 15mm
overhang at either end. Ensure the
chamfered edge is orientated to the
nesting box. Fit the hinges (two for door,
three for lid) and secure inal chassis
components with adhesive and nails.

RIDGE
CAP

SPRAY
GUN

SISAL OLD
ROPE BRANCH

TIP

O
6 Paint and attach fittings member, one hole through the front
Remove the hardware. Notch the top ridge and two through the nesting box
edge of the ridge about 25mm from the lid. hread sisal rope through and tie
rear end. Apply two generous inish of to create handles.
coats of paint to the entire structure, TIP Give your chooks a natural perch
doors, lids and awning. Allow to dry. by securing an old branch inside the
Re-assemble all components and it axle cladded roof of your new chook caravan.
and wheels. Secure the awning from Ideally, secure it in a way that gives your
inside with adhesive and screws. Cut chooks a range of perching options:
and attach the ridge cap with screws. one branch lower and breezier for hot
Drill 10mm holes 150mm apart on evenings and another higher and
either side of the bottom front cross snugger for when it is cold and wet. ▶

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BELOW Cut two arched doors in the
front wall of the nesting box. The
awning requires careful trimming and
mitreing to keep the birds dry inside.

DIY TIP
If your yard is regularly
damp, screw lengths of
20mm aluminium angle
to the underside of the
main frame to keep the
timber clear and dry.

RIGHT A partition separates


roosting areas from feed storage.
ABOVE Make wire strong and
fast to repel any predators.

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Rope handles make for easy transport


around the yard, depending on the
weather and lawn wear and tear.
BELOW A clever rope tie opens the
door so the chickens roam freely.

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT
If predators such as dogs and cats are a problem,
you will need to fortify your defences. Consider
adding right angle brackets to the front sides
and driving tent pegs through these to anchor
the structure. Choose a bracket that has a large
enough hole to take the tent peg, or drill it out
as necessary. The extra stability should provide
an additional deterrent. ❖

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WICKING
GARDEN BED
Save water and improve soil and plant health
with a self-watering wicking garden bed
PROJECT AND PICTURES SUE FERRIS

INLET
PIPE

HOW IT WORKS
Wicking gardens work by drawing moisture upwards
from a reservoir located in the base of the structure,
rather than watering from above.
Water is added via the inlet pipe you can see in
the foreground. It flows down the pipe and fills the
reservoir in the base of the bed. As the soil on the
surface of the garden bed dries out in the warmth
of the sun, and as the plants utilise the moisture,
the water from this reservoir, as if by magic (or
science!), wicks towards to the surface, keeping
the soil in the bed constantly moist.
This means that the reservoir only has to be
topped up occasionally. No more daily watering
is required!
If there’s a major rain event, excess water dribbles
out of the overflow pipe, so the plants don’t drown.
The ideal depth for soil to wick is 25cm – which
happens to be the perfect depth for vegie roots.

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ith our summers getting

W hotter and drier, it’s more


important than ever to
conserve water and save your garden
from the ravages of extreme heat.
A wicking garden bed waters plants
from below, rather than above, ensuring
they’re never short of moisture. his
encourages deeper root growth and the
bed experiences less evaporation.
It’s basically like an enormous
self-watering pot – a waterproof liner
traps water in a reservoir underneath
the soil. Moisture is drawn up and
evenly distributed through the soil by
means of capillary action – or wicking.

A wicking garden
bed is basically like
an enormous
self-watering pot

QUALITY AND CONTROL


here are many other beneits of this
kind of raised garden bed.
If the quality of your soil is poor and
needs lots of added organic matter, it
may take years to get it up to scratch.
With nutrient-rich soil in a wicking
garden bed, you have the advantage of
power-boosting your plants from the
OVERFLOW outset, as well as eliminating weeds and
OUTLET
competition from water-stealing trees.
Plus you’ll save your back from constant
bending. It’s also the perfect solution if
your soil is contaminated.
Once you’ve planted the seedlings,
it can take up to a week for the garden
bed to start wicking, so help it along
by traditional watering until you see
it beginning to wick.
A wicking garden bed is a great way
to have an abundant and eicient
garden that supplies you with herbs and
vegies year-round.
Here’s how to build one yourself. ▶

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WHAT YOU NEED CALCULATING QUANTITIES
◆ 9 H4 treated pine planks, ◆ 2 PVC pipes, 2 elbows, For optimum wicking, the soil
2400 x 200 x 50mm and 1 plastic washer with
needs to be about 25cm deep.
◆ Circular saw matching diameter
To calculate the amount of
◆ Drill, hex drill bit and ◆ Inlet pipe cap soil and gravel required, simply
spade drill bit  ◆ Fast set guttering and multiply the length, breadth and
◆ M8 x 75mm galvanised roof silicone sealant height of the bed. For example,
coach screws ◆ Utility knife our garden bed measures
2.4 x 1.5 x 0.4m.
◆ Heavy-duty builder’s plastic ◆ Staple gun
◆ SOIL 2.4 x 1.5 x 0.25m = 0.9m3
◆ Geotextile weed matting ◆ Clamps (one cubic metre)
◆ Ag (drainage) pipe ◆ Hacksaw ◆ GRAVEL 2.4 x 1.5 x 0.15 = 0.54m3
◆ 7-10mm gravel or scoria ◆ Garden soil and mulch (half a cubic metre)

