Houzz Tour: A Contemporary Australian Home Set in a Former Orchard
The site of a former orchard in Australia is transformed into a spacious home perfect for work, rest and play
‘Both clients carry out consultancy work from home, so a good home office space was an essential part of the brief,’ Sarah says. Their children live interstate and overseas and, therefore, tend to stay infrequently but for longer periods, so it was important they had their own space when visiting. The guest bedroom has plenty of storage and its own en-suite bathroom, and a refurbished on-site guest cottage is well used. The home office also doubles as additional guest space.
Both owners are excellent cooks and gardeners and enjoy entertaining so, as well as a fabulous kitchen and indispensable butler’s kitchen, the architects made sure they designed a generous covered back door lobby with gardening tool storage and a sink for washing vegetables picked from the garden.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here A professional couple with grown-up children
Location New South Wales, Australia
Size 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
That’s interesting The property used to be an organic macadamia nut orchard with a Samoan temple and contemplation pavilion, but both were non-compliant with current building regulations, so had to be removed.
The homeowners love the room for its adaptability as well as its looks. In the long, subtropical summer, the doors disappear and the garden and views become part of the room. On chilly winter evenings, they stay cosy around the fireplace with its wonderful stone chimney.
Fireplace stone, Eco Outdoor.
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The 4.5m-wide sliding stacking doors allow the north elevation to open up to the landscape, both visually and literally when the doors are open and stacked behind the solid blades of wall.
Travertine tiles, Wilson’s Ceramics Byron Bay. Ceiling fans, Hunter Pacific. Pendant lights, Tom Raffield.
Sink, Blanco. Cooker hood, Qasair. Black prism tiles, Academy Tiles. Worktop, Mixed Element.
This wall also provides general storage, and one of its secret doors gives full access to the back of the audiovisual equipment for easy reconfiguration.
Bee wallpaper on door, Emery & Cie.
Folding beds, Häfele.
Pizza oven, Pólito Wood Fire Ovens.
Bathroom fittings, Häfele.
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