Modern Coastal Living

Mona Vale Coastal Residence

Stone used: Easter Cream
Sizes: tiles, slabs and pavers
Finished: Sandblast and Brushed, Honed.

The versatility of Eastern Cream Limestone captured throughout this gorgeous residence.

Overlooking the secluded Basin Beach on Sydney’s North Shore, the Hillcrest residence through a masterful combination of natural materials has created seamless transitions between internal and external spaces perfectly encapsulating the essence of coastal living.

Upon entering the home light flows in from large overhead windows onto light wood floors creating a truly spacious living area that perfectly captures outdoor freedom while simultaneously creating pockets of intimacy in the lounge and dining areas. Your eye is naturally led to the full glass doors leading onto the main balcony.

This minimalist area utilised large format Lara Cream tiles with a delicate honed finish to create a stunning two hundred degree viewing platform. The gentle cream body of this Limestone is offset by the soft light and dark crystal veining throughout. These soft tones perfectly complement the cool blue of the ocean and the rich sands of Sydney’s Northern beaches.

A lower balcony is mirrored below leading out to the pool area. In capturing the essence of outdoor living, the seamless transition of spaces was something of great consideration. To achieve this the Lara Cream changes from a Honed surface to a Sandblasted & Brushed finish more suitable for outdoor environments. The ability to work natural stone products in a variety of different finishes allows for areas with different functional requirements to fit within a continuous aesthetic.

With water the defining component of coastal living – the Lara Cream has been used as an elegant border for this custom shaped infinity pool with blue on blue mosaics. Custom 60mm solid blocks boldly frame the water creating a beautiful ocean rock pool feel. Behind this, custom 915 x 500 pavers produce a P4 slip resistance while keeping exceptionally cool underfoot throughout Summer.

Due to the irregular shape of the block, various stepping stone paths have been laid to connect separate spaces giving a sense of outdoor exploration as your move around the property. By working with a salt resistance scientifically tested limestone the year-round coastal weather exposure posed no restrictions to the client’s design ambitions.

Moving back inside each bathroom utilises Honed Lara cream tiles for the floor and walls with Custom cut single piece vanity tops. The honing of counter tops was carefully controlled to produce a semi-matte finish to contrast the other surfaces. The surface finish of natural stone can be carefully controlled with different methods allowing clients to utilise a wide range of textures and colours.  

Hillcrest is a perfect example of how natural stone products can be crafted in different ways to provide distinct design elements while maintaining overall harmony throughout a project.  

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