Belle - - Contents - Pho­to­graphs WILL HORNER Words JAN­ICE JONES

A fam­ily home rel­ishes its beach­side lo­ca­tion and spec­tac­u­lar sea views.

In this beach­side story, a vast vista plays a star­ring role with a beau­ti­ful home as a stun­ning sup­port act.

This page The ul­tra-mod­ern seven-bed­room, ve-bath­room home en­joys a breath­tak­ing out­look. Op­po­site page A large cab­i­net in the fam­ily room de­liv­ers sleek built-in stor­age. “The only way to sur­vive in an open-plan house with a fam­ily is to have lots of places to put things away,” says in­te­rior de­signer Brett Mickan. Art­work by Martin Camp­bell.

HE HAD AL­WAYS DRE AMED OF A C ASUAL BEACH S HACK WHER E HE COULD FLIN G OPEN THE DOO RS TO SE A B R EE ZE S. This page A hand­wo­ven Beni Ouarain rug from Kulchi an­chors the space in the for­mal liv­ing room. Minotti ‘Braque’ leather sofa from De De Ce. An­to­nio Cit­te­rio ‘Re­pos’ swivel chair from Space. ‘Sab­rina’ mini tim­ber stool from Zuster. Pool­side Gos­sip art­work by Slim Aarons. Op­po­site page, top Oak and pol­ished con­crete stairs make a state­ment in the entry. The con­crete was tinted a taupe shade to mimic the nearby sand­stone cliŒs. Bar­bera ‘Love­lock’ coat stand from Cat­a­pult. Bot­tom Light Žoods into the stair­well via lou­vred win­dows which open to sea breezes. Scat­ter cush­ions rest on a built-in stor­age cab­i­net.

With a vast sea and skyscape dom­i­nat­ing the out­look and tak­ing up much of the oxy­gen on this street in Syd­ney’s east­ern suburbs, a man­made struc­ture might fade into the back­ground. Not so for a re­cent en­trant to this cov­eted Clovelly lo­ca­tion. The clean lines of this low-pro le con­tem­po­rary home dis­guise a struc­ture of grand pro­por­tion.

When a rare op­por­tu­nity arose to buy into the spec­tac­u­lar set­ting, this suc­cess­ful busi­ness cou­ple didn’t hes­i­tate. Let­ting the prop­erty to its for­mer owner, the pair be­gan imag­in­ing what they de­sired for their home-to-be. Three years later, they de­mol­ished the house and as­sem­bled a team of ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers to bring their per­fect home to life.

Syd­ney-based in­te­rior de­signer Brett Mickan and the own­ers were sim­patico from pre­vi­ous col­lab­o­ra­tions, so com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trust were a given. Call­ing on ar­chi­tect Tzannes As­so­ciates and Brett to cre­ate their new home, the cou­ple had drafted a long list of wants and needs, in­clud­ing a few con ict­ing de­sires.

He had al­ways dreamed of a ca­sual beach shack where he could ing open the doors to sea breezes and lope bare­foot to the wa­ter. She, how­ever, had a highly de­vel­oped fash­ion sense and aes­thetic and wanted a so­phis­ti­cated but low-main­te­nance home. “Blend­ing th­ese sounds like they’re com­ing from com­plete op­po­sites but it was re­ally about get­ting that sim­ple clean beach aes­thetic and hav­ing key pieces and art so that the home feels im­pres­sive. And be­cause the ar­chi­tec­ture is so sim­ple I wanted to high­light it rather than let the in­te­ri­ors dom­i­nate,” says Brett.

There were other de­sires to be rec­on­ciled for the sev­enbed­room, ve-bath­room home. The cou­ple agreed the home had to make a state­ment, as they reg­u­larly wel­come up to 100 guests for par­ties. And, of course, it needed to func­tion as an es­cape for them­selves and a com­fort­able home for their ve chil­dren.

Build­ing the gen­er­ous three-storey home with its three-me­tre ceil­ings and 200-square-me­tre foot­print for a to­tal vol­ume of 500 square me­tres called for fresh think­ing as costs be­gan to es­ca­late and build­ing on site looked prob­lem­atic for ac­cess and traf c rea­sons. While the bot­tom oor, with garage, sauna and twobed­room apart­ment, was ex­ca­vated and built on site, pre­fab­ri­cated build­ing ex­pert Tes­sel­late a+d was called on to con­struct the top oors in Mel­bourne. The mid­dle level, which in­cludes the fam­ily liv­ing area, kitchen and ter­race and rear for­mal liv­ing room, and the top oor, com­pris­ing ve bed­rooms, were cus­tomised and built in 10 mod­u­lar pieces and trans­ported to Syd­ney on seven trucks. This move cut the spend to two-thirds the cost of build­ing from the ground up and con­struc­tion time was slashed to nine months from an es­ti­mated two years. “I saw the oors be­ing craned into place but I can’t tell where the joins are,” says Brett.

The views dic­tated ref­er­ences to sea, sky and sand­stone for the in­te­ri­ors. “Be­cause you’re look­ing straight out onto ocean and cliffs you want it to feel seam­less,” says Brett, so the main colour is a sandy rather than stark white to con­nect to the sur­rounds.

Nat­u­ral sur­faces with in­her­ent ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were speci ed to soften the ar­chi­tec­ture’s de ned lines such as the oak oors and lime­stone-lined bath­rooms. The pol­ished con­crete in the entry was tinted to tone with the lo­cal stone. “For the for­mal liv­ing area at the rear I amped up the sculp­tural look with the Minotti sofa and the stun­ning Kulchi rug,” says Brett. The art­work – a paint­ing of the Clovelly shore­line by Joanna Logue – was a gift from the hus­band to the wife. And the views steal the show once again.

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This page, top Cabi­net­maker and fam­ily friend James Nixon of Re-Cre­ations made the re­cy­cled oak din­ing ta­ble. ‘So-Pretty’ chairs by Dario Delpin from Chairs & More. Art­work by Joanna Logue. Bolla pen­dant lights from Gine­ico. Bot­tom A work by Dana Dion hangs in the fam­ily din­ing room. Op­po­site page A pair of ‘Kelly’ low back arm­chairs in the fam­ily liv­ing room from Jar­dan and ‘Trib­ute’ mar­ble co…ee ta­ble from Zuster. On the ter­race, ’Vol­ley’ rocker and chair, both from Tait.

This page Soak­ing in the views in the main bed­room on the top oor. Flax eld ‘Siena’ bed cover from Ivy Lane Traders. Scat­ter cush­ions from Fond In­dus­tries. Art­work by Martin Camp­bell. Op­po­site page Kado ‘Arc’ free­stand­ing bath. One Third ‘Asym­met­ric’ side ta­ble from Style­craft. Lime­stone oor and wall tiles from WK Mar­ble & Gran­ite.


» A cou­ple bought into a Syd­ney street with ex­pan­sive ocean views. » They built an im­pres­sive three-storey home that an­swered a list of needs and wants in­clud­ing a sub­stan­tial en­ter­tain­ing area and an easy-to-main­tain space for their fam­ily of ve chil­dren. » The top two oors were built o site in Mel­bourne in pre­fab­ri­cated mod­u­lar sec­tions which saved cost and time. » Nat­u­ral sur­faces with their in­her­ent ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were speci ed for the in­te­ri­ors to soften the ar­chi­tec­ture’s crisp lines. » Sculp­tural ma­te­ri­als and hand­made pieces en­hanced the or­ganic look.

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