Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia



Floor area 450m2

The owners, who are proud of the suburb they live in, wished to create a home that was not ostentatious but respectful to the forms of many of the 1950-1960’s houses in the area. This large 900m2 site sloped downwards from the street in a southerly direction, which meant that the rear private open space was located away from sunlight. Because of this, it was important to consider how indoor-outdoor spaces were treated and where areas were located in plan to make the best out of the awkward orientation.

Concept design
Town planning Application
Building Permit Documentation
Interior Design
Tender management
Contract Administration

The key to this design was to create a central stair void, which allows light to penetrate into the home during the winter months. The stair area also acts as a ‘heat chimney’ to exhaust heat out through the upper windows in summer, keeping the home cooler. This central space also became the home’s circulation hub, which links all the rooms together and keeps the family connected.

The upper entry level consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two living areas. The lower level consists of a three-car garage, guest bedroom, bathroom, cellar, and a family room which connects to the alfresco and pool.

The external form consists of a modern black box set against a single sloping roof, inspired by the character of local modernist homes. The home is seen as single storey from the streetscape and appears modest in size. The rear is two storeys high, and takes in views of the rear yard, pool, and of Port Phillip Bay beyond.