Discovered on Southeby’s Realty, this property, considered Victoria’s crown jewel, the waterfront estates reanimates Victorian design, placing it in a contemporary context. Set in a remote, drawn cove, with an excess of 700 feet of beachfront, 3 islets and a dock extended into the ocean, it provides endless possibilities of enjoyment. Lush gardens with a vast array of colours and perfumes depict a scenic retreat for this remarkable landmark. Entering through the grand gates, we’re set on a route to vision a fully revived mansion with classical aesthetics and quaint romantic blends. The striking beauty of the interior is rivalled only by the stunning landscape encircling the home. The main floor is elegantly laid out for a functional flow from room to room, each lit by unique aromas, bringing a distinct character and taste of the home as a single unit.
A celebration for the senses, with custom crown moulding, complex detailing on the ceiling, a cozy fireplace creates an idyllic images to the living room. The upper level houses the bedrooms, most with an ensuite, walk-in closet and private balcony. The master bedroom is fanciful and romantic with his and hers walk-in closets and suspended chandeliers. The property with magnificent surroundings is definitely an investment for the affluent. With a price tag of $11,235,955 CAD, it surely takes a determined family to enjoy the full options of the estate.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.