Design: Biasol Design | Build: The Melbourne Builder | Photos: Armelle Habib | Furniture, Art & Objects: Bree Leech
The most beautiful display of finishes at The Judd House may not even be inside of it. The Spanish Colonial property’s vast exterior spaces offered the opportunity to create something truly special, ultimately achieved with an impressive installation of gorgeous Signorino stone in an array of eye-catching formats. Complimenting the stone are Signorino’s cutting-edge porcelain products which offer the durability needed for the functional applications outside.
In unpacking these areas we’ll work back to front, starting with the pool and outdoor kitchen areas. The undeniable hero of these areas is the phenomenal New Grey Tundra marble paving that spans the entire space and around the pool, all featuring a “tumbled” finished and herringbone format. The tumbled finish gives the New Grey Tundra an antique and well-worn look by way of it’s slight imperfections and softly rounded edges. This selection was perfect for retaining some of the traditional character of the exterior but with a modernised twist – an approach Jean-Pierre Biasol has adopted on other original elements such as the spiral staircase. The stunning herringbone format of the stone picks up where the chevron timber flooring inside the home left off. What this element adds to the outdoor spaces can’t be understated, as it creates one of the most impactful features of the home in one of it’s largest and least expected places.
Moving onto the outdoor kitchen, clad entirely in Signorino’s fantastic porcelain slabs by Laminam. This amazing product is simply a match made in heaven for this use – it’s incredibly durable in that in won’t stain, won’t scratch, won’t fade is easy cleaning and is resistant to fire and frost. In other words it will take almost anything you throw at it and never give you a reason not to use it, which is exactly what you want from an outdoor kitchen / BBQ area. The colour of Laminam chosen was Pietra Di Savoia Grigia, which gives the look of a delicately veined natural stone that perfectly compliments the New Grey Tundra pavers.
Next there’s the alfresco area, a gorgeous pool-side lounge area for those Australian summer months. It is simply one of the most picturesque little spaces in The Judd House, exploding with charm thanks to the herringbone Tundra pavers and grand Spanish Colonial arches.
Moving onto the front garden and entry of the home, where the showcase of Signorino natural stone continues. Tumbled New Grey Tundra marble is once again the key finish chosen for the area, used to create the entire walkway from the street to the front door and the paving that filters through the luscious greenery.
Tumbled New Grey Tundra cobbles laid in a fanned format create stunning features at both the entry and the driveway. The incredible attention to detail applied to what could be described as artworks truly sets the tone for the entire home.
It wouldn’t be a space in The Judd House without a clever unexpected stone feature, delivered here via the the front door’s exceptional custom handles. This gorgeous detail give an introduction to what lies inside the home, with Signorino’s Emperador Grey marble inset in brass frames mirroring the finishes seen throughout the home.