Rustic charm and flexibility in home designs

Country Lane Homes is renowned for its charming and spacious loft homes that combine rustic charm with great flexibility, making them perfectly suited to both suburban and country living.

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Homes from the company’s Provincial Collection provide great aesthetic appeal with their high, steeply pitched roofs, dormer windows and wide verandahs, reflecting simple rural style.

Cathedral ceilings and large full-length windows to three sides of the living area make the most of the natural light and provide a feeling of space. These generous windows also allow wonderful garden views. The large, shaded verandahs keep the interior comfortable during summer and reduce cooling costs.

Country Lane Homes’ Blairgowrie and Hampton designs are proving very popular new additions to the company’s range and have been designed to blend into any Australian seaside or bush setting. The Blairgowrie features a wonderful combination of vertical grooved cladding and corrugated iron, giving it a unique, contemporary style.

The Hampton is a very versatile design that can be adapted to suit your style of living. Large decks and glass doors bring outdoor living indoors. The combination of horizontal Colorbond and panel cladding makes this a very low-maintenance home suitable for both holiday and executive living.

The Australian Cottage is another popular design from Country Lane Homes’ extensive range. The traditional lines of this home are Edwardian in appearance, echoing a time when houses were designed and crafted for character, not price. The home’s gracious lines are further enhanced by box bay windows in the main bedroom and large family room. Steep rooflines and flowing verandahs have been capped with barge and ridge rolls and finished with turned finials, making this a truly individual home.

COMPANY PROFILE

With an unlimited range of floorplans, Country Lane Homes specialises in cottages and homesteads with pitched roofs and classic-style dormer windows. Its range also includes a design with a 35-degree roof, which can accommodate a loft for additional living space above the main living area. This innovation has led to the creation of a whole new range of other country cottage designs, from nine to 50 squares in both single- and two-storey cottage configurations, incorporating optional loft accommodation in the low line and pitch.

A key feature of Country Lane Homes is the company’s flexibility and, as part of an initial free design service, clients are asked to provide a wish-list outlining their lifestyle and family needs, information about the site, its aspect and the surrounding environment. Designers then take those details and incorporate them into the range of sketches using existing design plans. The aim is to accommodate the client’s specific requirements and create the best floorplan for the site.

Once the design has been determined and council approval granted, the company commences construction of the home to either lock-up stage or completion within the Melbourne area or surrounding regions, including the Mornington Peninsula.

Alternatively, Country Lane Homes can build homes to lock-up stage anywhere in Victoria and Tasmania. Furthermore, Country Lane Homes can supply the home in kit form, accompanied by a manual, comprehensive instruction details and full backup service to anywhere in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

Attractive loft homes

Country Lane Homes is renowned for its charming and spacious loft homes, which are perfectly suited to the Australian bush setting.

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Homes from the company’s popular Provincial Collection (pictured above and right) provide great aesthetic appeal with their high, steep-pitched roofs, dormer windows and wide verandahs, reflecting simple rural style.

Cathedral ceilings and large, full-length windows to three sides of the living area make the most of the natural light and provide a feeling of space. These generous windows also provide wonderful garden views. The large, shaded verandahs keep the interior comfortable during summer and reduce cooling costs — an important consideration with the Victorian government’s recent introduction of the
5 Star energy rating.

The Australian Cottage is another popular design from Country Lane Homes’ extensive range. The traditional lines of this home are Edwardian in appearance, echoing a time when houses were designed and crafted for character, not price. The home’s gracious lines are further enhanced by box bay windows to the main bedroom and large family room. Steep rooflines and flowing verandahs have been capped with barge and ridge rolls and finished with turned finials, making this a truly individual home.

With an unlimited range of floor plans, Country Lane Homes specialises in cottages and homesteads with pitched roofs and classic-style dormer windows. Its range also includes a design with a 35-degree roof, which can accommodate a loft for additional living space above the main living area. This innovation has led to the creation of a whole new range of other country cottage designs, from nine to 50 squares in both single- and two-storey cottage configurations, incorporating optional loft accommodation in the low-line and pitch.

