Simple materials create the perfect backdrop for a family home. Warm wood and white walls are part of a mid-century modern aesthetic that pairs exceptionally well with art, beautiful furniture pieces and a newly refurbished skylight. It’s the table setting to family dinners, entertaining friends, music and laughter.
Originally built in the 1960s, the house was designed by architect Davis S Gordon for his family, with an eye to McGlashan and Everist’s award winning Heide II house built in the same decade. The latest renovation, led by Adie Courtney Architect, saw to many of the maintenance issues and fixed a lot of the incongruent alterations from over the years. Now the home is warm and inviting. Take a tour!
“When we first came across the house,” explains architect Adie Courtney, “we knew that the building had good bones, plenty of potential, and a lovely mid-century aesthetic.” But it wasn’t all plain sailing. On the day of the first inspection, the house had been flooded the night before with all of the carpets stripped back and soaked through. “Drainage, pests, services, structure, cladding, lining and the 1980’s fittings and fixtures were all needing renewal — it was a massive task. But we could see that the house had something special.”
One of the home’s striking features are the timber ceilings, lining the skylight shafts. Courtney describes the skylights “each with differing angles, size and shape, giving a peak view of the eucalyptus canopy above.”
The retro timber look is kept contemporary with timeless decor and modern touches; like in the kitchen. You can see the extraction hood is sleek in design, and the blue grouting makes a feature of the dark colored backsplash tiles.
Given how open plan the central core of the home is, you can imagine how tricky it was to live in the house while work was taking place. But now that it’s complete, the simplicity of the surfaces of wood walls, unadorned concrete, gray and white, all provide the perfect backdrop for art and living.
“We like how the concrete block walls and cedar lined ceilings run from inside to out – seamlessly cutting through the continuous floor to ceiling walls of glass. Really helps connect the interior spaces of home to the garden.” — Adie Courtney Architect
“The back deck is a favourite gathering space,” reveals Adie Courtney. It’s a favorite because of “the splayed roof providing shelter but allowing a view up into the treetops.”
Finding this 1960s gem was a treat, and it has certain received a good polish to make it shine anew. The simple timeless look with mid-century modern aesthetic has provided the perfect backdrop for pops of color in the furniture, art, and a canvas for living.