Case Study: Dekton House
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March 25, 2019
This minimalist, contemporary house is an entertainer’s dream. Home to a family who regularly host large numbers of guests, it has Dekton® surfaces indoors and out, chosen for its durability, maintenance, strength and natural colour scheme.
Designed by Alec Pappas Architects, Dekton House located in Kyle Bay, south of Sydney, is designed to take in water views with all living areas and bedrooms on the second floor. The clients wanted a minimalist, contemporary home that wouldn’t date and that would complement the streetscape with other modern homes nearby. The two-storey house has a strong horizontal form to capture views of Georges River, and a high ceiling and expansive windows bring in natural light.
The clients – a family of four with two teenage children – wanted a clutter-free, low-maintenance interior with minimalist, natural coloured materials and colour scheme. The client has a close working relationship with FORM-RITE Co, which suggested the use of Dekton®. The benchtop fabricator and installer regularly works with Dekton® for kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. The sleek material and colour range suited the minimalist style of the clients and the architecture, and it has been used for the kitchen, bathrooms, dining table, credenza and outdoor paving.
The kitchen is used by the family during the week and for entertaining on the weekends (including 60 people for Christmas). The 3-metre-long island, clad in Dekton® Aura15, is the showpiece of the kitchen and place for family and friends to comfortably congregate around. Even with so many people using the benchtop, the surface is very easy to clean with liquids simply wiping away with no fear of stains. Inspired by Calacatta and Carrara marble, Dekton® Aura15 provides timeless colour and style, with soft winding veining to complement the concrete-slab floor and timber-veneer joinery. It is also used on the kitchen benchtop that extends into the formal dining room where it becomes a buffet. The cooktop is integrated to maintain the smooth, streamlined surfaces.
FORMAL DINING TABLE AND LOUNGE ROOM CREDENZA
The clients wanted a dining table and lounge room credenza that has a glass aesthetic but with the durability of Dekton®. They selected Dekton® Spectra, which is so black it looks like glass and reflects the sparkling Caboche pendant above the dining table. As in the kitchen, the Dekton® can withstand liquids and heat, which means hot dishes can go straight from the oven on to the table or credenza, making entertaining and family dinners that much easier.
Large-format slabs on the walls and floors of the bathroom create a streamlined, minimalist look the clients desired. The bathrooms have a natural colour scheme to create soft, sanctuary-like spaces, with Dekton® Blanc Concrete and Dekton® Keon providing neutral tones to complement the European oak joinery. Basins in Dekton® Halo offer a crisp, glossy surface on top of the timber vanities.
The 500-square-metre Dekton House sits on a 1000-square-metre site. With so much external area, the clients needed a paving material that was durable, easy to clean and maintain. The client selected large-format Dekton® Blanc Concrete for its colour similarity to concrete without the imperfections. Eighty slabs of Dekton® Blanc Concrete pave 280 square metres around the outside of the house, both front and back, including around the pool to create a seamless effect. Dekton® has the benefit that it doesn’t heat up in hot weather and it can simply be hosed down, and stubborn marks removed with a high pressure clean.
Project: New build
Location: Kyle Bay, NSW
Completed: November 2017
Duration of the project: Four years for design and construction
Design: Alec Pappas Architects Pty Ltd
Dekton® fabrication and installation: FORM-RITE Co
Landscaping: O’Landscapes Pty Ltd
Kitchen: Dekton® Aura15
Formal dining table: Dekton® Spectra
Lounge room credenza: Dekton® Spectra
Main bathrooms: Dekton® Blanc Concrete
Aly’s bathroom: Dekton® Keon
All washbasins: Dekton® Halo
Outdoor paving, poolside and stairs: Dekton® Blanc Concrete