The layout is intuitive and user-friendly. The basement contains the garage, a guest bathroom, rumpus and wine cellar. On the second level, the kitchen (which won the 2019 HIA NSW Medium Kitchen 10sqm to 20sqm award) and living areas, both awash in natural light, flank a glass-walled courtyard; above that are the three bedrooms and ensuites.
Seamlessly linking these interior spaces, and grafting the entire aesthetic of the home, is a highly sculptural, suspended steel staircase, which appears to float from one level to the next.
‘The staircase really is the centrepiece,’ Tom explains. ‘The design was inspired by a birdcage, and we built it onsite. Every step, every rise, the stringers and everything were all cut and then welded and grinded into position.’
Instead of traditional balusters, Camelot Homes installed the vertical bars to retain the lightness and create that birdcage look. ‘Some of those are seven, eight metres long and run from the top of the house all the way down to the basement,’ Tom explains. ‘They had to be inserted from the roof down into position and welded.’
The staircase – along with a raft of other statement pieces that bejewel the home – was conceived by interior designer and TV personality James Treble, who Tom has been collaborating with for many years.
‘James drew the concepts and I come up with solutions for how to build it,’ Tom says. This included the oversize front door which the Camelot team constructed from timber milled onsite, and a suspended, illuminated mirror that bisects the back-to-back vanity in the master ensuite.