The Big Fin­ish

As Mir­vac com­pletes our My Ideal House build, we look at its in­no­va­tive fea­tures and fit­tings.

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Strik­ing, eco-con­scious and stand­ing tall among its pitch-roofed neigh­bours, My Ideal House is ev­ery inch the in­no­va­tive home that Aus­tralian House & Gar­den and Mir­vac hoped it would be. The newly built home, borne of a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion, re­sides at Crest by Mir­vac, a mas­ter-planned com­mu­nity in Syd­ney’s Gledswood Hills. At the time of go­ing to print, teams of tradies were on site and fin­ish­ing off the fi­nal tasks – in­stalling lights and power points, fit­ting ap­pli­ances, com­plet­ing the land­scap­ing and turf­ing the drive­way. The home brings to life H&G’s de­sire to re­think the Aus­tralian fam­ily home. The de­sign is flex­i­ble enough to ori­ent ad­van­ta­geously on any block, and its liv­ing spa­ces cleverly al­low for fu­ture change. Most ex­cit­ing of all, this

sin­gle dwelling has the po­ten­tial to change the shape of our suburbs.

In any home build, the ma­te­ri­al­i­sa­tion of the kitchen gen­er­ates great an­tic­i­pa­tion and ex­cite­ment. Join­ers from Top Knot Car­pen­try & Join­ery have been busy here, ex­celling at the ex­act­ing task of de­liv­er­ing a kitchen that re­flects the vi­sion ar­chi­tect Madeleine Blanch­field laid out in her com­pe­ti­tion-win­ning de­sign.

“I like the kitchens I de­sign to be al­most in­dis­tin­guish­able from their ar­chi­tec­ture, par­tic­u­larly when they are open-plan,” says Madeleine. “They might be par­tially con­cealed in walls or have the same fin­ishes as the bones of the build­ing.”

To achieve this look at My Ideal House, Top Knot Car­pen­try & Join­ery in­stalled Polytec doors with neat V-groove de­tail­ing. The cab­i­netry neatly com­ple­ments the Gloss wood-lined ceil­ing and houses sleek S meg ap­pli­ances that have been in­te­grated into the de­sign. Flank­ing a state-of-the-art Smeg ‘Lin­ear’ cook­top and un­der­bench oven, the un­der­stated bank of cup­boards con­tains an ap­pli­ance tower with com­pact speed oven and cof­fee ma­chine.

“In keep­ing with the idea of down play­ing the kitchen in a white-walled space, white ap­pli­ances are a great op­tion,” says Madeleine. There’s also a dish­washer with a six-star WELS rat­ing tucked into the kitchen island, and a roomy french-door fridge/freezer from Win­ning Ap­pli­ances con­cealed in cab­i­netry.

One of the fi­nal el­e­ments to be in­stalled in the kitchen was its Smart­stone benches. The Car­rara fin­ish has been cho­sen to top the island and flow down to the floor. While the island is in­ten­tion­ally a fo­cal point of the home, the rear bench­top, in Smart­stone’s Ab­so­lute Blanc, blends beau­ti­fully into the join­ery along the al­limpor­tant south­ern wall.

In the bath­rooms, tilers have com­pleted a fi­nal seal and the fix­tures, which are all from Reece, are now in place. Both the main bath­room and en­suite have a Rifco ‘Ac­qua’ tim­ber-topped van­ity, and the main bath­room now has a time­less, solid­sur­face Kado ‘Lussi’ free­stand­ing bath as its star fea­ture. Plumbers have fit­ted all the tap­ware – de­signs from Reece’s clean­lined ‘Mizu Soothe’ range.

A fi­nal visit from Dal­limont Elec­tri­cal has seen Bright­green LED lights in­stalled through­out, along with fea­ture pen­dant lights, power points and ceil­ing fan. This home is so ther­mally ef­fi­cient and so

‘I like the use of bricks in the gar­den. Whether they’re re­cy­cled or new, bricks look smart.’ Richard Unsworth

com­fort­able that the only space fea­tur­ing me­chan­i­cal cool­ing is the mul­ti­pur­pose room at the front of the house. Here, an ‘I Se­ries’ fan by Haiku has been in­stalled. It fea­tures sen­sors that au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just the op­er­at­ing mode when­ever the room’s oc­cu­pancy, tem­per­a­ture or hu­mid­ity level changes.

Out­side, land­scap­ers have now laid the lawn and put in gar­den plants, which sit against a tim­ber fence painted Taub­mans Knight Grey – the same colour used as an ac­cent in the liv­ing areas. De­signed to bor­der the lawn and pro­vide a perch for peo­ple to chat on, a low wall in ‘Bowral Blue’ bricks from Aus­tral Bricks ex­tends the width of the gar­den’s rear.

“The ‘Bowral Blues’ add a nice bit of def­i­ni­tion,” ex­plains land­scape de­signer Richard Unsworth from Gar­den Life. “I wanted to bring an ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ment to the gar­den. The wall cre­ates an area where the own­ers can ei­ther sit qui­etly or so­cialise with friends and fam­ily.”

Be­hind the brick wall, a row of five ma­ture weep­ing lilly pil­lies ( Water­housea flori­bunda) helps to block the af­ter­noon’s western sun. A gen­er­ous 4x11m ex­panse of buf­falo-grass lawn, hedged with an­other va­ri­ety of lilly pilly, has been al­lowed for, which en­sures the gar­den, like the house, is flex­i­ble and adapt­able.

“This is a sea­sonal gar­den, with the trees, lawn, flow­ers, fo­liage and herbs all in­ter­act­ing,” says Richard. “I wanted to give the ed­i­ble el­e­ments promi­nence by po­si­tion­ing them at the front of the house. Clipped Buxus [box] will bring struc­ture to the at-times un­ruly herbs and ve­g­ies.”

On the fa­cade, In­nowood cladding has been ap­plied to My Ideal House’s sig­na­ture win­dow­boxes. In­nowood is a highly durable, sus­tain­able-tim­ber com­pos­ite made pre­dom­i­nantly from wood waste. The fin­ish­ing touch to the fa­cade is now in place, a dec­o­ra­tive In­nowood grille in­stalled above the front en­trance. Cleverly dou­bling as a pri­vacy screen for the main bath­room, it makes a strik­ing fea­ture against the home’s white fa­cade. The B&D ‘Panelift’ garage door has been colour­matched to the Taub­mans Crisp White ex­te­rior paint.

In­nowood makes an ap­pear­ance in­side, too, wrap­ping around an invit­ing win­dow seat in the front, mul­ti­pur­pose room.

With the sales cam­paign about to be­gin, My Ideal House will soon be lived in and loved. Mir­vac will auc­tion the home on June 30. You can fol­low the fi­nal stages of our build jour­ney on­line, and don’t miss Au­gust H&G, where we’ll re­veal our home in all its fin­ished, fur­nished glory. #

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The crowning glory of My Ideal House is its Brad­ford 5.4kW So­lar ChargePack, which in­cludes a Tesla Pow­er­wall 2 stor­age bat­tery and the 5.4kW so­lar pan­els that are af­fixed to the Color­bond roof.

A Smeg gas cook­top in white keeps the kitchen look­ing co­he­sive.

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