Palm Springs vibes with a visit to the Suncatcher House

Exuding a 1950’s Palm Springs vibe, the Suncatcher House can only be described as cool. With its resort style pool, double sliding doors and light and airy interior, we can’t wait to explore this home.

We chat to Nic Raath, Partner at Create Architecture who helped bring this beauty to life.

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Home to a busy, energetic family of 5, the Suncatcher House has an unusual floor plan.

“The plan is divided into two wings connected by a link, centered on courtyards,” explains Nic.

“The children’s wing in the north consists of 2 bedrooms, a shared bathroom and the garage with access to the farm yard behind it.

“The living pavilion is located at the back of the house and faces north towards the swimming pool courtyard.

“The compound hosts a study, laundry and the ensuite master bedroom which overlooks its own private landscaped courtyard.”

Cream and black carpet

Cream and black carpet

Seagrass basket x3

Seagrass Basket x3

Black coffee tables

Black coffee tables

Artificial cactus

Artificial cactus

gray sofa

gray sofa

Wooden bench

Wooden bench

Linen cushions

Linen cushions

Herringbone pattern towel

Herringbone pattern towel

Rattan headboard

Rattan headboard

Rattan armchair

Rattan armchair

Cream and black carpet

Cream and black carpet

Seagrass Basket x3

Seagrass Basket x3

Black coffee tables

Black coffee tables

Artificial cactus

Artificial cactus

gray sofa

gray sofa

Wooden bench

Wooden bench

Linen cushions

Linen cushions

Herringbone pattern towel

Herringbone pattern towel

Rattan headboard

Rattan headboard

Rattan armchair

Rattan armchair

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The owners of this amazing building wanted their first home to be beautiful yet functional for their young family.

“The briefing of the owners was actually quite simple. It had to be efficient in every way,” says Nic.

“This meant a modest plan, clever use of light and wind, and most importantly, cost efficiency. Because of these factors, things like light and spatial quality have been prioritized over excess.”

The result is a humble home designed with the idea of ​​quality over quantity.

Set in a difficult location, the Create Architecture team had to use clever planning when designing the home.

“Without getting too much into architectural language, the site is 35m wide on the east and west axes and just 15m wide on the north and south. Therefore, in order to get as many north-facing rooms as possible for a one-story house, we had to divide the plan into pavilions oriented around the courtyards.

“The benefit of this is that the courtyards create opportunities for privacy, light and breeze,” says Nic.

“It’s funny, but the best room in the house turned out to be the leftover part! The courtyard!”

The qualities of this space are the perfect blend of light, water, landscape and air.

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Before the Create team was hired, homeowners were struggling to find exactly what they were looking for in their first home.

“The family had followed the typical route of exploring pre-packaged plans, but soon realized they needed a unique approach to get a good result on difficult terrain.

“Once we showed them how we would approach the project with just a few sketches, they felt comfortable with us taking the lead. The whole process has been a creative and collaborative partnership between us and the owners.”

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Those Palm Springs vibes can be seen through the desert landscape, the breeze block walls, and of course…the palm tree.

“We would like to think that the Suncatcher House reflects the modern Australian coastal lifestyle. But undoubtedly we drew inspiration from the Palm Springs classics of the 1950s,” says Nic.

“This home offers so much natural light from the tall windows that let in where light is often difficult to get. The beautiful dappled light comes through the breeze block exterior walls thanks to the bamboo screen and patterned light.

“These gestures leave the house with a light-filled airiness that’s quite unusual in such a low-key suburban block.”

Many thanks to Nic for the tour of the Suncatcher House. To see what other projects Create Architecture is working on, visit their website or visit their Instagram.

credits
Photography: Andy Macpherson Studio
Builder: Sanctuary 28
Engineer: Westera Partners

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SuncatcherHouse_CreateArchitecture_bathroom
SuncatcherHouse_CreateArchitecture_Kitchen Cabinets
SuncatcherHouse_CreateArchitecture_home around the pool
SuncatcherHouse_CreateArchitecture_outside
Cream and black carpet

Cream and black carpet

Seagrass Basket x3

Seagrass Basket x3

Black coffee tables

Black coffee tables

Artificial cactus

Artificial cactus

gray sofa

gray sofa

Wooden bench

Wooden bench

Linen cushions

Linen cushions

Herringbone pattern towel

Herringbone pattern towel

Rattan headboard

Rattan headboard

Rattan armchair

Rattan armchair

Cream and black carpet

Cream and black carpet

Seagrass Basket x3

Seagrass Basket x3

Black coffee tables

Black coffee tables

Artificial cactus

Artificial cactus

gray sofa

gray sofa

Wooden bench

Wooden bench

Linen cushions

Linen cushions

Herringbone pattern towel

Herringbone pattern towel

Rattan headboard

Rattan headboard

Rattan armchair

Rattan armchair

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