A theme in the Australian homes created or renovated by Rachcoff Vella Architecture is the use of wood the warm up otherwise minimalist modern spaces. Even in renovations on heritage homes, the choice of clean and simple lines work harmoniously with the more traditional details because of the use of wood as a bridge between the two design aesthetics. In this sprawling home the two wings converge on a central wood clad hub that houses the foyer in front and the kitchen, dining and living areas in the back. The façade of this home exemplifies the union between the modern and the natural, creating drama and visual interest while keeping the lines of the home clean and simple.
The entry to the home is impressive with its over scale door that swings on a central pivot point. A skylight overhead floods the space with natural light.
The foyer leads to both wings or straight ahead to the new addition where the kitchen, dining and living spaces are located. Flanked on both sides by walls of glass the new addition is bright, airy and spacious. The kitchen floats in the new addition with a back wall of floor to ceiling wood cabinets that house the double ovens and fridge. Entry into this section of the home is from either side of the cabinets. The centre island houses the sink and cooktop in the double deep counter top.
Just past the kitchen is the dining area. The dining area is kept to a clean light wood splayed leg table with 8 charcoal grey chairs. No chandelier, no additional adornment – none is needed with the views out both sides. Continuing passt the dining area is the living zone wrapped around a sandy toned shag rug.
The Fireplace in the living zone is wrapped with glass to allow views to the deck and pool. The black flu to the fireplace blends with the black mullions used to support the large expanses of windows and sliding doors.
An alcove in the home is a great place to get away and relax. The space is covered with horizontal wood boards in a mid tone stain. The space is kept bright by the large window overlooking the deck. 2 large paintings are spotlighted by a track light and a small cluster pendant hangs over a single small side table.