Studio Blog

Lachie & David travelled south this past weekend to source some material to complete House Roux.

The steel awnings which project from the exterior walls of the house will be filled with rough-cut sticks scavenged from gum tree stands on a Margaret River property. These will be fabricated into frames and fitted into the awning structure.

The awnings …

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At long last The Exploding! Shed House is complete and revealed! Massive thanks to everyone who helped us on this project and making it such a success.

In conjunction with the amazing team at Open House Perth, DWA launched the Exploding! Shed House on August 7, with a house-warming party and colleagues, clients and plenty of …

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In preparation for the impending Open House Perth one-off weekend at the Exploding! Shed House, the DWA team has been lending a hand to get the landscaping all done and dusted – because nothing gets everyone motivated like 10 days to go and no garden!

Lachie, Cale, Abel and David have been doing a bit of …

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House Roux is steadily progressing thanks to the good work of our builder – floors, ceilings, tiles, paint, doors hung. We gave the carpenters a great challenge with our folded ceiling design for the main living area, but they have acquitted themselves with aplomb, and it looks great.

A few pics here for your consideration…

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Melbourne; it’s cold and it’s grey and it’s wonderful to be here!

Cale & I have flown to the rainy city to attend the National Conference this weekend, and left poor Lachie to run the office all by himself (he’s doing splendidly well, btw).

Cale has already attended a walking tour of some fantastic Melbourne spaces (follow Cale on …

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Recent adventures and deadlines have meant we haven’t had a spare second to update the goings on at House Roux, so here is a big ol’ bumper edition showing the growth of the building over the last few weeks.

Carpenters Mark & Howard have been working around the clock to raise the walls, the roof and …

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The carpenters have been on site for 2 days now and they are progressing at pace! Half the external wall swill be complete by the end of the day, and the rest before the end of the week.

Timber is such a great material to construct in – fast, easy to work, renewable and recyclable. Most …

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We’ve broken ground on a new residence this week – House Roux!

The team at MZ Construction have wasted no time in getting work underway, with the garage walls and ground slab already up AND down.

This little charcoal beauty will have 3 beds, 2 baths and an art studio, and some beautiful open plan living spaces.

More pics …

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The construction phase of our Exploding! Shed House is screaming to a finish, with walls tiled, cabinetwork on site (albeit in pieces) and the last of the plywood cladding being applied to the interior walls of the Studio. All will be revealed soon, but here’s a little peek…

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The year is almost over and the builder’s work on The Exploding! Shed House is almost complete as well.

With the completion of the plasterboard internal lining and the beaut orange skylight, the builder’s work on the house is all but finished. The house isn’t quite finished though, as our intrepid client has chosen to undertake …

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Floors and walls and windows, oh my!

The team has just laid the beautiful ply wood floor to the Living Room with the greatest of care and workmanship. This will, in good time, be lime-washed to match the walls of the Studio.

This floor will contrast with the bare concrete floor throughout the rest of the house, …

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In a surprise twist the glazing for our windows and doors turned up unannounced this weekend, and all but one fit perfectly first time. This is pretty good numbers for glazing (on a previous project we have rejected a custom-cut mirror 4 times due to incorrect sizing!), and they will be back this week with …

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With a wonderful blue sky, we couldn’t stay inside the office today – especially when the slab of The East Fremantle House has been adorned with beautiful recycled brick walls.

These walls are the final finish for both the interior and exterior, and will lend a texture and a lived-in-ness to this new home.

We walked around the walls, visualising …

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There is a big push on at site to have the house all but complete before our client returns from a well-earned holiday.

The timber sub-framing for the Living Room has been re-built after we disagreed with the quality of the original work (much better workmanship now, thank you gentlemen) and the bathroom and  hallway skylights are all …

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Scoop Magazine has featured DWA in their recent issue, and we’re very delighted to be a part of the publication, complete with stunning images of The Apartment House by long-time collaborator Matt Biocich.

Check it out…

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Look down! The East Fremantle House is becoming a reality, with the concrete slab having been poured on site this week. Recycled bricks now surround the completed foundation in preparation for building the ground floor walls.

We walked through today with our Curtin University work experience student, Jack, and paced out the living spaces and backyard. …

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The team at Empire Building Company are making great strides with the construction of this little house on a battle-axe block in East Freo.

The pool shell is in, the electrical and plumbing run-ins are complete, the site is levelled and footings aren’t far off. At the moment it just looks like a neat and tidy …

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The countdown is now on for The Exploding! Shed House, nearing completion!

It’s all hands on deck at the site, with the replacement roof cladding finally arriving from England and being fixed on to the house. There is a flurry of activity, and everyone is excited in anticipation of completing this unique small project.

Not long to …

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Well, we have finally been advised of the whereabouts of the remaining wall and roof cladding! Hurry up!!

The good folk at the docks who pack containers for shipping from the UK managed to damage 50% of our beautiful black Profile6 cladding the first time around. This time we have been assured that the best packers have been on …

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Construction of The East Fremantle House is underway!

It’s not much at this stage, but site clearing has begun in preparation for the works to begin in earnest. This will be a beautiful little family home and we are excited to see the project progressing.

Keep your eyes out for more!

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Progress on site!

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We’re working really hard at DWA, so it’s time for an update for our readers.

Work continues on The Exploding! Shed House, the small and cozy 95m² home and studio space for graphic artist and artisan, Karin Hearn. The cladding is sailing on the high seas of the Atlantic Ocean from Southampton to Perth, ready to …

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Happy new year from the DWA office!

With a new year comes new and exciting projects. The Expanding Townhouse in North Perth features a revitalisation of a 1970’s split-level home, and involves some rearranging, pushing, and pulling to create space, light, and a fresh outlook. We’re currently in the process of documenting the project, we’ll be …

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After a few weeks of furious organisation and action, the Exploding! Shed House is finally starting to emerge from the ground.

At this point we have a ground slab, a timber framed floor for the living room (to float above the massive roots of our jacaranda tree) and the steel framing has arrived on site. The …

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A beautiful day to build a small home.

The grano boys have been on site this morning, running string lines and marking out the slab in preparation for services and concrete. The electrician and plumber will be on site later today to run their lines and conduits, and then the concrete team will be back over …

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Site works have been completed at the Exploding! Shed House block, but not without a fair bit of hassle and stress.

As is the case most often with a sub-divided block in an established area, the whole of the lot was once the whole of someone’s backyard. Before the relatively new idea of rubbish collection or …

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This is the exciting scene which greeted us at 8am this morning.

Big bobcats and big action on the small block of the Exploding! Shed House. After a very long and drawn out gestation it is exciting indeed to see this project progressing in the real world at last. The site works team will spend the …

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Site works start tomorrow morning.

Let’s hope the rain holds off…

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After Landgate trials & tribulations, outrageous tender prices, well-rooted Jacarandas and a flying builder, the City of Vincent has seen fit to provide a building permit to begin construction of the little Exploding! Shed House.

This one has been in the works for a couple of years now and we are looking forward to rolling up …

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The Old Crow restaurant is set to open in a couple of weeks and we dropped into the building site yesterday to take a look at the progress. DWA has been responsible for designing the 2 bars for the restaurant – one which will be the main service bar for lunches and dinners, and one which will …

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