SLEEPER
CORNER
BRACE
HEX DRILL
BIT
PLANK SPADE
BIT
PLANK
PLANK
LONG
SIDE

DRILL
MIDDLE
BRACE

LONG
SIDE

O
1 Build the frame O
2 Brace the frame O
3 Prepare the outlet
Level the ground, then measure and cut Use timber ofcuts from the planks Use a spade bit the same diameter as
the timber to the desired length. Butt as braces in each corner and at the the PVC pipe and drill one hole in the
join four planks to form a rectangle. middle of each long side of the frame. sleeper 5-7cm above ground level for
Pre-drill two holes in the ends using Secure the braces in position using the overlow outlet. Place the builder’s
a hex drill bit, then secure with screws, screws. Remove any sharp objects plastic inside the frame and clamp in
checking the corners are at 90° angles. inside the bed that could pierce the position, evenly distributing it up the
Repeat with a second layer of planks. plastic and cause leakage. sides and allowing excess at the top. ▶

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DIY TIP
To provide extra
protection of the plastic
liner, put down a layer
of weed matting between
the ground and
the plastic.

OVERFLOW
OUTLET
PVC
PIPE

PLASTIC SILICONE
LINER
ELBOW
FRAME
WASHER

CLAMP AG PIPE

AG
PIPE

O
4 Line the frame O
5 Install the overflow outlet O
6 Assemble the water inlet
Push down the plastic irmly to ground Insert a PVC pipe through the outlet hole Join together another piece of PVC pipe,
level at the sides and into the corners to and cut a hole in the plastic, ensuring elbow and ag pipe and place in one
allow plenty of slack and stop it tearing a snug it. Attach an elbow to the outside corner near the overlow outlet. Ensure
when the gravel and soil are added. end. Apply silicone to the back of the ag pipe runs the length of the bed. Mark
Clamp into place. Add just a few staples washer, place over the pipe, then press 25cm down from the top of the frame to
around the frame to hold the liner in against the liner to cure. Screw ag pipe to allow for the soil. Start adding the gravel,
position, as you may need to adjust later. the PVC pipe to stop gravel lowing out. placing over the ag pipe to hold in place. 

PLASTIC
LINER
PLASTIC STAPLE
LINER GUN
CROSS
BRACE MIDDLE
BRACE

SOIL

WATER

WEED MATTING
GRAVEL
LONG SIDE

O7 Level the gravel O


8 Lay the fabric O
9 Add a cross brace
Add water until the water level starts to Position the geotextile weed matting Cut a cross brace using the remaining
show at the top of the gravel. Spread over the top of the gravel, running it up plank to it across the centre of the
the gravel evenly until the moisture level the walls to prevent the soil slipping frame, then screw in position. Cover the
is consistent across the entire surface, down into the reservoir. Add the soil, soil with mulch. Trim the overlow pipe
with no dry spots or pooling. Press illing it to the top to allow for settling. with a hacksaw to the water level so any
down irmly into the corners and over Staple the plastic liner along the top and overlow will spill over. Put a cap on the
the surface to remove any air pockets. cut away any excess. inlet pipe to stop bugs getting in. ❖

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n nings
Find it at Bu

HOW TO MAKE A
COPPER CLOTHES RAIL
Create more space in your wardrobe
with this industrial-style hanging rail
WHAT YOU NEED
inding new storage space is To give your copper clothes hanger  • ¾in copper pipe

F a common challenge for most


households. Adding wardrobe
space is particularly in demand.
a fantastic inish, clean and shine it with
metal polish and a soft cloth.
hen you can hang your clothes and
• 20mm copper elbow
• 2 19mm chrome flanges
• Silicone, caulking gun
Here we show how to create more enjoy that extra storage space. • 8g x 35mm timber screws
storage space in your wardrobe by • Wall anchors, if needed
installing an industrial-style hanging • Crimping tool
rail. All you need is some copper pipe • Flaring tool
and a little bit of know-how. • Pencil and level
• Measuring tape
• Cordless drill
• Pipe cutter
• Hammer, stud finder


