When Mary and Brian Parkinson decided to build a home to live in for the rest of their lives, they wanted to get everything right. To make sure their home would meet their high standards, they decided on an individual architect-designed modern Lockwood, with a range of materials to complement the classic Lockwood design. The resulting home is an airy paean to sophisticated suburban living and natural light.
Architect Jorgen Fransden of Ambiente Architects designed the 252m2 home to make the most of the spacious, flat 1075m2 section. The sun-dappled kitchen and living area enjoy a high ceiling with reassuringly solid structural beams that add an air of permanence. The focal point of the space is a central feature wall with a double sided gas fireplaces with a living area on either side – one for Mary and Brian, and one for their grandchildren when they come to visit. The living areas can flow into one another around the feature wall, or can be separated off for peace and quiet by closing a door located next to the feature wall.
The sense of flow between the two rooms is enhanced by the presence of an Escea DX1000 see-through fireplace within the feature wall. With its impressive flame pattern and radiant heat, the fireplace brings warmth and comfort to both rooms, and provides a further link between them. Brian says, “A fireplace was architect-specified, but it wasn’t fully-enclosed, and we couldn’t pin down the kW rating. I did some research and came across Escea, and immediately knew that the DX1000, with its 8.4kw heat output and gas usage efficiency, would be the perfect fit between the solid structural beams of the feature wall.”
Installation of the fire was quick and easy, thanks to Lockwood Homes and Escea’s architectural detailer Grant Simpson. Grant made sure that DX1000’s unique heat ducts were installed correctly within the feature wall, so they could pump heat into the family room and lounge.
Irene James of James Trent Design created the fresh, neutral palette that emphasises the home’s abundance of natural light. Polished American oak floors are complemented by pale carpets set into the floor itself, while black accents around the fireplace create a definitive focal point for the space. “Irene’s touch can be seen in every corner of our house,” says Brian.
When family come to stay, they love to make the most of their self-contained wing with bathroom, but when they leave, Brian and Mary can simply slide the door to the family wing shut and enjoy the relaxed ambience of their dream home.