WE don’t normally review homes outside of Voiceland, but this Bicton house was such a jaw-dropping masterpiece, we just had to let our readers in on it.
I’ve reviewed a lot of homes over the years, including a swag of big show ponies, but this is on another level altogether; from corner-to-corner every room is packed with the finest-quality materials, and they’re all finished to perfection. The vendor, a builder by trade, spent 18 months with his designer fine-tuning its 500sqm of living space, then another two-and-a-half years building it.
“This was like putting a jigsaw puzzle together,” he says of the home’s complex construction, explaining why the next owner’s not getting some tilt-up same-old, same-old.
“I’m not a fan of contemporary homes that lack warmth, texture or whatever you want to call it – there’s no soul – and I wanted to create something timeless.”
So he turned to The Hamptons on Long Island for inspiration and went for broke.
Half of what ended up being a four-bedroom home was imported to ensure it was as authentic as possible, from the doors on the garage to the brass cuppola on the roof.
Others were sourced from around the world; there’s stunning English wallpaper used sparingly, and to beautiful effect, in various rooms. It’s a very cool Long Island white elsewhere, so the touches of colour are very eye-catching.
I also have to mention the dog bone basketweave mosaic tiling in the main bedroom’s ensuite, the second bathroom and the laundry downstairs. It was custom-made for this house and its intricacy and beauty is just astounding. The tiler who had ensure the tiny pieces were straight has either white line fever now or nerves of steel.
I was surprised by how warm and inviting the house was, which is testament to the owner’s attempts to capture the cottagey feeling of The Hamptons.
The hub is the huge open plan kitchen/dining/lounge area where light streams through banks of windows overlooking John Dickenson reserve across the road.
Huge swathes of carrara marble form the benchtops in the kitchen, which also feature s a huge gas burner and enough built-in cabinetry to house any appliance you could think of. You could host a party in the walk-in pantry.
This house is something special — as the owner says, he’s hoping that in 50 years time whoever holds the key would be more interested in renovating than knocking it down; this one’s a keeper.
by STEVE GRANT
47 Birdwood Circus, Bicton
0409 300 600