Many older homes are blessed with a beautiful site it's often north-facing, gently sloping and affords a wonderful view. But the design of these homes doesn't always make the best use of the natural surroundings.
Such was the case with the clifftop home featured here. Originally a brick-and-tile residence with a Spanish influence, the house was not designed for modern living. While there were large picture windows to take advantage of the sea view, the house did not have an open-plan layout or a good indoor-outdoor flow.
The owners commissioned Don Nelson & Associates to revamp the house to better suit their needs. As well as creating a large open-plan family living area, the design team needed to modernise the overall look of the house, says Don Nelson.
"We worked within the existing framework, designing subtle additions, curved walls, and plenty of glazing to take advantage of the views," he says.
From the entrance, the contemporary Mediterranean influence is readily seen. A new porte cochére, which incorporates a tall column with a gas flare, provides a dramatic entrance. At night, outdoor lighting adds to the drama.