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.


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