Hidden Treasures

First impressions count at the entrance to this striking three-bedroom Yakisugi home, thanks to traditional Japanese shou sugi ban timber treatment. The customised gate, garage and western wing of the home are clad in charred Siberian larch that is both practical and handsome, promising low maintenance protection from weather and fire. The jet black timber abuts oiled natural larch outside and a dressed finish inside the foyer, where a concealed door leads into the guest wing. The handle-free hidden door is a playful touch requiring meticulous craftsmanship to align panelling and retain the lobby’s clean lines. Underfoot, note durable American oak atop RibRaft concrete. An inbuilt ceiling ladder provides access to another secret space; a loft for storage and a play area for grandchildren. Otherwise, the home showcases the owners’ love of fine lighting, airy spaces and comfort, evident in the all-weather patio, soaring 5.4m living room stud and imported light fittings. Extensive LED lighting highlights architectural features and fine finishes like the concrete-look Novacolor fireplace surround, with its convincing trowel mark detail. It’s a beautifully-built dwelling that is safe, private and versatile – cool in summer, intensively insulated for winter, ideal for active retirees. Because lasting impressions matter most.


What the judges had to say

Innovation has been the key to creating this remarkable private urban oasis, which is situated on such a tight site that presented unique challenges and opportunities. Every square meter has been cleverly utilized with every consideration to the surrounding views without compromising privacy.

A focus on good materials and products, has been well complimented by the attention to detail and high standards this builder has achieved.

CARTERS New Home $1 million to $2 million Award
What the judges had to say

Dual outdoor living spaces makes this house unique, with – one off the upstairs formal and main living area and one off the ground floor children’s living area. The upper alfresco with its louvre sliding shutters provides many options regardless of the weather conditions. The space is well positioned to take in the panoramic views while overlooking the enclosed and very private pool below. The lower area is private and sheltered with direct access into the pool. Well-appointed lifestyle options great for entertaining.

Outdoor Living Award
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