The vision for celebrity chef Pete Evans’ coastal, Sydney home was simple: he wanted to build something that could grow with his family. So when they stumbled across the Signature by Metricon range, which allows customers to modify the designs to suit their needs, he knew he was onto a good thing. Having already purchased a block of land, all that was left for him to do was find his dream home.

Fast forward 18 months and the modest 60s-brick home that once stood on their sun-drenched, corner block has been replaced with a spacious, modern masterpiece. His striking, four-bedroom abode, which features the contemporary Sorrento facade, takes its inspiration from the Balmaine, a popular double storey design that sees bedrooms located upstairs, with the living areas on the ground floor. Pete says the openness, flow and flexibility of the floorplan made it an easy choice to build.

Modern luxury meets laid-back beach style

When we visit Pete at the boho-luxe beach shack he shares with his wife, Nic, and his two daughters, Chilli, 14, and Indii, 11, he has just returned from taking the family’s miniature poodle, Shakoba, for a walk. Dressed casually in a pair of grey cargo pants and a blue denim shirt, he is the picture of coastal cool. And his home is no different.

Once inside, the cool, angular façade gives way to an interior aesthetic that seamlessly blends contemporary design elements with understated, wanderlust style. The light and bright colour scheme is offset with rich timber details, earthy tones and natural textures, while coastal motifs inject a sense of warmth and playfulness that reflect the family’s relaxed way of life.

Connected, family-friendly living

Pete and Nic's homebuilding journey began more than 18 months ago when they purchased a dated, single-storey brick home on a corner block in Sydney's south east. The vision was to knock down the existing house and build their forever home - a place where the kids could grow up and finish high school, and where they could create memories that would last a lifetime. 

Being a family home, Pete and Nic wanted to make sure that it could offer connection when you want it and space when you need it. And, of course, the kitchen had to be spot on.   

“I always wanted to create a family home,” Pete says of their sprawling, double-storey design, which is a celebration of modern family living. “What we were trying to achieve here, and I think what we’ve managed to do, is inject plenty of light and lots of natural colours and textures. We wanted to build something timeless so that in 10 years’ time it will still be as inviting and comfortable as it is now."

It all started with the kitchen

“We had this parcel of land that we could build on and I wanted to base everything around the kitchen,” Pete says. “For me, this is the heart of the home. Once we got this right, everything else just sort of fit into place.”    

That the kitchen is not only the heart of the home, but also a stunning centrepiece comes as no surprise, given the celebrity chef and wellness advocate's passion for healthy living. Here, ceiling-to-floor windows create an elegant frame and ensure the open-plan area is always flooded with natural light, while full-length stacker doors can completely open up, transforming the space into a seamless indoor-outdoor entertainer's delight.

Beauty and the bench

But is it the expansive, almost six-metre concrete-look island bench with built-in induction cooktop, that is Pete’s favourite feature, with white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances offsetting the dark timber floors and feature ceiling.

“I spend more time here than anywhere else,” he explains. “And the reason for that is we have a young family and this is our dining table. Having a family is about connection and creating memories, so if I am standing behind the bench and my wife is behind the cooktop we’re always facing each other. Like last night one of my daughters was here doing her homework so we’re always engaged. For me, that’s really important.”

They’ve also got a butler’s pantry with a separate gas cooktop, which Pete says is great for cooking “smellier foods”, and they’ve converted the garage into a gym.

Maximising small spaces for indoor-outdoor living

Because they only have a small yard, Pete says a lot of attention was paid to getting the outdoor areas right to make sure they made the best use of the space. 

"I really wanted a nice little space where my wife and I could entertain," Pete says of the covered patio, which blurs the lines between the indoors and out. "We’ve got the fireplace out there. Sometimes we even put the table tennis out there and play table tennis."

"We’ve also got a pool, which is a luxury, but it’s one of the best things you could ever do. I grew up with a pool as a kid and the amount of hours that we’ve already spent hanging out in the pool or the spa is amazing."

Natural charm 

Pete's love of nature and the great outdoors is also evident throughout the home. Walls are adorned with beautiful beach prints that remind him of special family memories. On the coffee table, pops of greenery are offset against creamy corals, while frames filled with photographs of the ocean take pride of place on the built-in shelving.

The main living room, where you’ll often find Pete reading or listening to music, is also intentionally technology-free. Pete and Nic wanted to keep the television separate so as create a distinction between family areas and relaxation zones.

“We have a dedicated room where we watch movies,” he says. “I am a movie buff so I wanted to create a space where I could make it dark, have good sound and have a big screen. But not in the living room. This area is about connecting and the movie room is about chilling out.”

Located upstairs are four bedrooms, the master with a luxurious ensuite and walk-in robe, as well as a mini wellness studio with an infrared sauna. 

The home's elegant boho aesthetic continues upstairs, where the couple have opted for timber floors over carpet, giving the bedrooms a sense of sophistication and refinement. 

“I love it all,” Pete says. "The bedrooms are functional and work really well. We also have a tea room so my wife and I have tea every morning in this beautiful room."

An eco-friendly retreat 

Efficient and eco-friendly features were another important consideration for the couple, who were one of the first in New South Wales to install Tesla solar panels and power wall, which have already delivered significant energy savings.

“I was very particular about what I wanted, especially when it came to how we’ve created this space," Pete says. "I think we’re one of the first houses to put in the Tesla power wall, so [we have] very small electricity bills. And the whole house is fluoride free and chlorine free, as far as our water supply system goes."

Building for the future

Though Pete’s cooking career has seen him work in plenty of intense environments, he says nothing comes close to the experience of building a home, which Pete describes as a rollercoaster ride that has plenty of ups and downs. 

“This is the first time I have ever built from scratch and there was a lot of pressure,” he says. “Thankfully, Metricon ticked all the boxes. It’s overwhelming but - if you haven’t experienced it – Studio M is great because they hold your hand. You go through electrical, you go through the flooring, you go through the blinds, the paint colours, the fixtures. You do it all and they make you feel very comfortable.”

“It’s been a journey, but when you get to open the door for the first time and walk into a home that you helped create – it’s a beautiful feeling.”

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