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ou can blame the valley vistas for the floating bedroom.
And for the barbecue that hovers over thin air. “The view
is so spectacular you want to fly off into it,” says architect
Tim Wright of this property near Yallingup. He only had
to stand on the site to get his inspiration.
So, the main bedroom – a copper-clad box that juts out from the
upper level of the modernist home – ‘floats’ in the rarefied air over
the east-facing farmland scene. Mirroring that idea, the Ferguson
barbecue is suspended over the terrace tiles. Above it all, a clean
white roofline, untroubled by cornices, creates the illusion of a
floating slab. Big, frameless windows in the open-plan living area
invite the occupants to fall into the view.
It’s all a happy by-product of an altogether more grounded brief
to the architect. The owners, a Perth couple with adult children and
young grandchildren, wanted a holiday residence with enough
room to cope with an occasional influx of friends and family, yet still
retain some segregated spaces. They also wanted a place that could
comfortably accommodate them for longer periods of time
as they edged closer to retirement.
When Tim presented his plans, they knew immediately they
had their dream home. As keen entertainers, they love the robust
open-plan kitchen and living area, the excellent acoustics and the
fact that they can contain their living and socialising space to a
single, stair-free level. They don’t mind the borrowed views, either.
Windows frame the neighbour’s dam-cum-lake, adding to the
watery charm created by Guny ulgup Brook and the property’s two
fresh springs. The house is built into a hillside, so the guest wing
slots underneath the main bedroom and living area. Far from feeling
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