Vast is the moment maker

Vast Furniture and Homewares prides itself on being different to every other furniture retailer. Why?  Vast only sources reclaimable and plantation timbers.

Plantation mango hardwood is used to make a variety of pieces, each bursting with individual characteristics that make every piece distinctive.

Salvaged upcycled timbers are aesthetically arranged by hand, blending decades of original textures and markings with simple clean designs.

Found originals are one-of-a-kind pieces that are handcrafted from reclaimed wood from old buildings and furniture, with carvings, original finishes and hardware incorporated to make your unique statement piece.

You will also find an array of lovely artwork and homewares.

VAST INTERIOR
Open 7 days
A: 8/684-700 Frankston Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs
T: 8787 7401
W: vastinterior.com.au

Concentrating on construction

As a Frankston resident, Kelvin Oldridge has situated his legal practice in two convenient locations to provide accessibility for clients from the city, bayside and the Peninsula.

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With qualifications in building and law - B.Build (RMIT) and LL.B (Hons University of London) - Kelvin’s advice is complemented by his building experience and his understanding of the needs of clients from the building and construction industry.

Kelvin is a key part of Melbourne’s projects and dispute resolution fraternity, a member of the Building Dispute Practitioners Society and editor of its newsletter for more than seven years, and a regular judge for the Master Builders Association’s annual Excellence in Construction Awards.

Kelvin regularly provides a legal and advisory service to construction and project management businesses, property developers, contractors and insurance companies, including drafting and amending contracts, standard forms of construction and development contracts in Australia, and including the Australia Standards suite of contracts. He also provides commercial advice and support to clients in arbitration, litigation and the defence of insurance claims. 

 

KO CONSTRUCTION LAW

T: 9598 6444

W: kolaw.com.au

 

Keep cool with plantation shutters

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If you’re looking to update your window coverings, you can’t beat plantation shutters from Dollar Curtains & Blinds.

DCB’s shutters are an ideal choice for thermal insulation. Open the louvres to stream light into rooms and close to insulate, offering you a more energy-efficient home through summer. 

Extremely practical, you will have excellent control of light and airflow and also peace of mind, with no cords making DCB’s shutters child and pet-safe.

Adding shutters across your home’s front windows can make a huge impact to your home’s façade and kerb appeal. Along with these aesthetic benefits, shutters also add sound insulation from outside road and traffic noise.

Ensure you opt for true custom-made shutters like those from DCB, which are designed and hand-crafted specifically to fit your window dimensions for a snug fit on your windows.

Make sure you book your free in-home measure and quote in October for pre-Christmas installation. 

Call 9704 8654 for a free in-home measure and quote service or visit the Fountain Gate team at 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren.  Alternatively, contact the Mornington team on 5975 3655 or drop by their showroom in the Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington.

Both showrooms are open seven days.

 

DOLLAR CURTAINS & BLINDS
A: 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren
T: 9704 8654
A: Shop C4, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington
T: 5975 3655

 

Frankston’s future by design By Kate Sears

Frankly Frankston speaks to Frankston Council urban designer Meghan Doherty about her work and how she sees the city changing over the next 20 years.

 

Could you tell us a bit about what you do at the council?

I provide urban design advice on proposed developments within the municipality. This may be for housing and apartment proposals, streetscape redevelopments, commercial development and even shop frontages. 

 

What types of areas/buildings do you work on?

Some public spaces (streetscapes etc) but the vast majority is housing and commercial development. This extends to individual housing, unit development, apartment design, mixed-use developments, even aged care and childcare developments.

 

How important is sustainable design?

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Frankston City Council has a proud history with sustainability initiatives and won the Australian Sustainable Cities Award in 2015. Sustainability in any form of design is crucial for a variety of social, environmental and financial reasons; the implications of sustainable (and unsustainable) design extend well beyond our immediate community. Urban design has numerous sustainability considerations including energy performance, water resources, stormwater management, transport, waste management and the urban ecology. Design longevity is also a key indicator for sustainability, so how our spaces can adapt to change is also important. 

 

What’s your favorite part about your industry?

I love the collaboration, whether it is between departments, external professionals or the community – the diversity in my projects ensures I’m never bored and the work is never ‘stale’. Being able to see the physical results of your work is also very satisfying, especially when you can see the benefits reflected in the community.

 

What/who would be your favourite design/designer?

