‘It’s so quiet. The house opens up on both sides and you can­not hear any traf­fic’

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Best de­sign tip: Take the op­por­tu­nity to build in as much stor­age as you can. We have a wall-length bank of cup­boards in the garage, linen cup­boards dis­guised be­hind white pan­els in the en­trance gallery, a sep­a­rate gal­ley in the kitchen and, of course, plenty of cus­tom-made built-in shelv­ing and al­coves for our col­lec­tions. Also, get the land­scap­ing com­pany in­volved right from the be­gin­ning. (Barry) And best build tip: Par­tic­u­larly in the last month, spend a lot of time on site. Make your­self a nui­sance so you get on top of small de­tails that could or would ag­gra­vate you later if done wrong. (Barry)

What we would have done dif­fer­ently: We wish we had in­stalled a but­ton at the drive­way gate to open it, in­stead of just one up­stairs in the house and re­ly­ing on the re­mote con­trol. That way, when we’re out in the gar­den, we could just walk up to the gate to open it in­stead of hav­ing to dash back in­side the house. (Deb­o­rah) Favourite thing about this area: Where we are, it’s so quiet. The house opens up on both sides and you can­not hear any traf­fic – yet I can walk to Cox’s Bay Re­serve or Farro for shop­ping or up to All­press to buy cof­fee beans. (Barry) Barry Bloom­field and Deb­o­rah Car­lyon

Low-main­te­nance gar­dens de­signed by Ni­chola Vague of Zones mean week­ends are about en­joy­ing the spaces. With glaz­ing on both sides of the liv­ing zone, it feels like you’re in the trees.

The kitchen is at one end of the 32m-long home, which leads out into a shel­tered morn­ing deck; at the other end is pos­si­bly the cou­ple’s favourite room, the li­brary. It’s a cosy space with a comfy, re-cov­ered Con­ran couch, more books, more CDs and Barry’s col­lec­tion of vinyl records, some of which he de­signed the al­bum cov­ers for, in­clud­ing Bob Mar­ley, Ul­travox and Cat Stevens.

Many keep­sakes and mem­o­ries like these in­habit this brand­new home, giv­ing it pres­ence, and the pair are ea­ger to buy more art for the gallery-style en­trance hall but have de­cided to take things slowly.

They make a good team. “I ap­pre­ci­ate what Barry knows about de­sign but I’m the or­gan­iser and like a process,” says Deb­o­rah. Both are di­rec­tors in their own busi­nesses, and have given them­selves Fri­days off to work from home – or just to en­joy it.

THIS PAGE Below the Ted Dutch art­work is a Red and Blue chair by Ger­rit Ri­etveld; when Barry was at Con­ran in Lon­don, a col­league bought one de­spite own­ing no other fur­ni­ture: “Barry was very im­pressed that some­one could be that pas­sion­ate. It’s some­thing we al­ways wanted be­cause it’s quite sculp­tural, and we found it at Matisse two years ago,” says Deb­o­rah; to the left is Barry’s of­fice.

OP­PO­SITE (from top) The orange floor lamp in the li­brary is a replica Greta Grossman Grasshop­per; Barry gave Deb­o­rah the chair as a gift for “an im­por­tant birth­day some years ago”, she says; the print is Con­queror by Paul Klee. The chair out­side Barry’s of­fice is a new pur­chase from BoCon­cept; the ro­bot is Ed­die by Grant Suther­land, a gift from Barry’s daugh­ters.

THIS PAGE (from top) The house’s stair­well is on the left; the path leads to Deb­o­rah’s of­fice – above it is the deck off the din­ing room. On top of the garage is the liv­ing room deck – the rooftop decks were added to pro­vide in­door-out­door flow up­stairs; the house also has a white Colorsteel roof, to re­flect heat: “It looks like a white ship­ping con­tainer sus­pended on those beams,” says Deb­o­rah.

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