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NOT HOMES
Around The World

X2 Kui Buri Thailand

Can you ever have enough of Thailand escapes? We think not. So bring on another instalment of the X2 series of hotels, X2 Kui Buri.

With architecture and interiors designed by Duangrit Bunnag, this resort represents a minimal aesthetic, free of embellishments – allowing the natural beauty and raw architecture to shine through.

 

 

 

 

There are 23 villas including garden, pool and beachside villas – overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. The most striking feature is the stone walls used throughout the resort – solid, intriguing structures made from local stone.

 

 

 

 

Floor-to-ceiling, bi-fold timber and glass windows give s softness and transparency to the stone walls.

 

There are a number of shared facilities including a large pool, rooftop terrace bar and the 4K Restaurant, while you’re private villa has everything you need, from a fireplace to music and reading libraries.

 


 

As with most resorts of this calibre, the beauty is in the relationship between the architecture and the natural surroundings. Escape is most certainly the word at X2 Kui Buri.

 

X2 Kui Buri

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NOT HOMES
Around The World

Alila Jakarta

Now most weeks we bring you amazing escapes, on tropical Islands or far-flung corners of the globe – secluded and remote. But the reality is that when most of us travel, we stick to the cities, the bustling capitals.

Alila Jakarta is the sister hotel of those we’ve covered before (Alila Villas Uluwatu and Soori in Bali), but is right in Indonesia’s capital. The word ‘alila’ is actually Sanskrit for ‘surprise’, and we never stop being astonished by this series of hotels.

This city hotel was designed by architects Denton Corker Marshall, with a minimal aesthetic juxtaposing the frenetic city outside its walls. The hotel provides a ‘quite’ contemplative environment though the use of a limited, yet vibrant colour palette and swathes of solid materials including steel, glass Indonesian granite.

 



Like an oasis above the city’s streets, there is a rooftop pool and garden as well as an internal courtyard. There are also all the amenities we’ve come expect from a city hotel, including gym, a restaurant (‘Buzz’) and pool bar. There are 249 rooms in total, each with parquetry flooring and most with views across the city.

 

 



Although it’s in the middle of one of Asia’s busiest metropolises, Alila Jakarta maintains much of the allure of its remote sister hotels and makes the perfect base for exploring Indonesia’s rich culture.

Rates are from USD 105 – USD 350


Alila Jakarta
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Furniture

Diesel for Moroso

By now you would have seen the Diesel lighting collaboration with Foscarini (if not, check out Habitus 07, p25). Like the fashion brand, they have just enough street cred without trying too hard.

Last week, Diesel’s latest collaboration was launched at Hub Furniture in Sydney and in Melbourne. Diesel’s creative director, Wilbert Dias, worked with Moroso designer Patrizia Moroso, to bring a relaxed, yet still edgy, aesthetic to the products. The ‘Successful Living’ theme continues with a full collection of furniture including sofas, beds, tables, stools and other items for the home.

 

Cloudscape Chair
600-1000mm W x 600-1000mm D
RRP       $7,427

 

 

 

Nebula nine sofa
2800mm W x 1400mm D
RRP       $13,579

 

Bar Stud Low Stool
400mm W x 1400mm D
RRP       $1,515

 

 

Ego stud Mirror
RRP       $1,545

 

There are two ‘looks’ that cater for different interiors and personalities. The Camp range features soft materials while products in the Rock range are a bit harder – but both of them have the quirky, edgy vibe that Diesel brings to interiors products.


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Homes

Murra Murra Place

Glass, sandstone, timber and concrete – simple materials that harmonise to create this energy-aware home that sits softly in its environment.

Designed by Luigi Rosselli, Murra Murra Place sits on a site steeped in history. The home is part of the Prince Henry at Little Bay development – the area originally a significant aboriginal site as well as the site of an important coastal hospital from the 1880s.

Luigi explains that the design is “a viewing platform to the amazing landscape and its historical context”. The entry, built from sandstone blocks, could have been carved from the escarpment upon which it sits, yet the home uses the latest energy-saving technologies to help reduce its environmental footprint over time.

 

 

 

“I believe it is possible to settle a building on its site, create a marriage and a dialogue with that site… I don’t think the building needs to fly over the site… I think there should be a strong connection between the building and the land,” says Luigi of his overall approach to design. “Murra Murra place is a unique project specific to its site and client's needs."

