When commercial builder Nicholas Bufé set out to find a bigger home for his interior designer wife Tracy (Bufé Design) and their two young children Isabella and Josh, he never imagined he'd build a modern home on a what used to be a tennis court, close by to where he grew up.

While it was unexpected, the prospect of building a home on the tree-lined north-facing block from scratch became an exciting proposition for the couple. They set about engaging architect Stephen Staughton of Staughton Thorne Architecture and with a vision for a contemporary home now at the forefront of their minds, a brief was set.

Both parties worked collaboratively, with Nicholas project managing the construction through his company Bear Projects. The result is a modern, relaxed family home, with open spaces, concrete floors with floor to ceiling windows and a garage, cellar and storage areas in an excavated space below. The established trees and garden that surround the home make it a unique mix of old and new. Not long after they’d moved in, a black Labrador named Roxy became part of the family and the newest addition Babs, a tabby kitten has made the home her own, as only a cat can.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Tara Pearce | STYLING Tamie Freier

 

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