We know how much you guys love a home tour so get ready to hold onto your jaws because this latest project by former Blockheads Kyal and Kara is ah-mazing!!
Taking the coastal style to a whole new level, this luxury home was once a small, dated fibro cottage.
With a passion for breathing new life into tired homes, Kyal and Kara weren’t put off by the original and disjointed home that they purchased for $710,000 in early 2017 — instead they saw an opportunity to transform it into a lavash family home that’s light, airy and perfect for the beachside location.
“Our goal was to create a light-filled sanctuary that felt comfortable and inviting,” explains Kara. “It’s a real sanctuary but with plenty of space for entertaining.”
They certainly succeeded with the house fetching $1.59 million at auction.
Let’s take a look around!
Kitchen, dining and living
Starting in the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, one of the first thing that caught our eyes were the soaring 3.6m raked ceilings and all that natural light — windows and skylights for days!
The bright white interiors are anchored with timber accents that add so much warmth to the home. Here Corinthian Moda doors, a longtime favourite of Kyal and Kara’s, offer simplistic design with subtle details that blend into the relaxed coastal feel.
To ensure the project not only looked great, but felt comfortable too, Kyal and Kara selected Gyprock Superchek plasterboard for its impact and sound resistant benefits.
“Gyprock Superchek makes this house like a little Fort Knox. It’s great for families because it delivers better sound absorption and less noise transfer. This results in a noticeably quieter interior environment and creates a level of serenity,” says Kara.
Outdoor kitchen, pool and outdoor shower
The kitchen leads out to an incredible outdoor space that has all the features you’d want in a luxury home — an outdoor kitchen with fully-integrated appliances, plunge pool, outdoor shower and undercover alfresco area.
“Indoor-outdoor living is so important to us so we with that in mind we really wanted to make sure there was a great connection between the kitchen, living, dining and that outdoor area,” says Kara.
The couple’s vision for the backyard was to merge Palm Springs style with Moroccan textures as evident in the gorgeous mosaic tiled plunge pool, alongside lush greenery and a breeze block wall.
We love how they kept the Blackbutt decking natural which will grey over time.
Master bedroom, WIR and ensuite
Kyal and Kara say this is the most amazing bathroom they have ever done, with the most amazing ensuite, and not one but two walk-in robes. We think they’re right!
Designed to come off the deck and lead directly out to the pool area, they say it’s the perfect entertainer’s bedroom.
Luxury features like the dropped ceiling which hide the tracks of the double height sheer curtains (from our friends at DIY Blinds) give this space total wow factor.
The walk-in robes are absolutely stunning but the ensuite steals the show.
Kara says she likes to design a bathroom so that the mirror is the first thing you see and suggests thinking about what is reflected in the mirror. In this ensuite, it’s those stunning fish scale tiles in the shower.
The couple dubbed this bathroom the ‘light cathedral bathroom’ and it’s easy to see why with that super high, raked ceiling and all those skylights.
The accents of American oak around the room — with the large beam and vanity — are so beautiful and pick up on the tones of the large format tiles that they wrapped around all the walls and floor.
Behind the bath wall is a double shower and Kara says the walk-around shower creates day spa vibes while also eliminates the need for shower screen.
Laundry and powder room
This laundry feels so luxe because of a few clever, custom designed elements, such as the timber shelf and hanging rack, but it uses simple and affordable white cabinetry.
The couple used similar Moroccan tiles from the pool area in the powder room and laundry to create a greater indoor-outdoor connection.