1 ●
2 ●
3
PENCIL LONG
PIPE
TAPE
MEASURE
STUD
FINDER
SHORT
PIPE

HAMMER
ELBOW
TAPE TIMBER COPPER
MEASURE SCREWS PIPE

●1 Mark stud and joist ●


2 Cut the copper pipe ●
3 Attach the elbow
he clothes rail will carry weight, so it he measurements for the copper pipe Join the short copper pipe, the drop,
should be attached to a wall stud and will depend on where your hanger will to the elbow and crimp into place.
a ceiling joist. Locate them with a stud it and the drop you want. Here the drop Join the hanging pipe to the other side
inder. Using a pencil, mark the centre is 400mm and the hanging pipe is of the elbow and crimp that into place.
of the stud on the wall and the centre of 700mm. Measure the two pipe lengths When crimping, lean the pieces on
the joist on the ceiling. Remember to and cut them with a pipe cutter. Tighten a pipe ofcut so you have clearance
position the clothes rail far enough from the cutter a bit after every revolution for from the workbench. If you don’t have
the wall to it a coat hanger. a clean cut. Never overtighten. a crimping tool, use adhesive.

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WATCH THE VIDEO
DIY copper clothes rail at
bunnings.co.nz/diy-advice


4 ●
5 ●
6
CORDLESS
DRILL

TIMBER
HAMMER SCREW
SILICONE
COPPER
RAIL
COPPER
FLANGE
PIPE
COPPER
PIPE FLANGE

FLARING
TOOL


4 Flare the pipe ends ●
5 Apply the silicone ●
6 Secure the railing
Flare the pipe ends to ensure the langes To ensure the lange doesn’t move, Once the silicone is dry, use the cordless
remain secured. First, slide a lange on run a bead of silicone around the drill and 35mm timber screws to secure
one pipe end. Attach the laring tool to underside of the lare and press the one end of the clothes hanger to the
that pipe end and hit it several times lange into it. Add more silicone over ceiling joist. Secure the other end to the
with a hammer. Check the lange won’t and around the end of the pipe, then wall. If you can’t attach the railing to
come of. If it needs more lare, reattach wipe of excess silicone with a dry cloth. a stud wall or ceiling joist, use wall
the laring tool and hit it a few more Repeat for the other lare and lange. anchors to secure it. Clean and shine
times. Repeat for the other end. Allow them to dry for 24 hours. the pipe with metal polish and a cloth. ❖

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CREATIVE
GARDENS
Be inspired by
Will Dangar’s
unique approach
to landscape design
WORDS KAREN MCCARTNEY
PICTURES PRUE RUSCOE

ith a garden design business

W in its 25th year and over 1000


gardens created, it’s safe to
say Will Dangar knows a thing or two
about landscape design.
His new book Garden chronicles
21 of Will’s favourite gardens and the
challenges, planting choices and
collaborations that made each one
special, starting with Will’s own.
Buying an unsalvagable Californian
bungalow in his adopted home suburb
of Sydney’s Bondi, Will set about
designing a house and garden as one
integrated concept. ▶

This is an edited extract from


Garden by William Dangar
(Murdoch Books, $45-$65
online). Photography by
Prue Ruscoe.

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OUTDOOR

Will Dangar says he was his own worst


client. But the results are his reward.

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WILL’S GARDEN
Will’s old house was single storey,
whereas the new one is two storeys,
but with a slightly smaller footprint to
allow for the ratio of garden to house
to be more to Will’s liking.
his is in contrast to many houses,
where the structure takes up all the
space, and the landscaping becomes
‘icing’ around the edges.
‘It was important for me to have
a lovely relationship between the
landscaping and dwelling. For me, if
the balance looks right on the plan, it
tends to translate well into the garden
itself,’ says Will.
he garden is in three parts, which
begins with the streetscape.
‘I set the fence back from the footpath unfamiliar plants, such as weeping
in order to plant Australian natives mulberries, bamboos, and Japanese The back of the home gets
modernist, with an Asian aesthetic.
relevant to the area. hat way, I’m giving blood grass, which turns red in summer.
something back to the suburb.’ here are two other main elements in
he entrance is more exotic, with the garden: an in-ground trampoline to
a frangipani and a crepe myrtle, which occupy the kids, and an irregular pond.
has lilac lowers in summer. his odd-shaped body of water slides
he most expressive area of planting under the deck and creates ambient
is the main garden, where Will channels noise to ilter the street sounds. ‘It was important
Roberto Burle Marx, a Brazilian
landscape architect who revolutionised
Will found designing for himself
challenging. Aware of all the options,
for me to have a
the genre by introducing modernist he was constantly changing his mind. lovely relationship
principles of graphic, mass planting. ‘I was a nightmare client. I must
‘I thought it best to challenge myself have done 15 schemes. he good thing
between the
and create a garden of predominantly is, though, I now realise what my landscaping and
Japanese and northern Asian natives.’ clients go through, and I’m a better
hat required research in terms of consultant for it,’ he says. the dwelling’

