Australia Trends Home Trends Volume 32 No 2 Australia - Page 83

Besides responding to different living options, the home has a range of features to appeal to any owner, says Ernie Lau. “Built on a corner site, the high-fenced home has an internal focus – much like a Japanese courtyard house. The character exterior alternates warm cedar with cool metal cladding – creating visual interest.” These materials are complemented by black brick on the lower-level – not seen from the street due to the privacy fence. “The idea was that the brick treatment grounded the home in visual terms, with lighter wood and metal introduced above.” On entering past the tranquil koi pond, guests and owners step into a large openplan living and entertaining volume that includes dining, kitchen and family areas. Taking a generous bite into this dramatic space, an outdoor courtyard brings light into the heart of the home. With ceilingheight sliding doors on three sides, this sheltered outdoor living space can merge seamlessly with the interior. There are also large sliders on the front wall of the living area. These connect the Previous pages: Indoors blur with outdoors in this living, dining, kitchen, family room and courtyard space. The far wall of glazing also opens up to the front lawn and pool deck, with the pool to the left. Facing page top: A modern fire and an accent wall set off the family area, where expansive glazing creates an outdoor feel even with all doors closed. Facing page lower: Wood battens provide an elegant stair divide for the upstairs lounge. Above: A waterfall countertop and black colour palette give the kitchen a dramatic, modern feel. search | save | share at