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Project: "Hawthorne Renovation"
Company:Dion Seminara Architecture
Designer(s): Dion Seminara, Australia
Category: , Professional
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Entry Description: The secret of an eco-friendly home is to use the natural light and natural breezes to your best advantage. This is achieved by opening up and changing the layout of a home. This home has added a large skylight in the kitchen to bring in natural light. Louvres and bi-folding windows are placed throughout the space to allow this area to be opened up with an indoor/outdoor living area to catch the breezes. This has been very effective to regulate the temperature of the home. This stunning home has morphed from a two-bedroom cottage for a couple to a three bedroom, two storey family home. The changes were staged, beginning with lifting and moving the house on the 400sqm block. The major alterations were part of a larger scheme where the block behind became a townhouse development. One positive of this was that they could put their driveway down the side and around the back of the house so that the garage, now underneath the kitchen is out of sight from the street. The challenge, however, was to increase their floor area within the envelope dictated by the development. There was not enough room for a casual living area and a deck so we just added one indoor/outdoor room. This is now becoming common as more people see the benefit of making a deck more like a room. The black veneer on the kitchen would not work without the clerestory which brings in so much natural light. The black also works well because of the bright “spark” that is the splashback above the cooktop. The little red tiles were not the first choice but now seem to make the kitchen. The new kitchen and bathroom were completed during the most recent stage of renovation.

About the Designer/Company
At Dion Seminara Architecture our goal is a simple one – to create the very best renovation or luxury new home designs for our clients. We believe that we are the number one Brisbane architects for creating stunning renovations, alterations and/or additions to your existing home or a truly unique, upmarket new home. But of course most Brisbane architects would say that, wouldn’t they? So what do we feel makes us truly unique? • Design expertise: We are not run of the mill architects. We are truly gifted designers who can make your dreams a reality, making the seemingly impossible, possible. • Focus on lifestyle: Your renovation or new home should be designed to suit the way you live. As one of Brisbane’s leading lifestyle architects we create tailored design solutions that enhance our clients’ lives. • Wealth of experience: We have over 30 years experience in home design and building and construction. Unlike other architects, our unique blend of experience enables us to create designs that really enhance your life and offer excellent value for money. • Eco-friendly design: Whether your goal is reducing your environmental impact or cutting the running costs of your home, our skill, experience and expertise can help you achieve the sustainability outcome that you desire. • Quality assured: Dion Seminara Architecture is a Quality Assured architectural firm. We conform to AS/NZS ISO 9001:2000. • Talented team: When you engage Dion Seminara Architecture you benefit from the expert skill set of a professional team that includes architects, draftspersons, designers and perspective artists. But whilst we believe these are points that set us apart, it’s your opinion that really matters. And the only way to really understand the benefits that we can bring to your project is to talk to us about your needs and let us show you how we can help.