Long, narrow sites may not have a large street frontage, but they can reveal hidden delights within.
This new Karaka show home, designed by Mark Wilson of Masonry Design Solutions and built by Frame Homes, shows just what can be achieved with a little lateral thinking.
Rather than present a long, narrow building along one side of the block, Wilson designed three linked pavilions to step back from the street, semi enclosing a landscaped outdoor living area.
For further visual interest, he added gabled roofs and incorporated a mix of masonry and timber-framed, cedar-clad structures. The front pavilion, which accommodates the garaging and master suite, and the central living pavilion have a solid masonry construction with timber infill panels, while the rear bedroom wing is a cedar-clad volume.
"Mixing weatherboards and masonry gives the house a strong, textural look and provides bold colour contrasts, especially with the off-white joinery," Wilson says.
The roof features Horizon concrete shingle-style tiles in the colour Zambuca, from Monier Roofing. This roofing is a clean-lined, flat concrete roof tile designed to create a crisp, streamlined appearance. It incorporates A-line ridging and barges to reinforce the look.
"On this house, the roofing is integral to the design," says Wilson. "It needed to impart a character that would be in keeping with the gabled pavilions, and it needed to be a dark colour that would complement the walls. The Horizon tile has the exact profile we wanted, and the colour is a perfect match for the monochromatic look of the cladding."