In their signature coastal aesthetic, this new build from Bonnie, Lana and Erin of Three Birds Renovations, was constructed for in-house designer Louisa Shield, her husband and their two growing boys.
The couple bought the 2.1-hectare bush block in Annangrove on the rural outskirts of Sydney’s north west in 2018, with an idea to nurture more of a nature connected lifestyle.
The result, inspired by their favourite holiday destinations and luxury resorts, is the owners’ dream holiday in an everyday experience for the family.
The luxury single storey residence accommodates formal and private living settings, a kids’ wing, guest rooms, kitchen, multiple bathrooms and a pool house.
The palatial front entrance sets the tone of the home. Two huge brick pillars greet you as you make your way past a Jaipur inspired front patio. The hallway is framed by a raked ceiling, while dramatic arched windows flood the home with natural light, connecting it at every opportunity to its natural Australian bush surrounds.
“It’s definitely the most beautiful entrance we’ve ever done,” says Lana, marketing director of Three Birds.
Beyond the entryway, multiple ceiling heights perfectly complement the open plan yet segregated living configuration.
Using Gyprock Supaceil plasterboard, with its optimised core technology, allowed for longer spans and fewer joins in the ceilings, resulting in a sense of fluidity.
Despite such a grand entry and luxury feel the home was designed with family living in mind, so relaxed and practical features were also an important consideration.
Warm tones and natural lighting add to the aesthetic appeal, while ample storage and the consideration of building materials were key to the practical aspects such as noise and durability.
Gyprock Superchek, which provides a 15 per cent reduction in perceived loudness compared to standard plasterboard, was used throughout the home. This is especially practical for family life which incorporates work and play. The heavy-duty paper liner increases density and board strength to improve the level of durability of walls against knocks and scrapes or more serious damage.
It was the perfect choice for Louisa’s home and most particularly for the boys’ wing. The striking space, which encompasses a double bedroom, walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and upstairs media/play room, needed to be durable and able to contain the noise that goes with growing, playful boys.
“Kids’ bedrooms and entertainment rooms are typical areas that need to be considered for noise transfer,” says Renee McGinty, general manager of marketing for Gyprock.
“With some basic understanding of building acoustics, and careful consideration of the room use and layout, you can create quiet zones where you need them and keep noise contained.”
For the property’s multiple bathrooms and mudroom the untiled walls were lined with moisture-resistant Gyprock Aquachek plasterboard, which is specifically designed for use as a wall and ceiling lining in wet areas of homes.
Using CSR Gyprock’s modern building materials and systems meant the home is not only a beautiful structure but durable and one that maximises living environments for the homeowners to enjoy.