 

 

 

The aim of both architect and client was to strip away the ‘noise’ associated with many waterfront properties – there is no pool, no family room, no breakfast room, nothing to “clutter the plan of the house”.

The simple curves, materials and lines of the building create a unique architectural language for the home, echoing its surroundings – scrubland, cliffs and ocean.

You can see another of Luigi Rosselli’s projects, Wiston Gardens, in Issue 08 of Habitus. Check it out on the App Store.

 

Luigi Rosselli

luigirosselli.com

 

Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli
Project Architect: Corrado Palleschi
Builder: Capital Construction & Refurbishing
Structural Consultant: O’Hearn Consultants
Joiner: Scarelli Joinery
Landscaper: William Dangar & Associates
Photography: Richard Glover



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Places
NOT HOMES

The Sydney Picnic Co.

“People who want to have a picnic aren’t likely to be scallywags,” Natalie Thomas tells me of the kind of clientele that The Sydney Picnic Co. has acquired, one which she relies upon for the safe return of her wicker hampers. Since bringing their idea to fruition just 2 years ago, British couple Natalie and Si Thomas have built up a following for their postcard-perfect picnic experiences across the city. An appreciation for the personal and handmade is a trend that has been on the rise for some time, whether its intimate dining experiences or products with provenance, consumers are saving their spending for something special. The Sydney Picnic Company operates with an emphasis on experience as a whole, which Natalie instils with the eye of a stylist down to the smallest details, while Simon crafts country terrines and chocolate pots in their Woollahra kitchen.       Simon had been working for fine food purveyor Simon Johnson and Natalie, a creative ad agency, where would colleagues would enviously eye-up their carefully constructed pack lunches. Business began “without much planning” when the pair packed in their day jobs to deliver sandwiches and salads to the creative office circuit in Surry Hills. The personal picnic service was a natural extension for the pair, who began sourcing wicker hampers, sewing napkins and baking batches of homemade Valrhona brownies for their various picnics, which range from the English-themed Brit Pic through to a Spanish feast.   The packages have proved a popular treat for the “couple who have everything”, as well as engaging the imagination of the proposal market, which has seen Natalie scribing intimate messages from lovers to tuck inside the hampers.     Thanks to this creative pair, there’s no excuse for soggy salads and pre-packaged dips on your next al fresco lunch. Now if they could just do something about the weather…   The Sydney Picnic Co. sydneypicnic.com.au abc
Design Hunters
People

Habitus Issue 09 – Out Now

As well as global design objects and furniture in Design News, Habitus 09 shows the potential of humble cardboard in many forms. Also enjoy the product shoot (featured on the front cove!), with the latest comeback element for the home – wallpaper. In this issue’s people stories, discover the partnership behind NZ fashion brand Kate Sylvester, the photographic explorations of Fiona Tan and a 1950s inspiration for furniture designer Grazia Materia. We also find a cross-cultural link between Australia and Laos in weaving collective, Eastern Weft, and simple architecture with impact in NZ.   Grazia Materia (photograph - James Greer) Eastern Weft natural dies (photograph Tom Greenwood)   Ideas for living can be found in the most unlikely of places. A glass floor brings light into a dark Sydney terrace, the interior of a vast former school drill hall in Melbourne is cleverly arranged into living spaces, and a home in Thailand becomes a gallery of the resident’s experiences. Plus enjoy our first Philippine houses, showing two interpretations of combining old with new for contemporary living.   Batangas House, Philippines (photograph - Tom Epperson)   Available now at newsagencies and selected bookstores globally. 

Click here to find your nearest Habitus magazine stockist (Australia only) and here to subscribe to Habitus magazine. 