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CLIENT’S GARDEN
Not far from his Bondi home, Will’s
vision was put to the test.
‘Some architects are keen that
landscaping doesn’t interfere with the
lines of a building. Others, such as Layers of bougainvillea and star
jasmine soften the architectural lines.
Dennis Rabinowitz, are comfortable
when planting is an integral part of the
inal outcome,’ says Will.
In this harbourside house, nature has hardwood pergola frames the view.
been pulled into the building envelope. Onto this architectural framework,
‘Dennis has brought a breath of Will has been able to bring a layer of
fresh air to this renovation. He opened landscaping to soften the lines of the
up the sense of arrival by creating house, with cascading bougainvillea
a lightweight entrance sequence.’ and star jasmine, and draw the
In particular, ofset loating concrete experience of the garden from street
stairs add a sculptural feel, while a level to the harbour foreshore. ▶

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Cascading
bougainvillea and
star jasmine draw
the experience of the
garden from street
level to the harbour
foreshore
‘he clients wanted an unfussy
solution overall, and so much of what
we did was to strip away more complex
historical landscaping and limit the
plants to a simple mix,’ says Will.
he fact that the clients own the
block next door was exploited with ive
large Ficus benjamina ‘Exotica’ craned
onto the site and used for screening.
‘he garden just falls into the harbour,
making its simplicity seductive.’ ❖

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OUTDOOR

Will’s landscape designs


complement, without competing.

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After
James Treble creates three distinct
zones in the one space.

1
LOOK

DESIGN CHALLENGE:
Before

ALFRESCO REVIVAL
Reno stars Kyal and Kara Demmrich and design expert James
Treble add their personal touch to a jaded outdoor area

anny and Robyn Richards a strange island bench that gets in the Despite being a competition, the

D and their two daughters are


a fun-loving family who enjoy
spending time together outdoors.
way. he space also has a kitchen at one
end, with a wall-mounted TV.  
he challenge for our two design
designers have agreed to work together
to demolish the beige kitchen and
replace it with something cooler and
But their new home has a bland teams, James Treble and Kyal and Kara more functional.
outside entertainment area that lacks Demmrich, is to redesign the space so Each team usually has to build an
personality and comfort, forcing them it tempts the Richards outside more item that is included in their plans, but
indoors. hey know they have a great often, while taking into account their with the kitchen being renovated, their
opportunity with the space, but are preferences. Danny would like a sports task is to come up with their own
stumped on what to do with it. bar area near the TV, Robyn would like splashback for the new kitchen. he
he area runs along the back of the a relaxation area, and they’d all like a winning team’s splashback will become
house, but lacks functionality and has dining area to enjoy family meals. a permanent ixture.

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2

LOOK
After
The K Team opt for the resort
feel in this challenge.

THE KITCHEN
In this design challenge, both teams his ties in with the new glass
work together to demolish the old cabinet doors, which are painted
kitchen and build a new one. dark blue on the inside of the glass.
he old cabinets are unscrewed, Before Kyal paints them, he applies a
the bench removed from the loor and surface preparation so the paint bonds
the TV and bracket are detached from to the glass.
the wall. After the Kaboodle cabinets are
hankfully, Danny and Robyn have assembled and the doors attached, The Richards family
with The Living Room’s
spare loor tiles to ill the gap left by the the sink is itted and a new Matador Barry Du Bois, Kyal and
removed island bench. bar fridge connected. Kara Demmrich and
With the kitchen empty, the posts he only thing left for Danny James Treble.
are painted white, and the wall is and Robyn to decide is which tiled
painted a fresh grey colour. splashback they prefer. ▶

Would James’ splashback (LEFT) get


the nod over Kyal and Kara’s (RIGHT)?

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THE REVEAL
JAMES
James creates three distinct areas in the
space using the contemporary Coral Bay
range of furniture from Mimosa.
He places a nine-piece dining setting
near the kitchen for family dinners and
for Danny and his friends to watch the

1
footy on TV, while a ive-piece corner

LOOK
lounge sits at the opposite end.
Robyn can use the L-shaped lounge
and armchair for entertaining friends
with a glass of wine or relaxing as she
watches the girls play in the pool.
A third zone is hidden around the
corner with four armchairs for the girls
to have their own space with friends.
James’ furniture choices are soft
To add a splash of colour, James and laidback, designed for comfort.
hangs pot plants near the sink area so
the greenery is at eye level. More plants
and lanterns are placed for styling.
For his splashback, he complements
the modern furniture with geometric
shapes in the form of hexagonal tiles.
Grey grout contrasts with the white tiles
and makes their shape pop.

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THE REVEAL
KYAL AND KARA
Kyal and Kara have gone for a relaxed
island-resort theme by using timber
furniture with a warmer feel. As there
are large sliding doors to the living
room, their plan is to blur the lines
between indoors and outdoors.
hey combine the Avani corner sofa
setting with the Mareeba bar setting,
and style with several ferns and palms.
he tall dining table can act as a bar
for when Danny and his mates watch
sport, but it can also work as an island
bench if more space is required.
Kyal and Kara have also zoned the

2
LOOK

outdoor space. Around the corner they


place a timber hammock along with a
couple of lounges for a chill-out zone.
Just outside the alfresco area, in a
disused part of the garden, they set up
a ire pit and pizza oven that the
Richards can use on cold winter nights.
For their splashback, Kara chooses
a marble tile mosaic and white grouting
that gives the wall a natural feel. ▶

Kyal and Kara’s design seems


to say ‘just add people’.

