Entering the front door of this modern home, visitors are struck by its spacious, open-plan interiors, flooded with natural light. However, with site constraints to address, designer Darren O'Neil had to make some dynamic architectural moves to create the relaxed, family-friendly feel.
O'Neil says while the design had to respond to issues like a limited frontage, a long, narrow site and steep shading angles in respect to the neighbours, it was never compromised by them.
"To give the home weight within the wider streetscape, I designed a private, almost abstract frontage that emphasises natural materials and strong rectilinear forms," says the designer.
The garage's cedar strip cladding forms one part of the facade while, to the right, board-formed concrete and a batten corner element combine on the front of the home proper. The extended garage soffit shelters the front door.
However, if the design is quite private and closed off to the street, it's quite a different experience when actually stepping into the interior.