“Karen helped us create our little family’s ‘forever’ home. We loved her project approach:
she works collaboratively.
Our lovely home a result of both the above qualities and the fabulous team of builder and consultants she gathered together for our project.
With the same team in place, we would do it all again.”
“Every half an hour, we feel like calling someone to say:
we love our house
we love not having to turn on a light til 6.30, even when it’s overcast
we love the kitchen
we love the screen reflected in the windows at night
we love the crazy low-hung lights
we love our brick walls
did I mention I love the kitchen?
Jasper loves the acoustics for his violin and piano
we love the reading nook on the concrete ledge at the back of the house
we love the maple tree in the courtyard”
“Max temp outside: 41c. Max temp inside: 29.5C. We feel lucky to live in such a clever house — thank you!”
— client Stephen (regarding ambient temperature inside the house without need for air-conditioning)
“I’ve been pondering why the house feels so comfortable so quickly — it doesn’t have any of the ‘don’t touch me I’m so new and special’ feel of a new house.
I think it’s the authenticity of the hand-made materials (concrete, timber - especially the recycled stuff that’s everywhere, steel); the simplicity of the colour palette (white and not much else) and the minimal number of mass-produced items.
All of it adds up to a house I feel like we’ve lived in forever because none of it is date-able. I suspect when forever comes, it will still feel comfortable for these reasons.
Love your work.”