Sackville St, Kew

Sackville St, Kew

A celebration of light, aspect and amenity - this elegant new build in the coveted Sackville Street precinct hits every high note when it comes to prestige design for modern families.

Purchased in 2012 by the current owners - a design and development duo - the immediate challenge was how to breathe light and life into the existing brown brick 1970's home.

Having renovated and built prestige properties since 1994, the couple know a thing or two about design. Amber, who runs the successful home design, interiors and landscaping practice, Amber Hope Design, says her guiding philosophy is always that architecture, interior design and landscaping should be considered as one.

Having spent some weeks considering how she could transform the existing house, in the end, the couple decided that the only way to fully embrace the best aspects of the site and inject northern light into the interiors, was to build a new home on the eastern side of the block.

The result is spectacular - a stunning new family home with a striking façade of crisp white render and black timber and an interior bathed in natural light. The moment you enter the front gate, a wonderful sense of space welcomes you as you are met with expansive lawns and rows of trees flanking the entire western side of the home.

Inside the themes of light, space and aspect underpinning Ambers building design are evident everywhere. Floor to ceiling double-glazed windows run the length of the entrance hall and overlook the garden. On the left as you enter the home is the formal sitting room, also overlooking the garden and providing the family with a quiet place to be. Further down the hall, leads to the home gym, study and the stairs to the master bedroom suite, the children's bedrooms and a rumpus room. every bedroom is well-proportioned and enjoys a lovely view through magnificent floor to ceiling sliding windows, offering a modern take on the 'Juliet balcony'. This is particularly so in the North facing bedrooms which both feature bedding from Linen House and a wall of glass overlooking the garden and 100 year old plane trees of Sackville Street.

Downstairs is home to the open plan living areas with an open fireplace, mirrored cabinetry, tree'd light well and vast Calacatta marble splashback. Three metre tall sliding glass doors lead out to the uber-cool outdoor entertaining area - with its outdoor kitchen, built in fireplace and pergola fitted with motorised louvres, all overlooking the sparkling, black-tiled swimming pool.

Beyond these areas is home to the laundry, access to the three car garage, located at the rear of the property and a spectacular home theatre room with a 110 inch screen and view through to the front garden.

Wide American Oak oiled boards, silver linen sheers and white walls provide a neutral back drop for a colourful collection of art and ornaments that have been gathered over the years. From a Mark Douglass bright red 160cm tall glass sculpture in the cinema, to the original bricolage of hand painted tramways advertising signage crica 1960, by artist, Guy Matthews hanging in the hall. "The Longing", 2006 oil, ground pigment and metallic fibre on canvas by Robyn Burgess, makes a dramatic statement in the double height void which is reflected in the five mirror ball pendants hanging from the ceiling. A chandelier hangs above a rustic antique kitchen table, a mirrored mosaic pregnant cast floats above a marble box in the master bedroom and fluro pink and yellow Andrew McKenzie acryclic boxes strategically hung in the hall look illuminated when hit by the Western sun. These well balanced, creative combinations used by Amber throughout the house reflect her signature style and give the interior a richness and warmth that create a truly memorable space.