"Beside the door, the timber platform becomes a deck that can double as an outdoor sitting area it faces west and has plenty of sun in the afternoon. The whole front of the site is planted in native trees, shrubs and flaxes, which creates a restful outlook."
For convenience, there is also a side door opening directly from the carport. This can be used to bring groceries into the house.
The front door opens to a spacious entry, with bedrooms on the right and a mezzanine study on the left. The master suite is also on this level, on the far left of the building.
At the owner's suggestion, a large, deep, circular skylight was installed to bring natural light and sun down through the stairwell in the centre of the house to the open-plan kitchen-living area on the lower level.
"This level is essentially one long space, with a cosy den living room at the end that tucks into the hillside," says Tate. "Because there are no windows in the walls at this end, we added a glazed ceiling to the part of the room that juts out beyond the cube above. This allows a soft light to filter into the room."
The galley-style kitchen, in the middle of the space, echoes the simplicity of the architecture. Large appliances, including the oven and refrigerator, are hidden within a bank of dark-stained oak cabinets. The cooktop is positioned on the white island so the owner doesn't have to turn his back to guests while preparing meals.