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ON THE COVER
A cabin-like effect is created through the
use of rich mahogany on the walls, floor and
ceiling of this stunning Eastern Long Island
bathroom. Adding to the spa-like experience is
a freestanding bath, while a mirrored wall blurs
the lines between what is tangible and what is
reflection. Read more about this project on p76.
Bates Masi Architects, www.batesmasi.com .
With approximately 72.3 minutes a day spent in the
kitchen and around 45 minutes a day in the bathroom,
an average of a third of our waking hours at home are
spent in these two locations. No wonder, despite tough times out
there, kitchen and bathroom renovations are on the increase.
According to the Housing Industry Association’s kitchens and bathrooms report, in 2012/13 the total
value of kitchen and bathroom installations in new homes in Australia came to $7.4 billion. Moreover, in
2013/14 there is an estimated demand for an impressive 366,800 kitchen and bathroom renovations. The
word is out... If you can’t build – renovate! And if you are going to do it, do it in style.
Apart from being the places where most of our time is spent, these are the two rooms that are most
effective in adding value to a property once renovated.
As the centre of the home for many, getting the design of your kitchen right is imperative. Similarly, as
one of the most utilised spaces in the home, it pays to invest both time and money in the bathroom whether
it be for your own enjoyment or for the discerning buyer.
Many aging baby boomers are spurred on by having the financial ability to renovate, and the need to
redo their kitchen and bathroom to accommodate physical limitations as they get older.
At the other end of the spectrum, first homebuyers are jumping at the chance to get their hands dirty on
a home renovation project before flipping it to make a quick profit. With the increasing demand for higher
functionality within the home, the kitchen and bathroom are usually the first ports of call for works to be
done. Reducing electricity and water use is also a major contributing factor to remodelling these two rooms
as the green movement takes off.
Getting you on the right track for design inspiration is this year’s collection of international kitchens and
bathrooms in World Class (p60), followed by the nation’s leading designs in Australian Style (p80), all of
latter in the running for a 2014 Australian Institute of Architects Award, or Australian Interior Design Award.
Design Directions (p100) takes a look at the most creative and functional design elements that are
shaping Australian kitchens and bathrooms today, while Style File (p120) reveals the top product picks
to create a unique style of your own. As with each of our Homes annual magazines, you’ll find plenty of
inspiration from leaders in the industry - just check out the design and product profiles from p138 onwards.
With this edition of Kitchens & Bathrooms, we hope to leave you inspired to create a beautiful kitchen and
bathroom that continues to add value to your lifestyle.
Claire Watkins | Editor
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