5 Inspiring Design Trends for Australian Homes
Small is convenient and stylish
Minimalism is a trend that has taken over home architecture recently. This trend is driven by the current high prices of land pricing and the environmental cost of large homes. Also, the idea of living more simply without compromising quality of life is promoted by minimalism. In accord with this fad architects are needing to factor in the use of space and ease of living when designing homes.
Welcome back nature
The idea of bringing the garden inside the house has come to life in the last few years in forms of rooftop gardens, fern walls and interior design features that celebrate nature. Indoor garden elements bring in a less structured approach to design with a fresh and natural atmosphere.
The trend has been encouraged by largescale projects such as 2009 New York High Line elevated park and the latest Seoul Sky Garden project in South Korea.
Above ground pools
Above ground pools have become common recently in city houses, often around the same size or slightly larger than an inflatable pool. These pools are more design orientated than practical, with the purpose to provide a view of water from the kitchen or living area. They tend to vary in size, with some being big enough to swim laps in while others being only waist-deep in water.
For a long time now kitchens have been designed to be an open space in the centre of the home, with easy access from any room in the house plan. This is changing as more people are taking on the idea of a hidden kitchen called a ‘prep kitchen’. These small tucked away spaces allow for food preparation, necessary appliances and the mess of cleaning up to be hidden from sight. This idea allows for the ‘on display’ kitchen to follow a minimal design and be more of a social area in the house for when having guests.
Energy efficient homes
The ideas of energy efficiency and ecological design have found their way into modern architecture building and design. These homes do not only have a lighter ecological footprint, but they are trendy and in fashion at the moment.
Creating A Structure Big Enough For Anything
Our work with farmers is always about finding the most effective way do get the job done. It’s about functionality and reliability; how can we make sure the building does what it needs to and how can we make sure that it lasts a long time.
People building farming structures come back to us because they know we’re dedicated to quality and they know that we’re flexible. Whatever you need, we can work with our engineers and designers to make it happen.
This building was a large build for machinery storage. Because of the range of machinery being used, and the frequency with which they were moved around, the building needed to be large and easily accessible.
We worked with the client to find a way to builda space that was large enough without comprising accessibility. We installed 12 metre clear span openings that allow even the largest machines to get in. The building was also accessible from both ends so there was no concern of accidentally blocking in other machinery.
We left huge amounts of room so that machinery could be shifted around and reorganised. The project came together fantastically and is now an important part of a very productive and busy farm.