“Family” was the first word written on the client brief provided to Averna Homes, which was set a challenge to design an architecturally inspiring house that also felt like a welcoming home.
Not only did Averna Homes impress the family lucky enough to call this custom build their place, the builder wowed industry experts, who bestowed on the builder the Perth Home of the Year accolade at the recent HIA COLORBOND steel Perth Housing Awards.
Humbled to be recognised amongst the building industry’s best builders, Averna Homes General Manager Paul Spatara said the winning home in Applecross represented a fusion of design, detailing, workmanship, love and passion.
Echoing this sentiment, Averna Homes Project Director Jamie Sim said the recipe to success was similar to that for baking a cake, crediting the entire team.
“You need all the right ingredients to bake that perfect cake,” he said. “The awards are recognition for all the hard work from the office, site guys, trades and suppliers, and for what we accomplished together.”
Boasting a striking presence inside and out, the brief for this custom home was for a modern design that would stand the test of time.
With both the client and designers heavily influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater home in the US, a strong infusion of floating horizontal lines sees the home follow the natural topography of its Applecross block.
“The property features clean lines with a timeless and natural palette, an abundance of natural light and generous use of space,” Mr Spatara said.
With a 4.3m fall from front to rear, the design team capitalised on the challenge by creating a multi-level structure. The split level assisted in defining different living zones of the house and increasing the ceiling heights where it counted.
A pool was integrated into the layout, playing a significant role in the aesthetics while forming an essential part of the structural retaining that was required for the block. With a stunning curved infinity wall, it resulted in an impressive feature for both the street aspect and the living/outdoor areas.
Internally the space is cohesive, with the external environment replicated through the subtle use of natural materials to complement the architecture and bring the space to life. The use of natural Andorra stone flooring to the indoor and outdoor living areas creates a seamless connection between the two spaces.
“We created an open void through the middle of the balcony enabling a visual connection between the upstairs and downstairs outdoor living areas,” Mr Spatara said. “This concept flows through internally to the double volume void through the middle of the home, and in addition, we designed a raised clerestory to enable natural light and fresh air to permeate through the home.”
Materiality and a shared sense of warmth connect all zones of this impeccable home, bringing in natural elements such as American black walnut, Gioia marble and the textured tones of split-face granite for a modern take on the references to Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture.
“Not only is the home well designed and well built, there is now a long-term friendship with our clients,” Mr Sim said. “Our relationship and the client’s happiness is important.
“All we want is for our clients to enjoy the journey and love their home when we hand it over to them.”
The home won a slew of additional accolades at the awards including the John Pietersen Award for Custom Built Home of the Year.
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