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Externally, the use of white bagged brick with recycled red brick and timber is reminiscent of the traditional housing in that suburb, while a contemporary look is achieved by hints of quintessentially Australian Zincalume corrugated cladding. The internal palette however evolved from the client’s love of bright colours.
‘The client said, “I prefer bold colours for interiors [but] left to my own decisions I would create vomit, so I’m hoping for some help to get it right!” That’s actually what she wrote in the brief,’ Sarah laughs.
The plans for the brief morphed into three levels with flexible spaces. ‘The ground floor holds the kitchen and dining area, it’s where the hustle and bustle is, so the design is fun and sunny,’ she says.
Recycled Blackbutt timber was used to create a sturdy kitchen benchtop, while plywood and Laminex panelling – some in red, green or yellow – was chosen for the cabinetry. By including bench seat dining beside the kitchen (instead of a formal dining room) and a couple of study nooks with pleasant outlooks along two hallways (instead of traditional home offices), the space saved has allowed for a higher quality of finish and greater energy efficiency.
Sarah adds that the middle level serves as a multi-purpose and adaptable wing. ‘There are a lot of flexible features in this house. The mid-level is more of a teenager’s space; it has the kids’ bedrooms and the main family lounge which can be separated for private, focused activity. This area can also be separately rented as a unit down the track when the kids leave home.’