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TRADITIONAL FARMHOUSE CHARM COMBINED WITH MOD-CONS
Paal helped Louise and Tony Armour replicate the traditional style of home.
hen Louise and Tony Armour's old family home began to show its age, they called upon Paal to help them replicate the traditional style, although with the convenience of modern fittings. For sentimental reasons, the family wanted their new home to look like the old one, and Paal was able to help.
Louise and Tony had begun their married life in the home and raised two daughters on the 3,000 acre property near the tiny community of Bookham, near Yass in New South Wales. But as time wore on it began to need costly repairs. They also realised that with adolescent children they would benefit from more space as well as mod cons.
The family wanted their new home to look like the old one.
The couple chose Paal's Camden, liking the long, 13-metre-wide design with its clear distinction between the two sleeping areas. This is ideal for a family, offering the parents and children a private space they can get away to.
At the same time, the design didn't compromise on the multi-functional common area where everyone can come together in the middle of the house.
Tony and Louise made two modifications to the design, flipping the layout of the internal spaces and adding a workshop and garage off the side of the home.
They invested in a heat-conserving waffle pod slab as well as double-glazing, which Louise says have both been real assets in winter, making the home easy to heat and keep warm.
The interior is adaptable to both modern and older-style furniture.
The couple took on the project as owner-builders, while using the services of a builder to help pull the job together.
Louise says, "What I love most about the home is that it's so adaptable to both modern and older-style furniture. We have a lot of old items and they look good here, even though the home itself is new and has some great modern features."
An Aga stove is a centrepiece of the kitchen, making it warm and inviting, while delivering old-world charm. The house exterior has a traditional colour scheme, imitating the original family home.
"It's just lovely that the new one is such a great tribute and will last for many more years to come," she says.
Customers benefit from in-house kitchen production
Paal kitchen workshop manager Brian Coles: "In-house production is a big advantage for our customers."
Paal designs and manages its kitchen production in-house rather than outsourcing the work. This means unmatched responsiveness to the needs of customers.
"The advantage for customers is that they can see right from the start the range of kitchens that are available and how they can modify them," said Brian Coles, manager of Paal's kitchen workshop.
"Firstly, in the display home showroom, our housing consultants will work with customers to produce a kitchen plan that is easily altered onscreen to meet their wishes."
After the chosen design is turned into a workshop drawing, Paal emails it to the customer, who sends back any desired changes. Paal then prepares a plan for final approval.
"Working closely in this way means that any possible issues are picked up and resolved early, rather than becoming a problem that must be fixed when the kitchen is actually being installed."
Brian has produced home kitchens for most of his working life, including 19 years as a Paal contractor and the past two years in-house.
"Managing the process ourselves means total control over the design of the kitchens and the quality of the components, which is a big advantage for both us and our customers.
"We help by pre-building the drawers and any specialised cupboards before dispatching them as part of our delivery of the kit internals. The remainder of the components are left in flat-pack form for the customer to assemble."
Controlling production also means that Paal is able to incorporate the latest styles in kitchen design, including soft-close drawers and cupboards, which are now the expected standard.
"Another trend is to provide cupboard inserts such as wire baskets, slide-outs and spice racks," Brian said.