Habitus is available internationally through major bookstores. Check out a preview of Issue 09 below.  
Hero image: South Coast house (photograph - Michael Nicholson)
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Design Hunters
People

The Captains of Industry

Buried within the bustle of Melbourne’s CBD, there’s a discreet sign sitting at the bottom of a humble staircase; it’s labeled ‘Captains of Industry’. While the signage may be modest, the space it represents is oozing with personality.     The airy landing at the top of the stairs is home to a cosy café complete with sewing machine-based dining tables, rustic wooden furniture and eclectic knick knacks. Branching off this space are the individual workrooms of tailor Thom Grogan, shoemaker James Roberts and hairdresser Steven Blick (aka Herr Blick).       Here you’ll find a one-stop-shop for all your gentlemanly needs. And what’s more, café dining has been added to the mix to enrich the experience (although, it’s been noted that some make return visits just for the food!) The idea to open Captains of Industry arose when Thom and James were researching a space where they could work together and collaborate with other like minded people. They soon met Blick and decided to incorporate a café into their services to present customers with a uniquely rounded retail experience.     James Roberts explains that, “It’s important that everyone who visits has a good time because we don’t get a lot of street traffic, it’s all word of mouth, so it’s important they tell their friends about us and come back again.” The clever merging of retail services and hospitality encourages visitors to stick around and sip a latte (and soon to be whisky, with talks of a bar opening) while waiting for their shoe fitting, suit alteration or hair cut. Roberts hopes that the future of Captains of Industry involves further collaboration with other makers and the expansion of their range. Somehow though, it seems clear that no matter what the future holds for Captains of Industry, this style hub holds a very sturdy place within Melbourne’s cultural landscape. Have you been? What do you think? Tell us below...   Captains of Industry captainsofindustry.com.au   Photography by Giang Cao -  abc
Design Accessories

The new VANMOOF No. 5

We were lucky enough to get a guided tour of the new VANMOOF bicycle straight from Holland. Meindert Wolfraad, who heads up the Australian distribution, came in to show us the new and improved bike. The VANMOOF was created by the "Ties and Taco brothers", after a bit of research and development – asking 100 friends from various cities to test 100 prototypes to find the “ultimate commuter tool”.     And so the VANMOOF was born. As a result, you may have seen the distinct shape of the VANMOOF scooting around your city. They’ve been available in Australia for a while now, but the latest version, VANMOOF No 5, has just hit our shores. Additions to this latest version include a built-in lock (an ABUS X- plus cylinder chain lock for you bike nuts!) and a solar-powered LED light, built into the frame (you can even charge it with a USB for those overcast days).       The frame is made of rust-free aluminium, making it both durable and relatively lightweight. Durability is actually at the core of VANMOOF’s minimalist design – growing out of a need for a bike that could be left out in all weather and suffer a bit of rough treatment. Featuring a ‘coaster brake’ (and roller front brake), broad handlebar, a classic leather Brooks saddle and Schwalbe tires, the VANMOOF No 5 offers a sleek 3-speed urban bike for city peddlers.     VANMOOF is currently available through stores in Australia, Japan, Europe and the US (and no doubt will ship to a city near you). Visit the website for more information on your nearest stockist.   VANMOOF vanmoof.com     abc
Furniture

The Air-Liner Range

The Air-Liner range grew out of a simple brief from Tait to designer Adam Goodrum to create an outdoor sunlounge from metal – a material the company predominantly works in.

Currently consisting of the Rec-Liner and Sun-Liner, the range is produced in sheet metal, creating a simple, clean aesthetic.

“I really love [American sculptor] Alexander Calder's work,” Goodrum explains. “He did a lot of big, strong metal pieces, public art and mobiles. Just really nice shapes with splashes of colour, and I’ve always been an admirer of his sheet metal sculptures, so I definitely got a bit of inspiration from him.”

Adam has added his own splashes of colour to the Air-Liner collection, with the side-table on the Sun-Liner and arms of the Rec-Liner accented with vibrant fun colour.

 

 

The material provided the designer with a unique opportunity to create a light architectural aesthetic.

“Sheet Aluminium is such a versatile material. It provided enough strength for the cantilevers while also allowing a touch of flex for comfort. When placed outside I like the way the flat planes of the folded sheet reflect the different tones of light.”

Air-Liner also has an optional cushion for further comfort.

 

Tait
tait.biz

 

 

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Design Accessories

Mark Shipard for Audi

Back on home soil to launch the Audi A8, industrial designer, Mark Shipard, is an Australian in his element, living and designing in Munich, where Audi’s design headquarters is based.

Shipard, who’s lived in Europe for around 10 years, is quick to clarify that he’s not designing cars for Audi, rather, he works in their concept studio, designing Audi’s exclusive and highly-covetable range of accessories.
 
“I first went to Europe to do the classic backpack tour, after working in Melbourne for a couple of years. I got to know the industry and scene in Germany and Austria”, and some fortuitous connections then led to projects with Audi (circa 2007).

