GREEN PEACE
Australian House & Garden Magazine|May 2021
This contemporary house in regional NSW treads lightly on the landscape while making the most of its magnificent setting.
Jackie Brygel

LOWER GARDEN Border collie Bickie (left) and Milo the kelpie cross have plenty of room to roam on the grounds of this property near Orange, in the Central Tablelands region of NSW. The house is clad in Cemintel ‘Barestone’ (ground floor) and Lysaght ‘Longline 305’.

Embraced by vineyards and orchards at the foothills of Mount Canobolas, near Orange in NSW’s Central Tablelands, a magical hideaway awaits. Casting a seductive spell, the award-winning home is supremely comfortable and delivers unrivalled vistas of the glorious and ever-changing landscape.

Owners Alex and Evan, who made the tree-change from Sydney a decade ago with their now-teenage children Hannah and Ben, say the setting instantly stole their hearts.

Architect Sara Pearson, director of Pearson Architecture, isn’t at all surprised. “The location is just remarkable. It makes an immediate impression,” she says. “The property is located a short drive out of Orange, on the rise of the hill with expansive views of farms and orchards to the east. The surrounding countryside is incredibly beautiful and changes from season to season.”

When Alex and Evan first invited Sara to the 16-hectare (40 acre) property six years ago, all three felt the existing home was unworthy of its site. “We’d been living here for a few years by then so had time to work out exactly what we wanted in a new house,” says Evan. “The most important thing was to have better access to the garden.”

LIVING Above and opposite Painting by Ingrid Haydon, Project Gallery 90. Flos ‘Foglio’ wall light, Euroluce. Stovax Riva Studio 3 fireplace. Curtains in Warwick Fabrics ‘Palermo’. Tulip sofa by Adam Goodrum, Cult. Rug, RC+D. Double-glazed sliding doors, AWS (throughout). Concrete bench and flooring. Walls painted Dulux Natural White (throughout).

KITCHEN/DINING The blackbutt and black steel shelving unit, a collaboration between Pearson Architecture and Studio Senior, functions as a room divider, display space and storage. The kitchen island, topped with Super White Granite from SNB Stone, was made by Stoneworks NSW.

KITCHEN Splashback and benchtops in Super White Granite from SNB Stone. Muuto ‘Nerd’ stools, Living Edge. Rangehood, Falmec. Induction cooktop and ovens, all Miele. Armando Vicario ‘Luz’ kitchen mixer tap, Abey.

STAIRWELL Blackbutt is used for the treads and handrail, the timber creating a warm thread that runs throughout the home. DINING Drop chairs by Arne Jacobsen, Cult. George Nelson ‘Saucer Bubble’ pendant light and Walter Knoll ‘Seito’ dining table, both Living Edge.

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