DATE : July 2016
LOCATION : Malvern
SERVICES : Design & build

There is something about limestone as a material that provides a timeless elegance that in this case was worked into a very contemporary design and façade. This project has the level of detailing required to make the simple external features work cohesively and again has provided for an internal living space that provides a feeling of warmth despite the minimalist finishes.

Demolition of original home and construction of a new two-storey residence including swimming pool to northern aspect. A tight and unique corner site, the home incorporates two street-front facades that display the required sympathy for the area while giving a contemporary edge. This home was designed and built for a typical ‘empty nest’ couple with full living requirements incorporated into the lower floor level, with additional bedrooms, study and bathroom on the upper level for use as required. Incorporating key design elements of an external kitchen and numerous sets of French doors to eastern and northern facades, this home is a great example of modern, integrated living with outstanding landscaping features. A subsurface concrete rain water tank is buried under the front lawn to ensure sustainable year round automated watering of the landscape.

The exceptional selection of material finishes chosen include the, Two-pac cabinetry with natural stone bench-tops with a large walk in pantry to complete the kitchen. In the bathrooms, striking Carrara marble floating vanities, the concealed mirror cabinetry, exquisite wall and floor tiling are apparent throughout. In the living room, the floating stone fireplace hearth, custom made joinery with glass shelving and high spec Escea gas space heater create a striking detail. This home demonstrates the ‘attention to detail’ and craftsmanship undertaken on each aspect of the project to achieve the client’s desired outcome and expectations. The clients are delighted with the overall finish and the level of workmanship undertaken by the trades.

Acknowledgement to Proske Brown Architects and Axiom Design as joint partners on this project.

Obviously we are thrilled with the home – it is so comfortable and welcoming. We had been warned by friends about the stresses of building but Urban Habitats were fantastic in delivering a quality product that more than met our requirements in an effortless (on our part) manner. Communication is the key and Jock and Josh and the team kept us informed and involved. We would not hesitate to recommend Urban Habitats or to use them in any future projects.