I don’t have a favourite design or designer per se but I’ve always had a fascination for coastal designs and projects that manage to integrate with the landscape rather than use the landscape to ‘grandstand’. Paula Hayes was one of the first designers who caught my attention and I still think her work is fantastic.

 

How do you see Frankston changing over the coming years?

It’s so exciting to be working in Frankston at the moment. There’s a lot of change happening; some big infrastructure developments are giving Frankston a fresh start and new vitality and the results can already be seen. Frankston has so much potential as a seaside city so it will be interesting to see the change and push for revitalisation over the next 20 years, including upgraded streetscapes, new buildings and new public spaces. 

 

What makes urban design attractive in your eyes?

Good urban design comes in all shapes and sizes but is generally well considered and responsive to its context.

 

What’s your preferred style of design?

I prefer highly considered, fine-grain design – often with a quirky or playful detail.

 

 

Who has the time and energy to clean?

Our lives are getting increasingly busy with more pressure at work, demanding family responsibilities and ongoing obligations. Then there’s trying to fit in a social life! These days it’s nearly impossible to get the time to give your home a good clean. Something has to give … but where do you find the time and energy for doing these tasks?

The simple answer is outsourcing to help keep your life under control. Paying for a cleaning service is no longer considered a luxury in this day and age; it’s a necessity for a better harmonious and balanced lifestyle. But who do you call on?

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You should give MyHome Cleaning a call. It’s a professional cleaning company that has been servicing the Mornington Peninsula for over seven years, and MyHome itself has been established in Melbourne for over 15 years.

MyHome Cleaning provides its customers with qualified staff who use regulated tools and equipment and arrive in company cars and in company uniform. Their high standards, well-practised policies/procedures and tried and true experience means they offer greater security and ensure the safety of your home - not to mention delivering great results with their unique Tri-Colour Cleaning Service.

Stop wasting your time feeling resentful about who’s doing more vacuuming and start enjoying the time you have together more – with MyHome Cleaning Service.

 

MYHOME CLEANING SERVICE

T: 13 22 31

W: myhomeclean.com.au

 

 

Auction prices without the auction

Do you want auction prices without the stress of an auction? Well, you’ve found your ultimate shopping destination at Frankston Auction Mart.

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Stock is continually changing at Frankston Auction Mart, so stop visiting multiple homeware stores searching for all of those much-needed items. Under the one roof you can browse seven factories of eclectic new, ex-display and used furniture (with no flat packs in sight) and high-end ex-display décor.  And with no waiting periods you can leave with your new spoils that day. Frankston Auction Mart can even deliver locally for a flat fee of $35.

Customers of all ages will enjoy browsing the variety of antiques, designer furniture, décor items, Australian-made furniture and retro pieces. Visit and ask for owners Michaela and David, who will help you find that special item for your home.  They’re open six days a week for you to ‘shop and go’.

FRANKSTON AUCTION MART
A: 42-54 New St, Frankston
T: 9783 9613
W: frankstonauctionmart.com.au
FB: Frankston-Auction-Mart

 

Spring sale on awnings and outdoor blinds

Now that spring has arrived, summer is not far away! With Dollar Curtains & Blinds’ awnings and outdoor blinds, everyone can enjoy life outdoors all year, including through the hot summer months.

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Whether you’re looking for a traditional awning to provide shade and increase your home’s insulation this summer or alfresco blinds to create an all-inclusive outdoor room to enjoy over the holidays, DCB has the outdoor product to suit – all custom-made right here in Victoria.

DCB’s traditional awnings are the ultimate product for protection against the harsh Australian sun and coastal weather. Reducing sunlight and glare on your windows, they offer protection for the inside of your home from sun damage and greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency.

It’s never been so easy to create a space that can be enjoyed 365 days a year than with DCB’s range of outdoor blinds. Creating an all-inclusive outdoor room not only offers privacy and sun protection but wind, rain, dust, dirt and insect protection. DCB’s Alpha Awning range features five matching styles including cable guide, straight drop, side retention system, pivot arm and deep channel, all of which can be customised specifically to suit your lifestyle.

DCB’s outdoor range has been developed to offer maximum flexibility for operation, including motorisation – giving you the option to control your awning with the touch of a button.

DCB is offering 10 per cent off all awnings and outdoor blinds this month, so make sure you book your free in-home measure and quote soon to beat the Christmas rush.  Call 9704 8654 or visit DCB’s Fountain Gate team at 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren. Alternatively, contact the Mornington team on 5975 3655 or drop by their showroom in the Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington. Both showrooms are open seven days.

