"The idea was that the brick treatment grounded the home in visual terms, with lighter wood and metal introduced above."
On entering past the tranquil koi pond, guests and owners step into a large open-plan living and entertaining volume that includes dining, kitchen and family areas. Taking a generous bite into this dramatic space, an outdoor courtyard brings light into the heart of the home. With ceiling-height sliding doors on three sides, this sheltered outdoor living space can merge seamlessly with the interior.
There are also large sliders on the front wall of the living area. These connect the interiors to the front yard and the pool deck on this side of the home.
The design efficiently dovetails its lifestyle elements into the tricky fan-shaped corner site in a home that that effectively "turns its back on the street" says Lau.
"The finer points of the interior layout are an exercise in efficient space planning, too," he says. "A large scullery screens clutter from the kitchen while the kitchen is two steps from dining and living areas. The laundry is behind and to one side of the kitchen. The bedroom at this level could be ideal for elderly homeowners who want to live on the ground floor, or for stay-over children or grandchildren. It's set to one side, near the double garage, offering privacy while still being close to the fridge or bathroom."
Upstairs, is a second lounge, with extended leafy views through the void created by the stepped-in courtyard. The cut-in void also provides for a neat separation between the master suite on one side and the bathroom and three more bedrooms on the other.