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lean, fresh and flowing – just
like the ocean a stone’s throw
away – this pared-back coastal
home has a natural elegance.
Its cool, raw concrete walls and anodised
aluminium window frames, indoors and
out, are warmed by mellow, honey-coloured
American oak cabinetry throughout the
interior, and the beautiful pinky-beige tones
of Spanish limestone tiles underfoot.
The result? Absolutely gorgeous. The
judges at the 2010 Australian Institute of
Architects WA Chapter Awards thought so,
too – the home received a commendation
in the Interiors category.
“Low-maintenance” was the brief given
to Richard Szklarz Architects by owners
Karen and Geoff Parfitt, who live here with
daughter Christine, 24, and son Joe, 19.
Creating an illusion of space on the narrow
block was also a priority for the architects, as
was following the firm’s mantra of ‘walking
towards light’ whenever possible.
With no ocean or park views, the
west-facing home wraps itself around a
courtyard that’s off to one side, creating
its own natural views. Plus, ‘transparency
from boundary to boundary’ means that the
home acts as a shelter within the property’s
greenery, with not only the courtyard to the
north, but also a smaller garden to the south.
To achieve this, walls of glass run down
both sides of the open-plan living, kitchen
and dining area, opening up the house to
the exterior, and giving it a spacious indoor-
outdoor feel. Automated highlight windows
above, and stainless-steel louvres, can be
opened for an airy feel, while exaggerated
ceiling heights add to the spaciousness.
As for the concrete, Karen says, “It’s
incredibly warm even though you think it
would be cold. I think it’s because of the
A view from the rear showing the copper roof (by Metro Roofing),
which will age to a beautiful green, and the private courtyard.
OPPOSITEKaren and Cadbury the dog on the light-filled
Spanish limestone steps of the staircase (windows and glass by
Shelley Glass, metalwork by Ozwest Marine). Concrete walls by
Wil-Hil Concrete Service.
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