The Armada House is a modern post and beam home designed by Canadian firm KB Design, set among Garry Oaks on a rocky slope in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Set in the Ten Mile Point/Wedgewood Estates neighborhood, Armada is a perfect convergence of concrete, glass, steel and wood, built by Abstract Developments. In 2008 it garnered 10 Gold awards including Project of the Year and Best Custom Home in Canada. Its entry atrium’s grand but welcoming stairs and five-foot wide Douglas fir door establish a sense of volume and scale that defines the residence. Exposed glu-lam fir beams and plenty of windows compliment the open plan kitchen, living, dining space of this 5,299 square foot property. This facilitates a delicate balance between spaciousness for entertaining and intimacy for daily living.
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The Dwell On Despard is the ultimate in luxury lifestyle, this ultra-sleek home is situated in exclusive Rockland, an historic neighborhood of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Designed by Urban Core Ventures, this astounding new contemporary home offers soaring ocean and Olympic mountain views. The home boasts several stunning architectural details, including floating staircase, great room with roll-away doors that open to deluxe infinity pool and hot tub, heated concrete floors, full home automation, hidden theater room, large roof-top deck complete with wet bar. Over 5,000 square feet of luxurious living space and 2,000+ square feet of patio/deck areas 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, in-law/nanny areas on a 9,000 square foot south facing lot. The home is bright, airy and has cutting-edge design offering innovative modern resort style living.
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Harmoniously blending rustic elements with modern technology, this waterfront estate is nestled on 3 acres of private property in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The 10,649 square foot home just underwent a multi-million dollar restoration reviving the 1914 estate to the epitome of elegance. Each room is a vision come to life with intricate detailing contrasted with bold elements. Whimsical romance blends with medieval and Victorian era inspired design work engaging the senses. There is also a 1,096 square foot guest house which allows privacy for all. The striking beauty of the interior can only be rivalled by the stunning landscape encompassing the home. Positioned in a secluded cove with over 700 feet of beachfront, 3 islets and a dock extending into the ocean ensures endless possibilities of enjoyment.
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This very stunning modern beach house has been exquisitely designed by two professionals in the design and construction industries, situated in Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia. Just about every surface of this four bedroom, two bathroom 4,197 square foot (390 square meters) home is a piece of art within itself, constructed of either solid American Oak timber or polished concrete. Distinctive design elements create a point of difference across this superbly crafted home. Timber graces such surfaces as cabinetry, ceilings, custom windows, huge wide sliding doors, while polished concrete extends across floors, bench tops, basins and vanities; all combining to create this truly unique home designed to be lived in and abundant with character and style. Timber screening surrounding the street front facade conceals private patio decks connecting to both the master suite and elevated formal lounge, while two enormous sundecks open the home to an easterly and northerly aspect, for private entertaining or gazing across the course.
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Open plan living within the central hub merges with outdoors for a northerly course outlook, while the internal doors from kitchen lead onto private garden and huge entertaining area and decking.
Modern coastal designed facade vastly clad in timber with weathered steel surrounds.
Third living space designed as a fantastic kids play area/retreat with direct external access and can be concealed behind large American oak timber slider.
Huge walk in pantry is a great storage and work space, tastefully hidden behind slider.
Architecturally inspired external timber screening provides privacy and security, while timber sliders open up the home for entertaining and enable flow of the beautiful sea breeze throughout.
Freestanding bath, walk through shower and unique twin vanity create a luxurious en-suite and adults retreat.
House in a Warehouse is a new dwelling in an old warehouse shell designed to be a garden oasis by Splinter Society Architecture in Hawthorn East, Victoria, Australia. The ‘interior’, a considered reassembly of parts from the site, extends beyond the new infill skin, to the periphery of the existing warehouse walls, inviting the outside in. From the architects, ” Both architect and client strongly believe in compact urbanism, combined with green spaces and a sustainable approach to living, as part of a happier way of life. The client brief asked for a highly sustainably house, executed in a clean and contemporary way and a ‘warehouse feel’, minus the cliches of industrial off-the-shelf purchases.
The strategy to meet the brief and concept involved creating a layered system of screens and frames that split the site and lift the living spaces of the house, creating views to green spaces and established gardens beyond. The site was a 200 square meters landlocked warehouse, built to all boundaries and entered via a new residential development. It’s a dense inner urban setting, where the design solution allows the notion of ‘interior’ to extend beyond the infill, to the periphery of the warehouse walls, inviting the outside in.”
The ‘interior’, a considered reassembly of parts from the existing warehouse, creates an aesthetic of texture and warmth referencing the property’s historical context. The resultant budget conscious house is open, spacious; light filled and a pleasure to be in. The resultant budget conscious house is open, spacious; light filled and a pleasure to be in.
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This stunning Kerr Street Residence is situated in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. The property is comprised of one warehouse, two titles and two houses to be sold as one. Each residence features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open living room with great northerly light and its own unique character with balconies, roof deck, garden and like some twins one is a lot bigger than the other. Live in one, rent the other, kids in one, you in the other, work in one, live in the other or rent them both; the choice is yours. In addition there is room for up to five cars. You can’t get away from the fact that this is a never to be repeated chance to purchase a converted warehouse hidden within plain sight in the heart of Fitzroy.
