Light-filled and layered, this Sydney family home is modern and contemporary in both its design and materiality. Located in harbourside Hunter’s Hill, the new build features interiors by Gavin Hepper who just won HIA NSW awards. It took out the ‘NSW Bathroom Design of the Year 2023’ award while the kitchen won the ‘NSW New Kitchen $60,000-$100,000’ gong and it’s easy to see why.
Gavin worked across the kitchen, living and dining spaces, master suite, bathrooms, powder rooms and laundry and they all feature custom joinery and furniture elements. “The design brief was driven by a request for very current and trend-focused aesthetics,” says Gavin.
Taking cues and inspiration from the base architecture which features soaring ceilings and curves, Gavin infused the entertainer’s kitchen with style and character. Superwhite dolomite natural stone, fluted timber and opposing curves and angles make for an interesting kitchen design. Natural stone along the back of the kitchen acts as an art installation in this hub of the home and offsets the deep navy blue joinery and bronze metallic highlights. “We have echoed the squircle shape (a combination of a square and circle) on the island,” says Gavin, referencing the nearby curved shaped bulkhead.
The walls in the adjoining spaces act almost like a gallery for the property – the colour palette is drawn from a Michael Bond piece in the adjoining lounge area. Custom joinery around the fireplace provides further curved lines.
The light filled master suite overlooks the treescape and features a walk-in robe, bench seating and ensuite.
Curved edges abound in the ensuite. “Unexpected and irreverent, it has an art hotel bathroom vibe – it’s a fun space,” says Gavin of the bathroom that also features a pop of pink and a playful, eclectic tile selection.
The double basins were chosen for their softened edges, the pink of the vanity complements the terrazzo tiles, and the room also features under floor heating and an under-vanity sensor light. “The walk-in shower is hidden behind a curved wall which allows for privacy if someone else needs to the use the vanity space in the early morning rush. It’s almost a separate room within the bathroom itself,” says Gavin.
The laundry sports optimised storage, a pull-out drying rack for delicates and a concealed in-drawer ironing board. The storage baskets make it easy to separate colours before washing.
The children’s ensuite features robust materials, a classic colour palette and plenty of functional storage making it ideal for teenage boys. And while a small space, the powder room has design heft courtesy of a deep blue gloss tile and Nood Co. pedestal basin. “The ensuite is a great space in which to be bold and have fun.”
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