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thinking,” says Elizabeth. Floorboards
from the school were given a new lease of
life in the downstairs bedroom and bricks
were used to rebuild a boundary fence.
Three tanks collect rainwater for the
washing machine, toilets and kitchen
garden, where compost from scraps
nourishes vegetables in steel troughs on
legs. Paul says the troughs “float” the
garden and create a sense of flow in the
small area. “Raising things off the ground
makes a space appear bigger.”
This concept continues inside with all
cupboards and vanities off the ground.
Built on a block of 278sqm just 9m
wide, the house was designed to feel open.
To avoid wasteful space, there are no
dedicated passageways. “The current desire
for single-use spaces, where... the dining
space can only be used for dining, etc, is
creating large houses that often create the
feeling of endless boxes joined together by
passageways,” says Elizabeth.
They spend much time in the open-plan
kitchen, living and dining area. In the
kitchen, chipboard and melamine-lined
cupboard ‘boxes’ – which can be removed if
required – are inserted into a metal frame.
A ply laminated bench top is fixed to the
top. “We were attempting to give a feeling
of space and flexibility should change be
required to the cupboards,” Pau l says.
And by using several custom-made
tables on wheels and a bench with
adjustable height, seating numbers can be
increased from eight to 14, for entertaining.
From this area, bi-fold doors open onto
an alfresco entertaining space enclosed
in mesh, nicknamed ‘the birdcage’ by a
friend. Blinds and a shadecloth keep it cool
in summer. When their two adult children
and two grandchildren visit, the fa mily
loves to sit here, enjoying the parkland
views across the road.
Elizabeth and Paul are avid art collectors
and the neutral palette is the perfect
CLOCKWISE from top left The kitchen – the artwork is by
Chinese painter Ting Lin; the yellow duct brings in heat from the
solar panels and in summer, cool air from the basement – the work
on the wall is by Khoo Sui Hoe; a vibrant chess set from Singapore.
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