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Calming spaces . . . a drought-resistant garden by Wendy Clarke with cubby house of
paperbark and banksia cones amid grasses, wisteria, bottlebrush and more -- a perfect
place for fairies to drop in.
There is a growing awareness of eco-friendly homes but it is not being put
into practice. Andrea Jones reports . . .
Eco-friendly versus status
The beauty of a custom-designed kitchen
is that it's perfectly tailored to suit your
One of the reasons that homeowners choose a
custom-designed kitchen is for the opportunity
to adapt elements of the space to suit any specific
needs or requirements that their family may
Building a new home, the owners of this
gorgeous kitchen (pictured), took the
opportunity to consult with the design team at
Garsden and Clarke Kitchens and Interiors from
to design a space that would work within the
house, but also meet a few key needs for
functionality and style.
The large island bench has been designed to
include plenty of seating so the owners can
entertain on a lavish scale and a wealth of
drawers ensures that all storage requirements
are amply met. In order to ensure plenty of space
for preparation and serving, a functional galley-
style layout with a sink located in the island
bench was chosen.
Long and lean, the G-shaped handles
accentuate the kitchen's linear appearance and
add to the visual impact of the room. The
designers saw featuring the timber veneer finish
for the cabinets as the perfect complement for
the light and bright Corian benchtop. The pantry
has not been forgotten, with plenty of drawers
inside to hold the family's shopping goods.
The vision was to give this kitchen an aesthetic
appeal,but it was important that it was tailored to
meet the family's individual needs.
Susan Garsden is Managing Director and
Senior Kitchen Designer
Fact File: The kitchen was designed by Susan
Garsden and built by Garsden and Clarke
Kitchens and Interiors. Doors: Nav laminate in
natural finish; feature two-pack white gloss with
square edge. Panels: Two-pack white gloss.
Handles: G-shaped handle in brushed satin.
Benchtop: 50mm Corian in Antarctica.Kickboards:
Brushed aluminium laminate. Floor: Timber.
Phone 3823 3977
Visit the Garsden & Clarke Kitchens & Interiors'
luxurious showroom at 36
Smith Street, Capalaba or call
3823 3977 to make your
appointment with one of the
GCK Design Team.
Continued page 28
COULD it be that we are our own worst
enemies when it comes to creating eco-
conscious homes? Andreas Sederof,
director of Sunpower Design, says we are still
choosing to put our money into status items
such as plasma TVs and swimming pools rather
than environmentally sustainable products.
"There's a massive thirst out there for people
who want to make their homes energy efficient, "
"But it's a question of values and priorities: do
you value a $20,000 granite benchtop more than
an underground rainwater tank?"
Andreas has been designing low-energy
homes and commercial buildings for 30 years.
"We get a lot of clients who wish to do the right
thing, but lifestyle issues are still having their say.
We are amazed when people say, 'we want to
collect rainwater, we want to have a seven-to
eight-star energy-efficient home, but we want a
swimming pool too',"Andreas sighs, pointing out
that in Melbourne, his company's home city,
water restrictions make it illegal to use town
water to fill a swimming pool.
"We ask them how are they going to fill it."
Andreas says low-energy fixtures amount to
only about 12 per cent of a building's total cost.
"There's a perception that sustainable
buildings are expensive, but when you talk cost it
doesn't make sense to isolate sustainable
An average person with a fixed budget has to
make choices." An LCD screen costs as much as a
solar hot-water heater. So which is it going to be?
"The real problem is our aspirational society.
We do know what we need to do but have to get
our values straight. It's really a psychological-
value judgment problem.There's this whole issue
of educating people. "
Andreas despairs of the fashion for oversized
new homes and the attitude that size doesn't
have an environmental impact.
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