Pippa’s vision of her dream home has never wavered. “Rather hilariously, I recently found a piece of paper with affirmations I’d written 20 years ago that said: ‘I want a north-west facing house near the beach with indoor-outdoor flow and an on-level garden with a pool’,” she says.
Three years ago, that dream became a reality, with Pippa, her husband Bruce and children Sienna and Jensen moving into their stunning home – a totally customised prefab built to capture as much sun as possible. “I wanted it to be high-end, peaceful and to embrace our outdoor lifestyle,” remembers Pippa of her vision.
She and Bruce had discovered the Melbourne prefab company Prebuilt by accident while watching an episode of Grand Designs, and were inspired by the team’s fresh approach to modular homes. As serendipity would have it, a friend happened to know the owners.
Eventually the couple found a 530sqm block in Sydney’s east and worked with Prebuilt, architects Pleysier Perkins and interior design firm The Designory to build a five-bedroom, three-bathroom house with a contemporary, beach-luxe aesthetic.
“You need to be incredibly detailed,” says Pippa of the process. “But the amazing 3D software allows you to walk through your home and see everything, including how the sun comes through the windows at a particular time of day.”
In true prefab fashion, the home arrived early one morning and was craned into place by 5pm, bringing with it not just elegantly appointed spaces fit for family living, but also an unrivalled sense of ease.
“This internal courtyard catches the breeze and brings in the northern sun – it’s a lovely spot for family dinners.” ~ Pippa
“Style-wise, a space shouldn’t have too many heroes. There are lots of beautiful pieces here, but they are complementary.” ~ Melissa Bonney, The Designory
“Once the blockouts drop and sheer curtains are drawn, it’s a silent, hidden world that’s super relaxing.” ~ Pippa
“The concrete-look tiles complement all the other warm greys throughout the home.” ~Melissa Bonney, The Designory
“Knowing Pippa is a sun-worshipper, we tried to make the windows as large as possible.” ~ Ramon Pleysier, Pleysier Perkins Architects
WHO: Pippa and husband Bruce, son Jensen, eight, and daughter Sienna, six.
WHERE: Sydney, NSW.
THE DREAM: A light-filled, open family home close to the beach with a level-access swimming pool and great indoor-outdoor flow.
WHY IS THIS YOUR FOREVER HOME? Pippa: “It’s rare to have
a home that ticks all the boxes. Nothing is missing and we love it.”
“Use an interior designer,” advises Pippa. “We had a good feel for what we wanted to achieve, but didn’t have the skill set to realise it. Melissa Bonney from The Designory is the reason it all flows in terms of style and colour. She sourced everything for us. In previous houses, our default was ‘all-white’ and we could never have chosen such a wonderful colour palette. I’d never not