Wine storage and media room
The great room also incorporates a temperature-controlled wine storage alcove.
This is a custom designed marble backed display for 144 bottles, plus 12 magnums, with LED lighting.
The specific needs and lifestyle of the owner were an ongoing part of the design discussion.
“He wanted a smart use of space,” Yoav says. “And didn’t feel the need for a large home theatre, so this is more of a media room – it can be totally open for casual TV watching, so you can see the entry pond to your right, and people hanging out by the wine room, or you can close the doors, roll down the blackouts, and it's a mini theatre.”
Patio and pool
The outdoor living space provides all the elements; water, fire, and artful landscaping that brings nature up close, while enhancing privacy.
Cooking and entertaining can be done in the full outdoor kitchen and dining area, with fireplace seating around a distinctive fire feature underlit with LEDs.
The pool has two fixed in-water lounge chairs with an umbrella, and an outdoor shower is around the corner next to the primary bath.
In terms of the flooring, there is a sophisticated design and engineering element underlying the seamless extension from the indoors to the outdoors.
Yoav says that this is used in all of Whipple Russell Architects’ projects.
“All of our main floor patios and balconies utilise what's called a pedestal decking system, this is so the patio is absolutely flat – your furniture does not wobble, a round object will not roll.
"The surface does not have to be sloped for drainage.”
This is because the top finishing tiles that we walk on are supported underneath by small adjustable pedestals.
The whole concrete subfloor can be sloping and undulating in all sorts of different directions for the right drainage, but the tiles on top are adjusted to be perfectly level.
Instead of the tiles being grouted as they are indoors, there is an open seam at the edges so rain can go down to the concrete subfloor and away.
Also, if a piece of tile is damaged or cracked, it can be lifted out and replaced.