When asked to create something ‘dramatic and imposing’, Landmark Homes designer Glenn Halls didn’t hold back.
With its 4.88m-high ceilings, a huge deck and a towering roofline, it’s no wonder.
The home is even more inspiring from inside.
Originally, the large section overlooking Graham Park was occupied by a 1950s bungalow. That was moved to the back of the site and the section was subdivided, leaving a generous 450sqm for the new build.
Upon viewing the site, Glenn’s first objective was to turn the west-facing section into something that worked with the weather. He wanted to use the space in a way that captured the light but also turned heads.
The outcome was superb. While undoubtedly the distinctive Landmark Homes style, there’s a definite modern twist; something slightly less classical but still unmistakably Landmark.
Matte-black weatherboards, a black roof and white joinery complete the striking aesthetics.
Light and space have been carefully considered. The main living area has been strategically placed on the second floor, making the best use of the sun and allowing for a spectacular view.
The deck wraps around the entire home, inviting you to eat breakfast on one side and dinner on the other.
The roof is the real showpiece. Looming out over the deck, it provides shade in summer for afternoon entertaining and shelter from less-hospitable weather in winter. The size of the roof also makes the three-bedroom home appear much larger than it is, while the deep windows on the eastern side allow for full morning sun.
Inside is a bright white home fit for kings — or just anyone who fancies reclining in luxury while watching the world go by. The internal lift makes the home ideal for those less able to manage stairs.
With two bedrooms and a separate living area and bathroom downstairs, a family with teens would also be happy.
An oversized garage, and high interior doors create a sense of grandeur on a smaller scale.
Tongue-and-groove lining adds special character to the interior. Sloping ceilings add height, light and a wonderful airiness to the space. It’s truly a modern two storey house design.
Sun streams in through the huge windows, which has the bonus of warming the kitchen tiles. The tiles remain toasty well after the sun has dropped, which will appeal to the eco-conscious.
The kitchen is smart and streamlined, boasting a scullery and clean white lines punctuated by a black splashback. With the deck just adjacent, entertaining is a breeze.
The elegant master bedroom on the upper floor is tucked away from the main living area while still benefitting from the light. In true style, it sports a large ensuite that doubles as a powder room and walk-in wardrobe and features a stunning vaulted ceiling.
The spacious mahogany deck calls for a glass of wine in the setting sun. Mahogany, says the designer, is a particularly durable decking wood that promises to withstand years of wear and tear.
With spectacular views of the water from one end to the other, the home offers endless opportunities for enjoying the stunning surroundings.
There’s no specific client here: the home is a ‘workable’ space for almost any homeowner. The separate living areas make it ideal as a family bach or for a retired couple, an Airbnb or even someone working from home.
Glenn says the home has drawn a huge amount of interest from people seeking inspiration for similar sites. As unusual as it might be, he says the design will work for other sections calling for a higher view of the water.
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