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with an idea of minimising the floorplan
and eliminating any wasted space. By
consistently reviewing the design, they
were forced to rationalise how to use the
area to its maximum efficiency.
Polystyrene panels – the only material
not scavenged from salvage yards – were
pre-fabricated arou nd the items Carla
had found, their inclusion validated by
their affording a high level of thermal
efficiency and their quick, cost-effective
means of construction.
“We wanted to build the home as
affordably as possible so were very strict on
always ‘being true to the brief’,” she says.
“It was our intention to save as much as we
could from landfill, so whenever we looked
at buying something we asked ourselves
if we could get it second-hand or vintage.
It was a lot of running around but it was
really fun at the same time.”
Carla admits that the 140sqm home
bears an uncanny resemblance to
a traditional corner shop, due to the
appreciation shared by her and her
husband of the value a corner store has
in a community.
Challenging preconceived notions of
traditional home inclusions, the three-
bedroom home comprises two bathrooms,
one of which doubles as a laundry, and the
other as a dresser that combines a walk-in
wardrobe and ensuite.
Carla says that the one large living
space, featuring a soaring 3.5m-high
ceiling, is a simple, open and honest space
with a “beautiful feel”.
“The size has allowed us to display
our treasures and collectibles. It’s lovely
to have them around to remind us of all
the things we enjoy doing and all the
places we’ve seen.”
Inspired by warehouse living, the
floorplan encourages them to “live
together” and to “live openly”. Spilling
01 Carla’s passion for vintage illustrations led to her copying
this mural from an old Vogue magazine cover.
02 The vintage Italian cafe pendants were found in a New
York flea market even before Carla had finished the home’s
design. Antique pressed-tin ceiling panels form the underside
of the kitchen bench.
“It was our intention to save as
much as we could from landfill,
so whenever we looked at buying
something we asked ourselves if we
could get it second-hand or vintage.”
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