As Shipard says, his work is primarily non-automotive. From concert pianos and luxury watches, to golf accessories and luggage, and even a “cool” soccer table, Shipard has been one of the main brains behind Audi’s classic ‘extras’ collections.

 

 

 


He describes his role as Senior Designer with Audi as highly rewarding for both parties. “I have a broad experience in industrial design, working on a number of different projects, from household, to industrial equipment, tractors, sporting goods and more,” – something which Audi’s concept design studio uniquely benefits from.

“But what I really benefit from in Audi is very different [compared] to my past experience, as it’s very concentrated work on one single brand.”

Of Audi’s approach to design? “In comparison to other companies, Audi’s is a level of perfection. Other companies in the product and resource sectors don’t necessarily have the drive within the company to go that far.”

Carrying on this culture of perfection, Audi are now developing new innovations in ski sports – raising the bar in an industry they are heavily involved in.

“We’ve been working with people from our engineering department, and the German Ski Association. We’re doing something that’s quite revolutionary, and takes a lot of time and development.”

Shipard is currently in Australia to launch the Audi A8.

Audi
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Design Accessories

Aesop’s 2011 Gift Kits

We all love to take those little luxuries with us when we travel and yet be reminded of the familiar.

With this in mind Aesop have released their new 2011 gift kits, depicting the brand’s favourite streets throughout the world (Melbourne scores 2 streets!). You’ve got the choice of 7 different kits with Skin Care, Hair Care and Body Care.

 

 

Aesop’s favourite streets (also locations of their signature stores) are Rue Saint-Honoré and Rue Bonaparte in Paris,  Gertrude Street and Flinders Lane in Melbourne,  Lyndhurst Terrace in Hong Kong, Oberdorfstrasse in Zürich and Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill, London.

In the words of Aesop Director, Dennis Paphitis: “This is one occasion when the destination is as important as the journey. Each of these kits is dedicated to a street for which we feel great fondness and affinity, so much so that we have chosen these locations for our stores.”

The packs come in black microfiber containers, with a zip closure and internal mirror, making them perfect for travel. The gift packs will be available from 1 November 2010.

 

Aesop

aesop.com

 



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Design Products

Roof Shingles Australia

From the many materials available today roof shingles are becoming a much admired and often-used material that are exponentially taking market share in Australia. Roof shingles are the most popular form of roofing in the USA with some 75 per cent of the market using this form of material, and it looks as if Australia is following suit. Although shingles, in many guises, have been used the world over for centuries, the invention of the modern roof shingle is credited to a roofing contractor named Henry Reynolds from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Reynolds’ shingles were made by hand cutting individual squares of asphalt saturated rolls that had been surfaced by stone. Asphalt shingles first came to prominence in 1903, spreading throughout the US until, in 1939, an astounding 11 million squares of shingles were being produced for national consumption. [caption id="attachment_104432" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Urquhart House by Kennedy Nolan - Photography by Derek Swalwell[/caption] Material, Colour and Installation Shingle roof tiles come in a variety of materials that include timber, plastic, terracotta, aluminium, slate and copper and various composite materials such as fibre cement, asphalt and bitumen. Roof shingles are also available in many colours ranging from black, light and dark brown, red, blue, green, sand and cream depending on the material. Roof shingles are laid in an overlapping pattern, installed in courses that commence at the bottom edge of a roof and move upwards until the final course is completed and covered by a ridge cap. With a pitch lower than 20 degrees, a form of underlayment or sarking is required and this adds a protection that sits under the shingle roof tiles to help combat water leakage. A sleek and professional roofing finish does take skill. Thus it would be recommended to hire experienced professionals. Given the nature of roof shingle installation, however, DIY is definitely not out of the question. Longevity and Cost Shingles are versatile and are not only used on roofs but employed as wall shingles as well. Of course roof shingles, by their position, are closer to the elements and if made of timber, will weather faster than wall shingles. However roof shingles can last for a few decades or even a couple of centuries. Meaning, if well maintained, cedar shingles have a life expectancy of some 30 years whereas stone or slate shingles have warranties of some 75 years and have been known to last up to 200 years.

