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This three level house was designed with the main living area and terrace on the upper level to take advantage of a narrow view corridor to the ocean

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From the architect: Hofman and Brown Architects


The client’s brief was for an “empty nester” house with space for grown up children – all living overseas – to return home to stay comfortably.

The house was to take advantage of the site and reflect the suburban beachside context.

A detailed site analysis revealed a narrow view corridor with beach and ocean views to the north west.

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This three level house was designed with the main living area and terrace on the upper level to take advantage of views.

Large double glazed sliding doors to the main living area open completely to transform the entire room into a verandah.

The upper level terrace has an operable “sunroof” that can close to be watertight or open to the sky.

The basement level contains space for up to 6 cars, storage space and a cellar.

The ground floor level has a secondary living space with kitchenette and 3 bedrooms all with ensuites.

The upper level has been designed as an apartment for the “empty nester” couple with kitchen and living spaces, a large study, main bedroom, dressing room and ensuite.

The main bedroom also captures an ocean view down the western setback.

In form, the house has been designed around a private courtyard to aid cross ventilation and provide daylight to adjacent rooms.

The minimal palette of materials has been carefully selected to create a feeling of calmness and simplicity.

First published date: 16 February 2017

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Credit List

Architect Paul Hofman, Hofman and Brown Architects
Builder Jumeriah Luxury Homes
Kitchen manufacturer Build All
Landscape Tim Davies Landscape
Pool Dolphin Pools
Window/door joinery Westec Doors and Windows
Main flooring Bernini
Paint Dulux
Heating Hydronic underfloor heating by Euroheat
Lighting Supplied by Emotion Lighting
Control systems Surround Sounds
Photographer Andrew Pritchard
Awards Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended