A Year In Review

2019 has been a milestone year for us at distinctive Living Design. A number of projects we have worked on have completed construction and are looking amazing, we couldn’t be more proud! As the year winds down and the silly season approaches, we thought what better time to take a moment to reflect on some of this year’s highlights for our firm.

Camden Valley Inn

This year saw the completion of Camden Valley Inn, a key destination in our town’s history. Having worked on the landscape architecture of the site and public art, we were blown away by the response it received from the public. The incorporation of the public art sculptural work allowed us to reference back to the historic significance of the site, a milk bar located on the Hume highway.

We wanted to create a landscape that respected and enhanced the rural backdrop you are greeted with when visiting the site. The inclusion of a custom-designed playground and animal shelter are unique features to the site - providing a venue suitable for the whole family.


The Highlands and The Royal Hotel

Over the past six months, we have been working with the Royal Hotel Camden to bring new life into their cocktail bar, V.I.P room, and design a new steakhouse titled The Highlands. The high-end restaurant aims to bring a much-needed shake-up to the culinary scene of Camden. When designing, we were inspired by inner-city eateries and wanted to bring the same sense of sophistication and elegance found within these spaces.

Working through both the existing hotel and the newly opened restaurant allowed us to design two distinct spaces, but still, incorporate threads of consistency throughout the venue in its entirety.


Howard Park

Located in the commercial centre, Howard Park has become the heart of Gregory Hills. Howard Park combines the principles of interactive and inclusive play, safety by design and important considerations of universal accessibility.

The park is the first of its kind in Australia, to feature the Anemone by Kompan. This structure allows both kids and adults alike to play and explore the space. Along with this, the park includes sporting facilities like basketball rings, ping pong tables, soccer set outs, a protected infant playground, and shade structures for passive recreation and observation.


Club Menangle

Formally known as the Horse and Jockey Inn, the Menangle Country Club has transformed into a sprawling hospitality development. Home to the Historic Menangle House, and a number of historic rose bushes and trees, we wanted to pay respect to these elements and develop an outdoor space celebrating this history.

Through this project, we have been able to design a site with a number of 'outdoor rooms' perfect for special events or casual catchups with friends. We are so excited to see this project come to life.


As well as commercial spaces, we have been busy at work designing and creating spaces for our residential clients. Two highlights from this year have been our Harrington grove residence, and our Camden residence.

Harrington Grove Residence

We were tasked with designing an interior space that focused on a contemporary, modern and minimal aesthetic. With an architecturally designed space, we created a direct connection to the exterior through the use of a strong consistent palette made up of white walls, polished concrete flooring with accents of black and walnut to accompany. One of our favorite spaces within the residence is the entryway, a real statement of the home.

Working through concept to construction allowed us to oversee the entirety of the design process and see our work come to life.


Camden Residence

We were tasked with modernising a 1930’s bungalow whilst respecting and retaining the heritage beauty and delicate features of the home. The final design preserved the heritage-protected streetscape and vernacular of the local architecture, with an extension to the rear to cater for modern open plan living. A contemporary kitchen, dining and living area on the upper level and a one-bedroom apartment-style expanse to the lower level of the home marry beautifully into the Art Deco home.

Additionally to the interior, we were tasked with the landscape design of the site. Much like the interior, we wanted to be sympathetic to the historic character of the residence, and the vernacular of the area it’s situated within. We used elements of clean lines and sharp corners to create defined spaces within the garden. Having worked on the interior and landscape of the site, we were able to create a sense of continuity between the interior and exterior, through the use of materials and tones. The final result creates a vista looking out from the balcony, over the rolling hills of the garden.


With the year rapidly coming to an end, the team at distinctive would like to wish you and whoever you choose to spend your holidays with, a very merry Christmas, and the happiest of New Year’s. Our office will be closed for business on the 20th of December and will reopen on Wednesday the 15th of December, well-rested and ready to get stuck into our projects.