Inside and out, this home has it all.
With a modern edge and classic style, this home was the work of many. Design should ensure the collaboration between trades and specialists to turn what can be restraints into building success. This home was the perfect example. For the builder, Mark Cleary (of Everclear Constructions), this architecturally designed home was made up of all the elements that defined a luxury dwelling. With five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a separate living space and two outdoor entertaining areas that were home to a pool and sauna, this abode was taken to new heights in design and dimension. Following a minimalist look, this home embraced modern luxury living through its topend finishes.
For Mark, it was the added support of the landscape, windows and cabinetry that made the project a true success. In light of that, architect Peter Carmichael (of Cocks Carmichael Architects) and Mark worked closely to solve any structural challenges faced during the building process and smooth out onsite issues to ensure the project of its high-end finish. What was once two houses over two blocks of land became one large home. After the original homes were demolished, Everclear Constructions was assigned the job of building this modern creation. Special consideration was given to the curved metal-clad exterior walls and curved plaster staircase and lofty feature entry bulkheads. Separate living quarters were designed in the home.
While the first level is made up of the living area and children’s bedrooms, the upper floor is the parent’s retreat, home to the master bedroom, walk-in robe and a separate office. Winner of the Victorian Master Builder of the Year in 2000 and 2005, Everclear Constructions is a member of the MBAV and HIA and has won many awards for its impressive work. For the windows, Wenro Windows installed 100mm flush-glazed commercial suite. This home embraces plenty of natural light to create a warm atmosphere throughout. There are many design features installed in the home. At the bottom of the staircase that connects the first and second floor, a large glass window looks out to a water feature. Many different surfaces were used throughout the home, such as marble stairs, tiles and wooden flooring to create an interesting contrast. Winner of the Cabinet Maker of the Year Awards in 2008, De-Wacht Cabinets designed the cabinetry and joinery in the kitchen. The kitchen is a discreet insertion into the main casual living and dining area, with most appliances such as the refrigerator and microwave adopting a seamless integration approach. The microwave and appliance store is concealed in a silver cube of sanded aluminium and gives no intention of its function.
The microwave and wall oven units are touch latch with hydraulic lift doors. The laminate colour has been used to enhance the minimalist effect throughout the kitchen. The rock maple veneer with a satin emporite finish has recessed finger-grip stainless-steel joinery pulls and gives a complementary colour to the under-bench cabinetry. All drawers are on a soft-close runner system with tray storage dividers, spice and cutlery inserts to suit drawers and client needs. The only cabinetry visible from the main ground living area is the island and hamper bench, which are seen as cleanly detailed minimalist fittings that have empathy in detail and materials with the cabinetry in the casual living area. Kiama Landscapes specialises in large, top-end residential projects, building and installing in inner-city Melbourne, bayside and the Mornington Peninsula. In this case, the garden was completely stripped, allowing the company to start from scratch. The new garden had to be low maintenance and incorporate waterwise features. Couch grass, a droughtresistant lawn, was used and large granite pavers 1000 x 600mm were fitted around the pool and entertaining area to create a spacious feel. Black granite with a flamed-finish pool coping with a bullnose edge was used to give the pool its stunning finish. Kiama Landscapes was also in charge of the garden preparation, planting layout and low-voltage garden lighting.
To allow the main rooms of the home to enjoy full view of the pool, a frameless glass pool fence was implemented. The use of large pavers in this area works to bring the feel of the inside out, blurring the lines between the two. A member of the Landscape Industries Association Victoria, one of the Kiama Landscape’s highlights was the construction of the Australian exhibit at the 2007 Chelsea Flower Show in the UK. Collaboration between the trades and specialists made that bit of difference to this home in Melbourne. The best of the best in each field joined together to achieve a quality highend finish inside and out.
Modern luxury has never looked so good.
PO Box 360, 125 Bay Rd, Mt Martha, VIC, 3934.
03 5974 1607