When Stephanie and Luke reached out to us, they wanted to build a property they could eventually sell. They are planning to move from this waterfront location in years to come, so they asked us to design a home that would appeal to other young families like theirs, provide something unique but not over capitalise. It had to have four bedrooms, alfresco living and a pool, a media room, three bathrooms and a double garage. All on a small, narrow block that is just 306m2.
Life on the waterfront is finely attuned to the outdoors, so connecting with the location was an important element of this home. An internal courtyard brings lights into the centre of the home, while cropped sightlines direct views away from neighbours and out to the surrounding landscape and water. Finally, a large outdoor dining area connected to the internal living zone further strengthens the family’s connection with the relaxed location.
Zero lot homes typically have some dark, compromised rooms. Our design worked hard to bring light in through a central courtyard open to the sky. Playing with the compression of tall narrow hallways opening up to generous double height volumes creates drama and playfulness in the this loft style home. The approach to ‘go small to go big’ worked wonders in this project – by reducing the footprint slightly, Steph and Luke could afford to build a more complex home that provides great natural day light and ventilation to every room, reducing running costs, improving liveability and creating a fun, vibrant and unique home. Now they’ve settled in, they’re rethinking their initial plans to move in a few years’ time!