A contemporary, upside-down home designed by Webb & Brown-Neaves in Australia.
Like The Azumi, The Grayson has a sophisticated and open design, with a luxurious kitchen and attention to comfort and detail. The Grayson, as mentioned above, is an “upside-down” home, meaning that the bedrooms, usually all upstairs, are on the main level. The more public areas, like the living room, dining room, and kitchen, are on the upper level. In this case, having the main living space on the upper level allowed the architects to take advantage of the sweeping landscape surrounding the home.
The home is nicely proportioned, with no room too small, and no room too big for its purpose. The contemporary, breezy style perfectly fits with the Australian Landscape.
We hope you enjoy this unique, sophisticated take on a contemporary family home.
An exterior shot of the home, showing the various balconies and windows that give the home an open feel. The yard is fenced in, and the entryway is framed by natural stone masonry.
Moving around the side of the home, we can see a two-story outside courtyard and balcony, unified by the large stone fireplace.
A simple rug marks the entryway to the home. A white buffet used for storage is nestled into a former closet. To the right, stairs lead up to the second floor and the main living area. To the left, the family room is visible. The walls are light olive with white wainscoting.
At the foot of the narrow two-flight staircase lined by more wainscoting and a slim white handrail, we see a series of photographs decorating the walls.
On the second floor, we enter the main open concept space with a dining area and living room. Large glass windows and doors lead out to the two balconies on two sides of the room. A vaulted ceiling rises around the masonry fireplace.
A straight-on view of the living room area. A wall-mounted flat screen television rests on one wall. A separate seating area with a telescope sits in one of the corners.
Moving to the left, we can see the way the two rugs, one a solid, the other striped, use complementary colors to unify the room while still keeping the two functions of the areas separate.
A nighttime view of the living room highlights how bright the room stays, even when there is no natural light coming in through the windows.
A view from the backside of the sitting area provides a view into the hallway, where we can see the elevator and staircase.
From this angle, the double glass doors leading outside to one of the balconies is clearly visible just beyond the media center.
During the day, the glass doors can be left open to circulate air through the spacious room.
Another sitting area with a glass-topped coffee table and a trellis instead of a roof. Cushions can be easily taken inside in case of rain.
The dining room combines a natural wood table with striped wicker chairs. Each chair has a compass emblazoned on the back of the chair. Blue in the area rug differentiates the space further. An antler light fixture hangs above the dining table.
A close-up of the dining table reveals the wood pattern and the compasses on the chairs.
The kitchen lays just beyond the threshold of the room, unseparated by doors.
The kitchen is mostly white, with a glossy off-white backsplash. The kitchen is deceptively deep. From this angle, it looks average sized.
From a closer view, the marble island has seating for three and a large sink. The two areas are separated by a small centerpiece.
From inside the doorway, it’s easier to see the sheer size of the kitchen. Large cabinets and drawers line the walls, and wall-cabinets provide even more storage space. Through the doorway beyond, the kitchen continues with a double convection oven and even more cabinets.
Hidden open shelving can be seen from the pantry, which has twelve cabinets and a wine cabinet as well.
This view better shows the black marble countertops and the sink in the island.
On the far side of the space, the doors open up to another dining area on the covered balcony.
A massive outdoor grill provides another cooking area, to prevent moving through the main dining room to the kitchen and back.
Taking a right off the staircase, the primary bedroom suite takes up the back half of the second level. The light gray wood floors continue into this room, unifying the floor. The white walls and wainscoting make another appearance, as does the deep blue from the rug in the dining room.
A plush wood bench and a window seat make for a comfortable, luxurious and airy place to relax and sleep.
Off the primary bedroom is the enormous primary bathroom, separated into three sections. Shown here is the vanity with his-and-hers sinks, dual laundry baskets, and the separate room with a claw-foot bathtub.
The marble floors turn back into the grey hardwood floors in the large walk-in closet.
The completely white vanity, paired with the marble flooring, walls and countertops give this bathroom a pristine and luxurious feel.
Shutters may be opened while bathing to take advantage of the view, or stay closed for privacy. A wine bucket rests nearby. Two floor lights on either side of the claw-foot tub ensure that there isn’t an absence of light.
From this angle, the long ottoman, baskets on top for additional storage, and a full-length mirror are visible.
The view from the top of the stairs shows the entryway.
While descending the staircase, small lights can be seen. Beyond the stairs is the family room.
The home office has large built-in bookcases and a striped area rug beneath the desk. Large windows in the corner provide natural light.
The family room has lots of comfortable, cozy seating, a large home theater, and built-in shelving and bookcases surrounding the media center.
A wicker truck acts as a coffee table, which complements the two glass-topped rope side tables. The tray ceiling has recessed lighting above the home theater.
The wicker furniture and luggage accents make another appearance in the guest bedroom. The pastel patterned bedding is tucked into a beige plush platform bed. The low carpet has a subtle striped pattern.
A final shot of the exterior of the home, showing the sheer square-footage of the living area.
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