By Trisha Harinath, Project Consultant Catherine de Vincenzo, Property Coordinator Judy Fogarty, Photography Chris Baker

If you liken the process of building your dream home to, say, completing a 5 000-piece puzzle, it is a daunting task to consider. In much the same way, the owner of this home felt quite nervous during the construction of the property.

She was particularly nervous about selecting pieces for the home that she might not want after all. However, she says the interior designers were amazing at capturing what the family wanted and needed, and she was able to select all of the furniture, finishes, accessories and so forth from a narrowed-down list of choices, and see it all come together, like a puzzle.

It was a very exciting part of the journey, she says. “Choosing every puzzle piece was just so much fun, and a real privilege that I had never imagined possible,” she adds.

The design inspiration for the home started off as French contemporary, but, during the process of selection, it began leaning towards a more modern style. However, certain aspects, such as the slip-cover couches, exposed wooden furniture and subdued colour palette, echo the original theme, giving the interior spaces a crisp and welcoming atmosphere.

The bulk materials were an intentional layering of concrete, grey porcelain tiles and weathered oak cladding.

These organic textures are elegantly juxtaposed against the stark white Duco cabinetry. This created the perfect canvas for the owner to choose the pieces of the puzzle that would breathe life into the home.

Throughout, there is a play between solids and patterns, soft and hard, toned-down and bright. Pops of colour are brought in through oversized cushions, rugs, accent lights and feature walls. Each space is fresh, fun and modern. And the lighting not only plays a very functional role, but enhances the sense of style that is evident throughout the home.

“Being real outdoors people, we made sure the overall architectural design incorporated views of the garden and estate from pretty much everywhere in the home, almost having our garden as an extension of the home,” explains the owner. Because of this, the family can now enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast while watching the sun rise, or relax on the patio, while still keeping a close eye on the kids playing outside. And just as the true beauty of a puzzle can be appreciated only once the hard work is done, the construction journey, although long, has been worth the outcome: a family’s dream home.