 

DOLLAR CURTAINS & BLINDS

A: 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren

T: 9704 8654

A: Shop C4, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington

T: 5975 3655

 

Step into our gardens

Five of the Peninsula’s most stunning gardens will be open to the public next month as part of 5 Gardeners’ Gardens Around Mount Eliza.

Run by The Anglican Parish of Mt Eliza every two years since 2009, 5 Gardeners’ Gardens has been sponsored by Mornington Peninsula Magazine since its inception, and this year James Crowder Community Real Estate is also a proud sponsor.

Victoria is known as The Garden State, and the Peninsula has some wonderful treasures in this respect.  The five on show around Mount Eliza have not been professionally designed but developed by passionate gardeners and include an organic revelation, a garden that has evolved over 25 years, and the stunning Morning Star Estate.

The featured gardens will be open from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29. Tickets can be bought at any of the gardens for $30 (admission to all five) or $7 (entry to a single garden) and can be used all weekend.  School-aged children are admitted free; no dogs allowed.  When you buy your ticket you’ll also receive a handout detailing the development of the garden as well as the plantings.

This promises to be a wonderful way to spend a spring weekend, so get out there and explore the creations of some of our keenest gardeners – and pick up some inspiration for your own at the same time.

 

1269 Nepean Highway, Mount Eliza (Melway: 105 D6)

Don’t expect neat lawns and clipped hedges in this organic garden. It is an abundant garden tucked away on a standard house block and is a tribute to its dedicated owner, a gardener of only eight years’ experience. It has a sustainable vegetable garden and an orchard where fruit trees are espaliered to minimise the use of space. There is also a courtyard complete with a pond and bridge as well as hundreds of roses, perennials and bulbs to arouse the senses and calm the soul.   

 

Morning Star Estate, 1 Sunnyside Rd, Mount Eliza (Melway: 105 B8)

With sweeping views, more than 800 varieties of roses and about 11ha of vineyards, this estate is a feast for the eyes. It boasts a number of formal and informal gardens, olive trees, an orchard as well as a vegetable garden used by the restaurant and a picking garden for restaurant flowers.

 

5 Amesbury Road, Mount Eliza (Melway:  101 K11)           

This is a rambling garden that has evolved over 25 years. It has different areas depending on the microclimate, including a dry garden, orchard, vegie garden, chickens and bees. As much as possible is recycled, reused, cooked, preserved or given away.  In the words of the owners: “Our retreat.”

 

Willowie, 10 Watts Pde, Mount Eliza (Melway: 101 E10)           

Willowie is another wonderful garden. Established on a battle axe block, it really is a hidden gem. On traversing the long driveway, you’ll find the garden formally arranged around the pool.  It features many roses, camellias, and hydrangeas among a delightful range plants. The garden also offers glimpses of the bay.

 

65 Boes Rd, Tyabb (Melway: 148 C12)

Lyn and Doug McDonald’s garden offers a leisurely stroll around the park-like woodland and lake. Quirky sculptures emerge along the walk with interesting succulent and native plantings as well as a large variety of trees surrounding the house. The dam is home to many ducks and water birds. Blue wrens, spotted pardalotes, eastern rosellas and willie wagtails are among the frequent visitors to the garden.

 

For further information, phone 9775 3301 or visit mteliza.melbourneanglican.org.au

 

Property management done properly by Kate Sears

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Harcourts has become the fastest growing group in Victoria and celebrates its 20th birthday this year.   Its new office, Harcourts Central in Frankston, is co-owned by Brent Pullar and Steve Foster-Swan.  The team are passionate and have a strong focus on property management; they are determined to alleviate the most complained about issue across the industry: communication breakdown.

“We ensure our property management ratio is kept low so we can focus on providing excellent customer service,” said leasing department manager Nicola Mackinnon.  “Communicating effectively with our landlords and tenants is the key to a successful investment.”

Harcourts Central has the technology to keep landlords and tenants informed at all times.  An online portal gives landlords, tenants and accountants access to files such as invoices or maintenance inquiries. This achieves effective communication and detailed reporting.

Nicola is a licensed real estate agent, giving you the assurance of understanding legislation so she can manage any problem that may arise and answer any legislation specific questions her clients may have when she meets them face to face. This reinforces the bond between her and the landlords and tenants so they feel valued and listened to.

