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the block, so we didn't realise it was there
until we got up high enough."
In the ensuite, an all-in-one moulded
bench and stucco-finished walls create an
air of simplicity. It links to the bedroom via
a huge walk in robe complete with make-up
bench and masses of storage space.
Metallic-shot drapes on the bedroom
windows create a soft ambience, while
external Venetian blinds ensure a dark and
peaceful slumber. In fact, the blinds play a
vital role in keeping the house at
a comfortable temperature.
Because its cubic shape allows no
overhang for shade, stopping the sun from
hitting the windows is key to keeping the
home cool. "Once the heat is through the
window it's too late, so you have to deal with
it on the outside," Tim says. "Because these
blinds are retractable, you can adjust them to
keep the sun in or out as needed."
is is particularly important in the
children's three bedrooms, which receive
the western sun. ese rooms form one wing
of the upstairs level, and are divided from the
master bedroom by a stairwell and sitting area.
Placing the stairs close to the children's
rooms helps create a functional flow through
the house. "If I'd put them on the other side,
the kids would always be running past the
parents' room," Tim explains. " is way it
allows for a more private area."
Another family-friendly feature is the 'back
of house' section on the ground floor where
there are a laundry, drop-off area and study all
between the garage and the kitchen. "I was
thinking about the way you progress through
a home," Tim says of the drop-off area. "When
you have three kids, the kitchen bench often
becomes a dumping zone. But everything gets
dumped in this area now. It's where bags get
hung and paperwork is kept, all that stuff."
It's not all humdrum on this level though.
A variety of spaces have been created for
indoor and outdoor entertaining. A kitchen
on the balcony -- complete with barbecue,
fridges and teppanyaki grill -- is perfect for
summer entertaining, while the dining room
offers a cosier atmosphere overlooking the
pool and river. When the weather cools off, a
courtyard on the home's northern side is the
best location. "If an easterly is blowing and it's
too windy on the balcony, you can move into
the courtyard and still see the view," Tim says.
And there's no hassle in getting a dinner
party or drinks soiree sorted in any area of the
home. A quirky feature of the main kitchen
is a dumb-waiter, which can carry food and
drinks to kitchenettes on other levels. is
inclusion makes spaces, such as the upstairs
sitting area and downstairs games room, more
functional for entertaining.
"I enjoyed this project," Tim says. "You
can see they have a big, growing family and
will use pretty much every bit of the house."
Although, we suggest this active family may
be neglecting the sofa zone of the home. I
WrightFeldhusen (08) 9388 7244.
SITTING PRETTY: A frangipani tree and a Dedon
outdoor setting, from Katsui Design, feature in the
courtyard. Huge sliding doors look through to the
river and external venetian blinds ensure a
comfortable indoor temperature.
"It brings a kind of warmth to the house. Copper is
great to use outside because it weathers really well."
CONTACTS: ARCHITECT: WrightFeldhusen (08) 9388 7244; BALUSTRADING: Press Form Engineering (08) 9279 885; TIMBER DOORS AND WINDOW FRAMES: Abbotts'olutley Timber (08)
9439 5661; COPPER: MRC Contrac ting (08) 9493 304 4; TRAVERTINE FLOOR: Forezzi (08) 9384 4263; VENEERS: New Age Veneers (02) 9457 962 2; BATHTUB AND VANITIES: Apaiser (03) 9421 5722.
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