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A sneak peek into ‘Claremont Residence’ by Paul Lim at Mata Design Studio


Photography: Joel Barbitta / D-Max Photography

When it comes to creating spectacular homes, Western Australia’s building designers easily go toe-to-toe with their counterparts around the country. Whether they’re called in to breathe new life into an existing home or to create something special from scratch, these professionals are guaranteed to deliver stunning results, wowing owners and peers alike.


The Brief

The brief for this heritage-listed, Federation Arts and Crafts residence was to create a new mudroom and scullery addition, as well as a wine cellar in an unused part of the house. The owners wanted the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry redesigned. They also wanted new cabinetry in the bedrooms and new lighting throughout. The design was to be modern and contemporary while still being sympathetic to the existing period home.

The Solution

The new mudroom, which connects the garage and house, forms an informal entry for visitors who may access the property from the right-of-way. The new scullery is connected to the kitchen via an existing window that was removed and the new room seamlessly blends into the existing building fabric.

The material palette includes black steel frames, cool grey stones and stainless steel which complements the natural earthy finishes of oak timbers that highlight aspects of the residence’s existing details, giving a contemporary, relaxed feel throughout.

Claremont Residence was awarded:

2018 Building Designers Association WA Design Awards: Design Excellence Award

National Building Designers Awards 2018: Best Alteration/Addition Residential Design Over $800K Construction Cost

To find more about Mata Design Studio visit the website here.