A safe, child-friendly environment were the key elements in the design of this home

first_img68 Victoria St, BalmoralWhen Ruan and Kylie Burger started planning the design of their Balmoral house, the priority was to make the home as child-friendly as possible.This meant an indoor-outdoor connection, covered wet weather play areas, subtle storage options, a zoning of rooms and a range of customised safety features.Twohill and James Architects’ director, Emma James, managed the seemingly impossible task of pulling off the brief without compromising on style. 68 Victoria St, BalmoralMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours ago“We wanted zones, so the TV wasn’t in the kitchen and you could actually sit down and talk to each other,” Ms Burger said. “We can be in the kitchen and have the kids out on the grass still within eyesight.”Mr Burger said the design offered the luxury of being able to relax at home knowing Kyan and his five-year-old sister Minka were safe and secure playing anywhere on the property.“We built a home we were going to live in for a quite a long time,” he said.A retractable, perforated metal screen hides the majority of the kitchen which includes Ilve cookware, cabinetry with Buster + Punch imported brushed brass hardware, and Brodware black tapware. 68 Victoria St, Balmoral“When we sat down with Emma that first day and looked at the concept plans, I got goosebumps and my heart started racing because it just felt so right for us,” Ms Burger said.“This has been the happiest home because it was so easy to live in with the kids and enjoy that time.”Bespoke elements cater to the needs of the couple’s eight-year-old son, Kyan, whose genetic condition presents physical and mental challenges. 68 Victoria St, Balmoral“The screen slides across the cooktop so if a pot is simmering away I can close it off making it safe, but I love the look of it too,” Ms Burger said.“Design is a massive part for me and I often choose aesthetic over practicality but here it was a really fun challenge to try to find that balance.”Ms Burger was responsible for the entire fit-out of the multistorey brick, timber and iron residence.“This is my dream house with the views that we wanted,” she said. “I did go all out with the likes of importing tiles from Beverly Hills – handmade and only available from one store over there.’’ 68 Victoria St, BalmoralIt has impressive views of the CBD skyline to the Gateway Bridge and a private rooftop terrace. There is a heated swimming pool and covered barbecue area and all four bedrooms are on the top floor, including a master bedroom with a ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and separate bathtub.last_img read more