As every successful designer knows, creating a winning design is all about taking the best that there is and then improving on it. In terms of house building, this could well mean combining the good bones of a classic masonry design with the ergonomic pluses of open-plan interiors to create a fresh breed of residence.
This large 300m² house is a case in point. It was designed by Eden Homes, as a showcase for the company's broad range of upmarket family residences.
The four-bedroom, two-level house is built in the enduring style of a rural Italian villa, says Rob Dines, director of Eden Homes.
"The dense walls, deep window and door reveals, and old-fashioned, red barrel-tile roofs are all typical of century-old homes nestled in the Tuscan countryside. Similarly, features such as the wrought iron detailing, solid cedar front door and timber window shutters might once have graced one of these rustic structures."
These European-style houses have endured down the ages for two reasons: they have an attractive aesthetic that never seems to date, and they are always warm, snug and dry no matter what the weather or season.
However, if traditional appearance and durable performance are inherent in the design and construction of this house, the interiors are a far cry from the small rooms and passages of those picturesque Italian buildings.
"The floor plans as with the layouts of most of our designs cater to modern family living," says Dines. "The interiors are spacious and airy, with soaring ceilings, rooms that flow from one to another, and an abundance of natural light."