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backdrop for artwork. Polished concrete
floors are both usef ul and beautiful;
increasing the home’s thermal mass while
complementing the ash doors and white
walls that soften the industrial look of the
exposed steel structure.
In the living area, artworks hang on
two steel mesh grids on tracks that can be
pushed aside to reveal more art on the
wall, including an abstract oil painting
on canvas by Sam Atyeo.
Some of the other artworks are by
Melbourne painters Harry Rosengrave
and Lyndell Brown and Malaysian artist
Khoo Sui Hoe. “I’d describe our taste as
eclectic,” says Elizabeth. “We’ve both been
collecting over 40 or 50 years.”
In the entry foyer’s void the eye is drawn
upwards to three handwoven light fittings.
With their free form and burnished colour,
they complement the earthiness of the
central consolidated limestone wall.
A basement level adds versatile living
space and houses hundreds of books in a
space-saving Compactus unit. Upstairs in
the library, more books beg to be plucked
from the bookcases. Sliding doors open to a
balcony overlooking the park.
Throughout the home Aneeta and
louvred windows aid in cross-ventilation,
CLOCKWISE from above Elizabeth waters plants in the kitchen
garden; recycled bricks were used to create a boundary wall; this
mosaic in the courtyard outside the laundry was created by Paul and
Elizabeth – the white tiles “bounce” light back inside, says Paul.
Homeowners and architects Elizabeth Karol
and Paul Wellington share their style tips
Your home is new and modern, but already feels
inviting – how can people achieve this?
Elizabeth: I think part of that is from not throwing
away your stuff. You don’t need to start again to make
a statement about something, whatever it is. We try to
retain as many of our possessions as possible.
Do people wanting to build a sustainable house
need to be cautious of anything? Elizabeth: Don’t
be fearful of asking for references and going out
looking at houses. Make sure the person you’re
speaking to can back up their claims. Ask for clients
who are happy with their work and go see it.
Your favourite feature of the home? Elizabeth: The
feeling of spaciousness or openness and the quality
of light. Paul: The front upstairs library and the view
to the parkland that takes in the canopy of the trees.
How can you create a feeling of space on a narrow
block? Paul: Have the house as open as possible. By
allowing the space from one room to flow to another
part of the house, it creates a feeling of space within
the confines of a relatively small floor area.
STOCKISTS Aneeta (sashles s windows) (08) 9240 5948,
aneetawindows.com AusRecord (Co m pactus in bas em ent) 1800
355 610, aus reco rd.co m Austral Ins ulation (steel wall and ceiling
panels) (08) 9249 4022, australinsulation.com.au Big River Timber
Perth (blackbutt pane ls) (08) 9456 0500, bigrive rgro up.com .au
C+M La ndro Engineers (struc tural steel beams/colum ns/roo fs)
(08) 9336 1953 D+L Feature Walls and Ceilings (plaster work)
(08) 9433 1833, dandlofficepar titioni ng.co m .au Delta Corporation
(prefabricated floor panels) (08) 9296 5000, deltacorp.com.au
Elizabeth Karol and Paul Wellington Architects (08) 9388 3403,
paulwellington.com Empire Highgate (08) 9228 1022,
worldofempire.com The Fine Old Timber Company (recycled
jarrah bookshelves) (08) 9527 5447, fineoldtimbercompany.com.au
Michel Muir Wrought Iron (ste el frami ng for cupboards/se curity
s cree n/tables) (08) 9296 6127 Mondoluce (lighting) (08) 9321 0101,
mondoluce.com.au Morgan Timber & Plywood (furniture
plywood) (08) 9494 1466 Original Ceramics (mo saic tile pieces)
(08) 9444 8087, o riginalceram ic s.com .au Shamrock Electrics 0418
912 592 Sunlite (sliding shutters) (08) 9351 8880, sunlite.com.au
Water Installations Pty Ltd (water tank s) (08) 9295 6263,
waterinstallations.com Wilmac Plumbing (08) 9409 9821,
and the main bedroom has a shuttered
internal window that can close the room
off or open it up, so you can see across the
study to the treetops.
A universal bedroom with a combined
bathroom and laundry on the ground floor
can be used as a main if mobility becomes
an issue in later life.
After the three-year build, they have
heart into this home so we might as well
enjoy it for a while,” laughs Elizabeth.
This home was an entry in the Australian
Institute of Architects WA Chapter 2011
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