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Daniel Cassettai began his career working for a
boutique building company that specialised in
He established his own design practice, DCD,
in 1996 with a focus on contemporary residential
projects, as well as group dwellings, and
alterations and additions to existing dwellings.
The professional and innovative team boasts
extensive experience with varied construction
methods such as podium slabs and complex
They have received a number of awards for
their designs, including HIA 2008 Overall
Townhouse of the Year.
DCD believes in an interactive process
between designer, client and builder.
Its aim is to provide contemporary, appropriate
and functional designs that reflect the needs
and individuality of each client.
It is also committed to sustainable design
and encompassing energy e cient principles.
Suite 1, 157 Main Street, Osborne Park
Phone: (08) 9201 9993
HOME DESIGN: Daniel Cassettai;
CONSTRUCTION: Jenstruct Builders;
INTERIOR DESIGN: Tracey Pinker -
Prestige Selection Centre; STRUCTURAL
ENGINEER: Etec Consultants.
TRAVERTINE FEATURE WALLS:
Rok; TIMBER FLOORS AND STAIR
TREADS: Swan Timber Floors; BLINDS:
Blinds Couture; PLUMBING FIXTURES:
Sea of White; BALUSTRADES AND
HANDRAILS: Cooling Brothers; TILING:
Prestige Tile Gallery; POOL: Exclusive Pools.
photography Adrian Lambert, Acorn Photo Agency
The client for this project envisaged a warm and
contemporary family home with a flexible design
to accomodate for changes in lifestyle.
The corner block has sightlines to Swanbourne and
Cottesloe beaches so making the most of the outlooks
was at the top of the priority list.
The client desired clean, crisp minimalist interiors which
reflected the beach surrounds, and an entertaining space
that integrated seamlessly with the rest of the home.
Neighbouring houses presented privacy issues which
had to be adequately addressed. And the site's direct
exposure to westerly winds needed to be reduced.
There was also a significant drop in ground level to the
rear of the block which needed to be carefully considered
in the home's design.
Daniel and his team have created a family-friendly coastal
home that embraces the character of Swanbourne.
To maximise views and account for the split-level block,
the house was designed over two stories, with the living
areas on the first floor and bedrooms across both levels.
Its minimalist design lets natural light pervade the
interior space, and an open internal stairwell reduces
The master bedroom has an open ensuite with
freestanding bath and low shower wall, which provides
magnificent ocean views while maintaining privacy.
The frameless glass door entry opens out to limestone
floors and travertine wall claddings, creating a very
monolithic, yet minimalist facade.
Floating timber stair treads at the entry also allow for
a slow transition to the warmth of the upstairs living area,
which is beautifully decked out with timber floors.
The study on the ground level overlooks
the pool and -- through a glass wall -- has southwest
and northwest sightlines to the ocean.
The pool was designed at the lowest part of the site
to maximise the drop in land.
RESORT STYLE pool.
THE POOL WAS
DESIGNED AT THE
LOWEST PART OF
THE SITE TO MAXIMISE
THE DROP IN LAND.
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