Despite being constrained by the narrowness of the lot Sam Crawford Architects managed to etch out a cheerful and seemingly spacious modern home by tapping into the vertical room on offer. Original industrial elements of the home were kept intact and enhance while the street façade was left untouched because of the heritage rules. Exposed brick walls define the living area even as dark steel elements industrial-style windows and wooden ceiling beams are intertwined with comfortable modern décor and polished finishes.
It is the basement that holds the utility rooms along with the wine cellar and a separate home gym while the first and second floors contain the living space bedrooms terraces and study areas. A modern pool and clever walkways complete the landscape with concrete being used along with wood on the inside.
Each of these wooden behemoths helps in creating a stylish serene and secluded urban sanctuary even as an additional green wall adds to the overall ambiance. On the others side of the house one finds an inviting garden that becomes part of the open plan living area with kitchen and dining.
It is barely a surprise then that this Aussie family wanted a similar functional kitchen that offered a gathering spot for everyone even while opening up towards the pool and deck outside. It is Dan Gayfer Design who transformed the by giving the house a new kitchen ensuite bathroom and cabinetry.
A glass pergola roof connects the main living area with the guest rooms while a central courtyard along with the pool and the garden interlink the separate units. A double height living area opens up to the outdoors with large glass doors and sweeping wooden windows allowing those inside to switch between unabated views and complete privacy.
Features like the kitchen island with cooktop and the relaxing window seat with built-in storage further encourage interaction between family members. Forging a fine balance between refined flair and informal ambiance every little detail inside the Wooden Box is crafted to meet the specific needs of a modern family with an active lifestyle.
The fascinating journey into this beautiful house starts with the lowest level that holds the garage entry and a lovely garden along with private spaces that are cleverly hidden from public view. Step above to the first floor and you will find the open dining area and kitchen that are once again connected with the garden.