Located in the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula, this award-­‐winning swimming pool and spa were part of a residential project that included the renovation of an existing home. Designed by Paul Bangay and Ilario Cortese Architects, with the construction works managed by Riley Hazen Projects and built by ALOHA POOLS®, the project was completed in time for the summer of 2011. The swimming pool and spa were constructed on a ...

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APM Group has won the 2013 Victoria’s Master Builder of the Year (Commercial) Award for the Centre for Catholic Leadership project in East Melbourne. “The project was chosen as the cream of the crop from a group of first-class entrants,” said Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBAV) executive director Brian Welch. The contemporary, purpose-built conference and learning centre is world-class with its two large halls, nine teaching and workshop studios, ...

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Get your copy of Melbourne Custom Homes magazine. The only regionally targeted luxury homes publication that features local Victorian builders and suppliers. You’ll see a range of beautiful homes from some of Victoria’s most awarded luxury home builders. Over 200 pages in a glossy, coffee table style magazine you won’t want to put down. Other features in the new edition of Melbourne Custom Homes magazines are – French provincial styling ...

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Claiming depreciation can make a significant difference to a property investor’s cash flow. Despite this, of all the tax deductions available for an investor to claim back from their property, depreciation is the most often missed. Recent statistics from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) suggest that only 30 per cent of property investors claim depreciation for available capital works deductions, and just 18.75 per cent claim the depreciation of plant ...

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Developers across Australia are producing innovative, sustainable buildings where people can work, live or shop in quality surrounds – and Melbourne projects have won two major honours at this year’s Urban Taskforce Australia Development Excellence Awards The Innovative Development Award went to Lend Lease for the world’s tallest timber apartment building, Forte, at Victoria Harbour. Fabcot Pty Ltd took out the Mixed Use Development Award for the Woolworths Retail Property ...

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  It’s no surprise that Cheltenham-based builder Atkinson Pontifex was part of the Australian team that won the 2013 Best In Show gold medal at the world’s most prestigious garden event, the Chelsea Flower Show in London. After all, directors Dean Atkinson and David Pontifex met when they were four years old playing in a kindergarten sandpit in a Melbourne suburb. They became mates and went to the same primary ...

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As energy prices are set to soar and more extreme weather patterns become the norm, homeowners, builders and architects will need to shift their focus to more environmentally sustainable home design strategies. The online Climate Design Wizard (www.designingforclimate.com.au) is an intitative from Think Brick Australia and provides information about local climates and offers simple design strategies and advice to adopt a more environmentally sustainable outcome. The site is a valuable ...

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Living in a planned community or estate is an extremely popular lifestyle for many Australians and has many advantages to offer its residents. For instance… Planned communities offer amenities older, more traditional neighborhoods don’t. Some of these include sports and athletic clubs, private parks and picnic areas and neighborhood security watch programs. Design guidelines. These guidelines create a uniformity within the estate without making the area look as if the ...

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Melbourne is one of the friendliest, chicest, stylish, fun-loving cities in the world. That must be why nearly 4 million people call Melbourne home. Wow! That’s a lot of people, but don’t worry, there is plenty of room for everyone. The city’s suburbs spread out over a large enough area so that the city doesn’t feel crowded at all. The following is a list of Melbourne suburbs that have shown ...

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Buyers have been calling the shots in Melbourne for some time now, but there is evidence things are starting to tick up again, so maybe now is a good time, to get your timing right, on a possible upswing in the property markets of Australia’s second largest City. Here are some budgets, and some tips about how much bang you can get for your buck. Even with as little as ...

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