Creating her ideal dream home was more than just a project for Donna Stavropoulos, it was a passion that became a dream come true.

Originall the local council told Donna Stavropoulos that the Californian bungalow on her beautifully located property in a southern suburb of Sydney had a heritage listing. Not being able to remove the original building, she had plans drawn up to include it in a new dwelling.

However, just as work had started the council called to say that it was not in fact heritage listed so she could knock the house down. Donna did so immediately and started again.

Matt Debreczeni, real estate agent from Ray White Menai, has some timely advice about what to consider when renovating your home.

Renowned designer Koichi Takaka has styled the interiors of this penthouse in APEX at Victoria Park, a residential estate 4km from the Sydney CBD.
The light-filled 13th floor penthouse has an open-plan living and dining area, a sophisticated entry, mirrored hallway, LED lighting and fully-ducted air conditioning.
The ensuite has the feel of a five-star hotel with a freestanding bath large enough for two, twin ceramic wash basins, vanities with stone benchtops, and a luxuriant shower with a frameless glass screen.

What, in this day and age, is the Australian family home? Chris and Laura and their three young kids have found their answer in this house, which combines modern styling and open spaces for easy family living.

In the heart of a Queensland rainforest, Ian and Jenny built a rather unusual home that was tailored to their way of life and the surrounding landscape.

A decades-long love affair with historic Mudgee culminated in the purchase of a block of land on the banks of the Cudgegong River that would come to host an eco-friendly home perfect for relaxed living and entertaining.

The energy of the ocean informs every aspect of this stunning Sydney home by the sea.

Look out to sea from Jonathan Rubensztein’s deck and one of the first things you’ll notice is the flat uninterrupted sweep of the horizon. As your gaze zooms in, however, you’ll start to pick out the undulating forms of the waves. And if you then turn around and look at the house, you’ll see something very similar: the clean lines of the outer structure and a dance of curves within.

Renovating an interesting, solidly structured old house seemed a good move for Melbourne couple Stephen and Tanya. Clearly, the Mendals’ quest for an abode to suit their family’s lifestyle in a new century was extremely successful but the experience proved to be a steep learning curve – to say the least. The ultramodern look of this stunning family home entirely belies its age and origins.

This architect-designed contemporary home in Hampton, Victoria, is as warm and friendly as the family who lives here. Colleen and Andrew are owners of wholesale furniture and homewares company Satara, but more than that they’re involved parents of two young sons and a daughter who was a Junior Masterchef finalist.