It’s practically amazing

New Homes Custom Built April 2015

Often after moving into a new home owners have a long list of niggly “should-haves” and misgivings but, for Joe and Amanda Saraceini, their contemporary North Perth home has left them with no regrets.

“We have a practical home that just happens to look amazing,” Mr Saraceini said. For the young family every point, from functionality to aesthetics, was accomplished by builder Aquila Homes. The couple briefed the company’s managing director Domenic Nardelli and designer Chris McMahon for a home with natural finishes used in a contemporary way. “We wanted a wow factor but for it to still feel like a home,” Mrs Saraceini said.

To this end marri has been used throughout, juxtaposed against black Quantum Quartz benchtops and grey sandstone look porcelain tiles.

A custom-made marri pendant light is above the kitchen island bench, the dark knots of the wood tying in with the black kitchen features. Plywood has been used to soften the black, grey and white colour palette, including custom shelving above the coffee counter and David Trubridge pendants in the hallway and stairs.

The look of rusted steel, created using Porters Liquid Iron and Instant Rust, has been used across the facade and inside on the entrance wall.
The elevation has a floating portico the builder created using clever engineering and Ultrabond cladding. Mr McMahon shaped two hearts to the home, a gathering point around the kitchen bench and a luxury main suite upstairs. The island bench serves as a gathering place for family and entertaining, a food preparation area and a breakfast bar.

The kitchen is open to the dining space and living room, which flows via stacking sliding doors to a sheltered alfresco area. A playroom, with access to a central courtyard, is off the main living areas.

A guestroom with semi-ensuite is downstairs at the front while the services, including garage access and laundry, are hidden down a hallway. The main suite, with open
ensuite, has views across trees. Materials used downstairs are consistently used upstairs to create a cohesive whole. Black Quantum Quartz adorns the floating double vanity in the ensuite and there are sandstone look floor tiles. A freestanding bath completes the opulent feel.

The children’s wing is past an open study, with three bedrooms, bathroom and separate toilet.