151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“We focused a lot on raw materials like marble and wicker and although I am a big fan of trends we wanted a family home that was modern and elegant but a place you could live in and enjoy comfortably.” African baskets, art and tropical plants fill the large spaces. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“We didn’t have Pinterest or much online inspiration at the time, it was mostly ideas we pulled from magazines and our travels to South Africa and around the world.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“My husband Johan’s family is South African and we used that as inspiration in the design.“We gave our architect photos from our travels and photos of angles on houses we liked and he was able to use that to design a house that matched our personality.” The mammoth sized front door opens to reveal an African-style and captures a striking riverfront view.“That was one of the requirements we gave the architect, that when you opened the front door you would have a long, unobstructed view down the hallway to the water,” Mrs Planting said. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.ADMIRATION for breathtaking architecture led homeowners Helen and Johan Planting to build one for themselves. The six-bedroom house designed by architect Shane Denman commands the street with its sophisticated style and extensive use of raw materials including timber, marble and stone.The couple who built their stunning family home five years ago said they were inspired by a friend’s home. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.Louvres and wall-to-wall bi-fold doors seamlessly connect the inside to the outside while the soaring ceilings provide light and a sense of space.“There are windows everywhere so you can catch the light from a sunrise and a sunset right through the house,” Mrs Planting said.The mother-of-two said she wanted a home that wouldn’t date. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.While the house is big on space Mrs Planting said it is designed to feel like you’re living in two villas.“The water feature separates the back of the home so when you’re in the main bedroom you can look out and feel like you are completely detached from the next room,” she said. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“We asked our friend what architect he used because we loved the angles, light and especially the space in his house,” Mrs Planting said.“It was luxurious and breathable at the same time.“We really admired the architecture and wanted similliar spaces.” Mrs Planting said the couple bought the block of land and started from scratch.“The design took about six months,” she said. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“We needed a lot of wall space because we love showcasing art,” Mrs Planting said.“My father-in-law does a lot of beautiful paintings and we wanted a place to hang them, not just a corner but walls with space.”
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