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he word ‘practical’ doesn’t bring
to mind shiny floors and glass
walls abutting the splash zone of
a swimming pool. Unless... unless
you’re Karlene Marzec. The architect and
owner of this Perth seaside home found
lateral solutions to these design features,
so that ‘practical’ remained at the very core
of her family home – without compromising
on sophistication or ‘wow ’ factor.
On the floor, self-levelling resin in a
high-shine finish sets a modern tone, but
works a treat with family traffic. It doesn’t
show cracks and its thermal properties
are such that it’s warmer than polished
concrete, plus softer underfoot. And scuff
marks rub right off.
A coating of EnduroShield on the
windows means the view from Karlene’s
home office out to the property’s pool is
not obscured by calcified water marks.
Karlene’s three children (aged nine, 11 and
12) are free to splash at whim without fear
of window-cleaning reprisals.
Indeed, the entire house was designed
with them in mind. “I wanted to do
something that would suit the kids and their
lifest yle,” says Karlene. A single-storey
dwelling with easy access to the outdoor
recreation areas was the starting point
for the design.
A separate wing at the front of the house
became the children’s zone. As well as the
bedrooms, it has its own lounge room and
entrance, leading onto a terraced area near
the front door. A basketball hoop and a
trampoline set into the front lawn are
among the options for letting off steam.
“It’s like they have their own house,”
says Karlene, who enjoys the fact that a
single door easily shuts off this wing from
view. When the inevitable gatherings of
neighbourhood children happen, there’s
barely any impact on the remainder of the
house – a decidedly grown-up zone.
The garage, laundry, kitchen and master
bedroom are all within easy reach of one
another at the rear of the house, and a
ABOVE and OPPOSITE The kitchen embraces the outdoors
and features hidden and exposed storage and a sophisticated
palette thanks to travertine pillars by EcoStone and cabinetry
by Newport Kitchens and Designs. Rubik barstools from Table
& Chair Company. Outdoors is a Contempo sofa with custom
upholstery and Ital Marble and Granite table. Bemboka throw,
teak platter, Designer Guild cushion and vase all from Empire
Highgate. Linen napkin from Plane Tree Farm.
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