2Storey Blog

THE KONEX

By Veda Dante | 22nd September 2015

New Level Homes is leading the Perth housing market by offering two-storey, architecturally designed homes without the hefty price tag. Take for example its latest release The Konex, which can be built for under $300,000 with a 29-week build time.

“That’s an affordable housing option for Perth families who want to move into their own home sooner,” said designer Kristan Bailey. “We wanted to produce a two-storey family home that would not only impress homeowners but the entire housing market.”

A steady stream of visitors from north and south of the Swan River have given The Konex their seal of approval since the display home opened in Calleya Estate last month. “We deliberately went with a more modern aesthetic compared to our other New Level displays to reflect its urbane setting,” Kristan explained. “The home is suitable for a variety of smaller blocks, which are becoming more and more common in Perth’s popular suburbs.”

The Konex display

Standard features include striking front elevation, sleek Formica kitchen finishes, and open-plan living areas created by large glass doors and windows. “The alfresco is lined with Versilux lining with negative joins and square set cornice, and features down lights to create a refined mood for outdoor living,” Kristan said. “Versilux is not only lightweight and easy to install – one of the many building choices we employ to reduce construction time – but its high impact resistance makes it a smart choice for high-traffic areas typically prone to wear and tear.

“We also wanted to create a spacious and light living area with a strong connection to the outdoors. This was achieved with an exposed layout and the use large glass doors and windows.”

The rear of the house offers a sweeping open living environment that allows natural light to stream through into the kitchen, creating a perfect setting for entertaining.

Cover shoot and feature spread for Konex display by New Level in Home

“The large kitchen breakfast bar is finished in Formica ‘New Chinchilla Essa Stone’ while the Formica ‘gloss warm white’ cupboard doors create a sleek classic design,” Kristan explained. “The kitchen is finished with a 900-wide stainless steel Smeg oven and Smeg appliances. This design incorporates efficiency and space to allow homeowners to easily tailor the space to their specific needs.”

The Konex’s ensuite features Kip bath and shower mixers – think classic, minimalist and affordable – and Tasman II Hand Shower rose. The vanity cupboard fronts are Laminex ‘Cuban Wood’, which is perfectly matched to the Laminex ‘Stipple Smoke 303’ bench top.

“The wall colours internally are predominately WATTYL ‘Southwards’ 49.30 and with the theatre wall colour WATTYL ‘Cloudy Sky’ 49.40,” Kristan said. “These were carefully selected to allow the public to see how subtle wall colours can be enhanced by the selection of interior fittings and decorations.”

 

Looking for an affordable two-storey home without the hefty price tag?

Come and take a look at The Konex to see just how close you could be to moving into your own home.

 

 


2015 PERTH TELETHON HOME

By Veda Dante | 27th July 2015

In-Vogue is proud of every home it designs and builds but there’s one in particular that leaves us with a deep sense of satisfaction: the annual Telethon Home.

Since 2006, we have proudly raised more than eight million dollars for the brave children of Telethon, the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, and the families who dedicate their lives in supporting them. This money has also helped improve child health and research throughout Western Australia.

The 2015 Telethon Home marks a major milestone – our 10th year! – and it promises to be another stunning example of the architectural and designer caliber behind In-Vogue.

“This year we welcome Tamala Park Regional Council (TRPC) as our major partner in this exciting event,” said In-Vogue In-Vogue General Manager Jim Ilias “The 2015 Catalina Telethon Home by In-Vogue will be one of the major contributors in assisting Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and Perth Children’s Hospital to achieve their desired goals in research and development, which is to improve child health in Western Australia.”

Located an easy 30-minute drive north of Perth, the Council donated 520sqm site is situated in a coastal community in Catalina Grove, Clarkson. “Surrounded by established neighbourhoods, Catalina Grove has all the facilities and infrastructure you would expect from a master planned development including schools, public transport, parklands, medical facilities, sports and leisure, shopping and business, and education and training amenities,” Jim said.

In-Vogue has already begun construction on a spacious 298m², two-storey home, which has been designed so that families can enjoy the natural beauty of their surroundings. “The home features a gourmet kitchen and large, open plan living space that leads out to a fantastic alfresco area designed for outdoor entertaining,” Jim Ilias explained “It also has several, independently zoned areas including an activity room and study, with the three minor bedrooms located downstairs. The upper floor has been designed as a parent’s retreat with a large sitting room leading to a resort-style ensuite and spacious, walk-in robe.”

