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Rachcoff Vella Architecture Warms Up Modern Homes in Australia With Wood Details

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.

Another small alcove houses the library complete with reading table.
The Master Suite is uncharacteristically light in colour, the deep brown tones are brought in via the espresso sheers and headboard. Pops of bright yellow and red in the pillows and throw add punch to the neutral colour scheme.

This home by Rachcoff Vella Architecture brings in the warm wood tones via the flooring. Here the floor planks seem to point towards the view through the wall of glass. A cozy niche beside the kitchen holds a spot to sit back and relax while the chef creates her/his magic.
The layout to this kitchen is similar to the one above. Floor to ceiling wood cabinets house the double ovens and an all white island holds the sink. The difference in the kitchen is the location of the stove beside the wall of cabinets. Here, too, the graining of the wood runs vertical on large panels whereas the cabinets in the previous kitchen ran the grain horizontal on 4″ boards. There is also no bar on this island. Similar to the first kitchen is the dining space. A wood table is surrounded with grey chairs.

These dining chairs are upholstered in grey fabric with white steel legs and 3 amber glass pendants are suspended from the ceiling that tie in tonally with the amber fabric on the niche seat.

The third and final example of a kitchen by Rachcoff Vella Architecture continues the combination of warm wood tones with stark white. This kitchen uses wide plank hand hewn flooring that is repeated up the floor to ceiling cabinetry at the end of the bank of white cabinets. The backsplash to this kitchen is windows that overlook the yard and a more industrial type island is on stainless steel legs with wheels for easy manoeuvring. Skylights and pot lights flood the space with both natural and artificial lighting.
This kitchen is just off of a dining and media area to the home, even so, the homeowners have added a small flatscreen TV to the kitchen so that whomever is creating the food magic can still follow the game, movie or show.

The media centre is framed out with the same wood planking as the flooring and kitchen pantry. Inserts of flat black doors create an L shape around the TV and a small, narrow shelving system runs up the side of the unit.

The dining table is surrounded by 8 powder coated steel chairs in black, white and red. A single large globe pendant swags over the hardwood table and a low profile heater below the window keeps the space warm when its cool outside.

The hallway to this home features some of the original heritage details to the space. Long and narrow, it is a study of elegance with the detailed arch seeming to frame the pendant in the distance.
A beautiful poolside courtyard is just outside the kitchen, dining, and living area of this home. Through the windows you can just make out a series of bentwood chairs surrounding a more traditional ornately turned dining table with a clean and white modern kitchen just beyond the table. Wing back chairs can be seen facing toward the media centre on the wood clad two storey wall. Tempered glass create a safety zone around the pool.

The vanity in this home boasts a floating woo slab counter with a vessel sink and wall mounted faucet coming out of the mirror. The mirror continues below the vanity right down to the floor.
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