Romantic French farmhouse exterior – but step inside!

Romantic and rustic on the outside, this home changes its tune when you enter its dynamic, sculptural interiors. The design loosely comprises three visually separate but connected barn-like structures

Designed by David Reid Homes

From the designers:

The design brief was for a quality home that was flexible to accommodate a family through their life ensuring a future-proof solution.

Located in Karaka, the design is based around the look of a gathering of rural French farm buildings, with a modern-sophisticated twist. The group of three isolated gable forms are linked in sympathetic scale and proportion, while addressing views to the easterly lake, maximising the northerly sun and achieving protection from the westerly wind.

Much of the exterior of the home is comprised of precast concrete panels in dark tones that give a sense of permanence and solidity. The balance of cladding, however, is standing seam Euro-tray style metal to both roof and walls, as in the modern European style.

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Entrance into this David Reid-designed and built home is through a double-height entry space, approached by a sheltered walkway from the entry court.

The design pushes the building forms to the side boundaries, achieving a generous driveway forecourt that leads to an informal central courtyard space, which in turn leads to the sheltered entrance to the home.

The design separates the service areas – including garage and laundry – into one form and places this near the street, complete with an upper level bedroom loft with two bedrooms, a bathroom and study, where two teenage family members can retire to and escape from the everyday.

The middle form comprises entry space and designer kitchen. This form brings the visitor into the house via a wide glazed entrance hall, approached by a raised walkway. The dramatic entry space accommodates a feature suspended stairway, displayed in front of a large blade wall.

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Access to the kitchen and entertaining areas is around this central blade wall which supports the staircase on one side and the back of the kitchen on the other.

The kitchen and living areas are accessed around the side of the blade wall which also forms the rear of the central kitchen directly on the other side. The nucleus of the home, the kitchen is presented as an elegant and sophisticated arrangement. Its design incorporates a large sit-up island and built in cabinets with hideaway doors that conceal the rear bench and appliances. There is also a separate built-in scullery.

Taking pride of place in the kitchen design, the island overlooks an external terrace court and out to lake views.

Direct access to the terrace court is achieved via floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that can be pulled back to create a pleasing, seamless indoor–outdoor flow.

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The dining or media room is close to the home's central kitchen but can also be separated off, as required.

The main living spaces and two further bedrooms comprise the home's third connected form. The dining or media room is directly across from the kitchen and can be closed off from that area.

Next to the dining room, but separate, is the home’s corner lounge, complete with cathedral ceilings, that also overlooks the lake. This space also enjoys direct access through floor-to-ceiling glazed sliding doors to the external terrace court.

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The kitchen is proudly the centre of this home and as such commands the best views.

The other two bedrooms and a guest bathroom in this third gabled form are entered through a small passage from the glazed entrance hall.

The upper level, under the home's central gable, is reached by the suspended stair and is solely for the masters of the home. Raised above family life, while still being close at hand, the master bedroom suite with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite achieves elevated framed views over the lake while also benefitting from the morning sun.

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King and queen of all you survey! The upstairs master bedroom in this home is firmly trained on the water views.

Overall, the home’s design is elegant in its simplicity of both form and arrangement of spaces. A family or entertainer's dream, it also reflects a sophisticated pallet of finishes and claddings.

Credit list

Design and build
David Reid Homes Counties
Kitchen manufacturer
Cube Dentro
Landscape design and installation
David Reid Homes Counties
Colorsteel Eurotray
Johnson & Couzins
Panaria ceramic porcelain stoneware
Recessed down-lights; contemporary pendant lighting in matt and brushed black, brushed brass, chrome and blown glass
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) New Homes – Runner-up
Kitchen designer
Leonie Hamill
Interior designer
Harriet Pilkington, from Young + Richards
Colorsteel Eurotray metal cladding; elements in Vulcan Shiplap weatherboard, from Abodo; concrete tilt panel
Window/door joinery
Architectural Aluminium
Main flooring
Dali Oak white timber floor; Irvine Rockefeller carpet
Swinson Group imported wallpaper
Daikin concealed ducted system
Control systems – lighting
Schneider Electric

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Kallan Macleod

18 Dec, 2019

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