The New Australian Dream Home

This property is one we haven’t followed through its building process, but as inspiration goes – it’s packed to the rafters!  We are thrilled to have various examples of our product throughout this truly beautiful home built by King Homes NSW.

The property perfectly encapsulates the new Australian dream – a suburban block that is large enough for a growing family, with a bush setting that is also close to amenities.  This house has it all and is the modern family home – redefined.

The project was built on a 1035 sqm block of land which has views onto open bushland at the back.  The house was designed with maximising these views in mind, whilst building a workable modern family home with a touch of luxury.  By using suitable products from our range it has managed to make the most of these views, while taking into consideration the energy efficiency implications and these have all been engineered to adhere to the clients wishes. It also needed to suit a growing family and be low maintenance.

Well, it certainly looks the part!  Made from a mix of CSR Hebel and Colorbond sheeting, the design is modern and intricate with every angle specifically designed to maximise energy efficiency, views and impact. 

The huge wall of views and light at the back is a mix of 300 series stacking sliding doors, fixed panel windows and 200 series French doors.  The client wanted light flooding this area and with a two-storey design, this has been achieved.  The Windows were all also installed with thermo-glass protecting the inside from the extra heat the expansive glass area would have produced, whilst also helping lower costs by being more energy efficient.

A high-level attention to detail is evident throughout this home with custom joinery adding in clever storage solutions which finish the home off nicely without too much furniture. In particular, the mudroom leading off the garage proved to be a useful storage area for a growing family to leave their bags, coats and shoes out of sight before entering the home.

The kitchen continues the modern monochrome theme which has been designed with plentiful of storage featuring a cellar, bi-fold breakfast area, integrated appliances and walk in pantry. The five-metre curved kitchen island provides plenty of space to entertain or simply enjoy a meal with the family whilst also being easy to maintain and clean given it’s engineered stone.

As you approach the property you can clearly see the clients took great care in selecting the right windows and doors for this home.  They specifically wanted aluminium windows to suit other materials used in the design of this home. 

The Butt-joint feature window on the entry into the property was chosen specifically as a design feature, as was the large square window in the front that now perfectly frames a feature piece of artwork in the home. This is a perfect partner for the wide entry which has a simple yet striking front door with a custom-made round door handle.

The key to all the window choices was aesthetic and usability. The windows and doors were all ordered in black to match internal features but yet contrast with monument cladding on the exterior of the home.  This extenuated the angles and different shapes of the home and gives it distinction and architectural flair.

The client also decided on Southern Star 200 series awning windows for the majority of the home wanting to take advantage of the benefits including the good ventilation in wet areas and consistent design inside and outside.

Part of the brief from our client was to have a consistent colour scheme which flowed from the outside into the interior whilst also being low maintenance.

The use of two colours was used to highlight the different shapes and angles of the home facade design. In particular, the counter lever at the front hangs slightly over and contrasts against the Vivid White acrylic render showing the true workmanship & skill in building this home.

Inside, they used Dulux White on White on all walls to provide clean lines which is paired perfectly with Polytec Black Woodmatt cabinetry and Talostone Super White engineered stone in most areas of the home.

This project has been meticulously designed, from the use of materials to the energy efficiency once complete.  The home perfectly fits the brief, managing to provide a family home that is low maintenance yet striking and beautiful to look at.  The windows, doors, internal colours and interior selections and have all been used with the overall product in mind, taking into consideration colour schemes, energy efficiency and how the end result will serve the client.  The result has been an outstanding build. Quite simply put, the home is ‘a beautiful modern family home’.

Images courtesy of King Homes NSW and

Harvey Ave Renovation – Almost Complete!

With the Harvey Ave renovation project almost complete, we thought we would give you a little look at some of the most recent additions before our final completed instalment on this amazing renovation.

We can’t get over this laundry!  Not only is it fresh, clean and modern but OMG that laundry trough!  The trough was part of the original home and the owners had decided they wanted to keep this epic feature in the home after it was renovated.  The taps were also sourced from Astra Walker by the owners, and what an amazing statement they make.  Such a great example of how old and new can blend together to make something magnificent.

The kitchen is now also complete and it’s enough to give anyone kitchen envy!  The splashback is carrara marble (which is also used in other areas in the home) and this beautifully compliments the concrete benchtop on the island bench.  All appliances are Asko and were specifically chosen to fit in effortlessly with the other kitchen highlights.

The living area and bedrooms are separated by a stunning bespoke steel cavity door, again combining old and new to create something spectacular in this home.  The owners wanted to separate these two areas but also wanted it to act as a design feature, not just a typical timber sliding door.  This door is certainly far from typical!

So, there you have it, more inspiration from this almost-complete home!  We can’t wait to share the final images with you when everything has been finished.  Watch this space!

Harvey Ave Renovation – Progress

The Harvey Ave Renovation project we are following is really coming into its own.  With the floor in, the doors hung and the kitchen nearly complete, we are getting really excited to see the finished result!

The flooring looks amazing with the owners choosing a engineered timber floor by Hurford Flooring.  They selected the French Oak for its warm colour and natural feel.  With other natural elements in the home, such as the Grampians Sandstone fireplace, these natural elements were key to the homes design.

The owners are also very excited to see the kitchen finished, which was almost complete when we got a sneak-peak.  The kitchen, by JPK Kitchens was designed with style and practicality in mind.  It has been fully designed around the specific needs of the owners and their requirements of the kitchen, and we can’t wait to see those elements in use soon!

This home is really starting to come to life and we are slowly seeing the owners vision come to fruition.  We are so excited for our next instalment! 

