Whitehouse Concepts recently completed an extension with a twist; being that is was actually an apartment! That’s right, extensions aren’t just for houses and if the building structure is right, you can also do extensions to apartments. The process in which you go about these extensions is quite different to a house because there is a body corporation involved, but the rewards outweigh the extra hassle as apartments are typically smaller with limited outside area and any extension work adds immediate value.

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With any old house there is always the age old question of whether to Reno or Demo. Having recently just demolished an older house, I thought I’d share my thoughts on why we chose to do what we did, but also the situations where a good renovation would also do the trick.

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Flooding is one of the most devastating phenonmenons in the world, and is the most frequent hazard compared to other natural hazards such as droughts, fires, and earthquakes. With most Australians living on the coast, and about 40% of NSW’s coastline vulnerable to recession under sea level rise [1] – we look at how flooding (exacerbated by climate change) affects the Illawarra and housing.

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There was a recent article in the Illawarra Mercury¹ about a proposed development in the Thirroul area (not my design), that stirred a community uproar as they feared the effects of coastal erosion and impact the development could have on access and views from the neighbouring public reserve.
Examining this house provides a good opportunity to explain the role of designers in residential design, and the magnitude of policies and regulations that we need to be aware of and conform to for every house.

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With the next step being recognition of experience in the construction industry, Whitehouse Concepts will soon be able to offer both design, project management and construction of residential homes. This will truly make us a one stop shop for all residential construction work allowing us to offer clients to work through their entire design; right through all council approval, then engineering, construction and project management to completion of their project.

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Windows and glass doors are some of the most important parts of any residential design. When done right, they open up the views, provide natural lighting, while minimising heat and cold energy loss as well as maintaining privacy and blocking noise. All this can only be achieve through a balance between glass size, type, frames, height, orientation and shading.

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