Designed by Kelli Rieck, Rieck Building Design
From the building designer:
The owner purchased a sloping corner block near a public reserve with access to the beach.
The site was constrained by 3m easements on three sides, with a 7.5m easement on the fourth side, and a 7m height limit.
The two street frontages meant the site was very exposed to passersby using the streets and accessing the reserve, while the slope of the land added further complexity.
In addition, an existing two-storey dwelling to the north was built very close to the boundary and overshadows a large portion of the block.
The homeowner requested a dwelling with upper level (also ground level given the slope) entry and a library, main bedroom, ensuite, and open plan living ranged around a central north facing covered patio on this upper level.
The lower level was to be able to be self-contained with its own lower level entry, garage, a further 2 bedrooms, bathroom, wet-bar and lounge area for their adult children.
The owner was also interested in having a butterfly roof from the street facade with timber cladding and using a new Colorbond cladding product.
When it became apparent that there were better views from the second level than originally anticipated, the owner decided to add a viewing platform to access and enjoy better views to the ocean and headland beyond once above the neighbour’s roof height.