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Outdoor living is enjoyed on many levels in this harbourside home

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A game of tennis, anyone? Or how about a few laps in the pool before pre-dinner cocktails?

The owners of this multi-level home designed by David Emerson Architects and overlooking Sydney Harbour, wanted an outdoor living space that would promote maximum comfort and relaxation.

Anna Douglass and Marissa Hurst of Hare & Klein Interior Design selected the finishes to suit the classic, contemporary style of the interior.

The house is on a long, steep site, which lent itself to a stepped-down design.

On the ground level, a tennis court is screened by leafy, green trees. A wet-edge swimming pool on the upper tier appears to float over the top of it.

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Both the lap pool and spa pool can be accessed from the family room. Paved stairs lead to a casual dining area, which doubles as a viewing platform for the tennis matches played on the court below.

Natural stone has been used to highlight many of the outdoor surfaces. Their creamy hues complement the exterior of the house and blend with the environment.

A stainless steel sculpture is a special feature of the pool wall, enhancing the pools' blue-and- grey colour scheme. Simple plantings add further colour and texture.

The level above the pool opens off the bedrooms, ensuring that family members also have private outdoor spaces.

Alfresco dining takes place on the upper balcony. The focal point of this area is a six-seater teak table with black granite inlays custom designed by Hare & Klein. Coloured Cotswold chairs complete the look. Guests can access this level from the public areas upstairs and the owners can serve meals straight to the table from the nearby kitchen.

This tier also offers unobstructed views of the harbour bridge, thanks to glass balustrades. A staircase leads from the alfresco dining area to a rooftop garden featuring a variety of plantings and a herb garden.

First published date: 23 August 2004

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Credit List

Designer Hare & Klein Interior Design (Sydney)
Architect and pool designer David Emerson Architects
Builder Trinity Building
Outdoor furniture Custom-made table on upper balcony by Hare & Klein Interior Design, Cotswold chairs
Paving Louisa cross-cut stone
Pool stairs and seating Basaltina stone
Pool tiles Glass mosaic
Walls/hard landscaping Painted rendered brick
Pool Premier Pools
Railings/balustrades Wrought iron, glass and stainless steel by David Emerson Architects
Lighting Lumascape
Landscaping Prestige Landscapes
Sculpture Soho Gallery
Tennis court AS Lodge Pty Ltd
Table setting Papaya