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"You need to incorporate high
performance glazing and consider the
bounce of light and glare off the water
which can be uncomfortable for occupants
and detrimental to interior furnishings.
Polished concrete floors, using off-white
cement and quartz aggregate, provide a hard
wearing surface that's resistant to fading,"
When it comes to designing the roofline,
Joe suggests either a simple skillion or curved
option as they provide larger, unsupported
shading without the need for unsightly,
view-blocking posts. ey also allow the
roof form to remain a smaller element in the
overall massing of the house and, in some
cases, a curved roof can be used to blend
and soften the home's appearance amidst
an open coastal landscape. Architect Philip
Nikulinsky, who has also designed many
beach and riverside homes, always reminds
clients to consider the horizontal nature of
" e horizon is horizontal, so too is the
body of water you overlook and the broad
expanses of the landscape," Philip says.
"Good design reflects this horizontal layout
as it shows a response to the view.
" is concept also addresses the sky
because, while it's nice to look at, it's also vast
and sunny so minimising it has benefit s ."
One other way to create a more linear
effect is to use wide eaves or wide, long roofs
over outdoor areas and keep the structures
"If you can narrow the view to the
horizontal it exaggerates it, focuses your eye
to it and brings it closer. If it's a more limited
outlook, like a river in an urban setting, you
also have more elements to look at.
"But it may be other houses you see, so
here you can use a combination of opening
the house up to the view with smaller, framed
picture windows to create intimate views that
concentrate on what you really want to see,"
Like other architects, Philip stresses the
importance of using high quality building
materials right down to the smallest fitting
and fixtures. Philip recommends door
hardware made from stainless steel or
IT'S A WRAP: Sheltered outdoor spaces (above) are created by
setting them back close to the main body of the house. Indoor
living spaces can then wrap around them, which creates a more
intimate and connected flow between inside and out.
GRAND VISION: The profile of the roof over the outdoor
entertaining area (right) was kept sleek and linear to create a
"cinemascope" view. In comparing views to a television screen,
architect Richard Szklarz says: "why have a small, square, TV when
you can have a big wide screen?"
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