Entrenched in the heart of an historic conservation zone, this stunning home is nursed into its streetscape as a contemporary example of the traditional Adelaide Villa. Paying homage to its context, this home boasts a modern twist on traditional features including the stone façade, concealed gutters, custom folded gable flashings and steel tie rods that anchor the front canopy to the home, displaying an assumed volume of the traditional verandah.
The upper level is thoughtfully integrated into the block, wrapped in a matt Colorbond steel flatlock cladding with custom matt finish downpipes and rain heads to match the cladding finish and front entry gable. External and internal angle brackets were designed by Finesse Built to create flush seamless corners to further assist in the innovative use of the product.
This home is a stunning example of Finesse Built’s love of innovation, and quality workmanship, bursting with details including a burnished concrete slab, a top hung frameless glass sliding wall with zero clearance track, recessed curtain tracks integrated into the timber trusses and a custom Victorian Ash entry door with bespoke timber handle. The home also incorporates the highest quality fixtures and finishes, including a gas fireplace, bathrooms fixtures and a bespoke kitchen and butler’s pantry. The masterfully crafted staircase forms the heart of circulation in the home. Custom designed and constructed, the staircase integrates into the structural wall and ceiling design and vaunts profile cut stringers, dual tensioned stainless-steel wire balustrade and open treads.
There was a high complexity of build on this project as many features were one off and unique to this home. Custom steel supports constructed for the servery window, with a Victorian Ash benchtop, invite you to the outside of the home with an uninterrupted transition. A zero threshold with a integrated strip drain between internal and external burnished concrete, blurs the boundary of internal and external space leading to a stunning Victorian Ash timber deck with recessed glass pool fence to continue the seamless view of the pool. The experience of the pool area is not only felt outside, but further enriches the upper level, where viewing is enabled through the custom 35-degree privacy louvres that draw the eye to below.
The East-West site orientation posed challenges to open up the North facing living areas optimising the South Australian climate. High level windows and skylights promote cross ventilation and passively cool the home and the building’s energy efficiency is further exemplified by the installation of a 8.215kw Canadian Solar 265W system, a 50mm roof blanket with an R 1.25 rating and heavy Earthwool insulation to the internal and external walls, mid-floor and ceiling.
Overall, this contemporary take on a traditional home, sympathetically enhances its streetscape and is a stunning example of custom design and masterfully executed construction.