Unsparingly the solution came in the form of a first floor extension that ventures into the backyard and provides shade for the lower level. The new upper level with its vertical batten cladding and steel frame around the windows gives the rear façade a distinct identity even while creating an efficient and cheerful interior.
Sitting next to a wetland and a golf course the exterior of this home designed by Auhaus Architecture is draped in raw concrete and natural hardwood. Despite the presence of the large glass windows and sliding walls it is the concrete structure that holds all your attention.
The home is partly built into the landscape with the lower levels containing the more private rooms and the master bedroom. It is the upper level that holds the living area kitchen and dining space which open up towards the garden area.
The existing house was more than 100 years old and that meant that much of the revamp needed to happen in the rear living the street facade largely untouched. Then there are the constraints of space with most of these Aussie homes having a long narrow silhouette.
Simplicity and minimalism ensure that the home feels uncluttered and organized. Traditional elements of vernacular design are carefully combined with new-age ergonomics to give the homeowners a functional and serene escape.
Contemporary homes can be creative warm inviting and eco-savvy and be so without sacrificing aesthetical value and a sense of sophistication. Nestled on the famous Sunshine Coast of Queensland and in the interior of the overcomes topographic challenges to fashion a seamless indoor-outdoor interplay.
It is a wonderful blend of serenity seclusion and harmony with nature and the presence of the next to the stoic concrete walls in black provide even more visual and textural contrast. With a view of the ocean in the distance and a solar-powered interior this green home feels both exquisite and eco-friendly.
Creating an aesthetic connection between a 100-year old farmhouse and a smaller modern outbuilding that has been built far more recently is a tricky task that requires attention to detail.