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img_8420Christmas decorations are of course hand made and inspired by all things Scandinavian.  As the festive season draws to a close, the end of 2016 marks the first complete year of Bed + Bauhaus, with guests rather than tradies being the main visitors to the site.december1

fur + forest wing

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A 22m x 6m x 3m high enclosure is created from welded wire mesh to provide both a kangaroo-proof area for trees and also a ‘jungle’ for the feline residents.  Suspended walkways and perching points make up the first stage of installations, together with a range of shrubs to form an early under storey ready for the planting of trees in cooler months.
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earth, fire + water

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With fire season approaching, a fire fighting pump and number of hose up stands with camlock fittings are installed, together with a large bore ring main around the property.  The system serves a dual purpose; while designed for fire fighting it provides watering stations for landscape work.
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bench press

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Finishing touches to the front entry include a 2.7m bench constructed from wall panel, cement sheet and glulam beam offcuts.  A traditional mortise and tenon joint creates a strong support.
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meubles

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True to the design philosophy of the house, all furniture will be bespoke.  The first prototype was developed to suit the scale of guest suite spaces and be multi-functional.  The small tables are easily rotated for alternative uses (racks for wine, magazines and books, luggage rest, card/picnic table, footrest, etc), and in using traditional carpentry joints there is no ‘underside’ to be kept hidden.
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itchy scratchy

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Several 3m high sisal covered poles provide exercise and easy access up to the petition walls for the feline members of the family (aka the real clients).  Additionally, suspended wall units provide multi level walkways (quadruped) and storage (biped).
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doors + drawers

img_6942Finishing touches are made to the kitchen cabinet carcasses.  Drawers with soft close feature and push open doors for easy operation.  Double sink tested for size and comfort…
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reserve tank

tank3A steel water tank with 110,000 litre capacity is installed to supplement the existing 135,000 litre concrete tank.  Unlike the concrete tank, a liner is attached to the steel skin; the liner is a BPA-free multi-layered internal reinforced fabric weave material that maintains a chemical-free environment for water storage.
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smokin’

fireAfter a week of manual trimming and clearing dry vegetation, a bob cat made swift work of piling the material from around the property.  The winter weather bringing regular showers has created ideal conditions for a controlled burn; the safest time to reduce the fuel load in the open landscape and bush areas.  The heat in the burning piles is usually sufficient to continue through the night and accommodate more material added the following day.IMG_6448IMG_6451
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Essential winter maintenance includes reducing the build up of dry plant material. A number of grass trees (Xanthorrhoea preissii – an iconic WA plant) on the property, both groups and single specimens, have substantial crowns and large natural skirts of dry foliage.  Extremely slow growing, it is thought that a tree with a 1m trunk growing in poor bush soils could be 100 years old, although most growth rates quoted are between 1-5cm per year.  While some recommend burning every 6-8 years, pruning is a safer and less stressful method for maintaining these valuable plants. 
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