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Peak Drive, Harkaway (2013)

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The owners of this 4000m2 wooded block on the South West side of the Dandenong Ranges with expansive views from Westernport Bay in the south east to Port Phillip Bay in the north west wanted a home that would cater for their teenage family of mum, dad, and two boys. The site had a north-west orientation which was also towards most of the view with an existing 1970's brick home with expansive garden consisting of pool and tennis court. They had lived in this setting for around 10 years and loved the tranquil setting away from the emerging hustle and bustle of greater Melbourne.


It was decided to demolish the existing home, leaving the pool, garden, and tennis court. As the property sloped away from the street towards the north-west, we had the idea of leveling the front yard and disguising the bulk of the building underground with lower direct access to the existing swimming pool area. This lower level contained the side-accessing garage, rumpus room, 2 kids' bedrooms, a spare bedroom, bathroom, study and laundry exiting to a sunken courtyard on the north-east side and the pool on the north-west side.


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This anchored the home with the upper levels having a single story appearance and the discussed garage helping also to minimize the bulk. The upper level consisted of a walk up entry, office, eastern patio, kitchen, a scullery servicing the deck, dinning, family, external view, and an entertaining deck. With its soft roof-line, muted tones, and simple finishes making the most of its views and sun angles, whilst disguising its bulk helps this family home nestle into its environment.