Paying homage to the federation era of Australian homes, this two-storey abode by Riverstone Custom Homes in Dalkeith melds a traditional shell with a modern and sophisticated interior.
The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home on a 1100sqm block ditches the white picket fence for a sleek stone driveway and modern landscaping to create a stepped walkway leading to the verandah.
Named Beatrice House, the face of the design has a subtle feature wall of exposed red-speckled brick, adding a touch of color and earthiness to the mostly white design.
Working closely with the clients during the design process, Riverstone Custom Homes Interior Architect Nadia De Cerff said Riverstone Custom Homes liaised with the owners entirely remotely, as they were living overseas.
“The design process with Riverstone is collaborative – between our design team and the client,” she said.
“Every home we do starts with a blank page and we work through iterations until the client is completely happy we have met their vision.
“After the initial concept design, the interior architect works closely with the client throughout the selections process to further refine the details, achieving a resolved aesthetic for the home inside and out.
“With this build, the clients wanted to integrate interior architectural elements of traditional Australian federation homes, including high skirting boards, picture rails and ceiling roses.”
Inside, the home takes the Hamptons interior style to a new level of modernity, incorporating feature walls and moody black contrasts.
Ms De Cerff said the abode boasted a fantastic floor plan with enough separation for all types of family arrangements, as well as work-from-home options in the downstairs study and a large guest suite.
The feeling of bright, open space is evident within the home, thanks to the open-plan living and kitchen areas.
The ingenious positioning of the large windows and sliding doors to the outside area strikes the core of the home, with natural light and fresh air spreading throughout.
When it comes to the kitchen, simplicity is at the forefront, with white cabinetry and bullnose marble-look benchtops that pop against the oak flooring.
“We created a classic aesthetic with decorative detailing and brushed nickel fittings,” Ms De Cerff said.
The adjacent glass door looks into the purpose-built cellar and provides a unique feature.
Ms De Cerff said the formal living room was integrated with other spaces, including a dedicated activity lounge with a study nook for the children.
“The formal living area has a faux fireplace and is finished in a charcoal color to create a striking, cosy atmosphere,” she said.
The wood-panelled feature wall combined with the fireplace creates a rustic, yet sophisticated feel, topped with bold black shelving on either side.
This theme flows into the front lounge room, which uses dark charcoal walls to put a twist on the otherwise traditional features, while the study next door follows the same characteristics with matte black and white walls, cleverly using wood furniture and flooring to soften the contrast and create a visually balanced and appealing aesthetic throughout.
“We’ve tried to use elements of gunmetal and black as a contrast against the more classic, traditional elements of the home, so it feels more transitional,” Ms De Cerff said.
At the back of the home, Ms De Cerff said the rear ground-floor bedroom provided an independent suite for guests, with an ensuite, a kitchenette and a walk-in robe, as well as rear access to the large garden.
“William Morris and Little Greene wall coverings have been applied to feature walls in the bedrooms, complemented by 100 per cent wool carpets and plantation shutters,” she said.
The top-floor sitting area is ideal for the family to enjoy each other’s company, while a built-in study nook adds plenty of flexibility to the area.
The bathrooms are where this custom home flexes its muscles, continuing the high-contrast theme with black cabinets against white walls and stone benchtops.
However, it’s the white marbled tiles, similar to those used in the kitchen, that make the bathrooms unique, adding a sense of texture and sophistication.
“My favorite area is the main bathroom, which has beautiful patterned floor tiles as the key feature,” Ms De Cerff said.
“We wanted to create a timeless aesthetic, with marble porcelain tiles contrasted with darker timber cabinetry and gunmetal fittings.
“Ornate decorative mirrors and wall sconces complement the spaces.”
In a home stacked with features and intricate designs, the outdoor area follows suit, with an undercover alfresco boasting a large barbecue, a rangehood and a pizza oven, making this an entertainer’s playground.
“The outdoor area is well integrated with the kitchen and meals area and is equipped with an outdoor kitchen, including a pizza oven,” Ms De Cerff said.
“The pool is close by, as well as a lawn area for the kids to play.”
Beatrice House is open by appointment for private viewings.
CONTACT Riverstone Custom Homes, 9436 9696, www.riverstone.com.au