Architects get to make other people’s ideas become reality and to give others their dream homes. Inevitably, they get to always add new ideas to their own ideal home design so when the time comes for an architect to build their own home, we get to witness the materialization of all those concepts gathered over time. For architect Sarah Waller, the perfect home was one that lets every family member feel welcomed and comfortable and also one with a really nice balance of great views, privacy, comfort and style.
This is Sarah Waller’s family home. It’s a single-storey house that overlooks a golf course, with a design inspired by mid century modern architecture. It’s a home that’s both simple and sophisticated without falling into the extremes. The main building has an L-shape and the swimming pool together with a backyard cabin/ pool house sit parallel to it, forming an intimate courtyard in between.
At the rear of the property there’s a vast green lawn surrounded by lush greenery. The swimming pool is the main feature out here. A cabin-like structure sits at one end. It’s perfect for outdoor entertaining or for casual gatherings. It’s furniture with comfortable pieces including a hanging chair.
The main building has large overhangs which offer shade to the interior living room but also for the deck that acts as a transition area between the interior and exterior spaces. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors ensure a seamless transition and at the same time let in lots of natural light as well as unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape.
The interior design of the house is a simple and modern one based mainly on timeless neutrals. The kitchen, for instance, is decorated with a combination of black and white. A large island is the focal point of the whole space.
A large black volume hides the essentials of the kitchen and doubles as a divider between the kitchen and the seating area. The lounge area uses it as a support structure for the fireplace and wall-mounted TV.
The master bedroom is almost entirely surrounded by glass. It offers expansive views of the backyard and the swimming pool. It has a chic platform bed and its own separate connection with the outdoors, through a glass door. The two children’s bedrooms are decorated in a simple and casual manner and feature small nightstands and built-in window nooks with storage underneath.
The master bathroom is bright, open, fresh and sophisticated. It’s open to the outside, featuring an outdoor shower.