IN THE PRESS: A modern classic

A distinctive melding of sharp lines and warm light elements greet visitors as they arrive at this single-level Refined Edge by Brian Burke Homes custom build in Wembley.

The home’s stunning frontage sets the scene for the living space to come – contemporary yet respectful of its established surrounds, with a juxtaposed white and grey colour scheme allowing the garden and street to play their role in the overall aesthetic.

Brian Burke Homes Group Managing Director Michael Burke told New Homes the frontage design was guided by council requirements for the specific part of Wembley in which the home is located.

“The requirements are based on the 1950s architecture of the area, so new homes have to fit in with size and form,” he said.

“What we have achieved, I think, is an astute use of those rules to create a thoroughly modern home which pays sincere and honest respect to the existing Wembley architectural heritage.”

Through the front door, the three bedroom, two-bathroom home comes into its own. It is cleverly split into four zones – one to the front for the master bedroom and study, one for the minor guest bedrooms to the side of the home, a main living and entertaining space in the middle and a workshop and garage with laneway access to the rear.

Built for a downsizing client, the kitchen was a conversation piece through the design and build process and serves as a highlight in the newly constructed home. The area features a 1200mm ILVE freestanding stove with stainless steel benchtops, and a large scullery with a walk-in pantry behind it. The kitchen island features a Vangelis Quartzite surface above lacquer cabinetry to provide a beautiful central feature.

“The kitchen was a key focus for the client, who loves to cook and entertain,” Mr Burke said. “While its proximity to the living and dining was important, she did not want it overlooking the entertaining space, therefore its outlook was rotated and a buffet cabinet was built as a partition to provide some separation.” The kitchen and main living areas are showered with light, designed to capture the northern sun and opening out to the louvre-roofed alfresco and outdoor kitchen beyond.

“The massive north-facing glass doors allow the winter sun to penetrate deep into the heart of the home, and the large grey tiles absorb and radiate that heat,” Mr Burke said.

Capturing the light is a theme throughout the home, with plantation-shuttered windows letting light into the bedrooms and home study – itself a separate, street-facing escape with enough room for a home desk setup and couch. The master bedroom sits in close proximity and offers plenty of space of its own, with an ensuite featuring underfloor heating and a heated anti-fog mirror to take the chill off on a cold winter morning.

The whole home is perfectly suited to its Wembley locale, according to Mr Burke.

“We helped the clients select this block, as we were looking specifically for a site that would allow us to design a home that pays respect to Perth’s climate and lifestyle,” he said.

Making the most of the Perth sun, a large solar panel array captures light to power the house and feed a Tesla battery which stores captured energy.

Located at 107 Nanson Street, Wembley, the home is open for viewing today Saturday July 11 and tomorrow Sunday July 12, as well as next weekend, from 2-4pm.