“An existing single level studio space was replaced with a small self-contained dwelling comprising a ground floor living space, kitchenette and bathroom with a bedroom on a mezzanine level. The form was generated from the complexities of the available space between large existing trees, privacy and set-back requirements. A material palette was generated from a desire to reference the existing house while timber, steel and brickwork are used in a compositional form to introduce a previously lacking street presence. A plywood lined interior gives a sense of calm and cohesion to the multi-faceted form. “
We often tuck the granny flat out the back but look at the magic you can create when available space and its constraints force you to think outside the box. Love this little annex by Sydney-based Watershed Design.
Photography by Simon Whitbread
When the view is so spectacular you don’t need to upstage it. On the contrary good design celebrates it. Beach style done right. Bronte residence by Lane & Grove.
“The key to a show-stopping garden design is to create something unique; something that no one else has or could easily replicate. An easy way to do this is by taking features in the landscape that already exist, and build them into the design. At this Point Lonsdale home, the Moonah trees that are native to that coastline have become the statement of the landscape. Night and day, their shape, colours, movement and shadows remain the focal point, as our clients go about their day nestled beneath them.”
With several days of temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius (real not apparent) looming I am daydreaming of siting quietly, mindfully in the shade of native trees waiting for the heat to pass. A remarkable garden, Point Lonsdale House by Melbourne-based King’s Landscaping.
Like Jo always says, if you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend (for those not living the work from home pandemic life like I am) it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. San Francisco’s Monkey Inferno (a company I think now out of business) by Ken Fulk.
Ken Fulk is a magician. Or a maestro as it says on his website. I would have to agree. This home in San Francisco is magic. It was originally a simple 1920s shingled house but the light and the setting was idyllic, with unobstructed views across the park to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific beyond. We set out to create something of enduring beauty and substance. Sparing no detail, we commissioned projects from old-world style artisans: woodworkers, metal workers, stone masons, plasterers, muralists. The result is far more than a custom home, it’s truly a work of art.