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Sam Teoh Architects
The clients -- a young couple with a child -- wanted a
double storey home that was centred on open plan living.
They requested four bedrooms and a study, and that
the living, dining and kitchen spaces be open plan with a
warm family feel.
On top of catering for their needs internally, the clients
wanted a home that had street presence and wasn't
overshadowed by the surrounding, large double storey
properties in the vicinity.
The home is part of a subdivision so Sam Teoh
Architects had to adhere to building covenants and
regulations, while working within the clients' budget.
After reviewing concepts with the Sam Teoh Architects
team, the clients loved the idea of a home with a skillion roof.
The angular, yet simple and clean lines of the home provide
a sculptural street presence that stands out, rather than
being overshadowed by surrounding homes.
A courtyard was placed in the middle of the home,
providing natural light and protection from weather
conditions. During the winter, north sun penetration bestows
light and warmth on the living room and morning light
filters into the kitchen and breakfast area from the east. The
courtyard also protects the home from strong southwesterly
winds in the afternoon, particularly during winter.
The kitchen is ideal for family time, with a central island
bench providing plenty of space to prepare meals, eat
breakfast or for guests to have a drink while the owners
prepare a meal. As the edge of the island bench juts out
with no cabinets beneath, further bench space is provided
without the bench overtaking the entire kitchen. This
contemporary look for the island bench also makes the
kitchen appear larger.
The kitchen and dining area connects with the
courtyard with large sliding doors, featuring floor to ceiling
glass, separating the two. While entertaining, this allows
the host to easily merge with the guests while preparing
food and drinks.
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