This indoor-outdoor entertaining space meets pool house features a semi-industrial palette and a rooftop terrace, while the new pool alongside has an eye-catching feature of its own

Designed by Jason Saunders, Arc Seven 1

From the designer:

Design Brief

Looking to create a multipurpose living space and pool as an extension to their character bungalow in North Perth, the owners of this home, wanted an entertaining space that would suit their three teenage children and their friends, while equally working as a space to escape to for themselves as well.

There was no preconceived idea as to the approach that was taken, except that an area was to be created that had an internal and external connection, could be self contained, and would provide a relationship to the proposed new pool. As part of this, the new outdoor-indoor entertainment space would sit well within the existing mature gardens that the home owners had established over the years.

Before – existing garden facing south.
Before – existing garden facing south.

Design solution

The solution also had to work with the minimal access way on one side of the property, as this was the only access to the proposed building area.

In response to this, aspects of construction for both the structure and pool were looked at as a priority as part of the overall solution.

While it was considered that we would connect the old and new buildings as one, through several different design scenarios, a building envelope was identified and positioned over the area where an existing old shed was to be removed.

This allowed for a building footprint large enough to meet the owners’ design brief requirements, while having little impact on the existing garden.

As this position was on the southern side of the property, and because we wanted to maximise winter sun into the living space, we separated the two structures to achieve this.

To further reduce the impact on the garden area and to allow for the new structure to blend into the existing garden, a new roof garden terrace was introduced above the new building structure.

In addition, the new terrace provided for an additional green space that could be created by the owners.

The above ground pool includes an interesting design feature. The pool’s turquoise mosaic tiles also clad its external faces. This allowed for the pool water to cascade down the outside of the pool, into a trough, thus creating not only a functional pool but one that would stimulate the senses and enhance the experience of the garden as a whole.

Inspired by the materials of the original shed and the owners’ love of the industrial aesthetic, a minimalist industrial palette of white concrete, brass, turquoise, black, recycled brick and steel was introduced, to create a carefully considered finish that would age well and still be relevant in the years to come.

Credit list

Building designer
Kitchen design
Arc Seven 1
Pool design
Arc Seven 1
50 x 50mm Tampa Aqua Mosaics pool tile, from Odin Ceramics
Colorbond Trimdeck roof sheeting in Surf Mist
Window/door joinery
G2 windows, commercial aluminium double glazed Slim Line window suite
Bathroom tiles
50 x 50mm Tampa Aqua mosaics feature tile; 1200 x 400 Matt White porcelain tile, both from Odin Ceramics
Feature lighting
Radiant Lighting
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended
Builder and kitchen manufacturer
Millbrook Construction
Pool installation
Ocean Blu Pools
Weatherboard 'Weathergroove' Natural 150mm Cladding board; James Hardie Scyon Matrix Cladding sheeting; James Hardie Scyon Stria 405mm Cladding board; James Hardie 6.0mm Hardiflex lining board; recycled masonry brick
Louvre system
Aneeta Windows; Velux Skylights
White polished concrete, by Concrete Society
External wall – Weathershield Monument; external eave lining – Weathershield Natural White; internal walls and ceilings – Wash & Wear 101 Natural White, all by Dulux Paints
Control systems
Intelligent Homes; Radiant Lighting

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Kelly Barker, Immer Photography

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