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purely cubist design. It's quite soft and has
more of a timeless quality."
But construction of the home wasn't as
easy as its sleek looks suggest, with builders
hitting a literal stonewall early into the project.
"Because of the slope we needed to excavate
into the land and create a garage," explains
Simon. "But when we were doing that we
actually encountered solid rock under there,
which was quite troublesome to deal with."
e company turned to science for an
answer, having the granite drilled and a
chemical solution poured inside to expand
the rock apart.
e garage provides a springboard for
upper levels in the house, connected by a
stairwell running through the centre.
Designer Justin Everitt (now with J3D
designs) placed most of the essential living
rooms on the second floor.
As well as the best view in the house, this
level contains the kitchen, study, master
bedroom and ensuite, along with a living
area and large balcony.
Downstairs are three additional
bedrooms, an ensuite, bathroom, laundry
and theatre or activity room.
It's a perfect set up for the owners, whose
grown family likes to visit.
"Basically the parents can camp on
the second level without having to go
downstairs," says Simon.
" en when the children stay they occupy
the ground floor."
Despite the home's striking outer
appearance, subtlety and fine detail define
Light timber floorboards, off-white walls
and copious amounts of glass in the windows
and balustrades give the house a minimal,
almost translucent aesthetic.
It contrasts visual focal points such as the
landscaped swimming pool (at the front of the
home), fully glazed stairwell and display plinth
covered with grey Italian marble near the entry.
CONTEMPORARY CONTRASTS: Strong structural
details such as the landscaped swimming pool and marble-set
fireplace contrast a minimal interior design aesthetic.
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