This of course will also be dependant on the quality of the buildings construction, particularly the flashing used. As a critical construction component, the effectiveness of the flashing (i.e. it’s ability to seal and drain water away from a building) will directly effect the longevity of roof shingles.

Roof shingles prices vary and are sold by the square and by the bundle. The cost is between $100 – $1800 per square metre and anywhere between $30 ­– $600 for the smaller amount of shingles that make up a bundle. Asphalt shingles average approximately $100 to $150 per square while slate shingles can cost more than $1000 Roof Shingles Australia – Types of Shingle Roof Tiles
  1. Asphalt Shingles
[caption id="attachment_104435" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Asphalt shingles can enhance a roof and imitate the appearance of stone. Source: All American Roofing[/caption] Asphalt shingles are in great demand in the US and gaining favour in Australia. They are affordable, easy to install and come in a variety of colours with many brands offering warranties between 20 to 60 years. Asphalt shingles are made to imitate natural products such as slate or timber and with many styles the asphalt shingle is adaptable to many architectural designs. There are three types of asphalt shingle, the first is the three-tab asphalt shingle which consists of three separate tabs that have been coated with asphalt and have a consistent shape and size. The second are architectural shingles that are dimensional or laminated and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These shingles are at least fifty per cent heavier than three-tab asphalt shingles and are extremely durable. Finally there is the luxury shingle that has a multi-dimensional appearance but is more affordable than cedar or slate shingles. In the UK asphalt shingles are known as bitumen shingles Asphalt shingles cost as little as $70-$160 per square and are available in a variety of colours that including, black, brown, grey, green, blue and beige. They have a lifespan of 10 to 30 years, depending on the company and how well the roof is maintained. [caption id="attachment_104436" align="aligncenter" width="894"] The three-tab asphalt shingle. Source: Long Roofing[/caption]
  1. Stone shingles
Stone shingles are authentic and have a singular appearance and are desired for the aesthetic they bring to a design. Slate shingles are relatively expensive to install but have longevity and can last between 80 to 400 years. Slate Shingles Slate is hard wearing, deteriorates slowly and is also a material that can be recycled however slate shingles can be heavy and may weaken a roof line causing problems to a timber structure beneath. With a variety of colours available and the opportunity for slate shingles to be cut into various decorative patterns, they are in demand as roofing shingles. [caption id="attachment_105413" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Welsh Slate Shingles. Source: Heritage Slate Roofing[/caption] Glendyne slate shingles are particularly popular. With a blue/grey colour these shingles are middle of the range in terms of cost and sit well upon a roof when laid correctly. Slate is perhaps one of the most expensive materials to use and the cost can vary between $200 and $500 per square metre, price is dependant on the quality of the slate. [caption id="attachment_105412" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Welsh Slate Roofing Shingles. Source: Heritage Slate Roofing[/caption]
  1. Wood shingles
Wood shingles are highly desirable as they present a particular aesthetic for lovers of a traditional shingle roof. The cladding of roofs with wood shingles has been employed in Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe where timber buildings are customary. There are two different types of wood shingles, shingles and shakes. The main difference is that shakes are thicker and longer than shingles and made by splitting the timber to leave a textural side. Wood shingles, on the other other hand, are always sawn cut tapered with a smooth face on both sides of the wood. Although timber is combustible, these days wood shingles are impregnated with a fire retardant treatment for greater safety. Cedar shingles Cedar is a preferred timber for roof shingles as the timber is resistant to rot and the warmth of the natural wood can greatly enhance the appearance of a home. The colour of the cedar shingle fades to a mellow silver tone and so gains a new patina over time. Cedar shingles are very popular in North America and no Hampton’s house or Californian bungalow would be complete without cedar shingles. [caption id="attachment_105382" align="alignnone" width="1325"] Detail of cedar shingles. Source: Heritage Slate Roofing[/caption] As cedar shingles are an authentic and a natural material they are much desired with most cedar shingles in Australian made from western red cedar that is sustainably harvested, kiln dried and durable. Their popularity is such that they are also available at Bunnings. If well maintained, cedar shingles will last upwards of 30 years however using cedar shingles can also increase the value of a house. [gallery size="large" type="rectangular" ids="105391,105390"] Wooden shingles can also be used as wall shingles to great effect - Tower House by Austin Maynard Architects. Photography Peter Bennetts [caption id="attachment_105381" align="alignnone" width="850"] Cedar shingles are authentic and natural and can increase the value of a house. Source: Heritage Slate Roofing[/caption]
  1. Metal Shingles
Metal shingles come in a variety of materials that includes, brass, aluminium, copper, titanium zinc and Colorbond steel. Due to their extreme fire resistance metal shingles are used in fire prone areas.

