Industrial design, cosy home: the Escea DX1500 gas fireplace



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This Melbourne holiday home incorporates minimal, industrial design features with a warm, cosy home feel

This Melbourne holiday home ticks the boxes for contemporary design – four-metre high ceilings create an airy feel in the 30-metre long open-plan living area. Built into a sand dune, the house extends out towards the ocean for uninterrupted views. Vast windows bring sun and ocean vistas inside, and the garden features native beach grasses. Inside, there are six bedrooms, all with their own ensuite.

The star of the home though is the spectacular main living room. A huge hanging concrete slab separates the kitchen and dining area from a relaxing lounge. The slab also serves another function – it houses the feature element of the home, an ultra wide Escea DX1500 gas fireplace. The designer has used the double sided option to provide flame for two areas at once, while dividing the main living space into different zones. The minimalist look is completed by the selection of the white coal fuel bed and the fact the fireplace is frameless.

But what about the required warmth and homeliness? The gas fireplace incorporates a Multiroom ducting system which distributes heat throughout the home. In this Melbourne retreat, the architect has chosen to place all the duct outlets in the living area to heat the large room evenly. The ducts could also have been placed in multiple rooms, however, to heat the whole house from the central fire. Multiroom is possible due to Escea’s Powered Direct Vent technology. This innovation also means the flue can be run through the floor, allowing an island install if desired.

Despite the industrial look of the concrete slab, natural materials balance the overall interior design. A variety of wood finishes and stone are used in floors and furniture linking the inside and outside environments. Further warmth is achieved in subtle ways – the copper underside of the hanging lights, the warm wood of the dining table and the cheerfully coloured cushions on the plump sofa in the lounge room.

The house also features a swimming pool, tennis court, gymnasium, Olympic-sized trampoline and 6-car underground garage. Even the chickens travel with the family on holiday, and have their own purpose-built chicken shed in the backyard.

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