I think that homes really do have feelings.
Whether it is how the home makes you feel, or the sense that it evokes. I love how a space or place can have such an affect on people’s psyche!
The feeling of a home is often something that evolves over time as the lives and personalities of the people who live in a home become ingrained in it. It can also come from the space, light and air within the walls.
So, how do you create this feeling in a newly built home?
A modern family home in Wavell Heights
Raymond Toaldo is a Brisbane builder who was keen to create a new home for his wife Ana and young family. Much in the same way his Father, also a builder, did when he was younger.
It’s fortuitous that his older brother Lawrence Toaldo, is a talented architect (and Director at Conrad Gargett Riddel) and was given the brief to design a family home on a narrow lot in Wavell Heights.
The brief outlined the family’s desire for a sense of space, air and light with a connection to the outdoors.
Making the most of the block size and aspect, Lawrence designed a three level home which stands tall and proud, in a street of old and new style homes. Like a young man in a sharp looking suit!
You get a sneak peek of the interiors as soon as you hit the front door, as the large door and louvres give you a hint of what is going on within.
Through the entry and past the water feature, bubbling away softly, you are led towards the main part of the home, the combined kitchen, lounge and dining space.
But first, we are going to head up the stairs!
They are an amazing feature in themselves, a showcase of craftsmanship combining the elements of spotted gum timber, glass and stainless steel.
The first level of sleeping spaces and the amazing bathrooms (at a guess, I’d say the ensuite is at least double the size of my teeny bathroom!).
Light and air streams in through cleverly placed voids and windows, making the home feel full and alive. Spotted gum is featured throughout the home and this natural material acts to soften the modern elements like the tiles and glass.
Take a look at the railing in the bathroom and the features on the door to see what I mean.
Beyond this floor, is another living space, used as a lounge/sewing room/playroom with a built in kitchenette, leading out to the roof terrace.
I think we should call it the ‘sky room’ because it is like being perched up on the clouds, taking in the the sweeping views across the suburbs to the city!
Now, if I can tear you away from the roof terrace for a moment, lets take a quick trip back down the gorgeous stairs to ground level, where the family spends most of their time.
This open-plan living space is the epitome of everything Ray and Ana wanted in their initial brief to the architect. It’s light, bright and captures beautiful breezes from the bay.
The use of louvres, sliding and bi-fold doors are the simple elements that allow all this design to work to the best of it’s ability and it’s great watching the children as they wander in and out of the house with ease.
It reminded me of when I visited the old Queenslander at East Ipswich and how their children did the exact same thing in a house that was built 100 years ago! It just goes to show how these homes are perfectly designed for our climate.
The stunning kitchen features some gorgeous slabs of marble and all the latest mod-cons. Hiding behind is a butler’s pantry, containing the fridge and all cooking paraphernalia, keeping the look of the home streamlined and sleek.
The outdoor spaces are landscaped beautifully and manage to fit in a pool and a pizza oven – how is that for the perfect Queensland lifestyle!?!
Honing his skills on many challenging work sites, I’m sure the narrow plot was a breeze for Ray and he set about to craft his new family home while juggling the demands that come from running your own business, life with two young children and having your wife as the client!
You’ll have to agree, he has produced a stellar home from this stunning design and I know the family enjoys living in this space and the lifestyle that it affords them on a daily basis.
All of the design elements, combined with the family vibe in this home is what creates the ‘feeling’ in this modern home.
Oh, and pizza, lets not forget the pizza!!