When Louise and Luke’s dream block of land came up for sale, they knew it was the site for a family home they’d love.
With her eye on a block of land for years, Louise managed to snap it up and build the forever home she’d always imagined.
“THIS BLOCK OF LAND was just a few streets away from our previous home. I used to go past it during my evening walks and always thought it would be such a beautiful block to build on. One day a “For Sale” sign popped up on it however by the time I called the agent it was already sold – but not for long. Six months later it was back on the market and, after a few months of negotiation, our patience paid off and it was ours! Eighteen months later we had finished building and had moved into our forever home.
Room and view
Our house was built with the aim of making best use of the large block and beautiful views to the mountain ranges. During the planning phase I spent many hours with both the architect and builder, sifting through all my magazine clippings and Pinterest images, piecing together the style of the home room by room.
Features high on our priority list included a lovely exterior and a beautiful entrance, three-metre high ceilings, timber windows, builtin cabinetry, large cornices, timber flooring, a gorgeous kitchen and, above all, a family-friendly feel. I also included a studio with its own separate entrance in the build, from where I could run my photography business.
Luke and I are both house-proud and thankfully we love the same style in our home. There’s a very Hamptons / modern country feel to our decor and it’s taken us a little time to create this as the furniture in our previous home was more modern. We’ve gradually added key items that have made a big difference to the feel of house, such as the bentwood chairs, the entrance hall consoles and the sofas.
This house has really come to life for our family just the way we hoped it would. When it’s cold there is no better place to be than in our living room with the wood fire going – it’s so cosy and comfortable! During winter the fire heats the entire house; double-glazing and plenty of insulation keep it lovely and warm. The kitchen directly faces the living area and most Sundays the boys and I will be in there baking. I love the marble splashback in the kitchen – it’s one of my favourite features and really gives the entire open-plan area a touch of timeless luxury. And having an oversized butler’s pantry tucked away ensures the on-show part of the kitchen looks great, no matter how productive the cooking gets!
We’re lucky our block is large as I love a formal garden and lots of greenery. The box hedges in the front garden are taking off well so we’ll repeat them out the back for continuity, along with ornamental pear and a large lawn that the boys and dogs will appreciate. And after a beautiful weekend away in Daylesford we’re now inspired to create a white pergola covered in wisteria over our outdoor dining area.
When planning this house, we had a clear idea of what we were trying to create and a good working relationship with our architect and builders, so nothing was lost in translation. As a result we now have a forever home that we adore, that is still slowly evolving and that we have no plans to leave, at least not before we are old and grey with grandbabies running around!”
The dining table was a house-warming gift from Louise’s parents.
First impressions If you have space, create a relaxing seating area at your home’s entrance.
Colour constant Blues and white offset with greenery feature in every room.
This “Wild Horses” print is by Kara Rosenlund.