All design trends are cyclical and often emerge as a counter reaction to mainstream culture. Over the years I have seen trends come and go; a continuous recycling of ideas from one generation to the next. I remember as a kid growing up in the 70's our family home had ...
Geographe Home Design
We at Geographe Home Design, are eager to regularly talk about our residential design achievements. On our Blog, we love to share regular news of home designs, completed homes, and interesting and relevant trends in home design. We trust you will enjoy our blog and would welcome any feedback that you may have.
Contemporary Home Design - flash in the pan or here to stay?
"Hang about where's the verandah" – Re-inventing The Great Australian Homestead.
Over the years I have designed many homes along the line of the classic Australian homestead…usually a simple rectangular design surrounded by verandah's on all sides. It could be said this is a timeless home design style particularly if done right with split pitch verandah's and other features such as ...
Ruminating On Downsizing
I recently spent a few days staying with my Mum who at a spritely 87 years of age still lives in a home which many might consider excessive to her needs. As my imagined relaxing mini break started to turn into a "Bob-a-Job" extravaganza with my dear old mum proudly ...
About your Designer
Originally working with major Architectural firms in Perth, Principal Designer John McInerney later moved to the Southwest and has been helping clients create memorable places of residence since 1998. John's personal philosophy has always been that the essence of exceptional design is simplicity and attention to detail.
Welcome to Our New Website
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Featured Home 1 - The Guns of Mindalong South Bunbury
Anchored deeply into its hillside coastal location this home is reminiscent of a wartime gun emplacement guarding over its 180 degree view of the Indian Ocean. With a 12 meter fall from back to front and the client’s brief to preserve the natural topography of the site while maximising the ...
Keep your cool when choosing your roof colour
Its not rocket science that a dark colour roof will drastically increase the temperature of the roof space and therefore thermal efficiency of your home. Installation of reflective foil insulation directly under the roof cover can help however other factors such as the mass of the roof cover, provision for roof ventilation and final orientation of the home also play a role in the overall thermal efficiency of your home.
Create a sense of space on a budget without the cost of high ceilings
As the home building market has become more and more cost driven this high ceilings are a luxury which comes at a fairly hefty cost. A practical and cost effective way to still enjoy the extra sense of space which a high ceiling creates is the use of strategically located ceiling recesses particularly in main living areas. While this design feature doesn’t provide the full impact of high ceilings it can be an affordable compromise to consider if your budget is tight and is also a great place for feature lighting and provides extra height for ceiling fans.
Re-inventing the classic Australian homestead
At the risk of upsetting the purists, I was recently inspired to take a fresh look at the iconic Australian homestead. The traditional rectangular box wrapped in sweeping verandah’s on all sides has been replaced with a series of functional pod style configurations. Unique in each design is the informal central core for contemporary living which feature high ceilings and highlight glazing to create areas of immense volume flooded in natural light. Private bedroom wings separated by central breezeways which can be rotated to suit front or rear views are another unique feature. Check out all the designs.
Are you off the wall to think you can go off grid?
The idea of running your home completely free of utility companies is an attractive one however is it really feasible to consider going off grid in suburban Australia. While this is nothing new for home owners in remote locations due to unavailability of services many suburban home owners are now considering this option, seeking the independence, sustainability, and cost savings that an off-grid solar system can provide. Remember going off-grid means that 100% of your electricity will be derived through the collection of solar energy without any back up resources. Are you ready to take the plunge?