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Mature eucalyptus trees and a meandering stream provide the framework for this contemporary property nestled in the bush.
Use of local materials and wide expanses of glass
mean this new home sits comfortably in its bush setting.
Architect Simon Rodrigues about his design
with Trends editorial director Paul Taylor.
Natural materials invariably come to mind when building in the bush. After all, they are a guaranteed way to ensure a house is in harmony with the landscape.
Homes in the Margaret River region of Western Australia are frequently built from local stone and timber -- materials that allow a house to blend in with the natural surroundings.
And so it was for this holiday home, designed by architect Simon Rodrigues of Rodrigues Bodycoat Architects. The house sits on a natural ridge above a stream that meanders its way in a lazy arc around the bush-clad site. The red earth track leading to the house is lined with large boulders found on site, so it was an obvious choice to extend the stone through to the house.
"The owners wanted to include as many natural materials as possible," says Rodrigues. "Some of the stone used in the landscaping is from the property, while the rest is sourced locally to fit the colour and profile required by the owners. Here, it is teamed with Pacific teak wood, with the planks laid vertically."