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Enjoying retirement, these clients desired an
easy-care, smart, stylish and sustainable home
that would also provide a welcoming holiday
destination for their family.
Environmentally conscious materials
played a key role in the construction of the
property, which is perched on a block with
panoramic ocean views. Said materials maximise
natural light, employ water- and energy-efficient
systems, and embrace passive solar principles,
ensuring cosy winters and cool summers.
The Margaret River site presented some
challenges, including a consistent fall over 12m
and an exposed location with sometimes hot,
humid summer days, and cold, wet winter nights.
The house was terraced to embrace the slope of
the block and capture the spectacular seascape.
This also permitted slab-on-ground construction,
an important feature of passive thermal storage in
Located on the uppermost level, the garage and
main entry descend to the living areas and master
suite, and again to the guest and activity areas.
A wide kitchen and entertaining zone flows into
the large dining and living area, and the expansive
sunroom/library provides the couple with space to
relax and take in the ocean views.
Extensive, floor-to-ceiling glazing on the
northern and western facades captures winter
sun and the stunning vista, while cross-flow
ventilation and architecturally appealing high
ceilings ensure cool and comfortable summers.
Located on the lowermost level, rainwater
tanks and water treatment systems are cleverly
concealed by native planting. The undulating roof
of the property mimics Margaret River’s famous
waves in a series of Colorbond skillions and curves.
This intelligently designed, elegant home
embraces the local environment while providing
the occupants with high-performing features,
creating an abode that is simply a joy to live in.
Sensitive to its natural surroundings, this spectacular home
combines passive solar principles with timeless appeal.
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