Suburban Home, a Cut Above: Noble Street, Newtown, Jam Architects

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When you think of a home on an inner Sydney suburban lot, you might not picture in your mind a low-lined rectangle with an open, airy feel quite like this space, as designed by Australia’s Jam Architects. This surprisingly spacious, contemporary home has a unique ambience; unlike some modern designs that can come across as sterile “boxes,” this home utilizes a clean-lined rectangular layout in ways that enable the owners to have a high level of privacy as well as a serene “green” feel surrounding them. The yard is hedged in full, lush shrubbery and trees, and the cantilevered upper level provides for a shaded driveway that, in turn, is also edged in greenery. Angles? Yes, this house has them — paving stones are squared off, as are the general lines of the home — but they’re hardly harsh or abrupt.

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Amble into the inviting sitting room, with its wide fireplace and plush couches, and you feel warmed and welcomed. A distinctive “divider” between living room and kitchen isn’t a wall that extends from the floor, but from the ceiling, a neat set of cabinetry whose wood grain is echoed in the kitchen island and complemented by the wood grain slat “walls” that afford privacy and separation of rooms without being imposing or cutting off the light. The indoor/outdoor ease of this home is outstanding, with its open-air access to the outdoor deck from the living room, and a secondary seating area for evenings under the stars, complete with a small cascading water feature. All you’d expect in a luxury suburban home, and so much more: that’s this Newtown contemporary from Jam Architects.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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