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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Open House Perth 2017 - Day 1

Still catching up on 2017, today I show you a few of the locations I visited during 6th Open House Perth which was held on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of November.
This year there were 105 locations to visit, with 40 of them being new.

This year I decided that I would like to visit some fancy designer houses with beautiful landscaping, and others that used reclaimed materials or passive design to make the houses more environment friendly.
It's always nice to have a peep how other people live and I find it amazing that some people open up their homes to people they don't know and are available to explain how they built their homes and what materials they have used to save money in the long term.

Because these houses were in the suburbs I had to use my car to travel to these destinations on the first day of the Open House.

 1) The first visit was to the Aria apartment building in the northern Perth suburb of Swanbourne.
A nice top of the market complex, but all that were there were disappointed that all we got to see were the outside zones of the pool, entertainment lounge, etc.
So that was a quick visit!













2) Next stop was a very beautiful architect designed house also in Swanbourne.
The house was in a narrow block, but had 3 levels with underground garages. The tiny garden at the entrance was attention grabbing with a beautiful sculpture.
The small back garden was cosy and full of succulents, my kind of garden.
Left - front garden, right - back garden
Inside the rooms were generous, with a floor dedicated to the family living with a dining room and living room surrounded by bookshelves. The top floor included bedrooms and the formal lounge/dining and a very well designed kitchen with space for all the kitchen machinery and cookbooks that was hidden from the lounge. After the garden the kitchen was my favourite place! 












   3) In the coastal suburb of Scarborough, the next house was modern, built to be easy to care for with polished concrete floors. Also on a small block, it had two levels with an courtyard on the side of the house and another small garden/kids play area by the living room complete with a sandpit and outdoor shower.










 4) The Triangle House in the suburb of Mount Lawley is proof that a tiny block              can be the inspiration needed to design an out of the box house. Also built in two levels, at the bottom is the open garage, study and a bedroom and at the top another bedroom, and a huge open kitchen/lounge/dining room leading to a triangular balcony. Very cute.
The V wall of the house has a mural that I will show on Monday.

















More interesting visits in the next post.
Hope you enjoyed visiting these houses with me.

23 comments:

  1. #3 is my clear favorite.
    I also love to peek into other people´s houses. Here many don´t use curtains, so that is one nice part about the dark half of the year, you get a peek for inspiration here and there.
    Sadly we don´t have the Open House-concept here.

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    1. Although the kitchen in nr. 1 was my favourite, house 2 was also my favourite as it was a more relaxed style, a family home for people with kids.
      In the very fancy suburbs here you also get a lot of houses with no curtains and when all lit up at night you can see inside.

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  2. I enjoy visiting these events! So impressive to see how creative others are in their design!
    The V shaped house is inspirational!

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    1. Thanks Christine, it's amazing that with a tiny piece of land with an odd shape a clever architect was able to come up with that house.

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  3. Aqui acho que seria inimaginável abrir-se as portas a estranhos, desta forma! Lembrei-me imediatamente da "Nina" e da "Proudman Real Estate Agency" :-)

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    1. Aí sim a Nina :). Aqui quando se está a vender a nossa casa é muito normal o agente abrir a casa ao público interessado durante 1 ou 2 horas num fim de semana. Isso é anunciado no site de vendas de casas e quem quer comprar anda de casa em casa a ver qual mais gosta para fazer a sua oferta. Por vezes ando a visitar casas no meu bairro só por curiosidade e comparar o valor da minha casa. Mas não tiro fotos claro, mas as fotos estão todas no site com moradas também, ou que não acontece em Portugal.

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  4. This looks like loads of fun. It's fun taking a peek into others' homes, isn't it? Mine would never make the tour but I love seeing the others!

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    1. Thanks Jeanie, I wouldn't open one either, it's just ordinary and somewhat untidy. I also enjoy taking a peek to see how others live.

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  5. Pena que a primeira não se pudesse ver por dentro.
    A arquitectura de todas é muito bonita e todas têm uma particularidade que muito aprecio - luz natural.

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  6. I enjoyed the gardens in the first house, but didn't care for the long kitchen. The V house was phenomenal and I can see these people are minimalists. It was a great way to visit those places you would not get to see otherwise.

    BTW, I don't ever close my blinds in any room except my office, so people can see in all the time. Friends stop by and want to close the blinds in the main floor bath. I tell them to use the one in the basement if that bothers them (grin).

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, yes they would have to be minimalists with such a
      "reduced footprint". I'm actually a bit paranoid about closing my blinds to the rooms facing the street, but only at night. During the day I like the sun to stream in.

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  7. Gosto bastante da moderna arquitectura e adorei os pequenos jardins.
    Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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    1. Obrigada Francisco. Os jardins apesar de pequenos estavam muito bonitos.

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  8. I am always so curious to have a look inside other peoples homes... Glad you showed us!

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    1. Thanks Marianne, glad you enjoyed the little peek inside these homes.

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  9. Fascinating getting a peep in so many homes. Trying not to have house envy. :)

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    1. Thanks Joanne. So many great ideas, wish I could build a new house to implement them.

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  10. Thanks for this peep into these houses, I enjoyed your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, glad you enjoyed the peep :)

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  11. Dearest Sami,
    Interesting to see different modern structures.
    Very practical is the home with the sandpit and outdoor shower!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Thanks Mariette, yes an ideal house for a family with small kids, which was the case there.

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