As this is an inner-city site with several close neighbours, the sheltered side decks provide private outdoor rooms. The clients had wanted to connect with the tropical garden and enjoy the sun from several areas in relative privacy.
In terms of layout, the home's ground floor has a guest suite and garage at the front and then pinches in at the middle via the two side courtyards. This core area has the wine cellar and laundry. The design opens up to the rear, with large sliders pulling back to connect the large living-kitchen-dining pavilion to the garden.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, an ensuite, main bathroom, a private lounge, and a study.
For aesthetics, the owners wanted a sharp, contemporary look. Responding to this, the house has strong, complementary cladding finishes the cool of black fibre cement sheet with vertical battens meets the warmth of red cedar vertical weatherboards.
"Despite its relatively modest size, at 300m², the house feels much larger. This is due to vistas through the interior and long views out to the garden and sea, framed by picture windows."
In addition, having courtyards step in on both sides maximises light flow on the interior.