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Andrew Low talks about his home’s design
New build or renovate? I knew I didn’t wan t
an old type of house. The way I see it is, we are
living in the now, so our houses should reflect
today’s lifestyles. I find old houses often don’t
fu n ctio n well in this day and age.
Did you chop and change ideas along the way?
No, we were clear with what we wan ted an d learn ed
from ou r past building experien ces. We literally
went to one tile shop, one carpet store – when you
have young kids in tow, they make you focus and
make your decisions quick and easy.
What was the biggest splurge? The co mmercial
gra de windows, beca use they look a nd fu nction a
lot better. But on a general scale, it was investing
in design elemen ts. Not many houses would have
ceilings as high as we do but I did it not just to add
value but to make it a quality space too.
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system in the roof above the laundry were
my contribution s.”
The layout sees an open-plan children’s
retreat located at the rear of the property,
which includes a sitting space, study zone
and two bedrooms. “When we have people
over, the kids can do their own thing and
we can actually hear each other talk!”
Andrew says. “I didn’t want to cut them
out completely, but I wanted the lines
between the spaces to be a bit blurred.”
08. The plunge pool provides a refuge on particularly hot days,
not to mention acting as an artistic feature all year round.
09. The house has a deliberately restrained palette of earthy
materials and neutral colours, the exception being the
lime-green entry door that was added for contrast.
Such thoughtful design nuances
ensure that the value of the home is
maintained in the long run.
“I think we’ll be here for another
ten years yet,” Andrew says. “It is a
lovely home to live in, you can see the
sky from most rooms and it has a nice
sense of place. Besides, I think designing
your own home is a rite of passage for
any architect – it was a breath of fresh air
being in complete control!”
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