The brief was to design a house consisting of a modern day living floor plan but in a classic, quaint cottage style. The clients also needed to be able to entertain with flowing living areas while the kids needed the freedom of having their own end of the house including the use of the garage.
Our objective was a new family home that would comfortably nestle into the Mount Dandenong scenic mountain environment. Fitting in with the tranquil, countryside alongside other luxurious cottages featuring log fires, spa baths and large romantic four-poster beds.
A large open living area was designed to orientate north and open out through doors and expanses of glazing to two decks and landscaped surrounds, extending this entertaining area to the outdoors. The garage has been incorporated into the house for future use as a games retreat when the children imminently grow up and need extra space, therefore extra space has been provideded on the other side of the house has been set aside for a future new garage. The secluded adult retreat upstairs consists of an intimate extra living space, enormous walk in robe, luxurious ensuite, a study nook and private bedroom opening out to a morning sun drenched balcony. The site�s slope and natural abundance of boulders meant that a stump floor construction was used along with large spans. These giant prehistoric volcanic rocks form the perimeter of the clearing around the house, reminding the occupants of just what sort of environment they have bought into.
Externally, the house emits earthy and natural tones that create different textural depths throughout the year. The colorbond roof sheeting is non reflective, coupled with the natural looking shadowclad gives the fa�ades a classic country cottage feel. Internally, large circular feature windows highlight elements upon the surrounding landscape, timber floors and raking ceilings create an intriguing yet restful ambiance throughout the many spaces.