The My Ideal House is constructed from thermally efficient Hebel and punctuated with cheery window boxes made from Innowood.
There’s nothing like the joy of a new home. We have been building homes for over 45 years, and we know the elation of finally putting the key in the door and walking into a brand new, completely finished home never loses its thrill. We are once again riding the wave of elation, and it is with great excitement and pride that we open the doors and welcome you to take a look at My Ideal House.
From the street, the timber-and-white exterior of this home is immediately distinctive in the Sydney suburb of Gledswood Hills. With its beautiful window boxes now brimming with foliage, herbs planted between the steppers in the front garden and a lush expanse of turfed driveway, it’s instantly friendly and inviting. This, it quickly becomes clear, is a house where every detail has been considered.
Discreetly hidden is the under-stairs laundry.
The ground floor multi-purpose living space looks over the courtyard to the gorgeously landscaped garden by Garden Life.
The feature window seat is the perfect nook for quiet time.
Timber is utilised on both the floor and ceiling to add warmth and texture.
The timber front door opens to reveal an expansive view from entry to back garden. To the right of the entry is the multipurpose room, a generous space designed to be used any way the owners might wish. The chief drawcard is the inviting timber window seat that visually connects to the front garden.
Wide-oak floorboards, which extend to the bedrooms upstairs, imbue the home with warmth. When you reach the living areas, the flooring switches to an understated concrete-look tile, but timber is again utilised – this time on the ceiling. The result is a beautifully warm and textural addition to the large open-plan space. Designed to take the form of an airy “glass pavilion” the living zone delivers Madeleine’s vision for a seamless indoor-outdoor connection.
The area is defined by its deep charcoal walls (Taubmans Knight Grey), sink-into-me sofa and relaxed leather armchairs. The furniture is positioned around the Real Flame gas fire, creating a cosy spot to sit and read or enjoy a cuppa looking out to the garden. The adjacent dining zone is demarcated by a striking woven pendant.
Neat V-groove cabinetry opens to reveal everything you’d expect to find in a well-equipped family kitchen, from a top-of-the-range dishwasher to a combi oven, French-door fridge and coffee machine. The cupboards extend from floor to ceiling, ensuring an abundance of storage to stash household items away. The kitchen is positioned at the far end of the living pavilion so it relates to the alfresco dining area and garden.
One of the distinguishing aspects of My Ideal House is the relatively compact floor area of 289m², which allows it to buck the “build to the boundary” trend and give back space for lawn, trees and shrubs on its 416m² lot. The garden was always going to play an important role in the strong aesthetic of My Ideal House.
Landscape designer Richard Unsworth from Garden Life has created a garden for all seasons and included a low brick wall that extends the width of the property.
A strong horizontal form, it supports the home’s spirit of flexibility: the wall provides extra seating in the alfresco zone when entertaining, and is the perfect spot to perch and read the paper while the kids play on the lawn.
Meticulous attention to quality and detail make My Ideal House a leader in sustainability. The home’s wealth of sustainable features include:
The sophisticated ensuite off the main bedroom is cleverly zoned so only the timber topped vanity is visible from the double bedroom when its double doors are opened.
One of the key successes of My Ideal House is the rigour in its planning. Every centimetre of the layout has been thoughtfully utilised – a hallmark of Mirvac properties. From the moment Madeleine was announced as the competition winner, Mirvac’s in-house design and construction teams provided expert planning and building expertise to ensure My Ideal House was built in the most efficient manner. Mirvac project engineer and site supervisor for My Ideal House Troy Hamer said there were over 30 suppliers for My Ideal House, and project managing the build brought Mirvac’s expertise to the fore. “There were many ‘firsts’ with this house and it was very rewarding to see everyone working together,” says Hamer. “Mirvac’s excellent relationships with our suppliers and subcontractors made it a smooth and efficient build.”
Many of My Ideal House’s best assets are hidden from sight. Take the charging station cleverly integrated into the kitchen cabinets, for example. Or the high-performance glass that makes airconditioning unnecessary, the thermally efficient solar panels hidden away on the flat roof that feed the Tesla battery in the double garage.
“People’s reaction to the home has been very exciting,” says Mirvac General Manager of Residential Development, Toby Long. “We knew we were building a special home, but people’s faces when they walk in confirms just how spectacular the space is.” says Long.
What you see is a beautifully detailed house, that’s adaptable, warm and comfortable. But it is so much more than that, it is the realisation of a design competition aimed at creating a new blueprint for the suburban Australian home. Mission accomplished.