(Case and point - see this Australian developed metal roofing system made from specially roll formed Colorbond Steel)

Aluminium shingles Aluminium shingles should last a lifetime and have the added advantage of being lightweight and extremely durable. Aluminium is also energy efficient with surveys conducted by manufacturers estimating a saving of some twenty per cent on heating and cooling per year. Aluminium shingles can be installed over asphalt roofs and can be made to resemble other materials such as cedar, slate and clay. Aluminium shingles will not rust or rot, are often made of recycled aluminium products and also carry a Class A fire rating. Aluminium shingle roofs can last for 100 years, when well maintained, and although cost can vary widely, supply and installation per square metre can be $50 – $70 for metal roofing. Copper shingles Copper shingles are ideal for roof and wall cladding and are much favoured for their singular appearance. They can be folded to create a scale or diamond pattern and due to oxidization the patina of the material will change over time from a bright copper colour to green then dark brown and sometimes black. Copper shingles become a feature to enhance a house design and architects often specify this shingle material. [caption id="attachment_105397" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Copper shingles are decorative and can become architectural features as they change patina over time. Source: Metal Cladding Systems[/caption]
  1. Fiber Cement Shingles
The material composition of fiber cement shingles is cement reinforced with cellulose fibers. Fiber cement shingles originally contained asbestos however the removal of this material due to health concerns saw cellulose introduced in its place in the 1980s. Fiber cement shingles are often made to replicate the appearance of slate, with a textured face, sized as rectangular or diamonds and a stone appropriate colour palette. Fiber cement shingles are man-made and finished with a double layer of acrylic coating that make them resistant to moss and ensure a low rate of water absorption.
  1. Plastic Shingles
Plastic shingles are lightweight, colourfast and one of the cheapest shingles to install. Extremely strong, plastic shingles and are often produced to imitate slate and companies such as Barrington Roof Tiles Australia make a faux slate product that has achieved much success. [caption id="attachment_105394" align="alignnone" width="1170"] The Barrington slate roof tile. Source: Barrington Slate Shingle[/caption] A roof with plastic or composite shingles can have a 40-year warranty and cost from $85 to $105 per square metre depending on the complexity of the roof and the pitch. [caption id="attachment_105393" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Pewter grey (top) and Plum (below) plastic tiles that replicate the look of slate. Source: Inspire Roofing Australia[/caption]
  1. Solar shingles
Solar shingles or tiles are fast becoming todays sustainable option for roofing. Solar shingles are integrated within a section of a roof and products such as Monier’s InlineSOLAR™ panels are recess-mounted and blend seamlessly with most rooflines. Through the interlocking of the panels the roof remains strong and watertight. Solar shingles can resemble slate and terracotta and come in a variety of colours. The initial expense to purchase solar roofing tiles is high and can cost approximately $230 per square metre however with more competition prices should be pushed down. There are long warranties on solar roofing tiles – from 25 and 30 years – and in the case of Tesla roof tiles, the lifetime of the house. Solar roof tiles require very little maintenance, just the occasional washing to retain the ability to gather the sun’s rays, and they can withstand wind and hail. [caption id="attachment_105418" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Monier InlineSOLAR™ panels. Source: Monier Roofing[/caption]
  1. Terracotta Shingles
Terracotta shingles or tiles are as prized for their natural texture and colour and for the charm that they bring to a design. Terracotta shingles have long encapsulated the classic idea of the Mediterranean as they are much used on the roofs of houses along the coastlines of France, Italy and Spain. Made of clay and available glazed or unglazed, terracotta shingles can enjoy a 50-year lifespan if properly installed. The cost for replacing a roof can vary between $18,000 to $44,000 or more depending on the style and complexity of the roof design. [caption id="attachment_105384" align="alignnone" width="1700"] Terracotta shingles add a timelessness to the aesthetic of a house. Terracotta Shingles: Heritage Slate Roofing[/caption] [caption id="attachment_105383" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Terracotta Shingles: Heritage Slate Roofing[/caption]abc