Bright, airy and sur­rounded by green­ery, this new Perth abode is as re­laxed as the fam­ily who call it home


Bright, airy and sus­tain­able de­sign was top of the list for this beach-lov­ing fam­ily’s new home

For Kylee and Richard, light is the star, and the fact that their house basks in nat­u­ral light wins them over time and again. “Even in the evenings, the moon lights up the hall­way, so we don’t have the need to turn on many lights,” says Kylee. “It’s de­fifinitely one of our favourite as­pects of the home.”

When dis­cussing with ar­chi­tect Philippa Mow­bray their vi­sion for the strik­ing new build in one of Perth’s pret­ti­est coastal sub­urbs, the cou­ple re­quested a bright, airy and sus­tain­able de­sign. Hap­pily, Philippa de­liv­ered on all counts. “The raw ma­te­ri­als re­flflect the beach­side lo­ca­tion,” says Philippa. “They’ll blend, fade and soften nat­u­rally. The house will be­come a dy­namic part of the na­ture that sur­rounds it. We care­fully con­sid­ered the ap­proach to the home, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate spa­ces, and the bal­ance be­tween vis­ually con­nect­ing rooms and al­low­ing for pri­vacy – we used slid­ing doors to achieve this.”

Perched on an el­e­vated site with mag­i­cal views of the Dar­ling Scarp moun­tain range, the eco-friendly de­sign in­cludes rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing, so­lar-panel sys­tems, en­ergy-ef­fi­fi­cient hy­dronic flfloor heat­ing and flfloor-to-ceil­ing dou­ble glaz­ing. “Both Kylee and I grew up on farms us­ing rain­wa­ter and gen­er­a­tors, so we wanted to be as self-suf­fi­fi­cient as pos­si­ble,” says Richard. “We also wanted to feel con­nected to the out­doors. It was im­por­tant to have an open house with lots of ceil­ing fans, al­low­ing the sea breeze to flflow in and re­duc­ing the need for air-con­di­tion­ing.”

Be­fore set­tling on the de­ci­sion to build a new house, the fam­ily had been liv­ing streets away in a pe­riod home. “We had done ev­ery­thing we could to that house but had out­grown it,” says Kylee. “We were a bed­room short and wanted a gar­den and a pool. At the same time, we didn’t want to build an ul­tra-mod­ern

home, but one that would stand the test of time, age well and be an easy-liv­ing house. Hope­fully, we’ve achieved that.”

Built by Mos­man Bay Con­struc­tion and fea­tur­ing in­te­rior de­sign by Malv­ina Stone, the home cel­e­brates the laid-back life­style of coastal Perth. Lo­cated just 600 me­tres from the beach, the sound of the ocean is an­other joy that Kylee and Richard don’t take for granted. What the cou­ple love most about their home is the wel­come it of­ten presents to those who visit.

“We wanted a house that wasn’t too pre­cious, with a great flflow, in­side and out,” says Richard. “We love the fact that this is a very for­giv­ing home. It’s fan­tas­tic in sum­mer – the kids are al­ways splash­ing away in the pool or rac­ing around the gar­den.” Adds Kylee: “We’re a very prac­ti­cal fam­ily and love hav­ing friends over, as well as spend­ing time at the beach. Our boys surf ev­ery day, and Richard and I walk Matilda on the beach just after 5am, and are back to get the kids off to school,” she says. “It’s such a beau­ti­ful time to be there, be­fore the crowds ar­rive, and grab­bing a cof­fee on the way back gets the day off to an even bet­ter start. We feel very much a part of where we live.”

The house speaks clearly of the fam­ily who call it home. “We do hope this will be the place our kids grow up in,” says Kylee. “It’s hard to imag­ine ever leav­ing it be­hind.” To see more of Philippa’s work, visit philip­pamow­bra­yarchi­tects.com. Reach in­te­rior de­signer Malv­ina Stone at malv­ina­s­tone@hot­mail.com and fifind out more about the builder at mos­man­bay­con­struc­tion.com.au.

POOL A ca­bana pro­vides shade and built-in seat­ing by the pool. The tim­ber deck has been left un­treated to take on a sil­very tone from the sun and weather. A pair of But­ter­fly chairs from Mu­umuu De­sign are a breezy ad­di­tion. HALL­WAY (op­po­site)...

LIV­ING AREA (top left) Strik­ing floor-to-ceil­ing cur­tains add scale and soft­ness. An L-shaped sofa de­signed by in­te­rior de­signer Malv­ina Stone and made by Casa Villa in Perth is paired with an Em­pire Home­wares cush­ion, ‘Blava’ easy chairs from...

STAR PER­FORMER Nat­u­ral tim­ber ac­cents give Kylee and Richard’s home in­stant warmth. Floor­ing in ‘The Ar­chi­tect Col­lec­tion White Smoked’ boards by Royal Oak Floors is a stand­out choice.

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