The home is built in a climate where the sun can be cruel as well as kind, so the design offers a careful response to solar gain.
"While the home faces north to the waves, the roof slopes downwards from east to west," he says. "At the higher eastern end, a mild morning sun is admitted in controlled form through horizontal slit windows both under the eaves and midway up the wall. This lower window was specifically placed to allow sunlight to glance across the dining table inside.
"The western wall, however, presents a smaller, windowless face to the harsh afternoon sun, helping to keep the house cool. On the northern, scenic side the roof overhang also provides valuable shade."
The home's interior accurately follows, or even directs, the family's lifestyle. While parents sleep upstairs, children and guests are given their own private kingdom downstairs. Thus the views are best appreciated by grownup eyes and the beach is the shortest possible scamper away for adolescent feet. Throughout the home form follows function even the external stairs providing a dusting-off for sandy feet before they ascend to the living areas.
Like the copper mesh feature, the residence is largely maintenance free. This is a god-send in a home designed for getting away from it all. The materials are uniform and durable, both inside and out, and the colour palette is equally uncomplicated another plus when the residence's main star is intended to be the scenery.
On the exterior, concrete plaster offers a neutral-look, highly durable surface, while on the interior, a glass-faced cement render finish holds sway right through the home.