A key feature of Country Lane Homes is the company’s flexibility and, as part of an initial free design service, clients are asked to provide a ‘wish list’ outlining their lifestyle and family needs, information about the site, its aspect and the surrounding environment. Designers then take those details and incorporate them into the range of sketches using existing design plans. The aim is to accommodate the client’s specific requirements and create the best floor plan for the site.

Once the design has been determined and council approval granted, the company commences construction of the home to either lock-up stage or to completion within the Melbourne area or surrounding regions, including the Mornington Peninsula.

Alternatively, Country Lane Homes can build homes to lock-up stage anywhere in Victoria and Tasmania. Furthermore, Country Lane Homes can supply the home in kit form, accompanied with a manual, comprehensive instruction details and full backup service to anywhere in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

Self contained luxury homes

Passive solar design and open-plan living make for ideal holiday homes

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Perched overlooking the ocean at Wilsons Promontory, two of Total Kit Homes’ dwellings provide a comfortable, trouble-free escape for holiday makers. The owners of Limosa Rise in Yanakie wanted to provide luxuriously appointed, self-contained accommodation for couples. They chose the two-bedroom Walker design and the single-bedroom Parkinson.

The units provide expansive windows to capture the breathtaking views of Wilsons Promontory. Each unit contains a fully equipped kitchen, wood heater, air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and an outdoor deck complete with a barbecue. The spacious bedrooms, living areas and modern decor together create a comfortable environment that’s perfect for holiday relaxing.

Total Kit Homes’ designs are equally ideal for permanent living or holiday homes. They suit small blocks or large acreages, bush environments, town living and coastal locations.
All Total Kit Homes’ designs offer flexibility of floorplan and achieve a 5-Star Energy Efficiency standard or better. Total Kit Homes is experienced at incorporating the building code requirements in bushfire areas and has been doing so for many years.

Holiday destination Limosa Rise in Yanakie.

 

Self contained holiday homes

Total Kit Homes is able to offer advice and recommendations regarding bed-and-breakfast and resort-style accommodation based on its range of smaller homes.

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The company has been involved in the supply of high-quality accommodation in the Grampians and Mallacoota in Victoria, the Hunter Valley and Nelson Bay in NSW and in Tasmania.

Pictured are two Total Kit Homes dwellings which provide a comfortable, trouble-free escape for holiday makers. The owners of Limosa Rise in Yanakie wanted to provide luxuriously appointed, self-contained accommodation for couples. They chose the two-bedroom Walker design and the single-bedroom Parkinson.

The units provide expansive windows to capture the breathtaking views of Wilsons Promontory. Each unit contains a fully equipped kitchen, wood heater, air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and an outdoor deck complete with barbecue. The spacious bedrooms, living areas and modern decor together create a comfortable environment that’s perfect for holiday relaxation.

Flexibility of design and floor plan
Total Kit Homes’ designs are equally ideal for permanent living or holiday homes. They suit small blocks or large acreages, bush environments, town living and coastal locations.

All Total Kit Homes’ designs offer flexibility of floorplan and achieve a 5-star energy efficiency standard or better. Total Kit Homes is experienced at incorporating the building code requirements in bushfire areas and has been doing so for many years.

Kits include flooring, Colorbond roofing, aluminium windows (timber optional extra), choice of external cladding, timber- or plaster-lined internal walls and ceilings, verandahs and decking where shown on the plan. Kitchen, electrical, plumbing, PC items, service connections and septic systems are not included in the price.

Company profile
Originally trading as Total Log Cabins and supplying purely log-cabin-style homes, Total Kit Homes expanded its external cladding range as well as its range of designs. Total Kit Homes is the original kit home supplier for Tasmania. The company now offers an enormous range of designs and finds itself continually adding to these when home buyers request something unique.

