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Reimagining ‘Home’ with Levi and Sara Corby

The newly renovated Patio House V2 stands as an architectural marvel and celebration of Australian craftsmanship, sustainability, and thoughtful design.

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Written by Jana Bocobo

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6 min read

Reimagining ‘Home’ with Levi and Sara Corby Featured: Solace Royal Blue Vegan Flokati Rug
Picture a sun-drenched waterfront retreat where the sounds of lapping water meet the laughter of children at play. This idyllic scene is the everyday reality for Levi and Sara Corby, who have transformed their waterfront property into a dream family home. Nestled at the end of a serene cul-de-sac overlooking a tranquil canal, the Patio House V2 embodies the Corbys' journey — a story that began with Patio House V1 and evolved into something even more special.

For Levi and Sara, the decision to reimagine their home was born from a deep love of their surroundings and a growing family that needed space to thrive. It allowed for an architectural marvel to rise, showing us that sometimes it might just be sweeter the second time around.

"Our family grew larger than expected over time, and the need for space became a necessity, but selling just wasn’t an option for us. We loved where we lived. So we thought, 'why not go again?'"

Step inside, and you're greeted by a curated homage to Australian design excellence. From exquisite Martin Johnston tables to the comfort of a Jardan Lemmy couch, every corner of the house reflects a meticulous selection of iconic pieces. The choice of materials, sourced predominantly from Australian-owned suppliers, not only underscores their commitment to quality but also supports local craftsmanship — a cornerstone of their design philosophy.

“Our home was built with an ‘Australian-made’ philosophy, so everything (where possible) was sourced from Australian-made and preferably Australian-owned suppliers. The quality of the products is second to none, and we are very proud of the native Australian colours that exist in our home.”

With three young children — Clover Poppy, Stevie Rose, and Goldie Bloom — and two energetic Labradors, Bear and Talle, the Corbys needed to ensure their already beautiful home was also functional. This is where the Australian rug brand Double made all the difference. Double's rugs are both stylish and machine washable, offering Levi and Sara peace of mind knowing that even their most beautiful and precious rugs can handle messes, withstand high-traffic areas, and experience life with them. Their latest home addition, Double’s Vegan Flokati collection, adds a touch of warmth and cosiness to the Corbys' floors through a cruelty-free take on the classic Greek shag.

“Double was a no-brainer here. Aussie-owned company, design-forward, and rugs fit to stand the test of time in a busy household with three young (messy) children and two (often dirty) dogs. It’s a cool way to integrate bursts of colour and add some fun to the rooms. Did we mention they are machine washable?”

The couple’s dedication to sustainability extends beyond aesthetics, evident in every detail of their home. The space utilises over 8,000m of recycled hardwood cladding, breathing new life into salvaged wood as a sustainable alternative. Green concrete, formulated with a lower environmental impact during production, further minimises the home's footprint. This commitment to sustainable materials ensures the house's longevity and reduces the depletion of virgin resources, adding another ingenious quality that makes the home that much more special.

“We have strong personal principles and beliefs about doing our part to contribute to a healthier planet. Material selection is a huge part of this.”

Architect Matthew Eagle, in collaboration with Sandbox Properties (co-owned by Levi and Sara), leveraged Levi’s construction background and Sara’s creative vision to achieve a harmonious blend of modern aesthetics and family functionality. This synergy resulted in a space where natural light floods through expansive windows, and exposed concrete and brick structures retain warmth — a home that breathes with its environment. Inside, raw materials and native colourings naturally complement each other, echoing their presence in nature. This elemental palette embodies personality and comfort in every space, blending noticeable post-war and mid-century influences within The Patio House V2’s modern Australian aesthetic.

“We genuinely believe harmony was achieved from simply adhering to our strong sense of country and Australian-made philosophy. Raw materials and native colourings are always complementary, as they exist so in nature. Beyond the elemental palette it was important for us to add comfort and inject some personality to each space.”

Central to their ethos is the integration of their daughters' personalities into the design process. Each child’s bedroom reflects their unique preferences, with vibrant rugs from Double’s Kids Collection adding both style and function — a testament to a family-centric approach that merges design with livability. Clover selected a delightful candy pink highland rug, Stevie opted for a dreamy wonderland red chenille rug, and little Goldie chose the most divine bright orange and yellow lion chenille rug.

“The girls absolutely had input — it gave us great pleasure to include them in the design process, especially for their bedrooms. The Double rugs they chose not only enhance the space but are also completely kid-proof!”

For those embarking on their own renovation journeys, Levi and Sara advocate for meticulous planning, quality craftsmanship, and patience. Their advice, grounded in the wisdom gained from multiple builds and renovations with Sandbox Properties, emphasises investing in lasting value and supporting local talent — a philosophy that has defined the transformation of their own home.

A testament to sustainability, local pride, and a life embraced, The Patio House V2 reflects the Corbys’ ever-evolving story. This build transcends space, showcasing how ‘home’ is a living and dynamic concept. It adapts and grows with us, shaped by the places we love and the lives we build. As Levi and Sara Corby continue to shape their own 'down under' dream, they inspire us all to reimagine the potential of what home can be.

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