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Dream House | Creating your happy space

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Neuroscientists at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, England, have scientifically affirmed through clinical trials that ice cream discharges a certain chemical in the brain that puts you in a good mood.

Great architecture has also been proven to create a happy disposition in us, as it seeks to influence and control human behaviour.

Here is the scoop! This house, in proximity to Liguanea, St Andrew, is possibly a manifestation of the effects of ice cream and design, interwoven to the sweet joy of its occupants. The householders are Christopher Clarke and his wife, Kamoy Douglas-Clarke. Christopher’s mother is the founder and owner of the legendary Devon House Ice Cream establishment. He is the CEO of the market-dominant Kremi ice cream business, with his wife being its administrator. The family includes three boys and Kamoy’s mother, who resides with them.

The architectural flavour of the home is consistent with a modern, contemporary look, with lots of glass flooding the interior with light; clean lines that determine shapes and forms; and open living spaces – all influenced by the family’s youthful age and personality.

This is an eye-opener! The original house on the site, where Christopher’s grandfather and father had lived ... relinquished its past, and was completely torn down, heralding a new era of architecture and family life. The building process has lasted three arduous years, with the construction budget being busted many times over!

The sleek lower level unveils a trellised, front-door terrace opening to an entry foyer. Living and dining areas exit on to a trellised, backyard patio. The taste of the family’s happiest moments are prepared in this custom-made kitchen, with dark-stained cabinetry and granite counters. A dining island counter, is an added feature, along with a pass-through dining counter to outside. Laundry and double carport are accessible from here.

The enclosed bedroom wing, constitute master bedroom and en-suite bathroom. There are two themed children’s bedrooms, sharing a bathroom; and not to be ignored, the mother-in-law’s self-contained, one-bedroom flat – with its own private entrance.

What will not escape your eyes from this ground-floor level, is the high-drama sky-bridge connecting rooms at the upper level, while affording views as you cross over it.

Upstairs also stuns with a man cave, an ultra-private space with all the husband’s design wish-list.Yes, his personal fiefdom. An office, bathroom and an almost-completed luxurious master suite synchronises with extensive outdoor balconies (accessed by five separate doorways), allowing all of the upper areas to breathe.

Internal doors are an unusual height of nine feet. Many glass windows are at ceiling height. Colour scheme paints a picture of light grey and floor tiles are of porcelain.

It’s quite obvious that the children’s fantasy play area is the entire dream house itself. Toys are in sight; dedicated picture wall captures the youngsters. It’s as much their home as it is their parents, with the interiors enriching and sustaining their sensory sensibilities.

Happiness is what this visually absorbing residence is all about, whatever the age group.

Barry Rattray is a Dream House designer and Builder. Email:, or