In The Press
My Pittwater magazine features local legends who have gone out of their way tomake a difference in the community. Emile Jansen was awarded the Pittwater Council Australia Day Award.
The first recipient is Emile Jansen (of Jansen Design & Architecture). Emile has made numerous pro bono contributions to the Pittwater community by providing his professional services for free. His architectural services were recently auctioned at the Rotary Northern Beaches Spring Concert with donations providing support for children with severe heart problems at the Westmead Hospital. In addition Emile has offered his services free-of-charge to develop designs and plans for the extension and modernisation of the Palliative Care Centre at Mona Vale hospital. This project would have been delayed if not for Emile’s generous support.
Bali comes to a reno rescue
Even the most boring house can be transformed into agem, writes Chris Maher.
WHEN Martine and Jason Jeffressbought their northern beaches home,they knew full well they would haveto renovate sooner or later. The 1960sapricot-brick veneer was uninspiringand looked as if it had been designedby the builder at his kitchen table.“It was bland and boring,” saysarchitect Emile Jansen. “The ownerswere fed up with its look and feel. Theoriginal kitchen was a terribleworking space and the bathroom wasold and tired. The whole house hadbeen used up, effectively.”
Some resourceful design work gave this amazing home a new lease on life — and a view of the sea
SEEING THIS STUNNING HOME, one is immediately taken by the inviting sub-tropical design. But for the owners, reaching this stage was no mean feat.After discovering wood rot within the framework of their home, they knew they had a major renovation pending: "The whole experience was exciting and intimidating in one breath. Our old house was starting to come apart at the seams!"Without our architect, Emile Jansen, to lend the guiding force, the building process may have become much more harrowing with the multitude of decisions we had to make."
A poorly renovated home is transformed into a beachside beauty fora family from the UK looking to make a fresh start in sunny Sydney.
Having recently arrived from theUK, where sunny days and brilliantblue skies are rare, this youngfamily sought to take advantage oftheir seachange and enjoy relaxedbeachside living that Sydney’s beautiful northernbeaches offers. Their new home, now renovated,couldn’t be more different from theirprevious residence.
An inspired alteration and addition converted this home into a stunning waterfront residence.
Prior to the renovations, the original house looked like it was from a bad Spaghetti Western; it had white split block walls and mission-brown timber beam ends poking through them, and enough arches to build a church. The side facing the water was nearly all glass, but it faced south west and the glass was brown tinted, it made the interiors gloomy and quite sombre, even on sunny days. A lot of the interiors were lined in western red cedar boards, the kitchen was all brown and beige, the taps were bright red. And the shag pile carpets were mottled shades of RSL brown and gold It should have been heritage listed as an example of 70's kitsch.
THE DESIGN OF THIS HOUSE WILL CUT ELECTRICITY BILLS IN THE LONG TERM
A NORTHERN beaches architect has been instrumental in creating an award- winning home in Bayview. Jansen Design and Architecture, renowned for its energy-efficient designs, was commissioned for an "alterations and additions" job that became a total transformation of the 1960's home. And it resulted in a Master Builders' Award for Excellence in Housing.
It’s not too late to install a pool for summer but you need to get a move on, writes Chris Maher.
AS the first scent of jasmine hits the spring air, thoughts turn to outdoor activities such as swimming in your own backyard pool.
But it’s ironic that many people only think of installing a pool once the weather warms up – leaving precious little time to plan, get approval and build it before summer switches off again.