Wardle’s firm designed the end-grain butcher’s block (left), which serves as an end-of-day gathering point where their kitchen meets the dining area. “We were happy to let John go free and see what he came up with,” the wife says. “He thought of things we would never have thought of, like the chopping board. He knew what we wanted.”  Photo 5 of 9 in A Eucalyptus-Lined Oceanfront Home in Australia