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OUTDOOR

THE DECISION
Danny and Robyn love both designs and

1
LOOK
struggle to pick a winner. Robyn is so
torn, she leaves the decision to Danny.
he four armchairs around the
corner for their two daughters to escape
to with their friends just tips Danny
over the edge, and James is declared
the winner. ❖

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SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL GARDEN
utdoor space is becoming But, no matter how small the space,
Make the most of
your small space
O an increasingly precious
commodity. New land release
packages are getting smaller while many
a visual link with nature should not be
underestimated. It is still a sanctuary
for you to escape the pressures of an
people are choosing to move away from urban existence.  
for a big return the traditional quarter-acre plot and he main thing to keep in mind is
downsize to townhouses and villas.  that the garden is your personal space
with these tips Our gardening ideas need to evolve, and should relect and express your
too. We can no longer cram all the aesthetic values. Create the look you
WORDS AND PICTURES traditional elements of a conventional really want, whether it involves a garden
CHERYL MADDOCKS garden into a small space.  full of vegetables or beds of lowers. ▶

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UTILISE YOUR SPACE
While you can’t physically increase the
size of a small garden, you can certainly
employ a few visual tricks to create the
illusion of space.  
◆ LIGHTEN AND LENGTHEN Use Add height with vertical lines of
light-coloured paving and paint bright cascading ferns and climbers.
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◆ LET THE OUTDOORS IN Install
French or bifold doors that open directly
to the garden. Lay paving materials that
complement the interior loors to break
down the division between in and out.  
◆ MOVE THE INDOORS OUT Build
a pergola with overhead beams running
from the house to create a visual link
between the garden and house. his will
provide a shaded sitting area as well as
privacy from neighbours. Cover with
a perfumed climber for fragrance.   ABOVE A step down can create
◆ HARNESS ILLUSION A change of the illusion of two garden areas.
BELOW Focus the eye, and the
level, even just one step, can produce mind, with a soothing fountain.
the illusion of two gardens. Use a large
outdoor mirror to relect light and
increase the sense of space, or make
mosaics out of broken mirrors. Murals
can look fantastic. 
◆ CREATE CALM he sound of water
will help to mask street noise and bring
focus to your small sanctuary. A water
feature is both inviting and cooling, and
freestanding ones are simple to install.
◆ GO UP here are some great vertical
garden kits, wall pots, artworks and
screens that can be mounted on walls.
Climbing plants trained in vertical lines
along walls can also look stunning.

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CHOOSE PLANTS FOR
THE CONDITIONS
Small spaces magnify problems, so
it’s very important to choose plants
that fulil a purpose. Get to know the
microclimates in your courtyard or
garden and position your plants
according to their growing needs.
◆ OPT FOR FOLIAGE Choose plants
for their year-round appeal. Make use
of handsome foliage plants that look
good in every season.
ABOVE A sculptural pot on a pebble ◆ REPEAT PLANTINGS A couple
bed distracts from the boundary. of large pots of the same species can
%(/2:/D\HUIROLDJHRIGLσHUHQW be more efective than numerous small
shapes, heights and textures. pots of diferent plants, which can
create a cluttered look.
◆ CHOOSE WHITE FLOWERS
hese are ideal for small spaces, as their
colour is not dominating. Plus they
shine in the night and will highlight
a fountain, pond or statue.
◆ KEEP PLANTS SIMPLE his gives
a cleaner and more formal appearance.
Hedge plants, such as buxus, lilly pilly,
camellia, murraya, westringia and
duranta, can also be grown in large pots
and clipped to shape.
◆ PLANT CLIMBERS hey take up
little space at ground level and make
excellent coverings for bare walls. Make
use of perfumed climbers such as
Every inch of space Chinese star jasmine, Beaumontia
counts in a small garden.
grandiflora, climbing roses, Jasminum
sambac and Stephanotis floribunda. ▶

GROW TIP
Strong flower colours
such as yellow, red and
orange advance towards
you and enclose a space,
while blues, purples and
greys tend to recede.

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FIVE STEPS TO PLAN
YOUR SPACE
No matter how small the area, it’s
important to see your garden as a whole
to help you determine the logical order
of its development.
Having a plan will help you
maximise space, understand your
garden’s microclimates, know where
sun and shade fall, as well as delineate
the garden’s shape and slope.         
Whether you are renovating or
designing afresh, a plan provides an
overall perspective of your plot and
enables you to identify the features you
can work with and the aspects you want
to change completely.  
You don’t have to renovate the whole
garden straight away. If you can’t aford
a desired water feature at the moment,
for example, at least you will have
allocated space for it in the design.  

