Simone and Adam
Situated in north east Melbourne is leafy, quiet Park Orchards. A green wedge area that is characterised by lofty trees and low lying homes, the suburb feels much further from the city than its 30 minute car trip.
Set on a large, semi-rural property, our Park Orchards client’s brief was that the architecture of their family home blend in with and compliment the landscape.
Simone and Adam’s love of the mid-century modern houses that are so prominent in Palm Springs meant that the design focus was marrying this modernist architecture that is normally associated with dry, desert land, with the greener, wetter landscape of Park Orchards.
Here, we visit Simone at home where she lives with Adam and their three children Issy, Oscar, and Sienna to find out how this brief was achieved, and to gain an insight into their experience with InForm.
What initially led you to InForm?
InForm was recommended to us by a friend who knew that we loved 1960s modernist design. We had only heard good things about the quality of home that InForm builds and having never built before, this was very reassuring.
Did you consider any other options?
Yes, but only briefly. We felt very comfortable with everyone at InForm and had full confidence in Pleysier Perkins delivering a design that we would love.
How did Simon Perkins and the design team bring your brief to life?
Simon was instrumental in bringing to life the vision that we shared with him at our first meeting. We really enjoyed the design stage with Simon, Ross and Kanako. They understood what we wanted and offered us many great suggestions – ones that we can now look at and be glad that we took them on board.
What was your brief? Did you have to make any compromises?
We both really love modernist architecture and knew that InForm could design something that would not only meet our requirements, but maximise the potential of our block. The only compromises that Adam and I had to make was polished concrete floors for me and an open fireplace for Adam. We agreed on everything else.
Who were some of the key staff members you worked with at InForm?
At the beginning we dealt with Chris, who was very patient with all of our questions. As mentioned, the design team were brilliant – superstars in our eyes. Being first time builders, we cannot thank Vince enough for his management of the whole build process. His attention to every detail and constant communication with us was very much appreciated. He followed up any minor issues in a timely manner and we knew from very early on that we would be moving into a beautiful, quality home.
How would you describe the entire process with InForm? Would you go through it again?
The process was exciting and stress free, and our house was completed on time. We will not be in any rush to build again, as we are now living in our dream home. If we did, however, we would not hesitate to engage InForm.
What is your favourite part of the home?
We love the colour scheme in our bright kitchen and living area, and the fact that we can see the pool and garden from most parts of our home. We also really love our powder room where the mirror meets the skylight; it creates a really bright space.
How about the kids?
The kids love having their own lounge to hang out with friends, and of course the pool area is a big hit with them.
How would you describe your home in one sentence?
A bright and happy home with beautiful finishes, where wonderful family memories will be created.
This story is an extract from UnFold, our print magazine. Please contact InForm for a copy.