The link between indoors and outdoors blurs when it comes to entertaining in this beautifully finished and stylish new-build Bicton home. Owners Paul and Jacqui Gill, who live with their two young daughters, asked Maughan Building Company to design and build them a home on their 810sqm block. After something very contemporary with a bit of a retro influence and clean, strong lines, the Gills also wanted the home to cater for their love of entertaining and enjoying the outdoors.

A spacious, high-ceilinged open-plan kitchen, living and dining area that links to a home theatre and an alfresco area achieves this aim. The room makes the most of the northern light and has a bank of commercial-grade bi-fold doors that open on to the alfresco area with sweeping valley views. Maughan Building Company owner Rob Maughan said a great feature to the space was the seamless connection between the living area and the alfresco area. “We put in a slimline, stainless-steel strip grate which allows the level of the alfresco to remain the same as the living area,” he said.

The large format travertine tiles used to both zones complete the harmonious look and blur the distinction between indoors and outdoors when the Gills push aside the doors for entertaining. In keeping with the modern minimalist look of the elevation, Mr Maughan’s company designed the downpipes so that they were concealed within the alfresco area’s supporting columns. Rain heads with round downpipes have been included to the home’s northern wall as a feature. The home was designed to have a commercial-grade flat roof which offers a solar harvesting area of 350sqm. Prelays to the roof over the main living area have been installed to service pool heating. Frameless-glass fencing was chosen to keep the view to the pool open and uninterrupted.

The 10m x 4.5m concrete pool was installed by Buccaneer Pools and is edged with Bisazza mosaic tiles. A wide seating ledge to the pool is handy for both adults and children. Mrs Gill said the family loved spending time in the pool. “The great thing about the ledge is that our three-yearold can cruise along on it quite safely and happily,” she said. A rear limestone wall conceals pool equipment. The home is on the market.

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