DIY TIP
Place some tracing
paper over your site
plan to experiment with
diferent concepts until
you produce the look
you really want.

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1. Take measurements
Use a tape measure to ascertain the
length and width of your property.
Sketch your block to scale, including
the house and positions of the windows.
Note which rooms you use the most,
as it's important to create appealing
views from these areas. Mark any
existing trees, shrubs, sheds and
pathways on your plan.  

2. Mark environmental
features
Add the northern point to your plan,
then include sunny and shady areas,
as well as wind directions, drainage
Create impact in limited space
problems, pleasant and unpleasant
with bold foliage plants.
views and land contours. 

3. Plot utility areas


Mark the location of underground
sewerage or drainage systems to avoid
planting over them. Note areas for
compost heaps, sheds, rubbish bins
and a clothesline. If you are planning
to build a deck, the space beneath could
be used to store ladders, wheelbarrows,
water tanks, bins and gardening tools.
Don’t forget to plan an access door.  

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5. Create views
Position a water feature, statue, gazebo,
arch or tree where it can be viewed as
a focal point from the favourite rooms
of your house. Incorporate lighting that
will highlight a feature in the evening.
Structures or plantings can be used to
block an ugly view. Alternatively, work
features of the surrounding landscape,
such as neighbours’ trees or distant
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GARDEN
WARM WINTER
COLOURS
Brighten cool days with a selection of popular
blooms, ready for planting now
WORDS CHERYL MADDOCKS

inter is around the corner

W but the big chill doesn’t


mean that the garden has
to be drab and dreary. here are some
beautiful lowers that appear at this
time of the year to brighten up garden
beds and pots. No matter whether
you want to cheer up a sunny or
a shady spot, you can ind lowers that
will do the trick. ▶

Cheryl

EXPERT
SECRETS
Bring potted cyclamen
and cymbidium
orchids indoors in
winter to brighten up
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a room. Return the


pots when the flowers
have finished.

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Potted annuals
A quick colour ix for a winter
garden is to pot up some annuals,
especially if you plant advanced
seedlings. And you won’t break
the bank, as for a small outlay you
can create quite an efect.
Polyanthus or linaria will cheer Did you know?
up an outdoor table, and pansies The flowers of pansies,
and violas are perfect for hanging violas and calendula
baskets and courtyard pots. are edible. Use them to
Mix and match annuals for decorate a cake, as
some bright colour combinations. a pretty garnish, or freeze
Alternatively go for a simple them in ice blocks and
one-colour theme. Plant seedlings add to drinks.
now and you will have lowers in
just a few weeks.
◆ WATER REGULARLY as
plants in pots need more frequent
watering than those in garden
beds. Plastic pots have good water
retention, so a cunning approach
is to plant in a plastic pot and use
a larger, more attractive terracotta
container as a sleeve.
◆ FERTILISE MONTHLY with
a soluble plant food for lowers.

HOW TO POT SEEDLINGS

SEEDLING PICTURES CHERYL MADDOCKS (TOP LEFT, BACKGROUND) ISTOCK


ROOTS
TROWEL

POTTING MIX

HOLE
SEEDLINGS

●1 FILL a pot with premium ●2 REMOVE the seedlings carefully ●3 MAKE holes for the seedlings,
potting mix using a trowel. from the punnet by gently plant, then carefully press down
Water the punnet of seedlings squeezing the sides. Separate the the mix around each one. Water
to prepare them for plants if necessary, taking care not with a seaweed solution to
transplanting into the pot. to disturb the roots. prevent transplant shock.

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GOOD POTTING CHOICES Here are some of the best
options for a pop of winter colour

Sun lovers

◆ ICELAND POPPY hese ◆ LINARIA Masses of


tall-stalked lowers come in lowers in a variety of colours
shades of salmon, apricot, perform throughout winter.
yellow and cream. Pick You can easily grow them
them for indoors just before from seeds, sown directly
the buds burst, and sear the where they are to grow, or
ends in boiling water buy advanced seedlings and
before arranging. pot them up.

◆ CALENDULA Brighten ◆ PANSY Available in a good


up cold winter days with choice of colours, pansies are
these orange or yellow easy to grow from seed or
daisies. Remove spent plant seedlings in cooler
blooms to prolong lowers. months. Picking the lowers
Add the petals to salads of the pansy actually
for a splash of colour. encourages more blooms.

Semi-shade lovers

◆ CINERARIA Brighten ◆ POLYANTHUS Colourful
up dark corners with pots polyanthus are perennials
of colourful cineraria. An that are usually grown as
easily grown annual in annuals. Plant in shallow
temperate climates, its bowls for an enchanting
lowers come in shades look. hey will also tolerate
of blue, purple and pink.  a position in full sun.

