Desmond Street

Photographer: Sarah Rowlands


Planned to embrace the sun and social street frontage, this family home opens to the north – blurring the interface between spaces and providing flexible, year-round living. Garaging and parking are demoted to the rear of the site, allowing decks, pool and outdoor living zones to flow together at the front of the site. A recessed picture window connects views from the main living room to the pool and corner opening sliders peel back, connecting the kitchen to the deck. The mix of dark stained vertical shiplap cedar cladding against the two-story plaster form adds warmth and texture at pedestrian level; louvres around the elevations add depth, shadow and privacy. Cedar ceiling battens over the kitchen extend to the outside transitioning into a Cedar pergola, defining the outdoor dining space and providing shelter from the western sun. Designed around a double-height central void connecting the living on the ground floor to the bedrooms upstairs, the interior is considered and precise while still providing flexibility for a growing family.

Completed: 2019
Contractors: Avon Dickie Construction

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