What defines luxury today? Unique vision, timeless appeal and attention to detail are always high on our list and like the other beautiful homes that catch our attention; design and construction firm Canny delivers exactly that with their Lubelso Hawthorn Concept Home in Melbourne. Managing Director of the Canny Group, Damian Canny, has introduced the revolutionary concept to home design in response to the current market demand for architecturally designed luxury abodes that can be built for under $1 million.
Looking at the Hawthorn Lubelso home you would be forgiven for thinking it was designed for a discerning client with both a taste for high end fixtures and fittings and time on their hands - and a limitless budget to support the project. Or in other words champagne taste, with a Dom Perignon budget. In reality, however, this winning combination of architecture, design and construction has been developed for this with champagne taste on a boutique beer budget of sorts. Offering the home owner options in their design and ease of choice in their selections, along with fast turnaround times, complete project management and cost control, the Canny team ensure there are no nasty surprises or building blowouts. With the Lubelso projects taking around 10 months from start to finish, home owners have been known to take on the entire new build while living overseas.
It makes complete sense to us and this design has little to prove. This is a design that has already won awards for its workmanship, joinery, spacious bedrooms and three integrated living zones intended to flow and function together. In Canny’s own words this is just a “head start” to luxury. For us the winning point was storage. There is tonnes of it. Everywhere. One of our favourite rooms in fact was the well appointed mud room, designed to store school bags, footy boots, hockey sticks and anything else that you want to dump out of sight.
The Lubelso home has been created by a company with over 18 years of experience in designing architectural homes and we have to say they have convinced us that although the best things in life are indeed free, the second best need not be oh so very very expensive.
Unparalleled in its architectural integrity and with a 6 star energy rating, the new concept home was designed by Canny’s in-house team of registered architects, allowing clients to benefit from the advantages of an integrated project such as shorter delivery times and improved cost control.
The living areas are drenched in natural light thanks to the three metre high windows with the different living zones merging together as one large room. "The homes have been designed to achieve a perfect balance between form and function... the three different living rooms function together", says head architect, Mary-Ann Woff.
Luxury is all in the details, the main family living area faces an open plan kitchen complete with butler's pantry.
Above; Hendrix Low Bar Stool and Kelly Footstool both from Jardan.
Deceptively simple design, clean lines and an efficient floor plan result in a feeling of space and light married perfectly with the blonde timber floors and sculptural shapes and furniture.
Outside; Roger Chair from Jardan.
Large bedrooms are a staple feature in any home built by Canny and the Lubelso is no exception.
Above; Leila Bed and Armchair by Jardan
Made with a modern family in mind, the Lubelso home has a warm feel while embodying a very liveable sense of luxury.
Above; Kiyo Desk and Maggie Large Chair with Arms both from Jardan.
Photography by Derek Swalwell.