When a couple commissioned us, they only had three basic requirements: a small 3×2 house, a large shed for a vintage car, and as landscapers as much north-facing space as possible for their garden, all on a 600m2 block near Margaret River. They trusted us to build upon their brief and deliver a contemporary, customised. We took time to enquire about the minutiae of our clients’ lifestyle and informed the design accordingly.

Polished concrete floors and white interiors, generously illuminated by abundant daylight, create bright and airy spaces, while the use of dark-grey painted wooden panels outside provides a graphical quality, as well as reference the surrounding natural landscape. From lighting to door furniture, each element contribute to create a warm and contemporary home, where generous views of the gardens enhance the intimate connection between inside and outside.

Careful sun study calculations and other passive house standards have achieved full thermal control throughout the seasons, significantly reducing heating and cooling loads.

The owners were also committed to be part of their new community and were keen for their house to integrate with the streetscape rather than turn their back on the neighbourhood. Opening up their living area all the way to the street shows a sense of community and generosity in shared living. 


  • Material: Timber frame
  • Project size (sq.m.): 144
  • Price range (AU$): 350K
  • Location: Margaret River
  • Year: 2016