Beauty and the Beach

Beauty and the Beach

Switch Homes has added another gorgeous notch to its belt with this sprawling two-storey custom build nestled in the heart of sleepy Trigg.

Synonymous with seemingly endless stretches of sand, crisp sea breezes and picturesque sunsets, the idyllic suburb of Trigg plays host to this stunning custom build by Switch Homes, which boasts a beautiful design and functional layout.

The initial challenge of a sloping corner block wasn’t enough to halt the success of the build; the home was completed with two attractive street elevations, with the main entrance and parking to one side and a garage and second entrance on the lower, secondary street.

“The front garden was designed as a ‘white garden’, incorporating gardenias, ‘teddy bear’ magnolias, crepe myrtle and white pear trees to deliver a classic, aromatic welcome to home,” Switch Homes construction manager Adrian Schneeberger says.

“Framed by a limestone fence and bordered by black sheoak and an expose aggregate path and driveway, this custom home is a modern addition to the Trigg streetscape.

Extensive first floor glazing combined with the darker colour render of the upper level, low pitch roofline and splayed gutter profile, separate the ground floor and roof, giving the illusion the roof is floating above the home.”

Built for a professional couple with four teenage children, it was crucial each child had access to their own space, in addition to two separate entertaining areas; one for the parents and one for the teenagers, friends and guests.

Focused on maximising energy efficiency, the home features low-maintenance finishes throughout.

“Making the home energy efficient was the ethos of the build,” Adrian says. “Solar passive principles have been used, maximising natural sunlight and the use of specific fixtures and fitting to further insulate the home.

Splayed gutters extend from the wide eaves to give the home ample protection from the summer heat, whilst allowing the winter sun to penetrate into the home- these are all further design aspects attributing to the high energy rating of the home.”

The client engaged David Hillam of Hillam Architects for the concept plan and elevations. Adam Roxby of Roxby Architects then rationalised the concept to the desired budget and worked to closely with Switch Homes to ensure the client’s vision was fulfilled.

Boasting a master bedroom, four minor bedrooms and two sitting areas, individual rooms are well-sized and enjoy the benefit of walk-in-robes and spacious bathrooms.

“Being beachside, there are ocean views available from the upstairs north and west-facing rooms, including the master bedroom, sitting rooms and minor bedroom, and views out to the park to the east,” Adrian says.

Warm tones and natural influences weave their creativity throughout the home, which is heighted by rich textures of spotted gum flooring paired with neutral wall colours.

Unlocking the potential for all kinds of delicious sweets and savouries to come to life, the kitchen doesn’t miss a beat with the latest Miele appliances, ample storage options and breakfast bar to boot.

An outdoor shower is accessible from the multi-purpose laundry and scullery area, whilst the rear garden is centred by a large jarrah deck and bordered by fruit trees, effortlessly integrating with the huge open-plan living and dining area.

“A seated corner nook of the yard features frangipanis, and a water feature and fig tree have been espaliered along the west-facing wall to soften the afternoon sun and reflect heat,” Adrian says.

Dimmable LED lighting in every room, ducted air-conditioning throughout and smart wiring makes the home a real reflection of the latest in design and innovation.

“Switch Homes is an expert in difficult and unique blocks and this build was no exception,” Adrian says. “There are already plans for a future kitchenette to be built in the games room, providing a self- contained unit with separate entrance for independent living.”

Homeowner Andrew Van Bentum couldn’t have been more pleased with the final product.

“It’s a beautiful home and has a light, airy feel that is an absolute pleasure to live in,” he says.

Source: Sunday Times HOME Magazine