And as gift for you, you’ll receive $100 when you refer a listing to Harcourts Central (terms and conditions apply).

 

HARCOURTS CENTRAL

A: Suite 2, 459 Nepean Highway, Frankston
T: 1300 503 000 

E: [email protected]

 

Sheer delight

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Dollar Curtains & Blinds’ sheer curtains softly filter light through windows and soften the link between your indoor and outdoor living areas while enhancing the ambience of a room by adding movement and texture.

DCB’s Wavefold sheer curtains drape with a smooth continuous wave effect, creating a relaxed and elegant look. They are also surprisingly easy to operate - with the flick of a wand and minimal effort, your curtains can glide easily from side to side.

If functionality is as important as aesthetics, opt for a combination of sheers to filter the light and blockout blinds to block out the sun. This is a popular layering option to ensure flexibility over your windows’ privacy and light control. 

Dollar Curtains & Blinds has specialised in manufacturing custom window furnishings for over 50 years, all made right here in Melbourne.

Call 9704 8654 for a free in-home measure and quote service or visit the Fountain Gate team at 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren.

Alternatively contact DCB’s Mornington team on 5975 3655 or drop by the showroom in the Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington.

Both showrooms are open seven days.

DOLLAR CURTAINS & BLINDS
A: 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren
T: 9704 8654
A: Shop C4, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington
T: 5975 3655

The magnificence of wrought iron by Liz Rogers

Wrought Iron Online crafts truly beautiful statement pieces that add a touch of class, style and dramatic design to your home or business premises.

Working closely with each client to create wrought iron doors (including security), gates and fences, balustrades, handles and spiral staircases, Wrought Iron Online is the place to go when searching for craftsmanship and individuality. It designs, distributes and installs hand-made wrought iron products produced in Indonesia and works closely with each client to achieve the best outcome. If you have your own design in mind, Wrought Iron Online can make that too.

All work at Wrought Iron Online complies with Australian Standard and Building Code Australia and comes at a completely competitive price. The simply stunning indoor or outdoor spiral staircases with plain (beginning at $1120 per metre height) or scroll (at $1350 per metre height) balustrades are functional, attractive and uniquely affordable.

Make your Wrought Iron statement today. Just go online.

WROUGHT IRON ONLINE
A: 9 Wooten Close, Frankston
T: 9766 1008
M: 0418 522 477
W: wroughtirononline.com.au

Woodtron’s leading edge

(left to right) Luke Sellman, Jennie Sellman, Geoff Sellman, Serrin McCallum, Kyle Sellman.

(left to right) Luke Sellman, Jennie Sellman, Geoff Sellman, Serrin McCallum, Kyle Sellman.

It all started at home on the Mornington Peninsula, when over dinner, a glass of wine and hand-drawn diagrams, Woodtron was born.

Geoff Sellman, head of the family and director of Woodtron, saw a need in the market to develop state-of-the-art CNC routers for the Australian woodworking industry.  Not only this, he realised there was a demand for customisable solutions to suit businesses, whether they be furniture making, cabinets and shop fitting or even plastics and caravans.

Recruiting his two sons, Luke and Kyle, and wife Jennie, Geoff took his 30-plus years of experience in the industry and built Woodtron, a company that recognises the need to have hands-on professional service to all customers and understands the value and requirements of a high-quality, reliable machine.

“At Woodtron we design and manufacture all our own machines, so we ensure only the highest quality components from all over the world are used on every machine,” Geoff said.  “It also gives us a true understanding of all the machines we sell, allowing us to provide only the very best service to our customers.

“As Woodtron grows, so do our customers, and we continue to be a leader in the Australian woodworking industry.”

WOODTRON
A: 1/20 Malibu Circuit, Carrum Downs
T: 9775 4100
W: woodtron.com.au
 

Home loan help for the self-employed

Being self-employed doesn’t mean home ownership is out of reach.  The key is to be prepared, do your research and speak with a home lending expert.

RAMS, which was named Best Self-Employed Lender at the 2017 Australian Lending Awards, has developed five simple steps to help you along the way.

1. Know your business: It’s important you know key financial figures including your current income, net profit, expenditure and future projections. 

2. Check your credit file history: Run a credit file report on your personal and business credit file history. 

3. Work out your loan-to-value ratio, which is your loan amount shown as a percentage of the market value of the property you want to buy. The percentage that lenders are willing to accept will vary. 

