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The soaring roof of this renovated home not only leads the eye out to the view beyond, it also establishes the contemporary mood of the interior


It's not just the type of roofing material that helps determine the look of your home's exterior. The design and shape of the roofing can make a strong visual statement and act as a key architecturalelement, as this project illustrates.

Architect Andrew Duffin was com-missioned to re-design the hillside home to better suit the lifestyle of the owners.

"As well as wanting a more contemporary living environment, they also wanted the house to open up to the view," he says. "The house had no street appeal, so improving its aspect was another key consideration."

Duffin says the design of the roof was crucial to the success of the project.

"The house is approached from above, so the roof is the first part of the house to be seen. The roof shape and the use of zinc pan-ribbed cladding helps establish the roof as the fifth elevation."


Duffin says the roof form also defines the entrance and enhances the simple, elegant lines of the house.

"The light weight of the zinc roofing allows different shapes and cantilevered sections, one of which clearly definesthe entrance."

This part replicates the roof design at the rear and side of the house. Here, the roof is cantilevered out towards the harbour, visually opening up the house to the view. Duffin says the shape of the roofing was also derived from the original building, which had a large verandah around two sides.

"The steel structure of the roof means there is no need for posts, which allows a much more open outlook from rooms that simply flow straight outdoors."

Inside the house, walls were gutted and spaces opened up to provide a light, spacious and contemporary living area, reminiscent of a pavilion. Stacking doors and a frameless corner window provide floor-to-ceiling glazing.

The ceiling of the main living room rakes upwards towards the centre, a shape that is inverted on the overhanging portions of the roof. On other parts of the house the eaves were removed and replaced with slatted jarrah awnings on the sides of the house exposed to the sun.

"These not only provide shade, they also give the house a completely different look," says Duffin.

New landscaping, designed to enhance the clean, simple lines of the house, incorporates materials used elsewhere. Stainless steel edging defines the boundaries between the grass and the gardens. The hard-edged look of the steel complements the roofing and the steel used to fix the jarrah awnings to the house.

First published date: 24 July 2003

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Credit List

Architect Andrew Duffin, Noel Bell Ridley Smith& Partners (Sydney)
Landscape architect Peter Lawson, Peter Glass& Associates
Builder Stimsona
Roof Zinc roof cladding supplied by Rheinzink
Gutters and downpipes Zinc
Window joinery Aluminium frames from Jensen Windows; sashless glazing from Aneeta
Exterior tiles Terra Cotta
Exterior lighting Masson downlights from Eagle Lighting; wall lights by Bega
Frameless glass balustrade A&D Frameless Glass
Sun screens Jarrah on stainless steel framing