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interesting decor. “I have wine barrels
scattered throughout the house, which I
got from a winery in the Swan Valley; they
serve as little wine bars inside and tables
for entertaining outside,” Cris says.
A large recycled oak dining table
sits in the centre of the main living space,
which consists of a lounge area and
kitchen to one side.
The kitchen overlooks the court yard
and has an abundance of bench space
The interlocking outdoor and indoor
areas are designed to interact. Stacker
doors on both sides from the kitchen and
lounge lead into the courtyard – defined
with jarrah timber and bench seats made
from recycled bricks – which Cris says
acts as another room (except that it’s
outdoors) for entertaining.
“The courtyard was designed to suit
my lifestyle. I enjoy entertaining and
frequently have friends and family visiting,
so the courtyard was designed to integrate
with the rest of the house,” says Cris.
Even though he is now in Paris, Cris
is adamant he will return to the home,
especially after spending so much time
imbuing his own style into the property.
“I’m not expecting to come back to
Perth for a while, but if I do return I really
want to spend some years enjoying the
home and finally enjoying some great
times,” he says.
Owner Cris Moreno talks about his home.
How big is the block? The block is 221sqm. It’s
small, however the total living space on both floors is
258sqm, so I have maximised the block.
Is it a low- or high-maintenance home? Definitely
low maintenance, which was the key driver for the
entire house; I’m not into spending half my weekend
maintaining house and gardens.
Favourite feature? The double-storey 7m-high
recycled brick wall. The bricks are all different
shapes, sizes and colours, and there is a copper
railing that takes you up the staircase. Also, when
the sunlight streams in through the large rectangular
windows above the front doors it’s a pretty special
sight – it always makes me smile.
Do you have any regrets? No major regrets. Next
time I’d be more selective on who I get to work on
the house. Some tradesmen are in it for a quick
dollar and don’t care about the quality of their work.
This frustrated me, so I would do more reference
checks before getting key contractors on board.
Would you do anything differently? Pro bably
not. Most of what I pictured in my mind two years
earlier ended up in the final product, so I can’t
complain. Val Fernandez from Valdez Homes
had a major part to play. He is a close friend and
I continuously bounced ideas off him on how we
co uld achieve certain lo ok s with different materials
and create the spaces I had seen so vividly in my
mind. I co uldn’t have don e it without him.
How long did the project take from start to finish?
Almost exactly two years. It took me a year to design
the house and get it through the council, and then
another year to build it and move in.
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PLAIN CONCRETE ceilings
(above) add to the raw, minimalistic
feel. STACKER DOORS from
both the kitchen and living area
open wide to create a seamless flow
between indoors and the courtyard
(right). JARRAH panelling and
RECYCLED BRICK be nc h seats
in the courtyard continue the raw,
textured theme into the outdoors.
Cris Moreno in Paris.
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