The clients’ core objective was to create a beautiful contemporary home with clean, uncluttered lines and a high liveability factor. A professional couple with three very active kids, their brief was to design a pragmatic and functional space with a sophisticated aesthetic.
The Caulfield project is a stunning three-storey dwelling that makes the most of the natural environment with it’s multitude of outdoor areas. These include a spacious backyard (specifically designed for sporting activities such as tennis and soccer), which in turn flows effortlessly into a BBQ entertainment deck.
The focus of the home is centred around the open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas on the ground floor. Spacious and flooded with light, these north-facing zones are deliberately positioned to overlook the pool with its protective pergola boasting fixed louvres angled to let in the warm winter sun or block out harsh summer rays.
Still on the ground floor, the plan includes a home study and office conveniently located near the entry of the house. The first floor incorporates the four bedrooms, including the master suite, and spaces inviting to retreat to.
Each client likes to bring their unique design touches to a floor plan and in this case, the Canadian-born client had a clear sense of the direction they wished to pursue. Their palette was warm, earthy & neutral with fire streaked solid timber hardwood flooring throughout the ground floor.
The Canadian influence appears in several areas of the design, namely the basement and ‘mudroom’. Both are very popular in North America. The clients have designated the basement as another kids’ entertainment zone and cellar, while the mudroom, a little room off the garage, is used to unload school accessories, sporting equipment or muddy shoes before transitioning into the house.
Overall, the Caulfield project is an example of an exceptional family home offering flexibility, comfort, functionality and bold design.