Family living areas are off to one side of the reception room, in the central volume. A wall clad in custom milled white oak tiles separates the two spaces, and keeps the look warm. This wood has the same look and dimensions as the porcelain tiles on the exterior the owners say it is almost impossible to distinguish between the two. Even the grout lines are aligned, so there is a strong visual connection with the entry.
The family living space, which can be closed off from the entertaining areas by sapele pocket doors, enjoys a similar outlook. Glass sliding doors open it up to the pool terrace and the view. This room also features a double-sided gas fireplace that warms and brightens the entry on the other side of the sapele wall.
The sleek Poliform kitchen, at one end of the room, has wenge wood base cabinets, glass upper cabinets and a Carrara marble island countertop. The perimeter countertop and backsplash are in stainless steel.
"This is rather like a display kitchen," says Dean Sioukas. "All the clutter is hidden away in a second kitchen immediately behind this one. And it is the second kitchen that gets used every day by the family. Because there is a wide opening with a view of the pool terrace, we never feel cut off from the action. However, pocket doors can close this space off if required when caterers are using the kitchen."
Another area of the house that enjoys a great view of the pool and landscaping is the master suite at the far end of the terrace. This is designed as a large open-plan space with a freestanding sapele wood wall in the center. Contemporary vanities are cantilevered off one side of the wall, while the headboard rests against the other side.
The owners can even step onto a narrow bridge immediately outside the bedroom door and dive straight into the pool for a few laps before breakfast.
"The pool itself extends out beyond the far end of the building, so it provides a good length for swimming," says Dziewulski.
Its appeal is further enhanced by comfortable sun loungers positioned on a floating pad a whimsical touch in this home for all seasons.