The brief was open plan living, separate work areas for each partner, large garage, guest accommodation, master suite to upper level with balcony to reserve, feature stone, sustainability and not a ‘McMansion’, but with a retro layered feel.
With the site presenting a very wide frontage to the north, the challenges were to get solar access to internal and external living spaces, whilst maintaining the much needed privacy, security and creating views to the reserve.
The resultant design presents a very wide northern frontage with a towering featured entry leading through to an extensive rear deck with views overlooking the reserve. Situated beside the entry colonnade with accessed also provided from the living areas, there is a screened northern terrace, with the featured screening duplicated on the garage façade.
The flat roofs feature large overhangs with deep angle timber fascias to enhance the extensive use of limestone and feature rock walls, both externally and internally. Flat solar panels have been employed on the upper roof, coupled with batteries housed within the garage area, along with the dogs comfortable accommodation.
This project presented many challenges to all concerned, but the process and the result were a labour of love for all that were involved.
We like the mix of stone and wood, although we don’t like having a bookshelf in the corridor - yasdan