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Modern Elegance, The West Australian

By: Claire Millett
Photos: Dion Robeson
Modern elegance
To overcome the sloping site and make the most of the river views, the home’s ground floor was split into levels.                        

A spectacular example of the understated elegance of a monochromatic colour palette, this Imperial Homes project in Ardross showcases clean lines and quality finishes throughout.

Accommodating the challenging five-metre slope on the 511sqm site, the ground floor was split into levels to maximise the 180-degree views of the river.

Entry is through a solid timber door that adds warmth to both the interior and exterior. The double-height foyer exudes sophistication with its seamless White Lion Core rectified floor tiles. The space is flooded with light, which streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

"We wanted an abundance of light in the entry to give an open and spacious feel,” owner Ivana Robeson said. "This has been carried throughout the home with high ceilings and wide passageways.”

The double-height foyer is flooded with light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows.
In the entranceway, three concrete steps lead to an American oak-stained staircase with a glass balustrade.

For those with an interest in architecture and design, the Robeson name may sound familiar. Working on the design of this house was Gary and Ivana’s daughter Simone Robeson, of Robeson Architects. Robeson is one of Perth’s most promising young architects and is fast proving her talents with a range of residential and commercial projects.

To the right of the entry, three concrete steps lead to a platform. Here an American oak-stained staircase with a glass balustrade winds around the foyer’s hanging glass pendants to the second storey.

A central courtyard between the foyer and a study (which could be used as another bedroom) assists in bringing the outside in and once again opens up the spaces with light.

A games-cum-theatre-room to the rear of the property features a bar fridge and a sink. It leads to the ground-floor terrace which has glimpses of the river. The terrace is linked to a big bedroom. There is also a staircase which leads down to a backyard with a water feature.

The ensuite was designed to duplicate a spa retreat in a resort.
The luxurious ensuite features a double vanity, rain shower and a freestanding bathtub.

An important room in terms of space and design from the outset, the main suite has been built to duplicate a spa retreat in a resort. Complete with a double vanity, a rain shower and a deep bathtub set against a dramatic backdrop of Link Dark Shadow rectified tiles, it’s a true sanctuary.

The passage to the main living areas on the second storey makes the most of drawing in light from the ground-floor courtyard with both high and low horizontal windows running the length of it.

The open-plan main living area comes with uninterrupted views of the Swan River and to the city.
The kitchen features a built-in Miele steam oven, a microwave and two ovens, plus a gas and induction cooktop and a walk-in pantry.

The entire width of the top floor at the rear of the site contains the open-plan living, dining and kitchen zone — and it comes with uninterrupted views of the Swan River.

No detail was spared in the kitchen, which has a built-in Miele steam oven, a microwave and two ovens, plus a gas and induction cooktop and a walk-in pantry. It overlooks the dining and lounge area, which features a gas fireplace bordered by basalt tiles.

No detail was spared in the kitchen.
A highlight of the dining and lounge area is a gas fireplace bordered by striking basalt tiles.

The north-facing terrace is not only big enough to fit a dining table and outdoor lounge suite, it also caters for outdoor entertaining with a built-in barbecue and sink.

"This is definitely our favourite part of the home,” Ms Robeson said. "We can sit here and see all the way to Point Walter, Alfred Cove and the Perth CBD.”

The north-facing terrace is equipped with an outdoor kitchen.
The staircase winds around the foyer’s hanging glass pendants, leading up to the second storey.

Con Tripi, managing director of Imperial Homes, said building a custom home was all about bringing the client’s vision to life.

"We believe communication is the key to ensuring the end result meets the client’s standards,” he said.

The Ardross home enjoys 180-degree views of the Swan River.