HIA member Weststyle was the building and design firm chosen to construct the project. Family run and operated since 1968, Weststyle predominantly works on custom-built homes and developments in metropolitan Perth. Managing Director Tony Ricciardello says while the business often works with external architects, developing an in-house architecture and interior design service gives Weststyle a decided ‘edge’ in Western Australia’s competitive and shifting residential building market.
‘We offer an extremely personalised experience, and are committed to designing and building unique bespoke homes,’ he says. ‘It’s not about how large they are but the craftsmanship, and providing a high-quality finish. That’s what’s important to us.’
Weststyle’s team completes around 15 projects each year with the average build costing around $1–2 million. The business has built a solid reputation for ingenuity and innovative thinking, with a long tally of awards to show for it, including the 2019 HIA Perth Custom Built Home $1,200,000 – $1,800,000 and 2019 HIA WA GreenSmart Sustainable Home awards (to name a few) for the RZB House.
Tony says that despite its modest size, the home is highly detailed and cleverly designed. ‘There are lots of intricate moments that knit together to produce a beautifully crafted home,’ he says. ‘The custom face brick archways and metal frieze work are a couple of examples.’
This custom steel frieze outlining the gable roofline is a distinguishing external characteristic. Its white pattern (mirrored in black along the front yard fence) comes to life at night thanks to backlit lighting in the shape of an upside down V. The effect is simple yet powerful, offering an original, standout feature in the established streetscape.
A draping white Colorbond roof with concealed box gutters helps to reflect heat absorption and provides a neat, streamlined appearance, while a crafted ‘Flemish Bond’ entry wall adds visual interest as visitors approach. Once inside, dark-toned stone and masonry elements work harmoniously with ethically-sourced European and American Oak joinery, the neutral palette serving to exude a calming energy throughout the home.
Tony explains that low-maintenance building products were carefully selected for the project. ‘By their nature the materials have a natural palette and the warm tones create a gentle environment to live in,’ he says. ‘Robust materials such as concrete, brickwork and anodised metals reduce the amount of repainting required for the external finishes of the house.’