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.
Thanks to top-notch insulation that trumps that of the farmhouse next to it it is the tiny outbuilding that becomes the winter refuge for the family members still on the island while a while color palette natural light and an organized floor plan give the space a cheerful and uncluttered appeal. An open plan living kitchen and dining lead the way towards the reclusive and serene bedroom with ocean views.
Nature is thankfully once again becoming a big part of modern home design with eco-conscious homeowners willing to sacrifice bright city lights for rustic tranquility. The in is one such beautiful contemporary residence where the house itself meanders its way through the landscape and becomes one with the world outside.
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.
With a beautiful kitchen spacious dining area and other public spaces this section of the house is clearly and cleverly separated from the adult bedrooms the kids’ spaces and the guest rooms. Each wing has its own identity and yet they are united by the striking brick walls and radiant lighting.
Bright metallics and marble come in as bold accents throughout the house while a double-height living area full of natural light neutral color palette and stylish modern décor keep the atmosphere relaxed and informal. Passive thermal cooling techniques a roof garden and subterranean tank add a green tinge to this classy concrete residence.
The double height central zone leads the way towards the kitchen library and living zone where Nordic design and smart storage solutions hold sway. A dark stairway with built-in storage leads to the attic above which holds a serene and secluded relaxation and reading zone.
The house in its basic form is an amalgamation of two different structures – an ‘I’ shaped building that holds the private rooms along with additional bedrooms and an ‘L’ shaped structure that hosts the public areas.