Total Kit Homes’ success in Tasmania resulted in a branch of Total Kit Homes being established in Victoria. The Victorian office caters to all the mainland states, utilising Tasmanian timbers and head office architectural drafting staff.

Total Kit Homes has a proven record of innovation in design. It takes into account landscape features, historical criteria, environmental concerns and client requests when any design is being developed or modified. Total Kit Homes believes change, flexibility and new ideas are vital forces in the building industry.

The company uses established Tasmanian and mainland products as well as trialling new products. This encourages improvement in the standard of materials used in the kit home industry, which is beneficial to all potential homebuyers. Total Kit Homes has award-winning designs for you to work with and all may be changed to suit your needs and lifestyle.

 

Quality architectural ideas

Innovative designs have made this award-winning kit-home designer a market leader.

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From the 60-square-metre Parkinson to the 150-square-metre Fisher family home with a unique atrium that allows you to bring the outdoors in all year round, all Total Kit Homes are especially designed as a complete package or as owner-builder projects.

The innovative hexagon-shaped homes incorporate passive solar design and open-plan living to maximise the light and space in every home. Total Kit Homes continually updates its designs with emphasis on quality architectural features. Clients can also vary plans at no extra cost.

The company is able to offer advice and recommendations regarding bed-and-breakfast and resort-style accommodation based on its range of smaller homes, including the Parkinson. The company has been involved in the supply of high-quality accommodation at the Grampians and Mallacoota in Victoria, the Hunter Valley and Nelson Bay in NSW, and in Tasmania.

Kits include flooring, Colorbond roofing, aluminium windows (timber optional extra), choice of external cladding, timber or plaster-lined internal walls and ceilings, verandahs, and decking where shown on the plan. Kitchen, electrical, plumbing, PC items, service connections and septic systems are not included in the price.

Total Kit Homes has offices in Tasmania and Victoria and supplies extensively interstate. Brochures are available from both offices.

company profile
Originally trading as Total Log Cabins and supplying purely log cabin-style homes, Total Kit Homes expanded their external cladding range and also their range of designs. Total Kit Homes is the original kit-home supplier for Tasmania. The company now offers an enormous range of designs and finds itself continually adding to these when home buyers request something unique. Total Kit Homes’ success in Tasmania resulted in a branch of Total Kit Homes being established in Victoria. The Victorian office caters to all the mainland states, utilising Tasmanian timbers and head office architectural drafting staff.

The past four years have been highlighted with several awards, including the HIA Top Homes Award, Tasmanian Small Business of the Year, and the James Hardie Award for Best Kit Design.

These awards show recognition for friendly service, design assistance and, above all, the quality of the Total Kit Homes product.

Total Kit Homes has a proven record of innovation in design. It takes into account landscape features, historical criteria, environmental concerns and client requests when any design is being developed or modified. Total Kit Homes believes change, flexibility and new ideas are a vital force in the building industry.

Total Kit Homes uses established Tasmanian and mainland products as well as trialling new products. This encourages improvement in the standard of materials used in the kit-
home industry, which is beneficial to all potential homebuyers.

Total Kit Homes has award-winning designs for you to work with and all may be changed to suit your own needs and lifestyle.

 