4. Keep track of cash flow: Lenders will look at your personal and business cash flow to analyse your ability to make loan repayments. 

5. Collate supporting documentation: It’s good to get together some of the supporting documentation you may need before your appointment to support your loan application.

For more information, advice or assistance, phone 13 RAMS (13 72 67) or go to RAMS.com.au

RAMS HOME LOAN CENTRE
A: 3/490 Nepean Highway, Frankston
T: 9770 2277
W: RAMS.com.au

The Tardis has landed by Liz Rogers

Now this is something smart. Magefekt’s Tardis batteries are specifically built fit for purpose and can be adapted to a wide range of uniquely diverse projects.

Magefekt director Max Coulthard says the innovative Tardis batteries, devised five years ago, are an attractive alternative energy source for more reasons than one.

“Tardis batteries can tolerate heat and perform at peak level even at 60C,” Max explains. “They are also smaller and lighter per energy available than any other battery of their type we know of.”

And that’s just for starters. These ingeniously rugged and water-resistant batteries can be used almost anywhere. They have found their way into applications such as water and sewage management to drive pumps and even power an entire town water supply. They are made from specially formulated urethane, are terminal-free (so there’s no chance of wayward sparks) and leads are available at any length for extra safety and flexibility. The battery always remains cool to the touch during fast charging or when supplying a home’s power needs because of its low internal resistance. 

“Tardis batteries are ideal for home energy storage because of their compact design,” Max says.  “The aluminium purpose-built cabinets which house these clever little energy providers can be carried on to premises easily and be installed almost anywhere without using special carrying equipment. That’s one of the reasons they provide a safe and secure energy storage system that gives families real peace of mind. Another reason is because of their low heat generation and capacity to provide an uninterrupted power supply even when the grid power goes down. The batteries are long lasting and  are managed by smart inverters that can operate in either AC or DC mode automatically.”

Contact Magefekt to learn more about the powerful locally made Tardis battery-driven Home Energy System. Just think - no more external fuses, inverters or controls spread all over your internal or external walls.

Power on safely with Magefekt.

MAGEFEKT PTY LTD

A: 28/73 Assembly Drive, Dandenong South

T: 9776 6058 

W: magefekt.com

Awards cap off an amazing 10 years

It has been a remarkable decade at Luduco Living, which celebrates its 10th birthday in November and recently received two of the most coveted awards in the Australian furniture industry.

Luduco was voted Top Studio in Australia for both the Stressless and IMG international brands out of more than 150 retail outlets across Australia.

“It’s been a fantastic 10 years and over that period we have steadily grown in every sense,” said owner Jeremy Brook. “Thanks to the fantastic loyalty of our customers and our brilliant team our business has thrived and we continue to serve the local community with the best of furniture design and product quality backed by our award-winning customer service.”

The awards were most unexpected, Jeremy said. “We were attending the annual Stressless AGM in Sydney as we do every year and the announcement was made that we had won the award for Australia.  I was so surprised. 

“And amazingly within a week IMG made a similar presentation to us at their head office - so it’s been a great accolade for the business and the Luduco team and a wonderful way to celebrate this very special anniversary.

“Our heartfelt thanks to all our customers - past, present and future.”

LUDUCO LIVING

A: 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington

P: 5973 4899

W: Luducoliving.com.au

Backyard Blitz your Garden with Crown Lawn & Garden Services

‘Backyard Blitz’ days have been carried out by Greg and the Crown Lawn & Garden team across the Mornington Peninsula for over 15 years. This team of experts is constantly approached by families and professionals who have residential, rental, holiday or investment properties in need of a clean-up, or by those looking for a pre-sale photograph or property freshen up.

A ‘Backyard Blitz’ can include all of your lawn mowing and edge trimming needs, overhead tree pruning and chipping, the removal of leaf and garden waste or a new design to incorporate turf and paving. You’ll be truly amazed at how good your garden can look!

A ‘Backyard Blitz’ transformation with the full Crown team begins by working closely with each client to discuss and provide the most economical means to attain the desired garden, whilst utilizing the best means available.

Book with Greg & the Crown team today and watch the change begin!

 

CROWN LAWN & GARDEN SERVICES

M: 0417 415 417

E: [email protected]

W: www.crownlawnandgarden.com.au