A GRC Wall Home

March 17, 2014
A GRC Wall Home

Patience is a virtue and as Steve’s family home in Hawthorn shows, it can pay off in dividends.

Part of this year’s St Joseph’s Open Houses scheme, which ran over the weekend, Steve’s family home was literally four years in the making, and seven months in the building.

Once the unusual block was purchased, the family moved into the existing property on-site and set about planning their future long-term home.

The first challenge was the land itself – an interesting wedge shape that sat about 33-metres wide at the front, but only 7.5-metres wide at the back.

The peculiarity of the shape inspired and informed much of the design by Craig Rossetti Architects, who were responsible for Steve’s previous family home.

A stitch in time saves nine

Steve and his design team planned, certified and specified every possible aspect of the build.

It was to become the long-term home for his family (Steve and his wife have two young children) and needed to adapt itself to them as their needs changed over the years.

No stone remained unturned – every skerrick of those four years was spent on making this home right.

By the time it came to demolishing the existing property and starting the build, this was one ultra-organised project.

So efficient in fact that the ambitious build stuck to its seven-month schedule without a hitch.

Modern Concrete Home

  • The stunning entrance to the beautifully designed home

The seamless, curving wall

A stand-out feature of the design is a curved wall that seamlessly flows through the home, linking spaces – including the outside pool area – together.

Made from glass reinforced concrete (Steve owns GRC Environments, a business that specialises in the material), the wall becomes a beautiful novelty.

Concret Home with Pool

  • The Master bedroom and en-suite look out over the beautifully designed pool and thoughtful landscaping.

What is Glass Reinforced Concrete?

Glass reinforced concrete (or cement) is a composite stone made from a combination of sand, cement and alkali resistant glass fibres.

It is the latter in particular that gives the material strength as well as flexibility and relative lightness, meaning it can then be moulded and cast into seemingly infinite shapes and structures.

In short – glass reinforced concrete can become the gateway to creating a truly individual home.

Let there be light

But it’s not just glass reinforced concrete that makes this home clever.

Visitors to this year’s Open Houses would have been instantly struck by the light and air that abounds this suburban delight.

It is just so genuinely open and fresh – expansive rooms make the most of natural light, which is a stand-out feature in its own right.

Concrete Floor Lounge Room

  • The lounge room is flooded in natural light and creates a feeling spaciousness as the eye is drawn outside to the point of the block.

Modern Bathroom

  • The en-suit cleverly incorporates slits of light that frame the bathroom beautifully and a concealed shower is cleverly positioned behind the baths feature wall.

Eyes at the back of her head

There are wonderfully clever additional features, as well, such as the kitchen splash back which is essentially a window into the children’s playroom next door – a great way for mum to seem like she really does have eyes at the back of her head, yet still give the kids a sense of privacy and their own space.

Concrete Kitchen

  • The stunning kitchen with one of the most thoughtful and considered splashbacks we have seen.

Steve’s family home was part of this year’s Open Houses which never fails to disappoint.

We can’t wait to see what is in store for 2015!

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