This timber-framed house in the popular Sydney suburb takes its influence from Japanese architecture and is a study in texture and line. Stained-black cedar cladding translates the shou sugi ban style of charred timber into a family-with-kids-friendly exterior, with a rosewood screen and recycled bricks providing a stunning contrast. The two-storey, four-bedroom residence features deceptively simple large planes and interlinked spaces, from the upstairs rumpus and open-plan living area to the Japanese-inspired garden. Custom-built elements include handcrafted joinery cabinets, the kitchen bench with bookshelves and brass light fittings. Wooden frames and European oak floors, brass tapware, white tiles and exposed bricks contribute to the refined textural mix.