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Best Homes Issue#8 2018

Best Homes showcases the best and most prestigious homes from builders across the country. Providing you with the right information as well as the inspiration for you to turn your dream home or apartment into a reality.

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2 min.
fresh appeal

This block in South Coogee, overlooking the ocean in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, featured a very old brick house that no longer took advantage of its enviable location. The solution was to knock it down so that the new homeowners could build their dream home, which they can enjoy for many years. “The site was steep and very narrow, which made it difficult to work with, however due to our many years of building experience, this was not the first time that we had to work with a narrow site,” say Nino Sanzari and Jon Vithoulka of Starr Constructions, who were entrusted with the build. The clients, a family of two adults and two children, envisaged a very luxurious, modern family home. Ultimately they wanted their dream home. Inspiration for the design came…

2 min.
out of the square

Avacant block of land presents the opportunity to create something special without any of the hindrances that occur when a pre-existing structure lies in the way of your new abode. And that’s exactly what this Bella Vista (Sydney) home, designed by architects Aspect Designs, was afforded. In a typical family residence, occupants tend to live on top of each other and spaces are filled to the brim. This modern take on a family home prioritises space, and there’s plenty of it for a couple with two young children. “The client wanted a spacious house in which they would feel comfortable,” says Nino Sanzari from Starr Constructions. Beginning from scratch, there was a considerable amount of work to be completed, including a cinema, multi-car garage, courtyard, living and kitchen area, laundry, lounge room,…

3 min.
inner-west haven

The family of four who live here has two energetic children (11 and eight), two working parents and an active social life. Their days are busy, so they wanted a home that could cope with that activity in a relaxed way. “We felt we had waited so long to own a home, and we really wanted it to be something we loved,” say the homeowners. “We wanted a place that felt raw and relaxed, yet sophisticated. We didn’t want it to feel too precious and we wanted spaces to be mutable and multipurpose. There is a small nod to our country of origin (South Africa) in the rawness of the design.” Sydney’s Annandale is notorious for narrow streets, tight access and limited parking. Despite this property having a rear lane, the challenge…

2 min.
french flavour

For their vacant block in Sydney’s Hills district, these clients — a family with two young children — requested an upmarket French provincial-style family home with a point of difference upon entry. “They presented me with photos of mostly French provincial-look houses, and I showed them some homes that I had previously designed,” says designer Bruce Fyffe of Fyffe Design Services. The custom-designed four-bedroom home with study, brought to life by Balmoral Homes director Craig Egginton and the Balmoral team, offers three living areas plus an upstairs gallery. The master suite boasts a sitting space with Juliet balcony, a luxury ensuite and large walk-in dressing room. Bedroom two offers a walk-in robe and ensuite, and bedrooms three and four incorporate walk-in robes and a shared bathroom. Bedrooms two and three, as well…

5 min.
relax in style

Gremmo Homes’ latest display house began with a simple concept. “Our objective was to create a contemporary design with a relaxed feel,” says Richard Gremmo. “There are finishes and inclusions that you wouldn’t usually find in a display home. We have more than 20 years of experience as a custom home builder, and we are well aware of the design concepts and inclusions that are both popular and also functional. We have worked hard to create an adaptable layout that can be easily adjusted to accommodate unique circumstances, such as narrow-width lots and sloping sites.” The home has a substantial street presence, accentuated by two advanced native Brachychiton ‘Bottle’ trees. Welcoming wideformed stairs provide a subtle transition from the footpath to the entry of the home, framed by a double-storey glazed…

3 min.
down on the river

Little Wobby Beach is a small river settlement on the lower Hawkesbury River, opposite Brooklyn where the railway line crosses the river. Access to this steep site, in bushfire-prone land, is via boat only, with everything brought in by barge. The site is in a potential land slippage area and extensive excavation was required as the home to be built had to be kept as low as possible to meet council height constraints and allow the shared views of neighbouring properties. Hillside excavation required extensive geotechnical, engineering, builder and owner efforts at site-prep stage. The site had an existing wharf and boatshed and the existing boatshed was to become an intricate part of the development’s roof design, both aesthetically and to provide entry to the new home. As such, it was…