A Mediterranean Oasis in the Heart of Melbourne
Why spend your time longing for dreamy European shores when you can create a Mediterranean oasis in your own home? Our clients wanted a new resort-style home that would transport them overseas all year round, so, naturally, we delivered – with the help of architect team, Page Stewart.
The home is centred around a courtyard and central atrium, complete with a luxurious, fully-tiled plunge pool. Stone travertine cladding wraps all the way around to the north-facing courtyard, creating a tranquil space bathed in sunshine.
The simplistic landscaping is juxtaposed brilliantly with vibrant pops of greenery, while the outdoor shower with brushed brass fittings and rustic potted plants exudes all the charm of a sun-scorched Italian villa.
Entering the home, the modern Mediterranean façade commands attention, especially the eye-catching oversized door, surrounded by a luxurious bronze shroud and trims. Walking through the entranceway, the resort-style theme continues. Elegant brass metal trims border the French oak herringbone flooring, and chic bronze glass doors lead into the living area, creating an uninterrupted flow throughout the home.
Above all, this home was designed to be sustainable, with energy-efficient features installed throughout. Large thermally-broken windows and doors offer glimpses of the lush greenery outside, helping the home feel more open and spacious. Meanwhile, solar panels and under-slab heating serve to keep the home comfortable all year around. The home also features reverse cycle heating and cooling with individual climate control for each room.
A clever combination of natural materials with luxurious finishes extends the luxurious resort-style theme seamlessly throughout the home. We added natural stone slabs throughout, including limestone benchtops in the bathrooms, marble in the powder room and quartzite within the kitchen and living area. Natural stone tiles add a textured, coastal feel to the bathrooms, while brushed nickel and brass fittings add a luxurious, polished look to each space. A statement in-situ basin created with New York marble sets off the powder room magnificently.
Care has been taken to ensure every last detail of this home was created using high-quality materials, meticulous finishes and consideration of energy-efficient design principles. That said, there’s also a strong focus on functionality, with distinct zones for relaxation, entertaining and play, as well as high ceilings for airflow and countless storage spaces throughout the home. It’s a luxurious home that can be enjoyed all year round; a private sanctuary in the heart of Melbourne.