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The distinction between "house"
and "home" is important, yet sort
You'd think after all these years
building shelter we'd have it down pat, but
too often the feeling of ease and security
you'd associate with being at home falls
in the balance between client and builder,
neither quite aware of how to achieve it.
Buildwise managing director Claude
Giorgi knows the "home" feeling, and when
he set about building this Nedlands property,
achieving that soothing ambience was
paramount. He did build it for his family,
"I looked to Frank Lloyd Wright as an
inspiration," Claude says. "I love the idea
of when walking into a home, it's a place
you can go to and relax and we wanted to
create that. If you go to a hotel resort, more
often than not, you walk in and feel instantly
relaxed. It's a comfortable environment. Our
feeling was that the home needed to be built
with that in mind."
e home is very much a sensory
experience -- tactile in the materials selected,
and visually appealing without being gaudy.
e Lloyd Wright style is especially
evident through the curved walls of the
entrance, a design device used to separate
living areas, while providing a clear view
from the front door to their alfresco.
"It was an integrated approach. We
wanted to ensure the inside and outside of
the house was all part of the environment
-- effectively, when you walk in, you want
to feel that it flows from inside to outside.
e feel of the home is to make it part of the
environment rather than making it a box
where you don't really get to see anything.
You can open up the house and see from the
front to the back the trees in the park."
Much emphasis was placed on the
materials -- all of them natural. e stone and
timber flows from inside to out, creating a
"It's all the same level flooring from
inside to out for a smooth transition. We
used teak flooring that you usually use on
the back of boats, and much like in resorts,
you can actually go barefoot and it's
Situated in old and beautiful Nedlands,
one of the major challenges faced by Claude
and his team was to ensure the home fitted
into the suburb and its surrounds, and didn't
engulf the street.
FISHY BUSINESS: The aquarium (below) is salt water with live
coral, adhering to the natural theme throughout the home.
STEP UP: The staircase (main) contains LED lighting --
promoting it as a design feature without an ostentatious balustrade.
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