“The owners are huge foodies and entertainers maestros – so the kitchen was to be the absolute
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« “The design concept was to reclaim a sense of those spaces being individual but connected so where we demolished walls we also retained and expressed oversized bulkheads and beams,” says Debbie, who used these beams to delineate interior zones, endowing each with a different ceiling treatment and lighting concept.
The entryway, halls, dining room and kitchen leaned towards a more traditional character with panelling, cornices and architraves whereas the newly unobstructed flow from living room to outdoor terrace was expressed by stripping back all embellishments for a more modern line that was less enclosing.
Enhancing the home’s openness and drawing in more natural light on the entertaining level was achieved by amalgamating a series of low-hanging French doors and replacing them with a single-span, 4.5-metre opening that was framed in steel. This instantly improved light, ventilation and access but also opened up those enviable gun-barrel views down to the harbour and the bridge.
Debbie took the same approach in the master ensuite where new twinned windows were installed over a pair of handbasins. Previously, a double-bricked wall had hindered any view outside and blocked natural light coming in.
The five-year project was “a protracted process”, says Debbie, due in part to the evolution of the brief. But once that was resolved the project was deftly completed in only eight months of on-site construction.
One of the spaces that drew the most attention in detailing was the kitchen. “The owners are huge foodies and entertainers – they’re culinary maestros – so the kitchen was to be the absolute epicentre of the home.” »