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American dreaming in Applecross, The West Australian

By Angie Tomlinson

Photos by Dion Robeson

A distinctive US flavour pervades this luxury Applecross home, from its generous rooms to its beautiful vaulted ceilings.

Designed by Designwise Concepts and built by Imperial Homes, the residence shuns the cold and contemporary, instead opting for the warmth of timber and natural stone.

The palette reflects the owners’ desire for a home made from natural timbers, glass and stone, with high ceilings and plenty of space. 

While there is no distinct theme — a little bit Hamptons, a little bit New England — there is an overriding American feel. 

"The eclectic style of the home marries classic, contemporary and Hamptons-style architecture, creating a sophisticated feel with casual household comfort,” Imperial Homes managing director Con Tripi said. 


Grand proportions feature in every room, including in the kitchen with its stunning timber-clad vaulted ceilings.



The floor plan was carefully designed to allow the family to come together while also providing separate entertaining zones.


Every element has grand proportions, from the wide entry hall where the ceiling almost reaches double height, to the timber-clad vaulted ceilings in the kitchen, dining and living spaces. 

"A favourite is the high feature ceilings throughout, including the main living, alfresco and entertaining areas,” Mr Tripi said. "They add an air of sophistication and majestic ambience, particularly the coffered ceilings in the kitchen.” 

Attention is drawn to the high ceilings by imported pendant lights. In fact, the Winston pendants from Alti Lighting in Claremont, which are above the expanse of Versailles marble of the kitchen island, are where the seeds for the entire style of the home began. 


The games room opens on two sides, with triple stacking doors to the living and dining space creating one large zone when opened.



The interior palette reflects the owners’ desire for a spacious home with high ceilings and the extensive use of natural timbers, glass and stone.


The marble is complemented by Calacatta marble in the bathrooms, earthy stone floor tiles and the stone around the living-room fireplace and dual outdoor fireplace, which is also repeated across the front elevation. 

A mix of timbers has been used to great effect, from the spotted-gum floors to the Glenn Holst jarrah cabinetry and American black walnut on the picture windows and door-frames that give every bedroom outdoor access. 

The floor plan has been carefully considered to allow the family to come together but also allow the parents and young adult children to entertain separately. 


The games room boasts its own kitchen, bar, living room and space for a pool table.



The home exudes warmth thanks to the use of natural timbers and stone, including beautiful Calacatta marble in the bathrooms.


A central alfresco entertaining space is between the kitchen, living and dining areas of the main home and a separate games room. 

The games room, with its own bar, kitchen, living and pool table space, opens along two sides, and triple stacking doors across the living and dining space of the main house allow the entire area to be opened up to form one big space. 

With the alfresco area looking to the garden and pool, with its vertical garden backdrop by Deep Green, the home makes for the perfect entertainer. 


The alfresco area looks out to the garden and pool, with a guest-house that echoes the design of the main house alongside the pool.



A combination of different timbers, including spotted-gum floorboards, has been used to great effect.


A guest-house in the same style as the main house also sits alongside the pool. 

Beneath the home an undercroft houses a six-car garage, wine cellar cum gym and storage space.