The 2015 Catalina Telethon Home by In-Vogue is due for completion in late August. This highly coveted home will then be open for inspection for approximately six weeks leading up to the auction on Sunday 18 October 2015, if not sold prior.

“Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the suppliers who once again are donating materials, products and services to complete this home,” Jim said. “We are proud to be part of an industry that works hard to help support those in need.”

 


 

Family Friendly Perth

By Veda Dante | 21st July 2015

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Considered one of Australia’s most family-friendly cities due to its childcare, education, housing and community, Perth holds the title as the country’s fastest growing capital city. Its population, which grew by 2.5 percent in the 12 months to June 2014, means that roughly 2.02 million people now call Greater Perth home.

With the increase in population, the Western Australian State Government has ensured the local education system remains one of the best in the world for students right from pre-kindergarten through to Year 12. Perth is home to incredible tertiary education with university’s such as the prestigious University of WA, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University as well as many TAFEs and Colleges providing education for those willing to take on a trade.

Perth has recently invested in core infrastructure works with the new Fiona Stanley Hospital opening in January 2014, plus a new children’s hospital currently under construction and a number of metropolitan hospitals like Midland Hospital getting upgrades. The new Perth Stadium is due for completion in 2018 which will provide a world-class venue for the local AFL and cricket teams as well as an attractive venue for Australia’s international teams. The entire face of Perth will change once the waterfront entertainment mecca of Elizabeth Quay is completed.

The metropolitan area of Perth is location to some of the most diverse housing types in the world. Without having to look far, you can drive past inner-city apartments, townhouses and unit complexes before reaching coastal living at its finest with big family houses. If living on the coast isn’t your thing Perth has world-class developments like Ellenbrook where family homes meet apartments and townhouses all in the same suburb. Further east opens the door to semi-rural homes with hobby farms and stunning architectural houses situated amongst the trees. If you can imagine it, it’s likely you’ll be able to find it somewhere in Perth.

 


 

What to do in Perth ?

By Veda Dante | 14th July 2015

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Whether it’s sailing on the river with Funcats, surfing at Rottnest Island or bike riding through Kings Park, you’re sure to find an outdoor activity that caters to your sense of adventure.

You don’t even have to travel far from the city to experience the state’s natural beauty. Located only 25 minutes from Perth’s CBD, the Swan Valley has plenty of historic walks, wildlife parks and picnic spots to keep you entertained. Drive 40 minutes north and you’ll find Hillarys Boat Harbour, which is a great destination to shop, eat, explore and stay. Head just an hour south to reach Mandurah’s stunning waterways.

For a weekend away, we recommend you head to Margaret River to sample the region’s finest wines and surf breaks.

Considered one of the sunniest cities in the world, Perth’s weather means you can enjoy its beaches throughout the year. Cottesloe Beach, which is the setting for the annual Sculpture by the Sea, is arguably its most well-known but there are plenty of sprawling, white sandy beaches up and down the coastline.

The myth of Perth’s isolation is no longer an issue for residents, with artists from all over the world including Perth on their international touring schedule. Venues such as the Perth Cultural Centre and Perth Arena regularly host music, sporting and cultural events throughout the year. Each year, Sunset Events presents a number of world-class productions in and around Perth including travelling musical sideshow Groovin’ The Moo and Fremantle’s Laneway Festival.

There are plenty of weekend markets in and around Perth where you can buy fresh produce direct from the growers, meet the providores behind the gourmet food brands, and purchase souvenirs and gifts from the people who make them.

 


 

Fun Facts About Perth

By Veda Dante | 6th July 2015

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Perth may already be one of the world’s best cities but it’s about to get a whole lot better!

FUN FACTS ABOUT PERTH

  • It was originally known as Boorloo by the indigenous Noongar people
  • Is the most isolated capital city in the world
  • Remains Australia’s fastest growing capital city
  • Became known as the City of Light after astronaut John Glenn orbited above in 1962
  • Kings Park is the largest inner city park in the world. Yes, even bigger than Central park in New York
  • The Perth Mint is the oldest mint in the world that operates from its original premises. It’s also home to the world’s greatest collection of gold investment bars
  • Perth is the birthplace of many celebrities including Judy Davis, Melissa George, Tim Winton, Justin Langer, Rove McManus, Lisa McCune, and the late Heath Ledger

Great events such as WinterLAND, Disney on Ice, City Wine, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Mandurah leg are all on from July onwards. You can see more upcoming event at ExperiencePerth.com

 


 

Perth’s Lifestyle Mecca

By Veda Dante | 1st July 2015

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Situated on the banks of the Swan River, 12kms from the Indian Ocean, Perth is a truly world-class, livable city. In fact, Perth was named the ninth most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index. Influenced by a multicultural population and Mediterranean climate, with an annual average maximum temperature of 24.7C (76.46F) and minimum of 12.8C(55.04F), its restaurant scene features some of the best cafes, eateries and fine dining establishments in the country. It’s also home to a number of Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Chef Hat award winners, including East Perth’s Restaurant Amuse, Clarke’s of North Beach, Balthazar and Rockpool Bar & Grill at Crown Casino Burswood.

