handyman Webb & Brown-Neaves in Perth, Western Australia, describes his Azumi home as “achieving harmony with nature”. Indeed, the elegant, upscale home combines the harmony of Japanese Zen serenity with the clean, clean lines of postmodernism. The Burns Beach home shows the best of an open design that highlights nature.
From the inviting formal entrance and high ceilings to the covered terrace with the dotted rubber-wood ceiling and the water gardens, Azumi House has inviting details that catch the eye.
The windows are made up of split horizontal lights borrowed from Asian design, while shingle-profile roof tiles are combined with a double adobe construction to ensure a solid construction near the Indian Ocean.
Inside, Shoji screens are used to divide spaces without removing the open floor plan. Informal rooms and hallways have wooden floors, while formal rooms have sisal rugs reminiscent of Japanese tatami floors.
The spacious gourmet kitchen, which is open to the dining and family rooms as well as the covered terrace, has custom-made white enameled cabinets against a wooden background, stone slabs and European stainless steel appliances. No details were overlooked when adding pot drawers, soft-close drawers, lift cabinets and an extractor hood.
The four bedrooms and two bathrooms are removed from the public spaces for privacy. The 5-star master suite shines with a gum-timbered bay ceiling while shoji screens open to reveal a sumptuous bath or close by for privacy. Wide sliding doors open outwards.
It’s easy to forget he’s in Western Australia and imagine he’s tucked away in a cozy corner of Japan. And yet, he’ll find that those 2,755 square feet is a single family home that members of all ages can feel welcome with its large bedrooms, three separate living areas, and easy access to the outdoors.