Features such as the stone walls in the kitchen and the bathroom and the striking ‘sabina beams’ have been carefully preserved while the newly added gorgeous window frames along with the concrete and white chalk-plastered stone walls aim to recreate the magic of the past. It is this fusion that gives the modest retreat its exceptional character and transports you back in time to a simpler period.
With a rooftop terrace study home workspace and the master suite it is the top level that acts as the private hub of this altered Aussie residence. A neutral color scheme coupled with a generous presence of wood and a hint of color in the bathrooms create a relaxing contemporary setting where form and function are brought together with refined elegance.
The dashing home is essentially a window into two different natural ecosystems and its designers Benjamin Garcia Saxe did their best in trying to create a breezy residence that invites in both of these lovely backdrops.
Designed by Oleg Drozdov the house is broadly divided into three individual units with each one having its own series of balconies and private terraces that melt into the common social zone at the heart of it all. The central living zone flows into the semi-open terrace and pool area that overlooks the generous garden outside. This ingeniously crafted terrace allows the homeowners to enjoy ‘outdoor living’ throughout the year and allows the adults in the house to keep an eye on the kids as they spend time in the garden.
Going green involves much more than just embracing the latest smart technology that cuts back on power consumption or fancy new appliances that save energy. It is a principle that is embedded into the very fabric of a home and the exquisite in Melbourne most definitely fits this billing.