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subterranean, the lower level is blessed with cross-ventilation
and natural light. The three guest bedrooms open out onto the
garden – a Paul Bangay design beautifully realised by Dunsborough
Landscapes. And the one-time commercial avocado grove is now a
casually landscaped space that fits perfectly with the house.
“The owners wanted a holistic approach to the house, garden
and landscaping,” says Tim. “Often people run out of money and
the garden doesn’t get done for ages, but they wanted to do it
all at once. The landscape contractor did a really good job of
bringing it all together,” he adds.
The home’s floating motifs give it a weightless feel, when in fact it
is determinedly solid. Locally quarried granite appears throughout.
There’s also a significant amount of steel in the framework, allowing
for hefty roof overhangs, plus a recurring use of copper.
“I like that sense of mass and strength,” says Tim, who also
installed carpet inlays under the sofa and noise-absorbing panels on
the ceiling to offset the hard surfaces in the open-plan living area.
“If you’re in one room, you’re not going to hear people in another.
The problem with so many holiday houses is that people forget that
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