COLOUR TRENDS FOR 2012

A colourful prediction

A revamped colour forecasting initiative envisages a bright new year

Trying to pick next year’s “it” colours is not the easiest of jobs. However, the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) has just released its forecast for the top colour trends for 2012 through its Colourways scheme. Having just received a re-design, Colourways is now steered by two new managers, Sydney-based Lucy Sutherland and Melbourne-based Kim Chadwick.
Assisting the design industry since 1992, Colourways is a forecasting workshop where members can mingle and discuss emerging themes, issues, technology and colour styles. The findings are launched as a forecast.
For 2012, the three trends likely to make waves in the industry are Gilt Trip, Authentic Imitation and Saturation Coverage. “I love Gilt Trip and am planning on introducing some of those colours into my home,” says Lucy. “When we are putting together these trends, we always have favourites.”
Combining the rich shades of gold and lemon, Gilt Trip has an energetic and luscious feel to it. Authentic Imitation turns the tables on textures and tones. Wallpaper is wood, paint is concrete and laminate is fabric. “As technology develops we are gaining the ability to mimic nature very closely, with unexpected products,” says Lucy. “Timber-look finishes are now being reproduced in laminate, vinyl and wallpaper; concrete is being reproduced as paint, wall coverings, ceramics and tiles.”
Saturation Coverage is a burst of life. Colours are full and used recklessly to add that extra impact to any space. “I think that Saturation Coverage is a response to so much grey over the past few years,” explains Lucy. “We want to have fun with colour and be more free-spirited in how we use it. These bold, clear and fun colours are a refreshing change to neutrals.”

Top 2012 trends


GILT TRIP
Colours: Lemon Spritz, Old Gold, Lemon, Mustard
Textures: Cellular Patterned Ceramics, Vintage Poplin, Layered Golds, Honeycomb


AUTHENTIC IMITATION
Colours: Greige, Silver Gum, White Oak, Walnut
Finishes: Unfinished, Raw, Exposed, Authentic, Linen, Concrete Shale


SATURATION COVERAGE
Colour: Orange, Vibrant Green, Process Yellow, Raspberry Leaf, Bright Lady Pink, Hyper Lime, Lavender Blush
Finishes: Random Weaves, Harlequin Stripes, Hyper Colour, Fake, Random, Overload, Crazy, Experimental

COLOUR SCHEME TRENDS FOR 2012

Colour schemes

A colourful prediction

A revamped colour forecasting initiative envisages a bright new year

Trying to pick next year’s “it” colours is not the easiest of jobs. However, the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) has just released its forecast for the top colour trends for 2012 through its Colourways scheme. Having just received a re-design, Colourways is now steered by two new managers, Sydney-based Lucy Sutherland and Melbourne-based Kim Chadwick.

Assisting the design industry since 1992, Colourways is a forecasting workshop where members can mingle and discuss emerging themes, issues, technology and colour styles. The findings are launched as a forecast.
For 2012, the three trends likely to make waves in the industry are Gilt Trip, Authentic Imitation and Saturation Coverage. “I love Gilt Trip and am planning on introducing some of those colours into my home,” says Lucy. “When we are putting together these trends, we always have favourites.”

Combining the rich shades of gold and lemon, Gilt Trip has an energetic and luscious feel to it. Authentic Imitation turns the tables on textures and tones. Wallpaper is wood, paint is concrete and laminate is fabric. “As technology develops we are gaining the ability to mimic nature very closely, with unexpected products,” says Lucy. “Timber-look finishes are now being reproduced in laminate, vinyl and wallpaper; concrete is being reproduced as paint, wall coverings, ceramics and tiles.”
Saturation Coverage is a burst of life. Colours are full and used recklessly to add that extra impact to any space. “I think that Saturation Coverage is a response to so much grey over the past few years,” explains Lucy. “We want to have fun with colour and be more free-spirited in how we use it. These bold, clear and fun colours are a refreshing change to neutrals.”

Top 2012 trends

 

Colour schemes

 

GILT TRIP
Colours: Lemon Spritz, Old Gold, Lemon, Mustard
Textures: Cellular Patterned Ceramics, Vintage Poplin, Layered Golds, Honeycomb

Colour schemes

 

AUTHENTIC IMITATION
Colours: Greige, Silver Gum, White Oak, Walnut
Finishes: Unfinished, Raw, Exposed, Authentic, Linen, Concrete Shale

Colour schemes

 

SATURATION COVERAGE
Colour: Orange, Vibrant Green, Process Yellow, Raspberry Leaf, Bright Lady Pink, Hyper Lime, Lavender Blush
Finishes: Random Weaves, Harlequin Stripes, Hyper Colour, Fake, Random, Overload, Crazy, Experimental

Colour schemes