Surrounded by greenery
Saying goodbye to their large garden and leafy outlook would be a challenge for the owners, so the design of their new home is conceived as a living space surrounded by greenery.
Large windows opening onto the garden retain that sense of nature and the outdoors and it's easy to forget the home is in an average suburban street.
The living areas run the length of the block and open to the north side and the backyard, bringing huge amounts of light into the home.
In one owner's words, the 'large lounge room window frames a grassy woodland garden where the setting sun bathes indigenous grasses and trees in iridescence.'
A courtyard in the centre of the home enhances the feeling of being surrounded by nature and is a perfect spot for some of the ferns the owners brought from their previous house.
Another key to the sense that their new home is surrounded by garden was the decision to do away with a front fence and instead run the garden right out onto the nature strip.
This sets the home apart in the street and allows the pair to enjoy their passion for gardening and restoring the indigenous vegetation to the site.
Combined with generous windows in the front of the home, long vistas through the grassy woodland surround the home.
"The crafting of this home and its indigenous garden was our way of bringing soul to an urban setting and interpreting our long-established lifestyle', the same owner says.
"For us, the new home breaks down the barrier between traditional habitation and the natural world – in our older years, this property provides great solace."
A full-height timber screen with lockable door protects the side of the house, while still letting light and views through.
The owner says that she actually feels safer with the screen in place than she might with a front fence, knowing the rear of the house is inaccessible from the street.