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" ere was no need for extravagant
accessories because the detail is actually
incorporated into the structure of the
house," says Simon.
"It was very understated, and designed
to create a solid backdrop for the owners to
e master ensuite stands out with quirky
fittings such as the mod, freestanding
bathtub (which had to be craned into the first
floor) and raised, circular hand basins.
A collection of abstract paintings, oriental
type urns and sculpture gives the rest of the
home more of a colourful, eclectic look.
But even the most beautiful furnishings
couldn't distract from views across the
pool and sea on both floors -- making for an
ambience more akin to a tropical resort than
your standard family abode.
Closer inspection of the house reveals
other summery details.
A timber deck coming off the downstairs
living room is perfect for poolside frolicking,
and alfresco dining has been catered for on
the upstairs balcony with an outdoor kitchen
and barbecue area.
e owners' passion for cooking is reflected
inside, where a traditional scullery provides
extra space for food storage and preparation.
It links directly to the elegant kitchen,
finished with stainless steel fixtures,
timber veneer cabinetry and a glass-backed
A gas fireplace surrounded by the same
marble featured in the stairwell creates
a cosy visual centrepiece and helps keep
the upper living area temperate during the
Smart solar orientation prevents the house
from overheating in summer, allowing cool,
northern light to flow in through the front
"We had to be very careful of letting any
offensive light in," says Simon.
"Western light is very hot from December
to March, bringing an enormous amount of
solar glare and heat in the afternoon. e
east is the same except it happens in the
Narrow slit windows on these aspects of
the home allow useful light to pass through
without such problems, helping to reduce the
home's energy consumption.
"Generally the block will dictate which
way a house is oriented, but we try to make it
as northern as possible for the cooler light,"
says Simon. "In this case it's just fortunate
that it picks up the views perfectly." I
WELL DEFINED AREAS: The sleek kitchen (top left) leads into
a traditional scullery. Italian marble covers a display plinth in the
stairwell (above). The upstairs balcony (left) is complete with
an outdoor kitchen and barbecue area.
CONTACTS : DESIGN AND BUILDER: Oswald Down
South, (08) 9750 3888; BATH TUB: Villeroy & Boch Aveo,
villeroy-boch.com; ALUMINIUM DOORS AND WINDOWS:
Busselton Aluminium, (08) 9754 1211; CABINETS: Busselton
Cabinet Makers, (08) 9752 3 455; BALUSTRADES: Southwest
Fencing & Balustrades, (08) 9756 7735; GAS FIREPLACE:
Rinnai constellation, rinnai.com.au.
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