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It’s always a grand experience venturing into High Country Victoria, Australia. With pleasantly forested undulating hills and dramatic alpine peaks making up some of the country’s highest, the region presents an opportunity for people to reconnect with nature and so reinvigorate the soul. Living and working within the area, Master Builder Steve Graves of leading firm Bright Alpine Builders, knows all too well how picturesque the region is. Inspired by the tall stands of mountain…

Ever searching for the perfect city escape, Regional Homes Australia spoke with property agent Bec Anderson about the unique waterfront lifestyle property going to auction at Rhyll, Phillip Island, Victoria. 2 Underdown Court, Rhyll, Victoria appears to be virtually a private waterfront property, is this a one in a million regional buying opportunity for Victorias wanting to exit Metro areas? Absolutely, it’s always a rare opportunity to secure a premium waterfront property and the home’s…

In recent years standards in quality Australian architectural design have moved in positive leaps and bounds. Today, structures not only fit harmoniously within their surroundings, they are designed to be both ecologically and economically responsible as well as providing beauty and comfort for their occupants. One example that meets these high standards, combined with a creative flair for generously appointed luxury is High Country Victoria’s The Kiln Houses. A collection of three houses designed by…

With downsizing, simplification, sea- and tree-changes being the buzzwords of the time, the days of showy trophy homes are clearly over, rather buildings that feature sustainable materials and building techniques are the new order of the day. Melbourne’s Fasham Homes is one such developer that considers both functional design coupled with range of sustainable approaches.  WINGSPAN BY FASHAM HOMES For over 30 years, Fasham has been a byword for homes designed specifically for the space…

Based in High Country Victoria, Bright Alpine Builders – a multi HIA-Award-winning company – delivers high quality custom-built homes and commercial buildings under the keenly focused eye of Master Builder Steve Graves. Continuity is a huge part of the company’s build philosophy. According to Steve, each and every build begins with one very simple, yet firm, step. ‘I like to put one foreman and his team and equipment on a new custom home build on…

Majella isn’t just a contemporary gem of a luxury ski chalet; it’s a gem nestled in the crown of modernist alpine living, the architect-planned mountain village Dinner Plain. Planned in keeping with the vision of Peter McIntyre, who designed most of the town’s buildings, the house sits comfortably within its surroundings while distinguishing itself through numerous notable design features. McIntyre, who determined the visual vocabulary of the town, was inspired by the Australian alpine cattlemen’s…

Whether music is your hobby or your house hunting for Snoop Dog, a home with a recording studio is every musician’s dream. This premium property in regional Victoria, featuring an acoustically designed professional recording facility has just come on the market, and can be yours for a modest price tag. Having hosted a string of Australia’s music royalty its not only a place to call home, but a great location that allows the creativity to…

You might recall the recent story of an inner-urban developer failing to deliver on their green wall apartment exterior plans: providing owners with a bunch of pot plants as opposed to the lush, cascading waterfall of greenery that its building facade digital mockups so keenly promoted. It appeared that buyers had been royally fleeced and the well-advertised ‘designer sanctuary’ once completed finally proved nothing more than yet another bland pile of high rise concrete nothingness.…

Steve Graves greets his carpenters with a few short words and a nod as he quietly steps over the threshold entering a near-completed Victorian weatherboard cottage renovation and extension in Abbotsford, Victoria. This modest property is a departure from usual work for the veteran High Country, HIA-award-winning custom home builder. The quaint yet impeccably restored front elevation of the small allotment is less than imposing but its interior construction detail and use of fine materials…