Working closely with their clients, Gae and John, IRP Architects designed this single level home to boast plenty of style and open up to face the ocean. The zig-zagged northern façade optimises views from all living and entertaining areas, including the master bedroom suite, thanks to the site-responsive and intelligent design by Nives Robinson, Director of IRP Architects.
High ceilings and glazing lines welcome the sea breezes, north-east light and views, while the generous roof overhang provides protection from heat and wet weather. “We have never worked with an architect before, but we have found the process quite exciting,” says Gae and John. “Nives was always easy to talk to, and it was never too much trouble to make changes or to tweak things to get it right.”
The team from Candour Builders oversaw the entire build, taking it from the architect’s concept right through to completion. “Gae was very particular on straight seamless lines to the building. “I like slimline” became a very well-known phrase which we used to laugh about,” says Phil Freihofner from Candour Builders.
German-made Urbanline Euro Selekta cladding has been used for the facade, an innovative material with an attractive and low maintenance timber-like finish. Inside, the home boasts a fantastic mix of materials and contemporary architectural angles. Bifold doors from Bretts Architectural Window & Door Solutions can be drawn back to completely open up the main living area to the outside entertainment patio, framing the stunning bay beyond.
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Glancing light was a major factor to take into consideration with this high-end waterside property, and perfection was paramount for the walls and ceilings. Candour Builders have worked with Creative Surface Plastering on many of their projects, so it was a no-brainer to bring them in to handle the supply and install of all plasterboard, setting, sanding and pre-paint finishing in this architect-designed home.
The raked ceilings were a lot higher than standard homes, a particular challenge for the plasterers as it prevented the ceilings from being suspended, requiring 90mm high hat which also added structural elements to the roof structure. The patio ceiling also needed special attention, with Creative Surface Plastering using Ceminseal outdoor topping, a critical choice to combat and withstand moisture.
With three bedrooms plus a spacious master suite, two bathrooms and an alfresco powder room, as well as a media room, the IRP Architects designed home adheres to the brief for relaxed and easy living.
“We actually joked with Gae and John a couple of weeks after they moved into their home, asking “how are you enjoying your resort style living?” says Phil. “Needless to say, they are thoroughly enjoying their retirement.”