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The Modern Farmhouse Sitting Atop The Adelaide Hills

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Photographed by Phillip Handforth and Jonathan DVK

With a client ready to create their forever home, the goal to create a simple and cohesive home in a changing environment was achieved on a 22 acre block.

Wistow House, located in the Adelaide Hills, is a collaboration between Phoenix Tapware, Mountford Williamson Architecture and interior design studio Fabrikate, bringing the humble contemporary farmhouse into the future with this latest effort.

Built for a young family who wanted to get back to nature and enjoy a slower pace of life, the house has been described as “warm, earthy and relatable with a touch of luxury.”

Drawing on the rural landscape and surrounding farm buildings, the steel cladding on the house is run vertically, but the choice of dark charcoal keeps the design clean and modern, helping the home recede into the landscape. The use of timber and stone walling in the garden adds warmth and further helps tie the home to the site.

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Inside, the design followed the same brief. “The client wanted to create an interior that is warm and cozy without over-complication and this was consistent throughout the project,” says Kate Harry, director and owner of Fabrikate.

“We worked on creating a natural palette with textural, tactile materials – we were inspired by the idea of creating a seamless intersection between inside and out.”

High level glazing under the roof plane creates the illusion of a floating roof, allowing glimpses of the sky. The large overhang to the north provides protection from the summer sun while allowing the winter sun to penetrate into the living spaces. Oversized glazed sliding doors provide a connection with the site, allowing views of the surrounding rural property and to distant vistas. Vibrant olive-green joinery, furnishings and lighting evoke the lush green surrounds.

In the bathroom, textural tiles adorn the walls, providing a dramatic backdrop to the custom designed oak vanity.

“The tiles gave us the tactility we desired for the wet areas reflecting light from all angles but proved quite the challenge with installation, especially around tiled nibs. In collaboration with our trades we worked with samples of the tile laid onto bricks to ensure an accurate finish to the tiled edges.”

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Fabrikate chose various products from the Vivid Slimline collection in chrome to complement the bathroom. “The Vivid Slimline range was selected based on a few key elements; it’s clean lines, the simple back plate to assist with mounting to the specialty tiles and also for its price point,” says Harry.

“The tapware maintained the simplicity of the home; functionality was paramount in our selection but aesthetically the range sat effortlessly within all spaces.”

Phoenix Tapware’s new Vivid Collection is live. To hear our thoughts, head to our article about the collection here.


Interior design: Fabrikate

Architecture: Mountford Williamson Architecture

Phoenix products: Vivid Slimline Wall Basin/ Bath Mixer Set 230mm Curved, Vivid Shower Arm and Rose

Photographers: Phillip Handforth and Jonathan DVK

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