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This truly unique family home in Kew, Victoria, Australia, spotted on Real Estate AU, has been designed with breathtaking proportions, offering relaxed family living over five split-levels, tailored for seamless zoned family living and entertaining. Set on a substantial landscaped L-shaped block on one of Melbourne’s finest streets in the coveted Boroondara Sackville ward, the understated modern exterior hides a home of impressive scale and livability.
Inside this magnificent six-bedroom home features all white interiors with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, polished concrete floors and large windows filling the inside with natural light. Full-height glazed doors open from most rooms to the garden. The entrance level features a north-facing living room and guest bedroom/home office with en-suite bathroom and separate external entrance. Ground level includes a generous dining area, a superb Euro stainless steel hostess kitchen with a long island bench, Butlers Pantry adjacent, two additional bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry and gymnasium alcove opening to the garden. A magnificent lower level includes a study and basement games room or theater. Upstairs rooms include main bedroom with en-suite bath plus two additional bedrooms, a family bathroom, upper level family retreat and studio.
The outdoor landscape features an impressive established garden set on 920 square meters with extensive decking, paving, built in BBQ and large gas/solar heated in-ground pool with spa combine to offer the perfect outdoor lifestyle and the in-ground trampoline and skate ramp further enhance this dream playground.
The brief for this striking beach house designed by Clare Cousins Architects was to provide additional accommodation to an existing 1970’s Merchant Builder’s home in Mornington, Victoria, Australia. Located on a sloping block, the existing single storey house is sited well back on the block with limited access to ocean views. Rather than demolish or renovate the existing building the architects approach was to keep the building intact and design a new pavilion to sit adjacent to the original at the front of the site. The new pavilion includes a new master bedroom wing with living room and deck for outdoor dining that captures broad views of Port Philip Bay. Planning regulations permit only first floor structures that are located over car parking or storage areas which informed the elevated ‘stilt’ design. Timber construction is used holistically both internally and externally while an enclosed circulation stair clad in translucent polycarbonate connects the original to the new structure.
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The Hawthorn Residence has been designed and constructed by Canny Design, creating a workable harmony of clever design and functional family living space in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The initial client brief was to create a home that would allow independent living zones for the needs of the growing family. With three teenage boys the home allows ample breakout spaces for the children to be active and yet still enjoy the togetherness of combined family areas. The clients required a new home with a traditional facade to the compliment the streetscape, yet a more contemporary feel as one moved through to the rear of the home.
The front rooms took on a traditional feel, whilst the rear presented more modern attributes. The rear of the home showcases a distinctive curved pool house with expansive pool outlook. Dual outdoor entertaining areas with canopy skylights and recessed alfresco heaters allow for continuous enjoyment throughout all seasons. All of these elements were carefully integrated and designed with the landscape.
The highly detailed cellar is perhaps the standout feature of this residence. The cellar comes complete with a 2,000 unit wine storage, Vintec wine fridge, tasting bench, sink and luxe wooden joinery, the room carries an understated opulence and serves as a unique entertaining area for intimate dinner parties and tastings.
When the owners of this Canterbury property in Victoria, Australia were briefing the architects at Canny Design of their requirements for their new home, the wish list included a clean line and functional architectural home. Outdoor enthusiasts, they stipulated that a water feature and an alfresco area be a component of the outdoor space – viewable from all the main rooms, whilst taking advantage of the northerly aspect.
Whilst the home carries a somewhat modest facade, it’s the interior and rear components that really set the tone of this casually sophisticated property. With four bedrooms, four-car basement garage, two-and-a-half bathrooms, cellar and four living areas, it encapsulates everything the clients could possibly imagine. Everything about this home is state-of-the-art, from the Jetmaster fireplace and integrated barbecue in the pool house, to the dumb waiter and $15,000 custom built glass pane from the study outlook to pool, no expense was spared in creating this perfectly tuned home.
The Canny Design team exceeded the expectations of the clients with a stunning lap pool and water feature combination, with the ‘floating deck’ a focal point of the overall entertaining area. The granite external cladding on feature walls and thoughtful use of timber assist with the seamless integration of the home’s functional and aesthetic components. The fully-tiled pool with granite stepping stones marries in beautifully with the stonework of the adjacent alfresco area; and the spotted gum decking flows from the polished floorboards of the main living area to provide an inviting exterior island oasis. The 15×2 m lap lane adds functionality to the pool, whilst continuing the theme of a wrap-around water feature. The pool is fitted with in-floor cleaning, solar heating and premium filtration to keep it looking perfect year-round with minimum fuss.
Canny, renowned as one of Melbourne’s leading design and construction companies, have an in-house team of architects and interior designers who have the combined capacity to create a truly unique concepts. With all services under one roof, from design, engineering, documentation and construction, Canny provides an integrated solution and coordinated approach to even the most demanding and intricate projects.
Photos: Courtesy of Canny Design