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Seamless indoor/outdoor living was the key to this design triumph


The design brief for this large family home included a raft of interesting bells and whistles but the focus was always on creating a warm and inviting space capable of comfortably accommodating the owners as well as their friends and extended family.

Picture: Silvertone Photography

Perth building designer Daniel Lomma was able to deliver on all aspects, even though doing so required some fancy footwork.

Daniel’s design is a warm, light-filled home featuring a rich mixture of materials with a spotlight on the natural surrounds and a large, fully equipped chef’s kitchen and scullery.

“The home was designed for a growing family of five, with a four-car garage and a lift, and games room,” Daniel says.

Picture: Silvertone Photography

Picture: Silvertone Photography

“The clients wanted to maximise the river and city views towards the front of the home as well as possibly having views to the ocean and river towards the west.

“They also wanted a pool without fencing, which was to be an important outlook and be a feature from as many rooms and areas of the home as possible.”

Daniel says designing the home as a whole, with integrated outdoor spaces, required considerable problem-solving skills.

The large above-ground swimming pool with cascading spa and pool edge and reservoir catchment is one of the most striking features of the finished project.

“I also love the outdoor sunken lounge with outdoor fire pit and the central pivot doors helping to create seamless transition between inside and out which lead to the firepit.”

Picture: Silvertone Photography

Picture: Silvertone Photography

Daniel says other incredible features of the home include the double-storey Kaynemaile Architectural Mesh gate at the entry, and the external pond beneath the internal staircase.

Both the pond and the staircase are cladded in Baw Baw stone. A raised timber-clad double-storey ceiling over the outdoor fire pit continues internally.

Floor-to-ceiling bookcases to the first-floor library with accompanying window seat are another jaw-dropping feature as are the raw off-form concrete walls and planters.

Daniel says the layout of the home is so unique. “There was an emphasis on making the centrally located pool the focal point, blurring the lines between inside and out with clever use of full-height glass sliding doors and windows along with strategically placed ponds, water features and landscaping,” he says.

“Every room has an appealing outlook, many overlooking the cascading pool and to the river and city views beyond.

“The use of a mixture of materials both internally and externally as well as the lighting also play an important part of the uniqueness of the home. There is a hidden gaming room for the teenage son behind one of his built-in robe doors.”

Picture: Silvertone Photography

Picture: Silvertone Photography