A wonderful opportunity to Design & Build for a young, local family on a modest budget. They had chosen to invest a good portion of their budget on the block rather than the more common approach to buy cheaper land in a sub-division on the outskirts of town and build a large house.

This resulted in a rigorous approach to the design to accommodate the tight budget on a beautiful, sloping 490m2 block within walking distance to the town centre of Margaret River.

Taking a traditional gable and splitting the compact 90m2 floor plan down the middle, with bedrooms and bathroom one side and the living/ kitchen on the other. This design has resulted in no wasted space or hallways and with raked ceilings following the roofline gives the house a spacious feeling.

There were no developers covenants to limit the design so this allowed the use of cost saving materials such as zincalum. This material reflects the surrounding vegetation and contrary to popular opinion actually helps blend the house into its setting very well.

Outdoor living areas were cleverly designed around a wonderful, old peppermint tree giving the space a sense of enclosure and adding real character to the house. By limiting the deck to 1m from ground level eliminated the need for expensive balustrading.

One of our favourite projects, it is surprising how spacious a small house can feel when following a rigorous linear design, a testament to the relationship between the owners and the design/ build team.


Location: Margaret River
Date: 2018