Harvey Ave Renovation – Fireplace

With all that’s going on right now, some builds have been halted or work has slowed down.  But not the guys at MurphyBuilt!  The Harvey Ave renovation project we are following is still full-steam ahead.

We are really excited to give you a sneak peak at the newly competed rubble dry wall open fireplace at the Harvey Ave project.

The fireplace was constructed by J M Stonemasonry using Grampians Sandstone, and it just looks AMAZING!

This is such a key feature of the home, and something that the owners hope will be a centrepiece of family gatherings and celebrations for many years to come.

The fireplace feature is accentuated with the raked cathedral windows and ceiling.

We love this stone look, bringing natural products into the heart of the home.

We can’t wait to share more with you on this project as it progresses.

Brunswick East Renovation/Rebuild

We recently followed a project in Brunswick East that was to good not to share.

The original street frontage

The team at Albourne Construction were responsible for this timeless property that exceeded expectations.  Almost a knock-down job, this tired and dilapidated weatherboard home has been carefully restored and improved into a modern yet traditional masterpiece with every attention to detail.

The property uses a mix of Southern Star aluminium and Canterbury timber products, with a wide array of styles used within the home.  These windows and doors needed to compliment the mix of recycled brick and weatherboards and manage to cross the two distinct styles of the property.  Each window and door choice was taken with that room in mind, making best use of the rooms natural assets.  This makes the window and door schedule for this property truly unique.

Louvre and Double Hung windows in the kitchen/Living area

The finish of the works was impeccable for this build, with the builder making sure all the installations were exact to compliment the high standards they had implemented throughout. 

All Canterbury timber windows were made from meranti, so are not subject to warping or twisting and were painted white to compliment the aesthetic of this section of the home.  These windows perfectly complimented the weatherboard façade and truly capture the timeless street appeal. 

Black Aluminium Stacking Sliding Doors

The Southern Star aluminium windows and doors in this project were powdercoated in black to create a modern contrast against the recycled brick.  These created a stunning design feature and look immaculate.  They manage to create a modern aspect to this age-old home and create a strong backbone to the old façade.

The client was overwhelmed that Southern Star Group were not only able to meet all the requirements for planning and energy, but also able to supply all both the timber and aluminium products they desired.  They have been so happy with the end product and the exceptional performance of the windows in their desired location, has exceeded their expectations.

Obscure translucent glass for privacy

The small size of the block created hurdles to the design and the choice of windows was imperative to make those areas work as a home, whilst still meet standards and the planning scheme.

Painted Meranti Double Hung

The use of tradition styled double hung Canterbury timber windows on the facade fit perfectly with the period style of the house and the large Southern Star aluminium awning windows on the first floor easily fit the overlooking issues, using white translucent glass to 1700mm height to meet regulations.  These massive windows flood the first floor and stair void with natural light and the aluminium finish allows for a sleek modern monochrome look internally, while creating no maintenance externally in hard to access areas on the house.  On the ground floor the use of the Southern Star aluminium hinged door to the laundry gave not only access to the services side of the house (clothesline ect) but fills the room with light in a way that a timber door wouldn’t.

The design of the house has a small decking walkway and garden bed running the length of the house on the south boundary and this is important as not only is it a valuable light well but it is a big section of greenery in a small backyard.  We needed to design these windows in a way that still left a good amount of wall for furniture to be placed against in the lounge room and dining room.  The 2400mm sashless double hung windows bring the outside in and give the narrow decking a sense of size. Similarly, the kitchen louvres were a design must.  Louvres while ascetically beautiful windows, bring the greenery of the garden into the landlocked kitchen. Finally, the centre opening sliding doors were 2400mm height so they would flood the living room with light.  These allow the alfresco to seamlessly flow into the living room and were carefully designed around the furniture layout of the room.

I think you will agree that this is a truly unique home.  Find out more about the property here as its currently for sale!

Harvey Avenue Renovation, Victoria

We couldn’t have asked for a better project to start our blog off with.  The timeless renovation of a first home.

Sam and Bek Murphy bought this weatherboard home back in 2013.  It was bought from the original owner and they always had plans to turn it into something more than the 3 bedroom one living space that existed.

The original home was just that – original.  Original kitchen, carpets, bathroom and fireplaces.  But Sam and Bek could see the potential.  On 597 m2 it was a great sized family block and the house was structurally sound.

In September 2019 they decided to push on and complete their dream renovations. The renovation is being project managed by Murphy Built and includes an extension, full interior and exterior renovation and floorplan redesign.  This is all being done while maintaining the original and character of the home from the streetscape.

The project will include a mix of both Canterbury timber windows and Southern Star aluminium windows and doors.  The Canterbury timber will be used at the front façade to maintain the character, style and feel of the home.  Southern Star aluminium 300 series windows and doors will be used in the new additions of kitchen, living and dining areas, providing a contemporary feel.

The couple have decided to include some exceptional design features including skylights to bring more brightness into the home, a stone wall, fireplace and stylish concrete mantle.

The renovations are ongoing, and we can’t wait to share more images with you as it progresses!

Thanks for sharing with us Sam and Bek!


Inspiration for your project

We here at Southern Star Group have always followed projects using our products with great interest, and love seeing the final results! We love seeing our products in situ, and all the design elements our customers have used to make our windows come to life in their new homes.

So we have decided to start sharing these journeys with you – from beginning to end, documenting issues and the triumphs along the way.

We hope this can act as some inspiration for your own homes and buiding design as well as a great showcase of how our products can look in real-life situations.

We also hope that along the journey of each build we can make suggestions and tips from our builders learnings.

More than anything, we hope it will be fun and interesting. We hope you enjoy the blog!