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Locally quarried stone continues onto the outdoor terrace and suspended Ferguson barbecue. The
outdoor table is by Arq Designs, chairs from Jacquie McPhee Interiors and vase from Country Road.
acoustics are really important.” Sound and privacy issues addressed,
the owners are free to take advantage of the fluid spaces. Marble tiles
in the living area spill onto the outdoor terrace, where the barbecue
becomes a focal point in summer. Beyond this space, the lawn and
garden provide further ‘play’ space, as well as a visual cohesiveness.
The holiday house is comfortable year-round thanks to generous
eaves to the north, and external louvres providing sun control on
the east-facing bedroom (fully retractable to take advantage of the
beautiful view). High ceilings allow for cross-ventilation at night;
screen doors provide insect relief on summer days. For warmth in
winter, there’s a formidable wood fire.
The proof of the home’s appeal is in the eagerness of the owners
to get down there. They’re working towards spending 50 per cent of
their time on the property they bought 12 years ago, when a different
dwelling graced the site. The new i ncarnation not only gives them
more room and better utility, but more to look at as well. “We’re rapt,”
says the man of the house about the view from his bedroom. “We only
own 10 acres, but that view down the valley gives us a thousand.” I
Tim Wright, of Wrightfeldhusen Architects,
talks about the design approach
What was the key driver of the design? Apart from
the demarcation of living and guest areas, it was
the view. The entry is intentionally modest. As you
approach, there’s a high wall, then when you walk
inside you get this explosion of view.
Were there challenges with using so much glass?
The ceilings are 3.5m high and there’s a fair bit of
wind, so there’s a lot of stress on that glass, but I
wanted it frameless so there were no obstructions to
the view. It’s reinforced by triangulated spider brackets.
How did you approach the interiors? What you
choose inside is as important as what you put on the
balustrade or roof. We did the taps, cabinets, basins
and kitchen. The loose furniture and the artworks were
dictated by the client (and Jacquie McPhee Interiors).
Why copper for the ‘floating’ bedroom? It’s zero
maintenance, but it also weathers and gets that
green patina. The copper ‘box’ on the bedroom
shoots through the house and into the kitchen so the
theme follows through. Like the teak sliding doors, it
provides warmth and texture.
CONTACTS Arq Designs (08) 9204 5177, arqdesigns.com.au;
Country Road (08) 9321 3700, countryroad.com.au; Jacquie
McPhee Interiors (08) 9383 1372; John Streater Fine Furniture
(08) 9756 6221, streaterfinefurniture.com; Ultimo Interiors (08)
9201 2479, ultimointeriors.com.au; Wrightfeldhusen Architects
(08) 9388 7244, wrightfeldhusen.com.
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