◆ PRIMULA Choose from ◆ VIOLA Free-lowering


a variety of shades including violas, with their small
pink, lavender, purple or pansy-like lowers, come in
white. Pick inished blooms a variety of shades. Picking
to extend the show. It will the lowers encourages more
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grow in full sun but needs blooms. he edible lowers


protection from the wind. will also grow in full sun. ▶

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Mulching is especially important


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Camellias
he lowering stars of autumn and
winter, camellias it almost every
niche in the garden, and they
grow well in large pots.
If you choose your camellia
species and cultivars carefully,
you can have lowers from early
autumn to late winter.
Some camellias are fragrant
while others produce lots
of nectar, which attracts our
nectar-eating birds.
Camellias are undemanding,
tough plants but give them a little
tender loving care and you will be
rewarded with masses of blooms.
◆ SOIL should be slightly acidic,
friable, rich in organic matter and
well drained. Improve planting
soil by forking in some cow
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PRQWKVDQGHYHQVHOIVHHGVR ◆ PLANT in a hole that has been
you can increase your supply.
dug twice as wide and as deep as
the root ball of the plant.
Hellebores free draining. Dig in lots of cow ◆ WATER regularly, especially
he classic good performers in the manure or compost before planting. when hot and dry.
winter garden, hellebores bring ◆ PLANT in a semi-shaded or shady ◆ FEED twice a year: once in
subtle colour to partially shaded position. Although hellebores are early spring to boost spring
and shaded areas. great for planting in woodland growth, and later in summer for
hey work their magic in pots or gardens, don’t plant them under trees more lowers and growth. Always
garden beds, and under deciduous that have competitive ibrous root water the ground thoroughly
trees as groundcover. systems close to the surface.  around the camellia before and
Hellebores grow well in cool ◆ WATER regularly, especially after applying fertiliser.
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and temperate climates, but they during winter. ◆ MULCH with sugar cane,
are aren not suited to tropical, ◆ FEED yearly with well-rotted lucerne hay or composted autumn
subtropical or dry inland areas. manure and compost. Apply a leaves. Spread a 75-100mm layer,
Sow seeds in spring or buy potted fertiliser for lowers in late autumn. keeping it clear of the trunk.
plants during winter when in lower. ◆ MAINTAIN by cutting of old leaves ◆ PRUNING is not necessary for
◆ SOIL must be moist and rich but in late autumn to promote new leaves. the production of lowers.

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Daphne odora is renowned for
Climbers are perfect for
its intense, exotic fragrance.
covering walls and fences.

Cool perfume stakes. his shrub likes good


Perfume adds another layer to the drainage and, like luculia, a position
Winter-flowering winter garden and some scented where it receives morning sun only.
climbers shrubs perform well in winter. he soil should be slightly
here are two climbers that will Luculia gratissima struts its stuf acidic and kept cool with mulch
provide great colour during the at this time of the year. his pretty for best results. It grows very well
cool months. shrub reaches a height of around in large pots.
he orange lowers of the 3m and the large, pink midwinter Other good perfumed shrubs
fabulous lame vine (Pyrostegia lower heads are spectacular. It are Buddleja salviifolia, brown
venusta) will brighten up the appreciates a frost-free position boronia (Boronia megastigma),
scene from winter into spring in but will tolerate light frosts, and winter honeysuckle (Lonicera
frost-free climates. his evergreen loves a spot facing the east. fragrantissima) and Viburnum
climber is also good for screening. he pink lowers of Daphne odora farreri. Some camellias are also
Give it a sunny position. are equally heady in the perfume lightly perfumed. ❖
he climbing hardenbergia has
purple, white or pink lowers
depending on the cultivar you
choose. his evergreen Australian
native climber is great for metal
FEED OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS
PICTURES CHERYL MADDOCKS (BOTTOM LEFT) ALAMY

fences, and it can even be grown Do birds a favour and plant


as a groundcover. It likes a sunny some winter-flowering native
position and well-drained soil. bushes. Good choices include
winter-flowering grevilleas,
shrubby heath banksia (Banksia
ericifolia), native fuchsias
(Correa), pink waxflower
(Philotheca australasius), pink
flowering Thryptomene saxicola
and Geraldton waxflower
(Chamelaucium uncinatum). ❖

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FABULOUS
FIGS
WORDS CHERYL MADDOCKS

