Designing a home to fit on a long narrow site can present its own challenges. But for the property featured here, the 70x17m shape of the site suited the owners' requirement for privacy helped also by the presence of forest reserve on two of the boundaries.
Designed by architect Brad Lamoureux, little of the house is revealed from the street due to the positioning of the garage.
"The garage sits about 4.5m in front of the house, separated from it by a reflection pond, and surrounded by lush planting to soften the architectural concrete used on the two buildings," says Lamoureux.
"If the garage was attached, we would have had to include it in the total allowable area for the home."
But this is no stock standard garage blocking the view.
Its back wall is fully glazed, while the doors at the front are substantial, 15cm pivot doors clad in western red cedar. The glazed wall means that the owners' high spec sports cars are always on display from the house and, with the doors pivoted open, there's a clear view through to the street if wanted.
There's space for more vehicle storage in the house's man cave basement. This is large enough to contain one owner's collection of hobby cars, motorcycles and vintage racing bicycles, as well a lounge, bar, wine cellar and a washroom.
Lamoureux says that when it came to the style of the home, the owners wanted West Coast contemporary.