LOT 425 Okapa Rise is a 10000m2 block only a 2 minute drive to Dunsborough yet feels like you are immersed in bushland a thousand miles away. Not overgrown bush but stunning coastal bushland with an amazing array of wildflowers, Banksias and Jarrahs. It was always the owners love of this bushland that drove the design, with great care taken to leave as much as possible untouched. The effort to build in and around the existing trees and work with the local fire codes paid off with the house really blending and connecting to its site. Beautiful framed views at the end of hallways, picture windows and external timber screening were all carefully placed to capture the native flora and engage the family with their surroundings. Full height double glazed windows through the living area captures the sky view and will soak up the winter sun.  This connection to the site is enhanced with the selection of natural building materials including Spotted Gum cladding, rammed limestone walls and Jarrah floorboards. Set back from the street the house only reveals itself as you weave along the driveway between the trees. Designed for a young family of five the house has a flexible spatial arrangement to accommodate a growing family and guests for years to come. Although large at 250m2 floor area the house is understated with close attention paid to the detail in the build. This has resulted in a beautifully crafted home that will blend more and more into its surroundings over time, just as the owners like it.


Location: Dunsborough
Date: 2017