UN­DER­STATED EL­E­GANCE IN A RAIN­FOR­EST EN­VI­RON­MENT

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | HOT PROPERTY - WORDS: ERLE LEVEY

LONG, clean lines, un­der­stated el­e­gance and ab­so­lute pri­vacy await at the end of a con­crete drive­way that un­du­lates through lush rain­for­est and eu­ca­lypt for­est. De­signed in 2012 by lo­cal ar­chi­tect Jolyon Robin­son, the sin­gle-level home sits gently into the con­tour of the land, blend­ing beau­ti­fully with the sur­round­ing bush. With the ideal northerly as­pect, walls of glass, and win­dows that stretch right up to the skil­lion roof, the en­tire length of the home is flooded with nat­u­ral light. On lan­guid sum­mer days, the huge screened bi­fold doors and banks of glass lou­vres draw in even the faintest breeze. Tra­di­tional el­e­ments such as the tin roof and the long, tim­ber ve­randa meld per­fectly with the mod­ern, min­i­mal­ist in­te­rior where na­tive tim­bers are a fea­ture. The warm black­butt tim­ber floors of the open-plan lounge-din­ing zone ex­tend through­out the house, while the hand-crafted silky-oak-topped kitchen is­land – com­plete with dove­tail­ing and al­most 4m long – will stop vis­i­tors in their tracks. The same clean lines are echoed in the two-pac kitchen cab­i­netry, Cae­sar­stone bench­top and glass splash­back. The fridge and but­ler's pantry hide dis­creetly be­hind slid­ing doors. A lovely light-filled study is tucked be­hind the lounge room, not far from the built-in wood-burn­ing stove. The feel­ing of calm rip­ples through to the two guest bed­rooms: both bright and spa­cious with high ceil­ings and built-in robes. The main bath­room fea­tures a free-stand­ing bath, glass shower and silky-oak bench­top. Nat­u­ral light from above is dif­fused by tim­ber slats, and a de­light­ful pair of large slid­ing shut­ters can be thrown open to the rear gar­den. At the far end of the house lies the enor­mous main re­treat. The bed­room, with glass on three sides, in­clud­ing gas-strut hop­per win­dows, juts out into the rain­for­est canopy. The en­suite comes with dou­ble sink, glass shower and sep­a­rate toi­let. At the front, the big, beau­ti­ful deck can be used for en­ter­tain­ing in all weather with its rain-sen­si­tive ver­gola. A sep­a­rate two-bay shed comes with cov­ered apron.

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