Room to Grow: Victoria’s Good House by The Crone Partners

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It looks like a glass house — literally! — but still gives its family plenty of privacy; it’s the Good House, a modern design by Sydney-based firm The Crone Partners. Located on a gently sloped lot in Sandringham, in suburban Victoria southeast of the center of Melbourne, it is set up in a series of rectangles, each of which houses a specific space: sleeping and study rooms, living rooms, garage, workshop, and a cantilevered master bedroom with its own private outdoor terrace that looks down on a sleek lap pool and up-lighted trees. And, in true contemporary style, the home has an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living — sliding glass panels let in abundant natural light that reflects off high ceilings and bring the excellent surrounding views up close and personal for the young family.

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Inside, the layout is streamlined, including built-in storage finished in a warm wood grain; the focus is on neutral colors that form a sort of blank “canvas” that the family can make their own. The main living room, with dove-gray upholstered couches that match the finish on the wall above the fireplace, segues directly into a coolly modern kitchen with an eat-in island; besides sliding glass panels at one end, the kitchen also has narrow windows on the adjacent wall to allow for cross-ventilation. And that mimicking of a “glass house”? Look at the upper level, with its unique “louvers” of glass, perfect for screening and privacy while still giving the upstairs a light, almost soaring ambience. Above all, the Good residence is meant to be a family home: warm, inviting, and flexible, it suits this family now and for the future.

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