Our clients, who work from home, wanted a striking contemporary building with an integrated office.
Their block had an eight-metre variance in levels, falling from rear to the front – a challenge, but one which helped create a home with a real ‘wow’ factor.
In practical terms, they needed four bedrooms, two with ensuites and the master with an extensive walk-in robe. They also wanted a third bathroom to service the living areas, which include a generous rumpus room and formal entertaining area.
Sherbrooke is known for its attention to detail and that, combined with client input, has led to a home that delights with its soaring lines and fascinating mix of contemporary and traditional finishes, inside and out.
The exterior features distinctive copper panels on the front and east side of the first level, recycled jarrah weatherboards and textured rendered walls.
Inside, there are limestone benchtops in the kitchen and extensive recycled flooring and joinery polished to a silken finish. A major feature is two staircases of recycled brush-box timber, which tie the split-levels of the house together. They weave their way around a stair block that rises 8.5 metres, from the lobby to the first floor.
Glass balustrading on the two terraces and vast expanses of grey ‘Comfortone’ glass allow for almost 360-degree views over the beautiful gardens that surround the home.
A sweeping driveway was excavated and finished with exposed river pebbles while the grounds also include a feature retaining wall around the landscaped gardens, a stylish pond and a pool.
Sherbrooke was acknowledged by the industry when this home won the 2003 HIA Victorian Housing Award Best Custom Built Home ($500,000 to $1 Million category) and was a finalist in the 2003 HIAV Best Overall Custom Built Home.
But the greatest reward is that our clients are delighted with what we achieved – a home they enjoy every day.