Build­ing on a size­able cor­ner block meant a Perth fam­ily gained two gen­er­ous liv­ing wings and the space to en­joy all their favourite sports.

Australian House & Garden - - HG | HOUSES - STORY & STYLING Anna Flan­ders | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Dion Robe­son

While do­ing a U-turn on a school run in 2013, Lisa Ash­ton spot­ted a fallen-down auc­tion sign in a leafy cen­tral Perth sub­urb and im­me­di­ately put in a call to her hus­band Mal. The cou­ple dis­cov­ered the auc­tion had been can­celled and the own­ers were now open to of­fers. Within days they had se­cured the site and, with it, the chance to build their dream home. While the run­down house on the site had to go, the 1470m2 cor­ner block was just what they were look­ing for.

Dur­ing their house hunt, the cou­ple had come across a build by Klop­per & Davis Ar­chi­tects (KADA) fea­tur­ing an in­ter­nal-court­yard con­cept they ad­mired, so they quickly booked a meet­ing with the prac­tice. “Af­ter the first meet­ing, KADA came up with an ini­tial de­sign that we loved,” says Lisa. “The team then took my brief and de­signed a fam­ily house that’s so ‘us’, it’s more in­di­vid­ual than we could ever have imag­ined.”

The Ash­tons re­quested a con­tem­po­rary but warm am­bi­ence and a func­tional lay­out for their chil­dren: April, 15, Henry, 12, and Ge­or­gia, 10. They wanted beau­ti­ful spa­ces with mod­ern tex­tures and fin­ishes, a sense of open space and the co­coon­ing ef­fect of a pri­vate ‘com­pound’ in which the fam­ily could live and play. The re­sult­ing home de­liv­ers on all three. KADA’s de­sign clev­erly takes ad­van­tage of the site’s slope to ful­fil the fam­ily’s de­sire for pri­vacy, sep­a­ra­tion of sleep­ing and so­cial spa­ces, and se­cure out­door-liv­ing spa­ces.

A breeze-block wall sweeps around the perime­ter. The house it­self is el­e­vated, with a walled ter­race on one side and a bal­cony atop a garage on the other. Step­ping in­side, a large en­trance area fea­tures a drop-off zone for bags

and keys. A cor­ri­dor to the left leads to five bed­rooms, a bath­room and laun­dry, plus a mul­ti­pur­pose zone. On the other side, where the land falls away, a bridge-like walk­way passes over a lap pool un­der­neath, past an of­fice, a chil­dren’s study and a pow­der room to a large kitchen, liv­ing and din­ing space. The lower-ground level ac­com­mo­dates a garage, gym and stor­age space. Out­side, a bas­ket­ball half-court, a pool with a 25m lap-swim­ming leg, a shaded din­ing area and sunny con­ver­sa­tion pit are con­tained be­tween the two liv­ing wings.

“The house is in­ter­est­ing, prac­ti­cal and beau­ti­ful,” says a sat­is­fied Lisa. “The fin­ishes and fix­tures are re­silient and have tol­er­ated three dogs and three chil­dren re­ally well. It’s our kind of lux­ury.”

Klop­per & Davis Ar­chi­tects, Su­bi­aco, WA;

(08) 9381 4731 or

DIN­ING/LIV­ING Owner Lisa (far left), daugh­ters Ge­or­gia and April (at the ta­ble, from left) and son Henry (with back to cam­era) love en­ter­tain­ing friends at home. Pet dog Taxi, a spoo­dle, of­ten snoozes un­der the Jar­dan din­ing ta­ble. Din­ing chairs, In­nerspace. De­sign House Stock­holm can­dle­holder, Ta­ble Cul­ture. ‘Urki­ola’ pitcher, Ge­org Jensen. Ge­orge Nel­son pen­dant lights, Liv­ing Edge. Christ­mas tree, Bal­sam Hill. Swivel chairs, Jar­dan. So­fas, Lounge In­no­va­tion.

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