Husband and wife duo Joel and Nala Ryan had already designed, built and developed four previous homes together, before embarking on the build of their own home. By that time, they had a clear vision for a project that would be perfect for their family, and make the most of the property’s green surrounds.
‘As the property is surrounded by trees, our vision for this home was to look outwards for inspiration. The home forms a relationship within its environment, creating a feeling of a true sanctuary,’ Joel says.
‘The selection of colours is calming, chosen to unify the indoor and outdoor spaces. The native green [colour] palette can be found in the powder room and [basement] theatre where it is combined with the Signorino Terrazzo bench-tops and Japanese curved finger tiles.’
Joel calls the entry ‘an adventure’, with its winding crazy-paved pathway leading to floating steps made of bricks, while an enormous American Oak front door and skylight welcomes people into the light-filled residence.
Inside, the home is characterised by warm finishes, untreated timber battens, pitched ceilings and large spans of organic raw concrete. A curved timber wall is the hero feature of the home, complemented by a stylish curved kitchen, designed by Nala, and a sculptural oak staircase.
The couple’s architect, Archtistic Designs Group’s Fabrizio Peda, helped ensure functionality was at the heart of this design – which meant ensuring the home would seamlessly accomodate studying and working from home. ‘We underestimated the importance of the dedicated office, which is tucked away from the heart of the home – something that has become so important given the way we live these days’ Joel says.
‘Having elements of the landscape visible from every window of the home is something very special for us’ Joel continues. ‘Welcoming the sun into our backyard early in the day, only to see it dance around behind the canopy trees to the front of the home is a wondrous thing.’
See more of Nala Design work here and more projects by Orbis Constructions here.