Situated just behind Coogee Beach, Courland House by Secret Gardens is a garden oasis home that has been discreetly tucked away to offer the owners the utmost privacy. Designed to make one feel calm, the family home of two landscape designers features many connections to outdoor spaces alongside warm interior choices. Intended to make each space shine separately, the external areas have been designed to be the hero of the family home and become spaces of indulgent tranquillity.
The garden home offers a neutral palette of whites and greys that is warmed with timbers. Alongside this, durable finishes and surfaces have been employed to turn the home into one that would suit a family of adults. Purchased ten years ago, the owners’ first call of transformation began with the rear pool and garage. Throughout these renovations, the home’s original private spaces were knocked down, while the public spaces were upgraded and given new life. Upstairs, the private rooms are clearly separated from the living zones and sightlines to the lush garden life were integrated to continue the feeling of botanical immersion.
Following the house tour, attention to detail is evident in the brickwork feature wall that is in both children’s bedrooms and extends to the front of the house. Knowing what they wanted, the owners and architects were able to collaborate quickly and easily through the entire process of renovations. With every room in the house having a garden outlook, the neutral palette of the interior fuses both internal and external spaces together – turning the home into place in which entertaining is prioritised.
Working together harmoniously, the garden and the architecture of the home is seen from the beginning of the house tour and all throughout the home. Offering an unparalleled opportunity for its owners to delve into a calming atmosphere, Courland House is a family home within a garden oasis. Collaborating effortlessly, Secret Gardens and Spicer Architecture turn the landscapers’ family home into a place of entertaining and celebrating nature and outdoor connections.
00:00 – Introduction to the Family Home
00:23 – The Location
00:56 – The Initial Stages & The Renovation
01:33 – The Architect
02:00 – Integration of the Garden
02:16 – The Brief
02:40 – Other Design Parameters
03:19 – A Modernist & Contemporary Appearance
03:33 – 30 years of Secret Gardens
03:59 – A Team Effort
04:15 – The Attention to Detail
05:07 – Material & Palette Selection
05:34 – The Challenges of Designing Your Own Home
06:15 – The Tell-Tale Sign of Success
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Photography by Nicholas Watt.
Landscapes by Secret Gardens.
Architecture by Spicer Architecture.
Interior Design by Form Follows Function.
Build by Pride and Passion.
Styling by The Dezign Group.
Filmed and Edited by O&Co. Homes.
Production by The Local Project.
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