"The mid level cantilevers out over the lower level on the ocean-side of the house. While this arrangement avoids the home encroaching on the street at ground level, upstairs it creates the impression that you are almost hanging out over the ocean."
In addition, the sofa-to-seafront effect was accentuated by installing the window wall independent of the structural wall allowing for near-invisible glass joinery.
The open-plan living spaces, including the dining area and kitchen, are all trained on the views. At the far end from the entry and living area, a second, semi-outdoor kitchen is part of the main volume but can be separated with wall-height bifold doors. This light-filled space has a number of round skylights two of them operable and French doors which look directly to the rear pool and wind-protected garden.
The coastal suburb has several houses with Art Deco features, and while this house is not in that distinctive style it does have a flavour of that architecture.
"We referenced the Art Deco aesthetic through appropriate material accents marble, walnut and stacked bluestone, are all used in Art Deco design. And the round skylights are also reminiscent of the style, as is the bookcase that conceals the entry in the living area," says Saunders.
The blue-grey local stone, used in a modern interpretation of classic stone facades, first appears on the side of the home, and continues around the corner as a feature wall in the entry foyer. It is then repeated in the living spaces, on the outdoor kitchen's access to the back yard, and on the linking rear structure. Having the stone on both the foyer wall and the corresponding internal wall in the living area creates the illusion that the wall is constructed in solid bluestone.