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"Comments were made from some of the
neighbours -- they thought the home would
be a monstrous thing, when in fact they
were really happy with the end result. One
of them said it was as if the home had been
there for 10 years and was already part of
e elevation was carefully considered so
the property didn't appear to be too big for
its block, so to speak.
e roofs were low pitched so as to retreat
from view, with the eaves protruding so
you're looking at the house, not just a big
roof on top.
Toodyay stone to the exterior wall
softens the look and runs inside, blurring
the interiors and exteriors, and while parts
of the house are two stories, not all are,
which reduces the mass.
"None of our living areas overlook roofs,"
he says. "All of the family room upstairs
looks down onto the alfresco area. e
design itself is very neat and tidy; we don't
have little offshoot roofs where you have to
look onto gutters. It's very simple and easy
on the eye from that perspective."
Clever design is the name of the game,
with many elements working together to
achieve simplicity and that inexplicable
feeling of home.
"All the little things -- you might not
notice it as a layperson, but it's all the little
things that make the difference. It actually
requires a lot of detail to make it so simple.
It's something that is a bit of a cliché --
people build homes, and they say 'Oh,
we've got an alfresco and a fountain -- it's
a resort.' It's more about walking into a
place, and feeling as if you want to
"It's not a matter of throwing gold and
glitz at it and saying it's very expensive, it's
design-focused. It's about getting the right
design and achieving it." I
CONTACTS: ARCHITECT, BUILDER: Buildwise
(0 8) 94 44 8711; STONE FLOORING: Bernini Stone and
Tiles (08) 9388 1193; VANITY TOPS: Essa Stone 132 136;
HARDWARE: Gainsborough (08) 9209 2511; PAINT: Dulux
(0 8) 9314 4666; TIMBER: Inglewood Joinery (08) 9249 6199.
BEDROOM DELIGHT: The excellence
in design carries through; the bedroom
suite (right) and master ensuite, designed
by Three D, are Furniture Industry
Association of Australia award winners.
The resort-style finishings are separated
by a glass wall, which can be screened o
by electronic blinds. Joints are minimal,
with one-piece stone slabs adorning the
bathroom walls and the Makore timber
cabinetry providing warmth.
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