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building design profile
Arc seven.1's clients were a middle-aged couple with
grown up children who built their home 17 years ago.
During this time, the family's needs changed -- from
active boys to young men with families of their own.
The home was looking tired and in need of a revamp
to bring it from the 90s into a stylish, contemporary
home. The exterior of the home in particular required
a significant overhaul.
As their family grew, the clients required a larger external
entertaining space with a greater connection to the pool
area. An outdoor kitchen, which was protected from the
elements, was a must for entertaining area all year round.
The primary focus was to design a seamless extension
between old, new, inside and out, while generating a
form that would introduce a new lifestyle for the clients.
Arc seven.1 used four of the five senses -- sight, sound,
smell and touch -- as inspiration for this renovated,
The existing home was bland in its colouring and material
selection. To o set the cream colour palette, arc seven.1
introduced materials that would generate the feel of a five
star resort. For this relaxed environment, western red cedar,
batu, slate, copper, onyx and rust were used.
The pool area originally sat one metre below the house
and outdoor living area, alienating it from these spaces.
The existing alfresco space was extended to incorporate a
dining and sitting area, while glass balustrading was added
to minimise the visual barrier overlooking the pool.
A walled section was added to one side, which allowed
the room to be weatherproofed and furnished. A round
window was recessed into the wall, inspired by a round
motif that was located on the existing front portico,
removed during the refurbishment.
To add further interest to the home, which is largely
geometric in form, a curved water feature and sculpture
were added to the angled rear boundary.
The sculpture is made up of angled columns and
designed in a half bowl form which creates a visual
connection between the alfresco and the lower pool area.
A back-lit sheet of onyx was added as the centrally
defining feature that could be enjoyed from all areas
of the home and garden.
The front façade also received a stunning overhaul
to remain consistent with the rear styling. Floating piers
were included to act as a screen between the driveway
and garden as well as connecting the portico to the street.
The existing round portico piers were clad in slate and
squared o , lifting the roof, to better address the street.
The end result was a home that won both the state
and national Building Designers Association award for
the best renovation under $200,000.
New lease on life
This home needed a fresh face and new environment to suit the owner's
growing family and desire for a contemporary look.
THE STRIKING COLOURS of the new
materials, including the western red cedar, copper
and onyx enhance the cream colour palette.
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