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The owners of this Adelaide home hired a Scandinavian architect to design a modern ‘cabin’ around a lilly pilly tree in their garden.

Ask most homeowners to describe their inspiration for a renovation and they often nominate established styles or abstract concepts. Not this couple. Their starting point was a huge lilly pilly tree in the backyard, and some other established trees on the north/south-facing block. Once the future of these was assured, the design process for the Scandinavian cabin style family home began.

Emma and Richard Zanchetta bought their Adelaide property in February 2011. Ideally located between the city and hills, it included a 1930s Tudor-style home with a 1990s extension, which was liveable but in desperate need of a costly renovation. Richard, a partner at a large local building firm, felt that knocking down and starting again was probably the way to go.

The self-confessed 'tree-huggers' decided to base their new home design around the tree, and have views and a connection to it from inside the house through strategically placed windows. They opted for the simplicity of a Nordic-style, timber-clad home, influenced by their love of Scandinavian cabins, holiday homes and farm barns

"Richard knew Norwegian architect Kåre Krokene, of JPE, through his business," says Emma. "We felt comfortable with Kåre's knowledge and experience and, much to his delight, we ran with his first concept: a clear visual line from the front to the back of the house.

This was achieved with an infinity window treatment at the front and a full-height rear window, plus a conceptual boardwalk leading from the front gate to the pool." With four children aged one to six now running around the 1115m2 property, good sight lines were an obvious bonus.

Construction began in April 2015 and the four-bedroom home was finished 18 months later. Built over three levels (ground floor, mezzanine and basement with garage and cellar) in brick veneer, it's clad in fire-treated western red cedar.

Inside, the home was fitted out by residential interior designer Emma (of Emma Jane), who cites using every inch of space and keeping the setup flexible as top priorities.

Inspired by Nordic and, to a lesser extent, Shaker design, she chose a melange of natural materials, including European oak (on the floors and staircase) and lots of other warm timbers plus wool, linen, cotton and hides.

The internal temperature is regulated with hydronic underfloor heating and reverse-cycle airconditioning.

Hope it brought some Nordic inspiration!



Article written by Deborah Grant for Homes to love

Photography by Jacqui Way

Stylist by Deni Jones

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