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Industrial action | Leederville
building whereas Cris had to create the
look while starting from scratch.
Valdez Homes built it for him but Cris
was hands-on from start to finish, tackling
the landscaping and numerous finishes to
create a home that he describes as being
not another cookie-cutter design.
“I spent a lot of time chipping,
plastering and painting the brick walls
to achieve a stripped-down, broken-wall
look as if they had been there 100 years
rather than one year - not an easy task,”
says Cris. “It required some trial and error
but the overall look mirrored what I had
seen in many converted galleries and loft
apartments, which I was happy with.”
The clever combination of materials
creates a distinctive industrial style that
is still warm and inviting.
“I selected finishes that best
represented the ambience I wanted to
create in the room. The finishes run
consistent throughout the house as I didn’t
want to complicate the theme,” he says. “I
wanted the materials to have a ‘voice’ so
there was no doubt that they were the
showpiece of the house.”
Polished concrete floors create a raw
aesthetic and cover the floorplan – three
large rooms upstairs and living areas
downstairs – which is kept warm with
sub-floor heating that Cris discovered
while living in northern Europe.
A floating staircase links the two levels
and the glass balustrade adds to the
spacious overall feel.
Exposed recycled brick adds rich
colour to the interior and the natural
texture of jarrah softens the harsh steel
columns and concrete beams.
“I wanted the spaces to be simple
and open-planned as much as possible,
I didn’t want a complicated look. I
wanted it to follow simple lines, colours
and materials and repeat them throughout
the house in different forms.”
The finer details were vital to ensure the
final result was as authentic as possible. The
WHITE PAINTED BRICKWORK upstairs is light and bright
and offsets the rich jarrah above. It also tones in well with
the polished concrete flooring. THE RUSTED PENDANT
LIGHTShanging high over the stairs are from an old garage in
New York and help to continue the industrial theme.
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