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Above: Light and airy with a simple, albeit upmarket material palette, the kitchen is the hub of the expansive, open-plan home. The stone benchtop has a prominent vein and is long enough to incorporate a generous breakfast bar at one end. Timber veneer adds visual warmth. Extended sightlines are another feature of the renovation project. The reinvented house has a neutral palette on the exterior, with highlights of brick, cedar and rustic metal providing subtle accents, says Yellowfox designer Teri Donnelly. “The front gate is in rustic metal, and the main entrance also features rustic metal panels – this material connection draws you forward. “From the large pivoting front door you step into the main living room and take in the view.” There is now a good flow between the galley-style kitchen, dining and living areas. The kitchen is simple in form, yet rich in materials. “An elongated stone island with distinctive search | save | share at veins and markings is the showstopper, while the use of timber veneer and white lacquer cabinetry provides a complementary backdrop,” says Donnelly. “The kitchen flows nicely into the dining area – where that captivating city view lies – and also into the covered courtyard that looks out to the lawn and pool area.” The reworked bathrooms have hand-glazed hexagonal feature tiles and warm timber veneer vanities that soften the look. All five bathrooms are similar in form and materials, which helps link them together within the home. “Feature lighting in the kitchen, dining and