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5 Award-winning Dining Rooms to Inspire Your Next Home Renovation

Take a look at these clever ideas for mastering dining room design.

The trend towards increased in-home dining prompted by COVID-19 lockdowns is set to continue a UBS report has found. Even fine-dining restaurants are responding by offering home delivery, with private chefs also noticing an increased demand.

If you feel your dining space could do with an upgrade, these fabulous dining spaces from the 2020 Houses Awards are sure to provide some inspiration.

Fitzroy North House 02 by Rob Kennon Architects, photography Derek Swalwell

1. Backless bench seating is a great option for the dining room. Pushed against the wall it doesn’t require as much space as individual chairs, and it can also make a space look bigger as there is less visual clutter than a regular chair.

Ruxton Rise Residence by studiofour, photography Shannon Mcgrath

2. An uncomplicated design that embraces simplicity, privacy, warmth, clean air and an abundance of natural light this clever dining kitchen uses the step to keep the benchtop one level while defining heights and spaces for the eating and preparation areas.

Subiaco House by Vokes and Peters www.vokesandpeters.com, photography Christopher Frederick Jones

3. A seamless connection between the kitchen and outdoor dining space is stylish and very user-friendly. The louvered wall of the outdoor room acts as a great buffer while still allowing a sense of movement and life from the street.

Glebe House by Chenchow Little Architects www.chenchowlittle.com, photography Peter Bennetts

4. The Glebe House has been designed to optimise internal volume and space by incorporating large voids and arched windows which flood the space with light and focus views out to the surrounding treetops.

Tulipwood House by Auhaus Architecture auhaus.com.au, photography Derek Swalwell

5. The warm timber table and chair provide a welcoming contrast to the cool concrete floor in the Tulipwood House. The modern pendant over the table provides a visual balance to the rectangular table and compliments the curved shapes in the room.

House Tour: This Stunning Home Was Just Named Australia’s House of the Year

Simplicity, sustainability and affordability won this modest beach restoration the top award in home design.

A beachside restoration in the Gold Coast suburbs has been awarded the 2020 Australian House of the Year. Chosen by a panel of industry experts, the Cantala Avenue House by ME was selected because of the way it has evolved the idea of an antipodean coastal home, mirroring the no-fuss nature of the Australian home, with strong considerations towards sustainability and affordability.

Cantala Avenue House By ME www.mearchitect.com.au, Photography Christopher Frederick Jones

The 2020 Houses jury commented that within the broader context of the world’s current challenges, Cantala Avenue House “calls on us to reflect on what is truly important and what we essentially need to live well.

Architect Matthew Eagle has solved ordinary design problems in an extraordinary way, reconsidered the suburban status quo and pushed boundaries, literally and figuratively, all within a reasonable budget.”

Cantala Avenue House By ME www.mearchitect.com.au, Photography Christopher Frederick Jones

Equal priority has been given to indoor and outdoor spaces, appropriately embracing the subtropical climate. Both the existing plan and the new addition are punctuated with planted courtyards to maximize natural light and ventilation, while minimizing heat from the harsh western sun.

Architect Matthew Eagle has also preserved and reused a significant amount of the original materials to reduce waste.

Cantala Avenue House By ME www.mearchitect.com.au, Photography Christopher Frederick Jones

Cantala Avenue House is an alteration to a 1970s-era house and addition that celebrates a simple life. Just a short walk from the beach the jury said the house is a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional beach shack – carefully avoiding replication, it is a playful and refreshing reinvention. It has civic respect, yet individualism.

Cantala Avenue House By ME www.mearchitect.com.au, Photography Christopher Frederick Jones

The brick-paved outdoor area features low seating edge and fireplace. A ha-ha replaces the need for pool fencing. Originating from 18th-century English gentry a ha-ha is a sunken ditch allowing uninterrupted views while providing a secure barrier unseen from the open garden above.

Northern light and fresh air enters the home through two narrow garden voids, one between the living room and bedroom, the other between the bedroom and bathroom.