Issue 4.2 March 2015
In this issue of Grand Designs Australia magazine, we look at kitchen design, from modern to classic. We look at the latest in windows, skylights and doors. And the latest in solar energy.
Ever wondered about alternative building materials? This issue we look at rammed earth, mud brick and straw bale construction as well as the myriad uses for hemp. We also talk to some of Australia’s best design minds and give you the latest news in lighting, kitchen design, windows, doors and skylights and solar solutions.
This issue, I would like to address some of the letters and emails that I’ve received from readers, show visitors and Facebook friends. Firstly, it’s great to hear from you and to know that you are interested in the information we provide in the magazine. I was particularly pleased to receive a lovely letter and clippings from a reader in New Zealand who was good enough to send me some information on shipping container houses, knowing that I am a fan of them. The hand-written letter was a lovely reminder that while technology is good, the personal touch is still so much nicer when it comes to letter writing.
Another reader asked me about the size of the houses we feature in the magazine and if we could do a few smaller ones. We have published quite a few small houses and although some may be larger than you may want to build personally, the aim of the magazine is to show what can be achieved and to then inspire you to tailor those ideas and concepts to your own project, large or small.
I’ve also been asked about different building materials and methods and this issue, we look at building with timber and showcase some of the winning projects from the Timber Design Awards 2014, of which I was privileged once again to be a judge. We also look at building with mud bricks, rammed earth and using hemp as a material for building and other applications in the home. Plus, we feature a house from Series 5 of Grand Designs Australia TV — the Foxground Pavilion — which showcases the beautiful result that can be achieved with rammed earth.
It’s the diversity of design ideas, materials and methods of construction that makes Grand Designs Australia so popular with viewers and readers. We love to feature projects that really push the envelope when it comes to creating beautiful buildings that not only look good but also perform well environmentally, add to the landscape and, of course, the quality of their inhabitants’ lives.
This year is starting out to be an exciting year on the design scene. It’s marvellous to see so much creativity around us and with so many fresh ideas and approaches to house design, there’s no excuse to follow the crowd when it comes to creating your dream home.
I do hope we continue to inspire you and look forward to hearing from you as you follow your dreams and create your own grand design.
We love to feature projects that really push the envelope when it comes to creating beautiful buildings that not only look good but also perform well environmentally, add to the landscape and, of course, the quality of their inhabitants’ lives.
Kate St James, FDIA