One requirement stood out loud and clear for this client’s house in Keiraville: outdoor living with room to entertain.
While the brief was clear, the narrow block for this knockdown and rebuild in Keiraville made our designers think hard about how to arrange a three-bedroom home with generous living areas and a double garage while delivering that much sought-after outdoor entertaining area and the feeling of living in a beach shack…with loads of comfort and space.
The result is a home that feels as if it has two pavilions, joined by a recessed entrance and a hallway separating the bedroom wing from the main part of the house with the living areas.
The living area is set back from the street front, creating space for a double garage, a study, laundry, powder room and a butler’s pantry tucked behind the kitchen. This design hides away the functional spaces and directs the visitor from the front door into the more open living areas. Less is more with this house!
The couple loves to cook, so much thought has gone into a high-quality kitchen fit out with a large island bench and butler’s pantry, while the polished concrete flooring and raked ceiling with skylights enhance its rustic, bright and breezy vibe.
The open kitchen, dining and living area connect onto a large covered alfresco dining area, with room enough for a large dining setting and BBQ. Right next to that, of course, is the pool, which takes centre stage in the backyard and can be seen from the living area as well as the master bedroom.
While it does look out onto the pool, the master bedroom provides a sense of privacy and personal space for the occupants, with the walk-in wardrobe and ensuite hidden behind the bedhead, leaving the sleeping area uncluttered.
On the block itself, the focus on outdoor use means many of the mature trees will be kept to provide greenery and shade. This result with this house is anything but a suburban, off the shelf, cookie-cutter.
See you poolside!