Our clients initially approached us to remodel their existing Victorian family home. During the early stages of
this process, a larger steeply sloping waterfront property in their suburb came up for sale, and we ended up
substantially remodelling this solid well built home that was dated from its last pink and grey70’s rework. The
requirements of the large family necessitated a new upper floor, the reworking and opening up of the mid
level, with refurbishments to the lower level as well.
Our design sought to work with the original form comprising soaring slate rooves, and we ‘nestled’ the new
upper floor around these, providing opportunities to further optimise the rear garden and water views. The
essence of the glazed double volume entry hall was reinterpreted with the introduction of a double volume
bridge element, linking the two new front bedrooms upstairs. This device further allowed us to create a
stronger more architectural presence to the front of the home.
With the main living level being on the middle floor, we not only opened it up to the views, but also improved
outdoor living opportunities. This was facilitated with an enlarged existing deck complete with heaters and an
operable roof, and a new staircase providing direct access to the lower entertaining level, the new timber
deck, the pool, the garden and the jetty.
The substantial rear terraced garden was to be a major visual and functioning link to the water. Spirit Level
Designs designed and installed this beautiful component six months prior to the
actual build. This inspired decision meant that the gardens were well on their way to being established after
the year long build, with the front garden then being completed after the main construction was done. GPM
Constructions successfully and ably carried out the construction work.