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“It’s a great party house
because it flows beautifully
from front to back, and there
is some lovely transparency
between those spaces”
entertainment room occupy the ground
floor. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, a
bathroom, an ensuite, study and TV zone.
While all areas are spacious and have a
sense of relaxed sophistication, the design
process wasn’t so easy. The block is narrow
and slopes away from the street. Placing the
garage underground – along with a wine
cellar and music room – helped save space.
The upper levels were built in a U-shape
with a central useable courtyard that
features a fireplace, lounging zone and pool.
Designed by Jo Taylor, of Taylor Landscaping,
this space works as a striking centrepiece
that is visible from the ground-floor living
areas and a gallery-like upstairs passage.
(See Insite issue 24 Autumn 2010 for the
full story on this garden.)
Huge sliding and bi-fold doors on the
ground level enhance the indoor-outdoor
dynamic. “It’s a great party house because
it flows beautifully from front to back, and
there is some lovely transparency between
those spaces,” says Peter.
Trish’s colour scheme of soft, neutral tones
complements this design. “I wanted to retain
that light, coastal feel,” she states.
In the kitchen, this translates to a white
stone benchtop, sheer linen drapes and a slab
of mud-coloured, honed marble.
Functional additions by the architect
include a scullery, pantry and office (where
bags and bills are kept) tucked behind the
main kitchen – great for hiding mess.
The lounge zone differs from the cool,
coastal theme, instead offering a cocooning
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