 


 

Bedroom Bliss

By Veda Dante | 30th April 2015

White timber venetians and Burn-Out sheer from Warwick Fabrics Tulloch Collection: Rochford Sheer in Tangerine

White timber venetians and Burn-Out sheer from Warwick Fabrics Tulloch Collection: Rochford Sheer in Tangerine

Of all the rooms in your 2 Storey home, the bedroom is one of the most private – and the one we tend to spend most of our time in. The ideal bedroom is one that not only reflects your personality but also helps you achieve one of life’s greatest pleasures: a restful night’s sleep.

Whether you’re considering The Rockwell’s upstairs retreat or The Rawson’s downstairs master suite, turning your private sanctuary into a haven for relaxation is easy when you follow a few of our decorating guidelines.

Interior designer Jodie Cooper, whose work regularly appears in a number of prominent publications including Scoop Magazine and the West Australian newspaper, shares a few of her favourite style tips.

  1. Today’s window furnishings not only help block out daylight and UV rays but also come in a diverse range of fabrics, styles and textures. From motorised blinds and shutters to traditional pinch pleat curtains, choosing the right look for your bedroom is simply a matter of personal taste and budget.

If you’re looking for a focal point or wow factor, choose a bold fabric pattern or colour that captures your attention the moment you wake up or walk into the room. If you’d prefer a more understated option, lean towards a neutral colour palette and streamlined design.

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Using antique timber doors as a bedhead adds visual appeal – and gives your brand new In-Vogue home instant character

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Use bright accessories as accents to *monochromatic bedrooms.

 

  1. Smart storage in the form of bedside tables and nightstands are an integral component of your bedroom as they help reduce floor clutter by storing essential items like books and TV remotes. Aside from bringing functionality to your nighttime routine, they can also provide a striking focal point from an interior design perspective.

Instead of choosing a matching set, consider mixing two different styles to bookend your bed with. Contrasting shapes, colours or materials can add instant character to your bedroom, and is an affordable option when you want to refresh the room. Consider pairing rustic timber furniture with metal bedside tables for a contemporary look, or use bright accessories like lamps and clocks to add a splash of colour to monotone rooms.

This funky timber ladder is a great alternative to a traditional bedside table while the varying cushion styles and sizes in the same colour palette adds interest and texture

This funky timber ladder is a great alternative to a traditional bedside table while the varying cushion styles and sizes in the same colour palette adds interest and texture.

Mixing print sizes in the same colour spectrum is a fun way to inject your personality into the bedroom.

Mixing print sizes in the same colour spectrum is a fun way to inject your personality into the bedroom.

  1. Contrasting colours and prints with accessories like cushions and throw rugs is an easy and cost-effective way to inject a layer of your personality into one of the more private spaces of the home. When choosing decorative accessories, mix the scale of the pattern – small on cushions and lamps, larger on curtains and floor rugs – and stick to a similar colour palette for greater effect.
  2. Featured walls before you paint your bedroom walls, choose carefully as some colours are known to stimulate the senses while others are used to soothe them. Yellow, for example, is a bright, warm primary colour that works beautifully with timber tones. However, it is considered an energetic colour so it might not be the best choice if you are prone to sleep disorders. If you’re a shift worker or have trouble falling asleep at night, opt instead for a cooler colour like blue, which studies have shown enhances sleep quality.
  3. Re-purposing everyday objects is another clever way to create an intriguing design feature in your bedroom. Consider using an old ladder as a bookshelf or clothes rack, or antique timber doors as a bedhead. The possibilities really are endless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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In-Vogue is a 100% Western Australian owned design and construction company that holds pride of place as the dedicated two-storey home builder among the Residential Building WA (RBWA) family of companies.

Part of the JWH Group, which was founded in 1983, this reputable stable of companies is Australia’s fourth largest builder of residential homes.

In-Vogue has hundreds of house designs, including the luxury Platinum Collection, functional and affordable Off-The-Plan range, small and narrow lot Renowned Homes Collection, and our latest Display Homes.

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