It sug­gests be­ing hos­pitable and fam­i­lies shar­ing things to­gether.

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TWO new homes, both in Padding­ton, both with three­chil­dren fam­i­lies want­ing to spend qual­ity time to­gether.

But the in­di­vid­ual ap­proach to each home, cre­ated by Owen Ar­chi­tec­ture di­rec­tor Paul Owen, saw both short­listed in the 2016 Aus­tralian In­te­rior De­sign Awards.

Ros­alie House, blessed with a 1600sq m block, is home to a fam­ily with three young boys while Ran­ley Grove House, on 400sq m, has a fam­ily with three teenage girls.

“With both houses, the fam­i­lies are very close and want to do every­thing to­gether, but also recog­nise to en­able them to be to­gether they need some free­dom and in­de­pen­dence as well,” Mr Owen said.

Life in Aus­tralian sub­urbs – the pat­terns, ma­te­ri­als and de­sign – has been used not in a nos­tal­gic sense but as an “authen­tic way to de­cide what ma­te­ri­als to use”, ac­cord­ing to Mr Owen.

He ad­mits to a long­stand­ing af­fec­tion for ‘sub­way’ or ‘ butch­ers’ tiles, and loves the old pubs with ex­te­rior tiles along the foot­path that are both dec­o­ra­tive and prac­ti­cal.

“I started us­ing them in kitchens and bath­rooms be­cause you’d see them in an old com­mer­cial kitchen or butch­ers shop,” he said.

Even­tu­ally, as in the case with Ran­ley Grove House – which re­ceived a com­men­da­tion in the res­i­den­tial de­sign award – those tiles were ex­tended to other food-re­lated ar­eas such as din­ing rooms.

“It sug­gests be­ing hos­pitable and fam­i­lies shar­ing things to­gether. It’s also an in­ex­pen­sive way to not have plas­ter­board ev­ery­where, and the tiles re­flect light beau­ti­fully,” he said.

Mr Owen said both homes have a “sim­ple prac­ti­cal­ity”, drawn from Vic­to­rian era de­sign where things were in­ven­tive but in a prac­ti­cal way.

“There is this idea that you can have a con­crete floor, a ro­bust rough ma­te­rial that you might find some­where like a foot­ball club, brick, plain ren­dered walls but then com­bine with mar­ble and brass,” he said.

“If you make every­thing lux­u­ri­ous, you may miss op­por­tu­ni­ties to show the ma­te­ri­als in their true light.

“In the Ros­alie House there is mar­ble, and it meets con­crete floor. That con­trast in the ma­te­ri­als makes both work.

“When we were de­sign­ing there was that bal­ance be­tween it be­ing ro­bust, and al­most daggy, but clearly want­ing to make it beau­ti­ful and com­fort­able as well.”

The im­por­tance of fam­ily time, and be­ing as so­cial as pos­si­ble, is ev­i­dent in the kitchen and din­ing set-up of both homes, how­ever Mr Owen said Ros­alie House’s area was also ro­bust and open enough to func­tion as an out­door room.

“I like to ref­er­ence th­ese old­fash­ioned ser­vants kitchens in movies, where there is a big, long ta­ble and the cook­ing is hap­pen­ing where you are sit­ting at the ta­ble,” he said.

“The fam­ily and friends can all hang out while things are be­ing cooked, and there are a num­ber of places you can go, you can sit at the is­land bench, or the din­ing ta­ble, or the ban­quette seat. It’s all about be­ing so­cial.”

SO­CIAL TIME:TIM Owen Ar­chi­tec­ture short­listed in the 2016 Aus­tralian In­te­rior De­sign Awards for two new homes in Padding­ton – Ros­alie House (above( and in­set) and Ran­ley Grove House (be­low).

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