The house responds to both the neighbours and the climate, with the front facade, which faces the pool, featuring a number of sliding screens that shield the interiors from the extreme western sun. These can stack back into pockets in the stone walls. The deep overhangs further ensure the ground level interiors are in shade most of the time. Static screens in the same timber to the sides of the house provide privacy from nearby homes.
Molina says the screens add an outer skin to the house and together with an emphasis on cross ventilation, contribute to cool, comfortable interiors, avoiding the need for constant use of air conditioning.
However, energy efficiency is just one major drawcard for potential buyers. Another is the home's expansive layout that combines a pragmatic infrastructure with flexibility.
"The ground-floor living and dining area is one vast, continuous space, offering an unobstructed view of the pool and front lawn," says Molina. "In this area teak shelves backed with stainless steel create a sedate feel, while the metal backing reflects light, brightening the recesses of the room. The floors on this level are limestone. The generous kitchen, with laundry area, is at the rear of the house, together with the garage. Strip lighting and broad external windows ensure these workspaces are flooded with light."
Midway along the open-plan living area a staircase bisects the shelving wall and leads to the level above. The staircase splits and leads one way to the spacious master suite with bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom, and the other way to the children's bedrooms and an adjoining playroom. Between these areas there is an open-plan volume. A multipurpose family area takes up the front section, while the rear of the space is set aside for an additional room that can be put to various uses, depending on the needs and preferences of the owner.