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two-bath home also has a st udio for Jane,
who’s a painter, to work in.
“It’s a very simple house – it reveals its
detail over time,” says Jane. “You can
tell a well-designed house because it
doesn’t hit you in the face, it reveals,
and the more we live here the more we
see things they’ve done that we might
not have necessarily noticed on the plans.
We’re just so in love with Jennie and Trent,
they’re such good architects.”
The design is upside-down, with the
main living, expansive kitchen and master
bedroom upstairs. The upper area is also
essentially the entrance. “When you arrive
at the top of the stairs at that deck, it opens
out the view to the north,” says Trent.
Jennie adds: “It’s an entry that means
you aren’t entering straight in to a
habitable room, (so the design is) a bit
about the arrival sequence.”
The bedrooms that buffer the deck have
clever bi-fold doors made in the external
cladding, which create an expansive space
or seal off the rooms. On the ground floor
are two bedrooms and a bathroom, lovingly
called “the City Beach toilet block” by Jane.
The lower void is a multi-purpose space for
parking or entertaining.
The house is cooled entirely by passive
means – there’s no air-conditioning, not
even a ceiling fan. “There’s always a sea
breeze at Moore River and the house can
catch it,” says Jennie.
High ceilings help too, as well as a
thick northern wall that allows the
windows to be set on the inner edge of
the wall, while the height and depth
ratio excludes the summer sun and
welcomes the winter light. To fully
utilise this design aspect, the wall
thickness is used in the living room
to house cabinetwork and bookshelves.
“At one point it’s working to shade
the window and the next it’s giving us
some storage,” says Trent.
An overhang couldn’t compete with
the eastern sun, so external blinds in a
woven, weather-resistant fabric have
been used here. The blinds operate from
inside and retract up under the cladding,
providing a seamless look. The big opening
from the living-dining area on the northern
side also needs a blind in su mmer.
Jane and Paul’s requests included
a large kitchen and a wood-burning
stove. Jane is a passionate cook, and
the slow-combustion stove is the only
cooktop the kitchen has, which is more
than a little unusual.
The stove has a radiator attached to it,
which heats the water in winter. There is
ABOVE The master bedroom upstairs has clever bi-fold
doors that can completely open it to the deck. BELOW The
downstairs area brings to mind 1970s beach changerooms.
“It’s a very simple house - it reveals its details
over time. The more we live here, the more we
see things the architects have done”
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