Rugged with a thoughtful character

A bold aesthetic, robust materiality and relaxed indoor/outdoor connections give this thoughtfully detailed home a character all of its own 

Designed by Janik Dalecki, Dalecki Design

From the building designer:

Located many miles from Melbourne – the city that inspired its aesthetic – this new build is rather surprisingly located in the far South West of WA, within the relatively quiet Esperance town centre.

The owner came to Dalecki Design wanting something that was eye catching and that stood out within the more traditional Esperance streetscape.

Designed for a young builder from a rural farming background, raw and robust materiality and a solid indoor/outdoor connection are key in connecting the home to the homeowner’s roots. 

Situated on a sloping site, the house follows the natural topography of the land as one moves through it.

At the same time, views to the exterior landscape slowly unfurl to reveal the full character of the home.

A central hub – the sunken living, dining and kitchen zone – feels generously proportioned due to additional ceiling height and ample glazing.

Floor to ceiling glazing allows natural light to permeate the interior while forging a connection to the landscape.

Strategic placement of the glazing takes advantage of the northern winter sun and cooling summer breezes to create a house that requires no auxiliary heating or cooling, year-round.

The home’s exterior materials are low maintenance and robust with steel, timber, some reclaimed brickwork and concrete used extensively throughout.

The front elevation features a single high-pitched gable that is framed by an exposed steel beam making for a bold and weighty element.

Vertical timbers below add further visual interest, while providing privacy to the home office behind.

Inside, reclaimed brickwork, polished concrete and black joinery underscore the home’s industrial aesthetic, making a further design statement while connecting the interior to exterior.

While this striking home demands attention, it brims with subtle, meaningful features too.

From the Esperance beach sand found within the brickwork mortar, to the alfresco screening that is made out of hand foraged native eucalyptus gimlets from the family farm, it’s the personal details that set this home apart.

Credit list

Building designer
Structural engineer
Reed Engineers
Building surveyor
John Massey Group
Bathroom tiles
Inax, Japanese, from Tile World
Artique Built
Energy efficiency
Northern Aspect Energy Consultants
Window/door loinery
DGA Windows
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) New Home – Highly Commended

Designed by: Janik Dalecki, Dalecki Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Renae Roberts

23 Jan, 2022

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