Fortis 1 banner Steve chrono Banner 2 Banner 2

Category Archives: Architecture

Feature Image

Recently there has been an influx of TV shows featuring a range of exclusive properties from around the world. Probably my favourites are programmes like Grand Designs (U.K, Australia, New Zealand) and the highly impressive American Series Extreme Homes. Really what makes these shows so interesting is that they focus on the ingenuity of the architecture, rather than the building cost. Obviously in a lot of cases these exquisite residences cost a fortune to build. However, this isn’t always the case as highlighted in my recent article featuring Patrick Bradley Architects ‘Grillagh Water’. » Read more

Feature Image

Like most people I really love my holidays and in particular spending time with my family. There are so many places I would love to visit overseas and in Australia. That is why I really enjoy searching the internet for ideal destinations. Some of the accommodation on offer is absolutely spectacular. In fact, clients are now commissioning prominent architects to create these havens. A great example is Casa Kimball, which was conceived by Rangr Studio. » Read more

Feature Image

I have never travelled to Mexico and like most people have heard mixed reports about the region. Nevertheless, it is an area of outstanding beauty and boasts some of the most innovative and coveted residential homes in the world. One of the countries most notable architectural practices called GLR Arquitectos is owned and operated by Gilberto L. Rodríguez. » Read more

Feature Image

With the temperatures dropping rapidly in places like Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney many people are flocking to warmer climes. Certainly in the winter months I would consider booking a family holiday and can’t think of a much better location than North Queensland. Last July I was fortunate enough to be staying in a popular tourist destination about an hour from Port Douglas. This region is renowned for its pleasant all year round temperatures and is situated near to World Heritage areas of the Daintree and Great Barrier Reef. » Read more

Feature Image

Earlier this year I went on a cruise with my family around New Zealand. From a young age I was fascinated with this country and had always dreamed of travelling. What really surprised me was the diverse landscape and the contrast between the North and South Island. Even the weather varied massively from city to city. Therefore, some days we wore T-shirts and on other day’s rain jackets. The country also is a hot bed of culture and is a very spiritual environment. » Read more

Feature Image

Like most people I dream about building my own home. In South Australia vacant plots are abundant and therefore land is available for sale. The only problem is that if you really want something truly bespoke then that can be very expensive. This is illustrated in television programs like Grand Designs. The owners effectively start the process with a set budget and then spend over twice or three times as much. It is easy to relate to this because there are many unknown quantities involved with these type of projects. It is also human nature that people want the absolute finest fixtures and fittings. » Read more

Feature Image

I have met a lot of people recently who are thinking of buying a holiday home or permanent residence in a different country. The image of a person packing up their belongings to find their own private paradise is often portrayed in movies. For example, in the 2000 film called ‘The Beach’ (directed by Danny Boyle) Leonardo Di Caprio escapes the hustle and bustle of America to find freedom and adventure. The location is the idyllic island of Ko Phi Phi Lee in Thailand. Obviously this is fiction but there are many wonderful properties for sale in neighboring islands including the jaw dropping Laem Sor Villa One. » Read more

Feature Image

One Television show that has really caught my interest recently is called Extreme Homes on the HGTV network. The title is pretty self explanatory and features a broad range of unusual architecture. What makes this program so captivating to watch is the diversity both in design and geographic locations. It also doesn’t necessarily feature the most expensive homes and focuses more on the creative element. However, it is pertinent to mention that most of these dwellings probably would fall into the luxury category. » Read more