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This sculptural lakeside home combines natural, low maintenance materials with sustainable heating and seamless thresholds. In effect, the home is future-proofed for its mature owners 

Designed by Kelli Rieck,  Rieck Building Design

From the building designer:

This custom built luxury home has high, sweeping views out to a picturesque lake. The site was steep sloping and triangular in shape. Views to the lake are on the southeast side of the dwelling while the street side is north facing.

The owners’ previous home was quite cold due to lack of north light into living areas so they wanted to include passive solar design, but still have views. 

Future accessibility for the aging owners was an important design consideration along with low maintenance materials. Built-in storage to maintain a clutter free house was also desired. 

The owners’ love for entertaining meant the kitchen was to be the entertainment hub. Every room has access to an outdoor living area. 

The lower level has polished concrete throughout for easy maintenance and thermal mass.


This custom built luxury home has high, sweeping
This custom built luxury home has high, sweeping views out over a picturesque lake. The site was steep sloping and in a triangular wedge shape. 

Warm timber cladding welcomes you to the entry of this home. Step inside and you're in the centre, where the lift and stairwell are located. The home’s minimalist theme continues throughout the home. 

A simple palette of natural materials was desired throughout. Upper level spotted gum timber floors inject warmth and earthiness into the space, complementing the cooler metallic greys, crisp white joinery and large expanses of glass that frame views of the sapphire blue lake water.

Glass balustrades on the upper level ensure nothing
Glass balustrades on the upper level ensure nothing gets between the living spaces and the water views. The home's strong, sculptural design makes the most of its versatile concrete construction.

A translucent glass wall sits beyond the stairs allowing sunlight to flood the stairwell and fall onto the interior exposed off-form concrete walls and polished concrete floor.

Louvres windows on opposing sides of the single depth room allow for cross ventilation. The open stairwell allows for stack ventilation from the louvres on the lower level to the upper level clerestory operable awning windows. 

Large expanses of glass bring the lake views in. Doors throughout the home are oversize and have large D handles. Sliding doors have integrated sill drains to allow for zero threshold design.

The exposed raw concrete and timber flooring make
The exposed raw concrete and timber flooring make ideal, low-upkeep material companions – as seen here from the street-side front entry.

The kitchen design follows the minimalist theme with its streamlined shapes and integrated handles. 

Both the cabinets and benchtops are a combination of high gloss, grey, metallic with contrasting white. Either side of the kitchen there are sitting areas connected to decks to allow for a variety of indoor/outdoor living.

All bedrooms have lake views to the southeast and openings on adjacent sides of the room to promote natural cross ventilation. The bedrooms also have ceiling fans. 

A translucent glass wall sits beyond the stairs
A translucent glass wall sits beyond the stairs allowing sunlight to flood the stairwell and fall onto the interior exposed off-form concrete walls and polished concrete floor. 

All living areas are single depth rooms with lake views to the southeast and translucent glass to openings on the north street to allow sunlight in and provide privacy from the street at the same time.

All wet areas have translucent glass to openings for privacy, while large walk-in showers allow for accessible use.

Credit list

Kitchen designer and interior designer
Kelli Rieck
Joiner
Trubuilt Kitchens & Commercial Joinery
Roof
Ultra Colorbond
Window/door joinery
Absolute Dynamic Window Systems
Tiles
Evolution
Heating
Reverse cycle air conditioning and electric fire
Control systems
Clipsal
Builder
CM Briggs Builders
Kitchen manufacturer
Trubuilt Kitchens
Cladding
Savanna, from Territory range, by Cemintel
Louvre system
Breezeway Altair
Main flooring
Polished concrete; spotted gum timber
Paint
Deluxe in Whisper White
Lighting
Led downlights, feature pendants
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended

Designed by: Rieck Building Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Chris Erickson

04 Apr, 2021

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