Feast on the delicious fruit


of the intriguing fig tree

Cheryl

igs are versatile. You can serve


EXPERT
GROWING FIG TREES
F them as a dessert or an entree,
add them to salads or turn them
into jam. And they marry well with duck
◆ CLIMATE Figs revel in hot, dry
summers and cool, moist winters.
SECRETS
Fig trees are not fussy
about the type of soil
and caramelised onions, too. Summer rain, or too much water during
Edible igs (Ficus carica) come their ripening period, may cause the
they grow in, as long
from the Mediterranean. he tree is fruit to split. Depending on the cultivar, as it's free draining.
deciduous and reaches a height of some igs will tolerate temperatures as
around 6m, but older trees can become low as -5˚C, but need protection from
taller. hey have large three-lobed frost while young. ◆ FEED In spring and again in early
leaves, which we all know so well ◆ SOIL he perfect soil is a friable loam summer, feed the tree with a complete
because of the way they have been used that can store water but drains well. plant food. Don’t over-fertilise with
in the history of Western art to cover Sandy soils with poor water retention heavy nitrogen fertilisers, as this will
sensitive areas of the body. can cause problems because, although cause heavy leaf growth and little fruit.
here are also many diferent species the ig tree will survive drought, a lack ◆ WATER Figs have shallow roots so
of ornamental igs (Ficus spp.). Most are of water will make its fruit drop. regular water is essential.
massive, evergreen, tropical rainforest ◆ POSITION Plant ig trees during ◆ MULCH Use pea and lucerne mulch
trees, with Australia’s Moreton Bay ig winter or early spring in a sunny around the base of the tree, but do not
being perhaps the best known. While position that is protected from wind. place near the trunk.
PICTURE (LEFT) ISTOCK

all species produce an edible syconium, Dig compost or well-rotted manure ◆ HARVEST Figs are best picked and
or ig, none has as much lavour as the into the soil before planting. It’s eaten straight from the tree in late
common edible ig. important not to cultivate around the summer to mid autumn, when they
Luckily for us, igs are very easy to base of the tree as this can damage have achieved their full colour and
grow. We show you how. the shallow roots. begin to soften. ▶

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DID YOU KNOW?


In botanical terms, the fig is a
very interesting plant because
its flowers are all borne on the
inside of the fruit. The flesh of
the fig is actually thousands
of flower sacs.
The only contact the
flowers have with the outside
world is via an external
opening, or osteole.
Pollination, actually called
caprification, is enabled by
fig wasps, which gather the
pollen inside the fig and then
carry it to other figs.
This is necessary for the
development of Smyrna figs,
PICTURE ISTOCK

but common backyard figs


don’t need pollination to
produce fruit.

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PESTS AND PROBLEMS
Although generally hardy, ig trees are
susceptible to some common issues.
BIRDS create the biggest problems for
ig growers because they love the fruit as
much as people do. he best defence is
to use bird netting over the tree, but
check it daily to make sure birds have
not become entangled. A good organic
method, especially for small trees, is to
use exclusion bags.
FRUIT FLIES can damage summer
crops. Use a trap, such as DakPot,
to monitor for fruit lies, then spray
with insecticide. Always gather up all
infected fruit, place in a sealed plastic
bag and let cook in the sun for a week
before putting the bag in the bin. Never
put infected fruit on the compost heap.
SPLIT FRUIT is caused by too much
summer rain or overwatering.

PRUNING GROW FROM CUTTINGS


Fig trees bear their fruit on the current Figs grow easily from cuttings taken
season’s wood so prune every winter. during winter.
Prune new trees to a vase shape, 1 Select a 20-30cm branch with at least
open in the middle with four or ive 4-6 nodes, then cut just below a node.
main structural branches. 2 Dust the end with a hormone rooting
If it is a new single-stemmed tree, powder or dip in honey.
cut of the head about 60cm from the 3 Position the branch with at least three
ground. he following year, select three nodes buried into a mix of half river
developing branches to form the initial sand and half potting mix.
framework. hese can also be cut back 4 Keep moist and place in a shady
to encourage more branches. position until the irst leaves appear.
To prune establised trees, irst 5 Transplant into a bigger pot illed
remove any broken, overlapping with a premium potting mix.
or diseased branches, then prune Water in with a seaweed extract
PICTURES ISTOCK

the whole tree by a third to a half. to minimise transplant shock.


TIP Use the prunings as cuttings. 6 Plant out into the garden the
following winter.

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IN THE KITCHEN
• CUT figs in half, sprinkle with
brown sugar, then grill. Serve
with cream or ice cream.
• ADD to other fruits for use in
compotes and salads.
• MIX with rocket, goat’s cheese
and thinly sliced cucumber
for a salad with a diference.
• SPREAD mascarpone onto
halved figs and wrap in sliced
prosciutto as finger food.
• USE in cakes and muffins.
• DRY in a dehydrator or on low
heat in an open oven.
• PAIR with blue cheese for
a tasty treat.
• SOAK in liqueur and serve with
ice cream.

FIG VARIETIES
here are several varieties of ig tree that
will produce lots of fruit with a minimal
amount of fuss. Here are just a few.
WHITE ADRIATIC is the most
commonly grown edible ig. Grown
on a large tree, the skin of the fruit is
green and has deep-pink lesh.
BLACK GENOA forms a large tree
and has big, purple-skinned fruit
with reddish lesh.
BROWN TURKEY has a long cropping
season and produces high-quality fruit.
he skin is brown, tinged with purple,
and the lesh is a rosy pink.
EXCEL has greenish-yellow skin,
sweet light-amber lesh and is resistant
to splitting. ❖
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