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textural mix of travertine stone, gloss
cabinetry, stainless steel and moulded
plastic creates interest in the otherwise
streamlined finish. Sleek Lotus bi-fold doors
lead out to a paved terrace, where custom-
made, upholstered sofas await loungers. The
flow is intuitive and demonstrates Karlene’s
advocacy for single-level living.
“There’s enough space to entertain and
enough space for the kids to play,” she says.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to build
up. I think a lot of people build too big these
days. I’ve lived in many houses and there’s
no doubt in my mind that single-level living
The pool, by Instyle Concrete Pools, and the outdoor settings
run down one side of the house, with floor-to-ceiling glass linking
inside and out. Behind the trees at the far end nestles a sauna. The
sculpture provides a point of interest on the surrounding wall.
Zoning the areas and sizing rooms
according to their use is part of Karlene’s
modus operandi. “I’m a practical designer. I
like large living spaces, but I don’t think the
bedrooms need to be massive.”
The central living area expresses Karlene’s
desire for high ceilings, lots of light and
modern, metallic tones. A white and silver
colour palette is offset by earthy artworks.
Having her bedroom at the back means she
can park the car, dump her gear and be on
the terrace with a glass of wine in minutes.
There’s that practical-meets-lifestyle streak.
She may have reversed the conventional
layout of the house, but the sense of cohesion
is palpable – both in the design and the
fitout. The latter is partly thanks to Karlene’s
trust-based relationship with builder
Rokbuild. “They did the shell and I was able
to fi nish it off,” she says.
That meant slipping in a few treats just
for her – practical or otherwise. Down
the garden path, at the very back of the
house, there’s a timber-clad retreat far from
the children’s zone. “I had to put a sauna
in,” she laughs. I
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