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What’s trendy in bathrooms right now?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

BathroomNEUTRAL tones, luxurious freestanding baths, frameless showers and plenty of natural light and fresh air are all the rage in bathrooms nowadays.

But Angela Gianakis, an interior and exterior consultant for Outside Square, says functionality is always key.

Take freestanding baths, for example. She says they can look fantastic and are easy to get in and out of, but must also be easy to clean around.

Anyone upgrading their bathroom should think carefully about whether the freestanding bath of their dreams will be very difficult to clean around the back and underneath.

She also points out they need to be placed in a handy location to taps.

''Make sure you can add a bit more warm water without having to get our of your bath,'' she advises.

Frameless showers, which are easy to clean, can be found in many of the most modern bathrooms, but they also need to be carefully thought-out and installed in order to avoid leaks, Ms Gianakis says.

''The preparation for a frameless shower is important in making sure that they function well.''

Ms Gianakis says large windows and plenty of natural light are another trend in bathrooms.

''Lighting and ventilation are very important in a bathroom - we all know that things like to grow in warm areas,'' she says, adding small windows can be just as effective and sometimes more practical

''Remember that if you can see out, people can probably see in,'' .

She says she is not a fan of bathroom window treatments (such as blinds and curtains) because they tend to gather dirt, dust and steam.

Ms Ginakis says neutral-toned bathrooms are in vogue at the moment, but can be jazzed up with coloured feature tiles.

''Timber-look'' tiles are also very of-the-moment, she says. They can feature on a wall or around bathroom joinery.


Old Craigie High School Site

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Submissions have now closed on the draft Craigie High School structure plan 13.  A full copy of the structure plan can be viewed at the City of Joondalup website but for those of you without the time or inclination to scroll through the myriad of pages, here are a few of the main points:-

  • The site covers approximately 10.1470 hectares.
  • Approximately 17.91% of the site will be dedicated to parkland.  This will include a mixture of grassed parkland's and the retention of current bushland/sand dunes.
  • It is estimated that up to 177 lots will be available
  • A range of housing options will be available including, rear access lane-way lots, grouped dwellings and single house sites.
  • Residential den-sites for the site will include:
    R20: average size 500sqm  (34.4%)
    R25: average size 350sqm  (30.9%)
    R30: average size 300sqm  (13.5%)
    R40: average size 220sqm  (22.2%)
  • The department for child protection has withdrawn it's proposal for a community house within the development area.
  • It is unlikely any development will occur until 2012/2013.
  • The development is a joint venture between landcorp and stocklands.
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Another Craigie home bites the dust!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Some of the more observant Craigie residents who live or walk their dog on the east side of Eddystone Avenue  may have already noticed that another Craigie home came off second best in a fight against the mighty bulldozer!

The latest home to succumb to the trend was 127 Chadstone Road, which is now nothing more than a level 695sqm block complete with garden the owners are not living in the shed!

Having bought the property on 2006 the owners loved the central location of the property, however, like many first time home-buyers they discovered the dilemma of a growing family in a smaller style home.

Inevitably this dilemma leaves a home owner with 3 main options:

1. Sell up and Buy a new bigger home

Unless you have the most perfect location (for your wants and desires) this is still the option most people take.  It offers you the flexibility to change not just your home but your suburb, location within the suburb, school districts, proximity to work and a whole lot more.  This option also offers you the quickest route into a new bigger home.
Cost: When working out your finances you will have to factor in your buying and selling costs.  

  • Real Estate Agents selling fee
  • Settlement Agents fees
  • Stamp Duty - on new purchase
While these fees will ultimately depend on what price range you buy and sell it is likely to be a minimum of $25k - $35k

2. Extensions

For people who love their location or current home (and the only issue is size) then extensions offer an alternative to moving home.  Extensions/renovations have become more prominent in Craigie recently as several years of solid capital growth has given home owners plenty of equity to plough back into these older style homes.  The main points to consider with extensions are:
Cost: The cost of extensions can be astronomical compared to the price of building a new home.  This cost may not be reflected in the homes market value on completion of the extensions, leaving many people overcapitalised in the short term.  While this may not be a problem if you have no plans to never know what the future holds!

  • Floor Plan: Marrying an extension to an existing home is not always easy.  Some work well while others are always going to look "tacked on".  Remember a good extension is one that isn't noticeable.....especially if you would like to recoup the money you invested when you eventually come to sell.
  • Living on a Building site:
    * Are you going to continue living at the home while the extensions are carried out?
    * How long will it take?
    * Are all the trades available?
    * Are you prepared for all the dust, noise and inconvenience?
  • Will you move out during the Building work:
    * If so, then what about security?
    * Will you take all your possessions with you?
    * Have you factored in lease costs if you move out?
    * You have to move twice (extra cost & inconvenience)

3. Demolish & Rebuild

The third and final alternative for a bigger home is simply to demolish the existing home and rebuild from a blank canvass.


  • Chose your own floor plan without the restrictions of marrying to an existing home
  • Building a new home is unlikely to be much more expensive than building an extension
  • All fixtures and fittings are new


  • You will need to organise alternative accommodation for the duration of the demolition/rebuild - which could be costly
  • Lease costs could blow out if building is delayed
  • You have to move twice - extra cost and inconvenience
  • You will need to ensure you are not over capitalising for the suburb or the location within a suburb.  A simple way to do this is add up all of your costs including -
    * Demolition costs ( approx $20k - $25k)
    * Building costs
    * Finishing costs
    * Cost of original property - and then compare the final figure with sale prices
    currently being achieved in you area
    For example
    :  The most expensive home sold in Craigie so far in 2011 is $510,000 ( a brand new home in Tremont Place) so if you demolish a home you had purchased for $400,000 and then spend $200,000 building a new home you would be over capitalised for the suburb, if however, you had only paid $200,000 for the original property then you new home would fall well within the suburbs current sale prices.

    Sell & re- buy?... extend?...demolish & re-build?

At the end of the day if you need a bigger home there is no right or wrong answer.

The owners of 127 Chadstone Road decided to bull-doze and rebuild but everyone has different requirements and different ideas and therefore will make different decisions.

The only thing that I am sure about is that our urban sprawl continues to drive North, East & South - you will see more older style homes in Craigie and the surrounding suburbs being bowled over or extended....maybe not by their current owners....but it will happen, especially if the city of Joondalup draft local housing strategy is passed in the next 2 - 5 years!


A History of Craigie Property Sales

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We have seen a lot of changes in Craigie over the years such as the:

  • Demolition of the Craigie High School and Cambewarra Primary School
  • Demolition of the Craigie Bowling Alley
  • Opening of the new Craigie Medical Centre
  • Opening of the new Craigie Primary School
  • Potential rezoning under the current City of Joondalup draft local housing strategy
  • Price fluctuations and a whole lot more…BUT during this time one thing has stayed reassuringly consistent

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Reasons to invest in Craigie

Friday, August 12th, 2011

No matter how inexperienced you may be at purchasing property you must have heard the old adage... location location! And they really don’t come any better than Craigie…especially in this price range!

Developed in the early 1970’s (on what was considered the fringes of Perth’s outer northern corridor at the time) Craigie is now one of the last bastilles of affordable property within 2kms of pristine beaches: 22kms from Perth GPO and within easy access of amenities such as Whitford City, Lakeside Joondalup, Karrinyup city, Craigie leisure centre & public transport. Read More→

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